Scrubs1NBC’s tack in promoting the return of "Scrubs" on Thursday seems kind of unusual for the show.

Peacock’s on-air tubthumping has emphasized that show is in its final season and playing up the will-they-or-won’t-they? angle regarding Zach Braff’s J.D. and Sarah Chalke’s Elliot. The on-again, off-again sparks between those two have been a running thread of the laffer, fer sure, but not as much as you’d think from watching the promos.

Opening seg of season seven, "My Own Worst Enemy" — penned by exec producers Garrett Donovan and Neil Goldman and helmed by creator/exec producer Bill Lawrence — and is zany-funny in typical "Scrubs" fashion but not one of the series’ highest notes, perhaps because of its emphasis on laying plot track.

The highlight is a quick detour into the "Who Caresies" awards ("take that, Tony Shalhoub!," J.D. Scrubs2_2 declares  in his acceptance speech), which comes on the heels of John C. McGinley’s Dr. Cox calling J.D. an "annoying whiny manchild" more than once.

Those who have stuck with "Scrubs" through its ups and downs the past seven years won’t be disappointed but here’s hoping they return to laugh-out-loud form in the coming weeks.

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