15 Fan-Demanded "Scrubs" Questions Answered By Zach Braff Himself
"Rowdy? Funny story about Rowdy. I tried to take him home — he was our dead, taxidermy dog — and the network wouldn’t let me have him."
1. First things first: How good do you think you'll be at Operation?
2. What was your impression of Donald when you first met?
ZB: Not a very good actor. Phoning it in. Handsome, of course. Sexually attractive to people of all types — but I think he would say that I taught him everything he knows.
3. Would you say your real-life bromance with Donald is as perfect as your onscreen bromance?
4. What happened to Rowdy after the show?
ZB: Rowdy? Funny story about Rowdy. I tried to take him home — he was our dead, taxidermy dog — and the network wouldn’t let me have him. I thought as a price for doing eight and a half years of the wonderful show that I should be allowed to have Rowdy in my house, but they didn’t agree. Although I did ask them if I could put him in my film I Wish I Was Here and have him do a cameo, and he’s in the background of one of the shots. They said they would only allow me to do it if they sent him with a bodyguard. I’m not kidding — the studio literally thought that I was going to steal the dead, taxidermy animal and they sent a security guard with the dog who was his bodyguard for the day because they were right... I would’ve stolen his ass.
5. What was your favorite Scrubs fantasy?
6. Did you keep anything from set after the show wrapped?
ZB: That’s a good question. I don’t think they let me. I think I tried to take things and they wouldn’t let me. Rowdy was the most important to me and I didn’t get him. Oh! I have — if you remember from the pilot when I was a deer in headlights, I wore those foam deer antlers. You wouldn’t know they were foam, but they were foam, so they would sit on my head, and I have those in my house. To this day I have the deer antlers. One of the first fantasies we ever did when I was a deer in headlights in the pilot — I have those at my house.
7. Did you know the Janitor’s name from the beginning, or did you find out when J.D. found out?
8. Are there any memorable moments that were improvised and ended up making the cut?
ZB: Nine zillion! One of the great things about the show was that Bill Lawrence let us improvise a lot, so we would always get what was written locked down, and then we would just play around. And that’s where some of the audience’s favorite stuff over the years came from — just us all playing around and being silly. We were such good friends that it was just kind of like anyone watching who has a group of friends who would just joke around and make each other laugh and be stupid together. That’s what we were doing. So a lot of the stuff, like Eagle and all that stuff, was just us fucking around.
9. What do you think J.D. would be doing in present day?
10. Do you ever diagnose people using your Scrubs knowledge?
ZB: No, but I often get asked by people and they’re not even kidding. They’re like, “You know, you played a doctor for so long, can you look at this?” And I think they’re joking, but they’re not! They think I somehow have some sort of knowledge. And I just say, “Put ointment on it.” No matter what it is, even if it’s like, a broken arm. Ointment. If you’re listening out there, don’t listen to my advice. Seek medical help if you have a genuine ailment…but first try ointment. "Ointment" is just a funny word.
11. Did anything happen on set that still makes you laugh to this day?
12. Please tell me you still sing “Guy Love” with Donald, or sang it at least once outside of the show.
ZB: We don’t really sing “Guy Love" because that would be embarrassing singing the song. At the I Wish I Was Here screening we sang “Guy Love” and it was amazing. But we don’t, like, walk around singing it. I will you tell you an embarrassing story, though. We were once at a party and had been over-served a bit, and the song ["No Scrubs"] came on and we did look at each other and go, “Ohhhhh!” and start dancing. But Donald will say that only I did that and that he looked at me like I was an idiot, but I will tell you that he too did it.
13. Who do you think had the best character development over the course of Scrubs?
14. Did you expect Scrubs to have such a strong cult following?
ZB: I am so surprised. I mean, the reason we’re here is to talk about how it is now on Comedy Central for two hours a day, four episodes a day, five times a week. I’m very surprised that it’s the show that keeps on going and going and going. We were on Netflix for so long and we’ve been on Hulu, and after this many years of being off the air, one would think like, Wow, that was great. We have such awesome fans and they liked it, and I guess now it’s time for it to be over. And then we got this call saying No, nothing’s over. Comedy Central is going to put it on for two hours every single day, and that’s pretty cool. It’s a testament to how much the fans loved it and so I’m super grateful for them.