Season 1 Episode 12

Love! Lies! Bleeding!

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Feb 08, 1999 on CBS
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Love! Lies! Bleeding!
Becker, not convinced of the wonders of love after witnessing a woman stab her husband with a fork, is forced to consult a teenager who wants a vasectomy, treat a woman with a severe allergic reaction to roses and watch Linda begin and end a relationship within hours. Even so, a late night hospital visit abruptly softens his perspective as he begins to understand why this holiday can be so important to others.moreless

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  • The episode was classic Becker, the ranting and other things that happened.

    John walks into the diner only to find two couples kissing, which angers him. He finds out from Reggie that it's Valentine's Day. John goes off on a little rant about the holiday. Reggie admits she doesn't like the day either, which surprises him, they have something in common. Bob walks in with a gift for Reggie. Bob says it's okay if she doesn't get him a gift in return, a slow hug will suffice. The two have some funny exchanges and Reggie asks him to leave. The rant was classic Becker, you know where he's coming from.

    Still at the diner, John and Jake are talking about John's lack of a social life, and all of a sudden a guy yells, his girlfriend stabbed him in the arm with a form because he allegedly slept with her sister. John rushes over to help him out, tells him to go to a hospital for better bandaging, a tetanus shot, etc. The stabbing was a little ridiculous, Reggie got a little excited about seeing John in action, but it didn't do much for the plot.

    At the office, Linda is on the phone talking with a guy, and Margaret grabs the phone and hangs it up. John walks in and tells them about what happened at the diner. John proceeds to open a letter, which is from a secret admirer. John admits that the whole secret admirer thing is going to be bother him all day long, so this set up part of the rest of the episode. Linda's dating this new guy wasn't surprising, it becomes a more and more common thing.

    John walks in to see a young male patient who wants a vasectomy, John tells him to come back in a few hours and re-think it. John goes in to see another patient who is allergic to roses, which she came into contact with at her office. This was somewhat funny, the young man asking for a vasectomy was hilarious, especially when John suggested that he abstain from sex.

    At the diner, Bob stops by again to ask her for the gift back. Reggie replies, saying it's out back in the dumpster. Bob leaves, and a minute later, John walks in to find Jake worried about the girl he's been seeing, based upon something John said earlier. John notices that Reggie's hair is different and that she had a dress cleaned, he correctly concludes that she's got a date for Valentine's Day.

    Back at the office, John shows Danny a video of what a vasectomy is actually like, which scares him a little but, he says he still wants to do it. John smacks him over the head with his own hat. Danny is only 16. Margaret tells John that his patient had another allergy attack and is being held at the hospital overnight.

    At the hospital, John walks in to see his patient. He goes off on a little rant about Valentine's Day. He asks her about his secret admirer letter before he leaves. As John leaves, an elderly woman next to his patient, calls to him. She thinks he's her husband. He realizes what's going on, and kind of goes along with it for a little, and tells her to go to sleep.

    The episode was classic Becker, the ranting and other things that happened. The only thing that seemed out of place was the stabbing in the diner. Bob's appearance was short, but he did at least get two scenes, but the second one wasn't as funny as the first one was. The ending with the elderly patient was somewhat funny, you kind of felt for the patient and John as well.moreless
Jodi Taffel

Jodi Taffel

Mrs. Allesandro

Guest Star

Josh Blake

Josh Blake

Danny Grillo

Guest Star

Alicia Brandt

Alicia Brandt

Mary Gallagher

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Jake: John, I know it's shallow to care about Molly's looks but... but I need to know. What's wrong with her?
      Becker: Oh, come on man, I was just screwing with you. She's lovely and she's looks a little bit like, like Tyra Banks.
      Jake: That doesn't help me. I don't know what she looks like.

    • Becker: Reggie, I'm... I'm asking everybody. Did you send me a Valentine's Day card?
      Reggie: Do you see a mark on my head where a gun barrel was jammed against it?

    • Reggie: Good job, Becker. Jake's a quivering blob thanks to your little head games.

    • Becker: Allergies can pop up at any time. Kind of like... holidays. You know, it's like this weird emotional obstacle course. No sooner do you get past the rotating blades of Thanksgiving, you got to duck under the live ammo of Christmas and New Years, then when you think you're home-free..... BAM! You get attacked by some little Cupid bastard. I mean, you know, who ever gave a baby a bow and arrow anyway?

    • Becker: Today's secret admirer is tomorrow's stalker.

    • Linda: So, are you and your husband doing something romantic for Valentine's Day?
      Margaret: Afraid not. My sister brought her husband and three kids up from South Carolina, so unless we can do it in the mailbox, we're not doing it.

    • Woman: I will yell as much as I want to, Mr. thinks-he's-better-than-me!
      Becker: That's Dr. thinks-he's-better-than-you!

    • Jake: (to Becker) Congratulations, John, you just claimed another soul.

    • Becker: It's Valentine's Day? Oh crap! Valentine's Day is the shallowest, greediest exploitation of emotion since my second marriage.

    • John Becker: Hey, if you're going to pee on my car, at least pee on the dusty parts!

    • John Becker: (Becker takes off the teenager's cap and hits him over the head with it) You're not getting a vasectomy, you're 16! Come on, I'll give you a ride home.

  • NOTES (0)


    • When her boyfriend leaves he says to Reggie she should just whistle, Reggie replies that she knows you just put your lips together.
      This is an allusion to a movie staring Lauren Bacall "To Have and Have Not" from 1944.
      Bob doesn't seem to know the quote, though.

    • Becker: I know, I know.. Its Valentines Day. I swear, you know.. The only person who ever celebrated this day right was Al Capone.

      Al Capone orchestrated the St. Valentines's Day Massacre of 1929, in which 7 members of an opposing gang were murdered as part of a Prohibition Era conflict.