Misanthropic Dr. John Becker runs a clinic in New York City. He is assisted by super-capable Margaret Wyborn and less-than-capable Linda, who's only kept on because no one else can stand the doctor. Becker's best (some would say only) friend is the blind Jake Malinak, who runs a newsstand in the diner across the street. The diner used to be run by Reggie Kostas, but it has been taken over by Chris Conner, a lady whom Becker fluctuates between loathing and being attracted to. The diner is also frequented by Robert Benito, who is universally known as Bob and is the super at Becker's apartment (much to the doctor's regret). Written by
His bedside manner is no manners at all!
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Did You Know?
Throughout the first season, Linda (Shawnee Smith
) is seen wearing a lab coat even though neither Dr. Becker nor Nurse Margaret wear one. This is because Smith was pregnant with her first child at the time and used the lab coat to hide her pregnancy. She also used various props, such as patient charts and purses, to help conceal it. See more
Regina 'Reggie' Kostas
Do you think it would be silly for me to go back to college, now?
Dr. John Becker
No, I think it would silly for us to have this conversation again, ten years from now.