THE BIG C “Blue-Eyed Iris” Review

THE BIG C (Showtime) "Blue-Eyed Iris"

Sex is in the air and on the brain in he “Blue-Eyed Iris” episode of THE BIG C. Cathy catches Adam watching porn and decides to watch it with him. She also watches it in class while the students write an essay about why teenage pregnancy is a bad idea. After getting her first bikini wax, Cathy decides she needs to show off her newly highlighted anatomy and pulls a Basic Instinct move on the high school muralist Andrea has a crush on, leading to a close encounter of the desktop kind. Paul’s rugby injury catches the attention of rugby fan Tina, so Paul gets a close encounter of his own. Even Adam gets in on the action when Andrea lets him touch her breasts.

Sean and Marlene finally meet, and naturally Marlene almost shoots him. I love that everyone’s reaction to Sean is “Cathy’s your sister?” Sean needs a suit so he can look professional while he tries to save the abandoned building he calls home. It goes about as well as I would have expected, but at least we get to see Sean and Marlene dance wit h his hand on her ass, thank you very much, and we learn Marlene collects Lillian Vernon catalogs. So random.

If Adam hadn’t already been destined for a life of serious and possibly in-patient therapy, he is after Cathy’s porn commentary. Gabriel Basso plays Adam’s humiliation and horror well here. I have to give Cathy credit for both courage and speaking the truth, though, but it, as everything else between these two, dissolves into a fight. Cathy means well, but she tends to take things a step or ten too far with Adam. She recovers pretty well after trying to give him condoms, though. I have to admit I sniffled a bit when she said she might not be around. One of these days she’s going to have to really tell him about her cancer.

Andrea has a big crush on the muralist painting outside the classroom, but he only notices Cathy, and who can blame him since she did, uh, open herself up to him. I never knew a bikini wax could be quite so freeing, but you go, girl. Just don’t feel like you need to share every detail with your brother–ick. Anyway, since Cathy seemed to gently let Paul go when she reminded him they weren’t together, I guess she feels separated enough to move on or at least experiment a bit. Paul apparently does, too, as his eye patch gets Tina the rugby slut to actually ignore rugby and get in his car. I’m not sure either of those relationships will go anywhere, but I am sure Andrea’s going to get hurt.

Cathy just wants to be noticed and she spends a lot of this episode trying to get attention–from rude garden center customers and waiters to the muralist. It’s like she told Adam–even when women say they don’t want attention, we really do. Cathy’s finally demanding hers.

The Big C is really getting the funny-bittersweet balance down. I’m glad to see more characters interacting the last couple of episodes and hope we get even more of that in the future. Cathy seems to be finding her groove, too; though from the preview, though, I’d say that’s about to come to a grinding halt and reality will intrude.

What did you think of “Blue-Eyed Iris?” Is it too soon for Cathy to move on or does her lack of time mean she should grab anything she can?

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