Six Feet Under: Out, Out Brief Candle
June 28, 2019 9:05 PM - Season 2, Episode 2 - Subscribe

A young football player collapses and dies from dehydration during college football practice, and his shade haunts Nate, who has still not told anyone about his AVM diagnosis or its risks. Kroehner regional director Mitzi Huntley pays Fisher & Sons a visit, Rico and Vanessa find a house they want to buy, David and Nate make some improvements to the funeral home, Brenda hosts a dinner party for her ex-boyfriend and his wife and son, Keith is upset that his sister Karla is neglecting her daughter Taylor, Ruth's coworker Robbie invites Ruth to his "graduation" from a self-help seminar, and Claire learns about Gabe's recent convenience store run and embalming fluid business venture.

The obituary from this episode:

Joshua Peter Langmead

1981- 2001

Langmead, Joshua Peter (20). Born September 10, 1980 in Culver City, California. Passed away August 29, 2001.

Josh earned three varsity letters as a tight end at Fox Hills High School in Culver City, CA. He was rated No. 10 tight end in the west by the PacWest Football Association. When he died, Josh was a senior at California State College, where he played for the Grizzlies and majored in Sociology with a minor in Business Administration.

He is survived by his loving parents Richard and Susan, his brother Milo and his sister Brandee. Viewing this Saturday, September 1st at 6 p.m. at Fisher & Sons.
posted by orange swan (2 comments total)
That athlete's face is so tragic. He seems to have no idea how badly he's been used, he just looks to the future - as his coaching told him to - and sees absolutely nothing.

And Julie White as Mitzi Dalton Huntley is perfect casting! A cute woman in Chanel(ish) with a fish-out-of-water accent (for L.A.) as the face of steamrolling capitalism.
posted by goofyfoot at 4:13 PM on June 29, 2019 [1 favorite]

I hope that football coach gets fired and faces a ruinous lawsuit for Joshua's death. It was horrendously irresponsible for him to be running those boys like that in that heat without even giving them a chance to drink water.

Nate's fear of dying, and poor Joshua's helpless terror and grief, arghhh.

Much as it pisses me off that Nate is way too quick to be an asshole to people (he starts telling others off on the least provocation), I had to laugh over his comment that Mitzi sounds like a dog's name. I actually like the name Mitzi, but I've only ever known one Mitzi in real life, and yes, it was a dog.

How could it possibly cost $20K to build that damn coffin wall? David's excitement over it was hilarious. Like Rico, he has a passion for his work, only he's less sure that it's what he really wants because unlike Rico, he didn't actively choose it for himself.

Taylor's such a cute, smart kid, and she deserves much better than the kind of start in life she gets over the course of this show.

It was really kind of sad for Brenda to care so much so much about impressing her ex-boyfriend. She's 32 or 33, and she dated Trevor as a teenager. She's clearly realizing that she's not happy with the path her life has taken, but the thing is her life really is so oddly empty for such an intelligent, attractive, and personable young woman. She's a massage therapist and she has a nice rental apartment and... that's it. We do not see or hear of any interests or hobbies, other than her having books in her apartment, she doesn't seem to have many friends or spend much time with them, and she tends to sabotage her relationships. Did she really just spend the years from 19 to 32 working as a massage therapist, reading, banging a succession of guys who didn't stick around long, and looking after Billy? No wonder she's reassessing her life choices.

Ruth has been introduced to a cult-like self-improvement franchise that I suppose is a fictionalized version of the Landmark Forum. Great. I do wish Ruth would forget about seeking advice from elsewhere and just use her own brain. She actually has a very mature, clear-sighted wisdom when she chooses to use it.

Claire has had a moment of realization that Gabriel is beyond any help that she can give him.

It's nice to see Rico and Vanessa moving on up in the world.
posted by orange swan at 9:14 AM on June 30, 2019

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