The Big C

Season 2 Episode 3

Sexual Healing

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jul 11, 2011 on Showtime
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Cathy and Paul experience sexual frustation caused by Cathy's reaction to the clinical trial, but there new housemate Andrea helps them sort their problems out. In the meantime, Rebecca is irritated by the newly medicated Sean, while Adam turns to another girl as Mia doesn't feel ready to have sex with him.moreless

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  • Sex is in the air in the Jamison household.

    For the first time in the show's history, we see the physical nature of Cathy and Paul's relationship, and Linney and Platt do a great job taking a story that has been done to death in the world of television and making it fun and fresh all at once… well, I suppose it's not that fresh, but it was certainly fun. The show has stepped it up so far this season and made these characters fun to watch.

    As I mentioned already, the episode primarily revolves around sex. Paul tells Cathy that not having sex doesn't bother him, yet Andrea (who has moved in with Cathy… more on that later) catches him rubbing one out a couple of hours later. As far as Rebecca and Sean go, Sean is doing great on his medication, but Rebecca hates the way Sean is constantly complimenting her, even her flaws ("I love your hairy-ola!") This makes Rebecca self-conscious, which makes her want to turn Sean on with just her good side. Meanwhile, Adam continues his cheating ways. After being… well, serviced in the basement last week by that random girl, he hooks up again with another random girl under the bleachers. He clearly likes his girlfriend but something about his mom's illness is screwing him up. Or maybe it's not. I'm interesting to see where the writers go with this.

    As far as the characters themselves go, I thought they were all pretty interesting. I mentioned last week that the show needed to figure out what to do with Andrea and I'm glad to see they did, even if it's a bit of lazy writing. I actually think the show is a bit weaker when there's not as much focus on Cathy's cancer. This week's episode could've been any number of other sitcom episodes; if it wasn't for the one or two cancer references here and there, and the whole "giving herself a shot" plot, this would've been the same type of story that basic cable sitcoms do day in and day out.

    But besides the little nitpicks I feel inclined to do, it was another solid episode for the show. I'm not sure why I appreciate this season so much more than "Weeds" or "True Blood" this year. Compared to last year, "The Big C" feels refreshed and exciting again.moreless

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