One in this series about the Fisher clan, a loving -- if dysfunctional -- family struggling to maintain a sense of normalcy in the face of the stressful day-to-day operations of the eccentric family business, a funeral home in Los Angeles. In this episode, Mitzi Dalton Huntley, the cut-throat executive from Kroehner, the corporate funeral business, plays golf with employee Matthew Gilardi. As they talk shop about Kroehner's recent financial troubles, Mitzi hooks a ball -- which strikes and kills a nearby resident, Lilian Grace Montrose. Nate takes his funeral director licensing test, and afterwards Brenda asks him to go with her to visit her brother Billy in the mental hospital. There, Billy is remarkably lucid; he apologizes to Brenda and expresses regret for past indiscretions. On the drive home, Brenda brings up the subject of marriage. When Nate hesitates, their dialogue turns into a heated argument, and they get into a car accident. After treatment at the hospital, Nate and Brenda realize how important they really are to each other. Nate is also made aware of a potentially serious medical condition he has, called Arterio-Venous Malformation (AVM). Shocked and scared, Nate is suddenly forced to confront his own mortality. Meanwhile, David is left to deal with control-freak Tracy Montrose, the niece of the woman who was killed near the golf course. Tracy wants the funeral to be "resplendent," and David is immediately overwhelmed by her compulsive planning. Ruth gets fired from the flower shop, and her dinner date with Hiram leads to an unexpected change. Later, Nikolai makes a pass at Ruth, and it looks as if their relationship may move in a new direction. Claire goes to a party at Parker's dad's house with her boyfriend Gabe. When Gabe goes to buy beer with his friends, they end up robbing the convenience store and are caught on the store's surveillance camera. At a church meeting, David stands up for Father Jack, who performed a same-sex commitment ceremony and is now threatened with far-reaching consequences. The situation proves a challenge for David, who is still haunted by his own gay-identity crisis. At Lilian Montrose's funeral, Nate consoles Tracy, who admits her emotional devastation over the loss of her aunt. After the funeral, everything is quickly and unceremoniously rearranged for Federico's son's christening party.


  • DATE: August 19, 2001 Sunday 9:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:59:18
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:69288
  • GENRE: Drama
  • SERIES RUN: HBO - TV series, 2001-2005


  • Robert Greenblatt … Executive Producer
  • David Janollari … Executive Producer
  • Alan Ball … Executive Producer, Created by, Director, Writer
  • Alan Poul … Co-Executive Producer
  • Christian Williams … Co-Executive Producer
  • Bruce Eric Kaplan … Supervising Producer
  • Christian Taylor … Producer
  • Rick Cleveland … Producer
  • Laurence Andries … Producer
  • Robert Del Valle … Co-Producer
  • Lori Jo Nemhauser … Co-Producer
  • Richard Marvin … Music by
  • Thomas Newman … Theme Music by
  • Peter Krause … Cast, Nate Fisher
  • Michael C. Hall … Cast, David Fisher
  • Frances Conroy … Cast, Ruth Fisher
  • Lauren Ambrose … Cast, Claire Fisher
  • Freddy Rodriguez … Cast, Federico Diaz
  • Mathew St. Patrick … Cast, Keith Charles
  • Jeremy Sisto … Cast, Billy Chenowith
  • Rachel Griffiths … Cast, Brenda Chenowith
  • Ed Begley … Cast, Hiram
  • Richard Jenkins … Cast, Nathaniel Fisher
  • Ed O'Ross … Cast, Nikolai
  • Dina Waters … Cast, Tracy Montrose Blair
  • Eric Balfour … Cast, Gabriel Dimas
  • Tim Maculan … Cast, Father Jack
  • Marina Black … Cast, Parker
  • Timm Sharp … Cast, Andy
  • Garrison Hershberger … Cast, Matthew Gilardi
  • Brian Poth … Cast, Marc Foster
  • Justina Machado … Cast, Vanessa Diaz
  • Frank Birney … Cast, Walter Kriegenthaler
  • Nancy Linehan Charles … Cast, Connie
  • Giancarlo Rodriguez … Cast, Julio Diaz
  • Aaron Leigh … Cast, Dink
  • Terrell Clayton … Cast, Eddie
  • Cameron Watson … Cast, Doctor
  • Frank Crim … Cast, Convenience Store Clerk
  • Jamie McShane … Cast, Paramedic
  • Hayden Tank … Cast, Young Nate
  • Maximillian Orion Kesmodel … Cast, Young David
  • Julie White … Cast, Mitzi Dalton Huntley
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