Six Feet Under - Season 3, Episode 9 - Rotten Tomatoes

The Opening


Episode Info

The suicide of a recently jilted woman hits close to home for Federico (Freddy Rodriguez) -- who continues to worry that his own wife (Justina Machado) is clinically depressed -- and for Nate (Peter Krause), who sympathizes with the woman's boyfriend's desire to end a relationship that stifled him. Nate's misgivings about his marriage come to a head at an art show featuring works by Claire (Lauren Ambrose), her boyfriend Russell (Ben Foster), and Billy Chenowith (Jeremy Sisto). There, Brenda (Rachel Griffiths) officially meets Lisa (Lili Taylor) and immediately recognizes that her massage appointment (in the episode "Tears, Bones and Desire") was actually an undercover reconnaissance mission. Brenda privately reassures Lisa that Nate is all hers, but tensions between the couple continue to run high. Ultimately, though, they realize it's time to stop pretending, and they resolve to settle for being friends, lovers and co-parents rather than picture-perfect husband and wife. David (Michael C. Hall), meanwhile, pretends to be okay with the threesomes in which he and Keith (Mathew St. Patrick) are now frequently engaging. Actually, however, he has deep misgivings about the hookups -- and the relationship. Claire feels none too secure about her own romance, especially after Billy confirms, through personal experience, that Olivier (Peter MacDissi), their mutual mentor, has a thing for sleeping with his students regardless of gender. As it turns out, though, Olivier's trysting partner for the evening is none other than Margaret Chenowith (Joanna Cassidy), Brenda and Billy's recently widowed mother. If only Ruth (Frances Conroy) were as sexually forthright as Margaret, perhaps she wouldn't end up sleeping alone, rebuffed by virginal junior mortician Arthur (Rainn Wilson). Originally broadcast April 27, 2003, on HBO, "The Opening" marked season three, episode nine of the made-for-cable drama.


Peter Krause
as Nate Fisher
Michael C. Hall
as David Fisher
Frances Conroy
as Ruth Fisher
Lauren Ambrose
as Claire Fisher
Freddy Rodriguez
as Federico Diaz
Mathew St. Patrick
as Keith Charles
Tim Maculan
as Father Jack
Justina Machado
as Vanessa, Vanessa Diaz
Ben Foster
as Russell
Arye Gross
as Frank Muehler
Brian Stepanek
as Melissa's Ex-Fiance
Tereza Rizzardi
as Melinda Bloch
Michael Flynn
as Jan Van Hoozen
Michael Flynn
as Jan Van Hoozen
Joel Moore
as Video Clerk
Joel David Moore
as Video Clerk
Jeremy Gushkin
as Student Volunteer
Smith Cho
as Art Student #1
Shawn Carter Peterson
as Art Student #2
Markus Rudel
as Three-Way Guy
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