Six Feet Under: The New Person
June 11, 2019 9:14 PM - Season 1, Episode 10 - Subscribe

A customer service rep at a mail order lamp company makes the fatal mistake of boring his wife with a lengthy monologue about his job. Nate and David hire a talented new restorer, Angela, to replace Rico, but she proves not to be simpatico with the Fishers. Billy's latest photographic exhibit gets Nate pissed off, and Billy's behaviour puts his parents and Brenda on edge. Ruth has dinner with Nikolai, and David has a late night snack with Keith. Claire is still concerned about Gabe.

The obituary from this episode:

Jonathan Arthur Hanley

August 24, 1946 - May 4th, 2001

HANLEY, Jonathan. Born August 24, 1946. Died May 4, 2001. He is pre-deceased by his parents David and Martha and is survived by his wife Sally. Jonathan worked for 32 years as a customer service representative at Nashua Lamp mail order company and will be greatly missed by his co-workers.

Private services will be held Wednesday May 9th at Hillside Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
posted by orange swan (2 comments total)
 
Who among us, having heard Jonathan Hanley's opening monologue, can really blame Sally Hanley?

I LOVE Angela. When I saw this episode for the first time I was so disappointed that she didn't last longer as a Fisher & Sons employee. We do see her again, but it would have been so much fun to watch her continue to set the Fishers off balance. Not that I blame them for firing her. The woman has zero filter/impulse control. She even manages to out David to Ruth on her way out the door.

Bernard and Margaret are monstrously bad parents, but they are right that Billy needs to be institutionalized. For God's sake, he trashed an office. That's what, unlawful entry, vandalism, and theft. They were probably barely able to get him off without criminal charges. He should not be left to run around loose until he does something worse. And Brenda is so angry at Dr. Feinberg and her parents that she can't see that Billy's out of control and her parents are making the right call. But then Nate sees Billy as he is and is rightfully very upset by his behaviour, and she doesn't have reason to be angry with Nate (yet), yet she defends Billy to Nate too. She's so invested in protecting Billy that she never sees how she enables him. They're called boundaries, Brenda. Get some.

Leave it to Ruth to turn a bathroom confrontation with a angry, jealous Russian woman into moment of realization and connection simply by being mild.

Poor Gabe. He's spiralling out of control. And Claire, an unqualified, inexperienced teenager, is the only one trying to help him.

Andy has no defense whatsoever against mentions of his peanut testicle.
posted by orange swan at 1:11 PM on June 12 [1 favorite]


Angela - who broke a glass in this episode or the next, then broke the news to Ruth that David is gay, which Ruth pretty much knew but was shocked by - is a total wreck, and also a total delight. She shows up in season five, when she and Rico get together at a mortician's conference. "You're such a sexy little fucker!" she hollers.
posted by goofyfoot at 1:35 AM on June 13


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