Pictures and Questions from the set of 

[Scrubs]

Closed set

It's amazing what you can fit in an Altoids tin

We took almost a hundred pictures during our visit, but what we remember most is just how gracious the cast and crew were and how they included us as one of their own. At times, I felt like we were intruding just by being there - after all, it was just another day at work for these dedicated folks, but no one ever made us feel like we didn't belong.

From making sure we knew about the snacks and goodies in the kitchen, to answering our occasional questions, volunteering information about the production, giving us the VIP tour, or just general conversation, we were treated as honored guests. Though it's hard to single anyone out, we were especially appreciative of the time and attention Director Richard Wells shared with us, given the constant demands of the production. He was easy-going, had a great sense of humor and was clearly an asset to the show.


Lights, camera ... smiles!
The Pharmacist and the Chief of Staff at Sacred Heart

 

Ken Jenkins ("Dr. Kelso") was as nice as his character is mean. We had a nice conversation talking about his role and family during a break just before "our" pharmacy scene and had given Bernice and Jen the background on the "Kelso memorial portrait" earlier in the morning.

The picture on his ID badge is his, with Dr. Kelso's information. Note the position of the stethoscopes - I always made sure mine covered the picture on my badge. Some of the pictures and names used on the prop badges for the extras were those of current or former crew members, but Ken didn't recognize either the picture or the name "Greg Bilson".

With Zach
Zach Braff ("J.D.") made a point to say hello.
My daughter still hasn't come back down to earth.
(I was supposed to crop out the two people on the right!)
With Sarah
All smiles with an out-of-costume Sarah Chalke ("Elliot"),
who is even prettier in person than she is on TV.
Neil Flynn
We met Neil Flynn ("The Janitor") at lunch.
He was absolutely delightful to chat with.
The cafeteria gang
Donald Faison ("Turk") and Director Richard A. Wells
bookend the group in the cafeteria. I don't recall the
names of the crew members in back, but they were
great to us all day.

 

Around Sacred Heart
3
Upstairs at a nurses' station
xrays
X-Rays

ER beds

Hallway
Dr. Cox's appartment
Dr. Cox's appartment
Dr. Cox's living room
Dr. Cox's living room
The admissions lobby
The lobby. The picture under the television on the right
is the front of "Sacred Heart", actually elsewhere in L.A.
On the couch
Yes, it really is an ugly couch
At the pharmacy
At the Pharmacy
In the wardrobe department
In the wardrobe department
air conditioning, Scrubs style
"Air conditioning" - this long tube was run from the outside into the cafeteria.
A fan blew outside air in to cool down the set. A few hours before this hallway
was packed to film the scene described earlier with Zach and the phone.
Sacred Heart Community
The sign over the admissions desk

Kelso portrait
The Kelso portrait in the first-floor hallway



 

Frequently Asked Questions

When did your episode air?
In late March, NBC scheduled "My Fault" for Thursday, April 22, 2004 at 9:30pm eastern time, not too long after it had moved 'Scrubs' from Thursday to Tuesday nights. That week, new episodes aired on both days. Fortunately, Tivo's Season Pass made sure we saw both, though it wasn't fair for fans that just got used to the Tuesday switch.

Are you visible in the actual episode?
Yes, more than I expected. I'm in the first cafeteria scene (about 8 minutes into the episode), on the left at the window table, and at the pharmacy window between Dr. Kelso and Dr. Cox as Mr. Corman walks to the front door (about 12 minutes in). I'm also seen VERY briefly in the back of the pharmacy when Mr. Corman and Dr. Cox are talking near the end of the episode. See the "Broadcast scene shots" section above for frames from the broadcast from the four major story scenes described in this article.

What did you see filmed that didn't make it into the final episode?
Many takes had different dialogue variations. At the end of the cafeteria scene where Carla asks Turk "Are you watching my boobs?", the original response was "You relax your way, I'll relax mine" just before "Deep breaths". The way Donald had delivered it during filming was great and we missed it right away when we saw the show. John C. did Cox's "Damn it all to hell, Bob" speech multiple ways, in part because of his tendancy to say "scam" instead of "scan". Laverne's response to Dr. Kelso's "You're our witness, Laverne" was not the version we thought was best. I'm sure there were others, but those are the ones we remember.

