Six Feet Under

Season 5 Episode 10

All Alone

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Aug 07, 2005 on HBO

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

    Right after episode 8 I accidentally waatched this episode, missing Ecotone...... Interestingly I only realized this when I came to 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.
  • Such a sad episode but brilliant no doubt.

    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!
  • Incredible Episode.

    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.
  • Review

    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.
  • Possibly one of the most depressing, and touching episodes ever.

    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.
  • Not titled after Nirvana song

    Absolutely loved this episode, what I have a problem with is everyone else's interpretation of the title. It is repeatedly pointed out by others that the show is titled "All Alone" after the final refrain from the Nirvana song "All Apologies" from the album In Utero. However, any Nirvana fan can tell you that in the final refrain, which is repeated 20 times, Kurt says "All in all is all we are", NOT "All alone is all we are". I mean, the guy may have shot himself, but he wasn't that bleak.
  • Whatever's Left Written by Kate Robin Directed by Adam Davidson

    George (re Nate): “He never gave up on himself or the people he loved or even love itself and all it’s vexingly beautiful forms”.

    I was slightly tempted to quote WH Auden’s “Funeral Blues” or even a passage from the Mystic Odes of Rumi, but I think this lovely eulogy was a better choice. Nate never gave up on the people he loved? There’s a contradiction in that, especially concerning a particularly grief stricken wife.

    Poor Brenda, out of all the people to sympathise with and argue over who’s really going to suffer and possibly lose it after Nate’s death, she looks like one of the most obvious candidate and this hour continued to deal her blow after blow. First off all there was Maggie’s poor attempts of making peace by bringing a quiche. Not exactly the most enticing of the food groups to bring a grieving widow but adding the fact you’ve bonked her husband and can’t quite admit it, well it doesn’t paint you in a good light. I still don’t hate Maggie but damn it woman, why couldn’t you just tell Brenda anyways. It wasn’t like you were going to make her day any worse and I don’t blame Brenda for having a go at her either.

    Then there’s the support system of Margaret who’s helpful for about two minutes and then twistedly turns Brenda’s loss as an excuse to exorcise some of her own personal shit. As annoying as Margaret can be, I did admire her concern for how Brenda decided to broach the subject of telling Maya her father was dead. Brenda did that with the subtlety of a train wreck but still I felt sorry for her. The funeral itself only heightened her feelings of helplessness and frustration when she couldn’t help the others bury Nate and then the conversation with her dead husband in her car was chilly. After spending the last five years being harangued by his father and Lisa it was fun to watch Nate in the driving seat, disparaging pithy if undeserved advice to Brenda. Peter Krause looked like he had fun but watching Brenda’s misery in this episode was sad so once I really was glad when Billy showed unannounced.

    Rico also took Nate’s passing hard and no matter how much these fought; Rico did consider him a friend and nicely touched upon his former business partner’s attributes in a series of beautiful and genuine eulogies at Nate’s funeral. It’s also nice to see Rico’s renewed closeness with Vanessa shining and she got to be a rock to him while he tried to comfort everyone else. With Nate dead the issue of what happens to Fisher And Diaz is now for debate. Given his conversation with Vanessa, I say it’s fair to assume that Rico will want to play a bigger role in the running of the funeral home. Hell, I’m even betting by the end of the series the funeral home will be his as it hasn’t been unlucky for him as it has for his partners.

    Starting of with the Fisher’s reactions and actions towards Nate’s demise in this instalment, we’ll go with Claire first, who I was expecting to go completely nuts but she was actually the most level headed compared to her mother and David. Sure she cried a few times and hung out with Ted listening to his chart friendly music and learning more of his extensive bio as well as showing up to the funeral all scruffy. Her flashbacks to her first drug experience with Nate was interesting, especially she admitted to knowing him the least out of her family (along with Nathaniel) and even as a ten year old, Claire had an appreciation for Nirvana. As for Ted, I’m still trying to suss whether he’s good or bad for Claire but he continued on a likeable streak and it would be nice if Mr Corporate Lawyer didn’t being Corporate Asshole.

