Synopsis by Brian J. Dillard
A long-lost relative and a bottle of vodka disrupt the Fisher routine in this episode of HBO's Six Feet Under. Ruth (Frances Conroy), still obsessed with The Plan (see "The Plan"), has decided to mend fences with her jet-setting, artsy sister Sarah (Patricia Clarkson). The Fisher matriarch's typically tight-lipped countenance, however, signals that all is not forgiven -- especially the incident years earlier when an adolescent Nate (Peter Krause) lost his virginity to a much older woman at Sarah's house. Nevertheless, Claire (Lauren Ambrose) is enchanted by her aunt's glamour and artistic encouragement. Meanwhile, Kroehner exec Mitzi Huntley (Julie White) whisks Nate and David (Michael C. Hall) off to a corporate party in an attempt to woo them to sell the business. David wavers, but Nate remains resolute. He's just as firm with Brenda (Rachel Griffiths) about sharing the news of their engagement with his family. But with Ruth tense about her sister's visit and everyone drunk on Nikolai's vodka, the engagement dinner is anything but celebratory. David's new romance with the clingy Ben Cooper (Adam Scott) doesn't turn out any better. When Ben professes his love, David admits that he's still hopelessly hung up on Keith (Mathew St. Patrick). "In Place of Anger" marked season two, episode six of the made-for-cable drama.