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'United States of Tara' - 'You Becoming You' Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 13th 2010 1:02AM
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Wow, just when you think you've seen it all from Tara, something happens and you're left with your jaw dropping to the floor. Creator Diablo Cody has clearly decided that Tara's psyche is not just split, it's a frigging kaleidoscope.

Last season, there was the animal creation that came out of nowhere, and in this episode, yet another variation on the theme. However, if you saw this one coming, you're better than me, 'cause I was stunned. And surprisingly excited, too. For more on Tara, Max, Marshall and Princess Valhalla, keep reading after the jump.

So, the Pammy situation seems to be behind Tara and Max, although Buck may not have gotten the memo. He didn't reappear, so that's probably a good sign, and so was Max forgiving Tara and their renewing their relationship by making love.

Tara also had to admit to herself -- and Max -- that she's been transitioning and needs help. Ted's advice included his revelation that Kansas was filled with "...quack after quack after quack." So the name Shoshona Shoenbaum cropped up again, Ted's genius New York therapist. After reading her book, and despite Max's skepticism, Tara was invested in trying long-distance therapy. Yes, right. And what became of that? That's right, a new Tara emerged. Just like that, Tara became her own therapist by becoming Shoshona! This is going to be fun. In just the briefest scene, Toni Collette had the new alter nailed!

But more than just another alter, Shoshona is key because she's helping Tara get in touch with the memories that the Hubbard house has triggered. What does it mean for Tara to suddenly see herself and Charmaine as little girls? Was her disease present then, or was there a trauma at that point to make her break into pieces?

There was double-barreled action from Charmaine, who is still completely obsessed about the wedding, but at least Nick is back in the picture. Will the pregnancy interfere with her designer wedding dress? Actually, with the wedding, the baby and buying the Hubbard house, Charmaine's storyline is a triple play.

After last week's exploration between Marshall and Courtney, the duo decided to give sex a try, except for one tiny problem. It was a hard one to overcome, as Courtney pointed out. Post-coital, it seemed like romance wasn't part of the equation and when they were both more interested in school than boffing again, it was clear that it wasn't fireworks exploding.

Marshall was smart enough to take from that experience the essential truth. Marshall told his father that he's gay. No waffling, he knows for sure. Max was a little disappointed, but in all honesty, he and Tara already knew.

Other Points of Interest

-- John Corbett does a mean Billy Jack, but does anybody remember Billy Jack? Well, I do.

-- Kate was posing as Valhalla for Linda, presumably to make some cash from the paintings. Seemed like a lot of trouble for not necessarily a big return, but Kate digs Linda and perhaps it's more about friendship, although they did finally realize that there was money to be made.

-- Kate to Tara, about Linda being African-American: "Wake up, Fox News, there's a new sheriff in town. His name is Barack Obama."

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"However, if you saw this one coming, you're better than me, 'cause I was stunned. "
-Well, I knew it was coming because the new Altar, Shoshana, was in all of the promotional material for the new Season. So, the minute Ted mentioned her name in the first episode, I knew it would eventually become this. Still was interesting to see how it unwound though.

" What does it mean for Tara to suddenly see herself and Charmaine as little girls? Was her disease present then, or was there a trauma at that point to make her break into pieces?"
-Well, what I thought was most interesting about that first scene was that Tara was wearing her Poncho as a child... a poncho that looks exactly like the one Gimmie wears...

"Marshall told his father that he's gay. No waffling, he knows for sure. Max was a little disappointed, but in all honesty, he and Tara already knew. "
-Was Max disappointed? for some reason I thought he said in the scene with Tara that Marshal coming out gave him "some hope".

April 13 2010 at 3:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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