"Scrubs" My First Day (TV Episode 2001) Poster

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J.D. is loosely based on a real person and a lot of the situations the character faces are based on real-life moments the real J.D. had to face, including having nurses do his hypodermic procedures and IVs.
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Elliot's character was originally written to be mean-spirited and opportunist; after careful consideration, the producers realized that Elliot's character wasn't sympathetic or likable, and therefore re-wrote and re-shot some of her scenes. This is why Elliot seems out of character in the pilot.
Turk uses the electrical defibrillation paddles to "shock" an apparently unconscious patient, who immediately wakes up screaming in pain, apparently not having been unconscious at all. That patient was played by Vinko Bogataj, the Slovenian ski jumper whose disastrously unsuccessful ski jump attempt was made famous in the opening title sequence of ABC's television sport news show ABC's Wide World of Sports (1961).
The fantasy scene that JD has about him and Elliot was filmed on the set of My Wife and Kids (2001).
The guy on the scanner that JD is doctoring as Turk comes clean about really being scared all the time is the same actor who plays Lonnie (Michael Hobert).
They sprayed Sam Lloyd with fake sweat after giving him a pasty looking makeover. After the pilot aired his mother called him worried about how ill he looked on television.
While 'Scrubs'' "regular episodes" are shot at the former North Hollywood Medical Center, The Pilot episode was filmed in another hospital in Glendale, California which, incidentally, has since been torn down. Some of the scenes in this episode had to be reshot in North Hollywood, though, making the continuity of this episode somewhat difficult for the crew.
Several of the extras at the beginning of the episode are friends or acquaintances of the producers and show creator.


The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

J.D says that he didn't stick the penny in the door but in the last episode he reveals that he did
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