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Six Feet Under: The Silence

by Russell Shaw, posted Jul 18th 2005 11:39AM
Vanessa and RicoThe concept of "The Silence" refers to the Quaker practice of mostly silent, meditative contemplation at meetings- rather than the verbal sermons and the singing of hymns at church services.  Peter Thomas Burns, who passed on at the start of this memorable episode, was a Quaker. My profound and very similar personal experience with this "silence" struck a deep chord with me, but that's for another conversation at another time and place.

But the overall concept of "silence" can be extended to at least one of this intricate episode's other plot lines.

The other most overt manifestation of silence in this eppy is the excruciating silence that Vanessa imparts to Rico during their lovemaking. Obviously still smarting over his infidelity, she serves as nothing more than a physically and emotionally unresponsive vessel for his issue. She lies there, in silence, not even bothering to fake it. Not extrapolating indirectly, I am not sure whether silence or faking it would be a worse insult.

Vanessa seems a spiteful, manipulative and vengeful sort, but at least she has a case. I mean, her now former husband Rico cheated on her in a most sleazy way. Even though Vanessa's behavior is one where she feigns kindness and caring just to get in position to twist the knife in a little deeper.

It's Ruth that has no case. When she and George met, he hid some details about his past from Ruth. When he started to come undone, Ruth did not have the deep reservoir some other spouses who become care givers exhibit.

Once George started to get well, Ruth lured him into a deception (the apartment) that at least to me, was more about her wanting to wash her hands clean than to help George get his life back together. And now, showing remarkable resilience, George has tossed out his heart again and has become engaged. Ruth's reaction is vengeful, vituperative and petty.

The next crisis will surely be related to Nate and Brenda's marriage. There is a possibility that the child Brenda is carrying will be born with some severe challenges. The question of whether Nate is insisting that she terminate the pregnancy because he lacks the spine to deal with such challenges - rather than because he wants to spare Brenda hurt- becomes obvious in the dialogue.

Oh, and one more thing. Have you been noticing the looks that George's daughter Maggie has been directing toward Nate? Not overtly seductive, but simultaneously strong and soft. And in the coming attractions for next week's episode, there's a quick flash of another such look. Methinks something is in the wind.

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Ejayz

Yes Yes I was wrong, Igues I thought the Bomb in Nates brain was not ticking any more..... I am haunted by the last scene in singing for our lives! His blank almost white eyes And then no trailer for next week! ( whats up with that?) Next week is going to be rough! I cant wait!

July 25 2005 at 11:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jane Brown

I want to hear the blog on last night's 'Singing For Our Lives' episode. I seriously cannot wait to see what's up next week!

July 25 2005 at 3:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jerry Garcia

boy, where you wrong.

July 24 2005 at 11:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ejayz

I have to agree I think Nate And Maggie are going to get it on. There is Just something about it. Its like He will finally find happines with her. I mean really look at all the garbage this guy has endured thought out the show. It only seems fitting that the show ends with him being happy!

July 18 2005 at 10:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris McMahon

In the first episode with maggie she and Nate are drying dishes at the Fischer home. Nate reaches for a plate and his hand lands on Maggie's and lingers a few seconds t0o long. "They're gonna fuck," my wife said without missing a beat.

July 18 2005 at 1:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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