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S02E09: The Family Portrait
Showtime  ·  28 minutes  ·  Original Broadcast: May 17, 2010

Directed by: Jamie Babbit  |  Written by: Craig Wright

Official synopsis: Max Gregson has a one night stand with Pammy who begins to fall for him. Kate Gregson is intrigued by a fan of hers, Zach, who she meets on the Internet. Nick agrees to raise the new baby with Charmaine but she has to tell Neil to sign away all rights to the baby, which he doesn’t want to do. Marshall Gregson learns that Lionel Trane is the indirect cause of their gay neighbors’ separation.

Please note that recaps feature spoilers on the individual episode.
This recap was written by Matt Richenthal for TV Fanatic, May 18, 2010

With only a couple episodes left of United States of Tara, we are only just beginning to see just how deep Tara’s rabbit hole really is! “The Family Portrait” showed us a side of Max we never wanted to see! We know that Tara as Buck has been unfaithful to him, but did he really need to get back at her by sleeping with the same woman? There are so many things wrong with this picture. When he left the art show last week, we knew he was up to know good! For some reason, we still see Aiden in his character and maybe that’s why we are so disappointed with him. Up until last night’s episode Max was pretty much a very stand up guy. Why do you think he cheated on Tara? Was it revenge? We can’t believe Pammy would want to get so personally involved…this is a bit too reminiscent of Jerry Springer for us.

Lynda’s outburst to Kate really surprised us. We weren’t sure what to make out of her relationship with both Kate and Tara. We kind of have to agree with Lynda – first Kate comes into Lynda’s life and takes on the persona of her warrior Princess and then Tara comes in and uses Lynda as an escape from her life and family. What did Lynda get out of all of this? We really can’t believe that Nick would stick by Charmaine after she not only tells him she cheated on him, but is having another man’s baby! Really? Would something like this ever happen in real life? We hope not! Poor Neil, he really does get the brunt end of the stick. But our bigger question goes out to Nick – what is wrong with him? Charmaine is boarder line crazy and isn’t even that attractive. What gives?

Guest Cast: Viola Davis (Lynda P. Frazier), Patton Oswalt (Neil), Joey Lauren Adams (Pammy), Matthew Del Negro (Nick Hurley), Seth Gabel (Zach), Michael Hitchcock (Ted Mayo), Michael J. Willett (Lionel), Jessica Chaffin (Mrs. Fox)