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Six Feet Under: Perfect Circles

The surgery was going badly. The malformed blood vessel in Nate's brain ruptured and the surgical team struggled to control the massive hemorrhage. As they work, the scene slowly fades to white and onscreen appears the following:
1965 - 2002
Is Nate Fisher really dead?
As it turns out, no one is more anxious to find out than Nate himself. To his amazement, he finds himself away from the operating room, wandering through a myriad of possible outcomes of his life: in one, his bald-headed corpse lies in an open casket; in another he survived the surgery but was left partially paralyzed and unable to speak; in another he's married to Brenda; in another his father's fatal car crash never happened and in yet another he's a beer-bellied couch potato watching a bizarre soap opera.
Eventually, Nate encounters Nathaniel, who leads him to a closed white casket in the Fishers' Slumber Room. When Nate asks his father whether he's dead, Nathaniel replies, "Yes. And no." He suggests that Nate's been moving through parallel universes. "In some places you're dead," Nathaniel tells him, "and in some places you're alive. Some places you never even existed . . . or, who knows, this could just be the anesthesia talking." The only way for Nate to find the answer is to open the casket and see for himself.
Whether Nate's out-of-time-and-body experience was the result of quantum superposition or medication may never be resolved, but his mortality status finally is: he's among the living. The surgery was a success and now, seven months later, he's married to Lisa and they're raising their infant daughter, Maya.
As for the rest of the Fishers and their loved ones, Claire is now a student at LAC-Arts and sparking a romance with a handsome young crematory worker/rock musician. Keith has a new job with a private security company, and he and David are in couples therapy. Federico also has new job responsibilities, as a licensed Funeral Director and partner in Fisher and Diaz. Ruth no longer has a job; she's delighted to spend as much time as possible helping out with her granddaughter.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x1
Airdate: Sunday March 02nd, 2003

Director: Rodrigo GarcĂ­a
Writer: Alan Ball

Guest Stars
J.P. PitocJ.P. Pitoc
As Phil
Kimberlin BrownKimberlin Brown
As Soap Actress
Catherine OCatherine O'Hara
As Carol
Arye GrossArye Gross
As Frank Muehler
Geoffrey NaufftsGeoffrey Nauffts
As Dr. DiPaolo
Myndy CristMyndy Crist
As Dana
Robert CicchiniRobert Cicchini
As Todd
Nolan NorthNolan North
As Soap Actor
As The Crematorium Band
Bobbin BergstromBobbin Bergstrom
As Scrub Nurse
Caroline LagerfeltCaroline Lagerfelt
As Alternate Wife
Stephen SneddenStephen Snedden
As Alternate Son
Sarah LancasterSarah Lancaster
As Alternate Daughter
Alicia McCutcheonAlicia McCutcheon
As Soap-Watching Wife
Dan DesmondDan Desmond
As Art Teacher
Julia VeraJulia Vera
As Cleaning Woman
Patrice WaltersPatrice Walters
As Anesthesiologist
Mandy June TurpinMandy June Turpin
As Crying Widow
Main Cast
Peter KrausePeter Krause
As Nate Fisher
Michael C. HallMichael C. Hall
As David Fisher
Frances ConroyFrances Conroy
As Ruth Fisher
Lauren AmbroseLauren Ambrose
As Claire Fisher
Rachel GriffithsRachel Griffiths
As Brenda Chenowith
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
All RiseWarm Up And Rehearse 
ColdplayA Rush Of Blood To The Head 
David EssexRock On 
Guy BarkerMiles Moods 
Irma ThomasTime Is On My Side 
MagnetLittle Miss More Or Less 
Michael C. HallSome Other Time 
Peggy LeeSanta Claus Is Coming To Town 
Richard MarvinSanta Claus Is Coming To Town 
Soul HatFlat Plane 
Steve EarleTranscendental Blues 

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