The Big C Review: "Everything That Rises Must Converge"

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Liam Neeson guest-starred on "Everything That Rises Must Converge," but the presence of that stellar actor wasn't actually a focus of the episode.

Granted, it was fun watching the Love Actually reunion between him and Laura Linney. However, there were two major developments that overshadowed Neeson's wacky doctor and his stinging bees. We analyze each below.

Liam Neeson on The Big C

1. The Kiss. I wasn't a fan of Todd and Cathy's lip lock. Up to this point, the relationship between these two felt like nothing else on television. A young doctor, facing the first death of a patient, growing close to said patient in a non-romantic sense was fresh and interesting.

But now the show has reduced that intriguing dynamic to a cliche: spurned boyfriend is lost and confused and makes a move on a woman to whom he's grown close.

The preface to the kiss also felt like a quick, unrealistic role reversal: wasn't Cathy the optimistic one at the close of last week's episode? Didn't Todd have trouble supporting her decision to find alternate treatment because he needed her to face reality? Now, we suddenly had Cathy telling Todd to accept her fate, which immediately proceeded the smooch.

2. The Suicide. Conversely, this was a welcome development. Not because I disliked the character of Marlene. Quite the opposite, in fact.

She served a very useful purpose in Cathy's life and the build-up to her suicide felt believable and understandable from all sides. Paul may feel some guilt over telling Marlene to stay away from Adam, but no one can blame a father for being protective, can they? Especially when he's already gonna lose his wife.

I also liked the choice to show Cathy's reaction from afar, and then to bring Marlene's death around to the happiness collage Cathy has created on the ceiling. Well done all around.

I'm curious how the season wraps up next week, as this felt like a finale, didn't it? What did you think of the episode?


Editor Rating: 4.3 / 5.0
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Saad khan

The Kiss was great... I've been waiting for that, there is some interesting chemistry between them which is bx of these fantastic actors Laura & Reid Scott. Marlene Marlene Marlene... I just can't believe they killed her Off, I loved her character from the first episode, Cynthia Nixon is great too but she can't fill out the gap Marlene's Death left in our Hearts.


The song at the end is called "I Fold" by Sharon Van Etten from her album called "Because I was in Love". It's available on iTunes and Amazon. GREAT song!


Please bring Marlene back!!!!!


I loved the fact that the doctor kissed Cathy ...always thought they had good chemestry... MARLENE NEEDS TO COME BACK SHE WAS THE BEST AND FUNNIEST OF THE WHOLE SHOW ...CAN'T THEY MAKE IT LIKE IT WAS A DREAM OR SOMETHING AND BRING HER BACK...I think this will bring down the ratings on the show. So please please bring her back!


Marlene needs tom come back


I'm mad about Marlene and the relationship she had w Cathy and her family.


well i'm pissed about marlene. she was a great character on the show. its oliver platt i wish they'd get rid of. now that the fact of cathy having cancer is out & marlene is gone i cant imagine what direction this show is going but i will still around to find out.


Cried like a baby when Marlene killed herself. Felt so bad for her as she realized what she had nearly done with Adam. Oh it was heartbreaking...


Does anyone know what song played at the end of this episode? I've searched online for a song list or something but am coming up with squat? Any help would be appreciated.


This episode was amazing. The moment I realised what Marlene was doing I started crying my eyes out. I really loved her character. As for the kiss, I don't know. When I watched the first episode I already felt there was something between them and sorta hoped it would develop but since then Paul has grown on me so...

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