Season 1 Episode 2

The Morning After

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 13, 1999 on The WB
out of 10
User Rating
264 votes

By Users

Episode Summary

Liz tries to maintain her relationship with Kyle despite her deep bond with Max; Michael is obsessed with the idea that there was another alien in Roswell in 1959 and tries to acquire the file and the photo that Valenti showed Liz. Meanwhile, Liz suspects the new guidance counselor Ms. Topolsky is hiding something, especially when she sees her with Michael's file.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

No results found.
No results found.
No results found.
  • Nice followup to the pilot episode

    This is the first episode to have the opening sequences with Dido singing the lyrics to the song "Here With Me" Even though the song appears in some movies, I will always remember it as Roswell's song. This episode is a great follow up to the pilot. There is more character development and you start seeing more and more conflicts within the group and outside the group. After watching X-files you know there always the FBI presence when it comes to aliens and Roswell is no different. Even when it comes to aliens different levels of government's don't cooperate. Its interesting that they would choose a guidance counselor / substitute teacher.moreless
  • The guidance counselor raises suspicions.

    My favorite scene from the whole episode comes from when Kyle sees Liz leaning over Max in his Jeep and is like what is she doing and then he runs over. It is such a hilarious moment and it shows the humor that Kyle brings to the show.

    I love Julie Benz (who I want to call Darla) in this episode who is just the right amount of suspicious and I don't understand Max's reaction of calm but I do love his explication of why you can't just tell Micheal things because of his rash decision making skills. A good second episode.moreless
  • This second episode follows up well to the excellent series premiere.

    This episode is set in the aftermath of the pilot episode. Federal agents are sent to Valenti's office to retrieve all his files on strange homicides his father had. Valenti concludes that they're clearly covering something up. Michael, spying on Valenti, tries to brake in his office to get a photo that could help him find the other alien that killed someone in the 50s. At school, a new teacher arrives and Liz quickly suspects her of being sent by a special branch of the FBI. This new teacher asks questions about Michael, who is never in class, and clearly knows nothing about the subject she is supposed to teach.

    It needs to be noted that this new teacher, Topolski, is played by Julie Benz who plays Darla on both Buffy and Angel. She was also in Steven Speilberg's Taken. She is a nice addition to the recurring characters and adds a lot when she is present on screen.

    This is a good episode overall.moreless
  • More early revelations.

    We’re still on very basic introductory material here. Agent Topalsky (Julie Benz) is introduced and Alex & Kyle still don’t know what’s going on. We begin to learn that Sheriff Valenti may know more than he lets on.

    We get to see that Michael can’t use his powers like Max & Isabel can. We also meet Michael’s worthless step-father who is always drunk.

    One big problem with early season one is that Maria (Majandra Delfino) has possibly the most awful looking hair I’ve seen on a human. It’s ironic that the actual aliens blend in rather well, but this supposedly ‘normal’ girl sports a helmet-like do that would have been acceptable among a few of the alien races on Star-Trek.

  • Not that good...

    I Think after seeing all seasons, this episode it's not very good. At least not good as many others. The only thing developed in the episode was a key found in the sheriff's office. It is important but could be intruduced in another episode! But roswell it's just like that, some episodes are overload and another's are realy superficial!

     More characters are intruduced, Miss Topollsky , Agent Stephens. Maria started to freak out! Czechoslovakians it's a new word in Wtheir vocabulay. we can see how hard it's to maria keep a secret that big but we'll see about that later!...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)

Richard Schiff

Richard Schiff

Agent Stevens

Guest Star

Reggie Hays

Reggie Hays

Agent Hart

Guest Star

Christopher Holloway

Christopher Holloway

Paul Aronson

Guest Star

Jason Peck

Jason Peck

Deputy Hanson

Recurring Role

Julie Benz

Julie Benz

Agent Kathleen Topolsky

Recurring Role

Mary Ellen Trainor

Mary Ellen Trainor

Diane Evans

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • When Michael is dangling from the grate over the Sheriff's office window, there is a safety line visible running between his legs and up over his butt.

    • TRIVIA: Featured music in this episode -
      -My Favorite Game by The Cardigans
      -Blank Page by Smashing Pumpkins
      -Ladyshave by Gus Gus
      -I Never Thought That You Would Come by Loni Rose
      -Honestly OK by Dido

    • TRIVIA: The powers used in this episode:
      -Michael busts the lock using his hand on the barred window to get into the police station. Isabel mentions he doesn't know how to control his powers just beforehand.
      -When Michael touches the key from the coffee container, he has a sporadic vision of a geodesic dome.
      -Max is able to repair the lock on the barred window to its original configuration (even though he had not seen the lock unscathed beforehand).

    • When Topolski is taking attendance she stops at Michael to ask if anyone knows his whereabouts but afterwards she doesn't even finish the list, even though more than half of the students haven't been called off. This was very suspicious, but because no one talks about this afterwards it may have been a mistake.

    • TRIVIA: The role of Max and Isabel's dad Phillip Evans is portrayed by Michael O'Neill only in this episode. In other episodes their father is portrayed by Garrett M. Brown.

    • In the Crashdown, Alex says there are rumours about Maria seemingly getting run over at the crash festival. He should know, he was the one who runs up to her afterwards, and gets pushed down by Michael in a costume!

