Becker

The WORST episodes of Becker

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Ted Danson (Cheers) starred as Dr. John Becker, a dedicated and talented physician with a gruff exterior. Unfortunately, his interior isn't all that warm and fuzzy either. While he offends those around who try to get close to him, he is extremely dedicated to his medical practice in the Bronx where he always goes the extra mile to help those in need.

Last Updated: 5/7/2022Network: CBS
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What Indifference a Day Makes
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7.32
258 votes

#1 - What Indifference a Day Makes

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/30/2000

when Becker has a high school student shadow him for a day, it turns out to be the most boring day ever at the office. Meanwhile, Reggie, Jake and Bob find that they have told each other all of their stories and have nothing to say to each other anymore. They decide to start sharing more personal stories, and Reggie and Jake learn a little more about Bob than they wanted to know.

Directors: Darryl Bates
Elder Hostile
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7.33
219 votes

#2 - Elder Hostile

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/26/2001

Jake's grandmother (Adrian Ricard), who insists she has a heart murmur, gets angry at John when he declares her to be in good health; Reggie goes through an old high-school yearbook and gets more depressed by the minute; Margaret becomes concerned about Linda's relationship with a young boy.

Directors: Andy Ackerman
The Ex-Files
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7.34
212 votes

#3 - The Ex-Files

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/14/2002

Reggie starts dating one of John's recently divorced friends, but can't stop obsessing about the guy's former wife.

Directors: Wil Shriner
Get Me Out of Here
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7.36
241 votes

#4 - Get Me Out of Here

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/5/2001

John hurts his shoulder and is afraid to have an MRI, so Reggie goes with him for support; Linda dates identical twins.

Directors: Wil Shriner
Pretty Poison
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7.38
246 votes

#5 - Pretty Poison

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/12/2001

John's former flame, Megan (Jaclyn Smith), appears unexpectedly at his door and announces that she has left her husband and wants to move in with John.

Directors: Andy Ackerman
One Wong Move
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7.39
260 votes

#6 - One Wong Move

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/23/2000

Challenged to do so by his friends, Becker changes his routine with disastrous results. When he eats at a new Chinese restaurant, Linda gets a stalker, Margaret gets food poisoning, Bob gets punched in the nose, and Reggie and Jake lose $80 to a scam artist.

Directors: Andy Ackerman
Jake's Jaunt
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7.39
273 votes

#7 - Jake's Jaunt

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/15/2001

Everyone's shocked when Jake announces that he got married over the weekend to a woman he met at a friend's wedding. After realising he may have rushed things, Jake gets an annulment.

Directors: Wil Shriner
Shovel Off to Buffalo
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7.40
237 votes

#8 - Shovel Off to Buffalo

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/25/1999

Before leaving for a medical conference in Chicago, at which he is scheduled to speak, Becker discovers that he has an extra airline ticket, which Reggie ends up using. Once aboard the plane, Reggie is immediately annoyed by the flight attendant and fellow passengers while Becker is uncharacteristically taking it all in stride. When Reggie discovers that Becker is high on Valium, she's alone in her misery until bad weather causes a delay and finds them stuck for hours on a tarmac in Buffalo. As the Valium wears off, Becker's temper and tongue-lashings return and the situation becomes a pressure-cooker about to explode.

Directors: Andy Ackerman
Really Good Advice
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7.41
271 votes

#9 - Really Good Advice

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/29/2001

John takes Reggie's advice that he should tell women that he's sorry when he disappoints them, only to have it backfire; Jake and Bob switch jobs for the day.

Directors: Ken Whittingham
Margaret's Dream
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7.41
226 votes

#10 - Margaret's Dream

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/18/2000

Margaret has an erotic dream about Becker; Jake accidentally signs for a keg of beer, so Reggie can't return it. Since Reggie also doesn't have a liquor license and therefore can't sell it, she, Jake, and Bob decide to drink it all.

Directors: Gregg Heschong
The Trouble with Harry
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7.42
249 votes

#11 - The Trouble with Harry

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/29/2001

John has his hands full when a former patient dies and leaves him his ashes, and a current patient suffers a puzzling rapid heartbeat. Elsewhere, Reggie turns a blind eye to her handsome new boyfriend's glaring flaws.

Directors: Wil Shriner
Dinner and a Showdown
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7.43
269 votes

#12 - Dinner and a Showdown

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/19/2001

Reggie makes a special "connection" with her friend's, Sara, husband. While Reggie and Becker are with another couple, Becker receives an emergency page and must rush off, reluctantly leaving his credit card to pay for the meal. Then Reggie's friend, Sara, also races off to tend to her children, leaving her husband Richard to stay and enjoy dinner with Reggie. But the two end up enjoying more than a meal-they end the night with a dessert that wasn't on the menu.

