"It's driving me freaking nuts. It's like I know too much but I don't know enough. I just want to fix it." -MaxWhy would any man, even as laid-back and decent a man as Max Gregson, sign himself up for a lifetime with Tara and all the complications she brings? Yes, obviously he loves her, and there's a part of him that gets a kick out of the alters, but the more we watch the show, the more clear it becomes that Max is a fixer. He thinks that if he loves Tara enough, digs deeply into the cause of her condition, he might be able to make it go away so he can have his wife and only his wife 24/7.
"You're funny." -Charmaine
"That you think you can fix it." -Charmaine
With Tara absent from all but the first few minutes of "Abundance," we get to watch Max play fixer for one of the alters. Alice can be a manipulator, but Max has already shown that she can't manipulate him, and so here he actually humors her delusions of pregnancy, and comforts her at the end when Tara's period arrives to spoil Alice's fantasy. Even though Max would like the alters out of his life, he does have affection for all of them -- Buck is the drinking buddy he doesn't usually have, T is more outgoing than Tara lets herself be, and even Alice is mostly harmless (and more attractive to him than he likes to let on) -- and so he takes care of them during their times of crisis just as much as he does for Tara herself.
Alice's long stint also lets Max find out the poncho goblin alter's name -- the appropriately creepy-sounding Gimme -- and to park her in front of Dr. Ocean, who is wildly out of her depth with this patient. (Valerie Mahaffey's exhalation after Max and Alice left was hilarious.) To me, though, the most interesting part was when Alice more or less tells Charmaine (while painting the crib) that she considers herself the dominant personality and puts Tara on the same level as Buck and T. Maybe Buck and T think the same way of themselves, but Alice is the only one of the three whom we've heard express a desire to be in charge all the time. I could see, maybe sometime next season, a story arc where Tara and Alice are locked in a battle for control of the body, Banner vs. Hulk style.
The non-Max/Alice portions of "Abundance" didn't do a whole lot for me. Amusing as it was to see that Marshall and Jason got assigned to play a leather-clad S&M couple at the Hell House, I'm still waiting for that storyline to go somewhere. And while Kate's situation with Gene might be realistic (I doubt a girl her age would want or have the ability to threaten a sexual harassment suit), it feels both predictable and uncomfortable. The one part of that story that worked was when it tied back into the main plot and Alice gave Kate tips on how to stroke Gene's ego and get her job back.
I believe we have four episodes to go, and while this isn't a plot-driven show, I'd like to see some significant movement on all these stories between now and the finale.
What did everybody else think?