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The Big C: The Ecstacy and the Agony

Dr. Todd informs Cathy that she's been rejected from the clinical trial; Sean sets up Marlene on a date; Adam quarrels with Andrea at a party; Cathy and Lenny take ecstasy together but Paul catches them having sex and demands a divorce.

Source: Showtime

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x9
Airdate: Monday October 18th, 2010

Director: Tricia Brock
Story: Jenny Bicks
Teleplay: Hilly Hicks, Jr.

Alternate Airdates:

UK (MORE4) Mar 31, 2011

  • Currently 6.5/10
6.5/10 (10 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Daniel Cameron-Talbott
As Nick
Gabourey Sidibe
As Andrea Jackson
Idris Elba
As Lenny
Nathan Eswine
As Brent
Reid Scott
As Dr. Todd Mauer
Jaiden Kaine
As Cathy's Lover
Kelly Deadmon
As Danielle
Main Cast
Laura Linney
As Catherine 'Cathy' Jamison
Oliver Platt
As Paul Jamison
Gabriel Basso
As Adam Jamison


The scene opens with Cathy teaching Adam how to drive. She tells that Adam needs to check his mirrors at all times. Paul comes up and tells that he needs a suit and tie for a promotion dinner. Cathy is happy that Paul got the promotion, but he tells that he cannot be happy with her because she will suck the joy out of everything. Later, Cathy talks about her insurance coverage for the cancer with Dr. Todd and he says that they will cover 70% and Cathy tells that she will only pay 70% of her premiums. Dr. Todd tells that they will check into the free clinical trials to see if they are going to help at all with giving treatment. Cathy picks up that Dr. Todd is going to propose to his girlfriend, Julie. Cathy tells Dr. Todd that she went to the Bahamas and Dr. Todd asks how Paul liked everything and Cathy tells that they are separated. Dr. Todd is upset that Paul would leave Cathy and she tells that it is complicated...

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