Roswell

Season 3 Episode 17

Four Aliens and A Baby

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 07, 2002 on The WB
9.6
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Max's quest to find his son ends with the return of Tess and the baby, and the gang find themselves in danger again while trying to protect the child. Meanwhile, Jesse encourages Isabel to reveal her true origins to her parents, and the elder Evanses provide a way to ensure their grandchild's safety.moreless

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  • The once queen of Antar has returned, with the king's son.

    8.0
    Although I thought this was an overall good episode, I felt like alot more could have been done with it. For instance, towards the end when they say one week later Max decides to give up his son, I would like to have seen how the group acted towards baby Zan. I would also have liked to see thier reaction to Tess killing herself, more of the Evans' reaction and def more of Tess and Liz talking. I liked the fact that Tess told Liz about being able to "see" him thinking of Liz, it made me somewhat proud of her.moreless
  • Evil in their midst.

    10
    Do sinners deserve to be forgiven or to be punished? Do people become evil out of choice or could it be how they were brought up? These are the revolving questions in this episode as it finally puts closure to the revolving lost son plotline but also resolves with relief the relationship between Max and Liz. What's interesting about this story the most is the Tess character despite a bad guy she's also a human being. At times she still comes off with her usual bad qualities, deceptive, selfish, insensitive to others, and many others things you can think of. But also seems to have more of a concious about her actions after all she admitted she was guilty not just of killing Alex but betraying her everyone around her. And we see she is not proud of it and has suffered; from being rejected by the enemy race she sold out to, but mainly psycholgically. Plus she also wants to do what is best for her son, give him a good life she can never give him. Another intersting moment is when she states a possible reason for how she came to be when she brings in the issue of upbringing. It is a possible reason, being raised with the wrong kind of parental figure instead of a loving family. Despite all this we don't feel sympathy for her, yet you also can't help but feel conflicted about whether it's right for the characters to waist her or not. Sort of like trying to put a rapid dog down, it's sick and a danger to everyone but it was once a regular dog like any other.



    And the reactions to her return are very honest. Kyle feels he lost a sister. Michael feels a trust agreement he had with her was broken. Maria and Isabel harbor so much hate for Tess they wouldn't mind if she died. Liz and Max are the more conciousious both of them harber anger and some hate to what Tess did not just to Alex but almost destroying their love relationship. And yet both also have a strong sense of moral code of ethics they must honor, whether they want to or not it's just their nature. There's a moment when they all have to vote on what to do with her. The result of the vote as well as what happens afterward is supprising. And these questions don't really have answers their really up to both of the characters and ourselves.moreless
  • Tess is back with Max's baby.

    9.0
    Since this was the main story-arc this year was Max's baby they had to conclude this before the series' cancellation. So Tess is back with Max's baby, now called Zan. She gets out of the military base and kills about 20 people. This leads the military to search the whole town to find Tess and the baby. Meanwhile, Max's parents face him and Isabel with the recorded tape from the previous episode. This is also the conclusion to something that started 3 years ago. They finally tell the truth to their parents and they decide to help them.



    In this episode, they bring back something from season 2. Tess claimed the baby couldn't survive on the planet and Max felt it. She tells him it was a wind warp (another) and that the baby can live on earth. In fact, that's why she's there. The baby is 100% human and was rejected by Kivar on Antar as the heir of the throne.



    This episode also shows everyone's reaction to seeing Tess again. It's what you would expect, everyone's reaction make sense and aren't out of place. Michael and Isabel want her dead. So does Maria. Kyle tells Tess she's the only alien he knows that doesn't have a soul. And Max... well he's pretty upset. As for Liz, well she uses her power on Tess and wants to kill her herself. One of her lines ''get up b****'' is a classic and a fans favorite.



    Seeing she has no reason to exist, she goes sacrificing herself by blowing up in the military base. Hoping it would stop the search for her and the baby. What it actually does it the opposite. In the following episode they retrieve Max's parents tape of Isabel and start an alien hunt in Roswell to kill them all.



