History Series / Becker

17th Jun '18 9:39:48 PM Fireblood
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* FriendsRentControl: {{Averted}}. Despite being a private practice doctor, Becker still lives in a modest apartment. He also mentions that his car is "held together with duct tape." Though it's mentioned several times that Becker's practice is in a poor neighborhood and his patients are frequently short of cash and are unable to fully pay. It's also implied in The Pilot that he's quite charitable to his poorer patients.

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{{Averted}}. Despite being a private practice doctor, Becker still lives in a modest apartment. He also mentions that his car is "held together with duct tape." Though it's mentioned several times that Becker's practice is in a poor neighborhood and his patients are frequently short of cash and are unable to fully pay. It's also implied in The Pilot that he's quite charitable to his poorer patients. patients.
** Linda the brain dead bimbo nurse of Dr. Becker lives in a spacious and lavishly furnished apartment overlooking Central Park that Becker is completely envious of. Though this is because her parents, who are extremely rich, pay for it. Becker himself has told her that he has the desire to murder her and live there, played for laughs.
10th Jun '18 10:35:42 AM Business21
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Becker's father was never seen or mentioned again after his appearance in Season 1. It's fair to assume he didn't have long to live after that episode (explaining his desire to finally make amends with his son), but the situation was never addressed on screen.
9th Jun '18 9:53:03 PM nombretomado
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* ArtisticLicenseLaw: It's hardly believable that the malpractice suit at the end of Season 3 would have ever seen the inside of a courtroom. First off, Vinny's poor shape and lifestyle made him a heart attack waiting to happen regardless of whether he got on the treadmill or not. In addition, Becker didn't force Vinny to start exercising...he did it of his own free will, and it's standard procedure at most gyms to sign a waiver that absolves anybody else from responsibility should a health issue occur. To add insult to injury, the prosecutor framed his case against Becker as a character assassination, which had no bearing on the suit and would have been quieted by any reasonable judge. On top of everything else, the defense attorney sleeping with one of the character witnesses was totally unethical, and it's hardly plausible that Becker would've held onto her counsel after that. Granted, the denouement of the arc ended in a CrowningMomentOfAwesome in which Becker lampshaded most of these things, but the premise of the story was extremely unrealistic.

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* ArtisticLicenseLaw: It's hardly believable that the malpractice suit at the end of Season 3 would have ever seen the inside of a courtroom. First off, Vinny's poor shape and lifestyle made him a heart attack waiting to happen regardless of whether he got on the treadmill or not. In addition, Becker didn't force Vinny to start exercising...he did it of his own free will, and it's standard procedure at most gyms to sign a waiver that absolves anybody else from responsibility should a health issue occur. To add insult to injury, the prosecutor framed his case against Becker as a character assassination, which had no bearing on the suit and would have been quieted by any reasonable judge. On top of everything else, the defense attorney sleeping with one of the character witnesses was totally unethical, and it's hardly plausible that Becker would've held onto her counsel after that. Granted, the denouement of the arc ended in a CrowningMomentOfAwesome SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome in which Becker lampshaded most of these things, but the premise of the story was extremely unrealistic.



** Which leads to A CrowningMomentOfFunny when Becker calls her out on it, saying she shouldn't make fun of a difficult condition and LINDA joins in.

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** Which leads to A CrowningMomentOfFunny a SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}} when Becker calls her out on it, saying she shouldn't make fun of a difficult condition and LINDA joins in.
28th May '18 2:56:58 PM Business21
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* RuleOfFunny: No matter how big his heart is, it is unlikely that a brilliant doctor such as John would choose to run a tiny failing practice in the Bronx rather than making millions doing research. It would have probably also made a lot more sense for Reggie to have sold the diner years ago instead of bleeding red all those years.
28th May '18 1:09:58 PM Business21
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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: In one of the most delayed examples of this trope in TV history, Bob succumbs to this after Season 5. After a passing remark was made in the Season 6 premiere that he had gone “on vacation,” the character was never seen or mentioned again. Somewhat justified in that the character was never particularly liked in-universe, but still a bit jarring given that he was totally forgotten about after spending every day at the diner for the previous five years.
13th May '18 11:06:18 AM Business21
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* [[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality Narrative Causality]]: In “Thank You For Not Smoking,” Becker finally kicks his smoking habit after Chris bans cigarettes from her diner. However, it seems awfully ridiculous that the diner is the only place in the world where he can smoke a cigarette. The situation also creates some FridgeLogic...Becker says that he can’t smoke at home, which would mean that he never smokes in the evenings or on weekends despite being hopelessly addicted to nicotine. The show was obviously looking for a believable way to get Becker to quit smoking for good, but banning smoking from the diner hardly necessitated him to quit cold turkey.
6th May '18 3:31:48 PM Business21
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first season definitely stands out from the rest of the series of a number of levels. The mood of the show is much more caustic and gritty than later seasons, with Becker being downright rude and unprofessional as opposed to the cynical DeadpanSnarker he became. Linda's [[TheDitz ditziness]] was even more pronounced, bordering on childlike naivete. Reggie was much more secretive about her private life, and hadn't yet established the friendships with the rest of the cast that she would later cultivate. This is [[JustifedTrope justified]] in many ways...it was hinted at that Becker and Reggie were both new to the area, so the pervading anger of the early episodes makes sense in the context that both of them are both dealing with new life situations.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first season definitely stands out from the rest of the series of a number of levels. The mood of the show is much more caustic and gritty than later seasons, with Becker being downright rude and unprofessional as opposed to the cynical DeadpanSnarker he became. Linda's [[TheDitz ditziness]] was even more pronounced, bordering on childlike naivete. Reggie was much more secretive about her private life, and hadn't yet established the friendships with the rest of the cast that she would later cultivate. This is [[JustifedTrope [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in many ways...it was hinted at that Becker and Reggie were both new to the area, so the pervading anger of the early episodes makes sense in the context that both of them are both dealing with new life situations.
6th May '18 3:31:22 PM Business21
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first season definitely stands out from the rest of the series of a number of levels. The mood of the show is much more caustic and gritty than later seasons, with Becker being downright rude and unprofessional as opposed to the cynical DeadpanSnarker he became. Linda's [[TheDitz ditziness]] was even more pronounced, bordering on childlike naivete. Reggie was much more secretive about her private life, and hadn't yet established the friendships with the rest of the cast that she would later cultivate. This is [[JustifedTrope justified]] in many ways...it was hinted at that Becker and Reggie were both new to the area, so the pervading anger of the early episodes makes sense in the context that both of them are both dealing with new life situations.
6th May '18 1:22:29 PM Business21
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** In "Blind Curve" we learn that Jake lost his vision as a result of a horrible car accident caused by a drunk driver. He admits that not a day goes by that he doesn't consider how much different his life would've turned out had he not gotten in that car.
6th May '18 1:15:05 PM Business21
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* EthicalSlut: Linda has a heart of gold and is a FriendToAllChildren. She also ReallyGetsAround.
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