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Season 2 | Episode 17 | “Cry Your Name” | Aired Apr 23, 2001

This a rough episode to cover anytime, but especially this week, for personal reasons. Hopefully you watched the prom episode to be left with happier memories of the whole gang together, because everything changes now.

Alex and Isabel had finally gotten together at prom, and as you can imagine, Alex is beyond excited. He’s been in love with Isabel for the longest time, but she never seriously considered him as anything more than just a really great friend. Liz and Maria encourage Alex to play hard-to-get for Isabel, now that she’s finally ready to give a relationship with him a chance.

Alex Liz Maria

When Liz and Maria are leaving Alex’s house, he’s getting food delivered for lunch. (Surprise: It’s Jason Dohring of Veronica Mars as the delivery guy!) All of a sudden, Alex is easily upset that his food is cold, and angrily rants, “Why does life have to be so wrong? Why does everything have to be a lie?”

Next thing you know, Valenti is being called to a car accident scene. Sheriff Hanson confirms there is one fatality and implies that Jim knows the victim. Cut to the Crashdown, where Liz and Maria are working, Tess, Kyle and Isabel are looking over pictures together, and Max and Michael are debating movies. In other words, all seems well until Jim arrives with the shocking news: Alex is dead.

Their first instinct is to let Max see him so that he can try to heal him. Jim distracts the medical examiner while Max sneaks into the van carrying Alex’s body. Turns out it is too late, and his alien powers don’t revive the dead.

Everyone deals with the news differently. Many of them go into shock, Maria and Isabel especially, but Liz is determined to find out what happened. Nothing about this feels right to her, and she immediately investigates the circumstances. By locating his car in the impound lot, she finds Alex’s picture with his Swedish girlfriend, Leanna, in the front seat—except, strangely enough, his head is cut out of the picture. That’s weird, but doesn’t prove anything yet.


She takes this “evidence” to Jim, who, unfortunately, is leaning toward believing this was a possible suicide. After speaking to teachers and even the delivery boy, Jim learns that Alex’s grades had been slipping lately and he had been occasionally moody. Liz can’t and won’t believe that her friend drove into oncoming traffic voluntarily, so she keeps investigating on her own.

This all comes to a boiling point in Alex’s room after his funeral. Liz has called the usual gang in to present her latest evidence that some foul play occurred, because she found concert tickets Alex had bought for Isabel that night. She even goes so far as to point the blame at aliens, whether it be Kivar or any other alien coming after them and targeting Alex. Max, Isabel, Tess and (to a lesser extent) Michael all disagree that his death had anything to do with aliens.


Michael has actually been a great help for Maria and Amy DeLuca through all of this. He’s been staying at their house, caring for both of them. Amy thanks him for loving her daughter so much, and says he’s always welcome at their house—so long as he sleeps on the couch, of course. When Liz was pointing fingers at the aliens, he actually seems to side with Maria in believing that Alex would never have killed himself. Yet he ultimately leaves with Max, Isabel and Tess.

Poor Isabel has been blaming herself, because he was supposedly on his way to meet up with her at the Crashdown. If she had never played games with his heart, maybe this wouldn’t have happened. Unfortunately, what’s done is done. She dreams of Alex a few times, which helps her out of her guilt. In her second dream, she begs him not to go, to which Alex replies, “I’m already gone.” So, so sad.

Liz receives one last glaring clue that she’s on to something when the delivery guy brings her Alex’s receipt, which was rejected by the company because of how he signed it. Instead of his name, he wrote a series of ones and zeros in binary code.

Liz’s investigation continues for a few more episodes, where she really gets to the bottom of this mystery. Spoiler alert: Her instincts are right, and you’ll be surprised to see all that happens next if you don’t already know.

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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