    Next up is Ruth, who actually started this hour with a tearful dream in which Nate was alive and well and talking to someone I will assume is Nathaniel or maybe the legless grandmother. Not actually being there when he died, you can hardly blame her frustration of not knowing the full story, so I did feel saddened by Ruth and David’s conflict in the first half, although I wasn’t surprised by it. Frances Conroy once again pulled in another blinding performance, displaying Ruth’s grief with such nuance and flair and the various scenes with David (the prep room, the service, in the car and the burial) were all exceptional and out of everyone, Ruth had a bigger support system as Sarah, Bettina and George all proved helpful in getting her through the day but it was George who truly helped more than anyone else. His eulogy to Nate, despite one contradiction was heartfelt and by the looks of it, Maggie’s words from “Hold My Hand” could become prophetic as Ruth did give George a look that signified how she first felt for him back in Season Three. Watch this space peeps.

    Lastly because it was the best aspect of the episode I’ll deal with David’s grief for his brother. In my opinion it was the best explored, even better than Brenda and slightly more heartbreaking and profound than Ruth or Claire’s. Why? It could be because these two were the most closest to each other in their family as David’s painfully frank eulogy elaborated. It could be because for the third time in his life he had to tend to the body of someone close to him. It could also be that Michael C. Hall pulled in another mesmeric performance of Emmy standards and it is definitely because it looks like David’s post traumatic stress is back when he starts having hallucinations of Jake, which were a bit distracting and he’s kitted out in red, what could that mean? I totally called this on television without pity when a David related spoiler indicated that he would be facing a demon and if you watch certain moments from “Time Flies” and “Ecotone”, you can draw similar conclusions and Nathaniel’s comments to David really cut me up to. Is he in imminent danger? I sincerely hope not but trailers for next week don’t bode well for David.

    Elsewhere, Anthony and Durrell got to be perfect little saints and Keith (in a scene that will delight several viewers) finally told Roger where to stick his job after one of the latter’s poster boy’s revealed that Keith has his own porn video of their sexual encounter in “Bomb Shelter” and just when I was starting to tolerate Roger. Good riddance you voyeuristic freak! Now that Keith’s quit, does that mean he can become a cop again?

    Also in “All Alone”

    No death of the week in a first for the series unless you count Nate’s funeral or the funeral David told Rico to cancel.

    Jake (to David): “You want them? I got them from your brother but they suck”.

    Nate’s organs got harvested, yet there was no indication of that being on his original pre-need, nor did he ever indicate wanting this to happen.

    Brenda (to Maggie): “What is this, some sort of Quaker thing? You fuck someone’s husband to death, then you bring them a quiche?”

    Nathaniel: “You’re the one we thought we could lose, what with AIDS and picking up strange men at the side of the road and screwing a whore with no condom. You’ve been begging for some kind of annihilation your entire life”
    David: “That’s not true”.

    Was it me or where there a lot of returns in this episode? Nathaniel, Sarah, Bettina, the Chenowiths, Olivier (at his best, trust me), Jackie, Jake and even the long forgotten Father Jack. Angelica was also referenced but I’m more surprised the friends Nate had, Tom and Todd didn’t appear.

    Brenda (to Maya): “Honey, Daddy’s dead. That means he’s not coming back ever”
    Margaret: “Brenda, Jesus, soften it up a little”.

    Ted (re Caroline): “To the world at large, she’s a saint but if you’re actually a person in her life, she’s a bitch”.

    According to Nate’s obituary, he was born on January 8th 1965, adhering to “Time Flies” but contradicting what he told Nathaniel’s pot dealer in “The Room”.

    Ruth: “God is an asshole”
    Sarah: “Yes, God is a huge asshole and I fucking hate him for this”.

    What medication was Bettina giving Ruth to calm her down? Was it the old Vicodin. Other character bits were Ted’s surname being Fairwell and where the hell are the Diaz kids?

