United States of Tara Review: "Crunchy Ice"

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Marshall moved out of the house to kick off "Crunchy Ice," relocating all the way to... his grandmother's house?

Considering the troubled teen's declaration that he needed to get away from his dysfunctional family, it seemed rather weak for the show to simply place him a simple drive away.

But this irritation was made up for when Marshall stopped at home and was thrown to the ground by Bryce. It was nice to see Tara snapped back to reality following that encounter, a confrontation that would be any mother's worst nightmare.

Marshall and Grandma

Among my many reasons to praise this season of the show has been the spotlight it's shined on Keir Gilchrist. He once again rose to the occasion as Marshall, making viewers feel every ounce of pain that was going on inside of a boy who has essentially lost his parent.

But is that parent truly ready to get better? Apparently not, based on the action that concluded the episode.

Where is she running off to? And why? The series has done an outstanding job this season of depicting how Tara's disorder is far more dangerous than the family previously thought, but can Tara herself really not see that?

For someone who wants to rid herself of these alters - that's why Tara sought Hatteras' help to begin with, right? - it's unclear why she's resisting professional help. 

Elsewhere, both Kate and Charmaine have really grown over the last few episodes. Mostly self-centered and unsure of their future for a duration of the series, true love appears to have set them straight. The latter can fight it, but Neil is clearly The One for her.

I'm betting Evan will be for Kate, as well. Even a crazed toddler can't get in the way of how he makes her feel.

What did everyone else think of the episode and how it led into next week's finale? With the unfortunate news that Tara has been canceled, how do you think the series will play out?


Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
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Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.


I agree with Luke. He brought up valid points that this reviewer hadnt thought of. I still cant believe they are axing this show.


@ Matt richenthal, Tara was obviously trying to off herself, and not run away as you put it. I think she felt that was the only way max would be free of herself. Also she has not been opposed to professional help; max is the one who doesn't think she needs it (at least until the end of the episode.) I hate that this show is ending :(

Leigh r

Showtime said next week was the Season Finale, isn't it the Series Finale?? Sadly :(


I could name alot more shows that should be canceled way before this brilliant well written and greatly casted show. I have watched this show from the start and have seen it grow each year. Im very sad its ending ill miss the Gregsons and their drama filled (very funny at times) lives! Bryce scares me well done Toni Collete :)


I love this series! I hate that it's ending!!!!! This episode was superb!!!!


Pretty clear to me that she's running off to Boston. Remember, Max is a codependent.

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