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J.D.'s brother returning to Scrubs

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 18th 2008 8:35AM
One of the greatest guest stars in Scrubs, nay, in television history will make his triumphant return soon.

Tom Cavangagh told TV Guide he will make another guest appearance on Scrubs as J.D.'s older brother Dan before the final season's hourglass runs out of mortality sand.

Cavanagh confirmed the news by saying the "chances are 100 percent" that he'll get to go back on the show this season. Cavanagh will also star in the TNT show Trust Me with Will & Grace star Eric McCormick and Scrubs regular Sarah Chalke.

Cavanagh's appearances on the show were always a welcome presence because he made the perfect antagonist for J.D. Of course, that's other than Dr. Cox, played by John C. McGinley, who seems to have an almost unnatural fetish for torturing younger men. That's the start of a metaphor that I don't think I want to finish now.

Last time we saw Dan, he had gotten his life together, thanks to his little brother. But yet another brotherly fight this time forced Dan to state the obvious to J.D.: that he needs to grow up and become a man. It's something Dr. Cox has been saying since episode one, but with a lot less girl name calling and allusions to murdering Hugh Jackman.

Cavanagh is one of the most underrated actors on television today. Ed was one of those underappreciated shows that didn't deserve an early death sentences and J.D.'s mindless optimistic loser brother made a perfect fit for Cavanagh. It will be interesting to see how things turn out in this final episode since Dan told J.D. that HE is the one who needs to grow up and be a man. Didn't being called Betty for seven years not drive that message home already?

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Cavangagh's Labbatt Blue (pre-Ed) commercial that ran for years is probably on YouTube. Cavangagh and a dog floating on a lake by a cottage.

December 19 2008 at 1:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ed wasn't underappreciated. It ended at a good point because they were about to run another lap around the whole town with that love story that was getting ridiculous.

The real good thing coming out of Ed was Justing Long.

December 19 2008 at 5:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ugh, I can't stand his character or the actor himself. That's one episode I'll skip.

December 18 2008 at 11:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Didn't they finish filming this season months ago?

December 18 2008 at 1:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I can't wait for Scrubs' return.

While I do find Tom Cavangagh/Dan entertaining, one guest appearance a season is plenty enough. I can only take his persona in very limited doses.

I think that's why "Love Monkey" didn't stay on air for very long.

December 18 2008 at 1:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Scrubs is still on!!?!?!?!?

I'm surprised it's lasted this long it's been treated like a red-headed stepchild so much..

December 18 2008 at 10:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It is not Sarah Chalke from Scrubs starring in Trust Me, rather Sarah Clarke (24).

December 18 2008 at 9:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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