Season 1, Episode 4
Ep04 1
First Aired June 24, 2001
Episode Guide
"The Foot"
"An Open Book"
"Familia" is the fourth episode of the first season of Six Feet Under. It was written by Laurence Andries, directed by Lisa Cholodenko and first aired on June 24, 2001.


After a gang member is killed, the Fishers find that his family's wishes for burial differ from those of the gang.


The Fisher family wonder if Claire might have some part to play in the blaze across the street. Nate has Brenda over for dinner and it does not seem to go as well as expected. Nate is dealing with issues from every side, including a feud between a deceased's family and gang about how to handle his services. David tries to gain enough courage to stand up to Gilardi and handle issues with Keith and the clients.


Main Cast

Guest Starring

  • Jacob Vargas as Manuel "Paco" Bolin

Also Guest Starring

  • Lombardo Boyar as Powerful
  • Karmin Murcelo as Paco's Mother


  • Gary Hershberger as Matthew Gilardi
  • Dina Waters as Tracy Montrose Blair
  • Candy Brown-Houston as Detective McBride
  • Dean Norris as Detective Shea
  • Armando Valdes as Luis
  • Elizabeth Rodriguez as Sylvie
  • Tony Perez as Paco's Father
  • Mary-Pat Green as Priest
  • Ken Abraham as Bowling Buddy
  • Roger Velasco as Young Man With Tattoos
  • Jim Ryan as A/C Repairman
  • Blaine Pate as Redneck
  • Luis Robledo as Rival


Manuel Pedro Antonio Bolin - "Paco"

February 6th, 1980 - February 15th, 2001

BOLIN, Manuel Pedro Antonio (20) died February 15. He graduated from Echo Park High School in 1999. Manuel leaves behind his loving girlfriend Sylvie Castillo and devoted parents Charles and Loretta.

Funeral Services this Saturday at Fisher & Sons funeral home. Funeral mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday February 18 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Echo Park. You will be in our hearts forever.


  • Goof: According to Paco's dates of birth and death, he had just turned 21. However, his own parents say he was going to soon turn 21.
  • This is the first episode where the episodic preview features the song Nothing Lies Still Long by Pell Mell.


Song Title Performer(s)
Inspiration Information Shuggie Otis
Body of Binky Coinmonster
Sleeping Beauty Piotr Tchaikovsky
Sufriendo A Solas Mariachi All-Stars
Ave Maria Franz Schubert
Four Seasons: Winter Antonio Vivaldi
Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A. Donna Fargo
Life on a Chain Pete Yorn
A Mother for Your Mind The Herbaliser


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"