    Chronology in this episode was Sunday and Monday, May 22nd and 23rd 2005.

    Trevor (to Keith): “Hey you’re the blow job guy! Roger plays it everytime we have sex”.

    Nate: “You will always think of Maya like that even when she’s calling you Mommy. You’ll think I’m stuck raising some dead bitch’s child”.

    Did anyone else notice just like the Season 5 trailer Brenda had trouble starting her car?

    Standout music in this episode was definitely Rick Marvin’s score piece, Bob Dylan’s “Knocking On Heaven’s Door” and Nirvana’s “All Apologies”

    A quieter episode than the previous two, “All Alone” is a wonderful and all too realistic exploration of grief and loss in a true to life manner. All of our main players excelled yet again and even small discrepancies weren’t enough to deter this wonderful tour de force. There’s only two left, I’m really gonna miss this show.
  • This was the best episode by far

    It is truly a shame that this is the last season, because this episode alone should have guarenteed at least 3 more seasons.

    I don't cry watching TV, but if I was going to, this would have done it.

    Lets start with Claire. Lauren Ambrose showed such raw emotion during this whole thing, I had to keep reminding myself that she was acting.

    The whole time you felt like you were intruding on this private family moment, but you couldn't turn away.

    David's reaction was great too. I wonder why he is seeing his attacker everywhere. I think he his suffering some latent withdrawal symptoms. Or he just really needs to go back to therapy. The scene where he is putting dirt into the grave will probably stay with me for a long time.

    I felt so sorry for Brenda. Here she was having to deal with the fact that her husband, who had just cheated on her and then dumped her, has died and now she has to explain to Maya what happened to her daddy. Oh that was so sad! I kept waiting for her break down and she finally did, at the end. I don't blame her for leaving. That is just way to much to process and deal with.

    Rico's reaction sort of suprised me. Even though they are all somewhat involved in each others lives, they are not the tightest of groups, so his breaking down at the service was...unexpected.

    I have to say that if the actress who plays Ruth does get like 400 hundred Emmy's from this, not on deserves one this year. She was freaking brillant this year, but man, her inability to accept that his death was sudden and that there was really nothing anyone could do. Her washing his body, her making David come to the grave to bury his brother. I'm at a loss for words. The whole episode was just full of emotion and it such a shame that this show is leaving.

    God what an unbelievable episode!
  • Great show and outstanding episode.

    Loved it, but cried the whole way through. I'll never see how The Sopranos is considered HBO's great dramatic show, this tops it by far, to me anyway. These characters are so real. I've never seen a show that so effortlessly blends races, sexual orientations, and ethnic groups. The acting is outstanding. Glad it is going out of a high note, but will miss the Fishers and friends.
  • Last week's episode was the bombshell. This week we deal with the aftermath.

    Last week's episode "Ecotone" was a complete shocker and took almost everyone by surprise with the death of Nate Fisher. This week's episode dealt with the wake left behind after Nate's passing.

    The episode began with a bang with a close up of Ruth as she cries over the loss of her son. It was the perfect tie in to bridge the gap between the previous episode and this one. Ruth was not part of Nate's hospitalization and death. As viewers, we knew that she would be hard hit by the news and at the end of last week's episode we were all left with wondering how Ruth would react. Now we know. It's the exact reaction we expect, but thankfully, after a dream sequence, the shock and awe is over and the real mourning begins.

    Although death has been a part of the series, I don't think we've seen such an intimate portrait of what it's like to lose someone so close. In the past, we've been bystanders watching funerals happen throughout the show - much like Nate, David and Federico. This time it's different. This time we've lost one of our own. As a result, we're given an intimate journey through the whole process.

    After 5 years, I almost felt part of the family as I watched all the major characters deal with their loss. Each dealt with it their own way. Ruth questions everything and blames God. Claire breaks down and reaches out for her new beau. Brenda relies on anger to get her through, but is hanging on by a thread and David returns to the role of the "dutiful brother" making sure everything is handled, only to completely lose it at the end.

