Ah...this is a bit more like it for a 6FU episode. There were plenty of good tidbits and insight into all of the characters in this episode: Nice opening death. I loved the way Brenda summed up the death by auto-eroticism/asphyxiation, and the pop cultural reference to Michael Hutchence (I think that's who Rico was referring to). Ruth - while feeling isolated from her children, and Nikkolai being grumpy, she finally consciously rids herself of the "My life as a house" metaphors. The dinner scene was a hoot as her flower shop bud just drones on and on. Claire - saw a totally different side of not only her aunt, but her father through the eyes of her aunt's guests for the weekend. Not too crazy about the 19 year old guy. Bringing home the "Sarah's Songs" tape and watching her mom re-live a bit of her youth was a nice touch. We often forget how powerful songs/music can be in triggering past memories (good/bad). David - what a snit, but understandable given Keith's treatment of him, but for a guy pining away for Keith, at least he wasn't going to take any crap from Keith. Good thing Keith had a legitimate excuse in his no-show at the restaurant. Keith's a mess, maybe too much for David at this point in his life (taking care of his niece and still dealing with his use of his firearm a few months ago). Nate - always seems to have a dark cloud hanging over him due to his brain condition. I found it quite humorous he was trying to "make time" with the female rabbi (I found her quite attractive as well). Perhaps we'll see her again. I really don't see Nate marrying Brenda, their love-making made it seem like they were so far away from each other while being so close in proximity. Brenda - her relationships with screwed up people just keep piling up. Melissa (hooker) has opened up a very naughty side of Brenda's. The fantasy sequence was well-done for an audience fake-out. That cactus as a house-warming gift was classic Brenda. The dichotomy of seeing Brenda's mom reject Brenda's "help" definitely contrasts well with Ruth's isolation from her children. There doesn't to be much common ground in between for these parent/children relationships. Rico - hahahaha! The writer did a great job building up the audience expectations for his wife to be cheating on Rico with his cousin/contractor, and then pulling the rug out from under the audience. To quote Rico "What the F-ing F-F!?!" summed up the situation perfectly. All in all, I thought it was quite a solid episode, setting in motion for more character development.