Oct. 02, 2001
30 min.
ABC TV Network

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This half-hour comedy focuses on the bizarre experiences of fresh-faced medical intern John "J.D." Dorian (Zach Braff) as he embarks on his healing career in a surreal hospital crammed full of unpredictable staffers and patients – where humor and tragedy can merge paths at any time.

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Samuel R. Lloyd IV was an American character actor, a capella singer, and musician, known for Scrubs, ...

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Theodore "Ted" Buckland, Esq. was the lawyer of New Sacred Heart until he left to spend time traveling and with his girlfriend Stephanie Gooch.

Until recently, Ted lived at home with his mother, who thinks he's a doctor. ("My Scrubs") They used to sleep together in the same bed but now Ted has his own room and only sleeps in the same bed as his mother when he has a bad dream ("My Soul on Fire, Part 1"). Sometimes Ted helps her apply lotion to places she can't reach.

Ted was Bob Kelso's personal punching bag when Kelso was the Chief of Medicine. He is still emotionally scarred by how he was treated. ("My New Role") Ted has virtually no self-esteem, and any confidence he had was systematically crushed by Kelso. He carries a murderous hatred of Kelso as well as suicidal tendencies, but lacks the wherewithal to do anything about either situation.It was mentioned in my blind date that he had a wife that left him.

Ted singing at Janitor's wedding

Ted is an attorney but not a very good one. He took his bar exam in Alaska. ("My Lawyer's in Love") He is easily intimidated by other, better lawyers, so he is basically useless during disputes. He had aspirations at one point of being a senator, but that dream was crushed long ago. The amount of time he has actually worked at Sacred Heart is unclear because he once commented to Dr. Kelso that he had a full head of hair when he started out (which was also shown in a flashback), but later reveals to the Janitor that he began losing his hair in eighth grade.

Ted's only real release from his life is his band. He is a part of the A Capella band, The Worthless Peons. A group of similarly pathetic, but reasonably talented singers, who specialize in odd song numbers, such as television theme songs or commercial jingles. While generally despised, Ted's band did end up playing at Turk and Carla's Wedding fairly successfully. ("My Best Friend's Wedding") Ted was also a member of the air-band The Cool Cats.

He is constantly fearful of Sacred Heart being sued. Once, when J.D. and Turk asked him what the issues would be if a doctor hit a golfball off the roof, and it went into the windshield of someone who would then go to that very hospital, Ted froze for a moment. When they attempted to get his attention, Ted greeted them once again, and asked them what he could do for him, as if he blocked the question out completely.

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05x17 - My Chopped Liver
Season 5, Episode 17
08x17 - My Chief Concern
Season 8, Episode 17
06x07 - His Story IV
Season 6, Episode 07
04x08 - My Last Chance
Season 4, Episode 08
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