There were a few things cut, most likely because of running length requirements. There was a great bit that Ken did with Kelso's ring as a reaction shot after Mr. Corman enters that didn't make it. Too bad, as it was VERY funny. The scene where Elliot is leaving the hopsital was shortened - you don't see shots of her leaving the elevator, Dr. Michead and me lounging outside or J.D. talking on the phone. In the scene at the pharmacy window, Mr. Corman's walk to the door after passing Dr. Cox didn't make it, nor did the shot of the nurse walking by. (The same extra also walks by, in almost the same location, in the evening scene with Mr. Corman and Dr. Cox (and, since she does, it's hard to see me in my "first" appearance). Keeping both shots may have been considered a continuity problem).

Did you see baby Jack?
No, the twins that play the baby were not on set that day. I received a very nice note from their mother and learned that they also play "Baby James Roberts" on 'JAG' and Katie Anne on 'The Division'. They were Ashley's baby Robert on 'Young and the Restless' (he died) and have been on a few other shows. It's unusual for babies to do so many shows, but the twins are small for their age and don't mind the lights, cameras, or noise. They are pretty much up to anything, though Jack #2 does not like Mr. Cookiepants the puppet. Other than that, they love the show and the doggies.

How much does a walk-on role go for?
It depends greatly on the charity event, but past walk-on roles for Scrubs have ranged between $2000 and $7000 and seem to average in the $3000 to $4000 range from what I was able to determine. I've seen walk-on roles for other shows go for less and one on "Star Trek: Enterprise" went for $8100 in late 2003.

Is it tax-deductible?
The charity will provide you with that information. In my case, all but $800 of the donation was considered deductible. How that was determined, I don't know.

How often is a walk-on role offered for Scrubs?
I meant to ask this, but forgot. It's not many in a season though.

Did you sign a contract to appear on the show?
No, but I was required to sign a release. I didn't think to ask for a copy, but I assume it was pretty standard.

Were you paid the same as an extra?
No. Unlike the professionals, you are not paid as a walk-on.
(Of course, the extras aren't paid all that much either - one made about $54 a day if I remember correctly).
All dressed up

Did you have any lines?
No, and I didn't expect to have any. Although director Richard Wells joked about giving me a line, it's extremely unlikely that any non-union, non-professional walk-on would get any lines in a major production. When I was talking with the intern in the cafeteria scene, we were miming speech, not actually speaking aloud. (I had done summer theatre and a commercial long ago, so I was 'experienced' and ready just in case a line did come my way ...)

Why is there a different doctor at the pharmacy window during scene 14?
The "correct" answer?  Continuity. Scene 14 essentially takes place at the same time as scene 13 in the cafeteria. Since I'm eating lunch with a resident in scene 13, I can't be in the pharmacy talking with Dr. Kelso a few seconds later in scene 14.
The "real" answer?  Richard hadn't decided where he was going to use me before the filming for scene 14 had started and the background coordinator had already placed another actor at the window. I could have been used in the pharmacy shots for both 14 and 22, as long as I didn't appear in cafeteria scene 13 filmed later in the afternoon, but then I would've missed those fries ...

What does the writing on the lab coat say?
For the "standard" doctor, it says "Sacred Heart Hospital" on the right side in blue letters. Featured characters wear coats that have their characters names embroidered on the left side.

Did you get to keep your wardrobe?
No. The shirt and pants were mine. The tie and lab coat were returned to the wardrobe department; the badge and stethoscope to the props department.

Did your stethoscope actually work?
Yes.

Will your character be on the show again?
Not sure how to answer this. Choose your favorite:
  (a) Though I'm sure Dr. Bilson remains a dedicated and valued member of the Sacred Heart staff, it's highly unlikely we will see him again.
  (b) No. Sadly, Dr. Bilson passed away a few months ago after suffering complications from a severe case of food poisoning
        caused by eating some bad french fries.
  (c) If Bill Lawrence wants him to, absolutely.

