THE BIG C Taking Lumps Episode 6 - I was able to see theTaking Lumps episode of THE BIG C early and while it isn't one of the funniest outings of the series, I think it is one of the most layered. We get a glimpse into what family life was like pre-cancer for Cathy, Paul, and Adam; we see what living with Sean would be like; and we remember that Andrea, despite her often wise words, is still a teenage girl. Taking Lumps is all about choices and their consequences.
Cathy gets a wake-up call about her cancer when Lenny the muralist finds a lump on her bum during one of their photocopying sessions. This the first time we have any sort of physical sign that Cathy's sick. Up until now, we - and she - knew she had cancer hanging over her head, but because she didn't have any symptoms, it was easy to ignore in favor of the new adventures. Now, her illness is physically real to all of us and Cathy's choice to have the lump removed even though Dr. Todd says it isn't medically necessary says a lot about how much she wants her cancer to remain abstract. If you can't feel it, it's not real.
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