Six Feet Under

Posted on: Sun, 03/02/2003 - 1:06pm
BS312's picture
Joined: 09/05/2001 - 09:00

Did anyone else see this tonight (on HBO)? I thought it was a little strange that the grandmother was feeding peanut butter to a nine-month-old. Then later in the show the baby's mother yells at her MIL for feeding PB to a baby! It was great! The mom says that the baby could get "horrible allergies"! This is a GREAT show. You have to catch it this week if you've never seen it!

Posted on: Sun, 03/02/2003 - 11:38pm
MaryM's picture
Joined: 12/11/2006 - 09:00

I saw it and knew that there was going to be some mention of PA when saw the grandmother feeding and telling the baby all about PB! Very cool!

Posted on: Sun, 03/02/2003 - 11:49pm
Emmie's picture
Joined: 10/27/2002 - 09:00

When I first realized that Ruth was feeding the baby peanut butter, my stomach turned. I had two thoughts. Either they were going to have the baby have a reaction or just ignore the whole idea of not giving babies peanut butter. I was so happy to see the baby's mom call her and tell her that you shouldn't feed peanut butter to a baby because of them developing allergies. It was also great to hear about the honey because of botulism. Wasn't there something else mentioned too? Thumbs up to Six Feet Under for informing others.

Posted on: Sun, 03/02/2003 - 11:49pm
Peg541's picture
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

Ruth (the mother) is such a wonderful character. She almost has no identity outside of her home and family. She is the same color! as her kitchen and her home. She just blends in.
Ruth would NEVER knowingly do anything to hurt her grandchild. (Neither would we and how many of us ate PB while pregnant?) She was just doing what she thought was correct, introducing her grandchild to different foods.
The second we saw her put that PB in the babies mouth DS and I gasped, waiting for the reaction to come. I was so glad when I saw Lili Taylor sniffing the PB on the baby's clothes. I just knew they were going to take it in the PA direction.
Well done Six Feet Under!
And BTW, the house where they film the exteriors for SFU is just a few miles from my home. DS and I drove by there a few weeks ago and we recognized it immediately. We just sat outside of it and laughed ourselves silly.

Posted on: Sun, 03/02/2003 - 11:58pm
Peg541's picture
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

Here is a link if you want to comment to HBO on last night's season opener of "Six Feet Under."
If the link does not work then go to and click on Six Feet Under, then at the bottom of the page is a "Contact us" button.

Posted on: Mon, 03/03/2003 - 10:52pm
Kathy L.'s picture
Joined: 07/30/1999 - 09:00

The only thing that is slightly inaccurate is that Lili Taylor said you shouldn't feed these foods to babies under a year. I know they didn't want to go into a big explanation, but for peanuts (pb, etc.), isn't the current recommendation three years?

Posted on: Mon, 03/03/2003 - 11:39pm
Peg541's picture
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

I think the script was going for the here and now. Maybe if they had said "three years" people would have been confused as to Maya's age which was up in the air anyway.
I'm just glad they said something!

Posted on: Tue, 03/04/2003 - 1:30am
Gwen Thornberry's picture
Joined: 10/14/1999 - 09:00

I love that show! And although we still don't have this season over here yet, thats a great plug for our side (PA).
From what you've all said, it wasn't exactly a necessary plot line (the baby DIDN'T actually react after all), it really sounds like someone trying to get the info out to the public! Well done to SFU!

Posted on: Wed, 03/05/2003 - 12:51am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

Well, we finally got the show last night! I love SFU.
I think I see a *different* storyline coming though.
This show is about the world's most disfunctional family. MIL and DIL get along great, see themselves in each other. I think this is the beginning of friction between the two of them.
It could still be done in an educational way. Showing both sides of the issue. (i.e. mom worries about causing allergies, grandma says she fed all her kids pb)
Maybe some MIL's out there will see themselves and try to be more supportive of the parents of their pa grandchildren. [img][/img]
Also wanted to point out they led into this on the final episode of Season 2. There was mention of a child who was *allergic to everything* but it was just a passing comment.

Posted on: Mon, 03/17/2003 - 4:03am
abers's picture
Joined: 10/11/2001 - 09:00

Interesting continuation of the PB plotline last night. The baby's mom mentioned that Ruth was still upset because of what she had told her about the peanut butter. Then, later in the episode, they showed the mom worrying about vaccinations and mentioning that she was against it. I was a little disappointed, because I don't like the idea of lumping concern about PA (a legitimate concern which the greater medical community supports) along with concern about vaccination (which the medical community does not support -- in fact, still emphactically encourages vaccination). It will be too bad if the character comes off as a crazy mother terrified of everything. I still appreciate last week's episode though, especially coming in the same week as all the good publicity about the drug.

Posted on: Wed, 05/07/2003 - 12:07am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

They really blew it last night. The show started with a bee sting. And they new the woman was allergic.
No antihistamine
No epi-pen
No comments about how these could have saved her.
I realize they couldn't have her properly prepared (they did want a funeral after all) but they could have had a bit of the "what ifs".


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