United States of Tara

Season 1 Episode 11


Aired Monday 10:30 PM Mar 29, 2009 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

Tara checks into a facility specializing in her disorder. At the facility, she is forced to look back at the memories that she has so long forgotten of her past.

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  • This is a low tempo episode, the aftermath of the general outburst that took place in the previous one.

    The characters are forced to make decisions and arrange their lives according to the changes that took place in the previous episode. Max has to accept the fact that Jason wants nothing to do with him, Katie is disillusioned in regards to her manager, realizing he makes a habit of hitting on new employees, Tara is forced to admit that she has a serious problem and Max is obliged to stay with her in a treatment facility, and work his way towards understanding her problem. On the other hand Charmaine is learning to feel good about her improved body, and tries to flirt her way into her new boyfriend's life.

    I think the writers are trying to bring the first cycle of the series to a close, because in the next episode we're going to learn about what happened in Tara's past to cause the DID. This one is more of a filler, with each person arranging things in their heads and in their lives, rejecting what doesn't work and trying to find something that does.moreless
Joel Gretsch

Joel Gretsch

Dr. Holden

Guest Star

Robin Weigert

Robin Weigert


Guest Star

Patricia Belcher

Patricia Belcher


Guest Star

Nathan Corddry

Nathan Corddry

Gene Stuart

Recurring Role

Patton Oswalt

Patton Oswalt


Recurring Role

Andrew Lawrence

Andrew Lawrence


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • (talking about co-consciousness with Tara's alters)
      Dr. Holden: Well, what about the time when T hit on your son's friend?
      Tara: I could see everything she was doing. You know, I don't know what's worse... Not knowing the shit you do or seeing it and not being able to stop it.

    • Gloria: The food-service industry is a hotbed of sexual impropriety. It's basically institutionalized. That's why people work at restaurants. It's not uncommon for young waitresses to develop feelings for their manager. It's okay if you blew him. Did you blow him?
      Kate: No. I didn't.

    • Charmaine: Guess what I did. I didn't sleep with him. I didn't let him sleep over, and... perhaps extended this lovely thing yet another day by continuing to treat myself like a special prize he has to win.
      Kate: Oh, really? So was it you or that special prize that was having a screaming orgasm at 1:30 in the morning?

    • Gene: I have friends all over Barnabeez. That means when there's something squirrelly scooting up the flagpole, I get a call.
      Kate: I think you get a call because you can't keep your penis out of the face of every girl who works for you.
      Gene: Penis is not an acceptable word for the workplace.

    • Tara: (in front of her camera) Sometimes the strongest thing you can do is ask for help. We need a bigger fucking boat.

    • Max: Nobody's acting, Marsh, especially not your mom.
      Marshall: Right, because she's insane. I mean, we're living so far off the map, it's like early John Waters or something, before Divine was even adorable.

    • (after Marshall set T's shed on fire)
      Max: Tell me that you know that was wrong, right? There are other ways to express yourself.
      Marshall: Dad, please don't send me to military school.
      Max: It's worse than that, pal. You're going to regular-ass-school.

    • Tara: I don't remember what happened at boarding school, but I do have vivid memories of a few weeks afterwards. It was a month until summer break, and I couldn't wait to get out. I'm such a total summer person. And I remember I wore my bathing suit under my clothes every day. And while everybody was going to class and going on with their lives, I just sat in my dorm window, waiting for summer to come.
      Jenny: Did it?
      Tara: The next thing I remember is snow. Everywhere. I was at my parents', and six months had gone by in an instant and it was just white.
      Dr. Holden: What did you think of the snow?
      Tara: It was... I mean, not what I expected. But it was beautiful.

    • Jason: I don't even know what to say. I am so sorry.
      Marshall: It's not your fault. I mean, my mom's a total freak show. She's actually at a hospital for the criminally insane now.
      Jason: She is? Wow. I didn't even know they had hospitals for the criminally insane anymore.
      Marshall: There's like one. It's outside of Chicago.

    • Tara: Yeah, well, if it makes you feel any better, I'm not having much luck bringing any of my alters out.
      Max: I thought this guy was the shit. And at home, we can't get them to stay in.

    • Kate: Do you even get what mom's alters do?
      Marshall: Ruin my fucking life?
      Kate: No. They do stuff for mom. She was protecting you. Jason is nothing but a bi-curious church monkey who's using you to find some edge.
      Marshall: That's not true.
      Kate: Okay. So maybe he will fuck some guys, and maybe you can get him to fuck you. But he's gonna marry a girl, and he's never gonna love you the same way that you love him. So T came out to try and put a stop to it.

  • NOTES (3)

    • A lot of the set from the show Scrubs is used in the facility that Max and Tara go to. The entrance is the same reception area, the cafeteria is used as a group therapy session as well as a cafeteria, the doctor's office is the same as Dr. Cox's, the exit Max takes is the same one used in the show and the ward is also used.

    • International Air Dates:
      Sweden: December 3, 2009 on Kanal 9
      Latin America: December 8, 2009 on Canal Fox
      Germany: April 7, 2011 on ARD

    • This episode is rated TV-MA for graphic language and adult content.


    • Marshall: ...it's like early John Waters or something, before Divine was even adorable. Legendary American filmmaker John Waters' early films included the Trash Trilogy, which starred his childhood friend Divine portraying oddball characters performing shameless acts and immersing in shocking situations.

    • Max: There's no Highway 84. She's quoting convoy and talking about stunts she saw in a Burt Reynolds movie.

      Burt Reynolds starred as J.J. McClure, an outlaw cross-country road racer, in the 1984 comedy flick Cannonball Run II.

    • Marshall: In the words of police chief Martin Brody, we need a bigger boat.

      Police chief Martin Brody is the main character in Jaws, a best-selling novel by Peter Benchley. It was adapted for the screen in 1975 in which Roy Scheider starred as Martin Brody.