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Six Feet Under: A Coat of White Primer

Brenda struggles with morning sickness as she studies the home video of Nate's 2002 wedding to Lisa. Together, Nate and Brenda watch the Kimmel and Fisher families nervously prepare for the ceremony on the video. Brenda assures Nate that their upcoming wedding will be different from the first ceremony in every way.
Federico meets women through an online dating service, but his overly-high standards prevent him from settling on anyone special. When Vanessa won't agree to be Federico's wedding date, he invites a woman named Sharon instead.
Claire and Billy, who are happily committed to each other and rarely apart, decide to move in together. When Nate and Brenda host a pre-wedding dinner party for the family, Claire gets high with her brothers outside but is unable to convince them that Billy's mental health has improved.
After months of dealing with the consequences of George's Depressive Psychosis and electroconvulsive therapy treatments, Ruth is on the brink of mental exhaustion herself. Once he returns home from the hospital, George suffers from short-term memory loss and disorientation, but insists on attending Nate's wedding anyway. Ruth finally reaches her breaking point at the wedding when Claire takes a compromising photograph of George. To everyone's shock, an enraged Ruth slaps Claire, accusing her of "trying to make a statement" about Ruth's choice to marry George before she really knew him.
Two days before her wedding, Brenda suffers a miscarriage but Nate and Brenda decide to go ahead with the wedding anyway.
Listening to the ceremony inspires David to be more supportive of Keith's dreams of starting a family. Although David would prefer to adopt children who are looking for a home, he agrees to continue looking for a surrogate mother to bear their child if that's what Keith wants. At the wedding reception, David and Keith reach a compromise by deciding to pursue surrogacy and adoption at the same time.
After the wedding ceremony, Brenda wanders off alone, still high from pain medication and despondent over her lost baby. She imagines that Lisa is taunting her for having infertility problems. Nate finds Brenda and convinces her to re-join the party, telling her that the best days of their life together are yet to come.

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x1
Airdate: Monday June 06th, 2005

Director: Rodrigo GarcĂ­a
Writer: Kate Robin

Alternate Airdates:

NL (NPS) Sep 15, 2008

  • Currently 9.3/10
9.3/10 (4 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Brenna Tosh
As Maya Fisher (alternating)
Bronwyn Tosh
As Maya Fisher (alternating)
Catherine O'Hara
As Carol Ward
Deborah Offner
As Dr. Melnick
Giancarlo Rodriguez
As Julio Diaz
Janice Lynde
As Woman in Turquoise
Jeff Yagher
As Hoyt
Jenna Fischer
As Sharon Kinney
Jeremy Sisto
As Billy Chenowith
Joanna Cassidy
As Margaret Chenowith
Julie Dretzin
As Barb
Lili Taylor (2)
As Lisa Kimmel Fisher
Peter MacDissi
As Olivier Castro-Staal
Steffani Brass
As Michaela
Tim Maculan
As Father Jack
Tina Holmes
As Maggie Sibley
Veronica Cartwright
As Peg Kimmel
Anil Kumar
As Dr. Perry Amaral
Brian David
As Robert
Devera Marcus
As Justice of The Peace
Franceska Lynne
As Bridesmaid
Kate McGregor-Stewart
As Andrea's Therapist
Maggie Baird
As Andrea
Mark Harelik
As Leonard
Main Cast
Peter Krause
As Nate Fisher
Michael C. Hall
As David Fisher
Frances Conroy
As Ruth Fisher
Lauren Ambrose
As Claire Fisher
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Bebel GilbertoAganjou (Latin Project Remix) 
Dinah WashingtonTeach Me Tonight 
Doris DayBut Not For Me 
The DovesAlmost Forgot Myself 
Extreme Music LibraryThe Last Run 
The Martini KingsDays Of Wine And Roses 
The Martini KingsSo Danco Samba 
The Martini KingsWave 
The Martini KingsTeach Me Tonight 
Southern Music LibraryCamilano 
Thievery CorporationThe Time We Lost Our Way 
WilcoHell Is Chrome 

Warning: Six Feet Under season 5 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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