Six Feet Under

Season 2 Episode 4

Driving Mr. Mossback

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 24, 2002 on HBO

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  • Defining Moments Harold Mossback 1942-2001 Written by Rick Cleveland Directed by Michael Cuesta

    "I think it's time you kept that s$%t to yourself and minded your own f***ing business"--David (to Ruth)

    I think we are all now comfortable with the fact that every week and every episode of the series it has been customary to open with a death, something very unusual for a series yet it makes the whole episode worthwhile. The deaths are unique, fresh and benefit the plot either a little or a whole lot. This particular episode actually ties the two together.

    When a man in his early 60s dies while on a bus tour of Seattle due to a fear of flying brought on from his late wife, when it comes time for the funeral arrangements Fisher & Sons would like to have the body flown down. However the family would like to keep his wises of not having him flown back because it wouldn't have been what he would have wanted so in turn Nate comes up with a plan to revisit his old "stomping ground" bringing Claire along with him, seeing this as an oppourtunity to bond and catch up. Which also means meeting the ex, Lisa Kimmel a woman around Nate's age who is seriously in love with the man. They both claim they were just sex buddies on a occasional basis but they both know that there's more than that.

    The two catch up on old times and Nate talks about his new life in L.A. which include his new girlfriend Brenda. Claire after learning about the condiments in the evening's meal hilariously goes to the bathroom where she flushes it down since Lisa is strictly vegan. The two then go for a burger later and Nate has a seizure causing Nate to tell Claire of his AVM secret. Nate then has an emotional night when he confides in Lisa. Nate and Claire then leave the following morning with no remorse, feeling free.

    Other important events in "Driving Mr. Mossback"...
    *David babysits for Keith's neice Taylor who is amused by the fact that David works as a funeral director and speaks her mind at the dinner table awkwardly (I might add) to Ruth and David.
    *Ruth is still attempting to build her "house" from the ground up calling up people that make her feel as she does which include cursing out Hiram, opening her friendship to Amelia and confronting her kids: David, Nate and Claire. Although when going to confront David he shows no hesitation in telling her to go and mind her own business. Which is his right, I mean he is an adult although he did get slapped once for speaking his mind.
    *Brenda fantasizes about Scott Axelrod from last week's episode and has a confrontation with her mother, Margaret. Margaret thinking her husband is having an affair wants an "audience" as she confronts the mistress. After getting what she wants she then goes on Brenda who smacks her right on the face prompting her to leave. Brenda then meets a new client, Melissa an interesting woman who is a "Lady of the Evening" so to speak.

    A interesting and crowd pleasing episode with quirky writing and clever plotting.