Did you have a dressing room or any special perks?
No. There was no dressing room, no hair, and no make up. We did have director's chairs for our use during the day though and spent most of the day "on set" or in Video Village and not in the bullpen with the professional extras. We were invited to join the cast and crew for meals and visit craft services the kitchen for snacks, drinks, etc. as desired.

Was transportation and lodging included?
No. We were responsible for all expenses incurred to get to the studio. I have seen some walk-on roles offered that also include expenses, but those are usually offered as a prize in a contest and are the exception, not the rule.

Do you get a copy of the footage that was filmed?
No, though I didn't ask. I'm sure there are all sorts of legal reasons that would make that impractical. But thanks to Tivo and my DVD Recorder, I was able to make a copy of the final version of the episode that was broadcast. :)

Did you get a copy of the script?
No, and that was our only disappointment. Scrubs production company policy dictates that distribution of scripts for episodes that haven't aired be tightly controlled. I do have the "sides" (dialogue for the scenes shot that day), but would love to have a copy of the full "My Fault" script. I'm sure the policy varies from production to production - I've visited other sets and received early scripts - though I can certainly appreciate the reasons for the Scrubs policy.

Are you going to put the 7-Up! from the set on EBay?
You're kidding, right? It's just a soda can.
Nothing we have from our visit to the set will be sold. The autographed cast picture, Poloraid, script sides, call sheet and form I wrote on in the pharmacy have far more value to us than any sale could possibly provide.

Can you give me the address of the set or the phone number for the production company?
I don't believe it's appropriate for me to do so. Contact information for Touchtone Television is available elsewhere on the web.

Can you help me get an autograph from [pick a cast member]?
No, sorry.

Can you send me a copy of your DVD? I'll be glad to pay you.
No, sorry. That would be a copyright violation. The copy I made was for my own private use. I'm probably pushing the envelope by having some frames from the broadcast footage on this site. Hopefully, the episode will be available on DVD along with the rest of the series at some point in the future.

Does a walk-on role qualify you for a SAG or AFTRA card?
Not hardly. Plan to keep your day job if you win a walk-on role.

Do the pay phones on the set actually work?
Apparently some do. Zach was surprised to hear a dial tone when he picked up the handset in the bank near the first floor elevator during one scene.

What does "My Fault" refer to?
J.D. believes it's his fault that Elliot is going to move in with Sean, since he's never told Elliot how he felt about her ... until this episode.

What is Mr. Corman's first name?
Harvey. A reference to Harvey Korman from "The Carol Burnett Show".

What do snails have to do with 'Scrubs'?
As it turns out, nothing. Monday morning Sarah Chalke was sitting with a script in Video Village, repeating "slick as a snail's butt" or "slippery as a snail's butt". It turned out that she was not reading from the 'Scrubs' script, but one for a part she was auditioning for at Paramount later that afternoon. I was busy talking to Ken Jenkins at the time and only heard part of the line. My daughter thinks either the script or role was called "Charlie". For a while though, it sure sounded like an interesting 'Scrubs' cafeteria scene

Is the billboard you saw the same one used for Dr. Kelso's ad?
I presume so, as it was directly across the street from the studio grounds. It can be clearly seen in episode 65, "My Choosiest Choice of All", when Zach is outside with the actor playing the guard.

What can you fit in an Altoids tin?
The Pentax Optio S4 digital camera that we used to take the pictures and video clips.

Did you learn anything?
Yes, that the next time my wife tells me to put gel in my hair, I should listen.

Are you really a doctor?
If you are my mother, Yes. Otherwise, No.

Cool web site covering your [Scrubs] visit. Why did you put it together?
Did you notice the domain name?

Where can I find more information on this episode?
You can start with the episode 66 page at the official web site.

What if I have a not-so-frequently-asked question?
Send me an e-mail.



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