I had seen this episode years ago and treaded to rewatch it now, not exactly sure why. Now I know. This is one of the meanest, grimmest episodes the series has to offer.
Mostly this is the result of the portrayal of Ezra, the cruel mortician played by Moses Gunn with a complete lack of morals or empathy. He is just mean and greedy, nothing else. One wonders what his purpose in life is. As a stark contrast, his nephew is nothing but pure innocence and those two extremes in good and bad characters make the episode as entertaining as it is.
Furthermore, the depiction of the mortician\\\'s work is just gross and makes you happy that \\\"Six Feet Under\\\" mostly avoids the gory details. The direction, camera and music all are very good and certainly above the average \\\"Crypt\\\" standards.
A fine, scary episode that I wouldn\\\'t want to watch in the dark.