    I cried from start to finish and still tear up thinking back on certain scenes. Most notably the scene where everyone takes up a shovel to bury Nate. I was reminded of the first episode where Ruth had to bury her husband. I think the differences between the two funerals is a testimony to just how far the show has come. The father's funeral is quintessential funeral director style and Nate's is "green". The sharp contrast of the two styles reminds us that this is not the "same old thing" - this death is special to us all.

    In the end everyone goes back to their own family to comfort them in their time of need. Brenda has Billy. Claire has art. David has his new family and Ruth has motherhood. Each goes to what makes them most comfortable and makes the end bittersweet.

    The quality of the writing and acting has risen to such a level, I wonder if Six Feet Under can maintain this level for the remaining two episodes. The entire cast and crew are clearly working at the top of their game and as viewers, we are the ones reaping the rewards. "All Alone" is another classic episode in the SFO epic tale and one that we soon won't forget.
  • Wow... Completely without words

    This is the episode that HBO should submit to the Emmys for next year (they beat Sopranos in its final season with this episode). From start to finish this episode was by far the most powerful hour of television that I have watched all season. This episode reminded me why I loved this show so much... brought me back to why I care about theses characters. But with all that said I do have to say that I did not stop crying kill this episode was over... Nate's dead! I mean alot of people died in this show, but he was the focus point... I just feel really sorry for that family: they've lost two patrearches in 5 years! And what about poor Mia? She's lost 3 parents in the span of 18 months! I can't wait to see how the final two episodes play out.
  • Amazing writing. Amazing acting. Emmy's for everyone - including the writers.

    This episode has to be the saddest thing I've ever seen on TV. Every detail - Perfect!

    Outside of the adopted children and Maggie, each and every actor and actress swang for the fences and hit home runs. The writing was amazing. Even the normally over used visions of talking dead people were on point. And David's visions of death in the guise of Jake (the car jacker from last season) was brilliant.

    I know the season's not over yet, but I'm already wondering what the brilliant Alan Ball has in store for us next. First "American Beauty" - Oscar winner. Then "Six Feet Under" - Emmy winner. Like I said, can't wait...
  • Eternal Bliss Nathaniel Samuel Fisher, Jr. 1965-2005 Written by Kate Robin Directed by Adam Davidson

    "What is this? Some Quaker thing? You f#$@ someone's husband to death and then bring them a quiche?" --Brenda (to Maggie)

    Intense, emotional, tearjerker, funny, really sad, and pivotal can all be described to categorize the 61st installment of Six Feet Under, "All Alone".

    There are no opening deaths this week unless you count Nate's death (last week) for this episode. Fade up on Ruth, she obviously just received word that her son is dead and is vulnerable. She cries and then hears a voice from the dining room. She walks in to find Nate in white talking to someone about being free, (I personally think it's Nathaniel because it sounds like his voice). Ruth tries to approach Nate but he looks at her peacefully and Ruth awakes from the dream happy yet sad.

    After witnessing Nate's death first hand, David struggles to make arrangements for Nate's funeral at the breakfast nook where Keith tells him to get some sleep but David still has to write his eulogy and pick up Nate's body. He then goes to the morgue where he learns Nate donated his organs, the arrogant attendant asks him if that was a problem and tells him it will save other's lives. Pieces of Nate that will live on forever or until that person dies. David then imagines Jake, his attacker in Season 4 is walking the streets and soon comes to the van with "Nate's" eyeballs in his mouth. But thank God it's only a fantasy. David then gets called a "C***" by a very angry driver. Can't we all just get along?

    David then goes over the funeral arrangements with Brenda about what he would have wanted and shows her the pre-need from 2002. Brenda likes the idea of the "green funeral" but Ruth objects when she wants Nate buried in the family plot. David then tells her this is what Nate wanted and they all agree, sort of.

    Claire is having a difficult time dealing with Nate's death and asks Ted for support. They drive around L.A. listening to Kelly Clarkson and the Dixie Chicks and Claire talks about the past but not the good things.

