Six Feet Under

Season 4 Episode 5

That's My Dog

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jul 18, 2004 on HBO
8.8
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Anne Marie Thornton
1966-2004
On the way home from retrieving a body, David picks up a hitchhiker, who then takes him for a ride. At the funeral home, Ruth plans to match her friend Becky, a cashier at the Fabric Shop and George's son Kyle up as a couple which George feels uncomfortable talking about. He believes she is meddling and to worry about her own children. Nate attends a Bereavement Support Group which offers little comfort. Brenda discusses her relationship with Joe to her mother Margaret over lunch. Federico attempts to break ties with Sophia, who asks that they should go out on a date.moreless

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  • The first 15 minutes = meh. The rest = oh my frakkin god.

    9.5
    The episode started out just like any other. Someone dies... the family is doing their usual thing... it was really nothing special. And it was somewhat annoying too with Brenda nad her mother having a pointless scene. But then....



    David picks up a hitchhiker who turns out to be some sort of psycho. He forces David to... well, drive. And do stuff. Like: get high.



    Now, this was so freaking suspensful and difficult to watch. Extremely dramatic and an impressive portrayal of the situation. It was very realistic. Honestly, lot say that "David could've easily escaped". But let's not forget that David is "just" a funeral director. Also, let's nto forget what sort of pressure this kind of situation puts on people. Surely, some might get high on adrelaine and have the ability and will to escape, but others just simply freeze. Davids struggle to stay alive was incredible . Michael C Hall delivered his very best ,and so did the writers. An A + episode.... why not 10/10? The first few minutes were simply not worthy of what followed it.moreless
  • Although this is a very controversial episode, it's real proof of what the writers of this show are capable of. And now I just want to hug David even more.

    9.6
    To describe the episode in one word: Mind-blowing. It all started out as it always does, with a death, and then they focus on all the characters and what is going on in their lives. Nate's visit to the bereavement group was both funny and tragic. Rico's affair begins to escalate. And then we are presented with one of the most shocking hours in television, ever. We go through an emotionally difficult and particularly horrifying ride as David picks up a hitchhiker and everything goes terribly wrong. It seems like all of his doubts and fears (converning sexuality, self-worth, etc.) are have come to hit him in the face in the form of a gun-bearing psychopath. The whole situation ends, hours later, when the madman pours gasoline over an abused David and sticks a gun in his mouth. He then drives away, leaving David completely traumatized and alone. The mindgames, the escape attempts, the violence, the fear... everything was conveyed in such a shockingly realistic and sick way. It felt as if we were sitting right next to poor poor David, who was trying to play the reasonable diplomat the whole time. But this seemed to make the psycho even more angry and cruel. An emotional rollercoaster for both David and the viewer.



    All in all, I want to hug David SO BAD. I've always wanted to do that but now especially. It was a nerve-wracking experience to be a witness to this probably defining evening of David's life from now on. And this episode? It just turned up a notch from what people have come to expect from watching television drama.moreless
  • An unexpected, shocking and excellent episode.

    10
    This was one nerve wrecking episode, I can imagine that it would be quite love it or hate it, I was one of those who loved it. I personally thought it had a sense of realism about it, it seemed to happen in stages and I could imagine this being what would happen in real life, being in the wrong place, at the wrong time. You couldn't help but feel sorry for David, every time he had a chance to get away, I was thinking, run, run, run!



    It was an interesting start, because it was like your average episode, each person had a story. Keith left, which David wasn't happy about, but there relationship is better. I loved when Keith called David 'Honey' on the phone, hilarious. Claire and her art people, it was an entertaining part, there reactions to her self portraits were amusing.



    Ruth and George continue to drift apart and argue. I thought Ruth setting his son up with her friend was so funny, I could imagine the scene. But I did enjoy Ruth and Georges confrontation about it, very engrossing. Nate going to the class wasn't anything special but it was enjoyable none the less, Brenda's scene with her mother was just great, very funny, like both characters a lot.



    So then it stopped, the other storylines in the episode ended, and David was our focus. I kind of had a feeling that something was up with this hitchhiker, and when David imagined that this guy was gay and he wanted David, I was like, oh that's what it is. But no, it wasn't real, it was scary at times, as we've followed David in the series for four seasons now, you just wanted this guy to leave him alone.



    It was very well done, them getting high, how the guy eventually left, very engrossing and nerve wracking. I loved this episode, I can't wait to see how David and the family cope.moreless
  • We signed up for this website just to review this episode because it was soooooooo horribly, unbelievably bad.

