Scrubs pays homage to ‘A Princess Bride’

scrubs.jpgDespite my otherworldly hatred for Zack Braff, his sitcom Scrubs is actually pretty funny thanks in large part to the other cast members like Sarah Chalke, Donald Faison, Neil Flynn, and John C. McGinley.

Strangely, I’ve never watched it when it airs on television, but I find myself watching the reruns all the time. I’ll put it on in the background while making dinner or when working or when there is nothing else on television. Twist my arm and I’d even say it’s one of the most underrated sitcoms on television – ever.

Show creator Bill Lawrence confirms to TV Guide’s Matt Ausiello that the final episode (at least on NBC since there is still no word on if ABC will pick up the show) airing on May 15 will be a budget-breaking homage to the second most awesome movie of all-time A Princess Bride. Yeah, nothing is knocking The Goonies off the top spot.

“Even now, after seven years, we try to do one show that we spend way too much money and time on in the hopes that people? actually, you know what? We’re ultimately just making ourselves happy,” Bill confesses. “It’s like last year when we did the musical. Some of the response was like, ‘Who gives a shit?’ But we were happy. Same thing when we did the live-action sitcom. And this year, partly because my wife always jokes that I haven’t written an episode of Scrubs that my kids can watch, and partly because one of our favorite family movies is The Princess Bride, we did a huge homage to The Princess Bride. Zach directed it like a major feature; we blew our entire season’s budget on it. There are horse chases and castles?. Janitor is a giant, Elliot is a princess, Dr. Cox is a knight. It’s crazy and silly for a seventh-year show to be trying this stuff, but, man, I’m really proud of it.”

The one thing that Scrubs does so well is this type of absurb ambitious humor. That they pull it off so well is testament to the cast and crew, Zack Braff notwithstanding. This episode, I may not wait until the reruns. Is it too much to find out what the janitor’s name is?

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