Six Feet Under (2001–2005)
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The Foot 

The family considers selling the business. Their latest client had an unfortunate accident with an industrial dough-mixer.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hayden Tank ...
Tommy Romano
Barbara Romano
Pauline Romano


While cleaning a dough-mixer from the interior, Thomas Alfredo Ramono gets caught in his aide accidentally activating it. Nate agrees to sell to Kroehner's, with Ruth's support (and David's opposition overruled), but changes his mind when he hears another's view of Gilardi so is forced to reconsider if this easy choice is the best one. Gabe reveals that he and Claire slept together, resulting in mockery from half the school, so she decides to get revenge on him in a disturbing, sick move. Ruth's friend Amelia makes it over to offer sympathy and eventually succeeds in raising her spirit by gambling at the racetrack...but Nate and David sink it again after it already falls when her luck reverses. Just as Claire returns with more bad news for the family, an apparently good piece of news comes up: the cheap crematorium Gilardi planned to open in the house across the road burns down...but the timing, between Claire's recent suspicious actions, Nate's brutal rejection of Gilardi, and his ... Written by

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Comedy | Drama






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17 June 2001 (USA)  »

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Brenda mentions her parents have recieved a case of champagne for being technical advisors on "a serial killer thing for cable" Michael c hall who plays David Fisher played Dexter, a serial killer on a cable show. See more »


Keith Charles: David, I can help, I'm a cop. That's what I do for a living.
David Fisher: You find feet?
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References The Andy Griffith Show (1960) See more »


Six Feet Under (Original Main Theme)
Written by Thomas Newman
Performed by Thomas Newman
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Funny, dramatic, well executed and vastly superior to its preceding episodes!
19 July 2014 | by (Rim) – See all my reviews

Lauren Ambrose shines in this episode as Claire, where the dark comical of this family reaches a new height, evidently from the plot of the episode involving a missing foot. Upon Nate's "revelation", he is alerted from Gilardi of a cheap crematorium likely to drive in more customers, and thus, run them out of business; just as things can't get any worse, Thomas Alfredo Ramono, now merely blood and guts, is left in the hands of Nate, who soon realises his foot is missing. Unbeknownst to Nate, David or Rico, Claire has taken the foot to get revenge on being exploited and mocked by her schoolmates for her private time with her now ex-boyfriend.

Mrs. Ruth Fisher finds herself in a financial adversity upon making a series of bets at the racetrack with friend, Amelia after initially doing so well, getting up to $9000 before things take a turn for the worst. Claire's revenge plan sparks to life as Gabe gets Claire into trouble with the Principal. Claire and Keith go out searching for the foot in the last place where it was left, but there is no such luck. Claire reveals to Keith that she is aware both him and her brother are a couple, and tries to understand what Keith sees in him. As Claire returns home after Romano's funeral with some cover-ups, she reveals the house across the street is burning down. Meanwhile, Brenda has a secret of her own.

The character interactions in this episode were great. Compared to the previous two episodes, there were a lot of story progression and more comedy relief, as well as a tight structure and fitting climax for a very satisfying episode overall.

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