Six Feet Under has been pretty worthless this season. Either the writers just gave up, or what they're trying to do is way over my head. But, Frances Conroy has really been fantastic as Ruth. I love the character, mostly because Conroy just makes her so believable and real. Her skill is more noticeable now that the drama of the show is non-existent. I see now that she absolutely deserved the Emmy that she won for this role.