The Big C

Season 1 Episode 13

Taking the Plunge

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 15, 2010 on Showtime
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Cathy learns that the bee therapy didn't work. Rebecca tells Sean a surprising secret which brings them back together. Adam finally has a moment of needed vulnerability.

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  • Great finale; the family attends Marlene's funeral, and Cathy makes a huge decision regarding her cancer. (as usual, spoilers)

    There's really a lot of great television this season. For every lousy episode of TV, there seems to be at least a dozen episodes that are doing a good job of either making us laugh, bringing tears to our eyes, making us sit on the edge of our seats, sometimes all of these at the same time.

    The Big C hasn't exactly been the greatest show on television this season, but the last few episodes have been excellent. The finale, paired with last week's episode, brings the comedy, the drama and the sadness together in a huge blend of emotion. I finally felt comfortable with all of these characters and saw their likability factor raise dramatically. I was impressed and I'm glad to say I'm looking forward to a second season.

    In this episode, Cathy, Paul, Sean and Adam all go to Marlene's funeral, where they all have different reactions. Cathy meets Marlene's family, and we learn that her family doesn't seem to enjoy her all that much. Cathy gets the house from Marlene and she takes her old dog Thomas. Adam, meanwhile, doesn't seem to be affected, while Sean grows afraid of death.

    The episode putters along for awhile, and suddenly, out of nowhere, we get a large number of revelations: Cathy decides to do a dangerous form of chemo, Sean learns that Rebecca is pregnant and he has to make a choice whether to live his usual drifter life or to mature a bit and become a family man, while Adam finally learns of his mother's diagnosis and doesn't necessarily get emotional until he finds a storage center filled with presents for him for all the years she likely won't be around.

    The episode did a superb job of mixing comedy and drama, something the show had some trouble with before. The show went through a few strange phases, some of them better than others, but all of them disappointing to a point. I liked Lenny as a character, but his inclusion of the show was random and seemed to have no affect on the characters beyond one episode. And Liam Neeson was a random addition to the season, mostly because he was only on screen for a few minutes, IF that.

    But overall, the season finale brought the first season of this show to a satisfying ending, and I loved the final montage of scenes. Seeing Cathy diving into a pool in her dreams, seeing Marlene dancing around to some of the old music she used to listen to, was heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time.moreless
Polly Draper

Polly Draper


Guest Star

Deborah Hedwall

Deborah Hedwall


Guest Star

Phill Lewis

Phill Lewis

Pool Constructor

Guest Star

Cynthia Nixon

Cynthia Nixon


Recurring Role

Reid Scott

Reid Scott

Dr. Todd Mauer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (7)

    • Paul: I'm going to the buffet to obliterate my feelings.

    • Sean: If she murders me, you throw me on top of Marlene. We're running out of room to put people.

    • Cathy: I don't wanna get sicker trying to get better and then just end up dying anyway. That's what I was trying to say about Marlene. There was something kind of beautiful about the way she just left.
      Paul: She shot herself in the fucking head!

    • Sean: I'm pregnant. Rebecca's a crazy son of a bitch, but she says it's mine and... It probably is. I can buy that.

    • (Sean is standing naked and wet in Cathy's house)
      Sean: I took a shower.
      Cathy: You took a shower?
      Sean: Yep, but I don't wanna use a towel that you'll then have to use a thousand gigahertz of electricity to dry, so, um, I'm just gonna run around the block real quick.

    • Sean: I'm not going to change my whole life and personality like you did just 'cause I'm having a kid.
      Cathy: I dare you to have a kid and stay the same person you are now.

    • Sean: The way I see it, we have two options here. Either you can have this baby and leave it on the steps of the firehouse for someone more qualified to raise it, or I can help you fuck it up. But you're not going to raise this baby by yourself and fuck it up alone. If we're going to fuck it up, we're going to fuck it up together.

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