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Bill Lawrence and a few of the writers jokingly claim that Neil Flynn (The Janitor) has never actually spoken a line from any script. A fourth season script reportedly even contained "(Whatever Neil says)". While Lawrence's comment is certainly an exaggeration, it illustrates how much of his performance is spontaneous.
Every episode was scripted, but the actors had the choice to improvise their lines if they thought of something funnier.
Ted's "Band" is in fact, "The Blanks" a group the actor formed with his friends at college.
Dr. Cox's (John C. McGinley) trademark of calling J.D. by girls' names is what McGinley does in real life (jokingly) to his good friend and neighbor John Cusack.
JD's father's (John Ritter) final line when he asks JD to pull his finger and then says, "I pooed a little," was totally improvised and Zach Braff had to bite the insides of his cheeks to stop himself laughing.
It was Zach Braff who suggested using the song 'Superman' by Lazlo Bane as the show's theme after listening to the lyrics and finding them in mood with the pilot.
Sarah Chalke uses her lab coat from this show in How I Met Your Mother. Playing a dermatologist named Dr. Stella Zinman, she uses pens to cover up her name from this show.
Dr. Cox's trademark nose rub before crossing his arms is a reference to Robert Redford in The Sting (1973). Redford used it as a sign for "It's OK" or "Go Ahead." John C. McGinley added it himself as a tribute to the film.
The yellow and blue wristband Dr Cox wears, is in support of the National Down Syndrome Society's "Buddy Walk".
Several characters, including Colonel Doctor, Snoop Dogg Intern, and Dr. Beardface started as extras and were referred to by these names by the cast and crew who did not know their real names, but were later written into episodes with speaking roles.
Creator Bill Lawrence has said in interviews that he wanted "Scrubs" to be almost like a live-action The Simpsons (1989), not only in the style of humor but also with the numerous high-profile guests and a fairly large cast of recurring characters. In a 2006 episode, J.D. commented that Grey's Anatomy (2005) was so realistic that "it's almost like someone was watching our lives and put it on television," a joke borrowed from an early '90s "The Simpsons" episode saying the same of Dinosaurs (1991).
The couple that makes the bungee jump for Zach Braff and Sarah Chalke in the second season met on the set for the first day. They married soon after.
John C. McGinley would sometimes use the phrase "What do ya say there Bob?" which is the same phrase he repeatedly said in Platoon (1986)
The show's medical advisers (in the credits) include Dr. Jonathan Doris, Dr. Jon Turk and Dr. 'Dolly Klock' (v), serving as the basis for the names of Zach Braff, Donald Faison and Heather Graham's characters.
During any episode where J.D. is not the narrator, he must usually make physical contact with the person who will be the narrator to pass off the responsibility. When narration is passed back to J.D. at the end of the episode, the former narrator must contact J.D. to give it back to him.
The network leased and refurbished a closed hospital (North Hollywood Medical Center in the San Fernando Valley in California) for the program. The lower and upper floors of the hospital are used as other sets and production offices.
"Eagle" was improvised by Zach Braff and first occurred in season 1. Eleven years later, Braff stated on Twitter that he never expected people to yell it at him.
For the first eight seasons almost every episode title begins with the word "My". Notable exceptions are the episodes entitled "His Story", "His Story II", "Her Story", "Her Story II", "His Story III" and ''His Story IV'' These episodes each contained internal narration from a character other than JD. (Dr. Cox, Turk, Elliot, Carla, The Janitor and Dr. Kelso respectively). There is also "Their Story" in which we hear the thoughts of Ted, the Todd and Jordan. In "Their Story II" the thoughts of 3 interns are followed. Starting with season nine every episode title starts with "Our".
Unusually for a series, no one character appears in every episode. The closest to hold this achievement are John C. McGinley (Dr. Cox) and 'Donald Faison' (Turk), who are absent from 3 episodes each. Following them are 'Ken Jenkins' (Bob Kelso) and series star Zach Braff (J.D.), who are absent from 7 and 8 episodes respectively.
Many episodes contain some form of the phrase "And there it is" in its dialogue, usually when the moral or theme of that episode is revealed. Usually J.D. delivers this line, but sometimes other characters are given this responsibility.
In The Office: Company Picnic (2009), the fifth season finale of The Office (2005) , the 'hospital' Pam is taken to is a brightly lit Sacred Heart.
Sarah Chalke was actually pregnant in season 9.
The only girls names Dr. Cox has used more than once are Lily, Ginger, Shirley, Gidget, Marcia, Gloria, Janice, Betsy, Carol, Toto, Nancy and Brittany, which JD points out to Dr. Cox, who responds with "Today I'm going with famous pop-stars."
