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Q On a recent episode of NBC’s Boston-based Crossing Jordan (inset), a mortician says he’s with Fisher & Sons, the L.A. funeral home on HBO’s Six Feet Under (above). What’s the connection?

A ”It was an affectionate nod to the show,” says a Jordan rep. ”We all just love [the show]. It’s an acknowledgment that we all exist in the same false world of dead people and mortuaries and funeral homes.” Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball hadn’t heard of the inter-network reference until EW called, but a publicist for the drama says Ball is flattered. No wonder – it’s a killer compliment. – Margaret Littman (Send queries to BurningQuestions@ew.com)