United States of Tara

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Monday 10:30 PM Jan 18, 2009 on Showtime



  • Trivia

    • Music: "Cheap and Cheerful" by The Kills, "My Bubblegum" by Rasheeda, "Souljacker Part I" by Eels, "Cocaine" by Eric Clapton, "Love of the Loveless" by Eels

    • T is a vegetarian. Buck is the only alter that is left-handed.

    • Nicknames Given by T/Tara/Buck: Night Marsh/Peach Fuss/Marsha/Doris Day (Marshall), Maxi-Pad (Max), Leather Tit (Charmaine), Bonehead (Kate)

    • The book that Marshall is reading when Tara walks in is "Sybil", a true story about a woman who had 13 different personalities. He hid the book in order to not offend his mother. Also, the book that Marshall is reading at the gun range is "Valley of the Dolls".

    • The two songs in the episode are by the American rock band Eels. Mark Oliver Everett's (also known as E, the lead singer of the band) father was a quantum physicist who proposed a theory of quantum mechanics that predicts the existence of parallel universes (and had a history of mental illness). The Eels are also thought to be a pretty quirky band themselves. The two songs are "Love the Loveless" and "Souljacker Part 1".

  • Quotes

    • (After Buck misses the strike at bowling)
      Max: Prepare to be schooled!
      Buck: That school got a short bus?

    • (as they watch Kate's ballet recital)
      Marshall: You're enjoying this.
      Buck: Shut up, faggot.
      Marshall: Maybe you're one too.
      (Buck slaps Marshall at the back of his head.)

    • Tara: Listen, I... I wanna thank you for being such a strong, supportive kid. I'm really lucky.
      Marshall: We're lucky, mom. I mean, because of you, we get to be interesting.
      Tara: You like being interesting?
      Marshall: I love it!

    • Charmaine: (referring to Tara) Why can't she just stop? I mean, it's not even a real disease, Max.
      Max: It's real, Charmie. You grew up with her. You know better than anybody. Look, nobody's trying to imply that you have no right to be angry. You do. We're all angry at the crazy. But... I've been living with this for 17 years. Married to it. You just take it to Pampered Chef parties.

    • Charmaine: ...something tells me my sister isn't home tonight.
      T: Oh my God! You're so smart. I can't believe you never finished massage school.

    • T: Pudding is good... ding.

    • T: (shows a bunch of credit cards) We're fully laminated, baby.
      Kate: (hugs T) T! This is why I love you the best out of all the alters!
      T: Drugs, not hugs.

    • T: (referring to Tara) She went all CSI on that pubic patch you call a backpack.
      Kate: (grabs her stuffed monkey bag) Mom violated a monkey. That bitch.

    • Max: I know what Mom found in your purse so I'm not real thrilled with you right now.
      Kate: Oh I'm sorry. I guess I should have let that fertilized egg implant itself in my uterus.

    • Max: Is Mom here?
      Marshall: Yeah. I mean Mom's here... but I'm not sure Mom's here.

    • Kate: Nice whale-tale.
      T: Quit hating. You wish you had all this. (shakes her ass)

    • T: Dude, I have been digging around in your closet for an hour and I can't freaking get to Narnia.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • T: Dude, I have been digging around in your closet for an hour and I can't fucking get to Narnia.

      Narnia is an enchanted place depicted by children's book author C.S. Lewis in his fantasy novel series, The Chronicles of Narnia. In the first book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the protagonists discover a wardrobe (or standing closet) which led them to said magical world.

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