Recapping Six Feet Under: Season 1, Episode 1 — The Pilot

First, the pilot has all these different commercials for funeral products. I guess it’s sort of cool for the first episode, but I’m glad they didn’t stick with them for the whole series.

Our first scene has Nathaniel Sr. driving and smoking in the new hearse. Ruth, back at Fisher & Sons, is already nagging at him about various things, including grocery shopping and smoking. She has a point about the smoking. When they hang up the phone, Nathaniel gets into one of those terrible car accidents that you can see coming but still jars…