    At the funeral, Ruth questions Father Jack on why God would do this and Father Jack replies with an honest answer. Then Sarah walks in and says "God is an a**hole", which even though I'm Catholic I found it very funny. Sarah then walks up to a very nice picture of Nate and they all sit down. Claire then walks in dressed like a bum and David goes all fashion police on her.

    Federico is the first to eulogize for Nate and he actually won me over a little bit because Federico is usually a whiny brat but his little speech was very heartfelt and true. David then speaks about how Nate always encouraged laughter even in times of pain and suffering. David then suffers a panic attack right on display causing Keith and Ruth to bring him aside. George then unexpectedly talks about "love" and how Nate was a special person looking for love. Lovely.

    The funeral is halted for a repast lunch and only immediate family are invited to the "green" private cemetery. The "cemetery" seems very peaceful and the entourage drive in to Nate's gravesite where David refuses to get out after suffering yet another panic attack. Ruth then slowly gets David to come out of the car where the service begins. George, Rico and Keith play pallbearers for Nate who is wrapped in a shroud and is placed into his grave. Aunt Sarah then reads the poem Nate chose which leads to everyone picking up their shovels and throwing dirt on the shroud. The family leaves except for Brenda who sticks behind when her engine starts.

    Deja vu, right? From the Season 5 trailer where Brenda's car would not start. Anyway, Nate then confronts Brenda about her getting what she wanted and how she should be happy, hey she could've married Joe. Brenda then dumps Maya on Ruth and goes home to be comforted by Billy who couldn't make it to the funeral.

    I think Brenda put Nate the best in perspective, when she confronted Maggie about the affair she said that Nate would love anyone to avoid loving his reality and that he didn't really love Maggie. Personally, I think Ruth and David took it the hardest (not counting out Brenda, Claire or Rico) but the tension that ensued after Nate's death was just painful for them. And I think David's vision of Nathaniel was a little farfetched, since that was how "David" was feeling at the time.

    All in all, this episode is one of the best yet. A very emotional hour nevertheless and I enjoyed Claire's little flahsback where Nate was grieving for Kurt Cobain and they pay homage to Nirvana by playing "All Apologies" in the closing credits. Bravo!

  • Quiet genius.

    (Note: At the time of viewing, I had a massive hangover that apparently had the nerve to last all damn day long. So I was really incredibly tired and in pain while watching. However, I think I was good enough to take the episode in, so please bear with me.)

    Quiet. That's one of few words I can use to describe Nate's funeral episode. That should probably be capitalized -- Nate's Funeral Episode. This is the big one.

    A couple episodes back, at a small meeting (something you rarely get the chance to see), Nate discussed his choice of having a green funeral for when he dies. In one of these, you get buried without being enbalmed and you are put into the earth wrapped in a shroud. Sorta like the way Lisa went, except not as devestatingly brutal and nerve-wrecking and no car headlights providing the light.

    There's no "normal" death of the week, which I found somewhat peculiar. I was actually disappointed in a slight way -- "wonder how they'll work that in," I thought beforehand. But nothing noteworthy. I guess it doesn't matter, really -- it's Nate this week.

    "All Alone" begins with Ruth having a dream. She's crying on the couch in that small TV room (you know which one) because of, well, you know -- the obvious. Instantly you feel this heartache and pain, and my God, it's so sad. She walks up and then sees Nate talking at the table in the kitchen. He's casually sitting back, talking with his usual (and lovable) self importance, to someone we don't see. Ruth sees him and is so happy to have him back, as are we, even if we know it isn't possible.

    She wakes up from the greatest dream in the middle of the night, all alone. How damn disappointing is that? When reality hits you in such a manner?

    Ruth isn't all alone, though -- she's got Bettina, if it counts. (Is Bates gonna direct again? Maybe the next episode? She's a great match for the slow beauty of the show, I think.) Bettina is her usual witty and barbed self, albiet suitably restrained and quiet when she needs to be.

