United States of Tara

Season 1 Episode 5


Aired Monday 10:30 PM Feb 15, 2009 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

Tara turns into her teenage personality T and steals her own car. While Max and Charmaine decide to chase after her, Marshall is left at home and decides to throw a party to hopefully win the love of his crush, Jason.

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  • Tara's family plays detective to find out which one of Tara's alters vandalized Tiffany's wall. If you need me I'll be lighting my farts on fire with Buck…

    Plot Synopsis (S01E05) - Tara turns into her teenage personality T and steals her own car. While Max and Charmaine decide to chase after her, Marshall is left at home and decides to throw a party to hopefully win the love of his crush, Jason.

    It's interesting to see how Max both embraces and is disappointed in the alters. You can see his delight when Tara or 'T' rather is playing Dance Dance Revolution at the arcade.

    More Thoughts on 'Revolution': - 'My b*tch is fresh' – Max - Speaking of DDR – Toni Collette is scary in her flexibility, she was all kinds of bendy.

    - loved all the crude nicknames for Kate's ex-boyfriends new girl

    - 'T' kissing that guy was a real reminder of just how far from Tara her alters really are. - Nate Coddry (Gene) was also pretty good as Kate's boss and potential new love interest – although she doesn't seem into him at all.

    - I totally didn't buy that the kids at the arcade thought Toni Collette was a teenager, it didn't make sense at all.

    Bottom Line: I really liked this episode, loved Marshall trying to find out which alter did it, and throwing a Peppermint Schnapps party to lure his crush over to his place. Next week: Tara's parents visit!

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  • The series takes a slow but steady turn into the dramatic while at the same time maintaining its subtle comic elements.

    Tara just keeps getting better and better and that is no exaggeration! After the last couple episodes where they stretched the Tiffany storyline a little bit too far I was worried the writers were starting to lose their edge, but no fear! Here comes this episode to prove me wrong.

    Tee appears again in a rampage, stealing Tara's car and ditching her son's trial day in school, to go to the arcade place that she loves. Charmaine tags along with Max to go and pick her up, but when they get there Tee is allover the place and making no apparent trouble, so Max decides to stay and hang out with her. Colette delivers some of her best scenes in Tara so far, doing a sexy teen dance in front of the arcade games and flirting with a kid pretending Max is her daddy! There are also some taped Buck scenes that her kids are watching at some point, which are also amazing! Colette is so good in playing Buck it actually makes me uncomfortable! Not only is she not afraid to take on the full weight of playing a part like that, but she proves with her interpretation that all of us have hidden elements in our personalities, and it just takes the right incentive to pull them out. Talk about some shattered stereotypes. I totally loved this epi.moreless
Ashley Bell

Ashley Bell


Guest Star

Shiloh Fernandez

Shiloh Fernandez

Benjamin Lambert

Guest Star

Kelli Amanda Goss

Kelli Amanda Goss


Guest Star

Nathan Corddry

Nathan Corddry

Gene Stuart

Recurring Role

Valerie Mahaffey

Valerie Mahaffey

Dr. Ocean

Recurring Role

Andrew Lawrence

Andrew Lawrence


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Max: Please. My money's on T.
      Dr. Ocean: Interesting.
      Max: Come on. She's devious. We know she's insecure.
      Buck: (on the video) So when you see what I'm capable of, you're gonna know that I got superpowers, bitches! (flicks lighter on and farts through the flame)

    • (watching Tara dance at the arcade)
      Charmaine: Pretty good.
      Max: My bitch is fresh!

    • T: (referring to Charmaine) Why is she here?
      Max: Well, 'cause she's a nice person. And she's offered to drive Tara's car back.
      Charmaine: So, I can get up early and go to my job at the clinic. Because your actions not only affect you, you self-absorbed pretend teenager!

    • Max: T, tell these guys who I am.
      T: Hello?! I'm 16!
      Max: In your dreams, old lady.

    • (referring to Ben's new girlfriend)
      Marshall: Skank strumpet.
      Kate: Fuck pretzel.
      Marshall: Jezebel.
      Kate: Sugar hole.
      Marshall: Motherfucking cocksucking cunt blossom.

    • T: Who is this?
      Jason: I'm Jason.
      T: Wassup, Jason?
      Jason: Not too much.
      T: Are you even gay?
      Jason: What?
      T: Man or clam? Who's hungry?

    • Dr. Ocean: Tara made a new friend, Tiffany was a threat to the system.
      Max: So one of the alters was jealous?
      Dr. Ocean: And wanted to be out in the world, too.

    • Dr. Ocean: Everybody has aggression. Most women don't have a clue how much they're carrying. Which is totally understandable. We're not encouraged to express it, and we don't have societally sactioned outlets for aggression built in to our daily lives, like men do.
      Tara: Max doesn't.
      Max: Sure, I do. I play basketball.
      Tara: I'm gonna go out on a limb here and just say that with our situation it might not be enough.

    • Marshall: Are you my mother?
      T: No way.
      Marshall: Then why are you inside my mother?
      T: I don't know.
      Marshall: I want my real mother, and only my real mother, and none of you other freaks. Just her. Everybody else, go away!

    • Dr. Ocean: It's just one of your alters showing a side we've never seen.
      Tara: Great, now my alters have alters.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Marshall: Now would be a window to say something disparaging about me being very Nancy Drew and Miss-Marple-esque.

      Nancy Drew, the protagonist in Edward Stratemeyer's young adult books, and Miss Marple, a character in Agatha Christie's crime novels, are both fictional young amateur detectives.

    • Kate: Fuck pretzel.
      Marshall: Jezebel.

      Jezebel is described as a wicked, manipulative Phoenician queen in the Bible's book of Kings. The term Jezebel, connoting evil, scheming women, has also been used as titles of the 1938 film starring Bette Davis and the '50s hit by Frankie Laine.

    • T: (on video) Tupac is alive. I just saw him eating Juevos down at the pancake place.
      Tupac Shakur was an MC who was shot on September 7 1996 (drive by shooting) and died 6 days later.