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.