During the course of their continuing sexual relationship where they do it anywhere they can on unofficial breaks during the school day, Lenny notices a lump on Cathy's lower back side. Dr. Todd's diagnosis is that the cancer is showing itself, but that it does not necessarily mean that the cancer is getting worse. As it is purely a cosmetic issue, Cathy can choose to leave the lump or have it removed. She chooses the latter, and asks the only person who knows, Marlene, to pick her up after the surgery. The lump makes Marlene try to convince Cathy to tell her family about the cancer. It makes Cathy reevaluate her sexual relationship with Lenny and think about bringing her family back together, which includes not only Paul but also Sean. She figures that entering the family into a charity bathtub race, a race they used to always participate in and enjoy, but which Cathy stopped doing because of all the work involved on her end, is a good start. Some news from Paul, and Andrea finding ... Written by
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At the bathtub race, when Cathy is putting the necklace on Marlene, Marlene is shown from the back but at a slight angle and you can see her face slowly break into a smile. When the shot cuts to the front of Marlene, her face is frozen in a big frown and she sarcastically says "Are you kidding me?" When it cuts back to the other angle, she is smiling again. See more
Dr. Todd Mauer
Cancer is the only illness that all patients think they're being punished.
References The Joy Luck Club
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