Six Feet Under

Season 5 Episode 2

Dancing For Me

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jun 13, 2005 on HBO
8.7
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Samuel Wayne Hoviak
1965-2004

Nate hangs with some high school friends but finds that as adults, they share little more than teenage memories; Ruth gets relief from George's daughter Maggie; Brenda is reluctant to accept Margaret's help and struggles in her new internship; David and Keith's latest baby dream starts to resemble a nightmare; Claire bemoans being pigeonholed by her art; Billy defends his career but secretly wonders what happened to his old self; and Rico, mortified that he couldn't take a dating hint, seeks sympathy from Vanessa.

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  • Nate re-connects with some high-school friends.

    8.5
    Another great episode of Six Feet Under here. Every character is getting some great scenes to chew on without going over the top, especially James Cromwell as George.

    In this episode, we find Nate meeting up again with a friend from high school after a friend they both had runs himself over with a car (one of the funny gags of the episode is whenever somebody asks "how does somebody run themselves over?") David and Keith's adoption attempts continue forward after Keith suggests that they have Claire donate some eggs to them so it can be like they're really having a baby. Brenda continues her attempts to be a psychologist, with the help of her mother, while Billy's attempts to stay sane becomes a difficult task. Ruth continues dealing with George, who is trying his best to remain sane but finds it more and more difficult every day.

    The thing I like about this season so far (of course, it's only two episodes in so far) is that every character gets something meaningful to go through, even the minor characters. Billy is a character that has sort of popped in and out of the show throughout it's four seasons. Who would've thought he'd have one of the more interesting plots heading into Season 5? And while I've been pretty critical of David and Keith's relationship throughout the show, I think adopting a kid could be good for their character arcs. And man... Cromwell is batting a thousand so far. His mini-breakdown near the end of the episode was absolutely superb. I have no idea how he never won an Emmy, but either way, he's doing a great job.

    I hope Season 5 remains as good as it is so far.moreless
  • How can you run over yourself?

    7.5
    Nothing outstanding but it had a vibe to it that I loved. The show since it's 3rd season has been constnatly missing good deaths of the week.There were some cases which were, but, for the most, they were simply irrevelant. We saw someone die, and probably another 30second scene with the corpse but thats it. Now this episode, the death is finally revealnt again,heck... it was personal. One of Nate's old friend dies. I really enjoy George's storyline but Ruth is so freaking annoying and unfair I wish someone would smack her. This I can't take as a negative element as it's sort of... SORT OF... fitting with her character. However the pacing of the episode was painfully bad at times, so... 7.5 .moreless
  • Another brilliant one here. It's humour is just so entertaining and now I feel like I know the characters.

    10
    Season 5 gives us another excellent episode. What a good first two episodes, in a way it's kind of like going back to basics. Don't get me wrong, I personally think it has always been a brilliant show but something about these last episodes have really shone. The humour seems to be coming at us throughout, a great part of the show.



    How they mix drama and humour is just so entertaining. I'll start with Ruth and Georges storyline. Probably my favourite of the episode, Ruth's annoyance at George was just so amusing. We see how irritated she gets by every one of his comments, her reactions are bound to make anyone laugh. But it still had a sad tone, when both George and Ruth told Maggie she needed to stay. Which I'm looking forward to.



    Nate's best friend at high school dies and brings back old memories and his other best friend, it kind of shows you how you grow out of people, people may not have evolved like you have. We see that with Nate's old friend, who makes a comment about young teenage girls which shocked Nate, in fact me too. But I liked it, it was done well. David's touch in the story, about having a crush on him in high school was amusing.



    David's story with Keith was also great. David's dream was hilarious and I like that this aspect to the show is returning, reminds me of the first season. When he asked Claire about her eggs, it was awkward but very funny. There comments about names were good too. Claire herself I'm starting to like more again, last season she was a bit of a snob. Billy is getting interesting, I think that's just his character. As he is now not taking his medication anymore, Claire is in for some trouble, which I look forward to.



    Rico, my god was he desperate at the end. The whole storyline was amusing and when he finally was told that the girl wasn't interested in, you had to laugh at how she broke the news. But then he told Vanessa she was dead, talk about desperation. I enjoyed it a lot though. I'm glad to see Brenda getting a job, though it wasn't focused on that much, I look forward to more.



    This season is already going well and it's only two episodes in, bring on the rest.moreless
  • Review

    8.5
    Not a whole lot of excitment in this episode. David and Keith still havent gotten very far with what they are going to do about there child. Weve seen them have the same convos over and over in the first two episodes now. With only 11 episodes left I would like to see them get a kid very soon, hopefully via adoption.



    Nate and Brenda didnt spend to much time on camera in this episode, which is where I feel Six Feet Under really shines.



    Georges problem is getting old, though I did like how Maggie said she would stay at the end of this episode, making me think something dramatic may happen with her and one of the fishers.



    Ricos "She died" was kind of random. You would think the truth that she isnt dead would come out in a few episodes, but I doubt itmoreless
  • Old Friends and Everyone In Between Samuel Wayne Hoviak 1965-2004 Written by Scott Buck Directed by Dan Attias

    9.0
    "All we have is right here, right now"--Nate



    Nate is arranging the funeral of a 39 year old man who recently ran over himself. He has no idea who this person is until his wife tells him that his name is Sam Hoviak, who graduated from Bonaventure High with Nate in 1984. Nate soon after reconnects with friends including a software technician, Tom Wheeler who turns out to be a total nutcase when it comes to Viagra and teenage girls.



    Brenda is struggling to fit in at a free clinic which showcases coke addicts and complainers. Little does she know that her mother Margaret, can get her a better internship after "f*cking half of Southern California's acadamia". Brenda reluctantly accepts and meets her new supervisor Jackie.



    David and Keith are discussing their on-going quest for a child when Keith asks one night if Claire would like to be an egg donor. David hates asking Claire but asks anyway which turns out to be humiliating.



    But what about Claire? Claire still seeing and f*cking Billy who has just flushed his meds. Enough said. Run for the hills!



    Ruth and George are still on the outs when Ruth is continually pissed off that George did not tell her a thing. I guess she didn't read the fine print. Maggie being the lovely woman she is then offers to come and help take care of George while she gets an apartment. How lovely.



    -Enjoyed that creepy "egg"-puppet dream sequence. Was that supposed to be Claire?

    -"Where's the old Billy I used to know", well it looks like your question has been answered Wolf, because he'll begin to show himself in the following episode.



    Overall a very well written episode.moreless
Justina Machado

Justina Machado

Vanessa Diaz

Peter Krause

Peter Krause

Nate Fisher

James Cromwell

James Cromwell

George Sibley (episode 40+, recurring previously)

Mathew St. Patrick

Mathew St. Patrick

Keith Charles

Frances Conroy

Frances Conroy

Ruth Fisher

Lauren Ambrose

Lauren Ambrose

Claire Fisher

Jenna Fischer

Jenna Fischer

Sharon Kinney

Guest Star

Chris Pine

Chris Pine

Young Sam

Guest Star

Ann Cusack

Ann Cusack

Linda Hoviak

Guest Star

Brenna Tosh

Brenna Tosh

Maya

Recurring Role

Bronwyn Tosh

Bronwyn Tosh

Maya

Recurring Role

Tina Holmes

Tina Holmes

Maggie

Recurring Role

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