Six Feet Under: Season 5, Episode 7

The Silence (17 Jul. 2005)

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Maggie Sibley's friend and fellow Quaker Peter Thomas Burns suffers a heart attack while watching a play, and Nate becomes intrigued about her faith when she brings it up. Brenda's blood ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Elizabeth Ruscio ...
Madeleine Burns


Maggie Sibley's friend and fellow Quaker Peter Thomas Burns suffers a heart attack while watching a play, and Nate becomes intrigued about her faith when she brings it up. Brenda's blood tests reveal that her and Nate's child has a higher-than-usual possibility for developing Down's Syndrome or other complications at birth, and the doctor recommends amniocentesis to eliminate these factors. Ruth, feeling a misfit among other women in the sudden free time offered her without George, is displeased to hear that he wants the briefest divorce possible since he's already found another woman, so warns her she'd be marrying a depressed, sick man. Meanwhile, Rico is disgusted that sleeping with Vanessa is brief, to the point, and unenthusiastic, almost like another chore for him to help out with. Claire meets Ted, a lawyer, at work and eventually chooses to try to connect with him. David accidentally learns that Durrell will be performing in a school musical, and, remembering what it was like ... Written by

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The "cold open" (the death in the opening teaser) actually happened to writer Bruce Eric Kaplan when he was attending a play. 'Stanley deSantis' - who plays the casualty Peter Thomas Burns - ironically died shortly after completing his part. See more »


David Fisher: Kids should look out into the audience and have someone rooting for them. You know when I was in seventh grade, I was a sailor in "Anything Goes"?
Keith Charles: I know. You bring it up once a week.
David Fisher: Well, my mother came, but my father didn't.
Keith Charles: Why not?
David Fisher: Plane crash. He had to deal with a whole family that died.
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Lack of Communication
18 August 2007 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

While in the audience of a theater, the Quaker Peter Thomas Burns dies, and Maggie becomes deeply sad, since he was her friend. David and Keith have continuous troubles with the behavior of Durrell, and David accidentally finds that Durrell will participate in a musical play in his school. However, the boy is embarrassed and has not invited them for the event. Brenda finds that her baby has a great possibility of developing Down's Syndrome through a non-conclusive examination, and her doctor advises an amniocentesis to check more accurately. Nate immediately agrees, but Brenda does not accept the test. George asks the divorce to Ruth in an urgent basis since he is in love with another woman. The dysfunctional and hysterical Ruth visits Joy Solomon to tell her that George is a deranged man. Rico is upset with the cold relationship with Vanessa. Claire is meeting with her colleagues after hours in a shopping bar and the lawyer Ted is getting closer to her.

It is amazing how dysfunctional Ruth is. Her disgusting behavior in Joy Solomon's office, or her attitude in the party show that the woman is absolutely unbalanced. I do not understand how David can support the small time punk Durrell. I believe he will jeopardize his relationship with David. Claire seems to be completely lost, between her artistic career and the stability of a conservative job. The needy Brenda has an incoherent behavior insisting on not accepting to be tested to check the healthy of her baby. The Latin Rico can not accept the cold and distant relationship with Vanessa. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "O Silêncio" ("The Silence")

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