Love & Bromance On 'Scrubs' With Shea Serrano

Shea Serrano literally wrote the book on Scrubs, so Zach Braff and Donald Faison have him on as a guest on Fake Doctors, Real Friends fairly frequently. On this episode, they’re talking about one of Shea’s favorite Scrubs episodes, “My Life In Four Cameras,” which was shot with multiple cameras and in front of a live studio audience, like a traditional sitcom. There are a lot of laugh-out-loud moments in this show, but what really grabbed them was the very real way the romantic relationships played out. Plus, what it was like to work with Clay Aiken, how it’s going with Donald and Zach’s new jobs, why producer Joelle Monique’s mom hates her dating theme song, and all the improvised moments that became fan favorite jokes.

“Turk and Carla are my favorite TV couple,” Shea says. “They just do such a good job of showing how relationships are a) supposed to be a little bit bumpy, and b) how that bumpiness is precisely how you know that couple is supposed to be together and that they’re in love….It’s really hard to do that in a show in a way that feels real.” The juxtaposition of J.D. and Kylie being cutesy with each other and Carla and Turk being real played well, too, because it seems like the extra-affectionate couple is the one that’s going to last. But it’s the honesty and vulnerability Turk and Carla have that make their relationship strong. Zach agrees, saying he’s “a sucker for romance” and also loves how real Elliott and J.D.’s relationship plays out over the course of the show: They had “a lot of growing up to do, and the fact that they’re able to find each other after they’ve dated other people….felt romantic and real,” he says. But his favorite relationship of all is his “love affair with Donald and with Turk.” 

Then Lindsay and her brother-in-law Galen come on the show to ask about their favorite costumes; Donald immediately answers, “Eddie Murphy Raw. Or when I got to be Black Indiana Jones in somebody’s colon.” For Zach, it’s the Princess Bride episode, which he feels is underrated – ”but I directed it so I’m extra biased.” Then Galen asks for advice raising twins, because he and his wife are currently caring for two foster babies who are only a couple months apart in age. Both Shea and Donald have twins, and they have similar advice: “They’re going to gang up on you,” Donald warns. “It’s going to feel like they’re running a 2-on-1 fast break on you at all times,” Shea agrees. “But your only job is to let them know that your house is a safe place to be and that you want them there.” Hear all their great Scrubs memories and more on this episode of Fake Doctors, Real Friends.

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