The Big C Review: Friends vs. Family
The Big C was not kidding with its episode title this week. My goodness, that sure was "The Darkest Day" I can recall in the show's history.
It started out a bit trite, as Cathy told off Dr. Sherman and his medical school students in the sort of speech we've heard many times before: yes, doctors should treat their patients as actual human beings; although, a convincing case could be made that de-personalizing their trials makes them more effective and, in the end, saves more lives.
Regardless, this speech simply served as a precursor for the deeply personal events to come.
RIP, Lee, for starters. Hugh Dancy was a terrific addition to the cast this season, both in terms of his character and his portrayal. Lee's relationship with Cathy was unique to The Big C, taking the concept of one's "soulmate" to a different level and creating an understandable rift between Cathy and Paul.
Not over the former's feelings, but over the struggle those dealing with cancer face. Your long-time loved ones, no matter how hard they try, simply can't relate.
This was akin to the dilemma faced by Poppy and illustrated by her former sandwich boss. He figured a year was enough time to grieve, but there are clearly no rules when it comes to losing a parent. Adam has been rather casual about the situation, but I expect that to change now that he sees first-hand just how deeply an effect this disease can have on the living.
Andrea, meanwhile, is in perfect health... physically, at least. It was heart-breaking to watch her learn about Myk as, let's face it, this isn't the type of girl who will get many marriage proposals. And she knows it, too, given the number of fat jokes she makes. Was it really Paul's place to let her in on the illegal alien secret? Probably, if only because he knows Myk is dishonest in other ways, too. Take away the stealing and maybe Paul could have let it to. But no father in his right mind could allow his daughter to go forward with a marriage to this type of guy, at least not without her knowing everything first.
So that's where we're left heading into the season finale. Sean is fortunately back, but Andrea is angry, Cathy is a mess and Paul might be out of a job. Might the actual darkest day still be ahead? Or will the season conclude with a ray of sunshine?