The Big C Review: "The Ecstasy and the Agony"

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This could have served as the season finale of The Big C.

Following a handful of episodes in which viewers watched Cathy Jamison act in her own best interests, everything came crashing down on her in "The Ecstasy and the Agony."

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And while I do sympathize for the show's main character, I couldn't have been the only one who let out a small fist pump when Paul asked for a divorce at the conclusion of the half hour. This man has been portrayed as a drunken lout more often than not... but has there been any doubt that he loves his wife?

There's only so much a guy can take, and seeing your wife have sex with someone else on your porch, only to then be confronted by some random doctor of hers, would set even the most patient man off.

So, will Cathy finally tell Paul about her diagnosis in order to keep him around? Or is she truly happy with Lenny, who does also seem to be a good person with true feelings for Cathy? Most shows eventually depict the Other Man or Other Woman as nothing more than an obstacle between a husband and wife.

But let's give The Big C kudos for painting Lenny with a more layered brush (pun... intended!).

While Cathy's failing (failed?) marriage was the focus of the episode, we were also treated to a couple strong side storylines. While less than appealing to ponder, Marlene's date with the horniest old guy on the planet was good for a few laughs; and it's easy to relate to, and feel badly for, both sides in the fight between Adam and Andrea, isn't it?

Overall, a great episode that has me excited to see what the actual season finale, along with the installments leading up to it, will bring.

The Ecstasy and the Agony Review

Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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