Season 2 Episode 6


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 06, 2000 on The WB
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After the death of Congresswoman Whitaker, Max and the gang visit her hometown, Copper Summit, Arizona, where they find themselves trapped in enemy territory when they learn the entire town population are Skins.

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  • They go to a funeral.

    I really like the town in this episode. It is such a creepy little town that has Twilight Zone-esque creepiness. The Circle of Friendship is such a great name for the group of Skins that has gathered in order to Harvest all the new bodies for themselves. I love the Congresswoman's family, her mother and father are great and the introduction of Nicolas who is such a good character. I love all the interactions between Max and Liz in this episode as he tries to understand what happened between her and Kyle.

    I really can't stand Courtney in this episode and I don't think that Micheal should have taken the body for her because she really hasn't proven herself to be a valuable.moreless
  • The ''skins'' story-arc reaches its end.

    The gang uses Withaker's death to infiltrate the town where she was from. They soon realize there is nothing else in this town except Skins.

    This episode has again a good intrigue. More is revealed about Courtney, about the Skins and about Vilandra, Isabel's old alias.

    I don't know what happened to their special effects department in this episode but they seem to use a whole lot what I call ''force push''. Which is just waving your hand in the hair and pushing someone away. Leave this to Star Wars please. George Lucas will probably not be happy if this is used to often.

  • Fantastic Village

    A step away from usual Roswell storytelling and into some darker, more action-focused stories, The Harvest is essentially Roswell meets X-Files meets Village of the Damned, with some secrets revealed and more detail on the expanding alien mythology.

    The episode has Max, Liz, Isabel and Tess traveling to Arizona to find a secret organization called the Universal Friendship League which was connected to Congresswoman Whitaker. Whilst there, they discover a cult of psychotic Skins, an evil teen Skin and some shocking truths.

    The Arizona scenes are extremely tense and very nerve-wracking. Miko Hughes is genuinely creepy as the sinister Nicholas and his scenes with Isabel are quite dark compared to normal Roswell episodes. The scenes in the church are also creepy, especially Liz accidentally cracking Whitaker's hand and the big stand-off between Max and Tess and the many Skins.

    The Courtney subplot is also interesting and Michael and Maria get to do loads of Mulder and Scully-style snooping to try and get to the bottom of Courtney's alien mission. It was nice to see that Courtney wasn't evil but in fact a renegade Skin. Though the last act is basically information overload, the episode itself is nicely done, with some excellent writing and some unusually scary moments.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

Emilie de Ravin

Emilie de Ravin

Tess Harding

Miko Hughes

Miko Hughes

Nicholas Crawford

Guest Star

Gretchen Egolf

Gretchen Egolf

Vanessa Crawford Whitaker

Guest Star

Chris Ellis

Chris Ellis

Mr. Crawford

Guest Star

Sara Downing

Sara Downing


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Max: Liz! Liz, what are you doing? We agreed none of us would go anywhere alone.
      Liz: Fine.
      Max: Wait.
      Liz: Max, look, there's just- there's nothing left to say.
      Max: Except the truth.
      Liz: We have already been through this.
      Max: So far all I know is what I saw and what I saw can't be true because it means everything that I felt in my heart for the last year is a lie. Now you owe me an explanation and I want it right now.
      Liz: Please quit shouting Max. You're scaring me.
      Max: That's a lie too. You're not scared. You're hiding something.
      Liz: I'm not.
      Max: What the hell is going on with you Liz? We never lied to each other, never kept a secret from each other.
      Liz: You know you've got me up on this pedestal Max and I'm not this perfect person. I made a mistake. Kyle and I made love. The end. I'm sorry.
      (Max walks away)

    • Liz: I'm okay up here if you want to get some sleep.
      Max: I haven't slept since I saw you with Kyle. Liz, I know you and I don't believe that you would do that to me. It doesn't make sense. Tell me what happened.

    • Max: Well, somehow the Skins know that she's dead. None of us have said anything. Unless it came from here.
      Liz: You mean from me.

    • Maria: Why are you obsessed with my good-looking, if badly groomed boyfriend?

    • Maria: What are we looking for?
      Michael: Clues. You know, an address book or a calendar somewhere.
      Maria: Yeah like she's gonna write her hideout in an address book.

    • Michael (kicks the desk Max is sitting on): Maxwell are we disturbing you?
      Tess: Leave him alone, he's had a rough night.
      Michael: Really. Something you want to share with the class?

    • Courtney: The point is I've been a babe for 50 years. What are you gonna look like in 50 years?

    • Courtney: You're the one we need. You're our leader. Our salvation.
      Maria (loudly into Michael's ear): Michael, if you can hear me now over the sound of your rapidly inflating ego could you please tell me that you do not believe what this Michael-worshipper has to say?

    • Courtney: You're everything I thought you'd be and more.
      Maria: Oh, please. Do your lips not get chapped from all the ass kissing?

    • Michael: No, no she wouldn't do that. She's obsessed with me.
      Maria: Well, I guess that makes two of you then, doesn't it?

    • Michael: Well, I know one way to make the time go faster.
      Maria: Oh, funny.
      Michael: I know.

    • Maria (to Michael): Yeah. You know what? Just to make things simpler, from now on, you should consider everything to be your fault. Okay? Okay.

    • Tess (about Kyle): All you did was sleep with him. How was he anyway?
      Liz: Oh, I, um...I...We... It was great.
      Tess: Noted.

    • Maria: She's obsessed with you. She's like an alien stalker.

    • Michael: So we agree?
      Max: Yeah.
      Michael: There's a first.

    • Maria: How did you figure out she was a Skin anyway?
      Michael: I saw part of her skin come off.
      Maria: Which part?

    • Isabel: What the hell is the Universal Friendship League? Could it sound any creepier?

    • Max: Where's Courtney now?
      Michael: I don't know. She went out the window. I tried chasing her...
      Maria: But it's hard to run with your pants around your ankles?

    • Maria: You look like you got your heart stomped on. No, wait. That would be me.

    • Maria (about Courtney's music collection): Culture Club? Wham? The Backstreet Boys? God, she really is an alien, this one.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Although credited, Colin Hanks (Alex Whitman), Nick Wechsler (Kyle Valenti), and William Sadler (Jim Valenti) do not appear in this episode.


    • Maria: I feel like we're Scully and Mulder or something.
      Scully and Mulder are two characters from the TV show The X-Files who investigated paranormal activity.

    • Greer (to Max): You must be the once and future king.

      This is a reference to the book "The Once and Future King" by T.H. White, which is a recount of the King Arthur legends.