Roswell

Season 2 Episode 14

How the Other Half Lives (2)

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 19, 2001 on The WB
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Max tries to stop Alex and Kyle from being buried alive in a cave filled with glowing blue crystals. Isabel is kidnapped by Grant Sorenson, who is possessed by the alien parasite queen. Meanwhile, Michael is shot while trying to protect Laurie.

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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)

Allison Lange

Allison Lange

Laurie DuPree

Guest Star

Heidi Swedberg

Heidi Swedberg

Meredith DuPree

Guest Star

Dennis Christopher

Dennis Christopher

Bobby DuPree

Guest Star

Desmond Askew

Desmond Askew

Brody Davis

Recurring Role

Jeremy Davidson

Jeremy Davidson

Grant Sorenson

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Despite their complaints about the lack of air in the cave, and Liz's advice to breathe shallow, Kyle and Alex sing songs, burn matches, and have long conversations. All of which use lots of oxygen.

    • TRIVIA: Featured music in this episode -
      -Lying In The Sun by Stereophonics
      -American Pie by Colin Hanks & Nick Wechsler
      -So Nice by Bebel Gilberto
      -Taste Of Money by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
      -Everything by Jill Phillips

    • TRIVIA: In this episode, it's shown that chloroform does work on the alien/human hybrids.

    • We learn that the alien/human hybrids' powers do not work against the gandarium crystals.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Laurie: You looked just like him when you did that?
      Michael: Who?
      Laurie: Grandpa. He used to scratch his eyebrow just like you did. He even wore a ring on the same finger you do.
      Michael: What was he like?
      Laurie: A lot like you. Hard to read, lived in his own head, but kind. And the only one in the family I ever felt safe with.

    • Larek: Let's say you want to create an alien-human hybrid. First, you get some alien cells, then you get some human cells. Normally they don't mix very well. You need something to help bridge the differences. That's where the gandarium come in. In a controlled environment, like on your ship, they're harmless. But released into an ecosystem the gandarium will perform the only role they know: infect human cells.
      Isabel: But they're not infecting just any human cells.
      Tess: They seem to be focusing on one particular girl.
      Larek: Not every human is a candidate for hybridization. Their genetic structure has to have... Well, you would call it a flaw. It's very rare on Earth. Fewer than one in 50 million people have it.
      Liz: That's why they're going after Laurie. She must have the defect.
      Max: What happens if they succeed in infecting Laurie?
      Larek: Well, once they've infected her, the gandarium will mutate into a universal virus. She'll infect anyone she comes into contact with, human or otherwise. They, in turn, will affect everyone they come into contact with. Eventually, she and every infected person on the planet will die.

    • Liz: What happened? What happened? What happened?
      Kyle: I'll tell you what must have happened.
      Liz: Okay.
      Kyle: Since Alex and I figured out how to kill the queen and Max told Michael, Michael must have killed the queen, so all the crystals died, and they fell on us 'cause they're dead which means we must have saved the world!

    • Laurie: We can't fight who we are, Michael. You're Grandpa's legacy and I'm crazy.
      Michael: You are not crazy. What happened to you was real. I mean, you have a right to live your life. Bobby and Meredith have tried to take that away from you, but it's yours. Just like this house is yours. Now look, I'm not what you would call an optimist. Life sucks, people suck. That's reality. But you're special. You're a good person and you deserve better than to be locked up in an institution because it's more convenient for your aunt and uncle. This is your life and this is your house.

    • Kyle: There's not much air down here.
      Liz: We'll have to get back to you. Breathe shallow.

    • Kyle: What do you suppose alien crystals are going for on eBay?

    • Kyle: I always kinda wondered what the hell you people we're doing sophomore year.
      Alex: Yeah, well, a lot of secret meetings, a lot of lying to authorities. Sometimes narrowly escaping gunfire. Although, generally that was pretty rare.
      Kyle: So what do we lowly human folk get out of all this?
      Alex: I'm not sure.
      Kyle: See, I guess what I have a problem with is that suddenly I'm a member of this club I never wanted to join.
      Alex: Yeah.
      Kyle: And as it turns out, this club bears a striking resemblance to a chain gang.

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • While trapped in the cave, Kyle and Alex sing the song American Pie.

      American Pie is a 1971 hit song by singer/songwriter Don McLean. The song was a tribute to the late rock legend Buddy Holly, who died in a fateful plane crash along with rising stars, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper.

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