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'Roswell' recap: Liz is a-changin'

Season 3 | Episode 12 | “Ch-ch-changes” | Aired Feb 5, 2002

The first half of the third season of Roswell is weird, to say the least. Max and Liz literally don ski masks to rob a convenience store, only they’re doing it to access a spaceship hidden underneath it by the government. These two are no strangers to prison cells by this point in the series!

Overall, almost everyone’s matured in this season, partially because of the network shift from The WB, which was more teen-drama friendly, to UPN, which tried to appeal to a slightly older crowd. I say almost everyone matured because Liz seems to be the major exception to that rule. She’s extremely bratty and disrespectful to her parents after they forbid her to see Max anymore.

Say what you will about most TV teens and their often absent parents, but the kids on Roswell have some pretty attentive parental figures. Jim Valenti has almost been in the alien loop as long as Liz, but this season Max and Isabel’s parents really get involved in their kids’ business. They have every right to worry that they’re in trouble, but the more they snoop, the more it leads to outsiders posing a threat to the aliens. Stay tuned for the series finale at the end of this season to see how that all plays out.

To catch you up on what I’m skipping over, Isabel married a nice human lawyer named Jesse who works with her dad. For anyone who wished Isabel got more screen time in earlier seasons, this is definitely her year with lots of focus on her marriage. Since Alex was previously only her real friend, she’s gotten closer to Kyle as they hang out together more often. More Kyle is always a good thing!

Then there’s Maria and Michael. Maria broke up with him after feeling like they were in a rut and questioning if she likes the person she’s become (since she didn’t grow into her idealized version of an adult). Hate to to break it to you, Maria, but it’s a good thing that you’re different.

Max also matured now that he has a son on their home planet of Antar (season 3 is the first time their home is given a name). He’s so desperate to contact his son and save him, but so far no attempts have been successful.

That leads us up to this episode, “Ch-ch-changes.” I chose it because it heavily focuses on Liz and Maria, who are often overlooked with all the alien drama. Liz experiences some strange symptoms that her doctor can’t diagnose. Besides running a fever, she notices her face disappears when she looks at herself in the mirror and an inability to pay attention to normal conversations. She confides in Kyle before telling Max about any of this.

Of course, Max is the only one equipped to deal with this apparent change in Liz, but he’s scared and doesn’t know how to help her. When she starts to literally spark under her skin, they know that something is really wrong here. Max attempts to stamp out whatever’s going on inside of Liz by laying the healing stones around her and using his own powers until she forces him to stop. Stop hurting her now and stop continually hurting her by constantly talking about his search for his son. She really lets him have a piece of her mind by spewing her true feelings about him. Every time Max mentions his son, she remembers how he slept with Tess. She’s making a good point  because I think even the viewers can relate to this deep betrayal by Max. Until Liz finds it in her heart to truly forgive Max, we aren’t let off the hook either.


Maria’s gotten back into the swing of her music passion and performs with Jim Valenti’s band, The Kit Shickers. At one of their shows, an A&R rep approaches her with an irresistible demo deal complete with a trip to New York. If it weren’t for her breakup with Michael, she never would have found the inspiration for the songs she’s been writing lately, so of course she is ecstatic to share the news with him. He’s happy for her but they definitely got their signals crossed when they fell back into bed together.


Maria records the demo but upon hearing some changes made to it, it’s clear her heart isn’t ready to compromise on what she really wants. Liz finally convinces her to take this chance because she’ll only ever regret missing it.

Liz takes things into her own hands when she ups and leaves to get away from Roswell and Max by going to the boarding school her dad threatened her with earlier in the season. This decision comes after another heartbreaking scene with Max outside of her bedroom window.

Max: “Liz, please don’t shut me out. What are we gonna do?”

Liz: “I have to figure it out. By myself.”

To be fair, she did leave him a letter reinforcing that she does still love him more than he could ever know but has to figure out what her life is like without him.

I’ll be back next week with “Chant Down Babylon” since we’re almost at the end of the series.

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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