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'Roswell' recap: I shall believe

Season 2 | Episode 5 | “The End of the World” | Aired Oct 30, 2000

Season 2 of Roswell is such a mixed bag of emotions. It has some of the absolute most memorable episodes, as well as some of the most ludicrous sci-fi storylines. Aliens who shed their skin (aka the Skins) and doppelgängers (or “dupes”) of the Royal Four aliens take up much of the middle of this season. 

It picks up at the end of the summer after Liz had walked away from Max, which only made him yearn for her even more. One of the best friendships formed this season has to be Max and Maria. In the premiere, we get the hint that he’s been bugging her all summer to get any updates he can on Liz, since she hasn’t been talking to him.

You’ll recall how Max, Michael, Isabel and Tess learned of their true identities as royalty from their home planet, and their destiny is to defend against their enemies and return home to save their families. Everyone is assuming the roles they lived in their past lives, as much as they hate it. On the other hand, they’re all rejecting their destiny in terms of romantic relationships.

That’s where this episode, “The End of the World,” comes in. Opening with a flash-forward to 2014, we see Future Max and Liz frantic about something in the Granolith (another sci-fi element introduced this season) just before Max travels back in time to the “present” (the year 2000). Check out those wigs!


Cut to Liz, Maria and Alex in the Jetta on their way to visit a psychic since they’re all dealing with different issues regarding their respective alien relationships. Alex was given the “I just want to be friends” speech by Isabel yet again. Liz is still trying to keep her distance from Max even though he’s so persistent about rejecting his destiny with Tess. Then there’s Maria, who is almost officially back with Michael—except for one little problem in the form of Courtney, the new waitress at the Crashdown, who has an annoying crush harboring on an obsession with Michael.

The psychic tells Alex what he already knows and fears about his future with Isabel: It’s a platonic friendship. As for Maria, she says that the next 48 hours of their relationship could make or break them. Perhaps most interesting of all, Liz’s tarot cards read that Max will choose love over his so-called destiny.

Liz is happy with that news, until she gets a visit from Future Max. She rightfully freaks out because she’s been duped by Nasedo appearing as Max before, so to prove that he’s really himself, Future Max predicts when his younger self showed up outside her apartment with a mariachi band to win her back. Liz can’t even fully appreciate how adorable current Max is before Future Max finally explains why he’s here: The earth is taken over by its enemies in 14 years and it’s imperative that Liz helps change the future.


Apparently, the closer 17 year old Max and Liz grew, the worse things got with Tess. This all boils down to Tess, who is the worst. “So you want me to help you and Tess get together?” Liz asks Future Max. It can’t be that simple, of course, as Max answers, “I need you to help me fall out of love with you.”

Meanwhile, Michael (or Mikey G, as Courtney calls him) accepts an invite into Courtney’s apartment when he gives her a ride home from work. He uses this as an opportunity to snoop around while she’s in the shower because, as he says, “A clean girl is a sexy girl.” Finding a cabinet stocked with skin lotion could be unusual, but before he gets the chance to find anything else, Maria shows up. She gets there just in time to see Courtney wrapped in a towel and jumps to the wrong conclusion, but Michael knows he’d better not stick around any longer after that.


It isn’t until later, when Courtney shows up at Michael’s apartment under the pretense that they’re going to hook up, that he discovers the truth about her. A piece of skin flakes off into his hands and her identity as a Skin is revealed.

Liz and Future Max think that maybe giving her blessing to Tess and attempting to set Max up with her might do the trick. Obviously Max won’t give up on Liz that easily just because Tess is reading a book he’s interested in. Liz’s second attempt is to approach Max as honestly as she can possibly be without telling him the whole truth of his future self coming back to save the world. She points out again how dangerous Max is for her, and no matter how much she may love him, she wouldn’t want to die for him. That almost worked, as Future Max’s hand started vanishing, but it wasn’t quite strong enough.

The third time is always the charm. Liz got the idea to make Max think that she slept with Kyle after hearing how heartbroken Maria was when she walked in on Michael at Courtney’s apartment. Kyle, by the way, is a changed man this season, after Max saved his life. He came back from the summer an enlightened Buddhist, and his new sense of self only makes him funnier. As they’re undressing and getting into her bed, Kyle tells Liz that he’s here to help and his “body is merely a vessel.” Oh, Buddha Boy.

Future Max knows that this plan worked as soon as his younger self appears outside Liz’s window. Max doesn’t exactly run straight to Tess, but she finds him devastated in the park and offers to just sit with him.

Liz asks Future Max to dance with her before he completely disappears. He had told her earlier that in his timeline, they had eloped to Vegas when they were only 19. All their friends were there to celebrate with them, and they danced to Sheryl Crow’s “I Shall Believe.” Now that they’ve changed the future, Liz just wants to share her wedding dance in case she’ll always be alone. Max isn’t convinced that she’ll be alone, but she’s not so sure when she says: “Don’t you realize what you are to me? What you’re always gonna be? You’re the love of my life. Everyone else is gonna be second best. There’ll never be another you.” Then they dance, and he finally vanishes when she’s mid-twirl.

Like I said, this season is a roller coaster of emotions. Next week I’ll be jumping to another fan favorite, “A Roswell Christmas Carol.” That’s another one you’ll need tissues for, but in the sweetest possible way.


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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