Six Feet Under

Season 1 Episode 3

The Foot

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jun 17, 2001 on HBO
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Thomas Alfredo Romano
May 16, 1944 - January 21, 2001

The Fishers have decided to sell, but then back out at the last minute because Nate cannot stand Gilardi. Claire finds a rather interesting way to get back at Gabe for spreading rumors about her. Gilardi find his own way of payback. He tells the Fishers that he is buying the rundown house across the street from them in order to provide a cheap alternative to Fisher & Sons. However, mysteriously, the house catches on fire after Nate and Brenda fool around in it.moreless

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  • Getting Better

    I feel like this episode expanded upon the characters and the plot more than the first two - lots of dark humor and nice tie-ins with irony and parallelism. Looking forward to seeing where Keith cuts in as well as the Kroner company.
  • A foot goes missing and Nate nearly sells out.

    Compared to the first two episodes, this was a nice slice of dark humor that never lets up from beginning to end. It was a bit more subtle with the character development than the last two episodes, but I enjoyed watching this one much more, mostly because it not only made such a horrific event so entertaining but because it took Claire's plot with Gabriel and tied it effortlessly into the rest of the drama going on with the Fisher family.

    After we get a glimpse at the death of the week, this one in the form of a janitor being chopped into fifty small pieces, we find the Fisher family still struggling to figure out if they should sell to Kroehner or not. Nate believes they should, and actually gets pretty close to doing so before he gets another glimpse of his father (played wonderfully by Richard Jenkins… I'm glad he keeps showing up still) and decides that working for the family is what he should do.

    The problem is, regardless of how he feels about doing the work, he still can't be near a dead body. It also doesn't help when he's put in charge of putting together the little pieces of Mr. Romano while Rico is gone, he loses a foot. Most of the episode bounces back and forth between them trying to figure out where the foot is and Ruth's struggle to mourn over Nathaniel. We've seen her mourn, I suppose, but the aftermath of the death seems to effect her still. One thing I loved about this episode is the way the family seemed so tense with each other. The dysfunction is laid on pretty thick, especially when we see David whining to Ruth about how she always listens to Nate, and just when we think she always takes Nate's side, she says something like "Well, Dave does have a point, Nate, you never do follow through with anything…" or something similar to that. And as for Claire, Ruth is always thinking that she's knocked up, having an eating disorder or something like that. There's a lot of unaddressed tension floating around in the family, and it should be fun to watch it all unravel.

    As for Brenda, I'm not sure exactly what to think of her character yet. She's good for Nate, but she also seems to be all over the place in terms of how she feels about their relationship. I'm interested in learning who exactly was on the phone. Also, I really liked the scene between Claire and Keith. Claire clearly knew there was something between him and David, and now she's learning that her brother might not be as uptight as one would originally think.

    Overall, I would say this was the best episode of the show to date. Perfect blend of humor, drama and the darkness that Alan Ball has come to be known for. Whether it was Keith saying that David was his police partner to Gabriel to Claire's prank with the foot or even Ruth talking to the couple at the racetrack, there were plenty of funny moments to remind us that death can sometimes be humorous. You just need to have a certain outlook.moreless
  • 103

    A superb episode of Six Feet Under and it will remain one of my favorites, I just know it. We've got an original story line, intriguing plots, great writing, and dynamic characters. What else could you ask for really? Losing a foot... that has to be the most interesting plot I've seen in a while.

    It was absolutely hilarious as well, with this show's dark humor, it was a perfect blend. It also tied in with Claire quite nicely. At first, I didn't find Claire being called a toe slut entertaining, but now I know it was for the great tie in that we have here. She steals a foot! She does it to get back at the guy who started the toe slut rumor.

    Claire has instantly become my favorite character with this episode, she's just so... different from all the other characters on television. She's not generic... she's real. I mostly enjoyed her interactions with Kieth, the 53 minutes just flew by in this episode. We've got a great cast here, and I'm falling in love with this show with each episode. The end was perfection, the future cremation house burning down: that's poetic. Then the dog finding the foot, great dark humor. Amazing show, one of the "greats"moreless
  • Another great episode.

