January 18, 2007

NOT GAY JUNGLE FEVER!:

'Scrubs' takes a turn for the better with musical (Matthew Gilbert, January 18, 2007, Boston Globe)

One of the sideways jokes on "Scrubs" has always been the man crush between Turk and J.D. The two doctors are both straight, but they've been having a raging heteromance for six seasons now, displaying all the intimacy, possessiveness, and nutty joy of lovers. Not only are they frat-house bozos, they're beaus, too.

So it is truly satisfying in tonight's extraordinary musical episode of "Scrubs," ... when the platonic pair erupt into an ultracheesy ballad called "Guy Love." The song, and the entire episode, is a perfect showcase for the brilliance of "Scrubs," a sitcom that lives in the sweet spot where irony meets sincerity. In "Guy Love," Turk and J.D. goof on their matching bracelets, but, you know, they're also tender. In the next scene, they walk the hospital halls with an arm around the other's neck.

And "Guy Love" is but one of the pleasures of tonight's half-hour, which is among the best song-and-dance episodes of a TV show I've seen, rating close to the unforgettable "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" musical.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 18, 2007 8:48 AM
Comments

I thought the closing episode of TAXI was the best song & dance routine on TV. You know, where the entire cast dresses up in tuxes and sings "Lullaby of Broadway" - but I guess because there was no gay aspect to that skit, it doesn't rate on this author's scale of "great".

Posted by: obc at January 18, 2007 11:31 AM

Bring back Cop Rock.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at January 18, 2007 12:19 PM
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