71. This Crazy World, Terror Starts at Home” (Episode 4.06)
Keith: “There’s a lot more insanity in the world than people realize. Sometimes I’m surprised it’s just not total mayhem out there.”
Considering his time as a cop, Keith has surely seen a lot of craziness, but it probably never hits as close to home as it does when David is kidnapped and tortured. With David holding his emotions about the incident close to his chest, it’s like Keith is in close proximity to a powder keg getting ready to burst at any moment.
72. The Art of Repetition, “The Dare” (Episode 4.07)
Sarah: “Maybe it’s true what they say, we all pick the same person over and over again. There’s something nice about that.”
Sarah’s theory—that George and Nathaniel Sr. are very similar, which leads her to question whether or not we just try to replace those we truly love—fits in perfectly on Six Feet Under. Ruth and Claire both go for the damaged boys that probably aren’t the best for them, whereas Nate tries to replace every woman with whoever gives him that new, exciting feeling he gets every time, before he loses interest. But Ruth can’t see the similarities between George and Nathaniel Sr., ignorant to the fact that she’s falling for another man with a darker side underneath that’ll eventually be revealed.
73. Lisa Returns, “The Dare” (Episode 4.07)
Lisa: “Life is pain. Get used to it.”
In “The Dare,” Lisa visits Nate in two different ways: the first through a vision imploring Nate to settle down and move on, and in the second she’s afraid that N?sszate will move on and completely forget about her. For Lisa, at least during the period we see her with Nate, life has been filled with pain, misplaced love and a horrible death.
74. Heywood Jablome, “The Dare” (Episode 4.07)
Keith: “I mean, Freud was saying that on some level he wanted to blow me, whether he knows it or not.”
David: “I don’t recall Freud’s position on the ‘Heywood Jablome’ phony phone message.”
While working at his new security job, Keith wonders if he’s being hit on by a co-worker, Javier (played by Bobby Cannavale). When Javier pulls a classic “Heywood Jablome” prank on Keith, he overanalyzes it to death and even asks David what it could mean. Is he really asking Keith to blow him, or is he just playing off his own insecurities about working with a gay man? In the end, Javier’s statement doesn’t really matter, but David’s confusion over Keith’s obsession with the idea makes for a great back-and-forth between the two.
75. Rico’s Moment of Clarity, “The Dare” (Episode 4.07)
Rico: “Having to admit fucked up shit about yourself fucking sucks.”
During the fourth season of Six Feet Under Rico was cheating on his wife, then getting kicked out of the house by his wife, and moving in with the Fisher family. Rico existed in a state of denial about his bad actions, until it all came crashing down on him. When Rico says this, he’s coming to a complete realization about just how awful of a person he’s been, and that a change needs to be made immediately.
76. Unfamiliar Organs, “Coming and Going” (Episode 4.08)
Claire: “It’s so much easier to be gay.”
David: “Oh no.”
Claire: “Yeah, I’d have a really defined subculture.”
Claire: “We’re both women, I’d have some ideas of what she was thinking and feeling.”
David: “Not necessarily.”
Claire: “I wouldn’t have to deal with unfamiliar sex organs.”
David: “They’re all unfamiliar unless they’re yours.”
Once David comes out to his family, the dynamic between him and his sister became one of the most fun things to watch on Six Feet Under. When Claire briefly wonders if she might be gay, she weighs the pros and cons with David. But of course, he knows from experience that it’s not as easy as Claire thinks.
77. Maya Learns a Valuable Lesson, “Grinding the Corn” (Episode 4.09)
George: “Life is a series of accidents, one after another.”
George’s life is filled with one horrible situation after another. We learn of him holding his mother’s hand while she killed herself, his slew of divorces and his mental illness. Earlier in “Grinding the Corn,” George talks about the benefits of great things being grown in dung—this is the essence of life, for him. While babysitting Maya, he imparts this bit of wisdom when she spills her drink, as a way of saying that it’s okay for accidents to happen every now and then—that our lives so heavily rely on them anyway.
78. Solid Relationship Advice, “Grinding the Corn” (Episode 4.09)
Claire: I just can’t seem to have a normal, healthy relationship with another person.”
Billy: “Right, get in line. Nobody has normal, healthy relationships. My theory—which I have yet to put into practice—is to pick someone slightly less crazier than you are.”
Claire and Billy aren’t exactly the greatest at developing sane relationships with significant others, but Bill’y idea on what makes a relationship slightly makes sense (and we’d know for sure, if anyone on this show actually accomplished it).
79. People Are Still Stupid, “The Black Forest” (Episode 4.10)
David: “It’s just so absurd. The idea that there are kids waiting for homes, and people still have the nerve to say who’s good enough, and who isn’t based on are you gay or not.”
Keith: “People are stupid. What a shock.”
Six Feet Under was one of the first shows to authentically present a gay couple and the struggles they day-to-day struggles they face. When David and Keith decide to adopt a child, they discover that, despite the vast number of kids who need homes, gay couples are still undesirable adoptive parent candidates. The options for gay men and women have changed a lot in the last decade and a half since Six Feet Under premiered, but this conversation between David and Keith still rings true in many ways—there’s still a long way to go.
80. Saying the Right Thing, “Bomb Shelter” (Episode 4.11)
Olivier: “I am a miserable prick who cares nothing about anyone but myself, and I look at you in your hospital bed, tired and worn out from surgery, and I selfishly wonder how long must I wait before I can fuck you.”
Margaret: “Wow. Finally somebody said something right.”
Brenda: “It would have been weird if I’d said it.”
Billy: “Not in this family.”
The Chenowith family is always completely insane, which is why it makes sense that Margaret Chenowith begins dating Olivier. When Margaret starts going through menopause and has to go the hospital, everyone tries to cheer her up. But it’s Olivier’s insanely self-centered desire for sex that helps Margaret get through the day. In a series filled with dark humor, the Chenowith family always manages to take it to a whole new, inappropriate level.