It goes without saying that this show has lost its umphh. But more than anything what irritates me about the recent episodes is the ridiculous pity the producers and directors are showering over the useless-waste-of-time-character - The Janitor.
The hospital custodian, known as "Janitor", played by Neil Flynn, was originally visioned as a ghost who exists only in J.D's eyes. Therefore the Janitor had scenes only with J.D in season 1. The plan was when season one ended, they would dramatically reveal this fact and the show would end its run. But to the surprise of the makers, Scrubs got picked up for season two and Mr. Flynn didn't want to just have scenes with J.D anymore.
Hence the character of the Janitor was thrown into several story lines where he would share scenes with the rest of the cast. Since season 2 it was obvious to me that the decision to turn the Janitor into anything more than a secondary-seldom-appearing character was not inspirational. Even though Neil Flynn proved at times that he could make the outrageous Janitor an asset to the shows ensemble, it has been quite impossible for me to like his character, personality and presence. Yet that character still exists and is even getting major focus. Why? well I think its because they feel bad for the old guy. What do you guys think? Do you like the Janitor? Do you like that they are giving focus to his character? I am clearly anti-janitor, are there more like me out there?
In my opinion they should have kept the "Janitor is a ghost story line" alive, reduced Neil's screen time to 7 to 9 episodes a season and revealed the fact that he is a ghost in the shows last ever episode of season 8.
To be honest there are so many wrongs to right in Scrubs. Season one had a certain tone which dwindled out of existence as the show progressed. I thus no longer can relate to the characters and feel the writers have done grave injustice. The episode "My Soul on Fire", which aired on April 15th definitely illustrates the extent to how much the show diverted from its initial run. In it we saw how useless characters got focus and how Scrubs lost every bit of its charm. I hope the future episodes are better.
Scrubs is an Emmy award winning quirky comedy-drama based on professional and personal lives of characters working at the Sacred Heart Teaching Hospital. It airs on Wednesdays at 8PM on ABC