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The Big C: Pilot

When Catherine is diagnosed with melanoma, she decides that she is going to turn her life around and decides that she is going to build a pool in her yard. However, with the conflict of her prankster son, immature husband, and mean neighbor, it is going to be harder then she thought. She needs to try to get enough nerve to tell her husband and the others in her life.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x1
Airdate: Monday August 16th, 2010

Director: Bill Condon
Writer: Darlene Hunt

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Gem) Sep 29, 2009
CA (Super Channel) Sep 01, 2010
TR (ComedyMax) Oct 02, 2010
NZ (TV3) Oct 12, 2010
MX (HBO) Jan 22, 2011
UK (MORE4) Feb 03, 2011
IS (RUV) Feb 17, 2011
SE (SVT) Feb 19, 2011
IL (HOT3) Apr 04, 2011
DE (Fox) Apr 05, 2011
ZA (M-Net) May 17, 2011
IE (RTÉ ONE) Jun 17, 2011
IT (FoxLife) Jun 21, 2011
SI (POP BRIO) Sep 07, 2011
PT (TVSéries) Oct, 2011
FI (YLE TV1) Oct 15, 2011
CY (Mega Channel) 2012
FR (Canal+) Dec 08, 2011
NO (TV2) Jan 03, 2012
AT (ORF 1) Mar 26, 2012
PL (Tele 5) Mar 30, 2012
DK (TV3+) Jun 12, 2012

Guest Stars
Gabourey SidibeGabourey Sidibe
As Andrea Jackson
Phill LewisPhill Lewis
As Pool Man
Reid ScottReid Scott
As Dr. Todd Mauer

Co-Guest Stars
Connor KrammeConnor Kramme
As Student
William DuffyWilliam Duffy
As Police Officer

Rick L. DeanRick L. Dean
As Pedestrian
Main Cast
Laura LinneyLaura Linney
As Catherine 'Cathy' Jamison
Oliver PlattOliver Platt
As Paul Jamison
Gabriel BassoGabriel Basso
As Adam Jamison


The Big C opens with Catherine with a pool man and she tells that he would rather put in a hot tub instead of a pool. She agrees and asks how soon he can start. He tries to tell that it is his busy season and she tells that she will pay double the amount. Paul rides up on his scooter and he wants to get the heating pad for his shoulder. He asks if he could fix things but she tells that she has a dermatologist to meet. In the dermatologist’s office, she is talking to Dr. Todd about her past, present and future and tells that she normally is shy around people. He tells her that there are many options to treating melanoma and tells that she needs to tell her husband. She tells that he is immature and that she found him with 15 men in the house playing video games. ..

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Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerVivian Cannon  |  Neal H. Moritz  |  Laura Linney  |  Darlene Hunt  |  Bill Condon  |  Jenny Bicks
Co-Executive ProducerMichael Engler  |  Merrill Karpf
ProducerLou Fusaro
Associate ProducerTom Keefe
Production DesignerRichard Sherman
CastingRoss Meyerson  |  Julie Tucker
Unit Production ManagerJohn H. Radulovic
First Assistant DirectorDaniel Silverberg
Costume DesignerChristie Wittenborn
Set DecoratorMatthew 'flood' Ferguson
Location ManagerGary Kesell
Property MasterBlanche Sindelar
Construction CoordinatorHugh Conlon
Production CoordinatorScott Ichikawa
Script CoordinatorTerri Prizant
Supervising Sound EditorMichael J. Benavente
Director of PhotographyTobias Schliesller
Stunt CoordinatorJim Vickers
Art DirectorLorin Flemming
Makeup Department Head Susan Reilly Lehane
Film EditorBrian A. Kates
Hair Department HeadKimberley Spiteri
Created ByDarlene Hunt
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