Life's Too Short
Season 1, Episode 9
Ep09 1
First Aired July 29, 2001
Episode Guide
"The New Person"

"Life's Too Short" is the ninth episode of the first season of Six Feet Under.  It was written by Christian Taylor, directed by Jeremy Podeswa and first aired on July 22, 2001.


Claire runs into Gabe again, but not under the best circumstances. His brother died and his mother and he have come to Fisher & Sons for the services. Brenda and Nate visit several different local funeral homes posing as mourning relatives in order to help Nate improve upon his salesmanship.


Main Cast

Guest Starring

  • Ed Bergley, Jr. as Hiram Gunderson

Also Guest Starring

  • Ed O'Ross as Nikolai
  • Eric Balfour as Gabriel
  • Marina Black as Parker
  • Steven Pasquale as Kurt
  • Timm Sharp as Andy
  • Wendy Schaal as Vickie Dimas


  • Ted Marcoux as Sam Finelli
  • David Wells as Bland Funeral Director
  • Matt McCoy as Slick Funeral Director
  • Dale Raoul as Rosemary
  • Terrel Clayton as Eddie
  • Jack Gridley as Anthony Finelli
  • Hal Ozsan as Man in Flower Shop
  • Louann Gideon as Grieving Woman
  • Gabriel Cade as Make-Out Guy


Anthony Christopher Finelli

April 12, 1995 - April 21 2001

FINELLI, Anthony Christopher. Passed away April 21, 2001. Anthony just celebrated his sixth birthday on April 12. He enjoyed cartoons, video games, and playing goalie with the Stingrays in the Youth Soccer League.

Anthony is greatly missed by all his teammates and his friends and teachers at Chase Elementary School in Boyle Heights. He is survived by his mother Victoria Dimas, his father Samuel Finelli, and his brother Gabriel Dimas. Funeral services to be held Thursday, April 26th at 2:00 p.m. at Fisher & Sons Funeral Home.


  • Nate has tense dinner with Brenda and Billy.
    • Artist: TUU
    • Song: All of Our Ancestors
  • David arrives at club to meet Kurt.
    • Artist: H2S04
    • Song: Little Soul
  • David, high on Ecstasy, dances ecstatically with Kurt.
    • Artist: Planet Perfecto
    • Song: Bullet in the Gun (Solar Stone remix)
  • In the Fisher Kitchen, David has flashbacks of the previous nights adventures.
    • Artist: H2S04
    • Song: I Need Feel
  • Nate and Brenda visit slick funeral home.
    • Artist: Antonio Vivaldi
    • Song: The Four Seasons: Winter
  • Kurt studies in his bedroom.
    • Artist: The Januaries
    • Song: The Girls Insane
  • David and Kurt bump into Keith and Eddie at the club.
    • Artist: Mandalay
    • Song: Beautiful
  • David snorts 'Special K' on the dancefloor with Kurt.
    • Artist: Mellowtrax
    • Song: In Da House
  • Ruth runs through the woods high on ecstasy.
    • Artist: Liadov
    • Song: The Musical Box


Fun Facts

  • Matt McCoy played a funeral director in this episode. He also played a funeral director in an episode of The Nanny.
  • Federico, played by Freddy Rodriguez, does not appear in this episode.

Season One
#101 "Pilot" #108 "Crossroads"
#102 "The Will" #109 "Life's Too Short"
#103 "The Foot" #110 "The New Person"
#104 "Familia" #111 "The Trip"
#105 "An Open Book" #112 "A Private Life"
#106 "The Room" #113 "Knock, Knock"
#107 "Brotherhood"

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