The Big C

Season 2 Episode 1

Losing Patients

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jun 27, 2011 on Showtime
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Cathy threatens her friendship with Dr. Todd when she consults another specialist. Meanwhile her brother Sean tries to come to term with his new life as a soon-to-be father.

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  • Cathy tries to find a new doctor while Sean prepares to be a father.

    8.8
    "The Big C" was one of those shows last year that a lot of people complained about, mostly because despite a strong performance by Laura Linney, everything seemed slight and by the books. Showtime already has three female leads to their comedies that are self-destructive and sometimes irritating, despicable people, and Cathy Jamison is not quite like Nancy Botwin or Jackie Peyton. Probably closer to Tara. She can't control what's happening to her. But that doesn't mean that the show didn't have that typical "Showtime" feel. There were times during the season that were downright frustrating(anytime she almost revealed her cancer but didn't) and others that were really powerful (any time the writers were focused and wrote great dialogue between characters, and the season finale, which had some insanely sad and emotional moments).



    Season 2 is off to a great start, I'm pleased to say. The episode seemed bursting at the seams with a new type of energy, something that was missing through a lot of last season's episodes. Some of the plots that seemed a bit lame last season (Dr. Mauer kissing Cathy, Sean getting Cathy's friend pregnant) are paying off a bit now, especially the Mauer/Cathy kiss. It all starts when Mauer claims the chemo is not working but that marijuana may help the nausea and headaches. As a result, Paul goes to his old dealer from twenty years ago and gets Cathy weed and together, they get high. It's a hilarious scene, one that was missing from Season 1 and already made this premiere much more exciting for me. After learning Mauer kissed Cathy, Paul punches him in the face, saying "It's is NOT okay for you to kiss my wife." Cathy ends up getting in to see a new doctor.



    Another strange plot point throughout the premiere was the ghost of Marlene visiting Cathy… not in the lame way that some ghosts appear in shows but moreso as a figment of Cathy's imagination, and likely a result of her chemo and medication. The Marlene appearances were nice because Phyllis Somerville was a great actress on the show but lame at the same time because ghosts in shows or movies tend to be disappointing and annoying. Not in this case. The visions coincide with Marlene's old dog accidentally eating muscle relaxants and maybe dying (honestly, I'm surprised at how tight the writing was… Cathy feeding Sean pills ties in with the dog plot early on, and for the most part, everything comes together well).



    For the most part, the show hasn't changed much. The biggest change is that everybody knows about her cancer, so it's not as if she has anything to hide anymore. This means we get to see the writers come up with fun things for her to do without her getting into ridiculous situations. I was pleasantly surprised with the premiere tonight.moreless
Phyllis Somerville

Phyllis Somerville

Marlene

Guest Star

Ned Eisenberg

Ned Eisenberg

Dr. Vollmer

Guest Star

Ann Harada

Ann Harada

Brenda

Guest Star

Cynthia Nixon

Cynthia Nixon

Rebecca

Recurring Role

Reid Scott

Reid Scott

Dr. Todd Mauer

Recurring Role

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