The Big C

Happy Birthday, Cancer

Season 1, Ep 8, Aired 10/11/10
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  • Episode Description
  • For her birthday, Paul surprises Cathy with a party just when Lenny has invited her to an art opening on the Bahamas. At the party, Cathy's brother begins a fling with Cathy's eccentric college friend Rebecca. Meanwhile, Adam picks up Marlene who is wandering around in the backyard.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Laura Linney

    Cathy Jamison

  • John Benjamin Hickey

    Sean

  • Phyllis Somerville

    Marlene

  • Oliver Platt

    Paul

  • Gabriel Basso

    Adam

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Best Episode so Far!

    By SandySanchez, Feb 06, 2012

  • I'm willing to ignore the enormous cop-out of last week, but only because this episode had some strong acting and writing.

    By JaCkKbAuEr2424, Oct 27, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • Cathy: What's it feel like to be old, Marlene? Marlene: Feels like I'm wearing my skin like a sweater.

    • Cathy: (talking about Adam) Is he a good kid, Marlene? I just want him to be a good kid. Marlene: He's fine. You're the pain in the ass.

    • Paul: Thank you, Cathy, for being born. Since her birthday is in July, she's a cancer... a crab. And Cathy can be a little crabby at times, especially in the morning and whenever I chew my food. But underneath that sometimes hard exterior shell, there is a soft, warm, incredible person whom this big Taurus bull has been lucky to love and will continue to for the rest of our long lives. Happy birthday, my little cancer. Marlene: Well, ain't that a kick in the head.

    • Rebecca: I-I-I am so sorry we haven't been in touch. I-I can't even remember what our falling out was about. I'm... I'm sure it was my fault. Cathy: You didn't come to my wedding. You met that guy three days before and went camping. Wouldn't have been so bad if you weren't the maid of honor.

    • Cathy: (to Lenny) You're a bad idea with a good head on your shoulders.

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    Notes (3)

    • Featured Music: What About Love by Heart (karaoke scene), Swell by Hollywood Drunks.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: March 24, 2011 on More4
      Germany: April 26, 2011 on FOX
      Finland: December 3, 2011 on YLE TV1

    • This episode is rated TV-MA for graphic language and adult content.

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