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The Big C


Season 2 Episode Guide

13 Episodes 2011 - 2011

In the second season, Cathy (Laura Linney) enters a clinical trial run by a renowned oncologist (Alan Alda) where she meets new friend and cancer patient Lee (Hugh Dancy). Sean (John Benjamin Hickey) and pregnant Rebecca (Cynthia Nixon) plan for their new baby. Adam (Gabriel Basso) acts out and befriends Poppy (Parker Posey). Andrew (Gabourey Sidibe) moves in with the Jamisons. Cathy faces obstacles as a swim coach and Paul (Oliver Platt) loses his job forcing concerns over health insurance for his sick wife.

Episode 1

Losing Patients

Mon, Jun 27, 2011 30 mins

Season 2 opens with Cathy seeking a second opinion about her cancer, which doesn't sit well with Dr. Todd. Meanwhile, Sean discovers that his sister is battling cancer while he's dealing with the growing pains of living with a pregnant Rebecca; and Adam is less-than-happy about seeing a therapist.

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Episode 2

Musical Chairs

Mon, Jul 4, 2011 30 mins

Cathy tries dabbling in the supernatural after she's unsuccessful at scoring a spot in a clinical trial for a new cancer treatment overseen by a renowned oncologist (Alan Alda). Meanwhile, Sean takes on a take-charge attitude around the house, and Adam uses his mother's medical situation to his advantage at school.

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Episode 3

Sexual Healing

Mon, Jul 11, 2011 30 mins

Problems in the bedroom plague Cathy and Paul, but some insight from their new housemate, Andrea, goes a long way in getting things situated. Meanwhile, newly medicated Sean ruffles Rebecca's feathers; and Adam isn't getting what he wants from his relationship with Mia, so he hooks up with another girl.

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Episode 4


Mon, Jul 18, 2011 30 mins

Cathy makes a new acquaintance in a fellow cancer patient (Hugh Dancy) on the first day of the clinical trial. Meanwhile, troubled Adam gets in a fight at school, and Sean suspects his house may be haunted.

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Episode 5

Cats and Dogs

Mon, Jul 25, 2011 30 mins

Paul's layoff has Cathy concerned about their financial situation and she considers pawning her jewelry, but a surprise encounter with Lee causes her to reconsider. Meanwhile, Adam lands in hot water after getting caught in a compromising position; and Sean field-tests his eco-friendly homemade sling in front of the moms at a neighborhood park.

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Episode 6

The Little c

Mon, Aug 1, 2011 30 mins

Paul plays matchmaker for Andrea and the Ukrainian coworker he is mentoring; an indiscreet Adam is responsible for jeopardizing Cathy's new job as a swim coach; and Sean contemplates taking the next step with Rebecca and seeks advice on how to go about it.

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Episode 7

Goldilocks and the Bears

Mon, Aug 8, 2011 30 mins

Lee takes Cathy to a Tibetan doctor to help lower her blood pressure for the clinical trial; a jealous Paul goes to a bar with Lee and Cathy; a grounded and bored Adam interferes with Andrea's date with Myk.

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Episode 8

The Last Thanksgiving

Mon, Aug 15, 2011 30 mins

Thanksgiving dinner at Cathy's house is thrown into turmoil after she reveals a long-hidden secret. Meanwhile, Paul contemplates an alternative source of income when faced with increasing insurance costs.

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Episode 9

A Little Death

Mon, Aug 22, 2011 30 mins

Rebecca has an unusual way of dealing with her miscarriage and the result leaves Cathy reconnecting with friends from the past. Elsewhere, Andrea and Myk's relationship goes to a new level; Adam gets a surprise when he meets a girl he's been chatting up on an online cancer group.

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Episode 10

How Do You Feel?

Mon, Aug 29, 2011 30 mins

Cathy offers to help Lee (Hugh Dancy) put a dent in his bucket list; Adam accompanies Poppy (Parker Posey) to her high-school reunion; and some new neighbors get under Sean's skin.

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Episode 11

Fight or Flight

Mon, Sep 12, 2011 30 mins

After an argument with Lee and a revealing dinner with Dr. Sherman, Cathy comes to a major crossroads. Elsewhere, Adam searches for his AWOL uncle and an impulsive Andrea makes a decision about Myk.

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Episode 12

The Darkest Day

Mon, Sep 19, 2011 30 mins

As Cathy prepares for her trip to Italy, she receives an amicable call from Lee. Elsewhere, Paul uncovers a secret about Myk while Adam discovers one about Poppy.

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Episode 13

Crossing the Line

Mon, Sep 26, 2011 30 mins

In the second-season finale, Lee's passing has a profound effect on Cathy and she decides on a special way to ring in the New Year. Meanwhile, continued financial woes lead Paul to try a different tack with the insurance company; and Adam and Dr. Todd make a surprising connection.

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