Season 3 Episode 23

Sue You

Aired Monday 8:00 PM May 07, 2001 on CBS
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Sue You
John refuses to settle Vinny's lawsuit against him, despite the advice of his lawyer, Ruth, because he feels like it would imply guilt. Ruth impresses upon him that he could lose, and would then more or less have to shut down his practice. He finally decides to settle when he realizes how many people, both patients and employees, depend on him. Unfortunately, his decision doesn't sit well and he goes and tells Vinny that he will absolutely not settle. Jake and Bob try to think of the worst way to die. Linda pretends to like an ugly sweater/vest that Margaret's unemployed husband knits for her, and Margaret catches Linda in her lie by giving her one of her own to wear.moreless

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  • John tries to cope with the threat of a lawsuit.

    The show starts with a quick look at what happened in the previous episode.

    John comes running into Vinny's room and yells at him for suing him. It seems Vinny's roommate is a lawyer, who suggested that Vinny sue John.

    At the diner, John is complaining to Reggie, Jake, and Bob about Vinny and his lawyer. John's not enjoying his omelet either. John leaves after saying how he's getting a lawyer to fight back.

    Margaret comes into the office, wearing something her husband knitted, and it's really ratty-looking. John comes in and asks about what's going on. It seems John's lawyer is in his office, so he goes in to see her. Vinny wants $3 million dollars, and John's lawyer wants to settle. John refuses because he knows he's right and isn't interested in settling. They decide to meet up later and talk at Reggie's diner.

    At the diner, Reggie, Bob, and Jake are talking about the lawsuit against John, and about the worst ways to die. John and his lawyer come in to talk about the lawsuit. Bob finds her very attractive, so he tries to hit on her, but she's not interested. His lawyer tries to scare him into settling, knowing that if he's convicted of malpractice, he could lose everything, but John's not backing down.

    At the office, Margaret brings up the "swest" Lewis made for her. She seems humiliated by all of the laughter and decides to give Linda one, Lewis made for her. Linda says she can't accept it, but she doesn't have much of a choice. In the other room, John is working with a patient of his, who seems to be getting better. She can't help but ask John about Vinny and the lawsuit. She's worried about having to find another doctor is he has to close his office. After talking to her and seeing other people, John realizes a little more just how important he is to the local community. John asks Margaret to to call his lawyer.

    Back at the diner, they're still talking about the worst way to die. John comes in and asks for coffee. He also says he'll be settling the case, which shocks everyone. John decides to leave and go back to work, but Reggie wants him to take her out for lunch, as there has to be some perk for knowing him. He decides to take her out for lunch. Bob all of a sudden realizes that since John will be settling, his attractive lawyer won't be coming around, which obviously disappoints Bob.

    John and Reggie are out in the city, eating hotdogs. Reggie complains about how cheap John is. When John sees two kids playing, he goes nuts when he sees one of them admit to being tagged when he wasn't really. This reminds John of what he's doing by settling, so goes back to Vinny's hospital room and tells him he's not settling.

    This was a decent episode, but not at all one of my favorites.moreless

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  • QUOTES (8)

    • Jake: No, no, you think that's a bad way to die? Now how about this? You're in the woods. Your pants are made of meat. Then come the wolves.

    • Becker: I'm not your average moron.
      Jake: Uh, John...
      Becker: I know what I said!

    • Jake: Wow! John, you're really angry. This is a side of you we've seen before.

    • Bob (to Ruth): How about we go back to my place and I massage you with exotic oils?
      Becker: What are you going to do? Rub your hair on her?

    • Reggie: Can you believe that guy is suing Becker? He's lucky he didn't die on that treadmill.
      Bob: Can you imagine if he had? I mean, how bad would that be? Lying face down on a dirty sweaty piece of rubber while it sands your nose off.

    • Linda (to Margaret): It looks like someone ate a box of crayons and threw up a sweater.

    • Margaret: Now that he's unemployed, Louis has some time on his hands. Some men drink, some men knit but apparently my husband drinks and then he knits.
      Linda: What exactly is it?
      Margaret: He calls it a swest. It's not quite a sweater, but more than a vest.

    • Becker: What's new, Linda?
      Linda: A bunch of patients, but that's not important. Oh, yeah, there is a lawyer in your office, but that's not important. Wait 'til you see Margaret, she is wearing the most hideous thing.
      Becker: The flower dress?
      Linda: No, worse.
      Becker: The pants with the gold circles?
      Linda: No, worse. It looks like someone ate a box of crayons and threw up a sweater. Whatever you do, don't laugh.
      Becker: Linda, Margaret and I are co-workers, I know how to keep a straight face.
      (walks in the back as Margaret walks by and laughs at her 'swest')

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