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Neil Flynn Cleans Scrubs

Published October 19, 2007 in Television
By Fred Topel | Image property of NBC.
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As the hospital janitor, Neil Flynn has always been on the outside of Scrubs' medical stories. His role is to mess with J.D. (Zach Braff) amid his medical fantasies. In the show's final season, one upcoming episode has the entire hospital visualized as a fantasy, so Janitor's role grows accordingly.

Neil Flynn on Scrubs


"I am apparently a giant of some sort," said Flynn. "The writers wracked their brains to think of what wild adventure the janitor could have and made him a giant. So I'll see what it's like to be taller than everybody else."

At 6'5", this is not much of a stretch. "I am so at least it's familiar territory. I think it is a great idea and it's a good chance for all the departments to stretch and demonstrate abilities that they haven't been able to demonstrate before. I think the fantasy episode will be sort of like the musical episode was last year. It's a little fantastic in the true sense of the word and just sort of unusual for a television show. I really think that could end up being very funny."

No complicated CGI is required to super size Flynn. Scrubs is doing it all old school. "It'll be done with costume and wardrobe and gigantic shoes. I'll be about close to eight feet tall."

This giant will surely keep messing with whatever incarnation J.D. takes in the fantasy. "I imagine he will. Even in fairy tale land, there's animosity there. I haven't seen a script yet but I trust it's going to be one of our better episodes."



In the main storylines of Scrubs' final season, Flynn hopes for some closure. We know we will meet his girlfriend this year (despite his talk of a wife previously) and perhaps even find out his name.

"The advantage we have of knowing when the curtain is going to come down is that we can time our exit and plan for closure for ourselves, the characters and the audience. So I think we will be able to wrap it up so that everyone's satisfied: the creators, the actors and the audience. I think the writers have done a great job all along of keeping the supporting characters visible and familiar to the audience. I don't think that the weight will be distributed too far in favor of the leads. I think they'll continue to use the secondary characters to their best advantage."

Scrubs airs Thursday nights on NBC.

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