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Becker, Season 2

Ted Danson followed up Cheers as Dr. John Becker, the grumpy family doctor in Becker for six seasons. Unlike Sam Malone, Becker was always unhappy with his life in The Bronx, New York.

Feature Episodes
Season 2 continued with John Becker dealing with life one step at a time. Unlike some shows, BeckerĀ  never had an ongoing storyline. You could easily start watching in the middle of the season.

  • Cyrano De-Beckerac
    When Dr. John Becker finds out that one of his patients is dating Reggie, he decides to give the guy some free advice on how to “court her properly.” Meantime, Linda becomes a volunteer for Big Sisters and gets stuck being a mentor to a greedy brat who takes advantage of her at every turn.
  • Linda Quits
    Linda quits her job after she makes a mistake on a patient’s prescription, and Becker hires what seems like an ideal replacement. Meanwhile, Reggie, Jake and Bob wonder why a nicely dressed man keeps pacing back and forth outside the diner.
  • Hate Thy Neighbor
    Confined to his apartment during the recuperation period, Becker is subjected to the intruding lifestyles of those who live in his building, which has him seeing red. His mood brightens — temporarily — when his doctor from the hospital, Elizabeth Carson, makes a house call. Meanwhile, “good help is hard to find” takes on a new meaning when Margaret and Linda try to find a doctor to fill in for Becker.
  • Santa On Ice
    Becker is his usual bitter self as Christmas rolls around, until a department store Santa drops dead in his waiting room. Meanwhile, Reggie prepares for her Christmas party.
  • For Whom the Toll Calls
    When a long-distance call to Chico, California shows up on Becker’s phone bill, he decides to dispute the charge. He even disputes the existence of the town, claiming that it’s just a code word that the phone company uses for bogus charges. Margaret warns Becker not to fight the phone company, after all, “they’re like God with computers,” but Becker persists. Meanwhile, Reggie is upset when she isn’t invited to a friend’s wedding, and Bob listens to motivational tapes in order to land a job.
  • Crosstalk
    John gets into an argument with a priest over whose hands a patient is really in — God’s or the doctor’s; Reggie, Jake and Bob take a gamble on the stock market.
  • Panic on the 86th
    Reggie’s celebration after earning an A in her psychology class turns to panic when she considers her uncertain future; and John entertains one of his neighbors, who turns out to be a hooker.

Special Features
Sadly, no special features are included.

Overall
I love the show Becker, but Paramount continues to not put any money into the DVD sets. This is a re-occurring theme of all the CBS DVD’s. If they did put money into the sets one may have to ask what the special features might include? Fans will enjoy the set for the episodes alone. However, they will also feel robbed of any extras.

You can order Becker, Season 2 on Amazon.com


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