Becker (1998–2004)
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Becker is visited by a friend of an old friend who turns out to be the old friend. Margaret is upset with an acquaintance over an old debt. Linda turns out to have some hidden math skills.

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Becker is visited by a friend of an old friend who turns out to be the old friend. Margaret is upset with an acquaintance over an old debt. Linda turns out to have some hidden math skills.

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1 November 1999 (USA)  »

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Actually pretty insightful and interesting
15 August 2014 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

Considering that Becker is a comedy you are bound for the standard jokes about transgender people when they have a transgender character in an episode. The episode revolves about a friend, Nikki, from Becker's past whom he hasn't seen for twenty years tells him that she's coming to visit him. The thing is that she is a trans-woman and Becker doesn't know about this. To stay in stealth she tells him that she's a friend of his old friend and she's just in town for a while and wants to talk about Becker and his old friend(herself). Becker finds out that he enjoys spending time with her and that she is one of few who actually get along with him very well and he feels a slight attraction towards her. Meanwhile Nikki comes out to Linda, who promises to keep it a secret. The two then head away to attend a sporting event and return to Becker's apartment together that night. They both sit down on the sofa and Becker makes a move on Nikki, who decides it's time to tell Becker the truth. Becker's reaction is a typical "trans-panic" reaction without any violence, he just feels a bit surprised and grossed out having just realized that the woman he was attracted to was an old friend from his childhood. He throws her out of his apartment and Nikki appears to have been a bit hurt by Becker's reaction. The next day Linda comes to Becker and tells him what Nikki told her, to which he replies that he already knows. He expresses disgust for having been attracted to a "guy" and makes some ill-fit comments about her. Linda tells him that Nikki is accepting of who he is and asks why he can't be the same for Nikki. He agrees to go talk to her and keep calm. When he arrives at her hotel room he bursts into the room and angrily asks why she just couldn't settle with being gay. She tells him that it's not the same thing. He replies with asking her if she understands how confusing this situation is for him. Then Nikki drops the absolutely most insightful and relevant line possible: "Imagine what it was like for an eight-grader". Becker then realizes that she has always had these feelings and approaches her with acceptance. He asks her if he should feel weird with having been attracted to her and she says that it's not weird and that he can see it as having been attracted to an old friend. The two then embrace each other for a handshake but Nikki decides to hug him instead, which marks the end of the episode.

Despite the half-funny remarks about him dating "a dude" and the incorrect terms used by the cast concerning Nikki's transsexuality and SRS the episode is insightful and shows acceptance towards the transgender community. Both Linda and Becker shows acceptance and think she did the right thing since she is much happier as a woman than she could ever be as a man. And the actress playing Nikki does an outstanding job here. The bad part about this episode was the boring part with Regina and Margaret which was completely unnecessary and horribly acted.

7/10


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