Monday, August 01, 2005

Surf's up, Nate

Six Feet Under Ep. 60
Six Feet Under Season 3 (bonus playlist, since this week's soundtrack is thin.)

Spoiler Alert... The stiff of the week is... oh, really, who cares. It isn't Nate, just some hiker dancin' with a cougar. Nate's still unconsious ("Narm!")and is rushed to the hospital while Maggie avoids talking to Brenda for now by calling his brother David, who then calls Brenda the scorned. David tries to call Ruth, but she's camping with Hiram the hairdresser (Ed Begley, Jr,) who's a little too aggressive with his pitched tent. Ruth escapes and sleeps outside (and I wonder if that cougar will have more then the small cameo intro.) Maggie struggles with questions from the hospital, all the while wondering how she got into this, and we all nod our heads knowing that to sleep with Nate is to sleep with drama itself. David calls Claire and interrupts both her dinner and her painful discovery that her Ted is a... gulp... conservative. In a sequence of awkward waiting room silence, one by one, the Fishers (and Ted) figure out what Nate was doing before his collapse, namely Maggie. Ted stays up all night at the hospital with Claire, making up for his Iraq war opinions, either that or all the drama surrounding Nate has made her forget. Meanwhile, Nate goes all Jacob's Ladder and continues his affair with Maggie in his head... eventually acting out the ending of his marriage with Brenda. Turns out it's another hemmoraged AVM that Nate's had and the operation is deemed a conservative success. Nate comes out of it and Brenda's there waiting for him, which is obviously not what he wants to see, and Brenda senses it and leaves to get Maya. David, Keith and the boys sit in Nate's room and Anthony's got the heebie jeebies... repeatedly trying to escape the hospital. David's not the most intuitive parent, so Durrell has to explain to him that their mom O.D'd a few times and Anthony naturally has a bad relationship with hospitals (really, though, when you get right down to it - don't we all?) Maggie stops by and suddenly Nate's all smiley and full of God. Apparently God's swift punishment to Nate for his fling reads like a thumbs up to Nate... but religion truly is interpretation, isn't it? Rico finds Nate's glow kind of funny and tells him of the cougar victim. Nate gets all National Geographic and thinks of the Ecotone, which is "the region where two disparate ecosystems overlap." When you think about it, ecotone is a good description of much of the series... taking place in a region shared by the living and the dead. Speaking of Rico, he and 'Nessa talk some more and figure out that she loves him and that's why she's cruel to him ("get it?" "I got it.") So if Rico can handle being a punching bag for awhile longer... Brenda brings Maya and then forgives him for sewing his Quaker oats with Maggie, but Nate doesn't want it and gives her some of what he's already acted out in his head. When Brenda tries to engage in battle, Nate says he's through fighting, disarming Brenda instantly. Ruth's lost in the woods (where's that cougar?) and shoots all the men she's loved before (inluding creepy Arthur,) in a 'lost in the woods' delirious fantasy sequence. After wandering aimlessly, she comes upon an outdoor Tai Chi class, and hitches a ride back with them. Nate and David have a moment together before Nate falls asleep looking content. Nate's synapse fire and we're off for another dream... in this one he wakes up and David's calling him into the back of a beat up VW bus, only this David is a surfer dude with a soul patch. They hop into the back of the van ("Strawberry Letter 23" blasting) and share some weed. Nate laughs and says he was just dreaming he was like a different person entirely. This is more like it... free of the funeral home and with a cool brother who supplies him with weed and isn't a gay/suit-wearing/funeral home director. Everything seems cool until we find out Nathaniel's driving and asking for a hit (nothing good comes of a visit from Nathaniel in the ecotone.) They pull up to a beach that looks like where first wife Lisa and Nate jumps out and runs into the water, asking David to join him, but he's all of a sudden square and afraid of sharks. Nate swims off and David's now a suit-wearing funeral director again. David wakes up from their shared (ecotone?) dream to find that the next episode's stiff of the week is Nate after all.

Nathaniel Fisher, Jr. - 1965-2005

Full tracklisting with scene descriptions

A 'Giant Sucker' Punch (Ep. 59)
Staring into the abyss, Quaker style (Ep. 58)
The loss of the loss of virginity (Ep. 57)
Accept, adapt and adopt (Ep. 56)
Life is not a vending machine (Ep. 55)
Six Feet Under: Ep. 54
Mortality, insanity, paternity and more insanity (Ep. 53)
Requiem for a soap opera (Ep. 52 - Season 5 premiere)

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drake leLane said...

Six Feet Under Ep. 60

* "Concerto for Two Flutes and Strings in C Major, RV 533 - Largo" - Vivaldi
* "Strawberry Letter 23" - The Brothers Johnson

drake leLane said...

