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"Six Feet Under" Back to the Garden (2002)

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Original Air Date:
14 April 2002 (Season 2, Episode 7)
Jeffrey Marc Shapiro performs asphyxiation therapy while watching an adult video and jogging on his treadmill... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Peter Krause ... Nate Fisher

Michael C. Hall ... David Fisher

Frances Conroy ... Ruth Fisher

Lauren Ambrose ... Claire Fisher

Freddy Rodríguez ... Federico 'Rico' Diaz

Mathew St. Patrick ... Keith Charles

Rachel Griffiths ... Brenda Chenowith

Patricia Clarkson ... Sarah O'Connor

Joanna Cassidy ... Margaret Chenowith

Molly Parker ... Rabbi Ari

Ed O'Ross ... Nikolai

Joel Brooks ... Robbie

Justina Machado ... Vanessa Diaz

Aysia Polk ... Taylor

Kellie Waymire ... Melissa

Stark Sands ... Toby

Paul Terrell Clayton ... Eddie (as Terrell Clayton)

Sara Mornell ... Jessica Shapiro

Lee Garlington ... Fiona Kleinschmidt

Ricardo Chavira ... Ramon (as Ricardo Antonio Chavira)

Eric Bruskotter ... Keith's Partner

Chris Ufland ... Jeffrey Shapiro (as Chris Uffland)

Robert Pine ... Basil
Brett Paesel ... Gourd Woman
Tannoz Bahremand ... Cantor

Benjamin Byron Davis ... Doctor (as Ben Davis)

David Ackert ... Truck Driver
Maria Carmen ... Graciela
Moira Price ... Toby's Mom
Francisco Javier ... Ramon's Buddy

Jeffrey Ross ... Shiva Comic
Christi Lake ... Porno Girl
Steven St. Croix ... Porno Guy #1 (as Benjamin Banks)
Jason Daughtery ... Porno Guy #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ellyn Dawn Humphreys ... Hippy (uncredited)
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Daniel Attias 
Writing credits
Alan Ball (created by)

Jill Soloway (written by)

Produced by
Laurence Andries .... supervising producer
Alan Ball .... executive producer
Lori Jo Nemhauser .... producer
Alan Poul .... executive producer
Original Music by
Richard Marvin 
Production Design by
Daniel Ross 
Art Direction by
Suzuki Ingerslev 
Set Decoration by
Rusty Lipscomb 
Costume Design by
Gail McMullen 
Makeup Department
Kimberley Spiteri .... key hair stylist
Erwin H. Kupitz .... wig maker (uncredited)
Art Department
Richard F. Anderson .... on-set dresser (as Richard Anderson)
Manuel Baca .... assistant property master
John J. Bradley .... set dresser
Monica Perez .... assistant props
Catherine Smith .... set designer
Bobby Thomas .... property master
Sound Department
Alfonso Calvo .... dubbing mixer
Ryan Darden .... assistant sound editor
Mark C. Grech .... boom operator
Bob Newlan .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Andrew Ambrose .... special effects makeup (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Caven .... lighting technician
Geoffrey Haley .... camera operator
Frederick Iannone .... camera operator
Niran Martin .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Richard Maxey .... dolly grip
Roger Sassen .... gaffer
Robert Stenger .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Casting Department
Michelle Levy .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carlos Brown .... assistant costume designer
Lucinda Campbell .... costume supervisor (as Lucy Campbell)
Editorial Department
Brian Evans .... post-production assistant
Music Department
Gary Calamar .... music supervisor
Bruno Roussel .... music editor
Transportation Department
David Urich .... transportation captain
Other crew
Bethany Andriuzzo .... second assistant accountant
Amanda Ashy .... key set production assistant
Leslie Ann Bosson .... second assistant accountant
Bennett DeCarlo .... set production assistant
Jessica Drake .... dialect coach
Joanna Lovinger .... script coordinator
Paul Matthaeus .... creative director: title sequence
Don McNeill .... main title
Lynnet Price .... production coordinator

