DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
THERE are never any guarantees with anything, you would know that by now, but a show on one of the multi-channels after the ratings are over, at 10.30 at night, well, you’d like to think we’re going to see how it ends. Very emotional is how it ends. If they’d got a litter of kittens and threatened to do something to them, it couldn’t be more manipulative. Hard to go wrong with death, as themes go. Or that’s what you’d think. But Channel 9 put Six Feet Under in basically this same time slot when the show first ran almost 10 years ago and it tanked. Tonight, Claire the high school student daughter has just had crystal meth when she finds out about a sudden death in the family. It’s a funny scene though, her trying to keep it together while still enjoying her high. Her mother is a mess, she’s having an affair with her hairdresser, her brother Nate is coming home from Seattle where he’s a parttime hippy, and the other son David is a closeted gay who works in the family funeral business and hates it. They’re lucky they have access to undertakers — the death happened on Christmas Eve, not convenient. Nate meets a girl on the plane, and flirts with her, her name’s Brenda, and when there’s no one at LA to meet him, she says, ‘‘ I’ll give you a ride’’, and next thing we know they’re in an airport broom cupboard getting it on. And who plays Brenda? Rachel Griffiths.
Alan Ball wrote and directed this. It’s his series. Also his: American Beauty, True Blood.
David is played by Michael C Hall. You’ll know him as Dexter. Nate is Peter Krause, Adam in Parenthood. Frances Conroy is their mother, currently Moira in American Horror Story and Toni Collette’s mother-in-law in United States of Tara. So we’re not mucking around here. Six Feet Under 7Two, 10.40pm
Flirty: Rachel Griffiths