Six Feet Under

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  • S 5 : Ep 12

    Everyone's Waiting

    Aired 8/21/05

  • S 5 : Ep 11


    Aired 8/14/05

  • S 5 : Ep 10

    All Alone

    Aired 8/7/05

  • S 5 : Ep 9


    Aired 7/31/05

  • S 5 : Ep 8

    Singing For Our Lives

    Aired 7/24/05

  • Cast & Crew
  • James Cromwell

    George Sibley (episode 40+, recurring previously)

  • Richard Jenkins

    Nathaniel Fisher

  • Frances Conroy

    Ruth Fisher

  • Jeremy Sisto

    Billy Chenowith

  • Rachel Griffiths

    Brenda Chenowith

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  • show Description
  • When death is your business, what is your life? For the Fisher family, the world outside of their family-owned funeral home continues to be at least as challenging as--and far less predictable than--the one inside.Oscar(R)-winning screenwriter Alan Ball's breakout series that takes a darkly comic look at members of a dysfunctional L.A. family that run a funeral business.

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  • Quotes (324)

    • David : You want to be the Alpha dog Nate, is that it? Coasting towards midlife with nothing to show for it now you want to come back and be the rock for this family to lean on? Fuck you! Nate : That is not why I came… David : You want to get your hands dirty? You sanctimonious prick. Talk to me when you've had to stuff formaldehyde soaked cotton up your father's ass so he doesn't leak. Nate : Jesus! David : Yeah, well I'm sure you just would have tossed him out with the garbage. It may seem weird to you but there is a reason behind everything that we do here. We provide people with a very important and sacred service at the darkest time in there lives because maybe they don't want to make a spectacle of themselves. Because maybe they prefer to grieve in private. Nate : Why? Why does it have to be such a secret? It's nothing to be ashamed of, Dave, please. David : Nate, you know nothing! Nothing! You had a responsibility to this family and you ran away from it and you left it all for me. Nate : Whoa, don't blame me if your not living the life you want, that is nobody's fault but your own. David : Okay. Fine. Just do me a favour, okay? You got out. Stay out.

    • David: (whispers) Nate. Nate: No! I refuse to sanitize this anymore. David: This is how it's done. Nate: Yeah? Well, it's whacked. What is this stupid saltshaker? Huh? What is this hermetically sealed box? ThisphonyAstroTurfaround the grave? Jesus, David, it's like surgery. Clean, antiseptic, business. He was our father! David:Please don't do this. Nate: You can pump him full of chemicals. You can put make-up on him, and you can prop him up for a nap in the slumber room, but the fact remains David, that the only father we're ever going to have is gone. Forever. And that sucks, but it's a Goddamned part of life, and you can't really accept it without getting your hands dirty. Well, I do accept it, and I intend to honour the old bastard by letting the whole world see just how fucked up and shitty I feel that he's dead. (throws the earth onto the casket) God damn it! Father Jack: Amen.

    • David : I know. What did I do with my life? I went to school to learn exactly how to do this stuff. While other kids my age were going to frat parties, I was draining corpses and refashioning severed ears out of wax.

    • Claire : Jesus. Pull your dicks out and measure them, and let's get this over with! Nate : What were we supposed to do? Throw Dad in the back of Claire's car? David : It is a hearse!

    • Brenda (To Nate): Well here's my number if you ever want to, you know, go out on a real date. You know where you buy me dinner before I put out.

    • Brenda: So, how's it going? Nate: Oh, it's great... great. My father's dead, my mom's a whore, my brother wants to kill me, and my sister's smoking crack. I think I win.

    • Claire: I have to tell somebody. I am tweaking.
      Nate: Yeah, we're all upset.
      Claire: No. I'm high on crystal. I smoked some with some friends before David called me.
      Nate: You did what?
      Claire: Don't worry. It's the first time, but I think I'm having some kind of a meltdown and I can't tell if it's Dad being dead or the crystal but...I'm really scared.
      Nate: You cannot do this to me right now.
      Claire: Don't be such a narc. We smoked pot at Thanksgiving.
      Nate:Look, I have to go identify our dead father's body. Now, I'm sorry you're having a bad drug experience, but deal with it.

    • Man: You've done a nice job. She looks peaceful David: Well, she is at peace now Man: If there's any justice in the universe, she's shoveling shit in Hell!

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    Notes (222)

    • Alan Ball won an Emmy for his work in this episode in the category of Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

    • The episode was nominated for 4 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Series, Outstanding Art Direction for a Single Camera Series, Outstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic) and Outstanding Single Camera Sound Mixing for a Series.

