"Big Ass Christmas Funeral" or "The last day of Nathaniel Fisher" This episode was a pretty clever piece of writing. As one year has passed since Nathaniel Fisher died in the car accident on his way to pick up Nate Jr., thus bringing Nate back to the family business, each and every one of the family (plus Rico) recall their last memory with Nathaniel, some of had good memories (Rico and even Nate), others wished they did more with the time between them (Ruth, and David), while Claire had the normal badgering of getting along with Ruth from good ol' dad. Ruth's recollection was very heartfelt and touching (Frances Conroy is very good on this show). A biker's funeral was the glue for this recounting of Nathaniel's last day on earth. The funeral was pretty funny, filled with all the usual stereotypical stuff (drinking and playing biker music/songs typifying the "born to be wild" spirit of bikers - loved the "Don't Fear The Reaper" song at the end. Nate's compassion for and conversation with the widow keeps telling him that with the ticking timebomb in his head, he might need to take some of that biker philosophy to heart in the coming days. What the widow gave to Nate was a nice gesture (too bad she didn't give him a helmut to go with it). David and Keith try to mend their relationship, but it's not without bumps in the road. That his sister showed up at the 11th hour throws a monkey wrench in David and Keith's late night plans for Christmas. Claire manages to piss off Tobie and she goes running back to emailing and carrying on a "relationship" with Billy (Brenda's psychotic brother). Love Billy's email handle "Billybatty". The die is cast for Claire, she's doomed to go for the guys who are bad news. Brenda is totally out of control in her thirst for book material as she allows a total stranger to feel her up in a ritzy department store. Brenda even managed to shock Melissa with the escapade. If this is how women sow their wild oates before their impending nuptials, I want to read that book! Brenda was totally put up guard when her mother took Billy out of the mental ward to stay with her at her apartment. Brenda and Nate found this out when they went to her mother's for Christmas eve. Suffice it to say, the tension level was very high, and Brenda had nothing good to say about the new development. Billy now knows that his sister is engaged to Nate. This can't be good for Nate... Nate finally is forced to spill the beans about his brain condition because he had a mild seizure while having sex with Brenda on Christmas night. Brenda took the news well, but I got the feeling she went back into the "taking care of Billy" mode of behavior awfully quick (but now her attention is focused on Nate's condition). Poor Nikkolai, he appears to be the subject of a beating that stems from either "protection/insurance" gangs, or he's got a gambling problems and some tough guys broke both of his legs for his lateness in paying up on his debts. Poor David, who'll be the one to move Nikkolai within the house for the next 8 weeks while Nikkolai recuperates in the Fisher house (with Ruth picking up all the medical bills since Nikkolai has no insurance). Rico tells Vanessa about why he needed to fire his cousin who was helping with repairing the house (caught him and another construction worker having homosexual relations in his house). Vanessa blabbed to the guy's wife, who left him, and he comes over and beats up Rico. Merry Christmas, Rico. Needless to say, Rico is doubly pissed at both Vanessa and the cousin. This is not over for Rico. Anyhow, one of the finer hours of TV on an on-going basis.