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'United States of Tara': A breakdown of Tara's personalities

An update on the character’s various ”alters” and an introduction to her latest uninvited guest

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Tara (Toni Collette) may seem fine when Showtime’s United States of Tara returns on March 22, but soon she’s a sacrifice to her ”alters” again. Here’s an update on her various personalities and an introduction to her latest uninvited guest.

BUCK
Tara’s roughneck alter pummels her husband, Max (John Corbett). Why? Buck’s in love and Max is mucking it up. Says executive producer Justin Falvey: ”It’s the first time we see one of the alters in a relationship with someone.” Aww, that’d be sweet if Tara weren’t, y’know, married.

T
While Max battles Buck, Tara’s son, Marshall (Keir Gilchrist), has his own drama with the obnoxious party teen T. The two still haven’t made nice after last season, when T made out with a boy Marshall had his eye on, and he retaliated by torching the shed where she hung out.

ALICE
An imaginary pregnancy left Alice fragile last season, but she’ll be huge in coming episodes, says Falvey. ”Alice reemerges in a significant way that will give us some further clarification into the backstory of Tara, her sister, their childhood — and what may have led to Tara’s mental situation.”

SHOSHANA (new this season)
Tara’s newest alter fancies herself a shrink — and a good one at that. ”She forces people to deal with issues they might otherwise sweep under the rug,” says Falvey, adding that Shoshana tries to convince Tara that her alters are good for her. (Sure, that’s what nachos and booze tell us too.)