Synopsis by Brian J. Dillard
Relationships burn out, new ones ignite, and old ones are rekindled in this episode of HBO's Six Feet Under. While handling the funeral of a Jewish man who died accidentally from autoerotic asphyxiation, Nate (Peter Krause) befriends a female rabbi (Molly Parker) who shares her perspectives on life and death. Meanwhile, Claire (Lauren Ambrose) heads to the home of her Aunt Sarah (Patricia Clarkson) and hangs with the handsome young son (Stark Sands) of some of the aging hippies who are there for a laughable bacchanal. Federico (Freddy Rodriguez) learns that his suspicions about being cuckolded by his cousin Ramon (Ricardo Antonio Chavira) are ill-founded, but Ramon gets caught with his hand in a very different sort of cookie jar. Keith (Mathew St. Patrick) breaks up with Eddie (Terrell Clayton), setting the stage for a reunion with David (Michael C. Hall). And Brenda (Rachel Griffiths) -- stinging from an unpleasant encounter with her self-obsessed mother (Joanna Cassidy) -- introduces Nate to her hooker gal pal, Melissa (Kellie Waymire). "Back to the Garden" marked season two, episode seven of the made-for-cable drama. Guest star Parker previously gained acclaim in indie film circles for her portrayal of a necrophile undertaker in the funereal drama Kissed.