Scrubs Cast: The Little People

Friday, September 30 by Frost

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Most fans are familiar with the lead actors on the "Scrubs" cast, like Zach Braff, Donald Faison, and Sarah Chalke, but what about the hidden gems within this medical comedy. A careful balance of comedy, serious issues and relationships get a talented ensemble that executes all stories with precision and timing. Top off your laugh meter and see if any of your favorites made the list:

Neil Flynn.

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His role as the janitor in "Scrubs" is probably one of the greatest supporting roles in a comedy. From switching on the charm for those he isn't actively engaged in destroying or paying back to carrying a quiet sense of malice mixed with righteousness, Neil Flynn runs the gamut without a misstep. The fact that whether anything he's told any other character about his past and even his name is anywhere near the truth remains hidden throughout the series. Maybe the truth is there but it's buried under a hundred other contradicting statements and so this "Scrubs" character is not so much a cleaner as he is a man of mystery.

Ken Jenkins.

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For those people who have known or encountered hospital administrators, Ken Jenkins is spot on perfection in the decisions he makes in "Scrubs" as Dr. Bob Kelso. Having the bottom line to answer for as well as needing to manage expectations among his staff while still ending up with more patients alive at the end of the day then dead creates a character that needs to have multiple layers else he become a two-dimensional robot that is wheeled in to move the story along. Kelso is a character that you can fight as hard as you want to keep on hating him but while you're focused, Jenkins will have him sneak up behind you and win you over in little ways.

Aloma Wright.

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A voice of reason that has a mean tackle, Nurse Lawrence as played by Aloma Wright, conveys matriarchal power beautifully. The fact that she is often used for slapstick shows off Wright's talents at being funny in any genre of comedy. Nurse Lawrence also brings her religion into "Scrubs" where perhaps the patients still seek a higher power while the staff has seen too many terrible things to bother with any deity. This spirituality adds an element to the show that is either overlooked or played larger than life elsewhere, but with Aloma's performance she sticks to her beliefs, shares them but doesn't seek to force these thoughts into every situation. She is that rare hybrid of science and faith and serves "Scrubs" with distinction.

Sam Lloyd.

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Sam Lloyd plays the role of Ted Buckland with almost reckless abandon. As dichotomy personified, Ted is both the foil and serf to Bob Kelso's machinations. Passive aggressive ploys haunt the back of Ted's mind as he works to circumvent some of the more cruel plans of Bob Kelso while still seeking out Kelso's rare affection and even rarer compliments. Sam Lloyd plays Buckland as 75% slapstick clown and 25% sincerity as he strives for love, friendship and a toughening of his own spine.

Robert Maschio.

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Sexual harassment and innuendo is often the topic for beginning a new job or starting at college but in "Scrubs" it is personified in "The Todd" as played by Robert Maschio. Instead of sticking to classic innuendo, Todd harasses both men and women and even at times inanimate objects. The character of Todd is deadpan genius as he is a place for the show to let the id have a voice. As that reptilian part of our brain, Todd gets to take the easy jokes, make the easy plays and stay entertaining in both the laugh factor and the groan factor.

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