Six Feet Under

Season 3 Episode 12


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 18, 2003 on HBO

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  • Lost in the Shadows Carl Desmond Williman 1948-2003 Written by Craig Wright Directed by Kathy Bates

    "I'm not a chance Nate, I'm a person"--Lisa

    In some ways this episode really got to me probably being one of the most emotional hours of the series that really had a lot going on in it. "Twilight" is the probably one of the most well written pieces of the series and the way it is set out is so haunting and enjoyable to watch that you really have to think. "Are the Fishers an actual family?" They really seem to me at least to be a real portrayal of what a family would be like in the aftermath of someone's departure.

    Nate still eagerly awaits Lisa's call or return home but it seems less and less likely that she is really coming home. Nate then starts having hallucinations of possible scenarios directly pointed towards Lisa. One being Lisa left Nate and was feeling sorry for leaving Maya behind. Another Lisa meeting the death of the week who was a serial killer. And a third, Lisa walking into the beach and never turning back. Since Brenda knows that Nate is going through a difficult time she tries to make him feel better by being a friend to him but Nate pushes her away. After having a calm conversation with the deceased's daughter Nate finds a spark between the two and the following evening make love. The next day after the funeral, Nate tells her that there really is no spark and that she has to leave. Later in the middle of the night, Nate hears someone in the bathroom which he opens to find the ocean where Lisa is peacefully watching. Nate tries to yell to her but she can't hear him. Nate then yells her name which brings us to him in the regular bathroom loudly sobbing.

    Claire is very much alone in this episode. For one, she really doesn't have anyone to talk to about her pregnancy and really wants to keep it quiet so she feels the only thing she can do to keep the secret quiet is to have an abortion. At the clinic interview, the nurse asks if she has a ride which Claire responds "that no one would want to". After witnessing Nate fight with Brenda, Claire asks if she can drive her to the abortion clinic which Brenda happily says yes. While going under "twilight" an anesthetic she sees her mother and Russell who tell her they will take care of her. It's too late since Claire succesfully has the abortion and goes home with Brenda where they talk about Lisa's disappearance and Brenda's feelings about Nate. The next morning Claire tells Nate not to give up on Brenda, she's just concerned.

    David is really getting sick of his relationship with Keith. David finally tells Keith the truth about how he is feeling soon after he sleeps with Patrick from chorus. David returns the next evening where he breaks up with Keith and moves out. Keith begs him not to leave but David has made up his mind.

    Finally, Ruth is really having the time of her life with George Sibley. Her relationship with George is really escape out of the grim reality of Lisa's fate. When she tells David of her relationship over tea, she slips to him that she might be ready to marry again. David advises her to make sure she is comfortable which Ruth tells him she wants to know what it feels like again. George then tells Ruth he's been married prior. A record of six times: two of whom died and four divorced. Ruth asks if they can slow down the marriage plans which George gladly agrees. The two cuddle in bed as George tells her about his past.

    Other important events in "Twilight"...
    *Death of the week: A serial killer is executed in Texas by lethal injection. One of the more disturbing deaths of the series.
    *Federico receives a warning from Angelica to be careful with Vanessa because she will leave if she is not being treated to her satisfaction.
    *George has an apartment in this episode yet after this episode aired the apartment is never seen after.
    *Emotional parts of the episode: Ruth and David's very tender scene in the kitchen, Claire's pre-abortion scene, Nate crying at the end and Nate's fantasies about Lisa.
    *Arthur had only one scene in the episode where he argues of capital punishment with Rico. Since he and Ruth are not a pair anymore it makes sense he is more seen in the workplace then in the residence.

    "Twilight" really prepares us for a great season ender and is a very thrilling and emotional hour. Kudos to writer Craig Wright and Kathy Bates for delivering a "on the edge of my seat" hour of television.
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