'The Big C' recap: Squeeze Out A Smile
At which point the whole show flips over beautifully, as Cathy realizes the whole Getting Her Groove Back trip is worse than unhealthy: It's a total cliché. Hounded by fellow patients and Thomas the Teleporting Dog, goaded by Adam's easy friendship with Precious and the fact that even her crazy homeless brother can maintain a relationship, and struck with fresh pain by Oliver Platt's latest protestations of love, Cathy finally stops moving... Just long enough to tell off the support group for pretending cancer doesn't suck in every way possible.
Back home, Thomas -- who has managed to find her in every scene and every location throughout the episode -- ends up behind the van and thence in emergency care. Marlene appears (after a fistfight with Precious that is both awesome and racist) and immediately puts her finger on the cause of Thomas's obsession with Cathy: He's a smeller of cancer, of course. Relaxing with mai tai's on a fanciful indoor beach created by the wacky husband, Cathy and the old bitch finally reach a détente: They may not be friends, but they're certainly the only People either of them has really got.
Once again, the show defies logic in a soft and likeable way ...
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