Roswell

Season 2 Episode 10

A Roswell Christmas Carol

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Dec 18, 2000 on The WB
9.6
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Max witnesses a tragedy and is haunted by the ghost of a man he could have saved, leaving him overwhelmed with guilt and questioning his healing abilities. Isabel, aka the Christmas Nazi, tries to brighten up the holiday season, and Tess tries to become a part of the Valenti family.

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  • Deck the Halls with Schmaltz

    4.7
    A painfully schmaltzy episode, A Roswell Christmas Carol has one of the most awful storylines in the series' history as well as some entertaining and hilarious subplots.



    In the episode, Max feels guilty after failing to even try to save a father after he is hit by a car during Christmas whilst out with his daughter. The man's ghost follows Max and he later discovers that to make amends, he needs to heal Brody's gravely ill daughter.



    The Max storyline in this episode is OTT with sentimentality and the scene where he heals a whole room full of ill children is extremely vomit-inducing. This episode is one of those over-emotional hours made for perfect Christian audiences and I found it really boring.



    The subplots are hidden away in the background and are the best parts about this episode. Katherine Heigl is hilarious as "The Christmas Nazi" and she played neurotic, holiday-obsessed Isabel very well. Brendan Fehr and Majandra Delfino are also extremely funny when they both get each other presents and Michael finds it increasingly difficult to get a gift which would actually mean something to her. I loved Tess trying to show the Valenti's how to celebrate Christmas and William Sadler was excellent when he got suddenly insane when he was told Amy DeLuca was coming round for Christmas dinner.



    Without the hilarious subplots, this could possibly be the worst episode ever. Thank god for Isabel, Michael, Maria, Tess, Kyle and his dad for making this actually good!moreless
  • This episode is a break from all the alien feuding. Starts out with a tragic car accident, and Max blames himself for not saving the victim (who haunts him throughout the episode). Everybody eventually finds themselves in the xmas Spirit.moreless

    10
    Many series have great, sometimes extraordinary, Christmas episodes. This special Christmas episode of Roswell goes the extra mile, and in my opinion rivals some of the best xmas episodes I have seen from different shows (ER, Brothers & Sisters, etc.) The first half of the episode sets the background, and builds a plot around discovering the Christmas spirit. Of course certain characters are more reluctant than others to catch on (take a guess---one of the "royal four" inparticular), but eventually everyone finds themselves participating in happy holiday moments.



    The second half of the episode is emotion provoking, and of course the use of alien powers that make the holiday extra special for children at a local hospital's cancer ward. Max has a dilemma about his desire to do good by the use of his powers, Tess finally feels at home on earth, and Michael does right by Maria. Everyone makes important decisions about how to treat loved ones, friends and family. We see all of the characters "grow" in this episode. I give it a solid 10/10 (and this is a score I NEVER give out). By far one of my favorite TV show episodes ever! Happy viewing!!! Oh--keep the kleenex close at hand---you're gonna need em.moreless
  • Max sees the ghost of Christmas present.

    10
    So many great things happen in this episode which make it into one of the best of the series and it is one of the best Christmas specials I have ever seen. Starting with the Valenti family, Tess is really great in this episode (as a Tess hater in general she is really likable in the first half of this season as she tries to integrate herself into the family). When they run into Amy at the supermarket and realize that they need to have more of a family holiday. Then at the dinner when Jim tries to clean quickly and yells at Tess it is really funny and then when Kyle comes into the kitchen to thank Tess it is really moving.

    Then Isabel who is at her Nazi best in this episode as she plans and overplans every facet of the holiday in order to feel like a normal human being. Micheal and Maria are really cute in this episode as the badly functioning couple who find their way with a little help from their friends (or Isabel in this episode).

    But the best part of this episode comes from Max's visions of the man he could not see. The man played this part so well and all the scenes where he are singing are so eerie and creepy at the same time. Max's inner struggle and his refusal to go to church reflect his problem over saving lives and the trouble of him playing God in a world where God may or may not exist. The scene when he heals all those kids is so moving and emotional that you really feel for him.

    Then everyone comes together at the end at church and their is such a great sense of community and hope which is really reflective of the Christmas spirit.moreless
  • A very special Christmas in Roswell.

    10
    I thought this episode was very touching. It may also be that I have a severe soft spot for christmas and all that comes with it. If only there were really a way to save children like that. It was such a treat to see even the softer side of Michael, the part that everyone who watches the show knows that he has, he just has to have the right occasion to show it. I love this show so much, I only wish I had had the chance to watch it the first go round. It truly is a shame that the show couldn't go on.moreless
  • One of the best Christmas specials I have ever seen.

