Last week Paul came back home and Cathy decided she is going to try bee sting therapy and found out that Marlene has Alzheimer’s disease.
This episode opens with Paul cleaning the house from stem to stern and trying to over compensate for his time away. He is now devoted to her cure.
Adam is busy texting, since he is giggling, Cathy is sure it’s a girl he’s texting. He is in a hurry to get out and leaves his phone behind. Cathy calls the girl and leaves her a message to not hurt her son and to tell her that he is shy. Then Adam runs back in because he forgot his phone and nearly catches her leaving the message. Later Adam is with Mia and she tells him that his mother must really love him because her parents don’t even care about her.
Cathy is off to Canada for the bee sting therapy with Todd, her doctor. Along the way he told her that he proposed to his girlfriend and she told him that she will think about it. After he bought that gorgeous house, she has to think about it. Cathy told him that she is crazy to not marry him. He really cares for Cathy and even accidentally kisses her at a quiet moment. She does not take it seriously and he is more than apologetic.
So they make it to Canada and meet the bee man who stings Cathy with the venom of twenty-three bees. Later she and Todd are at a bar having a drink and someone is having their tarot cards read. Cathy requests to have hers read and when she is told that someone close to her is going to die, she makes a joke out of it and Todd gets upset. Cathy starts to dance and the bee man comes into the bar and dances with her. He is a bit of a loon, as she has already found out, so Todd cuts in and saves her from his rushing hands on her behind.
Back at home Adam is doing his chores for Marlene when suddenly she pulls a gun on him and asks him who he is. She tells him to get out of her house and nearly shoots him. Shortly thereafter, Paul comes over and chastises Marlene. She tells him that she is not crazy and would not do something like that. He tells her to stay away from his son, and give him the gun. She tells him that she can’t find it and he leaves.
Marlene sits down and starts to write a letter to Cathy. In the letter, she is her totally honest self, she tells Cathy that she is a pain, but became like family. She told her to pull her head out of her ass and let her family take care of her. Adam is a good kid, and to tell him that she is truly sorry. Go places, buy crap you want, don’t be afraid. When it is your time to go, I will be waiting for you. She then kills herself.
Cathy comes home she hears the awful news about Marlene and sees the changes around the house that Paul has done. She has had an adventure with Todd and the bee man and is back home with her family who loves her.
Next episode is the season finale of this excellent series. I almost hate to see it end and wonder what lies ahead for Cathy and cancer.
Laura Linney as Cathy Jamison, a reserved schoolteacher who finds out she has cancer
Oliver Platt as Paul Jamison, her estranged husband
John Benjamin Hickey as Sean, her “eccentric” brother who chooses to be homeless
Phyllis Somerville as Marlene, Cathy’s grouchy neighbor
Gabriel Basso as Adam, Cathy’s bratty son
Gabourey Sidibe as Andrea, a mean-spirited student who Cathy sees as a challenge
Reid Scott as Dr. Todd, Cathy’s doctor and first cancer patient in his young life