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Six Feet Under

Perfect Circles (Season 3, Episode 1)
TV-MA
TV Episode | 60 min | Comedy, Drama

The surgeons are dismayed when Nate's blood vessel ruptures and he suffers a hemorrhage, and his blood pressure continues to rise, then Nate dies...At least, the family and Rico are in shock, grieving, while Nate himself is dining in a ...See moreThe surgeons are dismayed when Nate's blood vessel ruptures and he suffers a hemorrhage, and his blood pressure continues to rise, then Nate dies...At least, the family and Rico are in shock, grieving, while Nate himself is dining in a hated restaurant with his father, impatiently waiting to get to his own funeral. He arrives early, sick of the food, and sees his funeral (open-casket, not a memorial service after cremation as he wished)...then hears David speaking to him from the next room where he sees himself paralyzed and with speech problems struggling to relearn. He continues through the home and witnesses himself completely healthy living with Lisa and Maya; at Christmas dinner with his family, including his father, who never died; living with a woman he has yet to meet and their son; spending his time lazily, watching TV and drinking beer with a woman. Returning to the funeral room, he meets his father again, who doesn't give him a straight answer on whether he's alive but suggests he just traveled through parallel worlds and must open a white coffin to get his answer....7 months later: Nate, Lisa, and Maya live with Lisa's self-absorbed actor boss Carol, where Lisa is a cook. David and Keith, now a reluctant security guard, are in therapy to find a healthy relationship, and David is advised to find an activity for himself so applies to the Gay Men's Chorus. Claire is attending LAC, enjoying it less than she anticipated, and starting a relationship with rock-band member Phil. Nate learns an interesting secret about his own life from Ruth and all the while sees scenes shown in his surgery that make him wonder if this life is meant to be. Written by brainybrailler@comcast.net See less
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Writers
Alan Ball (creator) | Nancy Oliver (staff writer)
Casting Directors
Libby Goldstein | Junie Lowry-Johnson (as Junie Lowry Johnson)
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Status
Edit Released
Updated Mar 2, 2003

Release date
Mar 2, 2003 (United States)

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Peter Krause
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Michael C. Hall
David Fisher David Fisher   See fewer
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Frances Conroy
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Claire Fisher Claire Fisher   See fewer
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Freddy Rodríguez
Federico 'Rico' Diaz Federico 'Rico' Diaz   See fewer
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Mathew St. Patrick
Keith Charles Keith Charles   See fewer
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Rachel Griffiths
Brenda Chenowith Brenda Chenowith   See fewer
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Lili Taylor
Lisa Kimmel Fisher Lisa Kimmel Fisher   See fewer
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Richard Jenkins
Nathaniel Fisher Nathaniel Fisher   See fewer
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Catherine O'Hara
Carol Ward Carol Ward   See fewer
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Bobbin Bergstrom
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Kimberlin Brown
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Dan Desmond
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Geoffrey Nauffts
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Nolan North
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John Paul Pitoc
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Stephen Snedden
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Julia Vera
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8.2 / 10 | 906 votes