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A Private Life
Season 1, Episode 12
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First Aired August 19, 2001
Episode Guide
"The Trip"
"Knock, Knock"

"A Private Life" is the twelfth episode of the first season of Six Feet Under.  It was written by Kate Robin, directed by Rodrigo García and first aired on August 19, 2001.


Brenda's parents and Nate consider getting help for Billy, but Brenda isn't so sure that's the answer.


Rico and Vanessa finally have their new son. Brenda tries to handle her brother's obsessiveness and suggests he give her back her house key and start back on his medication. Billy does not react too well to this. David's feelings about his secret come closer to the surface due to a hate crime against a gay man, that the funeral home now must deal with. Ruth tries to get her son to bring up the subject, but has a very difficult time. Nate has a freakish encounter with Billy. Claire and Gabe continue their odd-ish relationship.


Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Starring



Marcus Foster

March 5th, 1978 - June 5th, 2001

West Hollywood Man Brutally Beaten

A wave of disbelief shook the gay community early yesterday morning when 23-year-old West Hollywood resident Marcus Foster Jr. was brutally beaten in a hate crime reminiscent of the Matthew Shepard slaying that rocked the nation less than three years ago.

The attack occurred just after 12 a.m. as Foster and friend, Peter Janovic, were returning home from a late-night movie. The couple had stopped at a nearby ATM machine when they were chased by two men, armed with lead pipes. Janovic was able to escape and placed the 9-1-1 call that led to the arrest of William Yardly and Travis Lumner, both of Orange County. The two suspects were held overnight by police for further questioning.

Foster was a graduate student at UCLA, getting his Masters in English. He is survived by his parents, Patsy and Marcus Foster. No funeral arrangements were announced at this time, but a candlelight vigil will be held in Foster's honor on Tuesday, June 12th in West Hollywood.


Song Title Performer(s)
Who Are They Buck-O-Nine
Nana's Waltz Aquabassino
Everything's Moving Too Fast Peggy Lee
L'elisir D'Amore Enrico Caruso


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"