    • When Agent Stevens is in Valenti's office taking all the alien files, you can see the boom mic for a few seconds, until the next shot happens.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Liz: I just thought that Michael was in danger and that I'd better tell him.
      Max: In danger of what?
      Liz: I don't know. I have no idea. Look, I am just saying that if there is a spy among us, don't you think it behooves us to do something about it?
      Max: Spy?
      Liz: Well, yeah.
      Max: Liz, listen...
      Liz: No, Max, that sort of thing exists, doesn't it? There's, like, special branches of the government. Alien hunters, you know, that sort of thing.
      Max: So you think Miss Topolsky is an alien hunter?
      Liz: When you say it like that, it sounds ridiculous.

    • Liz: (about the aliens) The thing about "Czechoslovakians" that you have to sort of factor in is they have these incredibly soulful eyes.

    • Liz: Hi.
      Max: Hi. How's it going?
      Liz: Good, um, you know, things are just... things are just normal, you know? Completely normal.
      Max: Good.
      Liz: Um, was that weird?
      Max: What?
      Liz: That substitute just asked all of those questions about Michael. What was that about?
      Max: I'm sure she was just taking attendance.
      Liz: Right.
      Max: Liz, don't worry about it. No one's suspicious of Michael. It's me.
      Liz: OK.

    • Maria: I mean, what do we even know about these people? Nothing. How do we know that they're not 3 feet tall, green, and slimy?
      Liz: I guess we don't.
      Maria: And you know what else doesn't, like, particularly please me? These powers. How do we know they can't just like wiggle their noses and poof us into oblivion?
      Liz: I guess we don't.
      Maria: OK, you're being like so casual about this, I want to choke you! Liz, we're dealing with alie.. (Liz claps her hand over Maria's mouth as another employee walks in)
      Liz: Can you please not say that word in public?

    • Isabel: Sheriff, I have a flat tire, and I'm glad someone is here because I am so non-mechanical!

    • Maria (to Liz): Go get your uniform on Madonna!

    • Michael: The thing I've realized is the fact that my life basically sucks is a good thing. It's easier. We always have to be able to leave, pack a suitcase, go somewhere else. Maybe 10 years from now, maybe a week from now, maybe tomorrow. So my advice? Don't get in too deep, Maximillian. It only makes us weaker.

    • Liz: Um, well just with me, you know, my parents own the Crashdown, so everyone in town knows who I am. Like, if I so much as get a haircut, everyone seems to notice, and they have to give me their opinion on it. It kind of makes life claustrophobic. It's like, you know, how am I ever supposed to become whoever it is that I'm gonna become while everyone is looking? You know? Sometimes I wish I could just be invisible.
      Max: Sometimes I wish I didn't have to be so invisible.

    • Liz: Ok, I'm still confused. If you crash-landed in 1947, are you really 16 or are you like 52 in a 16-year-old's body? Or do you guys just age differently? I mean, is like 1 alien year equal to 3 human years?
      Max: You've thought about this a lot, haven't you?
      Liz: Kind of.

    • Maria: The point is that we don't know anything about these Czechoslovakians. Are they good Czechoslovakians? Bad Czechoslovakians? We don't know. Are they just random Czechoslovakians? For all we know, they don't have their passports.
      Alex: Who's Czechoslovakian?

    • Liz: September 27. I'm Liz Parker, and I will never look at the stars in the sky the same way again. I'll never look at anything the same way again. What did Max Evans mean when he said, "I'll see you in school?" Was it, "I won't be able to breathe until we meet again?" Or, was it just something someone says to, like, fill space? And what is he thinking right now? Is he also obsessed, tortured, going through one sleepless night to the next, wondering what's going to happen between us?

    • (Isabel takes key, then moans as if having a flash)
      Michael: What'd you see?
      Isabel: Ricky Martin in the shower.

    • Isabel: Oh I have no idea, I'm his sister, not his keeper.

    • Maria: The eraser room does two things. Cleans erasers, and takes our innocence. Do you know what I mean, by 'takes our innocence' Liz? The eraser room has taken some of the best of us.

    • Maria: I mean, the guy touched you and you saw into his soul. How do we know what happens if he kisses you?

    • Liz: Of course I know what it means... what does it mean?

    • Max: And what was your cover story?
      Michael: I was selling candies for charity. Peanut cluster?
      Max: And they bought it?
      Michael: No, they all seemed to be on a diet.
      Isabel: Not the candy, Einstein. The story.
      Michael: Yeah, they bought the story.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Maria: Okay, so one trip to the eraser room and you're like above working? Go get your uniform on, Madonna.

      Madonna is an American singer and actress who was known to be quite promiscuus back in the day.

    • Isabel: Ricky Martin in the shower.

      Ricky Martin is a Latin pop star who has had a string of hits on charts worldwide and is also an actor.

    • Topolsky: He hasn't set foot in school since I've been here. But, if Muhammad doesn't come to the mountain...

      Muhammad is a key figure in the Islam faith. They believe that he was a prophet of God and it is said that Muhammad often went to the mountains near Mecca to pray, and in those mountains is where the Angel Gabriel told him about some verses of God, which are now known as the Qur'an.

    • Maria: Admittedly, he's not James Bond, but he's all we've got right now.

      James Bond is a fictional spy and is also known as 007. There have been numerous movies and television shows about the British spy, based on novels by Ian Fleming.