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'Roswell' recap: Viva Las Vegas!

Season 2 | Episode 15 | “Viva Las Vegas” | Aired Feb 26, 2001

Since I last wrote, there’s been lots of drama involving Michael. He received a large sum of money from the family of a girl who turns out to be semi-related to Michael in a complicated way. We already knew that our favorite aliens are actually hybrids with human DNA, and that DNA had to come from somewhere. Michael’s “donor” was this girl Laurie Dupree’s grandfather. Long story short, her guardians pay Michael to leave her alone.

Naturally, then, Michael doesn’t feel comfortable keeping this money, so he’s desperate to spend it all in one place: Vegas. He initially only invites Max, but word spreads through the grapevine and the whole gang ends up skipping out on school to get a head start on their vacation. Out of everyone, Liz is the most reluctant to go because Vegas was where she and Max eloped in Future Max’s timeline.

Once they arrive in their fancy penthouse suite, Michael fixes everyone’s IDs with fake names and legal birthdays so they can all leave him alone. Kyle takes an interest in the table games, but Michael really uses his powers to his advantage when he and Max are playing. They end up in jail for cheating, which is always a good place for friends on this show to be honest with each other. The reason Michael wanted this trip to be just he and Max was because they’ve been too busy discovering their otherworldly identities and previous lives; they never make the time to be normal guys anymore.


Maria is off auditioning for what she thinks is supposed to be a lounge singer, but it turns out to actually be a call for strippers. The last thing she wants to do is bail Michael out of jail, but she should be lucky she did. Contrary to her belief, Michael does appreciate everything she does for him. He’s so sweet when he arranges for her to sing onstage at the supper club at the end.


Isabel is off doing her own thing too. She gets invited to a stranger’s wedding in a Vegas chapel after she uses her powers to remove a stain from the bride’s dress. Her interest in older men continues when she and the best man take off for some alone time in his hotel room.

Alex is surprised when Isabel joins everyone at the fancy dinner Maria had planned. That’s when Isabel says that guy was everything she wanted from Vegas, but she couldn’t go through with anything. Alex deserves a lot better than the games she plays with his heart. It says a lot about his character that he still puts up with her, even though he swears he’s got a new perspective on the situation after his trip to Sweden. He doesn’t want to be the pathetic puppy lusting after Isabel forever, but it’s clear he’s always going to have a soft spot for her. Poor guy.

Liz may have needed the most convincing to go along on this trip, but she was the easiest to please once she was there. She folds under pressure and blows her and Tess’s cover when they’re carded on the casino floor. Now they’re stuck in the kiddie arcade. Of course, neither of them is happy to be together with the other, and they make that known. Glad to see there’s no change there!

Max had a strange case of déjà vu when he saw a couple who just got married. He saw himself as the groom and Liz as the bride. For a brief moment after he tells Liz about this later, it looks like she’s about to tell him the truth about the life they almost had together. I do wonder: If she did spill right then, would their future have already changed enough?


Valenti crashes their party when he shows up in their suite after this fun night out. He’s more mad that they didn’t tell him where they were going because he knows the kind of trouble they could easily get in. Having since lost his job as sheriff, Jim is taking on the most important role in his life: a parent to Kyle, Tess and, in a way, this whole group. He’s taking Kyle and Tess home with him and, of course, he’ll be calling everyone else’s parents.


The next episode I’ll cover is “Cry Your Name”—but I highly suggest you watch/rewatch the prom episode as well. It’s a nice transition from this innocent fun to the life-changing drama that soon unfolds. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!


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