i just realized after obsessively watching united states of tara and getting so into it, that in actuality it is so similar in a few key ways to the first episode of the ninth season of law and order svu. i was just mindlessly watching svu on netflix and for real…there are five personalities, alternates, to the bad guy in this episode, a woman with a history of prolonged sexual abuse. One of the personalities is her own therapist, one is a man, one is a flirtatious teenager, and one is the woman’s childhood self. Wow that sounds a lot like Shoshana, Buck (and in svu the male alternate’s name is Burt), T, and Chicken. As well as (until the reveal at the end proving this woman a bad guy) a bunch of sympathetic stuff. Same group of words used in Tara: alternates, losing time, etc. In fact, the same teary speech about how horrible losing time is repeated throughout the series by Tara, is mirrored by this svu character. There were a lot of little things too….and this episode came out two years before the first episode of tara.
who am i to judge steven spielberg for getting his inspiration from law and order svu.