Roswell

Season 3 Episode 4

Secrets and Lies (1)

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 30, 2001 on The WB
5.0
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Max travels to Hollywood while investigating a murder he believes was committed by an alien. He discovers a link to a Paramount science fiction show called They Are Among Us and when he goes to the Paramount lot to investigate he ends up auditioning for the part of an alien on an episode of "Enterprise" directed by Star Trek alum, Jonathan Frakes. Meanwhile, back in Roswell, Isabel and Jesse struggle over how to reveal their engagement to their families.

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  • Max goes to LA

    9.2
    Whenever I think back to this episode I remember not liking it very much, but I re-watched it last night and I really enjoyed it. I think the best parts of this episode come from the Valenti family. The Jim and his father story line was dropped earlier and it is nice to see it come back. Kyle is really great in this episode as the caring grandson who just wants his family to come back together. This really starts his progression this season as becoming such a good and mature guy. Liz also looks really pretty in this episode which will excuse some of her more annoying moments. It is Max in LA that gives me the most trouble, because some of it was corny and the audition scene was a bit forced, but the rest of it was really hilarious and the scenes with Sharona (I know that's not her real name, but I'm a Monk fan) were funny. And finally Isabel's confession to her parents was great and so in character for her. So I gained a new appreciation for this episode.moreless
  • Max goes to Los Angeles in search of a second shapeshifter that could help him rescue his son on Antar.

    7.8
    It's a good episode overall. There is a surprising revelation at the end. Not something critical to the plot line but something that most won't see coming.



    There are severall good moments in this episode. Liz into helping Max even if it means losing him. She's risking a whole lot by doing this but she carry on because of her love for him. The moments between the two are pretty good. The other good moments are regarding Kyle's grandfather. Especially the scene where Jim visits him and the Valenti senior jumps off his chair to mark on the calendar the day his son visited him. Another good moment is when Isabel tells her parents about her wedding with Jesse and they're like ''what the ****?'' Also the moments with Max and his ''agent'' are funny. Max blows an audition for The Enterprise and his agent tells him ''ah don't worry there is still Buffy''. Good stuff.moreless
Jason Behr

Jason Behr

'Max' Maxwell Evans

Shiri Appleby

Shiri Appleby

'Liz' Elizabeth Parker Evans

Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl

Isabel Amanda Evans Ramirez

Nick Wechsler

Nick Wechsler

Kyle Valenti

William Sadler

William Sadler

Sheriff Jim Valenti

Adam Rodriguez

Adam Rodriguez

Jesse Esteban Ramirez (Season 3)

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

Himself

Guest Star

John Billingsley

John Billingsley

Himself

Guest Star

Joe Pantoliano

Joe Pantoliano

Kal Langley

Guest Star

Garrett M. Brown

Garrett M. Brown

Phillip Evans

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Jason Behr is in Joe's apartment and hears the computer say "You've got mail...Max", on the left side of the room, actress Bitty Schram can be seen in a mirror, looking right at Jason and clearly waiting for her cue to go on camera.

    • The "solid", concrete wall in the film vault bounces as Max is thrown into it.

    • TRIVIA: Featured music in this episode -
      -The Beginner by Miranda Lee Richards
      -Where This Love Goes by Sherri Youngward
      -Beautiful Dreamers by Grant Lee Philips

    • TRIVIA: Jim Valenti Sr. was played by two different actors throughout the run of the show, originally it was, John Cullum of Northern Exposure fame, but in season 3 he was played by veteran character actor, Stanley Anderson.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Liz: Kyle, your family is a damn nightmare. Somebody has to break the cycle of silence.
      Kyle: Yeah, someone should.
      Liz: Yeah, someone should.
      Kyle: Me? Why should I break the silence?

    • Kyle: Might have something to do with the fact that my grandfather lost his job searching for aliens and ruined my dad's life.
      Liz: But there are aliens. Your grandfather was right, and your father knows that.
      Kyle: Liz, if you're going to start to point out the ironies in my family, I warn you: They never stop.

    • Liz: At least I've been to L.A.
      Max: I'm not sure Disneyland counts as L.A.

    • Max: Coincidence?
      Liz: In Roswell there are no coincidences.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Jules (to Max): There's always Buffy..
      In the original pilot for the Buffy, the Vampire Slayer TV series, Stephen Tobolowsky (who plays Jules) was the original principal of Sunnydale High, plus actor Jason Behr (Max) guest-starred on the episode "Lie to Me" of the same series.

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