This episode marks a good start to a good series. We get to see Becker and what he is all about - ranting about society at the diner, dealing with patients through "tough love" and going the extra mile to help a kid who is HIV positive. The only part of this episode I could have done without was the scene at the car dealer.
This episode doesn't do a good job at introducing most of the other main characters, although we do learn that Reggie recently inherited the diner when her father died. Linda had limited screen time in this episode, and there was no clue as to how come Jake can be a friend of John's despite John's foul mood. This said, the pilot does its job of inviting us to watch the next episode.