    9.7
    This may be the best episode of Roswell, yet. As more of a stand-alone episode it is certainly effective. I am a sucker for Christmas episodes. No matter the TV show, I love watching the characters during the Christmas season. I especially enjoy watching these episodes around Christmas, but I originally saw this episode in the summer. And it was so brilliant that it made me feel like it was winter. I was right into the Christmas spirit after watching this. This episode is one of the most touching episodes of television I have ever seen and the end had even me in tears. It really is a beautiful Christmas story that everyone should have the immense pleasure of viewing. Series classic for sure.moreless
Jason Behr

Jason Behr

'Max' Maxwell Evans

Shiri Appleby

Shiri Appleby

'Liz' Elizabeth Parker Evans

Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl

Isabel Amanda Evans Ramirez

Majandra Delfino

Majandra Delfino

Maria DeLuca

Brendan Fehr

Brendan Fehr

Michael Guerin

Nick Wechsler

Nick Wechsler

Kyle Valenti

John Littlefield

John Littlefield

John

Guest Star

Adeline Allen

Adeline Allen

Sydney Davis

Guest Star

Madison McReynolds

Madison McReynolds

John's daughter

Guest Star

Garrett M. Brown

Garrett M. Brown

Phillip Evans

Recurring Role

Desmond Askew

Desmond Askew

Brody Davis

Recurring Role

Diane Farr

Diane Farr

Amy DeLuca

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Maria (looking at the earrings that Isabel bought for Michael in order to give to Maria, in case he didn't buy anything else): Michael, these are real pearls.
      Michael: What? Wow. Did... of course!
      Maria: My God, this must have cost you a fortune.
      Michael: I'm sure they will.

    • Kyle: His mind and body are in deep conflict. When one's heart and one's mind are not in balance, one's body is the first to fail... What?
      Valenti: I'm very concerned that you're starting to make sense to me.
      Kyle: All I'm saying is that if the guy can't visualize his journey to the goal, he has no chance of taking the rock downtown.

    • Isabel: Max. This is, by far, the most pathetic Christmas tree I have ever seen. Did you even refer to my diagram?

    • Michael: Come on, Maxwell. Just pick a tree. It's freezing out here.
      Max: It's not so simple. This tree's got to fall within certain parameters.
      Michael: Parameters?
      Max: Height, circumference, color, density of foliage. Look at this diagram. You know how Isabel gets this time of year.
      Michael: The Christmas Nazi, driving everyone insane while trying to have the perfect Christmas. The worst thing you can do is play into it, Max. You've got to fight her. You've got to fight the Christmas Nazi.

    • Isabel: Hi, everyone. Welcome to this year's holiday pageant. I'm Isabel Evans. Some of you know me as the director of this pageant, others may know me as the president of the hunger drive, and still others might know me from the many holiday events at the nursing home, and some of you know me as...the Christmas Nazi. (she glances accusingly at Max and Michael) But enough about me. Let's feast our eyes on the cutest darn kids in America. Welcome to Roswell's 23rd annual holiday pageant.

    • Michael: It's a bumper.
      Isabel: Yes, I see that.
      Michael: For a Jetta.
      Isabel: Hmmm. How did what I said yesterday result in this?
      Michael: It meets all your criteria. It's personal, because I personally know what a bug she has up her ass about how much we screwed up her car. It's thoughtful, because I had to go to the junkyard and get it, and it's something she would never get herself for the obvious reason that her bumper's been hanging from a string for the past half-year.
      Isabel: Ok, Michael. This is what I'm gonna do. I am going to take the Christmas dog show off my calendar and take you shopping and rectify this situation.
      Michael: No. I'm not gonna get obsessed over this present. This is fine. I'm not gonna make everyone else around me miserable.
      Isabel: What are you saying? That I get obsessed and make everyone around me miserable?
      Michael: I didn't say that.

    • Tess (to Kyle & Jim Valenti): I have been cooking for 20 hours, while you two have been sitting back on the couch like 2 beached whales, not even noticing or caring that I am living here! Okay. I am here. Hello. Hello? So, since I'm living here, I should have a damn chair to sit in!

    • Michael: Yes mein Führer.
      Isabel: What?
      Michael: What?

    • Liz: I thought you didn't believe in god.
      Max: I believe in you.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Title: A Roswell Christmas Carol

      This is a reference to the book "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens, in which the main character is visited by ghosts.

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