Roswell

Season 1 Episode 8

Blood Brother

2
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 24, 1999 on The WB
9.5
out of 10
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Max is injured in a car accident, and Liz pressures Alex to help protect him from medical procedures that could expose his identity by providing blood samples to replace Max's.

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  • Another good episode.

    8.5
    Its hard to believe for a teenage show we get great writing on various subjects. I like how like in real life that in one second our whole lifestyle can change. A car accident for a lot of people is devastating for Michael it involves at lot more people than himself. Not in a way that other people has to take care of him but actually letting his secret out. The extent that Liz goes with her friends and family show how much loyalty she has to the group. The price she seems to pay is high for some and a little for others. Once again the FBI was close but not close enough. This time.moreless
  • When Max is injured and they take blood - his specialness is likely to be revealed.

    8.5
    Liz and Max out for a jeep jaunt - then suddenly a horse veers in front of them and they crash. Max is perhaps critically injured.



    At the hospital, the doctors take a sample of blood and everyone knows that if that's ever analysed, it will show him up for what he is. So Liz, ever the practical one, enlists the help of Alex, so his blood can be replaced with the sample.



    It's a good episode - not the best, but it's quite tense when they are faced with the blood transfer and how to do it. Michael seducing the older nurse so he can switch the vials is fun.



    Topolsky is again revealed as a hard-nosed agent, who is determined to get her hands on this blood sample. There's something about Julie Benz that combines sweet with possibilities of anything - as those of us who watched Buffy can attest.



    This is the point where you just wish they'd tell Alex what is going on. He's desperate to know and probably a whole lot less likely to tell than Maria - but again Liz has to lie to him and keep him out of the loop.



    It does set the scene for future episodes - and I agree with a previous reviewer who noticed that any child 'found' aged 6 would already have had probably extensive medical tests to ensure that he were healthy.

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  • An episode that could have been better.

    7.8
    After a car accident, the gang has Alex help them switch Max's blood in the hospital in order to hide his true identity from the doctors. His blood would reveal his alien origins and expose him to the FBI.



    By the end of this episode, Alex is even more pissed at Liz and Topolsky's true identity is revealed to the gang. How this was done? Her FBI agents are so obvious to spot in the street that they have no problem following one of them back to his appartment to find clues about him. Which led them to Topolsky. I mean this was going on for a few episodes, these are the worst FBI agents ever. In 285 South, one of them was so close to them all the time that anyone would see they're being followed. They're as bad FBI agents as the Initiative in Buffy was a bad secret organization.moreless
  • Alex comes to the forefront

    9.0
    This is the first episode in which Alex is really given a prominent position, but it still does not go very far in developing his character. However, we do see through his willingness to help Liz without really knowing what's going on that he is a true friend, and as he says, he would do anything for her. Nevertheless, Liz is torn between her committment to not reveal the secret of Max, Isabel and Michael and the long time friendship and trust she has with Alex. Her unwillingness to reveal that secret causes Alex to end the friendship, but it is predictable that it will be re-established in the near future.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

Colin Hanks

Colin Hanks

Alex Charles Whitman (Season 1-2)

Hilary Shepard Turner

Hilary Shepard Turner

Nurse Susan

Guest Star

Robert Neary

Robert Neary

Agent Moss

Guest Star

Richard Anthony Crenna

Richard Anthony Crenna

Agent Baxter

Guest Star

Mary Ellen Trainor

Mary Ellen Trainor

Diane Evans

Recurring Role

Julie Benz

Julie Benz

Agent Kathleen Topolsky

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • TRIVIA: Featured music in this episode -
      -Learn To Fly by Foo Fighters
      -You Make Me Feel by Jeremy Toback
      -Alien by Pennywise
      -Broke In The Head by Bleach
      -Long Walk Home by Citizen King
      -If You Want Me To by Ginny Owens
      -The Story of My Life by Weaklazyliar

    • TRIVIA: The logo on Ms. Topolsky's computer is an upside down apple.

    • When Moss and Topolsky are talking in the alley after the hospital, Moss' arms on the door keep shifting. First he's leaning on the car with his palms, then he's leaning on his elbows with his arms crossed, and later they're crossed the other way.

    • Max's blood vial should have said Maxwell Evans because it's his given name.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Michael: That's him.
      Maria: Him?
      Michael: What? You think I'm wrong?
      Maria: No, he's just so avoidable.
      Michael: If we didn't need your car...

    • Liz: Moments. It's amazing how one can just change things so radically. How a wild horse deciding to cross the road at that exact time could be responsible for Max being discovered. I need one more moment now. One more chance to change direction, to stop something bad from turning into something worse.

    • Liz: Thanks for coming.
      Alex: I've met you here a thousand times, but it just doesn't feel the same. You know?
      Liz: Yeah. I know. Alex. You've been my friend since Ms. Elmer's class in the fifth grade.
      Alex: No no no. We actually met in fourth, but you didn't notice me till fifth.
      Liz: Yes. And I've come to you with every problem I've ever had.
      Alex: Until now.

    • Liz: Have you ever had a moment when you're with the one person in the world you want to be with, and the wind is blowing through your hair and the song that just describes your entire soul happens to come on. And the person you happen to want to be with happens to love the same song and suddenly you realize your listening to it together? And that no matter how crazy your life has gotten, there's this one moment... this perfect moment where you could just say that no matter what happens, nothing could take this moment away from me... and then something does.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Michael: Heard you saved Mr. Ed.

      Mister Ed was a sitcom that aired on tv from 1961 to 1966. The main characters were Mister Ed, a talking horse and Wilber Post, his owner, and the only person Mister Ed would talk to.