Six Feet Under

Season 5 Episode 10

All Alone

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Aug 07, 2005 on HBO
9.5
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Nathaniel Samuel Fisher, Jr.
1965-2005

David makes arrangements for Nate's funeral with Ruth and Brenda. Keith makes a humiliating discovery. Brenda must answer a difficult question for Nate's daughter, Maya. Claire reminisces on the past.

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  • There's no way for anyone to hold the tears back.

    10
    Right after episode 8 I accidentally waatched this episode, missing Ecotone...... Interestingly I only realized this when I came to tv.com and noticed I missed an episode!



    I've yet to watch Ecotone, but see.... the way I accidentally ended up watching the episodes I think it was even more dramatic, as for me, it appeeared as if Nate instantly died.



    Now that is enough of my stupid accident.



    Nate Fisher is dead. The main character of the show died.... before the fnale. Somewhat brave of the writers as this means alot of stress for the end of the show. Not just this episode but obviously the finale will be somewhat depressing too, afterall, this is Six Feet Under, isn't it?



    Every single family member reacted to Nate's dead as excepted yet I think I've never teared up so much during a TV episode.



    Basically about 5 times during the episode - especially David's speech and Claire's flashback.... incredible.



    Michael C Hall has done his best in this episode, along with almost everyone else... but Michael stood out with his extremely realistic breakdown(s).



    One of the things I was afriad of is Brenda. I dont like her character too much, and her relationship with Nate was never really good in my opinion, so... yes. I was afraid she might ruin this sacred episode. But no. No way. The vision with her and Nate in the car after the funeral was extremely telling.



    Even after Nate's death, they argue. This just sums it all up. They never really belonged together. Never ever. A tragic story, comes to an end. The best episode of the show so far. May you Rest in Peace, Nate.moreless
  • Such a sad episode but brilliant no doubt.

    10
    This was extremely sad but that's not surprising. I felt sorry for Ruth throughout, the opening scene with her dream was heart-breaking. Bettina was there to help and her character really is great. Her sister Sarah arrives too and even adds a small bit of humour here. Ruth's annoyance at David was harsh but understandable, not being there must have left her confused.



    When Maggie arrived at Brenda's doorstep I couldn't believe what she was doing, Brenda's reaction was brilliant, she deserved it too, not even admitting she slept with Nate. We saw her break down as the episode progressed and I was glad to see Billy turn up, purely to help her through the loss.

    Her row with the deceased Nate in her car was an excellent scene, so much emotion involved.



    Plus I can understand her trouble with Maya, it sure must be weird anyway. How she broke the news to Maya when she asked where her daddy was a bit in your face, he's dead....... as her mother said, ease into it a bit. David's stress has retuned which is realistic but the whole seeing his hijacker again was a little less enjoyable.



    Claire seemed fine until she broke down and called Ted, personally I like him and hope they end up with each other. There conversation about Nate was believable. Her flashback to Nate offering her drugs was great. The actual funeral was extremely sad but so brilliant. Ruth getting David out of the car was a highlight, each family member putting soil into his grave.



    Claire helping to put his body (In a bag like thing, not a coffin) in the grave, how people broke down, it was all painfully real. The poem/song read out was upsetting but quite peaceful. A panicked Brenda drops Maya off at Ruth's and asks her to keep her for a while, it was sad to see Brenda break down into tears.



    Everything was sad but it was so well done. I can't wait for the final two episodes, I really can't!moreless
  • Incredible Episode.

    9.4
    There is only one word I think of when it comes to this episode: AMAZING. That's all I can say. [WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW]



    In this episode, the Fisher family holds Nate's funeral. In my opinion, this is the saddest episode of Six Feet Under. As upset I am with Nate dead, it wasn't as depressing to see him pass away as it was to see the Fisher family trying to cope with his death. This was one of the first times we have ever seen Rico cry! One of the best scenes of the episode was the bonding scene between Ruth and David because they rarely have bonding scenes and it was really cool.moreless
  • Review

    10
    Back to back episodes that could not have been done any better. I do think that Ecotone and this episode should have led up to the finale, which makes me wonder what they could possibly put in the next episode that couldnt have come earlier in the season. This episode was very emotional and the writers once again delivered in the way that only Six Feet Under could. The scenes at the memorial service and the graveyard were perfect. I thought that the poem that was read at the funeral was amazing and Nate and Brendas "argument" in the car pretty much summed up there relationship. They couldnt agree when he was alive and the random fighting continues far into his death. again, another perfect episode. I only wonder what the episode before the finale will bring.moreless
  • Possibly one of the most depressing, and touching episodes ever.

