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'United States of Tara' - 'Doin' Time' Recap

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 20th 2010 12:44AM
(S02E05) There's something very comforting about the massive dysfunction among Tara and her family, especially since they have such a way of not letting the craziness really get to them. It's almost as if Tara's condition has prepared those around her to accept whatever slings and arrows get tossed their way. More on the latest patient of Dr. Shoshona Schoenbaum and Neil's hairy back patch after the jump.

So the doctor is in. Max was not amused by Tara's latest alter, Dr. Shoshona, assuming that she was simply another sign that Tara's transitioning and is -- therefore -- not well. But Tara's actually doing pretty well. The new alter is a healer, and there's something about the Hubbard house that's triggering Tara's memories. We're still in the dark about Tara and Charmaine and whoever Mimi was, but at least there's movement.

The latest persona for Toni Collette, Dr. Schoenbaum, is a brilliant turn. And her office in that early 1970s house is spot on. The whole Shoshona thing just cries out 1973! And the doctor is sort of a Carly Simon type with a New York Jewish bent. When she turned up in Tara's car, she correctly surmised that Tara was avoiding going after Max because she hadn't worked out her own issues. The scene outside the car had some amazing matching in the Tara/Shoshana shots. Really well done. You couldn't tell where the line was between them.

Max's rage against Sully resulted in his getting arrested. No biggie, but when Tara failed to show up to bail him out, it was a good excuse to get Neil back into the picture. Patton Oswalt may only get a scene or two on the show, but Neil's a great little character. His analysis of Max was dead on; Max wants to beat the shit out of Tara and he can't, so he went after Sully.

When Tara and Max finally confronted the Shoshona situation, Max still couldn't see the value in Shoshona. Tara floored him by saying, "You need me to be sick because it's the only thing holding us together," and the germ of truth in that statement was enough to force Max to reconsider. You don't walk back from a line like that. And so when Max watched Tara transition out the door and into the Hubbard house in the middle of the night, Max agreed to let the 'doctor' become his sounding board. Tara listened from the hallway.

Other Points of Interest

-- Shoshona's point to Max, that there are givers and there are getters, nailed him as the giver.

-- Marsh tried to break up with Courtney, but he couldn't do it when their 'unique relationship' proved to be more important to her than it is to him. Marsh, short for marshmallow.

-- When Charmaine went for a sonogram, were you really surprised that she was only three to four weeks pregnant, meaning Neil's the baby daddy. Not Nick. That lead to the best line of the night: "I want my wedding pictures with Nick. I want my wedding night with Neil."

-- Max tried to be nice to Pammy at the bar, but she wasn't interested in his pity tip. She responded with a vivid description of sex with Tara that was like a kick in the groin for Max.

-- Aunt Jemima is black, but "Mrs. Butterworth is a clearcausian."

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John Adami

Shoshana character is straight out of 1973. Did anyone notice, while in the car with Tara she was drinking a Tab.

April 20 2010 at 8:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Karen

They still sell Tab. I couldn't believe it when I saw it in the Jewel grocery store.

April 20 2010 at 9:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lincoln

What was Pammy's exact words to Max when she descriped sex with Tara? I thought it was brilliant but I didn't find a pencil fast enough to write it down! Help.

April 20 2010 at 8:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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brooke

"Your wife, she tastes like rain. And sometimes kiwi fruit. And once she tasted like a penny."

Best line of the series so far.

April 23 2010 at 12:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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