Tuesday, June 12, 2012

What I’m Watching: The Big C

The Big C: Season 3, Episode 9 “Vaya Con Dios” (B+)

In the wake of Joy’s death, a trip to Puerto Rico is therapeutic in an unconventional way for the extended Jamison family. Cathy’s lack of affection, and now compassion, for Joy isn’t productive for a grieving Paul, whose grief extends a bit too far, considering he is a married man. Throwing Cathy’s secret life at the bar in her face led to an unfortunate response on her part, that she’s been going through a lot when both of them have had their separate and shared miserable, complicated experiences to deal with. Andrea’s screw-up was rather amusing, though Paul didn’t seem to find the humor in it. I like that Andrea didn’t stand for Paul’s abuse for even a second, calling him out on his selfishness and ungratefulness and promptly quitting. The fact that Paul incorporated her departure into his talk regarding his heart monitor was interesting, and not entirely commendable. It seems that the only person having fun in Puerto Rico is Sean, whose break from women didn’t last long after he let his eyes get the better of him, going so far as to sleep with a married woman even though he chastised Cathy for her infidelity. Adam also seems to be consoling himself with religion, something Cathy isn’t really ready to support. That parting shot of Cathy scuba-diving is very typical for the dramatic underbone of this show, and next week’s season finale may bring some bad news for Cathy following Doctor Sherman’s call. Let’s hope things aren’t about to take a turn for the worse since the Jamisons already have enough drama in their lives.

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