Six Feet Under: Making Love Work
August 28, 2019 7:19 PM - Season 3, Episode 6 - Subscribe

A woman waiting to attend a taping of a TV show dies of a nose bleed. Nate and Lisa spend the weekend on a camping trip with another couple. Ruth and Arthur watch a movie. Claire deflowers Russell.

The obituary for this episode:

Karen Postell Pepper (1964-2003)

Pepper, Karen Postell - Born in Mill Valley, California on May 10, 1964 and died suddenly in Hollywood on March 28, 2003. Karen was the proud mother of Hannah and Zachary Pepper, beloved daughter of John and Helen Postell of San Francisco and loving sister to Marla Shay of Mendocino and Stephen Postell of New York City. Karen is also survived by her devoted husband Adam Pepper and his extended family in California and Illinois.

Karen attended UCLA, where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Art History in 1986. She will be remembered for her love of entertaining and traveling, and will be missed by everyone who knew her.

Viewing at 1 p.m. on April 2 at Fisher & Diaz Funeral Home. Private burial to follow.
posted by orange swan (5 comments total)
You'd think if scar tissue from a deviated septum correction pressing on an artery was such an issue that doctors would be on the alert for it and address it.

Why oh why is Ruth so attracted to Arthur?

Olivier has a masseuse come in and work on him during class. So professional. I'm really developing a hatred of him. Oh, and Olivier? It's "white elephant art", not "elephant art". Maybe use your critical terms correctly instead of railing at your students for not knowing what you're talking about.

David wanted to name his children Cocoa and Clementine. Get a cat, David.

I think David may be right, and that Russell may be confused or in denial about his sexuality. But if nothing else, he had a memorable deflowering. First he bangs Claire twice in a funeral home and then he has to help hoist a dead man up off the floor.

I have to wonder why the dead guy fell off whatever it was they had his coffin on. Was it simply not strong enough to bear his weight, or was the coffin not placed properly? It sounded as though Rico and Arthur put the coffin in the slumber room together, and Rico surely would have seen to it that the coffin was properly situated.

And Nate and Lisa finally rip the lid off some of their festering issues. Things would at least improve somewhat between them if Lisa began working with Nate as a partner instead of trying to unilaterally dictate how everything is to be, but I don't know how Nate could ever learn to deal with the fact that he simply doesn't have the kind of chemistry with Lisa that he did with Brenda.

Lisa's reminisces about the great sex she and Nate used to have were so bleak. Both the incidents she mentions happened because some other woman had let Nate down and he was using her as an outlet for his frustrations -- and the nature walk sex was also born of his frustration with his life and with her. Lisa's arc is basically a cautionary tale about not living in the hope that someone who isn't on board with being with you someday will be.
posted by orange swan at 8:50 AM on August 29, 2019

Rico and Ruth are really nice to Arthur. Loved the scene that had Rico teaching Arthur to use makeup and the best time to move a large corpse. Arthur and Ruth are a hoot together. I didn’t expect the movie they were watching to change the way it did. (Was this episode the one when we learn that Keith & David watch the same kind of movies?)

“I would’ve thought it was, like, your 5th or 6th time.”

Yes, they didn’t bother to explain how the body fell; I enjoyed the scene with Arthur trying to manage the aftermath. “Dead weight is the hardest kind of weight to move.”

Claire picking on Ruth about the laundry was dead right. “There’s kleenex, hello.”

Ruth alone with the hanky was several odd seconds.

Should’ve guessed we’d see a ((day)dream) suicide at Suicide Rock. Watching Lisa and Nate interact is painful. It seemed to me that the last part stuck with the same 2 characters longer than they usually do, over 6 minutes of Lisa and Nate, bleak indeed.
posted by kingless at 2:08 PM on August 29, 2019

This script did spend an unusual amount of time on Nate and Lisa -- there was barely any David in this episode.

And I forgot to mention... Nate's rage killing of that non-poisonous snake combined with the fact that Lisa gets the feeling that he secretly hates her when they're having sex would have me packing up me and Maya and leaving if I were her. Those are two fucking disturbing things.
posted by orange swan at 5:11 PM on August 29, 2019

Claire picking on Ruth about the laundry was dead right.

Clarifying that I meant dead right in the sense of that's-how-an-attack-from-one's-child-can-go since (1) I've had similar experiences and (2) I carry a handkerchief folded the same way. Invaluable when there's no kleenex at hand.

One of my grandfathers always said, "Let the poor thing live," when he came upon a snake, even a poisonous one.
posted by kingless at 6:30 PM on August 29, 2019

You'd think if scar tissue from a deviated septum correction pressing on an artery was such an issue that doctors would be on the alert for it and address it.
I really don't want to google this.

Rico and Ruth are really nice to Arthur.
The interesting thing about both Rico and Ruth is that they are both characters who are repulsed by traits most would accept as normal and absolutely OK with traits most would consider weird. There is normal and there is "funeral home normal).
posted by rongorongo at 3:23 AM on May 2, 2022

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