Season 2 Episode 19

The Bearer of Bad Tidings

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Mar 20, 2000 on CBS
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The Bearer of Bad Tidings
After John agrees to take on a vacationing doctor's patients and one of them dies, he inadvertently leaves a phone message, then desperately tries to retrieve it. Meanwhile, Linda tries to comfort her friend Lynda, who won't leave the office; and Reggie and Jake trade barbs during a slow time in the diner.moreless

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  • Pretty bad.

    The whole plotline with the two Lindas was plain annoying! It got old quickly and every scene with them was very redundant. Someone says "Linda" and they both answer or someone says "Linda" and neither answers. And that was about it.

    The thing with Margaret being jealous of the other receptionist was also boring. Margaret's not the type of person to care what other people think. She got way too sensitive about the whole thing. And Becker saying he wants her respect was just dumb and very uncharacteristic.

    The plotline with Becker trying to reach the family could have been good, but they messed that up too. Telling the family over the answering machine was ridiculously predictable. The part about him getting the wrong house was good, up until the cheesy "I see dead people" line.

    The Reggie and Jake plotline was decent, but there have been better.

    All in all a pretty below average episode.moreless
  • A fairly mediocre episode.

    Tonight's episode was primarily about John taking over for a doctor who was on vacation. A patient of his has passed away and he needs to notify the family. He calls the family, but gets an answering machine. He leaves his number and asks that they call back.

    Linda has been up all night because her friend Lynda was dumped by her boyfriend because she apparently slept with his bandmembers. Lynda kind of mopes around the office crying for the entire day.

    Reggie and Jake seem to be in a bad mood at the diner, they just don't seem to be getting along. John suggests that they get a life, and maybe they could share one. By the end of the episode, Reggie and Jake decide to go next door to a bar, get hammered, and complain about their lives tomorrow.

    Linda and Lynda go into John's office to talk some more about the relationship problems. John soon walks in to call the family again. He yells at the two women to leave so he can tell the family that their father/grandfather has passed away. Of course, the answering machine was on as he was yelling. It was very predictable, but it was still very funny.

    John decides that he must be able to get another phone number (work #, cell #, etc) or an address. He's able to get an address and goes out to meet the family. He expresses his condolences to a woman who is in her late 30s-40s. She tells her son, who is having a birthday party that his grandfather had died. This obviously acts as a big downer for the party. Ten seconds later, his grandfather walks through the door with presents. The little kid says "I see dead people", from a scene from "Sixth Sense". John had mixed two of the numbers in the address up, so he was off by a few houses.

    This certainly wasn't my favorite episode of Becker - it was a bit mediocre.moreless

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  • QUOTES (11)

    • Becker: (to Jake and Reggie) Get a life! Even just one for the two of you... you could share it.

    • Lynda: What did I do to make Steve stop loving me?
      Linda: Well, you slept with all the guys in his band.
      Lynda: I was trying to take an interest in what he does.

    • Lynda: It was Steve's idea to have a three-some. It's not my fault I liked it!
      Margaret: Why are you telling me this?
      Lynda: You said you cared.
      Margaret: No, I said TELL someone who cares.

    • Becker: Why does everything happen to me?
      Margaret: It's a shame that dead man isn't around to feel sorry for you.

    • Margaret: We got a call about one of Dr. Heisman's patients, a Mr. Tompkins.
      Becker: What's his problem?
      Margaret: He's dead.
      Becker: Well, I can't fix that.

    • Linda: She could help out. She could do half of my work.
      Margaret: Doing half your work is what you do.

    • Margaret: Heisman's on vacation and you agreed to cover for him.
      Becker: Well, why'd I do that?
      Margaret: So that one day you can go on vacation.
      Becker: I don't go on vacation.
      Margaret: Well, then you screwed yourself.

    • Linda: The only way I could calm her down was to make her a coffee surprise. That's two parts coffee, one part Jack Daniels.
      Becker: Well, what's the surprise?
      Linda: It's really five parts Jack Daniels.

    • Margaret: Just for today, you are Beth.
      Lynda: I don't like the name Beth.
      Linda: I do, can I be Beth?
      Lynda: I want to be Beth too.
      Margaret: You can't both be Beth.
      Linda: Why? We're both Linda.
      Lynda: Let's pick our own names.
      Linda: I want to be Margaret.
      Lynda: No, I want to be Margaret.
      Margaret: I want to be dead.

    • Reggie: When it comes to magazines, I'm a slut.

    • Billy (after seeing his grandfather, after being told he was dead): I can see dead people.

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    • After Billy is told his grandfather is dead, his grandfather walks into the house. Billy utters a phrase, "I see dead people", a phrase made famous in the movie "The Sixth Sense", starring Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment.