New York City, NY (Bronx)
John is a general practice physician. He
smokes, graduated summa cum laude from
Harvard, and has a sour disposition ("surly
& obnoxious"). Although Becker has a lousy
bedside manner, he is kindhearted and
beneath his gruff remarks rests a dedicated
physician willing to go the extra mile to
help those in his care.
Becker's medical office staff included Margaret Wyborn, his efficient black office manager and
Linda, her loopy nurse's aide who constantly
messes up and always comes to work late.
Becker hangs out at a local diner called
Reggie's where he stashes his cigarettes in the
cash register. The diner's staff, Regina
"Reggie" Kostas and Jake Malinak, a blind
newspaper/candy vendor don't look forward to
John's tirades about how the world is going to
hell, but they put up with him anyway. John
lives his life by the credo: “No expectation; no
disappointment.” He also thinks that most people
are cruel, small-minded and shallow. In other
words, People suck and so does Christmas.
His female friends included his ex-wife, Sandra
who is now a successful author living in
Phoenix, AZ; Megan, an ex-flame from college who
left her husband, Russ (who cheated on her) for
Becker, then left him; Liz, a redheaded hospital
physician who eventually moved to Chicago;
Anita, a Psych-major turned hooker in Apartment
#14; and Chris, a new women in the neighborhood.
Although Reggie Kostas was attracted to Becker,
he was just to dense to see the potential, until
it was too late. Eventually, Reggie just left
John's leisure hours are spent reading medical
journals, and eating Chinese food. He is
allergic to MSG, however.
In 2002, John published an article in the New
York Medical Review entitled ”Atypical Mycobacterial
Pneumonia” (page 36). Unfortunately, the article
got his name wrong. When he complained to the
publishers, they happily corrected the mistake.
But the name on the corrected article read “John
John interned at Boston General Hospital. John's
mother gave him a very nice gold pen as a gift
when he became a doctor. John later lost the
pen, then found it and then lost it again when a
mugger stole it along with his wallet.
Some Classic Becker Gripes
The only people dumber than talk radio listeners
are talk radio callers. It's an entire audience
made up of the infirm, the unemployed and the
Why don't women say what they mean, instead of
speaking in code? "It's okay if we stay in",
means "Let's go out." "I love you the way you
are." means, "I can change you." And if you hear
"Do you think this outfit makes me look fat," it
means "Lie to me or sleep alone for the rest of
Okay, a woman wants to pierce her ears so she
can wear earrings, fine. But someone's got to
explain why anyone would put a key ring through
their cheek, a pin in their forehead or a bolt
through their tongue. And let's not even talk
about all the freaks that feel the need to adorn
their genitalia with metal hooks and rings.
These people should be stopped. I say put up
metal detectors on the streets. Then when you
identify a freak you can just ship 'em out to
California and be done with it.
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