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alan Ball  creator

Produced by
Maurice Marable .... producer
Original Music by
Chris Seefried 
Set Decoration by
Alison Sideris 
Teresa Visinare 
Makeup Department
Jerry Constantine .... special makeup effects artist
Ken Culver .... special makeup effects artist
Greg Funk .... special makeup effects artist
Mike Measimer .... special makeup effects artist
Mike Smithson .... makeup artist
Dave Snyder .... special makeup effects artist
Art Department
Maike Both .... buyer
Dianne Chadwick .... graphic designer
Giuseppe Cristiano .... storyboard
Scott Hudziak .... graphic artist
Cindy Peters .... art department assistant
Sound Department
Dicken Berglund .... adr mixer
Adam Blantz .... boom operator
Chuck Buch .... sound mixer
Richard Coleman .... sound recordist
Mark DeSimone .... adr engineer
David Diamond .... boom operator
Chris Elam .... sound re-recording mixer
Charlie Essers .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Florimbi .... sound mixer
Tommy Goodwin .... foley mixer
Marc Hayes .... adr recordist (multiple episodes)
Ian Morgan .... adr supervisor
Todd Niesen .... dialogue editor
Timothy Pearson .... foley artist
Kevin Roache .... sound recordist (season 3-)
Richard Taylor .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Patricia Urias .... seaming department
Visual Effects by
Ed Chapman .... visual effects supervisor (multiple episodes)
Casey Conroy .... visual effects producer: Ring of Fire
Trey Freeman .... digital artist: Encore Visual Effects
John F. Gross .... visual effects supervisor: Eden FX
Eli Jarra .... digital compositor
Sean Mullen .... digital artist: Encore Visual Effects
John Myers .... visual effects executive producer: Ring of Fire
John Shirley .... digital compositor
Greg Tsadilas .... digital effects artist (multiple episodes)
Fred Pienkos .... digital compositor: EdenFX (uncredited)
Erick Schiele .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Jeff Danoff .... stunts (multiple episodes)
Debbie Evans .... stunts
Malosi Leonard .... stunts
Larry Nicholas .... stunt double
Carl Paoli .... stunt double
Stephen W. Schriver .... stunt double (as Steve Schriver)
Joanna Shelmidine .... stunt double
Paul E. Short .... stunts
Boni Yanagisawa .... stunt double: Momo Yahima
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Brao .... additional camera operator
Shane Buttle .... rigging electrician
Walter Byrnes .... rigging grip (seasons 1 and 2)
Sean Patrick Crowell .... rigging key grip
Lorenzo DeStefano .... still photographer
Paul Janossy .... first assistant camera
Frederick Lawrence .... grip
Marc Lyons .... assistant camera
Gary Molyneux .... additional rigging grip
Charles Papert .... Steadicam operator
Charles Papert .... camera operator: "a" camera
Christopher C. Pearson .... first assistant camera
Robert Stillman .... rigging grip (season 1)
Casting Department
Stephanie Laffin .... casting associate: New York
Wendy Rodriguez .... extras casting (as Wendy Waller)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sloane Morrison .... costumer (as Sloane Perry Thorne)
Editorial Department
Eric S. Anderson .... editor: main title sequence
Greg Faluszczak .... on-line editor
Tennille Vega .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Jason Eldredge .... music coordinator
Mervyn Warren .... music arranger: songs
Mervyn Warren .... song producer
Transportation Department
Jack Carpenter .... driver: insert car
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car
Buddy Hunter .... transportation location captain
Eric Solmonson .... driver
Other crew
Bonnie Belknap .... food stylist
Terry Dawson .... production assistant
Shaun Greenspan .... production assistant
Larissa Grudt .... production assistant
Ande Hecht-Endewardt .... post-production accountant: The Audit Trail
Christopher Johnston .... production assistant
Sommer Mathis .... production assistant (season 1)
Dauv McNeely .... computer and video playback technician
Heather Murphy .... production coordinator: Washington
Brad Robinson .... additional production assistant (season 2)
Leonardo Sciacci .... stand-in
Christopher Scull .... set production assistant
Rebecca Thornell .... clearance
Danny Yount .... title designer
Lynnanne Zager .... voices
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Additional Details

Argentina:60 min | 56 min (DVD version)

Did You Know?

The porno segment featured in the opening segment was created specially for the episode using real porn stars.See more »
Continuity: The Apple logo on the top of Brenda's laptop has been removed in some scenes, yet left in on others.See more »
Nate:[of his illness] Every time I get a headache, I'm thinking this could be it.
Rabbi Ari:You must be really scared.
Nate:Yeah, I'm going to die.
Rabbi Ari:Yeah, me too.
Nate:Really? What do you have?
Rabbi Ari:A body.
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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
New Relationships, 16 October 2006
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

While masturbating with asphyxiation, the Jewish executive Jeffrey Marc Shapiro hangs himself and dies. The ceremony of the funeral is conducted by Rabi Ari (Molly Parker) and Nate gets close to her. Keith dreams with David, breaks his relationship with Eddie and invites David for dinner. However, Taylor has an appendicitis crisis and is submitted to an emergency surgery. Claire decides to spend the weekend with Aunt Sarah, and meets their "crazy" friends that live in the 70's in a party. Claire spends the night with Toby, the son of one of the couples. Meanwhile Ruth feels alone in her house. The needy Brenda meets her dysfunctional mother Margaret, and they do not understand each other. Brenda meets Melissa again, and they are becoming close friends. Further, Brenda is getting excited with wild sex and apparently Nate is not satisfying her anymore. Rico believes Vanessa is cheating him with his cousin Ramon, but he finds a different reality.

In "Back to the Garden", the lead characters seem to be looking for or finding new relationships: Nate with the gorgeous Rabi Ari; Brenda and Melissa; Keith and David; Claire and Toby; Ramon and his buddy. I am very intrigued with the deranged Brenda, who seems to be not able to have a normal and conventional relationship due to her sick mother. I expect and hope to see the great actress Molly Parker more times along this series. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "De Volta ao Paraíso" ("Back to the Paradise")

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