    1.0
    We signed up for this website just to review this episode because it was soooooooo horribly, unbelievably bad. Six Feet is a brilliant show, at least we thought it was until watching this turd of an episode. Seriously, who wrote this bomb? Oh yeah, scott buck. David is just not believable in this episode. The stripper is really annoying, Rico is pitiful. The actors are great (well, not the stripper) but whoever is writing their character story lines is a retard Anyone who liked this episode can be lumped into that category too: RETARD Hopefully this review is helpful to other people like us who are watching the seasons on DVD - SKIP THIS EPISODE.



    We just hope the cliche, annoying art teacher dies in the next episode. We went to art school - no one is that retarded.moreless
  • Woah. Did not see this one coming.

    9.7
    This episode was a nice change from the usual Six Feet Under. It had a different feel; the scenes with David and Jake gave me a more movie feel than a TV feel. The story lines with the other characters were good too, as always. I especially liked Ruth playing matchmaker and Brenda and Margaret's lunch scene.

    But of course, David's "bad day" held me riveted. It was quite interesting to observe Jake's behavior, and his and David's interaction throughout the episode; David fantasizing about Jake hitting on him, and him and Jake getting high, juxtaposed with Jake with the gun in David's mouth.

    The scene where David surprises Jake and runs to hide behind a truck(?) or whatever it was, was especially nail biting. I was mentally screaming at David to "Run boy, run!".

    Thankfully, David was OK and I was able to breathe again.

    David's face in the last scene will stay with me though.moreless
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

Ben Foster (I)

Ben Foster (I)

Russell Corwin

Guest Star

Joanna Cassidy

Joanna Cassidy

Margaret Chenowith

Guest Star

Idalis DeLeon

Idalis DeLeon

Sophia (as Idalis de Leon)

Guest Star

Ben Foster (I)

Ben Foster (I)

Russell Corwin

Recurring Role

Joanna Cassidy

Joanna Cassidy

Margaret Chenowith

Recurring Role

Mena Suvari

Mena Suvari

Edie

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Nate: I was just gonna play some Doom.

      Doom is a 90's First Person Shooter video game.

    • Inconsistency Goof: The collar of the sweater worn by Margaret (played by Joanna Cassidy) changes position numerous times between shots during the lunch scene at the campus.

      Boy..that is an understatement. The thing has a life of its own! I had to replay the scene a couple of times I was laughing so hard.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • David (Trying to catch the dog): Charlie! Here boy, I got a cookie. I gotta cookie for you!
      Jake: Don't lie to my dog!

    • David (To Jake): Why are you doing this to me!?

    • George (To Ruth): You deal with your messed-up children, and I'll deal with mine!

    • Margaret: Sex is something you should feel, not something you should think!
      Brenda: Yeah, well, I have to think to keep from behaving in a compulsive and destructive manner thanks to my early exposure to compulsive and destructive sexual energy, thank you very much.

    • Margaret (About her vaginal rejuvenation surgery): I mean come on! No one wants to fuck a glass of water of you know what I'm saying.

    • Keith (On phone with David): Honey, forget about it. You're just feeling needy right now.
      David: Honey? When do you ever call me honey? Because you don't want them to know you're talking to a guy. Jesus, why don't you just call me Darlin'!

    • Art Student: Is this more lesbian stuff?
      Art Teacher: Yes, I have to meet my quota so I get my toaster oven.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Brazil title: "Um Dia de Cão" ("A Dog's Day")

    • Songs:
      Marvin Gaye - "After the Dance"

      Al Hirt - "JAVA"

      Plej - "Evum"

      No Doubt - "It's My Life"

      Luis Miguel - "Si Nos Dejan"

      Tayo vs Acid Rockers - "Prophet Dub"

    • This is the first episode set in 2004, making this the 2nd season not to feature a show set on or about Christmas.

    • David's flashbacks incorporate much of the action and personal developments in his life from all four seasons of the show so far.

    • Mention is made of Celeste (Michelle Trachtenberg) doing a movie remake of a Japanese horror film. A few months after this episode originally aired, Sarah Michelle Gellar (co-star of Trachtenberg in 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer') starred in a remake of a Japanese horror film, called 'The Grudge' (Japanese original title: 'Ju-on 3')

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Art Teacher: I have to meet my quota to get my toaster oven
      This is a reference to the episode where Ellen came out. The joke was that lesbians got prizes for signing other women up to say that they were lesbians.

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