Six Feet Under: All Alone
by Russell Shaw, posted Aug 8th 2005 2:58PM
"All Alone" is far more an acting episode than a plot-driven story line.
That's because we already knew- or at least thought we knew - what was going to happen. Nate, who died last week in "Ecotone", would now be buried. And because grief was the understandably dominant emotion, the outpouring of grief required and indeed got, some great acting.
A lot of it was crying: Brenda crying in her brother Billy's arms, Claire finding comfort in the words and hand of her new friend from work Ted; Ruth's inconsolation.
Apart from the crying, there were four great displays of character. These displays required and got great acting. As such, they proved to be the real value add of the episode:
- George, perceived to be emotionally shaky, gave a graceful and evocative eulogy.
- David's stress-induced trauma, in which he "sees" an image of Jake - the deranged slacker who attacked him a couple of years ago.
- Keith showed himself to be a strong, supportive and loving partner to David and a great father to their two foster children.
"What is this? Some Quaker thing? You ... someone's husband to death and then bring them a quiche?"
Maggie leaves, and in her gentle way, leaves the quiche outside Brenda's door.
So that as they say is that. Two more episodes. We can expect to see at least some closure. Or maybe not.
What do you think will happen next?