Through the first season, the cast and crew, especially writer/creator Bill Lawrence, were so sure that the series would be canceled by the end of the season, that a plot twist was created for use when they'd have a forced series finale. This plot twist noted the fact that the Janitor, Neil Flynn's character, never directly spoke nor was spoken to by any other character than JD, Zach Braff's character. Therefore, the Janitor would be a complete figment of JD's imagination. This idea was kept up into the second season, still in fear of cancellation, until Flynn asked Lawrence to be able to finally interact with another actor on the series. (Although Elliot actually throws a cup at him in the 6th episode and sarcastically says "SORRY!", in episode 11 he gets punched on the balls by a little girl and in episode 15 the janitor teases the nurse with the vacuum cleaner)
It was Zach Braff's idea to have John Ritter play JD's father.
At the beginning of the second season, a longer intro was introduced that included all of the characters in the show, and not just the doctors. It was quickly scuttled when NBC decided to extend the length of the episodes in an attempt to win more viewers.
Season 8 was originally supposed to be the show's finale, but creator Bill Lawrence decided to add a 9th season (and not doing a spin-off). As a result, the show changed significantly. Season 9 became known under the title "Scrubs: Med School", J.D. was no longer the central character, a lot of new actors were cast and the episode titles no longer started with "My...", but with "Our...". The whole show was eventually canceled after season 9.
Ted has a picture of his mother in his office. The woman portrayed is, in fact, the real-life mother of actor Sam Lloyd.
In one episode, J.D. daydreams about winning an award at a ceremony hosted by Dr. Cox; when he breaks out of his trance, he smirks and utters to himself "Take that, Tony Shalhoub !" This is a comic reference to the fact that Zach Braff lost his only Primetime Emmy nomination for _"Scrubs" (2001)_ to Shalhoub for his role in Monk (2002) , as well as the fact that Shalhoub won a grand total of three Emmys for this role by the end of the show's run.
In the Spanish dubbed version of the show, the nurse Carla Espinosa speaks with her mother in Italian. In the original English version, they speak Spanish.
The recurring character Hooch is portrayed as crazy and sometimes homocidal. Phil Lewis, who plays Hooch, spent time in jail in 1993 for manslaughter.
Scrubs (2001) was originally going to air on ABC but then ABC turned it down and NBC picked up the show. In 2008, however, ABC picked it up after NBC canceled it.
The third floor of the hospital where scrubs is shot has been renovated to be offices for the crew and producers, and dressing rooms for the cast. The show's staff and cast are allowed to bring their dogs to work, and they all stay on the third floor. Donald Faison who plays Turk on the show was not a fan of the dogs, and was seemingly left quite a few presents by the dogs right in front of his door. But the truth that he still may not know is it is really fellow cast member, Robert Maschio ("The Todd"), who collects the dog "two-sies" he runs into through out the day and places them in front of Donald Faison's dressing room door. Maschio revealed this for the first time while doing video for the DVD release of the show; it was put on the third season DVD special features. During Fasion's interview he was still unaware it was Maschio and not the dogs leaving him the presents.
Sacred Heart Hospital is named after the school which Christa Miller, (wife of writer Bill Lawrence) attended.
Every episode with an outside shot has a van-styled ambulance in the background.
As of August 2011, the North Hollywood Medical Center where the series was shot (in the 12600 block of Riverside Drive, North Hollywood, CA 91607) was torn down.
Zach Braff and Judy Reyes announced they were leaving the show after season 8, so creator Bill Lawrence ended J.D.'s story in the season finale. However, neither Lawrence or ABC wanted to finish the show, so Season 9 was known as Scrubs: Med School and starred a new group of characters. Donald Faison and John C. McGinley remained as regulars and Braff, Sarah Chalke and Ken Jenkins agreed to guest-star sporadically.
While Bill Lawrence, the series creator, stated on Facebook that the janitor's real name was Glenn Matthews, his is in conflict with season 3 episode 8 where JD sees the janitor playing the role of the Transit Cop in the movie The Fugitive (1993). At the end of the episode the janitor admits that it was him playing that role. The role of the Transit Cop was played by an actor named Neil Flynn indicating that the janitor's actual name also had to be Neil Flynn. However, it is possible that, like many actors, Glenn Matthews went by a stage name. In this case Neil Flynn may be the stage name of Glenn Matthews.
Former members of Spin City (1996) often appear as guest stars. Cast members have included Michael J. Fox, Heather Locklear, Barry Bostwick, Richard Kind, Alan Ruck, Alexander Chaplin, and Michael Boatman. Scrubs (2001) creator Bill Lawrence was also the creator of Spin City, and producer Randall Winston was also an associate producer for Spin City.
Dr. Cox's full name is Percival Ulysses Cox, but he goes by Perry.
