Toni Collette stars as a housewife with a personality disorder and a dysfunctional family. John Corbett costars as her husband. The show was penned by Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody ("Juno"), who serves as executive producer with Steven Spielberg.
Tara's alternate personality, perfect housewife Alice, steps in to deal with a disagreement between Marshall and his English teacher (Tony Hale), as well as a behavioral problem involving Kate. Patton Oswalt, Hayley McFarland.
When their physical relationship ebbs, Tara worries that Max is more interested in some of her alter egos than in her, so she heeds the advice of her therapist and schedules a "sex date" with her husband.
Marshall seizes the opportunity to throw a big bash when his mother turns into "T" and hightails it away in her car with Max and Charmaine in hot pursuit. One of the teen's ulterior motives for having the party is to get closer to Jason, on whom he has a crush.
Tara's parents (Pamela Reed, Fred Ward) visit, ostensibly for Charmaine's birthday, but Max discovers that they are there to take the kids to live with them while Tara deals with her mental-health issues, and Max tries to keep his wife from finding out the true purpose of the visit.
After getting her breasts done, Charmaine wakes up in the recovery room, where she is surprised to find "Buck" at her bedside, and even more surprised when they bond. Meanwhile, Kate's romantic advice to Marshall is for him to play hard-to-get with Jason (Andrew Lawrence).
Tara checks into an in-patient clinic that specializes in her disorder. She is treated by an engaging expert (Joel Gretsch) who encourages her to dredge up lost memories. Max, however, is reticent to join a support group for mates at the facility, where Tara's alters prove resistant to allowing her to bring up the past.
In the season finale, Max and Dr. Golden (Joel Gretsch) persuade Tara to submit to a face-to-face meeting with a pivotal character from her past, and though the encounter proves uncomfortable, progress is definitely made. Marshall and his mother clear the air and get back on good terms, which leads to a family outing at the bowling alley, where she makes a striking breakthrough.