The Big C

Season 2 Episode 9

A Little Death

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Aug 22, 2011 on Showtime
9.0
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Rebecca chooses a rather unusual way to cope with her miscarriage which unites Cathy with old friends.

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  • Rebecca holds a baby funeral for "Cathy Tolkey"

    7.5
    Whereas last week was a great little episode that focused on advancing all sorts of plots that have been dangling around since the beginning of the season, this week went a little broader, with Rebecca responding to her miscarriage by suggesting they throw a baby funeral that seems like more of a party than funeral. However, things get a bit strange when we learn that Sean published a obituary under the name "Cathy Tolkey." Now we obviously know that Rebecca wanted to name her baby after Cathy, but this felt like the type of plot used in a lesser sitcom.

    Luckily, the writers were smart enough to tie in Cathy's cancer into the episode and use the baby funeral as a chance for her to look into her own future funeral. The episode worked best when it focused on Cathy and Paul discussing Cathy's mortality and the fact that she will likely die before Paul does. The episode worked worst when it was taking chances and focusing on characters that were either less interesting or that we've never met. For instance, did we really need to see that rugby woman again? And while I love Parker Posey in whatever she's in, but I'm not sure how well she'll work here. If the show can find a clever way to use her, maybe it'll work, but for now, I'm hesitant. And I like Andrea more than I did last season, but Myk isn't at that point for me yet.

    But the episode was still good. I enjoyed it for the most part, just not as much as last week.moreless
Parker Posey

Parker Posey

Poppy Kowalsk

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Nadia Dajani

Nadia Dajani

Tina

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Seana Kofoed

Seana Kofoed

Julie

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Gabourey Sidibe

Gabourey Sidibe

Andrea Jackson

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Cynthia Nixon

Cynthia Nixon

Rebecca

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