Season 2 Episode 9

Max in the City (2)

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 27, 2000 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Max and Tess depart for the interstellar summit in New York City with Rath and Lonnie, who both harbor a secret agenda for their future king, and an alliance with Nicholas, the Skin. Ava reveals to Liz that Rath and Lonnie murdered Zan. Tess is kidnapped by the dupes after Max learns of their true intentions. When Max finally finds Tess, she reveals that they tried to read her mind to find the Granilith but she resisted. She tells him that they're gone now... but did they die or are they still out there? Ava says goodbye to Liz and leaves Roswell.moreless

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  • Max and Tess go on an adventure.

    This episode concludes this two part story line with the other set of pods. This episode also ends the first part of the season in my mind and all the episodes following this one are very strong which makes this one a little less great in my mind. Lonnie and Raff are really annoying in this episode and it makes you really unsympathetic to their characters and they are just acting in a way that is really stupid if they are trying to play Max and Tess. Max is just all around annoying as this episode and Tess's constant insistence over the fact that he is king is a little grating.

    I do like the drama that unfolds in Roswell though and I think Ava was a nice touch as she explained to Liz that she has changed (a story line that is developed in the third season). A good episode, but not my favorite.moreless
  • An episode mostly set in New York City. Pretty good.

    This is a pretty good episode, but it is very overrated. The arc the has been progressing over the last few episode is brilliant, but it never really is used properly. They could have got a lot more mileage out of it, but instead finished it off with a confusing and ultimately, unsatisfying episode. The ‘other aliens’ are very fun to watch, though as it is interesting to watch the actors tackle characters with different personalities. Emile de Ravin does a great job as Ava, the nicer of the duplicate aliens. She easily play the vulnerable, loveable character. Brendan Fehr also does well, but Katharine Heigl steals the show with her portrayal of the ‘other’ version of Isabel. She is very believable and this is one of the many indicators of what a great actress she will become in the future. Overall, this is a decent episode, but it felt rushed and could have been much better. The New York City setting adds to it though.moreless
  • Max attends the meeting with the other aliens in New York without knowing he is being manipulated.

    Somehow Nicholas survived without having his new skin. How did this happen, we'll never know. As well as we'll never know where he goes after.

    In this episode, Liz finally tells someone about Future Max. She tells Maria who swears she'll never tell anyone. In fact it's one of those last time we'll hear about it. It's too bad because he's had a huge impact on the story-arc.

    It's great to know Brody, the new owner of the UFO center is not a nutter and is being really abducted by aliens. He's used as a vessel to Larek, another alien who meets Max at the meeting.

    We also see in this episode Liz saving Max from the evil aliens. She's different now as Tess' twin claims. We'll know more about this later while we can only speculate what happened to evil Isabel and evil Michael. Did the real Tess kill them? Did Nicholas killed them? Big plot hole right there.moreless
  • Max and the City

    A real mess of an episode which manages to bore you more than it does entertain, Max in the City is only memorable for the well-used New York location shots, in particular the scene with Max and Tess at the top of the Empire State Building.

    In the episode, Max, Tess and the weird doppelgangers Rath and Lonnie arrive in New York for the alien summit. Ava, who is still in Roswell, tells the others that her siblings are going to make Max strike a deal so they can return to their home planet and it's up to both Isabel and Liz to get the warning to Max.

    I found this episode massively dull, even the surprise guest spot from Miko Hughes as Nicholas didn't make this more eventful. Brody being at the summit wasn't needed and the way Meet the Dupes set up the summit, you expect hundreds of aliens gathering in one giant building. Sadly, in this episode, the summit is revealed to be four normal-looking people sat round a table talking. Ooh, how exciting!

    Jason Behr does the best he can with the material but I imagine he just couldn't give a damn about the script. There is way too much information you have to store in your head during this hour and you can't wait until the credits roll. The ending doesn't even resolve much, with Rath and Lonnie just disappearing. Extremely disappointing.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

Jerry Gelb

Jerry Gelb


Guest Star

Faline England

Faline England


Guest Star

Desmond Askew

Desmond Askew

Brody Davis

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Liz: You know, if you can't contact him, what makes you think I can?
      Isabel: I know my brother, and I know that if there is one voice he will hear, no matter where he is, no matter what he's doing, it's yours.

    • (after Isabel tries to dreamwalk Max)
      Isabel: He's not hearing me.
      Liz: Okay, so, um, what's Plan B?
      Isabel: There isn't one.
      Ava: Liz can do it.
      Liz: What? What are you talking about?
      Ava: Max brought you back from the dead. You've been changed.
      Liz: What do you mean by "changed"?
      Ava: Look, there isn't enough time to explain. You just gotta trust me here. If Max brought you back, then you're different now.

    • Max: Make a deal with Nicholas? I trust him as far as I could throw him.
      Tess: You could throw him pretty far.

    • Nicholas: Royal rejects is more like it.
      Rath: Hey, yo, get this straight. We are the originals. They are the rejects.
      Nicholas: Ha. Uh, gee... they were carefully hidden away in Roswell and got custody of the granolith. You were dumped in the sewer. Figure that out.

    • Tess: This is where you belong, Max... up here with the world at your feet. Like a king.

    • Max: What do I know about war and peace and politics? I'm gonna blow it. I'm gonna sit down at this meeting and I'm gonna meet these people, and they're gonna look at me and they're gonna see this kid from New Mexico who hasn't got a clue...

    • Valenti (to Kyle): Well, as you kids say, it sucks big!

    • Lonnie: I'd have to be a special kind of stupid not to know that.

    • Nicholas: Nice to see your genocidal girlfriend again. Killed anyone today?
      Tess: Day's not over.

  • NOTES (1)

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


    • Rath: Doing the Linda Blair.

      Linda Blair is an American actress who is best known for playing a possessed girl in the 1973 movie The Exorcist.

    • Max: I'm the king of the world!
      When Max and Tess visit the Empire State Building, Tess tells Max that he belongs up there with the world at his feet, like a king. Max's response is the same line said by Leonardo DiCaprio while standing on the bow of the Titanic in the film Titanic.

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