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Six Feet Under: The Dare

Claire has been staying at David's house since learning the details of his carjacking. But David, embarrassed by his inability to conquer his fears, tells Claire he doesn't need her to stay over any more. At work he busies himself with mindless tasks and then goes home for a sleepless night alone. The following day, David joins Claire and Edie at the movies but leaves suddenly when a dramatic movie preview causes him to have flashbacks to his carjacking. A brief sexual encounter with a bartender only further sets off his irrational fears.
Claire is oddly thrilled with the finished result of her seductive portrait of Edie. At first she wants to keep the photo to herself, but Edie convinces her to show it at her next class critique. The picture garners accolades from the teacher, but Claire is embarrassed when a fellow student references Edie as Claire's girlfriend. After the pair see a movie together, Edie makes a move on Claire who, though she admits to having strong feelings for Edie, is confused about what those feelings mean. When Edie stops by the following day, Claire agrees to have sex with her friend in order to put her confusion to rest.
Federico breaks things off with Sophia, convinced that though their relationship isn't sexual it isn't fair to Vanessa and the kids. As a final parting gift, he drops off a package for Sophia's daughter on her doorstep. Unbeknownst to Federico, Vanessa follows him to Sophia's house and is infuriated when her husband's buxom "charity" case takes the package inside. Unable to get a sitter for the kids, Vanessa waits until the following night to confront Rico. She accuses him of cheating on her and kicks him out, sending him straight into the arms of Sophia.
Ruth continues to try to connect with George. At his casual invitation, she joins him on an exhausting fossil hunt in Topanga Canyon. Dehydrated and annoyed by George's flippant disregard for her comfort, Ruth insists they drop by her sister Sarah's Topanga home. Bettina is visiting Sarah as well and the three women enjoy each other's company, while George isolates himself in front of the TV. Ruth is surprised when Sarah remarks that George's private nature reminds her of Nathaniel. As Sarah puts it: "I guess it's true what they say. We all pick the same person over and over again."
Brenda and Nate meet for a casual affair in a seedy hotel as they have for the past few weeks. Brenda claims to want to commit to Joe and end things with Nate, but he pegs their on-going affair for what it is-Brenda's fear of intimacy with Joe. Nate: "You can't fool me. I used to be Joe." Nate tries to move on and begin a relationship with his former co-worker from the dog kennel and urges Brenda to try to make things work with Joe. In the end, Brenda admits her infidelity to Joe in the hopes that they can make a new start.
Keith finally admits to his fellow bodyguard, Javier, that he's gay. To his surprise, Javier tells Celeste and the other bodyguards and then sends Keith a mixed message by writing him a joke note that implies he wants to have sex with Keith. When Keith calls to discuss the note with David, David tells him he no longer wants an open relationship and suddenly breaks down, buckling under the pressure of trying to keep his post-traumatic stress at bay.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x7
Airdate: Sunday August 01st, 2004

Guest Stars
Ben FosterBen Foster
As Russell Corwin
Bobby CannavaleBobby Cannavale
As Javier
Brenna ToshBrenna Tosh
As Maya Fisher (alternating)
Bronwyn ToshBronwyn Tosh
As Maya Fisher (alternating)
Brooke SmithBrooke Smith
As Carolyn Pope
Giancarlo RodriguezGiancarlo Rodriguez
As Julio Diaz
Idalis DeLeonIdalis DeLeon
As Sophia (as Idalis de Leon)
Justin TherouxJustin Theroux
As Joe
Justina MachadoJustina Machado
As Vanessa Diaz
Kathy BatesKathy Bates
As Bettina
Kerry MichaelsKerry Michaels
As Wife #2
Lana ParrillaLana Parrilla
As Maile
Lauren BirkellLauren Birkell
As Elise
Lili Taylor (2)Lili Taylor (2)
As Lisa Kimmel Fisher
Melissa MarsalaMelissa Marsala
As Angelica
Mena SuvariMena Suvari
As Edie
Michelle TrachtenbergMichelle Trachtenberg
As Celeste
Patricia ClarksonPatricia Clarkson
As Aunt Sarah
Sprague GraydenSprague Grayden
As Anita Miller
Jack LindineJack Lindine
As Ed Morrison
Jean Carol (1)Jean Carol (1)
As Wife #5
Lauri JohnsonLauri Johnson
As Joan Morrison
Steve HasleySteve Hasley
As Bartender
Tim KelleherTim Kelleher
As Joel Morrison
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
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Arthur GodfreyI'm a Lonely Little Petunia In An Onion Patch 
(Beethoven) from One Music LibraryConcerto for Piano #1 in CM, Op 15, Largo 
Extreme Music LibraryBold Skool 
Imogen HeapI'm a Lonely Llttle Petunia In An Onion Patch 
Macintosh & CharlesJust Another Day 
(Mozart) from One MusicSonata for Violin & Piano #35 in AM, Adante 
Pro Music LibraryItalian Restaurant 1 
Richard MarvinVodka Gimlet/Paranoia 
Richard MarvinWe're Closed 
Riptide Music LibraryGet the Cash 
Thelma HoustonDon't Leave Me This Way 
UnknownI'm a Lonely Little Petunia In An Onion Patch 

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