    Everyone appears to be a wreck; Claire finds refuge in using Ted and his car as a way to purge her thoughts; David's lack of sleep and abundance of guilt and grief bring out some past paranoias; and Ruth wants to know why, why, why.

    As dramatic as it gets sometimes, the show is almost always wonderfully real. It's a strange combination, but it's what makes the series so damn intriguing and great. It's the fights she's had with Nate, Claire notes, not the good times that she remembers. And that's exactly how losing someone so close feels; all of those wasted opportunities to love, all of that damn bitterness that never had to exist in the first place.

    Ted is amazingly supportive -- even when he has a buttload of work to do on his office desk, he gets out of the office as fast as he can for Claire. And it's obvious she feels safe and comfortable around him, so Ted is definitely a keeper. At least for the moment. Heh.

    David's fourth season scare rears it's ugly head once again. Doing everything he can to just make Nate's funeral *right*, he loses a lot of sleep and carries such a huge mixed bag of emotions that he begins to go slightly crazy. The panic attacks start up once again; no matter how well he does in life present and future, that bastard kidnapper Jake will probably haunt him forever.

    Ruth feels guilt for not being there when Nate died. Completely understandable. She didn't get a cell phone like "everyone else in the world," and if she had one she would have been there for him. An ugly fight insues between her and David about everything. Although she's heard why he died a million times, she needs to hear it once again. Already under enough pressure, David naturally cracks.

    Brenda is left with the issue of having to tell poor Maya that daddy's not here anymore. No matter how many times she says "daddy's gone" or "Maya... daddy's dead," it won't get through. She wants her daddy.

    Sappy little ferret Maggie messes up again. But of course! In a strange (but slightly nice) way to show her support, she tries to leave a quiche on Brenda's (and formerly Nate's) doorstep, but instead accidentally breaks a flower pot.

    "What is this? Some Quaker thing? You f#$@ someone's husband to death and then bring them a quiche?" Brenda quips. As sympathetic as I was for Maggie in the previous episode, I had to side with Brenda here.

    Brenda's wonderfully pithy mom Margaret is back for more skewered support, but it's really quite heartfelt here. It's been one hell of a year, and she is completely understanding concerning her daughter's plight.

    Keith's subplot is rather minor and miniscule in comparison; he finds out that he was video taped when he gave Roger a blow job last year, and is apparently on a porn film of some sort. It's just an effective way to get rid of Roger's annoyingly self-absorbed character.

    I must admit, many tearjerker moments abound. But that's to be expected, isn't it? At the memorial service, Rico cracks up during his speech and at that moment I was doing the same thing. It's such an unexpected loss that one naturally asks "why?"

    David begins his speech but ends up having a panic attack. Scary-ass Jake pops up and walks around in a bright red hoody, taunting David as he talks. His mom and Keith come to his aide and sit him down.

    Making a tasteful entrance, George steps in and delivers an unexpected speech on the beauty of Nate Fisher and the subject of love itself. Everyone is moved. Y'know, I always knew that George was a good guy.

    And his speech is so moving and tactfully done that it even gets Ruth's attention. In an odd and somewhat lovely (oh so lovely) gesture, Ruth asks George if he wouldn't mind coming to Nate's private burial after the service. I may be pointing out the obvious, but to me it looks like some sparks are flying. Or something along those lines.

    And I guess, you know, I wouldn't mind seeing those two together again. They were so happy when they first got married, and I'm sure they still have feelings deep down for each other.

    Coming off the high of "Ecotone," this episode feels a little underwhelming. But it does what you expect and it does it well. In a neat segment, Claire remembers when she found Nate crying on the day of Kurt Cobain's death. "He was too pure for this world," he remarks. Just like himself.
  • An amazingly well-done goodbye to a main character.

    This episode, was by far the most depressing episode I have ever seen of this series. But it was also amazingly well done. I suppose having a main character die off, they had to give the character a proper goodbye and this definitely did it. I cannot believe there are only two episodes of this show left. This season is starting to be one of the best they've done and its about to be all over. I can't wait until next Sunday.