Roswell

Season 2 Episode 17

Cry Your Name

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Apr 23, 2001 on The WB
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Jim Valenti informs the kids that Alex was killed in a suspicious car accident. When the investigation into the car accident leads Valenti and Max to believe that Alex committed suicide, Liz refuses to believe it and begins her own investigation.

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  • She Cries Your Name

    10
    I'm probably one of the few people on here that actually watched Roswell when it was live instead of recently discovering it on Netflix and Hulu...



    I remember this episode pretty clearly from the first time around and I was really shocked when I just rewatched it on DVD is that Beth Orton's "She Cries Your Name", which the episode was named for, is clearly absent from the episode



    I know a lot of the times music gets altered from broadcast to distribution because of licensing fees, which I'm guessing is what happened here (It also happens in the episode "Meet the Dupes"; the song that originally played was "With You" by Linkin Park as the Dupes came out of the subway in the teaser) but its more upsetting to me than other instances because 1) the episode is named for the song and 2) it really made a strong emotional statement.



    The song originally played at the very end when Liz goes through all those picture of Alex and finally cries; I don't know what the song that replaced it is, but you should mute it and play the Beth Orton instead to really get the full emotional weight of the scene...its heartbreaking.moreless
  • Alex is no more...

    10
    This is one of the most emotional episodes of the whole series. From when scene when Valenti comes in and Maria is the first to find out, to the last moment this episode is pretty intense. When Liz goes to Alex's car, part of me really believed that she was crazy as she would be called later.

    Jason Dohring was also great in this episode (I loved him in Veronica Mars) and when Liz rips into him on the field it is really classic. The saddest part comes from Isabel whose dreams of Alex are so bitter sweet and your heart breaks for her when she had just gotten on track with Alex and then he dies. She is heartbreaking in this episode. The funeral scene is so sad and Maria doing Amazing Grace was really touching.

    Then in Alex's bedroom when they divide between humans and aliens it is so reminiscent of the first season, that you know whatever comes next is going to be great.moreless
  • "The woods are lovely dark and deep, i have promises to keep and miles to go before i sleep"

    10
    In this episode the viewers are faced with the death of one of the beloved characters Alex, who has seemingly been killed in a car accident, However Liz believes different she soon comes to the conclusion that it was not a simple accident, but something more sinister, she believes Alex was murdered.Liz goes to an entirely different place that the other characters, she skips the grief and heads straight into finding out the truth! The only outpouring from Liz happens in the final moments of the episode when she is looking at the prom pictures taken in "heart of mine" and finally comes to the realisation that her best friend is no longer alive and no matter what she does she cannot bring him back, but she believes she owes it to Alex to find out what really happened!

    The moment that gets the tears flowing for me everytime is Alex's funeral where Maria sing Amazing Grace and its is just so beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time when you realise the impact his death will have on these characaters...moreless
  • "I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep..."

    10
    Well, this is right at the top of my favourite episode list. It's so heartwrenching to watch, but nonetheless a really brilliant episode.

    Finding out that Alex was dead was enough to make me cry, but a whole bunch of other things thrown in really made it worse. Such as, when the gang follow the Coroner's van to the Mortuary, for Max to try and heal Alex. Isabel is 'narrating' this scene and hoping that "the whole van will shake" as Alex is brought back to life and they can laugh it off... But as her voice trails off, we realise that it is too late for Max to help.



    The emotion displayed here, was hard to watch and immediately opened the gates for the floods of tears.



    The consistent solemness throughout this episode adds to the sorrow you feel whilst watching.



    Just as you think you can't possibly cry anymore, the funeral starts and Maria sings 'Amazing Grace' as flowers are thrown onto the coffin as a mark of respect. The words of the song made me shiver, as it fitted so perfectly to such a sad moment.



    Liz finally breaking down in the Crashdown whilst looking at the photographs at Alex was saddening, but a relief to see that she had accepted that Alex was gone. A knock at the door interrupts her break down and the mood takes a more sinister turn when we get back onto the idea that Alex could have been murdered. The show ends on the line "It means: I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep...." Liz looking shocked and determined that she will find Alex's murderer.

    A great end to this really sad, tearjerking episode, which still gets me every time.moreless
  • I was doing just fine until Maria started singing "Amazing Grace". And then the floodgates opened...