    The problem with this episode is regarding its role with the rest of the season. Max and Liz have spent to much energy and time (and episodes...) trying to find a way to get the baby back. And finally this whole situation solved itself... on its own, in one episode. It kind of betray the whole season. But maybe this was rushed because the author thought about solving the Max's baby situation in a fourth season. Which they sadly didn't get.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

Emilie de Ravin

Emilie de Ravin

Tess Harding

Guest Star

Jonathan Fraser

Jonathan Fraser

M.P.

Guest Star

Gary Riotto

Gary Riotto

Scientist #2

Guest Star

Garrett M. Brown

Garrett M. Brown

Phillip Evans

Recurring Role

Mary Ellen Trainor

Mary Ellen Trainor

Diane Evans

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • On the tape of Isabel using her powers, she says "yes Mom, I'm fine", where as when it actually happened she said "yes Mother, I'm fine".

    • TRIVIA: Featured music in this episode -
      -Destiny by Zero 7
      -Floating by Smooth
      -Red by Elbow
      -Dying Slow by Speed Not Steel
      -Nullarbor Song by Kasey Chambers
      -The One by Oh Susanna

    • The tape that Mr and Mrs Evans make to spy on Isabel, is dated 11/05/02.
      When Max is talking to his dad in the Kitchen about giving up his son, the calendar on the wall behind them is 'April 2002'.

    • This is one of only two episodes that have the word "Alien" in the title.

    • TRIVIA: Philip and Diane finally discover the truth about Max and Isabel's true identity.

    • TRIVIA: This episode marks the final appearance of Emilie de Ravin, as her character, Tess Harding, dies in this episode.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Jesse: You all right?
      Isabel: Are you kidding? Max is with Tess. My parents think I'm some kind of freak.
      Jesse: Look, it's going to be okay. Max can take care of himself and your parents will love you regardless.
      Isabel: I don't know, Jesse. Do you?

    • Isabel: I can't believe that you spied on me.
      Diane: I'm sorry, honey, but we didn't know what else to do.
      Philip: Can you please just tell us what this means? Who are you?
      Max: We're your kids.
      Philip: Are you?
      Isabel: Yes!

    • Liz (comforting Max): I'm here, I'll always be here.

    • Max (with tears in his eyes, about his son, Zan) He's human. He deserves to live a normal human life. look, all I've wanted for the past year, more than anything else in my life, was to find him. And now that I finally have, I- (he pauses) I think that I'm going to have to give him up.

    • Kyle: We took you into our home, Tess. We protected you, and how did you repay us? You brainwashed me into carrying Alex's dead body.
      Tess: I never meant to hurt-
      Kyle: Well, too late!
      Tess: You've never even heard my side of the story.
      Kyle: You have a side? The murderer has a side.
      Tess: I was raised by a killer, Kyle. A sick and twisted man...
      Kyle: Don't try to play the victim here, Tess. You know, of all the aliens I've met, you're the only one who has no soul.

    • Tess: Max loves you. Every time we were together, every time we kissed he was thinking of you. He had these flashes that I saw and they were always of you.
      Liz: Why are you telling me this?
      Tess: Because I know how much it must have hurt you.
      Liz: So you're really going to go do this?
      Tess: At least I can do one good thing with my life.
      Liz: You just did.

    • Max (as Tess tries to leave the room): Sit…down!
      Tess (points at her injured leg): I guess it would be too much to ask you to heal this?
      Max: Making you feel better is not one of my priorities.

    • Liz (as she raises her hand and sends Tess sprawling across the room): Get up bitch!

    • Kyle (about Tess): She has the baby? Are you kidding me? My brain's exploding.

    • Kyle: Why haven't you killed her yet?
      Michael: Max wouldn't let me.

    • Kyle: We're screwed.

    • Tess: Why didn't you vote against me?
      Liz: 'Cause I'm not a killer, Tess.

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