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S02E08: Explosive Diorama
Showtime  ·  28 minutes  ·  Original Broadcast: May 10, 2010

Directed by: Penny Marshall  |  Written by: Diablo Cody, Jill Soloway

Official synopsis: Marshall Gregson becomes closer to Lionel Trane, his new gay friend who is involved in a wild lifestyle of drugs and parties. Tara Gregson becomes closer to Lynda, which angers Kate Gregson. Kate is unprepared for what happens when she associates with her superhero persona online. Charmaine tells Nick that she is pregnant with Neil’s baby and he doesn’t take it well.

Please note that recaps feature spoilers on the individual episode.
This recap was written by Matt Richenthal for TV Fanatic, May 11, 2010

Last night United States of Tara was really the first episode that Tara did not change into one of her alters. This is perhaps with the help of her new BFF Lynda – yes, Kate’s old idol – but, we aren’t too sure that this new Tara will last. One has to think that Tara being able to express her art in a new environment without Max, Marshall, and Kate around has something to do with it, but maybe this non altered Tara really is another alter? Okay stay with us here – maybe this Tara is one that wants to be free of her family and responsibilities – she really seems enamored by Lynda’s lifestyle. Perhaps this is a new alter that wants to be like Lynda?

“Explosive Diorama” had some ridiculous scenes almost bordering on pornography. It all had to do with Kate and her knew “profession”. Would you call Kate a prostitute? Porn star? Really, she is only steps away from becoming one. I don’t care how many Vespas and Magic Bullets you can get for free – we don’t think anything is worth the price of your own dignity. And really, how much self respect can you have after someone jerks off to you sitting on a bunch of balloons…gross! At first we thought Charmaine was crazy to believe that Nick would understand her infidelity and still want to marry her and raise another mans child, but he does stick by her anyway! We love this show and the zany predicaments the characters find themselves in each week, but this was way too Jerry Springer for us! They even gave Neil a ride home from the art show – can we say awkward! Why is Marshall snorting A-bombs in the bathroom with his thirty-something neighbor? This friendship is strange and we can foresee something bad happening here…

What about the final scene with Max going to the bar where Pammy works and she lets him in! Will this mean that these two will bond over a couple of drinks? Bringing Max to have a non-platonic friendship with Pammy?! We hope not!!!

Guest Cast: Viola Davis (Lynda P. Frazier), Patton Oswalt (Neil), Joey Lauren Adams (Pammy), Matthew Del Negro (Nick Hurley), Michael Hitchcock (Ted Mayo), Sammy Sheik (Hany), Michael J. Willett (Lionel), Ethan Cohn (Dark Nihilist), Daniel Kountz (Fourth Doctor)