Directors: Gail Mancuso
Nocturnal Omissions
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7.43
241 votes

#13 - Nocturnal Omissions

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired 4/16/2001

John is crankier than normal when he suffers a bout of insomnia, which he believes can be cured by watching mindless TV shows. Unfortunately, his TV set is broken and he refuses to buy a new one.

Directors: Wil Shriner
Parannoyed
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7.46
213 votes

#14 - Parannoyed

Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired 4/29/2002

Dr. John Becker's laundry, apartment and mail have all been tampered with and he is sure the culprit is one of his pesky neighbors. Determined to solve the mystery, he decides to confront all the tenants and barges into his building's weekly board meeting. Meanwhile Chris, the new girl in Becker's apartment building, is a hit with the gang at the diner, but her perky behavior only serves to darken his already miserable day.

Directors: Andy Ackerman
2001 1/2: A Graduation Odyssey
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7.46
213 votes

#15 - 2001 1/2: A Graduation Odyssey

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/19/2001

John is honored when he's asked to fill in for the mayor and be the commencement speaker at his old high school, until he discovers why the mayor dropped out.

Directors: Darryl Bates
For Whom the Toll Calls
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7.47
224 votes

#16 - For Whom the Toll Calls

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired 2/28/2000

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.

Directors: Andy Ackerman
City Lights
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7.48
244 votes

#17 - City Lights

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/21/1998

Becker is crabbier than ever when a flickering street light keeps him from getting any sleep. When the city refuses to make the broken street light a priority assignment, Becker takes matters into his own hands to ensure that he gets a proper night's rest. Meanwhile, Margaret agrees to let Linda bring one personal item into the office, unaware that Linda's item is breathing.

Directors: Andy Ackerman
SuperBob
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7.48
226 votes

#18 - SuperBob

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/16/2000

Becker's super dies and Bob takes his job, and the diner is packed, but no one is a paying customer.

Directors: Ken Levine
Stumble in the Bronx
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7.49
273 votes

#19 - Stumble in the Bronx

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/8/1999

While going to rescue the just-robbed Jake, Becker finds himself caught in the crossfire between two motorists who are arguing over a parking space. A struggle between the two ensues and one of them pulls out a gun. But it's Becker who takes a bullet to the shoulder. Despite his weakened state, he still manages to annoy everyone at the hospital and refuses to take the advice of his agitated doctor.

Directors: Andy Ackerman
Tell Me Lies
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7.49
259 votes

#20 - Tell Me Lies

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/30/1998

Becker and Jake notice that Reggie is upset about something, but she refuses to tell them why. Becker presses Reggie for details, but she responds with a series of lies before finally revealing the truth.

Directors: Andy Ackerman
The Buddy System
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7.50
215 votes

#21 - The Buddy System

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/26/2001

John believes he is finally in a perfect relationship after seeing Laura for several months. Their no-strings, no-pressure friendship is just right for him: it's filled with casual sex and devoid of responsibility. Unfortunately for John, it's no longer ideal for Laura. She wants a commitment, which is something John just isn't ready to make. Elsewhere, Bob boasts about finding a Super Bowl ring in the backseat of a cab and plans to sell it rather than try to find its rightful owner; and Linda tries to talk her parents out of getting a divorce.

Directors: Gregg Heschong
The Bearer of Bad Tidings
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7.51
220 votes

#22 - The Bearer of Bad Tidings

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired 3/20/2000

After John agrees to take on a vacationing doctor's patients and one of them dies, he inadvertently leaves a phone message, then desperately tries to retrieve it. Meanwhile, Linda tries to comfort her friend Lynda, who won't leave the office; and Reggie and Jake trade barbs during a slow time in the diner.

Directors: Andy Ackerman
The Ugly Truth
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7.51
220 votes

#23 - The Ugly Truth

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired 3/5/2001

Reggie secretly conducts a psychology experiment on John to see if he treats attractive patients the same as unattractive ones. Also, Jake gets into a jam when he's accidentally sent a driver's license.

Directors: Andy Ackerman
The Ghost of Christmas Presents
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7.51
218 votes

#24 - The Ghost of Christmas Presents

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/10/2001

John reluctantly agrees to buy a poor child a Christmas gift and then discovers that he has to deliver it as well; Bob visits his mother, who still treats him like a kid.

Directors: Ken Levine
Trials and Defibrillations
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7.51
214 votes

#25 - Trials and Defibrillations

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired 5/14/2001

As the series' third season comes to a close, John Becker is being taken to court by a patient who claims the doctor almost killed him. The patient, Vinny, is suing John for allegedly causing him to have a heart attack by taking him to a gym for a workout. John maintains that Vinny would have had the heart attack anyway and that going to the gym had nothing to do with it. Defending John from his insurance company is a pretty attorney, and, of course, John finds fault with her, too. She refuses to let the hot-tempered doctor take the stand, fearing that he won't be able to keep a lid on his anger.

Directors: Andy Ackerman