Season 2 Episode 14

The Rumor

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Jan 17, 2000 on CBS
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The Rumor
A rumor starts that John is dying when he suddenly begins eating healthy food and tries to control his temper.

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  • Boring.

    This episode, like the last one, started off slow. The lines were cheesy (\"hopping mad?\") and it didn\'t seem like it was going anywhere. The first funnny part was Linda hanging up the phone after Reggie had been on hold forever, and of course not realizing what she did. The way the rumor was spread was a decent idea, but it was a little too forced. I really wanted to know what Reggie would have said to him if she hadn\'t figured out what was going on too soon. Bob was annoying as ever. His lines are as cheap as he is. They should get rid of him. All in all a pretty average episode.moreless
  • Everyone thinks John's about to die.

    At a doctor's office, John is on a treadmill, while another doctor monitors him. After seeing John struggling to run, he shuts off the treadmill, and tells John what he already knows, limit fats, cut out smoking, and deal with the stress better. He then invites John on a jog in the morning.

    At John's office, John walks in and Margaret notices he seems a little warm, despite the freezing cold weather. John then asks Margaret to keep a spot open in his schedule. Linda then asks John to help her with wrapping a gift.

    At the diner, Reggie is on the phone, complaining about the shoes she ordered. When they got to her, there was only one shoe in the box. John walks in and orders a fruit plate, but Reggie is busy on the phone. Bob then walks in for lunch. Linda then comes in and tells John that he needs to get back to the office, since a patient's finger was cut. After John leaves, Bob hits on Linda after noticing she wasn't wearing a bra.

    Linda leaves and gets sneezed on by someone who owns a fruit stand down the street. Linda wonders if John is sick because he's cutting down on his workload and is eating fruit. After several people hear this, they start to think John's really sick.

    At the diner, Linda comes running in and tells Margaret about how people think John is very sick. Margaret then receives a call from a doctor about a delay, which convinces Linda even more.

    John is then shown jogging with his doctor, but he's not doing very well.

    At the diner, Reggie, Linda, Jake, and Margaret are all talking about John, when Bob comes in saying "it's all over town, Becker's a dead man."

    Still at the diner, everyone is sitting down at one of the tables, talking about John. Margaret leaves after she's asked to ask John's doctor about what's going on.

    John walks in to his office when he's confronted by Linda, but John doesn't want to talk about it. Margaret then notices an envelope from John's estate planners, which makes Linda's imagination go crazy. John goes in to see a patient, who owns the fruit stand from earlier in the episode. He wants to see how John is doing, and then leaves. Linda tears into the envelope, which says John changed his will, which freaks out Linda and Margaret. In his office, John calls his doctor and tells him he's not going to jog, eat fruit, etc.

    At home, John opens up his bag of fast food and tears right into it. There's then a knock at the door; it's Reggie. Thinking John's going to die soon, Reggie wants to talk to John before that happens. John, of course, is oblivious to the whole thing, and eventually tells Reggie the reasons for his recent changes.

    At the diner, Reggie is telling everyone about the changes John made. John then comes in and gets chewed out by Margaret for not telling them more about what was going on with his health.

    Another very good episode, I loved the way the "news" traveled quickly about John.moreless

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  • QUOTES (5)

    • Becker: My tests show slightly elevated cholesterol.
      Dr. Axelrod: Yeah, and you know what that means.
      Becker: Yeah, I'm filled with buttery goodness.
      Dr. Axelrod: You know the drill: reduce fat, cut out the cigarettes.
      Becker: Those are my two favorite food groups.

    • Linda: Let's make a promise right now. Let's promise that we'll look for each other in heaven.
      Margaret: Linda, I spend half my life looking for you now. That is not how I plan to spend eternity.

    • Margaret: Damn you, John Becker, the next time nothing is wrong the least you can do is let me know!

    • Becker: Could you leave 1:00 open on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday?
      Margaret: What for?
      Becker: Margaret, how's your sex life?
      Margaret: That's none of your business.
      Becker: Exactly.

    • Bob (to Linda, Jake nearby): Hey, we have something in common... Bob's not wearing a bra either.
      Jake: God, I hope he's talking to you.
      Linda: You know, I don't like that kind of talk. Well, I do, but not from you.

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