The Big C (2010–2013)
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Quality of Life 

Cathy plans a birthday party.


Michael Engler


Darlene Hunt (created by), Darlene Hunt




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Linney ... Cathy Jamison
Oliver Platt ... Paul Jamison
Gabriel Basso ... Adam Jamison
John Benjamin Hickey ... Sean Tolkey
Gabourey Sidibe ... Andrea Jackson
Alan Alda ... Dr. Atticus Sherman
Phyllis Somerville ... Marlene
Kathy Najimy ... Cathy's Therapist
Connie Ray ... Principal Connie Schuler
Liz Holtan ... Amber
Michael Ray Escamilla ... Angel
Samantha Futerman ... Lydia Hye
Emily Tremaine ... Dina
Roslyn Ruff ... Nurse
Heather MacRae ... Stephanie (as Heather Mac Rae)


It's five months after the Jamison's Puerto Rican adventure, and Cathy finding out that her experience with Angel on his fishing boat was all a hallucination as she was lost during the scuba diving expedition. Regardless, she believes Angel was meant to be her angel of death. There is a death before Cathy's, namely Thomas, who has now joined Marlene. Cathy is stressing over what to place on his tombstone. It's a week before Adam's sixteenth birthday, and while he is focused on getting his driver's license, Cathy is focused on organizing a party for him, whether or not he wants one and despite her fatigue from recent chemotherapy treatments to remove the bits of the tumor the surgery could not remove. In her recent problems with Dr. Sherman, Cathy turns to her therapist among other people in how to deal with him, but he may be the best person to address the issue, that is if she can get some alone time with him outside of her scheduled appointments. She is still teaching, about which ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

29 April 2013 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Sean Tolkey: [to Cathy, urging her to eat the last bite of a hamburger, which she is having trouble doing] Swallow. Swallow. Swallow? Are you a swallower?
Sean Tolkey: [thinking about it] Don't answer that question.
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Main title theme written and performed by Leftover Cuties
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