Six Feet Under: Season 2, Episode 5

The Invisible Woman (31 Mar. 2002)

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A middle-aged woman chokes to death in her apartment, and is found dead a week later.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Previn
Gary Deitman (as David Noroña)
Eddie (as Terrell Clayton)


Emily Previn chokes on her TV dinner and isn't discovered dead in her apartment until a week later. Her funeral has already been set up, but Rico finds it a time-consuming impossibility to let her have an open-casket one since she's in such bad shape and Nate and David are only able to contact one of her friends (the one who has a funeral-phobia). The questions left of who she is and why she lived alone have an even more profound effect on Ruth, who begins having troubling dreams of living in an empty environment. David hopes to begin a strong relationship with Ben Cooper, but Keith turns up at his door after he awaits judgment for shooting an intoxicated man arguing with his wife...then leaves the next morning, apologizing for his "wrong" action and leaving David depressed. Claire is enraged to hear that Parker McKenna is cheating on her SATs and that she claims she's slept with Gary Deitman. Brenda befriends her prostitute client Melissa and watches her at work after determining to ... Written by

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David refers to "an autistic woman who designs slaughterhouses and has a machine to hug her"; this would likely be Temple Grandin. See more »


When Ruth looks at the pictures of her children in the sun porch at the end of the episode, you can see a reflection in the fifth picture of the crew members hand holding the camera. See more »


References The Invisible Woman (1940) See more »


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Loneliness and Invisibility
14 October 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

When the lonely forty and something years Emily Previn chokes to death, he body is found only one week later, and the Fisher's funeral service had been previously hired by Emily herself many years ago with very specific instructions. However, Nate is not able to contact any friend from the list of contact previously delivered by Emily. Meanwhile, Brenda decides to write a book, and without inspiration, she has lunch with her shiatsu's client Melissa, who is a prostitute. Brenda passively participates of an appointment of Melissa, watching her oral sex with a perverted client that requests audience of another woman. Claire is studying for an examination and finds that her girlfriend Parker McKenna is cheating the exams, and she becomes very upset with Parker and her counselor Gary Deitman. Keith is pressed by his nasty niece, and kills an armed addicted junkie and meets David, who started a romance with Benjamin Cooper. Brenda proposes Nate to get married with her, and he accepts.

"The Invisible Woman" is another great episode of "Six Feet Under", where loneliness is approached in a very dramatic way. It shows how sad can be the life of a person without friends. Along the story, Brenda becomes also one "invisible person", and it seems that her experience with Melissa changed her behavior and feelings with Nate for the good. Claire seems to be reaching maturity, being very unstable and supported by her school counselor. David is shared between his love for Keith and the beginning of a relationship with Benjamin Cooper. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Mulher Invisível" ("The Invisible Woman")

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