Six Feet Under: Coming and Going
October 19, 2019 9:44 PM - Season 4, Episode 8 - Subscribe

Fisher & Diaz's latest client drives himself into the Fisher carport and expires with his pre-need contract on the carseat beside him. Ruth and George conflict over churchgoing, fashions for young women, and pruning. Nate spends time with Brenda, and Joe decides he's done spending time with Brenda. David meets up with Sarge, and Celeste changes Keith's job description. Claire is finally able to define her feelings for Edie. Rico has a housing problem. Vanessa confronts Sophia.

The obituary from this episode:

James Dubois Marshall (1923 - 2004)

James Dubois Marshall - retired civil engineer, revered community leader and beloved husband to Stella and father of Josette, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004, near his home in Los Angeles. He was 80.

Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Marshall was especially proud of his membership in the first all-black 99th Fighter Squadron known as the Tuskegee Airmen. For his courage in World War II, Mr. Marshall earned a Presidential Distinguished Unit Citation, a Flying Cross and a Bronze Star.

Mr. Marshall was also an active member of the Second Baptist Church of Los Angeles. He helped fund the church's homeless shelter and was instrumental in developing a progressive re-integration program, which included specialty classes, counseling and financial aid to help residents get back on their feet.

Mr. Marshall was loved by all who knew him. Stubborn in his ideals and always true to his word, Mr. Marshall was a lifetime champion of peace and social justice. He will best be remembered for his kindness, generosity and dedication to his family and friends.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Feb. 17 at Fisher & Diaz Funeral Home in Los Angeles. In lieu of flowers, Mr. Marshall has asked that donations be made in his name to the Second Baptist Church, 2412 Griffith Avenue, LA.

"Where much is given much is required." (Luke 12:48)
posted by orange swan (3 comments total)
James Marshall definitely seems to have been a fine man. Look at that obituary -- now that's a life well spent. And the music at his funeral was the best we've seen since the opera funeral. Rico was in tears during the interview with his widow and daughter. He wanted to be a man like James Marshall.

Angelica's readiness to go with Vanessa to confront Sophia -- she even came prepared with Vaseline! -- was hilarious. She may be an asshole but she's definitely someone you want on your side when you're ready to rumble. I will hand it to Sophia though: she was up to the task of taking on both Vanessa and Angelica. She called Vanessa a "gordita" which is a "pretty, chubby girl", and told her she didn't know how to keep her man or how to dress. Thank goodness, that's the last we've seen of Sophia... and her poor little neglected daughter.

I don't know how George could have thought pruning that tree was a good idea, or why he didn't fucking ask Ruth about it first. Number one, it wasn't his damn tree. Number two, it was healthy and the branches weren't obstructing anything -- it didn't need pruning. What a jackass. It looked like an overreaction on Ruth's part to actually flee to Sarah's, but I think she's reacting to the fact that she made a mistaken marriage rather than to anything specific George did.

I don't know WHY Ruth thought she had any business slapping Rico over his infidelity given that she had an affair during her first marriage (or slapping him at all for that matter -- it's assault). Good on Rico for calling her out over that.

Joe was a wise man to walk out on Brenda. I wish Nate had as much sense.

"Do you have a deafness problem?" You're an asshole, Sarge.

Once they knew Keith was gay, Celeste and her entourage seem to have regarded him as a challenge -- someone to prank or sleep with. What was with Bobby Cannavale's character propositioning Keith? Celeste doing it made more sense -- she's young and feeling unmoored, and Keith had been a source of kindness and stability, and she's also a case of situational narcissism. I can't help but feel he must have been relieved to be done with that scene. It must get old being the only adult in the room.

I have a word for Claire's feelings toward Edie: Edie is Claire's muse. Claire was wondering if it might be something more, and was too young to know that if you have to go all out with the candles and fresh flowers in an effort to put yourself in the mood, it's not on. At least she now knows she's never had an orgasm.

Sophia: You're jealous of these tits.
Angelica: [proudly cupping and flaunting her own breasts] Bitch, please!
posted by orange swan at 2:14 PM on October 23, 2019

Being made to sleep in the dog house is bad, but being made to sleep in a morgue- when that is also your workplace, has to be a step lower.
posted by rongorongo at 3:12 PM on June 6, 2022

Re Claire and Edie: As Six Feet under couples go, they seemed to be more compatible than most. Shame it didn’t work out in bed but, as David points out: same sex doesn’t guarantee compatibility.
posted by rongorongo at 12:24 AM on June 7, 2022

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