Roswell

Season 2 Episode 8

Meet the Dupes (1)

1
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 20, 2000 on The WB
9.2
out of 10
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Duplicate versions of Michael, Isabel, and Tess come to Roswell after killing their King Zan, to urge Max to attend an important interstellar summit in New York City, but they have their own agenda. Meanwhile, Ava stays behind in Roswell.

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  • When Season 2 really hit the skids.

    4.0
    This episode was just, stupid. This was a serious turning point for the show, it got to be too sci-fi and silly. I lived with it throughout the whole first half of the second season, and stood by during flashbacks, skins and all that, but with this, it just all got to be too much for me. I didn't stop watching the show, but part of me stopped caring for the rest of the series. So much so, that I just picked up the third season on DVD to see how it ended, so I could get some sort of closer.moreless
  • Another very surprising episode. We finally know what happened to the other set of the Royal Four.

    8.8
    Remember that other set we've been told about in ''Summer of '47''? Well here they are, and they're not as soft as their Roswelian counterparts.



    Pretty much every show has a ''evil twin brother'' episode and Roswell has been very original with this concept. The 4 aliens have each a street-gangster copy of themselves and it creates some funny moments.



    Brendan Fehr's attempt at the Brooklyn accent is quite hard to hear though. Hard in the way it's quite embarassing. He did try though. Two points for him.



    Something awfully distrubed me in this episode. Brody with Maria?!? What the hell is this about? The man could be her father! Hell! He already has a daughter! She's an highschool girl!moreless
  • The other pod people invade

    9.7
    This is the first episode I ever saw of Roswell and it was enough to make me want to come back (the second was Summer of '47, but after that I just followed the normal order), back to my point this episode was enough to make me keep watching so I really enjoyed it. Yes, it was silly and the alternative versions of the characters were hilarious and so randomly bad that it was just funny to me. Roth is just so funny because of his mohawk meets mullet hairdo with the awful accent and tough guy act that is so ridiculous that I just could not stop laughing. Lonnie is equally as annoying but she is the perfect mixture of bad girl and intelligence that it works without grating. Ava is more likable than Tess so I really enjoyed her character. This story arc transitions between the beginning of this season to the excellent second half so I enjoyed it and it leads to the final point of Nicolas so it was necessary, but silly.moreless
  • simply entertaining to watch.

    10
    i enjoyed watching this episode just because i like the punk theme set in the city and watching alternate personality of the roswell alien kids is worth watching. the scheming other four who came to roswell to convince max to come to the convention i think had a hidden agenda of their own to find the granilith so they can go back to their planet. the actors did a great job in performing a completely different character. they're really believable as aggressive punks whom you don't want to mess with. it's kinda of liberating to see the other side of their personality. they grew up entirely on their own w/o any guidance who would explain to them why they are different. they had it rough.moreless
  • The Good, the Bad and the Accents

    5.1
    After so many good episodes this season, I guess the writers are allowed to have one bad one. It's a shame as this episode could have been extremely good but, along comes some evil twins and their awful NY accents.



    Meet the Dupes has duplicates of the Royal Four who also crash landed on earth in 1947 arriving in Roswell from New York to encourage Max to join them in an alien summit after murdering Max's doppelganger Zan.



    Jason, Katherine, Brendan and Emilie all look like they are having fun as the punked up NY duplicates but they're accents and their dialogue are awful! Writer Toni Graphia has obviously never met a New Yorker or a punk. It's embarrassing to sit down and watch some of your favorite actors being reduced to complete garbage. Hearing the constant rants involving "yo!" or "s'up?" or "whack" is just like getting a knife stabbed in your ear. Besides the accents and the costumes, this episode is actually entertaining with some good story developments and a brilliant argument between Max and Lonnie disguised as Isabel. This scene shows how brilliant an actress Katherine Heigl is... when she isn't putting on that accent!



    There also seems to be some romance brewing between Maria and Brody. I personally don't see it as they seem extremely different to one another and they don't have much chemistry. Meet the Dupes could have been excellent but is completely ruined by the stereotypical accents they use throughout this episode.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)

Sean Allen Rector

Sean Allen Rector

Lance

Guest Star

Steve Picerni

Steve Picerni

Driver

Guest Star

Desmond Askew

Desmond Askew

Brody Davis

Recurring Role

Garrett M. Brown

Garrett M. Brown

Phillip Evans

Recurring Role

Michael Chieffo

Michael Chieffo

Biology Teacher

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Rath mistakenly calls the car they steal a Trans Am. A Firebird is only designated a Trans Am by Pontiac if it has two things: a V-8 engine known as an LS1 Trans Am badges or decals on the car located in the middle of the rear quarter panel and roof flanking the back window. How do you know if it has a V-8 or V-6 though? Visually there are two ways to know if a Firebird came from the factory with a V-8 or V-6 engine without actually looking under the hood. V-8 engine Firebirds always came with a raised rear wing spoiler with four attachment pillars that separated the trunk and the spoiler. The V-6 came with a flat rear wing spoiler attached to the trunk with no space in-between like this car had. Second is looking at the speed gauge. V-8 engines will mark up to 150 mph and V-6 engines only mark to 120 mph like Rath said it redlined at. And lastly it didn't have the Trans Am badges so there is no way this car was a Trans Am. It was only a base model.

