Cathy deals with the fallout from Marlene’s death and evaluates treatment options in the "Taking the Plunge" season finale of THE BIG C. I was lucky enough to watch this episode early and it’s a strong, emotional finish to the season.
So, Marlene’s suicide in "Everything that Rises must Coverge" just about ripped my heart out. Almost up until Paul left Marlene’s house without taking Chekov’s gun, I thought Marlene and Thomas would be moving into Cathy’s house, but hearing Marlene’s broken apology, I knew what was coming and I wanted to hide my screener DVD in the freezer. Marlene was my favorite character and I will miss her terribly. I realize her purpose of being the only person who knew about Cathy’s condition and could offer sage advice is now gone, but I can’t help but feel like her journey was unfinished. That said, "Taking the Plunge" puts her death into more context, and she is both honored and used to move action forward for more than one character.
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