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Six Feet Under - The Complete Fourth Season

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A further slice of life in the funeral business is unravelled in this fourth season of episodes from HBO's SIX FEET UNDER. Beginning just one day after the climax of Season three, the show gets off to an explosive start, with arguments raging about how … see full wiki

Release Date: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
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Six Feet Under - Season 4

  • Mar 8, 2011
Rating:
+5
Pros: cast and writing absolutely dead on, outstanding series

Cons: none for me

The Bottom Line:


"Old man death sits all alone
In quiet contemplation
Picking at his blackened nails
Waiting for his next victim"
~Venom



Season 3 ended with the confirmation of Lisa Fisher's death after her body was found.   Season 4 continues with the story.

Tina Holmes joins the cast as Maggie Sibley.

Six Feet Under, Season 4 episodes include:
Falling Into Place:
~Deceased: Lisa Kimmel Fisher 1967 - 2003
~The circumstances: drowning, possible suicide.  Water wins.

~Deceased: Bruno Baskerville Walsh 1951 - 1972
~The circumstances: after taking LSD, Bruno decides he can fly off a rooftop.  The landing wins.

Nate is having a hard time coming to terms with Lisa's death and it isn't helped when her family arrives for the burial.  Lisa, who was a free spirit, told Nate she wanted to go back in the ground, one to one with the Earth - the parents want to cremate her.  Nate takes an unorthodox turn of events.

Brenda is interested in her new neighbor; Keith spends the night at the Fisher residence; Claire finds a new way to see her art and she tells Russell she had an abortion

In Case Of Rapture:
~Deceased: Dorothy Sheedy 1954 - 2003
~The circumstances: Dorothy, a devote Christian, sees a load of inflatable dolls floating from the back of a truck and thinks she are angels.  She jumps from her car, directly into oncoming traffic.  Traffic wins.

The Fisher's are having a difficult time accepting their new stepfather, George, who is a strange duck anyway.  Nate is still in a quandry about his feelings over Lisa.   Keith takes a job as bodyguard to a recording artist; a clogged pipe errupts blood in the basement and when David hires a plumber he unclogs all the pipes.

Parallel Play:
~Deceased: Kaitlin Elise Stolte 1989-2003
~The circumstances:  while making fun of someone, Kaitlin falls off the bed in a fit of laughter.  Broken neck wins. 

Nate attends his first "Mommy & Me" class; Brenda learns some interesting sex secrets about her neighbor; Claire discovers her new friend, Edie, is a lesbian.

Can I Come Up Now:
~Deceased:  Lawrence Henry Mason 1938 - 2003
~The circumstances:  Lawrence is walking in the rain, using an umbrella he stole, and is struck by lightning.  Lightning wins.

Jennifer, David's former fiancee, calls David to tell him her father was killed by lightning and wants David to handle the funeral.  Ruth & George continue to receive bizarre wedding gifts and George finally figures out who is sending them - his estranged son.  Brenda takes her new boyfriend to meet her mother and her latest fling, Claire's art teacher, Olivier. 

That's My Dog:
~Deceased: Anne Marie Thornton 1966 - 2004
~The circumstances:  slipped in shower.  Shower door wins.
 
David, returning from picking up a body, picks up a hitchhiker who brutally beats him.  

Terror Starts At Home:
~Deceased:  obert Carl Meinhardt 1962 - 2004
~The circumstances:  home invasion, killed by robbers.  Robbers win.

David still struggles after his attack, never divulging the real truth;  Rico is still playing the two female relationship, with little success.  Nate, who quit the funeral home, takes a job at a dog kennel.  Brenda and Joe buy a house.  The Fisher's throw David a birthday party, with the usual drunks and Claire shows up with a buzz on and experiments with Edie.
 
The Dare:
~Deceased: Joan Morrison 1939 - 2004
~The circumstances: cancer.  Cancer wins.

