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Six Feet Under: The Trap

In 1975, William Aaron Jaffe went for a drive and was never heard from again. Twenty-eight years later, his skeletalized remains - discovered in a remote ravine, still in his car - are brought to Fisher & Diaz. When Jaffe's widow tells Nate that she and her husband "were one of those horrible got-married-too-soon-for-all-the-wrong-reasons couples," Nate sees parallels to his own marriage - an observation underscored by Lisa's criticism of his spending habits and her unilateral decision to become a stay-at-home mom.
On top of this, Brenda is back. She shows up at the funeral home, telling Nate she needs to talk to him. Wary but curious, Nate goes for a drink with her and as one of the twelve steps, Brenda tries to make amends for the pain she's caused him. When Nate tells Lisa about the encounter, she becomes angry; Nate resents her disapproval. Later, Nate's visited by Jaffe, who accuses Nate of staying married "to prove what a good guy he can be." Nate denies it, but has no reply when Jaffe dares him to "look me in the eye and tell me that sometimes you don't want to get in your car and just start driving and never look back."
Keith knows that feeling, too - about his job. And after roughing up a fellow security guard, Keith realizes its time for a change; the next morning David finds him reading the want ads. David also jettisons an emotional burden. When Terry, a fellow chorus member, reminds him that they once had a sexual encounter in a men's room, a horrified David claims he's mistaken. But he later admits - to both Terry and himself - that the incident did happen.
As for Claire, she and Russell have grown closer and were even set to go on their first date. But then Olivier tells Claire - whom he's hired as his driver - about a youthful love affair that he claims kept him from becoming a great artist. "If you get lonely, have sex," he advises, "But if you think you meet someone who really wants something from you? You're doomed." The next morning, Claire cancels the date.
Now that Claire is driving Mr. Castro-Staal, she's no longer doing pickups for Fisher & Diaz( to save them a few dollars) So Federico convinces David and Nate to take on an apprentice, who according to Federico will save them a significant amount of money per year. Ruth, however, is reluctant to having an apprentice move in move in "I'll be the one who is forced to coexist with a complete stranger who could kill me in the middle of the night." But Arthur Martin, a young man who was raised by his great aunt, turns out to be a satisfactory housemate. He's quiet and respectful, and when a mouse gets caught in a trap in the kitchen, he and Ruth are of one mind: (The mouse deserved it. )

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x5
Airdate: Sunday March 30th, 2003

  • Currently 9/10
9/10 (3 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Ben Foster
As Russell Corwin
David Hornsby
As Patrick
Jason Graae
As Dennis
Kathy Bates
As Bettina
Matt Winston
As Terry
Peter MacDissi
As Olivier Castro-Staal
Rainn Wilson
As Arthur Martin
Anastasia Basil
As Record Store Cashier
Baron Rogers
As Waiter
Ben Weber
As Hiking Man
Bill Doyle
As Police Officer
Christina Cabot
As Hiking Woman
Dennis Cockrum
As Chris Buckner
Josh Radnor
As Will Jaffe
Michael Hagerty
As Tom Jaffe
Nick Toth
As Will's Eulogizer
Ron Roggé
As Smog Check Technician
Silas Weir Mitchell
As Dion Corelli
Terri Hanauer
As Diane Buckner
Main Cast
Peter Krause
As Nate Fisher
Michael C. Hall
As David Fisher
Frances Conroy
As Ruth Fisher
Lauren Ambrose
As Claire Fisher
Rachel Griffiths
As Brenda Chenowith
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The Bad ExamplesNot Dead Yet 
CarouselJune is Busting Out All Over 
Charlie Hunter with Norah JonesMore Than This 
EelsRock Hard Times 
Frederic ChopinMazurka Opus 59 
InterpolObstacle 2 
IvyLet's Go to Bed 
Merrily We Roll AlongGood Thing Going 
The RootsBreak You Off 

Warning: Six Feet Under season 3 episode 5 guide may contain spoilers
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