Michael C. Hall and Richard Jenkins as David and Nathaniel Fisher Sr. share a tender moment in the season finale of Six Feet Under
The moment that stood out for me was when David (the troubled gay Fisher brother) woke from a fitful slumber and sauntered out to his living room to find his father's ghost standing at the patio doors . Nate Sr.. Often appears to his children to offer advice. In this instance, David (who's been through hell this season) confides his inability to release his fear and pain over recent events in his life:
David says, " thought it would set me free but it...didn't change anything."
His father says, "You're missing the point", to which David replies, "That's the point, there is no point!"
Dad Fisher berates his son, "Don't give me this phony existential bullshit. I expect better from you. The point's right in front of your face.", and then adds, "You hang on to your pain like it means something. Like it's worth something. Well let me tell ya, it's not worth shit. Let it go. Infinite possibilities and all you can do is whine!"
David ponders this for a second and asks his father what he should do, and his father says, "What do ya think? You can do anything ya lucky bastard, you're alive! What's a little pain compared to that?"
David sighs, "It can't be that simple", and his father replies, "What if it is?"
Sometimes a television show puts a lot into perspective