There’s a new family order at the Fisher & Diaz funeral home. Although one spouse is gone, another has moved in, ushering in changes for better and worse. For Nate, Ruth, David and Claire, every day above ground is a good one. With Ruth remarried and Nate spiraling out of control, the Fishers struggle with the latest losses and additions to the family, whose dismembered pieces never seem to add up to a healthy whole.
Bruno Baskerville Walsh
1951 - 1972
Nate is having a difficult time with Lisa's death. When problems arise in how to handle her remains, he comes up with a unique solution that satisfies everyone. Brenda is attracted to her neighbor, David and Keith discuss their relationship. Claire has an uncomfortable discussion with Russell.
1954 - 2003
An overly religious zealot runs into traffic when she thinks the Rapture has come.
The Fisher family seems to be having a hard time accepting George. Nate makes a decision that affects everyone. Keith takes a new job as a bodyguard to the stars. David deals with a disaster at work with an unexpected bonus. An unusual surprise is delivered in the mail.
Kaitlin Elise Stolte
1989 - 2003
David is training Arthur to perform more customer oriented duties. And with those responsibilities, new things are required like a new wardrobe so they go shopping. Ruth is still stressing over the poo incident, but seems temporarily at ease when the new "Mr & Mrs George Sibley" receive a beautiful gift basket full of treats, and some tricks. Nate takes Maya to a Mommy N Me class and they both meet some new friends. Brenda discovers her new friend has some interesting ideas about how their sex life should be playing out. Claire attends a party with her new friends from art school, but unfortunately Russell is there in all his glory. Claire also discovers that Edie is a lesbian, but seems more intrigued about it than anything.
Lawrence Henry Mason
1938 - 2003
David's former fiancée, Jennifer, calls David in the middle of the night. Her father has been killed by a lightning strike and she wants Fisher and Diaz to handle the funeral. Being in contact with her stirs up old feelings of guilt in David. David also finds out that Keith is not out on the job which he finds rather shocking. Nate gets some alone time while Maya spends time with her relatives, but this might not necessarily be a good thing. Claire attempts flirtation with another art student with mixed results. Ruth and George receive yet another package, but this time in a toy dump truck. George suddenly realizes who has been doing the sending of the poo -- a son he's never told Ruth about. Ruth finds the man and decides they should both visit him. Brenda takes Joe to meet her mother and new friend, Olivier Castro-Stahl.
Anne Marie Thornton
1966 - 2004
On the way home from retrieving a body, David picks up a hitchhiker, who then takes him for a ride. At the funeral home, Ruth plans to match her friend Becky, a cashier at the Fabric Shop and George's son Kyle up as a couple which George feels uncomfortable talking about. He believes she is meddling and to worry about her own children.
Nate attends a Bereavement Support Group which offers little comfort. Brenda discusses her relationship with Joe to her mother Margaret over lunch. Federico attempts to break ties with Sophia, who asks that they should go out on a date.
Robert Carl Meinhardt
1962 - 2004
David struggles with the aftermath of his attack. He downplays the incident with his family by telling them he was carjacked. He tries to go back to work, but has very little success. Keith returns to the Celeste tour with hesitation. Rico continues to juggle his two relationships, but starts to find it more difficult. Nate tries to get a job to fill his time. And, of course, he chooses to visit a dog kennel. Perhaps he is looking for Lisa again. Brenda and Joe's relationship goes a step further. Joe has found a house he thinks they should live in, so they can prepare for the coming onslaught of babies. Brenda seems a bit caught off guard by all this, but goes along. The family throws David a birthday party, and in true Fisher form, someone has to be drunk. Claire comes in feeling a little too happy. During her drug-induced haze, she and Edie get closer. Jimmy, Russell, and Anita get a bit closer too.
1939 - 2004
Claire is developing quite the crush on Edie. She continues to stare at a photo she took of Edie. Wonder what she has in mind. She is staying at David's so he won't have to be alone. Rico finally decides to get rid of his woman on the side, Sophia. She doesn't take it very well, and neither does his wife. Nate is helping out the business while David is still stressing out. He deals with his stress by having cleaning frenzies around the house. Nate and Brenda are having trysts in a seedy Motel. But of course, late at night Nate sees Lisa, and she instructs him to stop seeing Brenda and try to start a relationship with a woman he recently met.
James Dubois Marshall
1923 - 2004
It is a typical Sunday morning at Fisher & Diaz Funeral Home, Claire is putting the moves on her new lover Edie, Ruth is pressuring George to go to Catholic mass, Nate goes for a jog and all is well until David announces "that death spared L.A., there are no bodies in the prep room." David & Ruth then leave for church and an older gentleman pulls in, soon after he has a heart attack and dies.
Rico decides it's time to go home. Ruth is upset because George is not spending enough time with her. Brenda gets cozy with Nate with a bad ending. David, still recovering from PTSD, welcomes a familiar face from his past. Ruth decides it's time for a change.
1969 - 2004
George, Rico and Nate now all living under the same roof have become roommates. In the aftermath of Ruth's leaving, George feels fine, on the contrary for Federico who would like to forget his encounter and go home to his wife and children. Nate and Brenda are back together... with complications. Keith sleeps with a woman. Edie gives Claire the cold shoulder. Nate has a terrible nightmare.
Robert Duane Wething
1958 - 2004
A drunken Robert falls flat on his face in the mud and dies.
Nate, Maya and Brenda go to Idaho to inter Lisa's cremains and get some terrible news. David wants to have a commitment ceremony and adopt a child; Keith does not. Ruth comes home and lays out some new rules. Claire gets really into drugs. Rico tries to reconcile with Vanessa.
Edward Gordon Gorodetsky
1956 - 2004
Coco Grimes Gorodetsky
1962 - 2004
Michael Timothy Gorodetsky
1992 - 2004
Amanda Lynn Gorodetsky
1995 - 2004
Ruth is very excited about going on a "Couples Retreat" with George, who is far from enthusiastic. Brenda is excited about having children of her own with Nate. Nate makes a confession to Lisa's parents who threaten him with legal action to take custody of Maya. David is being sued by the victim from his sushi restaurant encounter for $500,000 until Keith gives him a special "gift" to get him to drop the lawsuit. David is asked to come in to pick his carjacker out of a police line-up.
Kenneth M. Henderson
1954 - 2004
George has a terrible nightmare connected to his apocalyptic fears. George's daughter, Maggie, comes to visit. Rico has trouble adjusting to life without his family. Claire prepares for her gallery opening. David is traumatized after having to identify his carjacker and decides to confront the man. Nate finds a disturbing photo of Lisa in a book given to him by Michaela.