    10
    Oh, it was just so sad!!!! I know Colin Hanks was very busy with other projects at the time but Alex didn't really have to die!!! He coulda just moved away to a foreign country...no, I know Alex's death was integral to the overall story of the show but still!!! I was crying like a little kid, cause he was such a sweet guy and I felt sooo sorry for Isabel. It was totally not her fault!!!! I hate Tess. She is Evil. Evil evil evil evil. Oh, and how cute was Micheal in this episode. I love him. Just thought I'd throw that out there.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)

Jason Dohring

Jason Dohring

Jerry

Guest Star

Ted Rooney

Ted Rooney

Mr. Whitman

Guest Star

Hawthorne James

Hawthorne James

Suspect

Guest Star

John Doe

John Doe

Jeff Parker

Recurring Role

Garrett M. Brown

Garrett M. Brown

Phillip Evans

Recurring Role

Diane Farr

Diane Farr

Amy DeLuca

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • TRIVIA: Featured music in this episode -
      -Storybook Life by Blessid Union Of Souls
      -I Quit by Meat Puppets
      -Light Of You by Emer Kenny
      -Heaven by Emer Kenny
      -Human by Fisher
      -Nothing by Peter Searcy
      -Amazing Grace by Majandra Delfino
      -She Cries Your Name by Beth Orton

    • Alex's "signature" is binary code for some encoded computer files containing the translation of the aliens' Destiny book. However his signature doesn't translate properly. The typical binary code is to have every five digits represent one character, because four digits can only hold up to 15. However, using that method, you get 28-18-14-25, whereas 26 is the highest character, holding Z. If you use every four digits is one character, you get 14-4-9-13-9, or NDIMI. If you converted to hexadecimal, one of the most common computing bases, you get E49D9. The message therefore makes no sense.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Max: You can't compare The Matrix to Crouching Tiger.
      Michael: Crapping Tiger is a chick flick with kung-fu.
      Max: First of all, Crapping... Crouching Tiger is actually about something. Love. Honor. Trust.
      LMichael: Matrix is about something. Illusion, reality, gunfire.
      Max: You simply can't prefer Keanu Reeves to Michelle Yeoh. You can't... I won't let you.

    • Isabel: You're not really here, are you?
      Alex: No. You're talking in your sleep.
      Isabel: God, I wish I could really talk to you, Alex.
      Alex: I'm the next best thing. What do you want to say?
      Isabel: That I'm sorry. I'm so sorry.
      Alex: Me too.
      Isabel: I never should have called you.
      Alex: I called you, remember?
      Isabel: I never should've brought you into any of this.
      Alex: Any of what?
      Isabel: Me. My life.
      Alex: You think being with you had something to do with what happened?
      Isabel: Yes, I do. I don't know how, but...God, if you hadn't been involved with me...
      Alex: Hey, if I was really here, I'd tell you you're full of crap. You know that.
      Isabel: Yeah, but it wouldn't make me feel any better.
      Alex: I better go.
      Isabel: Why?
      Alex: I'm not making things any better for you.
      Isabel: No, please. Please don't go.
      Alex: I'm already gone. This is just a dream, that you'll eventually wake up from.
      Isabel: Will I see you again?
      Alex: That depends on you. But I have a feeling, I wouldn't want me to be here. (They kiss) Bye Isabel. (Alex walks to the door)
      Isabel: I love you, Alex. (He stops, turns around)
      Alex: I think we both know... that I loved you too.

    • Amy: You know, I think this is the most time you've ever spent in my house.
      Michael: Yeah, I...I could leave if you want. Just, it's nice to be around people.
      Amy: No, no. That's not what I meant at all. Ah, what I'm trying to say is that you've really been great for my family. And it's a wonderful thing to see my daughter loved. And I would like to see a lot more of that. And, as far as I'm concerned, you'll always be welcome in this house.
      Michael: Thank you.
      Amy: Welcome on the couch.
      Michael: Right.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Jason Katims said Alex's character was killed off because Colin Hank's career was taking off, he had more roles and they could not justify keeping him as a supporting character.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Max: You can't compare The Matrix to Crouching Tiger.
      The Matrix is a 1999 Oscar-winning movie starting Keanu Reeves. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a 2000 Oscar-winning movie starting Yun-Fat Chow and Ziyi Zhang.

    • Title: Cry Your Name

      The title of this episode comes from the Beth Orton song She Cries Your Name, which is featured in the final scene, when Liz is crying over the pictures of Alex.

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