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'Roswell' recap: What's so great about normal?

Season 1 | Episode 14 | “Blind Date” | Aired Feb 9, 2000

If you haven’t caught on yet, I’m skipping over the sci-fi-heavy episodes in favor of the lighter, more character-driven choices. I think “Blind Date” qualifies as a universal fan favorite for a number of reasons—the biggest one being Drunk Max, of course! Plus, Maria’s interest in music is first introduced here, and we finally start to see Kyle’s snarky side.

As a refresher, Max and Liz aren’t quite an official couple yet, even though they sure act like one. Much to Liz’s surprise, she wins a contest for a blind dream date set up by a radio station. She didn’t even enter herself; Maria did it for her. When the DJ asks Liz to describe her dream date, she literally can’t stop thinking of Max as she answers, “a serious, dark-haired mystery man from an exotic place.”

Poor Max witnesses the preparation for this date all week as the radio station takes up permanent residence in the Crashdown Cafe. The night of the actual date is when the fun really begins. A drunken Kyle (and a truck full of random football players) stops at Max’s house to lure him out to bond over their shared experience of losing Liz. Although, as Max points out to Kyle, they were never actually dating (yet), so it’s not like Liz technically broke up with him.

Kyle and Max watch from the street with a crowd of onlookers as Liz and her date, Doug, have the most awkward dinner ever. The DJ is even sitting at a table behind them, reporting on the air everything they’re talking about. Finally, Liz and Doug sneak out of the fancy restaurant in favor of the Crashdown to get some privacy.

Meanwhile, Max takes one teeny tiny sip from Kyle’s flask, and he’s instantly drunk. It’s the first drink he’s ever had, but it’s a really welcome change from his brooding. Kyle and Max get the brilliant idea to both try to win Liz back. Their first stop is to break into Liz’s room via her roof deck. Max uses his powers to leave a sweet “M.E + L.P.” inside of a heart drawn on the wall outside. He also hilariously changes Maria’s and Alex’s faces in a framed picture with Liz into his own image before Liz, Doug and the radio DJ find them in her room.


Liz sees that Max is probably just a slip away from revealing his biggest secret to Kyle, so she sneaks away from her date to be with Max. What follows is just about the most honest Max has ever allowed himself to be with Liz, and it’s the cutest scene. He confesses to her that she’s his dream girl, and that “it’s all just magic when I think about you.” Aww! Liz wants to believe him, but she knows he’s not in his right mind. She tells him so, and adds that they could never be normal. Max starts setting off car alarms and turns the streetlights into disco lights as he replies, “What’s so great about normal?” He’s got a point there, Liz!


Later, when Liz is onstage with her three potential suitors (Doug, Kyle and Max), the radio DJ asks her to choose among them. Max takes control and kisses her, but he’s instantly sobered up. He runs away, and when Liz catches up to ask him if he meant everything he said that night, he claims he doesn’t remember anything.

All of this happened before the concert where Maria and The Whits (Alex’s band) are playing. Alex was in search of a new lead singer to enter the contest to win the opening spot for a mystery band that was to be revealed the night of the show. Lucky for Alex, Maria has been known to hit up some karaoke nights, and she volunteers to fill in even after she insulted the band’s name. Maria lets this all go to her head, calling the already established band “hers” when indeed she was new to the whole scene. Stage fright finally caught up to Maria when they were about to go onstage as the main act, since the big band never made it. Alex lets all her diva behaviors slide as he calms Maria down before the performance.

Michael and Isabel were off on their own for much of the episode. Michael has been in search of Nasedo, the only other alien in existence that they know of. The information they have about this guy isn’t good news at all, though, as he’s a proven murderer. Michael and Isabel go behind Max’s back to attempt to summon him by burning an ancient symbol into the grass of a location that just so happens to be the public library. I’m not sure where the cops were tonight that they didn’t get caught, but alas, Michael and Isabel don’t even get a response from the mysterious Nasedo. Or do they? MichaelIsabel2

As a haunting cover of “In the Air Tonight” sung by Maria plays, we see Nasedo visit the site of Michael and Isabel’s message. He’s definitely aware of them now. The only question is: When will he make his presence known?

That wraps up another essential episode of Roswell. This was the last pre-Tess episode I’ll be covering, so enjoy the calm simplicity before the storm. Check back next week, when I recap the first-season finale!

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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