Perry Cox is named after a former High School English teacher 'Bill Lawrence (iii)' had. It is simply a coincidence that the surnames of the only two major actors from his previous show Friends (1994) who had guest appearances on Scrubs, are 'Matthew Perry' and Courteney Cox.
The officant at the wedding of Lady and the Janitor is Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence. At the beginning of the ceremony he says it's "time to join you two in marriage as only the creator can."
The teasers for the 2001 season finale parodied the teasers for the show 24 (2001) which had the same time slot as Scrubs (2001).
Actor Michael Muhney was initially up for the role of JD, but was told he wasn't quirky enough for the role.
The set used for Sacred Heart Hospital was used in Crossroads (2002).
Includes several references to "Friends" including numerous references to Elliot and J.D. being like Rachel and Ross. Courtney Cox and Matthew Perry, who play Monica and Chandler in "Friends" also guest star in "Scrubs".
The hospital setting of Sacred Heart was also used as the setting of the Adult Swim show Children's Hospital during the first three seasons.
In season 3 episode 8 while J.D. is watching The Fugitive he sees the Janitor. Neil Flynn, "the Janitor," actually played the part in the movie.
Dr. Cox has been seen wearing several professional sports jerseys, including Jeremy Shockey and Chris Chelios, two "bad boys" of their respective sports.
Most of the lead cast (and many of the recurring characters) are also supporting/lead or guest voices on Clone High (2002). Both are executive produced by Bill Lawrence.
As an experiment, the Season 5 finale "My Transition" (#5.24) was finished and aired in High Definition. Scrubs (2001) is the first network show to complete an on-line edit in Final Cut Pro SD, and with this episode becomes the first network show to on-line in HD in Final Cut Pro. However the show continues to be produced in Standard Definition. According to the producer, Randall Winston: "After a lot of teasing, yes, the HD was an experiment, for everyone really. We will not be doing any more HD - there is a cost that no one is interested in covering and there is debate, not among us here at the show, about how the quality stands up. I don't think that we can get the look that the show is designed around [by using] tape."
Despite the fact that Dr. Cox is an outspoken atheist, he talks to God more than any other character in the show, albeit ironically.
J.D.'s social security number is 987-65-4320, and his P.I.N is 3674 (D-O-R-I).
Travis Schuldt, who plays Keith, is older than Zach Braff and Sarah Chalke in real life, even though Keith is meant to be Elliot's boy toy.
Zach Braff (J.D) and Eliza Coupe (Denise 'Jo' Mahoney) share the same birthday. Braff is six years older than Coupe.
Many songs by musician Joshua Radin appear in the show. Joshua Radin is close friends with Zach Braff, the actor who portrays Dr. John "J.D." Dorian
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In the German dubbed version Elliot speaks Danish instead of German and in later episodes sometimes Bavarian (a very curious dialect only spoken in the southeast of germany).
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The show has some connections to the abbreviation TCW. Donald Faison starred in Remember the Titans (2000), whose high school was TCW. JD later dates a girl whose is called TCW (Tasty Coma Wife) and then it is shown in the episode "My No Good Reason" as being from a school with the initials TCW.
In the episode "My Old Man" in Season 1, while Eliot and Turk are giving their presentation, a doctor is shown wearing a name badge that reads, "Dr. Hunter S. Thompson." Hunter S. Thompson was an American author who wrote Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Rum Diaries.
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Ken Jenkins' (Dr. Kelso) wife, Katharine Hougton graduated from Sarah Lawrence College which was founded by the great-great-grandparents of Scrubs creator, Bill Lawrence.
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Due to budget cuts during season 8, the writing staff was split into two groups (one for episodes 1-7, the other for episodes 8-18). Additionally, each regular cast member was absent for three episodes during the season (two in the case of Zach Braff and Sarah Chalke).
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Whenever talking about surgery or operating, Turk almost always mentions the removal of the spleen.
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In the opening sequence, Elliot's hair changes as she approachs the hospital bed. It starts down and then can be seen up in a hair clip.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

It was presumed to be revealed in the season 8 finale that the Janitor's real name is Glenn Matthews. However after J.D. walks away, someone walks by the Janitor and calls him "Tommy". In a Facebook post by Bill Lawrence on April 13, 2011, he confirmed that the janitor was telling the truth when he revealed his name as Glenn Matthews.
A list of the languages the characters know as revealed throughout the episodes. Elliot speaks German and French, Turk knows very little French and he learns Spanish for Carla. Both Dr. Cox and Carla speak Spanish, and the Janitor knows sign language and also speaks Spanish and Korean. JD also speaks a bit of Turkish when a turkish doctor tries to steal his pudding for the second time.
Dr. Cox's son, Jack, was born March 21, 2003.
In Season 9, Episode 5 the teacher evaluation results list is filled primarily with the names of presidents. Some include Thomas Jefferson, Gerald Ford, and Dwight D. Eisenhower.
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