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An Open Book
Season 1, Episode 5
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First Aired July 1, 2001
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"An Open Book" is the fifth episode of the first season of Six Feet Under.  It was written by Alan Ball, directed by Kathy Bates and first aired on July 1, 2001.


Ruth is stunned by the visitors at a porn star's wake; Nate has a strange first meeting with Brenda's brother Billy; and Keith takes issue with David's desire to replace his father as deacon at the family church.


David is trying to fill the void his father left in more than the business. He wants to become deacon at the family church, but Keith is having a problem with it. Ruth has a difficult time with a group of mourners for a porn star. But she and Claire try to have more bonding time and visit their cousins. Nate has dinner with Brenda's parents, psychiatrists Bernard and Margaret, without Brenda. He also meets her brother Billy in an unorthodox manner.


Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Starring


Jean Louise McArthur - "Viveca St. John"

September 9, 1957 - February 17th, 2001

Former Adult Film Star Dies

Jean Louise McArthur, who appeared in more than 80 films under the name of Viveca St. John, was found dead in her Orange County apartment earlier this week from what appears to be an accidental electrocution. She was 43.

McArthur grew up in Augusta, Ga., but always had dreams of making it big in Hollywood. At the age of 15, she quit school and moved to Los Angeles where she was eventually discovered while working as a cocktail waitress at a local strip club.

In recent years the adult film star tried to make the difficult transition to more mainstream movie roles, often appearing in bit parts as an ex-prostitute or former stripper. "You tend to get pigeon-holed as an actress, once you've done porn," the star once said. She later had minor success on the small screen, guest starring on the television series "Boy Meets World" and on the short-lived "Models, Inc." "She was one in a million. The most dedicated and professional gal I ever worked with,"said Ross Michaels who produced many of her early films.

"The porn industry has been dealt a severe blow,"said Larry Wadd, another colleague, who appeared in several films with the actress, including the infamous cult classic "The Snake Charmer."

McArthur is survived by her parents, Mary and Edward McArthur and her beloved cat, Tito.

No funeral arrangements were announced.


Song Title Performer(s)
Fancy Bobbie Gentry
Oh For A Closer Walk With Go Six Feet Under Choir
Dove Sonno Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Humming Chorus Giacomo Puccini
Common Disaster Cowboy Junkies
Concerto #3 in G Major for Violin Antonio Vivaldi
Divertimento in D Major for Strings Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


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"