Today is a busy day for the Fisher & Diaz Funeral Home. First, there is a ruthless shooting at a convenience store during a holdup, then a Power Co. lineman is electrocuted during an earthquake, and thirdly, the fittest, youngest man in a group of overweight, older people working out on treadmills has a heart attack and dies right there on the gym floor. Hence we have the title.
Emotions are raw, troubles are many. Nate is distraught over Lisa's disappearance and is full of grief. Ruth keeps assuring him everything will be alright and we get the feeling that she is not dealing with it at all.
David and Claire are beset with their individual problems but rally to comfort Nate since he is sinking fast into the pool of his sorrow.
Russell keeps pursuing Claire and tries to win her back but he is not being honest with himself or her and she is so angry with him for his indiscretion with Olivier. She then has a confrontation with Olivier in which they hurl abuse at each other and she stalks out after having pushed his buttons, but she did not emerge unscathed either.
The drama keeps on building as Keith returns from San Diego and offers to use his connections with the Sheriff's Department to try and find Lisa. He and David have become veritable strangers and cannot seem to re-connect on an emotional level.
Rico has a millstone around his neck that's bigger than the monkey on Vanessa's back, his sister-in-law who is supposed to be taking care of Vanessa but instead maxes out the family credit card with purchases they can't afford. She is an awful influence on her sister and makes matters worse. Vanessa is not getting any better and has over-medicated herself with dangerous drugs.
Can things go downhill from here, or have we reached rock bottom yet? Strangely enough, as bad as this looks on paper, the show is really uplifting.
Claire finds herself pregnant. Brenda tries to connect with Nate at the worst possible time. She then meets up with her crazy mother and brother and tries to talk her mother into driving up to Malibu to dispose of her father's ashes. Instead, her Mom flings Dad's ashes off her Westwood balcony.
Ruth suddenly wakes up to the possibility that Lisa indeed may not return and begins to sob only to find herself being comforted by a stranger who has come to attend the convenience store owner's funeral. He has a kind face and we see that there is possibly a new man in Ruth's future. Talk about foreshadowing.
Nate gets a call that Lisa's car has been found at the very spot where she made her last phone call to him. Her bag, phone and remnants of snacks and drinks are in the car, but no sign of Lisa. Nate checks into a motel and is busy falling apart. There is a knock, and it's David and Claire to comfort him.
Very early the next morning, we see Nate sitting in Lisa's car listening to an old song on her radio and just gazing out motionlessly. He is thoroughly drained and grief-stricken and we are right there with him as it all fades away.
Only two episodes left.