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The Big C: Episode 2 Summer Time Recap

In Episode Recaps, The Big C on August 24, 2010 at 12:23 pm

The episode begins with Cathy picking up clothes in her son’s room, as he sleeps. She putters about, pontificating that she’s done a disservice to his future wife by not teaching him to pick up his clothes and by raising a slob. As viewers, we understand that she has every right to be thinking about the future that she doesn’t have. To Adam, she’s just being his annoying mother. This interesting dynamic will most likely continue throughout the series as she continues to hide the fact that she’s living with stage four melanoma.

She then takes the clothes she’s picked up, as well as the entire hamper out of the room. He gets out of bed to follow her and discovers her outside, adding his clothes to the already burning fire that was once known as her living room couch. It’s burning in the giant hole that is supposed to be her pool, but as we learn will not be anytime soon since Marlene, her crabby neighbor reported her to the police. Permits will take 3 months to get, and Cathy observes that she’ll have an ice rink instead of a swimming pool.

At school, a weigh in with Andrea reveals that she’s gained four pounds. Cathy talks to her about walking and Andrea replies that she’s not going to have a bikini body anytime soon. It’s not like she’s Naked Nancy. When questioned by Cathy as to who that is, Andrea simply replies, “You’ve never been up to the roof?” Sure enough, from the roof Cathy can see Naked nancy, a neighbor who sunbathes naked. Cathy also runs into a male teacher who seems to enjoy the view a little too much.

At her doctor’s office, Cathy questions her time frame. He assures her as best he can that she has “at least a year.” When she asks about a year and a half, he’s less hopeful but still encouraging. When she smiles and says “3-5?” his simple answer of “We can hope” lets viewers know just how dire Cathy’s condition really is. It’s then the first time that we see the melanoma, which is a long pinkish mark on her back. As he examines her, she reflects that he is the only man who has ever seen her naked and that her husband hasn’t even seen her under fluorescents. She then opens her gown and asks her doctor to objectively look at her body. He tells her that she is well above average for any age. “You have an awesome rack,” he tells her and then jokes that he should fear losing his medical license for saying that. “With any luck you only have 18 months to feel guilty about that comment,” Cathy quips.

Paul interrupts her looking at pictures, accuses her of having an affair in his typical humorous way. For someone who believes that she’s cheating on him, his defense mechanism of funny sarcasm leads viewers to believe that above all else, he does trust her. Cathy explains that she wasn’t having an affair, that her dermatologist called her to check in after she had a procedure. Paul’s mood ligtens somewhat, and goes to get a drink in the kitchen while asking to know the real reason he isn’t living in his own house. She walks over and shuts the cabinet door, and tells him that’s why. She’s done closing every cabinet door that he leaves open and she’s done picking up clothes left on the floor. She wants those days back.

Paul in turn suggests therapy and tells her she owes him. She agrees, but stares at hin incredulously as he asks “So do you wanna make the call or should I?”

Cathy then visits her brother, who is outside somewhere trying to save the world by telling them to lay off the gas guzzling SUVs. She offers him some of Adam’s clothes, which he declines (“too ugly, too young, made by Taiwanese children in a sweatshop”) but agrees when he finally finds a pair of pants he likes. He takes off the jeans he’s wearing with no shame at all, and Cathy sees that he’s gone commando.

After the horror of seeing her brothers, she sees Andrea and lays into her for eating chips while walking. Sean then comments on her weight, calling her the victim of a “gluttonous society.” Andrea, in her doesn’t take crap way, calls him Jesus and tells him to shut up. Cathy offers Andrea ten bucks to stop eating the chips and she agrees.

Adam returns home and she tells him he’s not going to soccer camp, because it’s too long for him to be way. She tells him that she’s got a very short window to work with. She’s very excited about him staying, He tells her he hates her and she goes upstairs.

The first Therapy session sees Paul discussing how lucky he felt on their wedding day, and how he feels like his body isn’t good enough. He goes on a long, yet funny rant about his cancelled gym membership. The doctor asks Cathy what she’s thinking about and Cathy replies that she’s thinking about how much Adam loved playing hide & seek and that she wants a vanilla latte. She gets up and leaves.

She returns home with a paintball gun and tells Adam that they can now play together like he plays with his friends. He doesn’t want to play with her.

Cathy then takes the two lattes that she also returned with and goes to visit marlene. She finds her sleeping in her chair and quietly looks at Marlene’s wedding picture. She gently brushes her thumb across Marlene’s face while shes sleeping, which is clearly meant to be a sweet moment. Which it is until Marlene wakes up, freaks out and throws her out.

Back home, she’s alone and checks herself out naked in the fridge door reflection (“Stainless steel, you are kind!”) She takes a chance and goes out in backyard naked. Paul comes home and finds her, asking her what she’s doing because she’s lying naked in their yard. She talks about how she couldn’t feel confident at the topless beach when they were on their honeymoon, but looking back on it, she looked pretty damn good. She notices that he likes what he sees and he asks if she wants to do something about it.

“I wanna do it in the grass,” she replies brazenly. “You want me to do you in the ass?” he replies excitedly. The moment is gone, but the hilarity of the show is clearly hitting a home run.
He tells her that Adam lied about where he’s going and is on the bus to camp. She picks up Andrea and makes her drive, so she can paintball the bus to get it to stop. She gets on the bus and tells Adam the story of how when he was little she couldn’t help sleeping in the bed with him because she needed to have him close. “I’m not crazy, I just miss you.” Andrea shoots him with the paintball gun and he leaves, furious that she’s embarrassed him.

Upon getting home, she doesn’t apologize for what she’s done, but does tell him “I don’t want you to look back and hate yourself because you said you hate me.” He of course, has no idea what this means and simply goes up stairs.

She goes to see Sean one more time and asks him if any of his friends thought she was hot. He messes with her, telling her that he did and he always felt there was so much tension between the two because he wished she was his girlfriend. He then admits that he’s messing with her and they wrestle in the way siblings do.

Cathy then returns home and grabs a blanket out of the hall closet. She enters Adams room and goes to sleep on the floor.

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