Six Feet Under

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jun 03, 2001 on HBO



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • David : You want to be the Alpha dog Nate, is that it? Coasting towards midlife with nothing to show for it now you want to come back and be the rock for this family to lean on? Fuck you!
      Nate : That is not why I came…
      David : You want to get your hands dirty? You sanctimonious prick. Talk to me when you've had to stuff formaldehyde soaked cotton up your father's ass so he doesn't leak.
      Nate : Jesus!
      David : Yeah, well I'm sure you just would have tossed him out with the garbage. It may seem weird to you but there is a reason behind everything that we do here. We provide people with a very important and sacred service at the darkest time in there lives because maybe they don't want to make a spectacle of themselves. Because maybe they prefer to grieve in private.
      Nate : Why? Why does it have to be such a secret? It's nothing to be ashamed of, Dave, please.
      David : Nate, you know nothing! Nothing! You had a responsibility to this family and you ran away from it and you left it all for me.
      Nate : Whoa, don't blame me if your not living the life you want, that is nobody's fault but your own.
      David : Okay. Fine. Just do me a favour, okay? You got out. Stay out.

    • David: (whispers) Nate. Nate: No! I refuse to sanitize this anymore. David: This is how it's done. Nate: Yeah? Well, it's whacked. What is this stupid saltshaker? Huh? What is this hermetically sealed box? ThisphonyAstroTurfaround the grave? Jesus, David, it's like surgery. Clean, antiseptic, business. He was our father! David:Please don't do this. Nate: You can pump him full of chemicals. You can put make-up on him, and you can prop him up for a nap in the slumber room, but the fact remains David, that the only father we're ever going to have is gone. Forever. And that sucks, but it's a Goddamned part of life, and you can't really accept it without getting your hands dirty. Well, I do accept it, and I intend to honour the old bastard by letting the whole world see just how fucked up and shitty I feel that he's dead. (throws the earth onto the casket) God damn it! Father Jack: Amen.

    • David : I know. What did I do with my life? I went to school to learn exactly how to do this stuff. While other kids my age were going to frat parties, I was draining corpses and refashioning severed ears out of wax.

    • Claire : Jesus. Pull your dicks out and measure them, and let's get this over with!
      Nate : What were we supposed to do? Throw Dad in the back of Claire's car?
      David : It is a hearse!

    • Brenda (To Nate): Well here's my number if you ever want to, you know, go out on a real date. You know where you buy me dinner before I put out.

    • Brenda: So, how's it going?
      Nate: Oh, it's great... great. My father's dead, my mom's a whore, my brother wants to kill me, and my sister's smoking crack. I think I win.

    • Claire: I have to tell somebody. I am tweaking.
      Nate: Yeah, we're all upset.
      Claire: No. I'm high on crystal. I smoked some with some friends before David called me.
      Nate: You did what?
      Claire: Don't worry. It's the first time, but I think I'm having some kind of a meltdown and I can't tell if it's Dad being dead or the crystal but...I'm really scared.
      Nate: You cannot do this to me right now.
      Claire: Don't be such a narc. We smoked pot at Thanksgiving.
      Nate:Look, I have to go identify our dead father's body. Now, I'm sorry you're having a bad drug experience, but deal with it.

    • Man: You've done a nice job. She looks peaceful
      David: Well, she is at peace now
      Man: If there's any justice in the universe, she's shoveling shit in Hell!

    • Nate: You can't really accept it without getting your hands dirty.

    • Nate: I don't know if I can handle this.
      Brenda: Well, you're about to find out.

    • Brenda: I could give you a ride.
      Nate: That's alright. I'm sure he'll be here soon enough.
      Brenda: I wasn't talking about that kind of ride.

    • (After hearing screaming and pots clattering, David rushes into the kitchen.)
      David Fisher: What the hell...?
      Ruth Fisher: There's been an accident. The new hearse is totaled. Your father is dead. Your father is dead and my pot roast is ruined.

  • Notes

    • Alan Ball won an Emmy for his work in this episode in the category of Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

    • The episode was nominated for 4 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Series, Outstanding Art Direction for a Single Camera Series, Outstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic) and Outstanding Single Camera Sound Mixing for a Series.

    • Music featured in this episode:
      George Bizet - L'amour Est Un Oiseau,
      Bing Crosby - I'll Be Home for Christmas, Hardknox - Attitude, SPYLAB - Celluloid Hypnotic, Tommaso Giovanni Albinoni - Concerto for Oboe & String in D. Major Allegro e non-presto, Petalpusher - Breaking It Down,
      Peggy Lee - I Love Being Here With You,
      LES GAMMAS - All of Me,
      Ray Davies - Sunset Seranada,
      Day One - Bedroom Dancing,
      The Executives - Moonglow Cha Cha Cha, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Divertimento #1 Andante,
      KC and the Sunshine Band - Shake Your Booty, The Devlins - Waiting

    • - German title: "Fisher und Söhne" (= "Fisher and Sons");
      - Italian title: "Fisher & figli" (= "Fisher and Sons").

    • This is the first and last appearance of the funeral home related commercials. It was originally going to be a runner, a way to start each act, but it was quickly abandoned.

    • Commercial for a Crown Royal Funeral Coach opens this episode

  • Allusions