United States of Tara

Season 1 Episode 12


Aired Monday 10:30 PM Apr 05, 2009 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

Tara meets face to face with a person from her past. To ease her pain, Tara makes up with Marshall.

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  • The episode was well written and all the characters clicked into place.

    The episode was well written and all the characters clicked into place. Also Tara's story was advanced satisfactorily, the sub-plots with Brie and Marsh at times are more juicy than the crux of the show, Tara herself. This is the reason why I'm a little disappointed, I was expecting more fireworks with Tara in the season finale. I'm not saying it was bad, I'm just saying the confrontation with Trip was within expectations... nothing spectacular but not bland by any means. It felt like another episode rather than the season finally. Don't get me wrong, I like the show but I was hoping for jaw dropping moments like you get in Dexter.moreless
  • Season finale for Tara

    Tara finds absolution from her past, by clearing up the incident with Trip. She meets Trip and his wife, along with Max and the psychiatrist who supervises the meeting. During the meeting Tee appears, and it becomes known that Tara had DID before the incident, and that Tee was the aspect who participated in it. Exhausted and sad, she asks to go home and everyone leaves the clinic.

    I liked how Max realized Tara was only trying to protect him by altering to Tee and making out with Jason, and how he visits the clinic and tells her he's sorry. And Max was very supportive after breaking out in the previous episode. But Tara still has issues to resolve, and now that the Trip incident is revealed not to be the cause of everything, she has lots more work to do to find out what the cause is. I'll be tuning in to next season!moreless
Joel Gretsch

Joel Gretsch

Dr. Holden

Guest Star

Ross Mackenzie

Ross Mackenzie


Guest Star

Eric Tiede

Eric Tiede


Guest Star

Nathan Corddry

Nathan Corddry

Gene Stuart

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • (Marshall checks mobile phone for messages.)
      Nick: Bad text?
      Marshall: No text.
      Nick: Girl thing?
      Marshall: Guy thing.
      Nick: Oh, right.

    • (at the hospital)
      Tara: You came 200 miles.
      Marshall: It was necessary. I forgive you, mom. And I love you.

    • Charmaine: Do you like Nick?
      Marshall: Fake Uncle Nick?
      Charmaine: My boyfriend Nick. Do you like him better than Neil?
      Marshall: It's like apples and oranges, you know? I mean, to use literary tropes... Neil is a holy fool, and Nick... Nick is like Deus ex machina.
      Charmaine: God's gift, right?
      Marshall: Sort of.

    • Gene: You're the one.
      Kate: No, I'm not.
      Gene: Yes, you are. From the moment you walked in with that silly blue streak in you hair, I knew I would never be the same. As a manager or a man.
      Kate: Wow.
      Gene: Wow indeed.

    • Charmaine: (reading from a magazine) Sex tips for the frumpy housewives.
      Marshall: What does it say? Is it gross?
      Charmaine: It says position a pillow under his back to elevate him comfortably and provide more stimulation to your...
      Marshall: Oh, I don't wanna hear about anyone's vagina. Especially not a coupon-clipping mom vagina.

    • T: (looking at a framed picture from Dr. Holden's desk) She's hot. I'm not a lezzo, but I'd suck her box.
      Max: That's enough!

    • Dr. Holden: I'm here with Max, Tara. And we want you to know that you're safe.
      Max: Yeah, nothing bad is gonna happen to you.
      Alice: I told you, there's no Tara.
      Dr. Holden: I think there is, and she's stronger than you think, Alice.
      Alice: No, she isn't. She's weak, and she needs me. That you would suggest... That you would dare to suggest that you know her better than I do. Just...
      (Alice closes her eyes and after a few seconds...)
      Tara: I wanna go home.

    • Charmaine: I can't believe how normal you are.
      Marshall: I can't believe you're so damaged you think I'm normal.

  • NOTES (3)