Six Feet Under: Eat a Peach
November 19, 2019 9:02 PM - Season 5, Episode 5 - Subscribe

An elderly diabetic, who is denied canned peaches by his officious family, decides to treat himself to them in secret. Ruth finds George his own apartment under the pretext that it will be for the two of them. Nate and Brenda clash over when and what to tell Maya about her biological mother. David and Keith waver between surrogacy and adoption options. Claire is definitely done with Billy, whatever he or his mother do to try to get them back together, but doesn't know what her next step is. Rico tries to use some misbehaviour on Julio's part and misquotes the school principal in an effort to patch up his marriage, but when Vanessa finds out the truth she is more disgusted with him than ever.

The obituary from this episode:

Daniel Holzenchenko (1939 - 2005)

Daniel Holzenchenko passed away suddenly on January 10, 2005 at the age of 66 from complications with diabetes. He leaves behind sisters Gertrude and Vera, brothers Karl and August and was a loving uncle to nephew Peter and niece Elizabeth. Danny volunteered for the United States Army and served as a Paratrooper in the 104th Airborne Division. He worked as a machinist for 39 years at Portman Rubber Company before retiring to devote all his time to his favorite hobbies: bingo and fishing. Viewing on Friday January 14 at Fisher and Diaz 2302 W. 25th Street in Los Angeles. Private burial at Forest Lawn.
posted by orange swan (1 comment total)
If I were Daniel I would have eaten those peaches just to get away from the rest of that family.

Ruth pulling a "fresh start" bait and switch on George with the apartment rental is just plain cruel. She could at least be honest with him about wanting him to move out.

Nate clearly has not completely dealt with Lisa's death. Understandably, of course, because it just hasn't been that long, and I don't suppose anyone ever really gets over something like that. But he was so quickly and seriously rattled by George's tactless questions about it that it's pretty clear he's still very messed up underneath the surface. He rushed into things with Brenda, and it was a bandaid solution to a very deep and festering wound, not to mention a mistake on its own merits.

But I hated Nate's misogynist "Lisa trapped me into marriage" line. Fuck you, Nate. Lisa never said anything about marriage, and she was prepared to raise Maya all on her own if you had opted not to be involved. You married her of your own free will. I also don't believe she was sleeping with Hoyt during the time period that she and Nate were married -- Hoyt specifically said they weren't for one thing, and when would she even have seen him?

It doesn't make sense to me that Keith and David would have wanted to have a baby with Mary. She seemed like a crazy twit. How could two serious-minded men like them have wanted their child to be genetically half Mary? Anyway, it didn't happen, and they are about to proceed with adopting Anthony, who is a darling, and his older brother Durrell, who as we will see is a little so-and-so.

Ruth is being just awful to Claire, and it really is much more about her projecting her own unhappiness about her own life on her daughter than anything Claire has done. Yes, Claire is being a little exasperating with her whole "art school wasn't what I thought it should be and my dealer wouldn't buy my latest photos so I'm just going to smoke pot all day" schtick, but she did just go through a break up and she needs some encouragement and guidance to help her develop a more mature, productive perspective on her life, not half-insane tirades.

Margaret Chenowith really is a piece of work. She's about as good a mother as the average boa constrictor. Her trying to pressure a very young woman to take back her mentally ill and much older son is appalling.

Rico, you fucking ASSHOLE. This episode, where he deliberately made Vanessa look like an unfit mother to the school principal and another parent (who is almost sure to repeat what she heard to other parents) and then misquoted what the principal said in order to manipulate Vanessa into taking him back must mark the lowest moment in the entire series for him -- even worse than when he hooked up with Sophia/Infinity the stripper. Vanessa is too good for him.

Though I will say that Vanessa's "my son wouldn't lie" and "boys will be boys" attitude towards Julio's bullying sucked too. We haven't seen anything at all of the divorce's effect on the Diaz boys, and it's an omission on the show's part because it was bound to have an impact on them.
posted by orange swan at 5:32 PM on November 20, 2019

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