‘United States Of Tara’ Recap: ...youwillnotwin...

Mar 29, 2011 | 7:06am EDT

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S3S1: The first season of United States of Tara drew me into this crazy world of the Gregsons' and held me there because it didn’t go anywhere. It was simply satisfied to sit by and try and figure out who Tara is/was/will be. But then season two happened and something went astray. The plot became jumpy, bouncing back and forth with little care for the consequences. I wasn't about to give it up, but it didn't grab me the way the first one did. However, three looks to jump back and become a stronger season. There are some incredible visuals, sharp dialogue, and Eddie Izzard makes for a very fine guest star. While I am less interested in the cause of Tara’s condition (for instance, what does she expect to happen when she figures it out? That she’ll be better instantly? All it will do is help her recover herself and then we’ll be back with the self reflection or as I like to call it, the good stuff), it does play a critical part in the good stuff.

Basically, if you even remotely dug the first two seasons, the third one continues in fine form.

"I’m sick of being the least interesting person inside of me" -Tara

The big thing for this season is Tara goes back to school. Of course, she wants to study psychology and winds up with Eddie Izzard as her professor. (Not familiar with his stand up? Get familiar.) Max is worried about Tara being back in school because the last time she was she tried to commit suicide. And what do you know? After worrying about a paper until the middle of the night she almost loses control and takes a letter opener to her wrists, but the alters show up and help her write the paper.

What was really interesting about this little segment was this was the first time we’ve seen her have co-consciousness with all the alters at the same time. And even more important, they were all working together to achieve a common goal: Tara’s goal. How crazy was that? Is this a sign that she is finally breaking through? Man, I hope so. But who was typing all the “youwillnotwin” stuff? Another alter? The embodiment of self-doubt? If Gimme can be pure Id, what’s to say there isn’t an evil alter? Now that would be fun!

"Well in a different way, you’re helping my point." -Kate

Meanwhile, the other big story this week was Charmaine’s baby and dealing with Neil. After being left at the alter, Char has her own little revenge when she rejects Neil’s absolutely lovable proposal. I tend to swing back and forth about Char, some weeks I like her, some I don’t. But you know who never wavers in my admiration? Patton Oswalt. I mean, who else could make running around a table being chased by a pregnant woman not only funny, but a little endearing? And to think, some people think of him only as a stand up. And a voice of a rat. But that’s beside the point.

"Boyfriend is just another one of those gross words like vagina or love." -Lionel

As for the rest of the family, Marshall is dealing with his new boyfriend Lionel. Blah, blah, blah, this is all set up for stuff that happens later so not much to recap. Kate tries to find a job elsewhere but is haunted by her internet past. Those darn internets, always keeping kids from getting jobs. Max was kind of left out of this episode, but fear not.

One last thing -- the opening credit sequence is gone. Thoughts? I was always a fan of it, but after re-watching all of season two in a few days, I got kind of tired of it. Honestly, one morning I woke up singing the last line over and over and it's not that fun. It’s one of the more beautiful credit sequences, but removing it frees up a whole minute of other fun stuff we can get into. Alas, we have a catch-22.

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