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Making Love Work 

Karen Postell Pepper suffers a hemorrhage to the nose while preparing to enter the "Making Love Work" TV studio with a question to ask Dr. Dave. Nate prepares to go on his first camping ... See full summary »


Kathy Bates


Alan Ball (creator), Jill Soloway | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Krause ... Nate Fisher
Michael C. Hall ... David Fisher
Frances Conroy ... Ruth Fisher
Lauren Ambrose ... Claire Fisher
Freddy Rodríguez ... Federico 'Rico' Diaz
Mathew St. Patrick ... Keith Charles
Rachel Griffiths ... Brenda Chenowith
Lili Taylor ... Lisa Kimmel Fisher
Ben Foster ... Russell Corwin
Peter Macdissi ... Olivier Castro-Staal
Rainn Wilson ... Arthur Martin
Myndy Crist ... Dana
Robert Cicchini ... Todd
Donna Bullock ... Karen Pepper
Tara Karsian ... 'Dr. Dave' Coordinator


Karen Postell Pepper suffers a hemorrhage to the nose while preparing to enter the "Making Love Work" TV studio with a question to ask Dr. Dave. Nate prepares to go on his first camping trip in 2 years (where he went without Brenda), with Lisa, Maya, and Dana, Todd, and their toddler daughter Spencer. By the time they arrive, though, he realizes he won't be able to drink 3 cans of beer that night or smoke cigarettes. Ruth becomes interested in Arthur the more she gets to know him, and rents a movie whose score he says he favors. David believes Russell is gay, though Claire doesn't and defends him from Olivier's harsh criticism. An obese man's body causes trouble for everyone when it falls from its extra-large coffin and Arthur, Ruth, Claire, and Russell must move it back. Lisa is annoyed with their friends' constant claims of affection for one another, but Nate simply grows jealous and worried that he can't seem to have any of those moments with Lisa refusing to smoke or hike with him... Written by

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6 April 2003 (USA) See more »

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one of the episodes that doesn't feature a funeral being held. See more »


Features Silent Running (1972) See more »


Written by Carrie Brownstein
Performed by Sleater-Kinney
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No Funeral
10 March 2009 | by ucdawg12See all my reviews

I liked this episode. Jill Soloway is my third favorite writer on this show and so her episodes are always good. My only problem with this episode (and season thus far) is that it seems like the funeral home has really been put on the back burner. Sure, stuff takes place there but it really doesn't have much to do with the show this season, ESPECIALLY in this episode. The character who dies in the beginning had nothing to do with the rest of the episode, she was mentioned once early in passing and never talked about again. It felt like they just threw her death in there cause they had to, but really didn't want to. There was no discussion about her or her life or how it related to the rest of the episode. I guess you could say the book she was reading or something but that is so minor compared to how the writers did things in the first season (at least that's how I remember it). It just seems they want to get away from being about a show about death and how these characters live with it to a show about these characters simply live and this episode has been the biggest example of that to me so far.

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