    10
    So, after this episode, I walked on shaky knees to my room, popped in my In Utero Nirvana album, and put All Apologies on repeat. This episode is one that never fails to depress, and make you wonder why you watch such a miserable show. Why? Because it is damned good, with the best characters, and the most originality in a long time.



    Though the series is long dead, I know that it lives on. To me, this show is so easy to relate to. About this episode, it is truly marvelous. The whole ending with Claire, and Nate was touching. All Apologies is the perfect song not only for this episode, but for this whole show.moreless
Frances Conroy

Frances Conroy

Ruth Fisher

Freddy Rodriguez

Freddy Rodriguez

Federico Diaz

James Cromwell

James Cromwell

George Sibley (episode 40+, recurring previously)

Justina Machado

Justina Machado

Vanessa Diaz

Lauren Ambrose

Lauren Ambrose

Claire Fisher

Mathew St. Patrick

Mathew St. Patrick

Keith Charles

Patricia Clarkson

Patricia Clarkson

Sarah O'Connor

Guest Star

Lilli Babb

Lilli Babb

Young Claire

Guest Star

Tina Holmes

Tina Holmes

Maggie Sibley

Guest Star

Brenna Tosh

Brenna Tosh

Maya

Recurring Role

Bronwyn Tosh

Bronwyn Tosh

Maya

Recurring Role

Jeremy Sisto

Jeremy Sisto

Billy Chenowith

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In the flashback, Nate says "Kurt Cobain died today", however Cobain's body was only found and the news broke about 3 days after he died.

    • Nate has a similar burial to the one he gave Lisa in the Season Four premiere--under a tree with no coffin and no embalming. This one is legal, however, and attended by more than one person.

    • The song played during Nate's funeral is "Knocking on Heaven's Door" by Bob Dylan.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • David: I can't go out there.
      Ruth: Yes you can, you have legs.

    • Sarah: God is a huge fucking asshole.

    • David: What do you think I killed him? Is that what you're trying to get me to say?
      Ruth: How DARE you speak to me that way!
      David: How dare you, I lost him too MOM! All you've been doing is accusing me of doing the wrong thing. At least I was there.

    • Maggie: It's not like anything you're imaginging. Nate loved you.
      Brenda: I don't need you to tell me how my husband felt about me. Even if he was pissed off at me, he certainly wasn't in love with you, even if he said he was. Nate could be very convincing that way... But all he ever wanted was someone who could make him feel like a better man that he actually was... Coulda been anyone.

    • Brenda:(to Maggie) Is this some kind of Quaker thing? You **** someone's husband to death and you bring them a quiche?!

    • (Claire enters Nate's funeral in jeans and t-shirt)
      David: You could've dressed.
      Claire: I couldn't.
      David: The rest of us managed.
      Claire: The rest of you win.

    • Ruth Fisher: God is an asshole!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Featured Music

      Black Toast Music: "Gold and Platinum"
      Kelly Clarkson: "Break Away"
      Townes Van Zandt: "To Live is to Fly"
      Dixie Chicks: "Landslide"
      Bob Dylan: "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"
      Nirvana: "All Apologies"

    • Even though the episode centers around Nate's funeral and death, it doesn't feature the white-screen with "Nathaniel Samuel Fisher, JR. 1965-2005." Instead this appeared at the end of "Ecotone" and appears on the letterboard in the hallway outside the parlour. It's one of the only (if not THE only) SFU episode not to feature the white screen with name and dates.

  • ALLUSIONS (0)

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