    • Music featured in this episode: George Bizet - L'amour Est Un Oiseau, Bing Crosby - I'll Be Home for Christmas, Hardknox - Attitude, SPYLAB - Celluloid Hypnotic, Tommaso Giovanni Albinoni - Concerto for Oboe & String in D. Major Allegro e non-presto, Petalpusher - Breaking It Down, Peggy Lee - I Love Being Here With You, LES GAMMAS - All of Me, Ray Davies - Sunset Seranada, Day One - Bedroom Dancing, The Executives - Moonglow Cha Cha Cha, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Divertimento #1 Andante, KC and the Sunshine Band - Shake Your Booty, The Devlins - Waiting

    • - German title: "Fisher und Söhne" (= "Fisher and Sons"); - Italian title: "Fisher & figli" (= "Fisher and Sons").

    • This is the first and last appearance of the funeral home related commercials. It was originally going to be a runner, a way to start each act, but it was quickly abandoned.

    • Commercial for a Crown Royal Funeral Coach opens this episode

    • Music featured in episode: Dean Martin - Ain't Thank A Kick in the Head, Soulstice - Tenderly, Submarine - Girl Who Fell to Earth, Peggy Lee - I Love Being Here With You, The Blasters - So Long Baby Goodbye, The Starseeds - Parallel Life, Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You

    • - German title: "Der letzte Wille" (= "The Last Will"); - Italian title: "Il testamento" (= "The will").

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    Trivia (47)

    • Freddy Rodriguez, Eric Balfour, & Lauren Ambrose also appeared together in Can't Hardly Wait.

    • Claire's hair changes between shots after her musical outburst.

    • When the record player in Nate Sr.'s secret room is shown, the phonograph needle is set to "78" (the "78" is visible on the right side of the tone arm in a close-up) rather than the obverse, which would read either "LP" or "45" and appear on the left side of the tone arm. Using the heavier needle designed for 78s meant that poor Nate Sr. was ruining his LPs every time he played them.

    • When Claire is reading "Don Juan" during math class you can actually see that she's reading the very first part of the book (after her teacher ask her to explain the formula). When the camera cuts back to her, the book is opened on the middle, and then in the next shot is back at the beginning.

    • If you look closely in the scene where he is outdoors tanning, you can see the white cards held up by the crew through the reflection of Nate's sunglasses.

    • When Billy is having breakdown and throwing things in the pool, his father's shirt switches from having water stains to not from shot to shot.

    • Billy shows Nate a picture of him and Claire kissing. Yet when he takes this picture earlier this season, Billy's eyes are down, but when he shows it to Nate, his eyes are looking at the camera!

    • When Brenda and Nate are driving to see Billy the scenery in the background is the same on both ways. It would mean that on either way they were driving on the wrong side of the road.

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    Allusions (44)

    • Nate: Good Morning Dave
      Reference to the talking computer HAL in the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey"

    • Brenda (to Nate): I'm burning up...burning up for your love. This is a line of a song by Madonna called "Burning Up".

    • Nate: Oh, come on, what do you think I am? Some sort of aging Peter Pan who's gonna disappear at the first sign of something a little more permanent?
      Peter Pan is a little boy who doesn't want to grow up, created by J. M. Barrie. The character is a metaphor for escaping adulthood responsibilities.

    • Claire: Jesus, Mom, I'm starting to feel like Anne Frank!
      Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank (1929 - 1945) was a Jewish girl who wrote a diary retting her life during World War II. After some time hiding with her family from the Nazis in Amsterdam they were betrayed and transported to German concentration camps, where most of her family died – except for her father. After her diary was published, she became famous worldwide.

    • Ruth: (movies she rented) Runaway Bride and The Nutty Professor.
      Runaway Bride is a 1999 romantic comedy staring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. The movie joins these two actors ten years after the movie that made Julia Roberts into a star, Pretty Woman.

      The Nutty Professor is a comedy staring Eddie Murphy who plays seven different characters in the movie. The scene that Ruth was appalled by and Claire was laughing at is the family dinner scene when Professor Sherman Klump takes Carla (Jada Pinkett Smith) and his father starts breaking wind, embarrassing everyone. This movie is a remake of 1963 movies written, directed, and starring Jerry Lewis.

    • Keller (on TV): Oz didn't make you a bitch. You were born one.
      David and Keith are watching Oz on HBO.

    • Nathaniel, Sr.: Life is wasted on the living.
      This is a pun on the famous quote - "Youth is wasted on the young" - uttered by George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), an Irish playwright and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925.

    • Tracy: (to David) Well, what if Cindy Crawford were to walk up to you and say, "Just use me for sex"?
      Cindy Crawford is one of the most famous American supermodels in the world.

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  • Fan Reviews (115)
  • Just now watching

    By alctigerfan, Feb 05, 2015

  • Great Show except all the GAY CRAP and Brenda

    By Sterlinggirl66, Nov 09, 2013

  • Life is full of Ups and Downs

    By vennamanand, Oct 14, 2013

  • Simply the greatest television show to ever grace the screen.

    By michaelemanuel, Oct 11, 2013

  • Compelling and a must watch

    By abdulay31, Dec 24, 2012

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