Was the Janitor really in the Fugitive?

If you’re a fan of the Scrubs tv show then you might remember the episode in which JD thinks he sees the Janitor in the Fugitive as a policeman on the subway train who shouts, “Kimball!” before being shot. I always wondered if the Janitor was messing with JD’s head at the end of that episode when he acts out the policeman role.

Wonder no more. Neil Flynn who acts as the Janitor in Scrubs really did appear in the film the Fugitive! You can read about this and more trivia on imdb or the Janitor page on Wikipedia.

Janitor’s facility with accents is explained by his membership on his high school’s speech team (“My Fifteen Seconds”) and his past experience as an actor; he even had a small role in The Fugitive (Flynn actually played the role of the transit policeman who is shot on the commuter train in the film, mixing reality with the storyline). Janitor shares this secret only with J.D.; it explains why he’s a janitor now, and was implied as another reason for his sadistic behavior, as an outlet for his frustration at a failed acting career (“My Friend the Doctor”).

Jump forward to about 1:18 of this fan video made of Neil Flynn clips. You’ll see both the Fugitive and Scrubs scenes one after the other.

And finally, some Janitor highlights, including the first time JD and he met. “Maybe there’s a penny stuck in there?” Very funny! I think the janitor is one of the better and unusual characters in Scrubs.

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  1. Heh, I never considered that people might doubt that Neil was in The Fugitive. That’s what made it funny for me. But now that I think about it, the prospect of the Janitor editing his copy of The Fugitive just to screw with his mind is pretty darn funny too.

    Little bit of trivia… the Janitor character was only supposed to appear for that one episode. He was so good, and the interaction between J.D. and the Janitor was so good that they decided to make him a regular character.

    Have you seen the one where J.D. helps the Janitor move out of his apartment? Classic.

    1. If the janitor played in the fugitive wouldn’t his name be Neil, because Neil plays as the cop in fugitive. Or its a plot hole because his name is revealed as glenn matthews

  2. That episode was great too. At the end of it weren’t they robbing stuff from someone’s appartment? The owners returned and JD had a box of stuff in his arms!

  3. Same with me,I never considered that people might doubt that Neil was in The Fugitive. That’s what made it funny for me aswell. But now that I think about it, the prospect of the Janitor editing his copy of The Fugitive just to screw with his mind is pretty darn funny too.ya that episode is so funny when ask J.D to help him,he think for min to himself that meb he is up to something because the Janitor does not like J.D for me that is best episode the Janitor is in with J.D.I am big fan of scrubs so i am bebo so i made an scrubs fans bebo page on the band part of it,so if anybody would like to join it the url is:http://ScrubsFans.bebo.com hopfully we will have lots of the fans of the show where can talk about the show etc.

  4. I actually didn’t know Flynn was in the Fugitive the first time I saw the episode, thought it was just a joke (I really wouldn’t put it past The Janitor to edit a copy of the film just to screw with J.D’s head), but I got curious and googled it later. Good work to the scriptwriters for that 😀 It’s even funnier when you know Flynn actually WAS in The Fugitive.

  5. The janitor was also in the pilot of Doogie Howser MD!!!! he plays a cop in the first 5 minutes lol, with a 70s porn stash

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