Roswell

Season 1 Episode 5

Missing

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 03, 1999 on The WB
9.4
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Liz discovers her personal journal, which contains all she knows about the aliens, is missing and she fears it has fallen into the hands of someone who could expose the aliens.

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  • Fun Episode.

    8.5
    As the series continues I am amazed on how they nicely mix normal teenage life and problems with the ideas of aliens walking among us. This episode is based on something that any normal teenage would total freak out on. Losing one's dairy is a major thing in itself. The private thoughts for a stranger to read is one thing, the private thoughts of Liz Parker is a whole new level. Because of the people involved it makes it dangerous. I like the way she involves a lot of people in the search. I like the way it ended up. One thing I really like about this show so far is the character development. Not only as humans but growing up also.moreless
  • Liz loses her diary as Micheal draw the secret behind the key.

    9.7
    This episode is quite subtle but really good at the same time. Micheal is obssesed with finding the reason behind his vision that he had when he found the key in Valenti's office and it leads him to art class. I love the scene when he walks into class and his teacher asks him why he came in that day and continues to be stumped as Micheal creates his dome. It is nice to see him throw himself into something and I don't understand why Max and Isabel are not more supportive of him.

    Liz is also creating problems when she loses the diary that details her life, the final scene when Micheal returns it to her shows a new side of him that is sensitive and jealous of Max, but it also presents how sometimes he is smart enough to figure things out.moreless
  • The Case of the missing journal

    10
    Oh my. If someone ever tried to steal my journal I would probably go insane. The thought of somebody exposing my darkest secrets is beyond imaginable. I felt so troubled and worried for Liz because of course I feared for Max, Isabel, and Michael. Kyle needs to get a life and obviously get over Liz. He's the one character that always pisses me off. I thought it was funny the way was trying to hint out her mom about her missing journal without actually exposing that her journal was missing. I was relieved Michael was the one who had it the whole time and thought it was cool that he trusted Liz.moreless
  • Liz's journal goes missing

    8.5
    When Liz's journal goes missing, she fears the worst. After all, she has written down everything about Max and his origins. After telling Maria, they initially suspect Alex, who is upset they even thought of him. Next suspect is Kyle, but he also turns out to be innocent. Ends up it was Michael who took it and he eventually returns it. This scene is nicely done, as Michael realizes he can trust Liz as a friend.



    We also learn that our suspicions that Mrs. Topolsky isn't really a guidance councilor are correct. She learns of the missing journal and calls in federal back up in an effort to try to locate the journal before Liz does. She believes the journal contains evidence of alien life.



    Liz doesn't burn the book, as I probably would have done after the scare, but does start hiding it behind a loose brick in her wall at least.



    A solid episode, 8.5/10.moreless
  • A revealing episode

    8.2
    In this episode, Liz's diary is missing and as she wrote a lot of stuff about Max's identity she needs it back before it falls in the wrong hands. This episode is well built and make the season progress. By the end, Michael's perception on Liz change and Topolsky's true identity is revealed. It also sets the few next episodes. Max and Liz are having more and more an hard time staying away from each other and Alex is becoming more frustrated by being kept in the dark. Also in this episode, you actually wonder who actually took the diary and some conversation with other characters tend to let you believe they're guilty.



    Also in this episode is Michael trying to figure out what was in his vision he had when he touched the key. So, to the surprise of his art teacher, he goes back to his painting class and tries to draw what he saw. The episode is also well built just because of how this little storyline ends up in the last few seconds of this episode when they actually see what he draw picured in a book ''Among Us''.



    It's a an important episode in season 1.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)

Steve Hynter

Steve Hynter

Milton Ross

Guest Star

Robert Neary

Robert Neary

Agent Moss

Guest Star

Richard Anthony Crenna

Richard Anthony Crenna

Agent Baxter

Guest Star

Julie Benz

Julie Benz

Agent Kathleen Topolsky

Recurring Role

Jo Anderson

Jo Anderson

Nancy Parker

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • TRIVIA: Featured music in this episode -
      -Pick A Part That's New by Stereophonics
      -Take A Picture by Filter
      -Novacane by Beck
      -Torn by Creed
      -Colorblind by Counting Crows

    • TRIVIA: The powers used in this episode:
      -Michael uses his powers to sharpen a pencil.
      -Michael uses his powers to erase a line of paint on his drawing.
      -Michael hints at how that he used his powers to unlock Liz's window to take her journal, but we don't see this.
      -Max uses his powers to get chips out of a vending machine.

    • When Liz tells Max that she found her journal, the books next to her change sizes in different camera angles.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Liz: It's funny how the world changes sometimes. How the streets you walked your entire life suddenly seem darker, colder. How the silence isn't so quiet anymore. How eyes you've barely even noticed now look at nothing but you. How the walk home every night is no longer routine, but a victory. And then you begin to wonder... maybe it's not the world that's changed. Maybe it's just you. And then, suddenly... you begin to wonder all over again.

    • Max: What is this? (looking at Michael's drawing)
      Michael: I don't know yet, but I saw it, I didn't even remember it until tonight. I had to tell somebody.
      Max: And I appreciate that I'm the one you chose to wake at three in the morning to tell you've been dreaming about semi-circles, but maybe we can talk about this in the morning.

    • Max (to Michael): Patience, spaceboy.

    • Michael: And you might want to get better window locks. For when your criminals happen to be human.

    • Milton (to Max, after noticing Liz in doorway.): Well go ahead. We both know she's more interesting than I am.

    • Michael (after waking up Max): Hey man, whats up?
      Max: Well, since you ask, REM sleep?

    • Alex: So I'm off to gym. (thumbs up) Dodgeball!

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