Six Feet Under
Timing & Space

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Get out, Nate. Seriously.

In his room, Arthur is speaking into a tape recorder: "Dear Carl and Cameron: Greetings from cousin Arthur. A babysitting opportunity passed me by today, and left me thinking of you two fellows. I hope you're enjoying spreading the gospel in Kansas City. My internship is coming along swimmingly. There is a dear, charming woman here at the funeral home who is very kind, and attentive. Well, I suppose that's all there is." Arthur clicks the tape player, then remembers a postscript: "P.S. Keeping in touch would be a lot easier if you got an email account." He then clicks the tape player again. There's something about the expression on his face as he looks down at the tape player -- regret, maybe, that he doesn't have more people in the stories he sends to his relatives? -- that completely endears his character to me. I like Arthur because he's utterly himself without apology, and that's given him the ability to be genuinely interested in other people. It's a refreshing change from most of the regulars. Watch -- now that I've admitted I like him, his character is completely doomed.

Rico's talking with Vanessa at their table, trying to approach the idea of getting her counseling or medication for depression. It doesn't go well. At the end of the scene, Rico takes a small toy ambulance and pushes it off the table, where it plummets to the ground accompanied by a succession of tiny anvils. At this point, even the Angel of Death hovering over this house is snapping, "Get on with it already!"

Meanwhile, at the studio of sham marriages, Nate is sitting up in bed thinking about how miserable he is, while his crazy wife sleeps the sleep of the innocent and/or deluded. There's a rippling light across the wall, as if cast from a swimming pool lit up at night, and Nate sees Bern standing at the foot of his bed, looking very sad. He tells Nate, "You don't have to worry about Brenda." Nate says, "I'm not worried about her." Bern repeats, more gently, "You don't have to worry about Brenda." Nate asks, "No?" "No," Bern tells him. He continues, "You found your happiness, Nate. She'll find hers. It's just a matter of time." Nate asks, "What if I haven't found mine?" Bern smiles sadly, and he fades away with the watery light, leaving Nate sitting in the dark and searching for an answer to that question.

Next week: Dead polygamists! Paintball matches! Lisa gets even crazier! Vanessa gets more depressed! Aaron returns and does justice to this show!

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