Six Feet Under

Season 4 Episode 1

Falling Into Place

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jun 13, 2004 on HBO
9.3
out of 10
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Bruno Baskerville Walsh
1951-1972
Nate is having a difficult time with Lisa's death. The guilt that he feels is overshadowed by the arrival of Lisa's family. Nate and Lisa's mother end up in a fight over what Lisa wanted for her passing. Lisa told Nate that when she died she wanted to be buried directly in the ground with nothing in between her and the earth that created her. Her mother, however, wants her cremated and placed in the family mausoleum. Eventually, Nate finds a way for everyone to get their way. Brenda seems to be showing interest in her neighbor after he brings her dinner one night. Keith stays over at the Fisher's with David after Ruth's wedding, which sparks a discussion on what the two want in a relationship with each other. Vanessa finally tells her sister she thinks it's time for her to find her own place. Claire is trying to find a new way of seeing things to enhance her art. Russell attends Lisa's funeral, and Claire ends up spilling the news about her abortion. She is taken aback by Russell's reaction.moreless

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  • Nate deals with the death of Lisa .

    10
    A perfect episode all around. There's very little for me to say, this episode speaks for itself.



    Everything involving Nate was so raw, so disturbing so...... REALISTIC. Simply breathetaking. I am completetly puzzled - excellent writing, excellent acting by Peter Krause.



    From the first minute to the last I was gripped to the screen and didn't want this magic to end. This episode was a huge milestone in terms of Nate's character. I really don't see how this all will continue. Will he hook up with Brenda? Someone else? Just be single and mourn Lisa?

    Everything seems possible.



    Other than his storyline, the other ones were good too. Almost everyone seemed to be involved which I like alot. The occasional comic relief was good too, especially the sex scene with Ruth and her new husband.



    Overall this episode is the second high point of the series so far, the first being the second season finale. This episode clearly proved how raw and realistic drama can be in this show.moreless
  • The Fisher's bury Lisa.

    8.0
    It's been awhile since I've reviewed this show, not because I thought the show wasn't good after the first season, but because I watched the show so fast after the first season that I didn't have time to stop and review. However, with plenty of free time on my hands, I figured I'd start reviewing this season as I slowly go through it. I thought the second season was fantastic, a master-class in story-telling and that the third season was good but suffered from too many random storylines that felt like they went nowhere and the out-of-nowhere death of Lisa, Nate's wife. I thought it was weird enough that the show killed off Lisa (it fits with the theme of the show, the fear of death and all of that). It just felt like a weird way to get rid of Lily Taylor, who was great in the show.

    Season 4 starts off on the right foot though. After a bizarre cold open involving the death of an acid tripping teenager from the 70's, we pick up right where we left off: Nate is with Brenda, figuring out what to do after learning of Lisa's death. Everyone else is at the funeral home, dealing with the aftermath of Ruth and George's marriage. Ruth and George are busyconsummatingtheir marriage while David and Keith begin rekindling their relationship for the twelve-millionth time. Meanwhile, Claire is busy figuring out how to deal with the aftermath of her abortionand Rico struggles with his infidelity to his wife.

    Even if Season 3 wasn't as strong as the first two, it did give the writers a TON of material to work with heading into the fourth season, and it's clear that the show will be taking its time looking into it. The best parts of the episode involves anything revolving around Lisa's death. Peter Krause is giving his best work here and the ending where we see how the death from the beginning of the episode ties into the episode as a whole was fantastic, a great twist on the "Death of the Week" format.

    I think it's cool that the show decided to elevate James Cromwell to a cast member, but this episode gave him nothing to do at all. I hope he'll find a way to mesh with the rest of the actors, and something tells me that David and Nate won't be happy with a man trying to fill their fathers shoes. Also, Rico's plot seems completely disconnected from everything else. It's interesting, sure, but the whole "sister" thing between Vanessa and Angelica has gone on for way too long and Rico's infidelity could have good pay-off if the writers give it the proper attention.

    Overall, the episode was filled with those great sad moments that make up this show and those dialogues between characters that make the scenes pop. The review below me claimed that they were disappointed in David and Keith getting back together. I can see the merit in this; seriously, sometimes, even the best of shows needs to realize that they need to either keep couples apart or together. I'll be interested in David and Keith's plot as long as they do something new with it.

    But overall, it was a pretty good premiere.moreless
  • Season 4 Premiere

    8.0
    An emotionally-charged premiere of Six Feet Under tonight. What I loved most about it was the successful tie in with the dead man who lived in the '70s. Switching his ashes with Lisa's was fantastic especially since we didn't know why the man was in the opening in the first place.



    Claire telling Russel she got the abortion was emotional and powerful. Not sure if I'm liking George at all though. It just seems like Ruth's story is finished as early as the beginning of the fourth season. The biggest disappointment here for me was the rekindling of the David & Kieth relationship.



    Knowing Six Feet Under, these two will only have more problems and eventually break up and get back together again. Will we ever find out how Lisa died? Did she kill herself? Was she killed? If she did in fact drown? I would be satisfied if they made some sort of season arc with this mystery. The final scene was heartbreaking, you really feel for Nate, and you really feel for the Lisa character. Overall, solid premiere. Hopefully this season is better than the last.moreless
  • A dark day for Nate

    9.4
    After finishing last season with the death of Lisa, Season 4 picks up where 3 left off, and finds Nate in turmoil. He wants to respect Lisa's wishes and bury her in the ground with no coffin. Her family strongly objects and this leads to tension between them and Nate. David does his best to mediate and keep Nate from losing control. In the end, Nate deceives everyone and makes his own plan to bury Lisa the way she wanted. There is a moving scene where Nate finally lets his emotions go after putting her in the ground. I hope things start to look up for him. In other Fisher news, David is contemplating getting back with Keith and Claire informs Russell about her abortion. She is surprised at his reaction, although I thought he had every right to act the way he did. That is not news to be taken lightly. And things are looking up for Federico, when his wife finally asks her annoying sister to leave, making Federico very happy. Another great installment...moreless
  • Nate deals with the tragic death of his lovely wife. Guilt-ridden and depressed, Nate struggles to arrange her funeral, while dealing with Lisa's grief-stricken family, who wants her cremated. In the end, Nate buries his wife in a remote desert.moreless

    10
    This is without a doubt one of the most emotionally heavy episodes I have ever seen. Peter Krause was near-perfect in this episode. The pain that he felt as he picked up his wife's body, as he fought with his wife's family, as Lisa's sister spoke those beautiful words, the pain that Maya would have to endure, now that her mother is dead. My heart broke as Nate buried his wife, crying and screaming all the while. One watches this episode and sees Nate's very soul, cut into ribbons, his heart, ripped in two. Why Peter Krause did not win an Emmy or a Golden Globe is beyond me. He deserved it for this episode. A great, beautiful, heart-wrenching piece of work. One of the great moments in TV. God blessmoreless
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

Freddy Rodriguez

Freddy Rodriguez

Federico Diaz

Michael Viens

Michael Viens

Simon

Guest Star

Tré Moyé

Tré Moyé

Crambono

Guest Star

Matthew Viens

Matthew Viens

Shawn

Guest Star

Idalis DeLeon

Idalis DeLeon

Sophia

Recurring Role

Robert Cicchini

Robert Cicchini

Todd

Recurring Role

Julie Dretzin

Julie Dretzin

Barb

Recurring Role

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