Six Feet Under: Tears, Bones, and Desire
September 4, 2019 8:27 PM - Season 3, Episode 8 - Subscribe

The leader of a new age-y polygamous family dies, and Fisher & Diaz is swarmed with his wives and children. Ruth declares her romantic interest in Arthur. Lisa tries to learn more about Brenda. David and Keith go paintballing. Claire and Russell do Olivier's bidding. After Julio gets lice, Rico demands that Vanessa get help for her grief and depression.

The obituary from this episode:

Daddy (1940-2003)

DADDY

I depart as air I shake my white locks at the runaway sun

I bequeath myself to the dirt, to grow from the grass I love; If you want me again, look for me under your boot soles.

You will hardly know who I am or what I mean; But I shall be good health to you nevertheless,

Missing me one place, search another; I stop somewhere, waiting for you.

But until we meet again...

Dance as if no one were watching, Sing as if no one were listening, And live every day as if it were your last.

--Wise Sayings from the Book of Daddy
posted by orange swan (2 comments total)
 
Daddy wasn't without a certain appeal -- he seemed fun, kind, and loving, and I could even see a certain charisma there -- but I am still not getting how all those attractive, personable women would be down with being with him, especially when they had to share, though I know it's the kind of thing that happens. Dysfunctional people will settle for all kinds of bizarre or unhealthy arrangements if they can satisfy even a tiny part of their needs that way. To be fair, The People seemed mainly benign, though that oldest girl was definitely undereducated and poorly socialized, which means the other kids are likely to be as well. I wonder what's going to happen to them now that they have no leader.

Awkward moment for Nate, having a 13-year-old girl with a crush on him try to chat him up, but he handled it well: he was nice to her, while giving her absolutely no encouragement.

Oh Lisa, come on. Googling Brenda or asking Nate about her is one thing, but booking a massage with her under an assumed name? You didn't think you might meet her at some point via Nate and that it would be really fucking embarrassing to have Brenda put two and two together? Though post-massage Lisa looked incredibly relaxed and her absolute most attractive. Brenda must be good, or as that ex-boyfriend of hers would put it, "gift-ted".

Speaking of women settling for bizarre arrangements... Ruth is trying to get it on with Arthur. Fortunately Ruth has too much sense to settle for affectionate head rubs for long.

Fucking Olivier. Claire and Russell had a good thing going, the bond between them insulated them against his bullshit, and he, who claims that he wants his students to trust their own instincts, had to ruin that by grossly abusing his teaching position. Even though I had to roll my eyes over Claire's stated reason for quitting her job as Olivier's personal assistant -- why does she think all the work she does has to be meaningful and interesting? could it be that she's 19 and her mom is still vacuuming her bedroom for her? -- it's good that she quit, because Olivier's a toxic asshole.

Rico was quite right that Vanessa needs to face the fact that she's not coping and get help, but he was an asshole about it (i.e., "You don't mess with MY kids!") and shamed her for Julio's head lice, when their place was just messy, not filthy. It was hilarious that the lice turned out to be from The People, which means he gave them to Julio and also means that he has them himself.

David did much better at adapting himself to Keith's social circle/idea of fun than Keith did at adapting himself to David's. Which is to David's credit and underlines some of Keith's flaws -- he can be too stubborn and set in his ways to yield gracefully too others, too prone to packing up his toys and going home when things don't go his way. Not that his idea of, and enjoyment in, payback wasn't funny.

"Jeanne [splatter]. Tripplehorn [splatter]."
posted by orange swan at 3:09 PM on September 6


I have a weakness for Ruth's singing some of my old favorites.
posted by kingless at 2:09 PM on September 10


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