    • TRIVIA: Featured music in this episode -
      With You by Linkin Park
      El Cu Cuyby Coal Chamber You Stole My Fun by Imani Coppola Rhinestone Cowboy by Glenn Campbell Lovely by FOS
      Don't Leave The Light On Baby by Belle & Sebastian
      Shine a Light by Apples in Stereo
      What Am I Supposed to Do by Papas Fritas

    • TRIVIA: The duplicate versions of the hybrids are Zan (Max's dupe), Rath (Michael's dupe), Lonnie (short for Vilandra, Isabel's dupe) & Ava (Tess's dupe).

    • During the flashback of Zan being killed, Ava moves around Lonnie twice.

    • When Maria and Brody are having breakfast together, Maria's fork is constantly jumping in and out of her hand, and changing positions on the plate. Also the amount of orange juice in her glass keeps changing.

    • When Liz confronts Max in the Crashdown, and he gets up to leave, he puts his backpack on twice.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Brody: Well, just things... missing moments of time, bizarre dreams I can't remember in the morning. It all reminds me of the last time. So, if I... suddenly disappear for a couple of days, it's nothing personal. I've just been abducted.

    • Lonnie: Well, they made one batch and didn't get it quite right, so... they made another.
      Michael: So you guys are, like, defective.
      Lonnie: Actually, you're the defectives.

    • Maria: Hello! I'm singing Saturday at the new performance space next to the museum!
      Michael: Yeah, but I've heard you sing before, what's the big deal?

    • Lonnie (pretending to be Isabel): Fine now you know. I was sick of keeping it a secret. Sick of worrying about disappointing you. The great king.
      Max: I trusted you!
      Lonnie: I didn't do anything! I didn't do anything and I'm not gonna stand here and be accused of something someone else did in another lifetime! Something completely irrelevant.
      Max: If it's so irrelevant then why didn't you tell me?
      Lonnie: Because I have my own life and I can't live it when I'm busy trying to prove myself to you all the time! Trying to prove I won't betray you! It is exhausting living with that!
      Max: I never asked you to prove yourself.
      Lonnie: Yes, you did! You treat everybody like they're your property! I don't belong to you, Max. I never did.
      Max: I feel like I don't even know you.
      Lonnie: How could you? All you care about is yourself. And Liz Parker, of course. Maybe you're finally getting what you deserve. Finally looking in the mirror and seeing what you really are, and you are no king. You are a self-centered, self-indulgent little boy!

    • Valenti (thinking that Rath, Lonnie, and Ava are Michael, Isabel, and Tess): What's with the hair and the outfits?
      Lonnie: We were actually on our way to a party with kind of like a New York theme.
      Valenti: You look like you're from another planet. For once.

    • Liz: This thing kind of happened with Kyle but it didn't really happen. And I can't tell Max what I didn't do. But I can't tell you what I didn't do either, so don't ask me to explain it, okay? But... the point is, I just feel really stupid being here.
      Maria: Do you realize that what you just said made absolutely no sense?

    • Lonnie (to Alex): No three-ways tonight, Opie. Maybe later.

    • Maria: A hundred dollar tip. Why?
      Brody: Honestly? It's Ben Franklin. I can't stand lookin' at the bloke.

    • Rath: Do you want me to kill him for you?
      Michael: I'll get back to you on that.

    • Max (to Isabel): Your only exercise used to be the escalator at the mall.

    • Max: I'm going to New York.
      Michael: That is an amazingly bad idea, Max.
      Max: If you think it's bad, Michael, then I know it's the right thing to do.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Max: New York...
      Rath: The Big Apple, center of the universe, amazing pizza.

      The "center of the universe" part is a reference to the musical Rent. The song Santa Fe starts with "New York City, center of the universe".

    • Rath: Start spreadin' the news.
      Lonnie: We're leavin' today.

      These are lyrics from the song New York, New York by Frank Sinatra.

    • Brody: So what do you think of our new president?

      This is an obvious reference to George W. Bush being elected president a couple weeks prior to this episode being aired. The presidential election of 2000 was one of the most controversial in United States history, primarily because of how close the votes were.

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