Six Feet Under: Season 1, Episode 9

Life's Too Short (29 Jul. 2001)

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A boy accidentally shoots and kills himself while playing with a gun, and his mother is nearly comatose with grief.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Federico 'Rico' Diaz (credit only)
Vickie Dimas


While babysitting, Gabe kicks his little brother out of the room so he and Andy can get high, but Anthony Cristopher Finelli ends up playing with a gun and it goes off. Claire tries to support Gabe since no one else bothers trying, and Nate has to deal with his abusive stepfather when he arrives at the funeral. David goes with Kurt to a disco where he gets some ecstasy, and later hides it in the aspirin. Unfortunately, this appears to be a weekend where the family has a case of headaches, so he has to inconspicuously question Claire if anything unusual happened after she treated hers, and never suspects that Ruth took some on her camping trip with Hiram. Brenda gets Nate to act as a potential customer for some local funeral homes so he can get into the feel of his job. Written by

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Nikolai mocks Hiram Gunderson's "funny looking car" and Ruth points out that it is electric and that Hiram is very environmentally conscious. In real life, Ed Begley Jr., who plays Hiram, is an outspoken advocate of ensuring the sustainability of the environment and he used to drive the EV1, GM's fully electric car. See more »


Ruth Fisher: [to the vision of Nathaniel Fisher] We were such children when we met. Then we watched those children disappear.
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References The Addams Family (1964) See more »


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The kind of episode that will leave you breathless.
19 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Writing doesn't come like this anymore. If it does, its few and far between from the consistency that HBO's "Six Feet Under", "The Wire", and "The Soprano's" were able to give us. In this episode, or the episode where "aspirin" becomes a hell of a drug, its the dialogue and the mystic that carries the show. The beginning is perhaps the most devastating death so far, and it really allows for a few characters such as Claire and Nate to have some great scenes. Meanwhile, David finds himself a new guy who is much more new age than he is which leads to countless problems and a great scene with Ruth.

Overall, this has been the best episode yet, it brought back the humor of the pilot and some of the writing was simply brilliant. While Rico was noticeably absent, and the overall plot line didn't take a huge step forward, this episode stands great on its own.

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