Six Feet Under

Season 2 Episode 8

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 21, 2002 on HBO
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Episode Summary

Jesse Ray Johnson


It's the one year anniversary of Nathaniel Sr's death, and it gets the whole family reminiscing. Nikolai gets seriously injured and Ruth takes him into her home to take care of him. Claire gets sucked back into her love of the not-so-good boys. David and Keith continue to grow closer. Nate gets an unexpected gift that could possibly set him free.


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  • 208

    Six Feet Under returns to form with a momentous episode in the series. The one year anniversary of Nathaniel's death marks the return of Billy, and a lot of other eventful occurrences.

    Seeing Billy really shocked me, and I'm really excited in finding out what the writers will make of Claire's friendship with Billy. So that's who she was talking too episodes ago? Now that's good subtle development. Everyone having flashbacks of Nathaniel were also all intriguing scenes. The biker funeral was quite funny.

    Rico's story was also interesting, him using the word homo in every other sentence annoyed me though. Ramone punching Rico out was a very intense scene. Can't wait to see what happens next. Keith's sister returns, Nathan has yet another seizure, and Brenda finds out.

    This episode definitely was eventful and set any future story lines in motion. I can tell Six Feet Under is building for something big with the return of Billy, and I can't wait to see what the outcome is.moreless
  • "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" is arguably the most wonderful episode of Six Feet Under.

    This episode did an amazing job of telling a story and teaching a lesson. There were many touching scenes where I found myself welling up and sitting at the edge of my seat. To me this episode exemplifies everything good about TV. We are shown a biker funeral--a group that is misuderstood and disrespected--and through it we see a new meaning to funerals themselves; we see a remembrance, a celebration, of a man's life lived to the fullest without regret. As an originally hostile viewer, with my own personal stereotypes of bikers, I was taken aback, and sincerely moved. The flashbacks of Nathaniels life were flawlessly formulated and perfectly placed. I felt that it shed light on the way human beings mourn the deaths of their loved ones, and how our last words with some of our most loved are never as prolific as we'd like them to be. Lastly, the scene that brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart, was the final scene. We are shown the most compassionate gesture Mrs. Johnson could have done for anyone: giving away her husbands most tresured possession. To me, this episode is really what Christmas is all about, and we are shown time and time again the beauties and follies of human nature. A masterpiece.moreless
  • Review

    Let me start off by saying that this episode is a huge improvment over the past couple of episodes that this show has given us. This epiosde provided a lot more "big" moments then just the few scenes. Brenda finding out about Nates secret while they are making love was probably the best way that she could have found out. He kept this secret from her until it decided to reveal itself. Billy coming back was kind of random in this episode and didn't seem to provide much to the storyline except tell us something that we all ready knew: Claire likes the crazy people and distances herself from the nice guys.

    I thought the funeral was very good in this episode. The five minute scene between Nate and the woman of the man who died was absolutly fantastic. Basically Nate realizing that he is not living every day lke it could be his last. The scene at the end where he rides the bike was another fantastic moment. Brenda and Nate are fine - for now. It's time for this relationship to end for good. The fact that she is still having guys do things to her in crazy places is a little odd. Its not what I would have thought for her character. Rico got a little more involved in this episode, which I liked. He isthe most underused character on the show. The flashbacks with Nate Sr. were all amazing. I liked how we got to see everyones perspective of the last time they saw him before he died. Overall, really good epsiode. One of the best of the second season.moreless
  • Heart warming episode.

    This was a great episode, compared to the previous 2 it's a huge improvement too.

    Unfortunately though I don't think it was as good as the score indicates... I loved the bittersweet mood of the episode. A biker gang mourns one of their gang members, and they do it in a very unique way. Celebrate it as in have fun in the Fisher house.

    The only thing is, it's Christmas eve, so exactly 1 year after Natheniel died. It was a nice cotnrast and I REALLY enjoyed the flashbacks with him. They were all very telling and made me like Natheniel more and more by every second. I wish he was still around. I also loved the ending of the episode with Nate having a seizure while he and Brenda are making love. Was a very good way of him to reveal his disease.

    What I thought wasn't so good was of course Brenda. Honestly, she's so full of herself I want to slap her. And this episode made me realize how there's no chemistry between her and Nate. At all. Even in the episode before this I thought Nate and the Rabbi had far more chemsitry and they only shared about 2 2 minute scenes. Nikolai randomly showing up was quite fun, and so was Keith. Overall I have to say this episode had some really epic elements but I still can't get over Brenda 's silly storyline.moreless
  • Simply amazing.

    Six Feet Under remains one of the most fantastic and refreshing series our television has ever seen. This Christmas installment was particularly enjoyable, though of course it had to have a very different tone than what normally would define a holiday-centric episode. The bittersweetness of the whole situation, with Nathaniel Fisher having passed away exactly a year ago, was very fitting. I liked it how all of the Fishers thought about the last time they had seen Nathaniel alive. It made for some touching and sometimes tragic scenes - the latter especially with Claire's last memory of her dad, in which he asked her if she wanted to join him to the airport. I don't dare imagine what would've happened if Claire would've been sitting in the car with Nathaniel at the time of the fatal crash.

    Lovely how they tried to contrast all of this sadness with the utter cheerfulness of the biker's funeral. Fantasic!

    And I have to say I love that Keith and David are back together again. They are such an amazing duo.

    My words won't do this fabulous episode justice, but suffice it to say that I enjoyed this one tremendously.moreless
Franc Ross

Franc Ross

Jesse Ray Johnson

Guest Star

Stark Sands

Stark Sands


Guest Star

Rusty Schwimmer

Rusty Schwimmer

Marilyn Johnson

Guest Star

Joanna Cassidy

Joanna Cassidy

Margaret Chenowith

Recurring Role

Ed O'Ross

Ed O'Ross


Recurring Role

Aysia Polk

Aysia Polk


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Billy: Happy's a concept I try not to buy into. It just gets me into trouble.

    • Nate: Why do you treat me like shit all the time?
      Brenda: Because I had a really fucked-up life, and I need sarcasm to hide how ridiculously vulnerable I really am.

    • A Shop Clerk: Can I help you?
      Brenda: Yeah, I'm looking for clothes so expensive, that only an idiot would buy them. Oh, here they are!

    • Nate: I guess we've got a lot to be thankful for.
      Nathaniel Sr: Either that, or we've lowered our expectations so much we've given up on anything better than this.

    • Claire: Okay, if you were a gay mortician, what would you want for Christmas?
      Toby: Um, a new life?

  • NOTES (2)

    • Brazil title: "Uma Época Mágica" ("A Magic Time")

    • Songs:
      Andy Williams - "Let It Snow"

      The Mighty Turbans - "Jingle Bells"

      Joel Evans - "What Child Is This"

      Mozart - "Concerto for Flute and Orchestra in D major"

      Dodie Stevens - "Merry Christmas Baby"

      Bobby Timmons - "Deck The halls"

      Scott Hamilton - "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"

      The Allman Brothers - "Midnight Rider"

      Steppenwolf - "Born To Be Wild"

      The Outlaws - "Green Grass and High Tides"

      Mozart - "Divertimento in D major for strings"

      Bach - "Christmas Oratorio"

      Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Free Bird"

      Blue Oyster Cult - "Don't Fear The Reaper"

      Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Sweet Home Alabama"


    • Claire: No mom, I have my Laura Bush pantsuit underneath I just didn't want to get it dirty.
      Laura Bush has been the First Lady of the United States since January 20, 2001 and will continue until her husband, President George W. Bush's term expires on January 20, 2009.