The Big C

Season 2 Episode 8

The Last Thanksgiving

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Aug 15, 2011 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

Cathy invites friends and family to a Thanksgiving dinner, but a long-hidden secret she brings to light causes trouble.

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  • Yet another dysfunctional Thanksgiving dinner on television.

    Thanksgiving and Christmas are the two holidays that TV shows love to use to showcase dysfunction. Look at Friends, a show that was a comedy but used Thanksgiving and Christmas as a chance to show the insecurities and issues of each and every character. Add "The Big C" to the list of shows that is using the holiday as a chance to show unhappiness.

    That being said, that doesn't mean that there's isn't some great comedy scenes here. Seeing Lee interact with everybody was hilarious and I think Hugh Dancy has been used very well so far in the show. At first, it was a bit strange to see him just randomly appear in the show, but he's come to represent a much more positive side of cancer that Cathy hasn't seen much.

    I also thought the little plot with Marty, the turkey, was a bit random but hilarious nonetheless. What really made the episode was the ending scene, which took place in about six or seven minutes but mixed together at least a half dozen plots into one, letting them all bounce off one another. By the end of the episode, Lee is furious at Cathy for lying to him about her treatment and how it's working, Sean and Rebecca are engaged, Myk and Andrea realize they're in love and Rebecca ultimately ends up having a miscarriage. Talk about a tumultuous ending. The show played it off pretty well, especially when it could've gone into heavily soap opera territory, but Darlene Hunt is a good showrunner who has let this show operate in a low-key and funny way.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Andrea: I can't believe you want to marry Sean. He looks like Jesus, only angrier. Maybe I'll start calling you "Mags" for Mary Magdalene.
      Rebecca: His mother?
      Andrea: No, his prostitute girlfriend. Read a Bible.

    • Andrea: I'm fat, and you're gay, so we're supposed to get along.
      Lee: Well, then I bet we will.

    • Lee: Uh, wine?
      Rebecca: Oh, I'm pregnant, so I'll just be sniffing the corks and tongue-kissing people who are drinking.

    • Cathy: So now he's just out there cold and alone?
      Sean: Oh, don't worry. That turkey can take care of itself. That fucker was strong, fast, and definitely had a plan.

    • Myk: It's only my first Thanksgiving.
      Sean: Yeah? Oh. Well, let me explain it, Myk. Pilgrims came over to this new land for a "new start, leave the past behind" type of sitch.
      Myk: Hmm. That sounds okay.
      Sean: Except we were too stupid to grow our own food. So we begged the Indians to teach us how to farm, which they did. Then we got strong enough to burn their villages and kick them off their own land, and then we were like, "Good luck with your smallpox." The only reason I'm even acknowledging this train wreck of a holiday is 'cause I'm on mood stabilizers.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: March 8, 2012 on More4
      Germany: March 13, 2012 on FOX
      Finland: March 17, 2012 on YLE TV1

    • Gabourey Sidibe and Cynthia Nixon are credited as special guest star. Hugh Dancy receives a "special guest appearance by" credit.