Synopsis by Brian J. Dillard
Relationships in flux is the theme for this episode of HBO's Six Feet Under. As Brenda (Rachel Griffiths) watches her self-absorbed parents (Joanna Cassidy and Robert Foxworth) renew their wedding vows, her own commitment to fiancé Nate (Peter Krause) teeters on the brink. Although she catches Nate reading racy passages from her novel-in-progress -- based on her recent sexual adventures (see "The Liar and the Whore") -- Brenda refuses to come clean with him about her compulsive cheating. This silence will come back to haunt her when Nate finds out about one of her escapades on his own. Elsewhere, Ruth (Frances Conroy) comes to some unhappy realizations about her clingy relationship with boyfriend Nikolai (Ed O'Ross); the epiphany comes, strangely enough, during a Sandra Bullock flick. As Claire (Lauren Ambrose) ponders enrolling in a local art school, her friendships with both Billy (Jeremy Sisto) and guidance counselor Gary (David Norona) continue to deepen. David (Michael C. Hall) and Keith (Mathew St. Patrick) take their relationship into the realm of parenthood as they meet with child welfare authorities in hopes of gaining legal guardianship of Keith's niece, Taylor (Aysia Polk). Meanwhile, as he prepares to bury a beloved neighbor lady, Federico (Freddy Rodriguez) learns that she has left him and wife Vanessa (Justina Machado) a considerable chunk of change. In flashbacks, Rico reminisces about the death of his own father and his subsequent first meeting with Nathaniel Fisher (Richard Jenkins). Finally, Ruth experiences a first meeting of her own when Lisa (Lili Taylor) calls and informs her of her grandmotherhood. "I'll Take You" marked season two, episode 12 of the made-for-cable drama.