Six Feet Under: Season 3, Episode 1

Perfect Circles (2 Mar. 2003)

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The surgeons are dismayed when Nate's blood vessel ruptures and he suffers a hemorrhage, and his blood pressure continues to rise, then Nate dies...At least, the family and Rico are in ... See full summary »

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The surgeons are dismayed when Nate's blood vessel ruptures and he suffers a hemorrhage, and his blood pressure continues to rise, then Nate dies...At least, the family and Rico are in shock, grieving, while Nate himself is dining in a hated restaurant with his father, impatiently waiting to get to his own funeral. He arrives early, sick of the food, and sees his funeral (open-casket, not a memorial service after cremation as he wished)...then hears David speaking to him from the next room where he sees himself paralyzed and with speech problems struggling to relearn. He continues through the home and witnesses himself completely healthy living with Lisa and Maya; at Christmas dinner with his family, including his father, who never died; living with a woman he has yet to meet and their son; spending his time lazily, watching TV and drinking beer with a woman. Returning to the funeral room, he meets his father again, who doesn't give him a straight answer on whether he's alive but ... Written by brainybrailler@comcast.net

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Nate Fisher: [witnessing his open-casket funeral] Damn it, David, I told you I wanted to be cremated.
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What A Long Strange Trip It's Been ......
28 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a newcomer to "Six Feet Under" ( I began watching the series in the fall of 2008 ), I have grown accustomed to the idiosyncrasies and quirks of the show and look forward to watching the beginning to see the "who's", "what's", "where's", "why's" and "how's" of the fatality of the week.

I actually gasped when I watched the season 3 premiere to see the opening death scene was Nate Fisher. Seeing his full name along with his birth and death year in the white background was certainly a strange sight to behold. After catching my breath and smacking myself silly, I realized he can't really die. I know the show lasted for 5 seasons and he was apart of the entire run of the show. ( That's all I really know ).

It was fascinating watching Nate strolling through the different areas of the funeral home seeing the alternative realities of his life ( Please forgive the following Sci/Fi reference ). It was reminiscent of '2001-A Space Odyessy' when David Bowman was appearing in different rooms and seeing himself progressing into an old man.

Then you have Nate's, not entirely surprising, run-in with his deceased father. This is the same father, who never seems to be able to give Nate a simple straight forward answer about anything even when it comes to the question "Am I really dead?". In the end, all Nate had to do was open his own coffin to find out. ( It makes you wonder how Nate's father would've handled David Bowman ? ) After the beginning, the rest of the episode was just "ok" ... but ... it certainly sent our cast of characters into challenging and uncertain directions. I look forward to watching the rest of this season and the remaining two seasons.


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