The Big C Review: "Blue-Eyed Iris"

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Due to her cancer diagnosis, Cathy Jamison has been baring it all this season on The Big C, holding little of her personality and desires back.

But she took that philosophy to a whole new level on "Blue-Eyed Iris," a very low level, one below the belt... if you get our drift!

Idris Elba on The Big C

My complaint about The Big C in general is that there's no continuous plot, with the exception of Cathy finding new ways to act liberated and show off her new view on life each week. Sometimes, I wanna just say: I get it. She has cancer and has taken out a new lease on life. Is this all the show has to offer?!?

But Laura Linney remains so good in the lead role that I'm content to sit back and watch her antics each week, especially when they include the world's most awkward mother/son talk, along with some major flirting with Idris Elba, in a role 180 degrees from characters he has played on The Wire and The Office.

Other scenes/moments I enjoyed:
  • Paul's reaction to Cathy finding Adam with porn. It was a mixture of disgust, humor and shock. Combined with an eye patch, of course.
  • Cathy's condom-related talk with her son was actually spot-on. Let's home the 14-year old keeps that foreplay note in mind.
  • Run, Andrea, run! You'll be rich in no time!
  • Great to see Marlene interacting with Sean, but the show needs to do something new with the latter. Every word out of his mouth is about the idiocy of mankind. It does get a bit old.

What did you think of the episode?


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This show doesn't make any sense. Cathy is reacting to her mortality by making everyone around her miserable? She treats her doctor and the handyman better than her family. Honestly I totally expect she'll bed the doctor next and ruin his pending engagement. Paul gets upset at the public proclaimation that she hasn't been happy in 20 years and she responds by running off to Jamaica with the painter? There has been no foundation laid to justify her "right" to be this selfish. Paul's passing comment to Lenny about her annual cards to their son doesn't cut it, that's not selfless. Who does that? Every mom! Someone this wonderful would have friends, where are they? Cancer in itself is not license to abuse those around you. None of the charecters are likeable except for Paul. The scenes and storylines don't seem at all connected. What is all this randomness, the charecters aren't developed enough to pull it off. I see the show got picked up for another season. I don't see how anyone is still watching without a dramatic makeover.


Love this show!!


I was really surprised that it is not explicitly said if cathy and Linny used a condom or not...
Since this episode has its fair share of condoms and sex talks, I think that if there was no mention of a condom, they didn't use any... Even after she gave a speech to her kid ? yep.
+1 to Bill for the hypocrisy.


Okay, I know it's just a TV program, but I'm really surprised at the light hearted reaction to Cathy deciding to sleep with Linny She is still married to Paul, right? I know that having a terminal illness should extend the boundaries of right and wrong, but not this much. And from what I've seen in the previews for upcoming episodes, Tom will get his wish. Cathy's romantic fling with the painter will progress. So does cancer bring out the inner whore in people? I think in the next epi, Cathy actually feels a little guilty about what she's done (I guess having terminal cancer doesn't completly destroy your conscience) and she actually starts to reconcile with Paul, until he confesses he messed around once with the soccer groupie. Furious, Cathy ends the reconciliation. So the big C does apparently promote one characteristic - hypocrisy. I have no way of knowing how I would react to finding out I had a terminal illness, but I hope it wouldn't be to throw away both the bad and the good of who I am.


I generally liked the episode but I do agree that there's no continuous plot. Hopefully we'll see more of Cathy doing the nasty with the painter next week. Also, she really needs to start telling people she has cancer...for a minute there I thought she would tell her son when they were having the porn talk but she didn't. The sex talk was very real though and made me laugh out loud because that was exactly my reaction too when my mom first had the talk with me.

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