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After Becker asks Chris out to dinner, she is certain that he is planning to break up with her, and plots her revenge while dropping subtle hints to Becker about her anger at what she presumes is about to happen. Jake has inherited $25,000 from his grandmother and is unsure about how to spend it. He finally decides to buy a boat, but after Margaret talks him out of it, he decides to go back to college in Chicago. He announces his decision at the diner and says goodbye to his friends, who will miss him but are happy for him and wish him well. Jake reminds them that they can always see him the same place he has always seen them: in their minds. Hector, who has just turned down a $50,000-a-year job, is left in charge of the newsstand. Becker's long-time patient, Mr. Gordon, has been hospitalized and his condition continues to deteriorate. Before he passes away, he tells Becker that he is happy and is okay with his passing because he's lived a good life. He has only one regret: voting for Nixon. That night, Becker is standing outside on his balcony when Chris comes down from her apartment and demands that if he is going to break up with her to do it now, asserting that she refuses to wait and that he should just get it over with. Becker tells Chris that he had no plans to break up with her, and Chris quizzes him about his recent strange behavior. He explains that after Mr. Gordon died, he realized that, while his life is not perfect, it isn't bad either, and that for the first time he is genuinely happy. The series ends with a shot of Becker and Chris embracing on Becker's apartment balcony.

The reason is not exactly clear. Some accounts say that she was fired after she led a revolt against the show since she was unhappy about the direction in which her character was going. Her character, Reggie, realized how pathetic her life really was after a one-night stand with Becker, and decided that if she didn't leave then she never would. She left for Europe to model and was never seen again.

In 2011, former Writer and Director of certain episodes Ken Levine posted on his blog an answer, guest written by Becker creator Dave Hackel which can be viewed here. http://kenlevine.blogspot.com/2011/06/why-did-terry-ferrell-leave-becker.html.

The official quote from Hackel:

For the record -- the decision to replace Terry had absolutely nothing to do with contract negotiations. That situation had long been resolved by that time. Terry was, and is, a lovely person and a talented actress and having her leave the show was a creative decision, not a punitive one. Heres how it came about.

At the end of the fourth season wed done a cliffhanger episode where Terrys character, Reggie, was at a crossroads in her life. Shed left the diner and nobody knew where shed gone. The normal way to handle that would have been to have her come back at the beginning of the next season, solve her problem and move forward as before. However, we were under pressure from the network to find ways to inject new life into the series not an unusual request for a series going into its fifth season. So when trying to figure out exactly how to resolve Reggies dilemma, it occurred to me that handling it the normal way was certainly one option, but having her do the unexpected certainly in series television was another choice. What if she didnt come back at all? What if we could surprise our audience, as well as the other characters on the show? Wed already introduced Nancy Travis character, Chris, and it seemed like following that relationship might be just the thing to shake things up a bit.

So I ran that option by both Paramount and CBS and everyone thought it would provide the shot in the arm that we all felt the series could use. An easy decision? Not on any level. In fact, it was one of the toughest decisions of my career. And while the wisdom of that choice is occasionally a topic of debate, giving Dr. Becker a new relationship did give the writers and actors a new dynamic to explore.

Essentially, they feared the show would become stale, and decided to replace Terry Ferrell's character Reggie with Nancy Davis' character Chris.

After Chris hurts her knee playing racquetball, Becker treats her but realizes that his hand is on her knee and feels uncomfortable about it. That night, he has a nightmare where her leg falls off as he kisses her, and tells Chris the next day that he can't treat her. She gets angry but later goes to his apartment and tells him that she figured out why he won't treat her: because he likes her. Becker admits that it is true, and they kiss. He goes to the diner to tell Reggie what happened, and she kisses him as well, leaving Becker confused. That night, he and Reggie sleep together, and Becker tells Chris that he wants to be with Reggie. Chris is okay with it, but after some thinking, Becker realizes that Chris is the one he wants to be with. Later that day, he learns that Reggie has left town for good, and he takes Chris out to dinner to tell her that she is the one he wants to be with. Chris intially thinks that Becker is only running into her arms because Reggie left, but after everything is straightened out, Chris and Becker end up together. They are still together at the end of the series.

When he was younger, he and his friend both got drunk at a party and got into a car accident while trying to drive home. His friend was uninjured, and appears in the episode "Becker: Blind Curve (#2.11)".

Reggie's father opened the diner and she inherited it from him. Chris became the proprietor after Reggie left town

Becker claims to be an atheist. When a patient comes to him thinking he hears the voice of God (whom he calls Larry), Becker tells him "there is no Larry". Becker once told a priest that "I became an atheist, I was raised agnostic.", and when his neighbor said "God bless you", he replied "there is no God, but thanks for the thought." On the other hand, some scenes seem to assert that Becker's claim that he doesn't believe in God is merely said out of anger at God since he believes that God is causing his misery. When Margaret jumps on Becker for blaming something on a God that he doesn't believe in, Becker states, "and that is why he is after me, Margaret." Later when Becker is having an unexpected streak of good luck, he keeps complaining that it is merely being done by an evil force that is stretching his good luck like a "rubber band" that will pop and give him a huge run of bad luck. At the end Becker does get hit with a round of bad luck and the episode closes with him looking up at the sky and stating "I love your work."

Out of his own kindness, he practices in a rather poor neighborhood where he is needed, and many of his patients can't afford to pay him. He often accepts services or gifts such as baseball tickets as payment.

He also has two ex-wives to whom he may be paying alimony.

On top of that, family practitioners with small practices don't make anywhere near as much money as they are portrayed...

In the Pilot a 7 year old is HIV positive, and Dr. Becker makes arrangements for him to be treated by a new program and pays for it himself quietly. Addison's Disease (after Becker struggled to determine the cause of his patient's symptoms, Linda mentioned that the man still had a tan even though he'd come back from vacation 2 weeks ago. This is what tipped Becker off that his patient had Addison's.) Lou Gehrig's Disease (Becker gets a special machine for a patient with ALS who cannot speak. The episode centers around the man's anger) Multiple Sclerosis (One of Becker's patients has MS, the episode centers around Becker dealing with having to deliver the news to the patient) Arteriovenous Malformation (A man comes in for a routine physical, Becker hears an abnormal sound upon an examination with a stethoscope and insists that the patient go to the hospital immediately. The man is diagnosed with an AVM and is rushed to surgery. He survives) Heart Attack (One of Becker's patients suffers a heart attack at the gym and subsequently sues him for malpractice) Cerebral hemorrhage (One of Becker's patients dies after suffering a hemorrhage. Becker struggles with this because he had just given him a physical days before and he was fine.)

In more than one episode, Becker has dealt with mental illness as well, such as Becker: Papa Does Preach (#5.7), where he attempts to help a man with Dissociative Identity Disorder, or multiple personalities.

Margaret is a nurse who manages Becker's practice and occasionally provides home care to patients. Linda assists with routine duties around the office, such as filing. She also once mentioned that she reads to the kids who visit the office. Becker once mentioned that he owed her father a favor, implying that that is the only reason he hired her.

It is never explicitly mentioned, though he is almost certainly specialized in either internal medicine or family medicine. In one episode, Margaret refers to him as a "general practitioner". He is often seen treating younger patients, which would fall within the functions of a family medicine physician.

On more than one occasion, Becker has said his passion was in medical research.


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