Six Feet Under - Season 3

* "A Rush of Blood to the Head" - Coldplay
* "Time Is On My Side" - Irma Thomas
* "Transcendental Blues" - Steve Earle
* "Little Miss More or Less" - Magnet
* "The Flowers That Bloom In The Spring (Mikado)" - The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
* "Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041 - III: Allegro assai" - Johann Sebastian Bach
* "All That We Perceive" - Thievery Corporation
* "Stolen Car" - Beth Orton
* "Isobel" - Dido
* "It's Only a Paper Moon" - Vintage
* "Must Be Dreaming" - Frou Frou
* "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" - Stevie Wonder
* "Willful Suspension Of Disbelief" - Modest Mouse
* "Rocket Man" - Elton John
* "Une Larme" - Modest Mussorgsky
* "Boys Better" - The Dandy Warhols
* "Peg" - Steely Dan
* "Best Days Of Our Lives" - Weekend Players
* "Circle" - Sarah McLachlan
* "Burning Down The House" - Bonnie Raitt
* "Popolo di Pekino!" - Giacomo Puccini
* "Nessun dorma!" - Giacomo Puccini
* "Mazurka, Opus 17 No. 4 (Chopin)" - Phillip Johnston and the Transparent Quartet
* "June Is Bustin' Out All Over" - Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein
* "Let's Go To Bed" - Ivy
* "More Than This" - Norah Jones/Charlie Hunter
* "Obstacle 2" - Interpol
* "Rock Hard Times" - Eels
* "Break You Off - (featuring Musiq)" - The Roots
* "Good Thing Going" - Stephen Sondheim
* "Ain't No Woman (Like The One I've Got)" - The Four Tops
* "O2" - Sleater-Kinney
* "Come And Find Me" - Josh Ritter
* "Let It Ride (Jimpster mix)" - Lisa Shaw
* "Chick A Boom Boom Boom" - Mocean Worker
* "My Favorite Things" - Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein
* "A Horse With No Name" - America
* "Take It All In And Check It All Out" - Joseph Malik
* "Rollin' Tumblin' - (remix)" - R.L. Burnside
* "Suite No.4 - Scènes pittoresques - Air de ballet" - Jules Massenet
* "Sweet Thing" - Mary J. Blige
* "There She Goes" - Sixpence None The Richer
* "Song For My Father" - Horace Silver
* "Vuelvo al Sur" - Gotan Project
* "Stiff Jazz" - Dzihan & Kamien
* "Wax" - subthunk
* "Our Love Is Here To Stay" - Patti Austin
* "Hayling" - FC/Kahuna
* "Segredo" - Suba
* "Bhangra Fever" - MIDIval PunditZ
* "THe Young Prince and the Young Princess from Scheherazade, op.35" - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
* "J'veux D'la Musique (Tout Le Temps...)" - Les Nubians
* "Los Angeles" - X
* "Overthrown" - Tom McRae
* "Our Love Is Gonna Live Forever" - Spain
* "Corcovado" - Charlie Byrd Trio With Special Guest Ken Peplowski
* "Doralice" - Stan Getz
* "Sonata in F minor K. 184/L. 189/P. 102" - Domenico Scarlatti
* "Killing Me Softly With His Song" - Roberta Flack
* "I Saw The Light" - Utopia
* "Beautiful Dreamer" - Stephen C. Foster
* "Outro Lado" - Zuco 103
* "Angel" - Weekend Players
* "Beautiful Otherness" - Bent
* "It's All In The Game" - The Four Tops
* "It Keeps You Runnin'" - Doobie Brothers
* "The Seed 2.0 - (featuring Cody Chestnutt)" - The Roots
* "Radar Love" - Golden Earring
* "Cherish" - The Association
* "Move It On Over" - Hank Williams
* "Climbatize" - The Prodigy
* "Jambalaya (On The Bayou)" - Hank Williams

MJAPA said...

They killed him! Wow! How many episodes are left before the series is over?

drake leLane said...

There three episodes left... just enough time to kill off another character! J/K... although, there might be another in the works.

One rumor going around was that everybody dies, not all in the time frame of the series, but you see how each main character dies in the future. That sounds just morbid enough for it to be true.

MJAPA said...

My vote for the end is: Billy kills Claire in a mad "Star 80" style love/obsessed murder/suicide moment!
Brenda will die in childbirth and all of Nates babies will be left to his brother to take care of which will lead the adopted boys to think they are going to be returned to foster care (Their biggest fear) so they go all Donnie Darko on the whole family and turn on the gas to put everyone to permanant night night while they are sleeping before they run away to find mom.
All that will be left is Mom and she has spent the whole series whining about how she just wanted to be left alone. Now she will be totally alone. It would be poetic! The mother who outlives all of her children and her whole family.
What do you think? I think it would be a great ending to the series!

After reading this I was forced to go to my friends place yesterday and catch up with her on-demand cable. Your posts are so thorough, I don't feel like I missed much.
I am so excited to see what happens next! Do you think he is really dead?