'United States of Tara' finale: We'll miss Marshall most of all


Last night’s season 1 finale of The United States of Tara reaffirmed my love for Tara’s son Marshall — in my mind, the best gay adolescent character on TV. He’s thoughtful, vulnerable, hilarious…basically an understated, less flamboyant version of Ugly Betty‘s Justin Suarez. Tara’s encounter with Marshall at the hospital — "I forgive you, and I love you" — was one of the best and most tear-jerking scenes of the series, and exactly what Tara needed to get in the proper head space to meet her former rapist, Trip Johanssen.

Except it wasn’t a rape at all — turns out the sexual incident Tara assumed had launched her Dissociative Identity Disorder was actually consensual, and something one of her alters had experienced instead. Though not realistic in any way, Trip’s throwaway line, "See you later, T," marked a huge turning point in Tara’s effort to cobble together her past. I loved the parting shot of the family with Tara’s alters present-as-ever in the bowling alley — progress has been made; yet nothing has been resolved. Every time an episode ends, I can’t believe this show is 30 minutes instead of an hour. Don’t you think it should run an hour for season 2, set to air in the maddeningly vague "2010"?

Click here for "Sho-runner" (and EW columnist) Diablo Cody’s commentary on the season 1 finale, which replays tonight at 10 E.T. on Showtime. What did you like about the finale, and will you stick with Tara for another season?

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  • paige

    excellent show – the cast is excellent – if toni collette does not get nominated for an Emmy, it would be a travesty…

  • Phillies Fan in SoCal

    US of Tara is one of the best shows on television, and I’m definitely in for next season. I’ll probably even buy the DVD’s of season one so I can re-watch. Great, great show, and I wholeheartedly agree that it should be an hour (or at least 44 minutes) next season!!!

  • Judah

    I will definetely stick with tara. Loved it! Also I have to agree I think Marshie is the best charachter on the show

  • Carli

    Love United States of Tara. I definitely will be back for next season, though I’m upset we have to wait so dang long! Toni Collette for Emmy!

  • Michelle

    My free Showtime expires in July and as much as I love Tara it’s not worth paying for it. I absolutely LOVE this show but Showtime as a channel sucks. I will miss you Tara.

  • K

    Annie, you summed up my feelings exactly. Every week my roommate and I look at each other at the end of an episode and wonder aloud why it is not longer than 30 minutes. Also, kudos to Andy Lawrence for his portrayal of Marshall’s crush – who would have thought?

  • Marie

    This quickly became my favorite show. Everything about it rocks!! Love it! And will miss it!!! Hurry up 2010!!

  • milo

    I love, love Tara and definitely will miss Marshall the most. I was so excited I watched the finale a whole week later on demand cuz I couldn’t wait and then talked about it, check it out: http://theninthdragonking.wordpress.com/2009/04/03/tv-damages-and-united-states-of-tara/

  • Lianne

    I don’t think the sex was completely consensual. I still think Trip took advantage but T being who she is, makes light of it and makes it seem like she was completely ok with everything that happened. I think that is why Buck was still intent on beating up Trip because it wasn’t a consensual act. Also, while I do find myself wishing that the episodes were longer, I think that is a good thing. Each episode leaves us wanting more. I think an hour would be too long for an episode. If they did make it longer maybe 40 – 45 minutes tops but even then that might be too long. I think they should keep it the way it is…us always wanting more.

  • kristen

    i think tina fey’s gonna have some stiff competition in the form of toni collette at this year’s emmys.

  • Mary

    I watch this show with my roommate, who is DID. We weren’t surprised to find out that the incident with Trip wasn’t the cause of the DID but instead just a trigger. This show is pretty realistic. Believe me, I live with it.

  • J

    What is pure genius is that this show is thirty minutes. A great thirty minutes. I’d rather watch a great thirty minutes than a so-so sixty minutes. I’m just having a problem with the 2010 part. I need more. Now!

  • Nik22

    This was a fantastic Season 1 for this show, I didn’t mind the 30 min. time, they got a lot in. Toni was just amazing as Tara, and like everyone, the son Marshall is one of the best gay adolescent characters on TV ever. Bravo to this show!

  • Melissa

    I loved it! I wish the season could last longer, but it was a great end to season 1!! I don’t know how I’m going to live without my weekly does of Marshall charm!!!

  • GH

    In my opinion this is the best show on T.V. Every episode leaves me wanting more and wishing it was an hour long. The family dynamic is beautifully done and gives the characters a real depth that is very rare in television.
    I too will miss Marshall most of all. For once we aren’t stuck with a stereotypical and downright insulting gay character. He has real substance and is really quite lovable. I can’t wait for season 2. 2010 is too far away.

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