Claire continues to investigate her relationship with Edie; Rico finally dumps his girlfriend; Nate is helping out at the funeral home until David can get his act together.  Nate & Brenda are having an affair until he sees Lisa, as a ghost, and she tells him to leave Brenda alone. 

Coming And Going:
~Deceased: James Dubois Marshall 1923 - 2004
~The circumstances: natural causes in driveway at Fisher & Diaz.  Old age wins.

Ruth tries unsuccessfully to get George to attend mass with her; Rico sleeps over at Sophia's house and she is confronted by his wife, Vanessa.  Rico moves into the Fisher home.  George "kills" Ruth's favorite tree in the garden; Brenda checks  in with Nate and goes to the amusement park with him and Maya, ending up in a cozy situation until her boyfriend, Joe, walks in and catches them.

George, David, Claire & Nate have dinner and find a note from Ruth saying she has moved to Bettina's.

Grinding The Corn:
~Deceased: Lawrence Tuttle 1969 - 2004
~The circumstances: Lawrence, an avid comic book collector, reaches on the shelf for a comic and the shelf falls over, crushing him.  Comics win.

Brenda tells Nate she loves him, scaring Nate off.  Keith, fired from his gig with songster Celeste, comes home and admits he had sex with her.  Claire visits Edie and they discuss the fact that Claire has not had a climax.  Nate returns to Brenda's side and he and his daughter move into her home.

The Black Forest:
~Deceased: Robert Duane Wething 1958 - 2004
~The circumstances: alcohol poisoning.  Booze wins.

The truth comes out about Lisa's cremains; David wants a commitment ceremony and to adopt a child; Ruth returns home with some stipulations George doesn't really like.  Claire's drug habits get out of control; Rico tries a reconciliation with Venessa but discovers she is dating an old friend of his.  

Bomb Shelter:
~Deceased: Edward Gordon Gorodetsky 1956 - 2004; Coco Grimes Gorodetsky 1962 - 2004;  Michael Timothy Gorodetsky 1992-2004;  Amanda Lynn Gorodetsky 1995 - 2004
~The circumstances: car accident.  Father's negligent driving wins.

Ruth & George are going on a couple's retreat.  Ruth is excited, George not so much.  It all falls apart when he discovers a bomb shelter on the Fisher property.  

Brenda is excited about starting her own family with Nate; David is facing a lawsuit after he attacks someone at a  sushi restaurant and Keith takes matters into his own hands.  Things get even worse when the police call and tell David they have found his "carjacker" and he has to come in to make an identification.

Untitled:
~Deceased: Kenneth M. Henderson 1954 - 2004
~The circumstances: cut in half by elevator.  Elevator wins.

George, who was never very stable, starts have horrible nightmares and barely leaves the bomb shelter.  When his daughter, Maggie, suddenly visits, she gives Ruth some information she didn't expect.  

Rico, remorseful about his affair with Sophia, pleads with Vanessa to take him back; Claire prepares for her gallery opening and when Russell shows up drunk and harasses her, Billy steps forward to protect her.  David is traumatized when he goes to ID his attacker.   Keith gets a surprise job offer; Nate finds a picture of Lisa that leads him to a surprising  conclusion - Lisa was having an affair.  Nate asks Brenda to marry him.

Overall impression:
This certainly isn't your typical show.  The stories weave together, many overlapping.  Most are concluded during each episode but sometimes they continue on and are fleshed out.  The characters are highly bizarre, this is a dysfunctional family to the nth degree.  Claire, one of the strangest, is also probably the most sexual, which is saying a lot in a series laden with sex.  I like the way they introduce each episode with a death and even enjoy the interplay with the dead coming back for little chats.

The writing remains tight, acting is incredible. 

thanks,
Susi

Related reviews:
Six Feet Under, Season 1
Six Feet Under, Season 2
Six Feet Under, Season 3
Six Feet Under, Season 4 - you are here
Six Feet Under, Season 5


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