    This episode was once again great and continues to keep the show in the 8.5-9.0 range which is excellent.

    I'd start with what prevented this from a higher score: simply put, nothing. Nothing was wrong with this episode, but nothing stood out too much.

    I enjoyed everything. I complained that Claire's story is useless, but then... this episode proved the opposite. I like it when the writers surprise me like this. Even though the whole foot thing was a bit silly.

    Oh... the foot. The beginning of the episode showing the death was really disturbing. I was so relived when they decided not to show anything. I think this show has a huge potential of showing the most bizarre/disturbing ways to die, which is cool in a weird way.

    Generally, all I can say about this episode is that it was more of a plot driven episode, unlike the first few which were more character centric. But the quality remained the same.moreless
  • Review

    Once again a very solid episode from the writers of Six Feet Under. The person that died in this episode wasn't as good as the man who jumped into his pool and died, but it was still interesting drama for the episode as Nate (via Claire) lost the foot. Its interesting to see Nate so intense on helping with the situation but really finds ways to keep on messing up. I thought Claires way of getting back at Gabe was really funny and Claire (she might hve known all along but we know in this episode) finds out that her brother is a homosexual when she meets up with Keith while looking for the foot. I think the Kroner situaiton was dealt with exactly the way that they needed to be dealt with. Nate had a revalation in this episode and now wants to stay and help run the funereal business with his brother David and stay with Brenda, which is also a fun relationship to watch devolop. The house burning down at the end seems like Claires wrongdoing, but I wouldnt be so sure of that. I dont think we have seen the last of the Kroner guy, who is sure to come around in the next episode.moreless
Caroline Aaron

Caroline Aaron


Guest Star

Hayden Tank

Hayden Tank

Young Nate

Guest Star

John Capodice

John Capodice

Tommy Romano

Guest Star

Richard Jenkins (I)

Richard Jenkins (I)

Nathaniel Fisher

Recurring Role

Eric Balfour

Eric Balfour

Gabriel "Gabe" Dimas

Recurring Role

Garrison Hershberger

Garrison Hershberger

Matthew Gilardi

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Ruth : She stole a foot? From a person?
      David : Yes, would it have been better if it was an animal's?
      Nate : A little bit.
      Ruth : You wake up one day, and your a baby's stolen a foot. Where have I been?
      David : Losing $25,000!

    • Nate: Rico, you gave him a foot?
      Federico: Yeah, yeah. I thought it was for the best. Remember that, rememeber that leg of lamb that your mother had in the back of her freezer like forever?
      David: Ok, stop.
      Federico: Embalmed. Wrapped with latex and duct tape.

    • Nate : You lost $25,000, that's just gone?
      Ruth : I suppose it still exists. It's just not mine anymore.

    • David : Do you remember picking up the foot?
      Nate : I think so, but my eyes were shut, and I was trying not to vomit.
      David : I'm not happy.
      Nate : Well, that's very interesting, David, because I'm ecstatic!

    • Claire : Oh, gross. I want to talk to you about something.
      Nate : I don't know if you noticed but I'm a little busy right now, swimming in a man's guts. (Picks up a body part) I don't know what this is. I'm picking up a part of a person, and I don't know what part it is!

    • David: I don't understand kids! When I was her age, I never would've taken a foot!
      Keith: David, I can help. I'm a cop. That's what I do for a living.
      David: You find feet?

    • Claire: I wish that just once people wouldn't act like the clichés that they are.

    • Brenda: I don't want any children.
      Nate: Whoa, who said anything about children?
      Brenda: I was referring to you.

    • Brenda: You can't control things. Nobody can. There's only one thing that's certain: Everything changes.

    • Nate: So in the end, we're all just Human McNuggets.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music featured in episode: Peggy Lee - Things Are Swinging, Lauren Ambrose - What A Little Moonlight Can Do, Aterciopelados - El Album, Zero 7 - Distractions, Julie London - Yummy Yummy Yummy.

    • - German title: "Der verlorene Fuß" (= "The Lost Foot");
      - Italian title: "A piede libero" (= "At large").