Roswell

Season 2 Episode 20

Off the Menu

1
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 14, 2001 on The WB
9.1
out of 10
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202 votes
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Episode Summary

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Brody Davis, his mind frazzled from an electric shock, holds several members of the gang hostage, when he begins to remember what happened when he was abducted, such as the New York City interstellar summit and the fact that Max is an alien. Max must use his healing abilities to fix Brody's mind so that he doesn't remember the alien mind that inhabits him. Tess must mindwarp Amy DeLuca into not remembering that Brody held them hostage.moreless

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  • Would have worked better it it would have aired as Episode 16, and not Episode 20.

    8.0
    This is a filler episode, and ends the Brody arc, but would have worked much better earlier in the season. If this would have aired as 16 the episode would have been better received and worked much better in the story. After the audience is ready to see the royal four get ready to go home, we get stuck with this episode that does not address that or the pregnancy, it just acts as an independent episode, it could honestly be skipped and you would not gain anything.



    Watch it for what it is, it is a filler episode, or don't watch it for what it is, it is a filler episode.moreless
  • this unnecessary flashback is the clear result of messing with the original airing schedule, to the detriment of story logic and watching enjoyment.

    6.0
    this episode clearly belongs earlier in the airing schedule, to set up the developing relationship between max and tess. situated as the penultimate season 2 episode, it makes little sense, destroying the build-up to the conclusion, and failing to provide the logic for max and tess's increasing closeness until after the viewer no longer cares. this could have been a good episode, and if it was placed earlier in the season, i might praise the way it worked to explain max being increasingly drawn to tess. it also shows a facet of tess's mindwarp abilities we haven't seen before, so it might have made liz's suspicions seem more reasonable. in any case, toward the end of this season, all the characters seem a little wooden and unreal as the writing deteriorated. without a commitment to characterization, the story became two-dimensional. this is evident in this episode, the plot rather forced and contrived and the actors struggling to make the material believable. it's sad to see a really good show slip into mediocracy.moreless
  • Brody loses his mind.

    9.0
    I'm surprised to see such a lukewarm reception to this episode which presents a pivotal plot point in the story. Granted it presented it in 50 minutes when it could have been done in a section of an episode. Back to the episode, I'm really happy they didn't have this as the sixteenth episode instead of the second to last, because if they had used it too soon, the finale would not of been so much of a shock. I really liked how the consequences of what Larek does to Brody played out although the virtual reality stimulator thing was a little weak. Sean and Amy were also really funny in this episode and it was nice to see some of the supporting actors given a chance to do a little bit more.

    So this ep was a little random, but still good.moreless
  • Off the wall might be a better title.

    5.0
    As anyone who\'s read any of my other reviews may know, I\'ve been catching up with this series and watching the episodes in order. So I didn\'t know that this episode was originally meant to come earlier in the season, but it certainly didn\'t feel right placed here.



    I do like Brody\'s character and the basic premise of him suddenly remembering bits of the times Larek took over his body is interesting. But there are too many plot contrivances here and a lot that doesn\'t make total sense.



    I guess there had to be something that would stop Max and Tess being able to use their powers, otherwise the episode would have been over in a few minutes, but this little device seems a little forced. In fact the whole storyline seems a little forced.



    Even with the gun, it seems a little unbelievable, given how many people he turns his back on, that Brody couldn\'t be overcome somehow and the couple of lame attempts that are made smack of bad story contrivances that the writers had to come up with to keep some kind of tension going.



    Shame. It could have been so much better than this.moreless
  • This is the last time we see Brody, so the authors had to close his story-arc.

    8.7
    A good episode overall that serves as a closure for Brody's story. I wish he could have returned in season 3, his character was far from being played out.



    At the start of the episode, Brody uses some kind of devices to help him remember his alien abductions. It's pretty cool to see inside the device where everything is computer-animated.



    His devices finally unlocks a part of his brain used by his abductor, Larek, and he remembers Max. This leads him to take hostages until Max finally reveals him the truth.



    There is something weird in this episode though. Tess' baby was dying last week and now he seems totally fine and they hardly even mention it.



    Also, the ''Bush is an alien t-shirts'' were kind of lame. The author should have tried to fix the Tess' baby thing instead of jumping on the ''we hate Bush'' bandwagon. I mean come on, leave politics out of this tv show please.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

Nick Wechsler

Nick Wechsler

Kyle Valenti

Jason Peck

Jason Peck

Sheriff Hanson

Guest Star

Desmond Askew

Desmond Askew

Brody Davis

Recurring Role

Diane Farr

Diane Farr

Amy DeLuca

Recurring Role

Devon Gummersall

Devon Gummersall

Sean DeLuca

Recurring Role

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