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The Big C: Face Off

Cathy goes to great lengths to impress the parents of the baby she hopes to adopt; Joy encourages Paul to share his near-death experience with a live audience; Jessie encourages Adam to deepen his relationship with God.

Source: Showtime

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x5
Airdate: Sunday May 06th, 2012

Director: (Unknown)
Writer: (Unknown)

Alternate Airdates:

UK (MORE4) Aug 08, 2013

  • Currently 8/10
8/10 (1 Vote cast)


Guest Stars
Hamish Linklater
As Dave Cooper
Kailie Torres
As Jesse
Mamie Gummer
As Maxine Cooper
Michael Chernus
As Pastor Rick
Susan Sarandon
As Joy Kleinman
Tad Wilson
As Man in Audience
Main Cast
Laura Linney
As Catherine 'Cathy' Jamison
Oliver Platt
As Paul Jamison
Gabriel Basso
As Adam Jamison
Gabourey Sidibe
As Andrea Jackson


The episode begins with Paul and Cathy meeting with the couple who are giving up their baby for adoption. The two couples seem to hit it off with the pregnant woman’s husband admiring Paul’s blog and the way he puts forth his life in the blog. The pregnant girl’s husband tells Cathy that he is OK with her having cancer, as his mom too had cancer. They then reveal to Cathy and Paul that they have been in town meeting with another couple regarding the adoption issue. The couple like the fact that Paul and Cathy have already raised a kid, and have experience unlike the other couple who they are considering. They then tell Cathy that they would like to meet Adam, if she doesn’t mind. ..

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