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Season 3 | Episode 14 | “Chant Down Babylon” | Aired Feb 26, 2002

This third season of Roswell is a short one, but I tried to pick the most important episodes from it. Last week, I talked about Liz developing alien powers, so naturally, this week follows that up, in a sense.

Liz and Maria both took control of their lives for the first time since they got involved with the aliens a couple years ago. Maria gave the music industry a shot when she accepted a trip to New York, but ultimately had to go with her gut instinct. Luckily, she didn’t go straight home to Roswell before stopping by to visit Liz at her Vermont boarding school. The girls didn’t know how much they’d need each other given the shocking news that Liz somehow feels, but which is also confirmed by Michael: Max is dead.

In the previous episode, Max was forced at gunpoint to heal a frail, elderly man. He does so only to protect himself and Valenti, but it literally kills him. To Valenti and the other observers in the room, it appears that Max rapidly aged while his powers burst out of control and started a fire. The millionaire’s wife who had this planned for a long time (wrongly assuming Michael was the healer among the aliens when she hired him) took her husband and got out of there before the truth was revealed.

While the Max we know disintegrated into ash right in front of Valenti’s eyes, the man he “healed” woke up with the body of an 18-year-old. Max’s body, to be exact. Clayton and his wife take advantage of this new body just as Max’s memories of Liz start to break through. Clayton struggles to keep control of the body, listening to his wife’s advice that they must kill the girl that Max is so desperate to return to. Their thinking is that if Liz is dead, Max will leave Clayton alone.

That plan backfires when Clayton strangles his own wife before he finds Liz at her boarding school. Apparently it’s spring break, so the campus is otherwise deserted, making it the perfect setting for the dizzying chase that ensues between Liz and Clayton, still hellbent on killing her.

Max gains control of his/Clayton’s body for a brief moment to tell Liz to kill him because she’s in danger. She didn’t get the chance to even try it before Clayton snapped back and tore through the window with Liz in hand. As they free-fall, Max summons the power to send a protective shield down for Liz to land on.

Liz ends up returning the favor of saving Max’s life by kissing him. This isn’t just true love’s fairy tale kiss; it’s more like her alien powers coming in handy for the first time. Liz, Max and Maria all head home to Roswell together.

Liz saving Max

Unfortunately, they won’t be returning to good news. When Michael and Isabel were attempting to save Max and Valenti, Isabel was shot. By that point, Max was already assumed dead, and they obviously couldn’t bring her to a hospital for help. Jesse, who had been following Isabel since she snuck out of bed in the middle of the night, freaks out when Michael keeps him from calling an ambulance. Michael has no other choice but to reveal his and Isabel’s identity as aliens.

Jesse takes the news in stride as he sees his wife bleeding to death, and any help is urgent right now. They take her to Valenti’s house, where an old friend of Jesse’s (who lost his license as a doctor) successfully treats her. Isabel may be out of the woods health-wise, but her marriage is in danger of falling apart as Jesse can’t understand how or why she would lie to him.


After this episode, there are only three left in the entire series. Next week I’ll cover the series finale, so be prepared!

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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