Six Feet Under: You Never Know
August 13, 2019 9:23 PM - Season 3, Episode 2 - Subscribe

A disgruntled former employee walks into his old workplace with a shotgun and murders three ex-colleagues, then himself. Fisher & Diaz handles the funerals of one of the victims and the gunman, much to Rico’s disapproval. Ruth is called to the bedside of her sister Sarah, who is going through Vicodin withdrawal under the stern eye of her friend Bettina. Nate and Lisa disagree on Q-tip technique and laundry detergent, bond over their irritation with Carol, and invite Keith and David to dinner. Claire learns her new thing with Phil is less of a thing than she thought.

The obituaries from this episode:

Daniel Grant Showalter (1968-2003)

DISGRUNTLED EMPLOYEE SHOOTS THREE, THEN KILLS SELF

LOS ANGELES, California - Stunned employees of a Sherman Oaks telemarketing firm watched in disbelief as police removed the bodies of three co-workers following Friday's brutal attack by a disgruntled worker.

Yesterday's gruesome assault occurred just after 5 p.m. inside Strategic Systems Industries, Inc. Van Nuys office suite. According to eyewitness accounts, former employee Daniel Showalter entered the office and opened fire on workers before fatally shooting himself in the head. Police believe the 31-year-old gunman was upset over his recent firing. They found a pistol grip shotgun and a .38 caliber revolver by his body.

"This was clearly the desperate act of a desperate man," said Assistant Police Chief Brian Lambert.

Heidi Dorer, 36, said she and her friend were shopping near the company when the attack began. "I just heard this popping...it sounded like a bunch of firecrackers going off. Then I saw all these people running out of the building and screaming."

According to one eyewitness, Showalter "picked off" his victims as he walked through the one-story office building. "It was straight out of a movie," said another witness.

Authorities identified the victims as company manager Andrew Milne, 51; sales representative Martin Jacobs, 42; and computer analyst Matthew Hazen, 25.

Jed Thompson, who owns several buildings in the area, including the one that housed Strategic Systems, said the building has security cameras but is not staffed by security guards.

"No one ever thinks something like this is going to happen," Thompson said.

Joan Berger, a spokesperson for the nationwide company told authorities that the Sherman Oaks office will close temporarily; no reopening date is available at this time.

Andrew Wayne Milne (1952-2003)

Andrew was born in Marcus Hook, PA to Scottie and Clylas Milne on January 2, 1952.

After serving in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam, Andrew moved to California where he was a sales representative for many years before becoming a manager for Strategic Systems Industries, Inc.

He was a member of VFW and for the past two years, served on the board for the South Central Los Angeles Regional Center for Persons with Developmental Disabilities.

Andrew is survived by his wife of 29 years, Dorothy, his daughters Terry and Julie, and his mother, Scottie Milne of Downington, PA. Andrew was a loving, caring and generous man who was deeply rooted in his faith. He will be missed dearly by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Viewing will be on Tuesday, Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Fisher & Diaz Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be held the following day at 11 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Church, 13360 Valleyhart Dr., Sherman Oaks.

Martin Jacobs (1962-2003)

Martin Jacobs died Friday, Jan. 17, 2003.

His survivors include three daughters from his first marriage, Emilee, Rachael and Kaylee and his father Gerald Jacobs.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Alzheimer's Association, 2540 N. Santiago Blvd., Orange, CA 92867.

A private burial service will be held on Tuesday.

Matthew Clark Hazen (1978-2003)

Matthew Clark Hazen was shot and killed Friday, Jan. 17. He was 25.

A native to California, Matthew was born and raised in San Pedro. He was a graduate of San Pedro High School, class of '95, where he was active in the chorus and served as business manager of the S.P.H.S. Stage. He later attended California State University, Long Beach, where he majored in Communications and was a performing member of the all-male a capella group The C-Notes.

Matthew loved singing and playing guitar in his garage band, The Naked Apes. He loved to travel and play practical jokes on friends and family. He was funny, smart and excelled at everything he did. He was taken away too soon, but will never be forgotten.

Matthew is survived by his parents Jim and Barbara Hazen, his brother John and his fiancee Melody.

Matthew donated his body to medical science. Memorial services pending.
posted by orange swan (1 comment total)
 
The workplace shooting scenario feels almost quaint. These days Daniel Showalter would have an AR-15 and everyone in the entire office would die.

I often think the only thing worse than losing a child to a mass murderer would be finding out your child was the mass murderer.

It's been good for Rico to know David, who calls him out on his narrow-mindedness, which in turn makes him face his fears about his own temper. I love David's "never refuse a funeral" policy (although I bet that doesn't apply to people who can't pay), and I gather that is what funeral directors do in real life. It's so humane. Everyone has the right to bury their dead decently, regardless of what the person did in life.

There were surely better ways to help Sarah through withdrawal than tying her to her bed. Ruth has met her new best friend, Bettina. I'd like to direct your attention to this photo and say I am loving the idea of Frances Conroy and Kathy Bates being really good friends in real life. Add Patricia Clarkson to the mix and the picture only gets more awesome.

Lisa's being too exacting with Nate, too prone to unilaterally decide how things should be done/be and then to demand that Nate toe that line, rather than working with him as a partner and making decisions together. It's all of a piece with how she spent years believing that they should be a couple, that she was the one for him and he just didn't see it, rather than accepting that he didn't feel the same way about her as she did about him. He's taking it for now but the pressure's building.

That's not to say Nate and Lisa don't have their good moments, such as when they were brainstorming revenge plots to use on Carol, which was hilarious. They were roommates for years and that would take a certain level of compatibility.

And as for her "Nate and I never fight" bit, fuck off, Lisa. You and Nate had a fight just that morning. Keith was right to call her on that, and to declare her perception of reality off, but his "I'm not buying the accidental pregnancy" line made me furious. You weren't there and you don't know what happened, asshole. I've heard too many misogynist guys claim women trap men with accidentally on purpose pregnancies to have any patience with that bullshit.

Nate doesn't much like Keith and Keith doesn't like Lisa. I can't see those two couples spending much time together.

Carol is fucking awful. Her "Hi, I'm Carol, and this is My House!" to David and Keith made me want to slap her. She clearly resents Lisa for having a husband and a child, and for that matter, any life at all, such as having two of her in-laws over for a quiet dinner party. Lisa isn't supposed to do a damn thing but do her bidding and take her crap 24/7. Though I must admit her, "Melissa Gilbert opened the door, and it was like staring at evil itself," line was really funny.

Claire's conversation with Phil reminded me painfully of too many similar conversations with guys who weren't interested in being in an actual relationship with me but wanted the benefits of it. And their attitude was never one of respect for the fact that I had the same right as them to decide what I want. I never heard a, "Okay, we want different things, so this won't work." Oh no, they felt entitled to get what they wanted and would push to get their way by working some manipulative angle or other -- I was being closed-minded or had issues or some such. In Phil's case his angle is to dangle the nebulous possibility of a future committed relationship in front of Claire like a carrot. Selfish asshole.

Michael C. Hall has a good voice, Lauren Ambrose has a voice so good that the show only has her sing during fantasy sequences because it's too good for Claire to realistically have, and Peter Krause can't sing at all.

Ruth: "It's so peaceful out here."
Sarah: [screaming from inside the house] "I'm dying!"

"Bring my cinnamon toast up to my bath, and I'll tell you how I made Melissa Gilbert cry."
posted by orange swan at 6:57 PM on August 15, 2019


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