Roswell

Season 1 Episode 11

The Toy House

2
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 19, 2000 on The WB
9.3
out of 10
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When Max rescues his mother from a kitchen fire she faces her suspicions about his extraordinary abilities; Liz reaches out to Kyle in friendship.

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  • Decent episode.

    8.0
    In this episode we get to see a little bit more of the family of Max and Isabel. The way the grease fire gets the family a little closer, it also separates them a little more. How close Valenti is to them in this one is a little too close. The circumstances in which Max puts out the fire totally unbelievable. I like the tensions between Max and Isabel on if they should reveal their secrets to their parents. As usual we see Michael with his us versus them routine. You can tell Michael didn't grown up like the other two.moreless
  • Michael: I gotta be a stone wall and when I'm with you sometimes I don't feel like a stone wall anymore. Maria: What do you feel like? Michael: I don't know... like, confused. Maria: Human? Michael: Yeah, and I don't want to femoreless

    9.8
    Yes,this episode is a bit of a filler, but it marks a turning point in between the first and second half of the season. Kyle gets some air time as he plays basketball and ends up hurt and the scenes between him and Liz show the nicer Kyle that comes out in the latter half of this season and the rest of the series. Max is being self-centered as always, but it is sweet at the end of the episode.

    The best part of this episode by far are the scenes between Maria and Michael. The part with the doll house was really sweet and watching Michael trying to apologize was amazing. When he reveals to Maria that he feels too much when he is with her shows their relationship developing and is why I really love this episode.moreless
  • The whole group goes to a basketball game where Kyle sprains his ankle. This makes Liz feel bad and Max thinks that they might be getting back together. Maria is also struggling in Woodshop and micheal apoligzes to her by makiing her a doolhousemoreless

    10
    This is severely underappreciated episode. yes, nothing pivotal happened, but it showed alot about the relationship between Micheal and Maria. The whole thing with the house was really nice and Micheals line about feeling too human was classic. This episode was a nice transition between the first part of the season and the second part. It is also nice to see Kyle being less of a jerk and this is where he became more of a two deminsional character. Also the episode was just funny and light hearted which is nice. And as a Micheal/ Maria fan this episode was good progress in their relationshipmoreless
  • Will the truth be revealed to Max & Isabel's parents?

    8.5
    This is quite a sweet episode, and brings Max & Isabel's past back to haunt them. Max saves the day when a grease fire threatens to engulf his mum and the kitchen. He does have the lamest excuse though. Does nobody know that water can't put out a fat fire? His mother certainly doesn't seem to be aware of the fact and only when Valenti brings a leaflet does she realise. Duh. I'm glad I don't live in Roswell if that's how they handle emergencies (though the powers would obviously come in handy).



    Ma Parker loves to watch old videos of the two adoptees as young children, and suddenly realises that Max may have healed a bird that was severely injured. She has big questions and no answers. I do like the way Max and Isabel disagree about what to tell their parents. Isabel, despite her frosty and Heathers persona, is the one who would love to reveal the truth, because she truly loves them. Max loves them too, but will not take the chance.



    The ending is a little contrived. I think my own mother would have still demanded some explanation and not taken 'trust me' for an answer.moreless
  • Max saves his mother from a grease fire with his special powers. This leads her to wonder what is special in her adopted son.

    8.3
    It's a good episode overall but there are some flaws here and there. They had to deal with their parents sooner or later but the thing is. Only the mother is present in this episode. The father is nowhere to be found since episode one or two. Also, I don't remember the name of the actress who plays Max's mother but her lifting is so... obvious. So obvious it's actually distracting for the first time viewers. Also the ending doesn't feel quite right. Her mother now knows Max is special but decided to accept not knowing what it is. Ok it's well explained why she acts this way but it's as if they made us believe they were going to tell her and at the end decided not to. It's just disappointing.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)

Daniel Hansen

Daniel Hansen

Young Max

Guest Star

Zoe Nutter

Zoe Nutter

Young Isabel

Guest Star

Gil Colon

Gil Colon

Firefighter #1

Guest Star

Mary Ellen Trainor

Mary Ellen Trainor

Diane Evans

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • In every shot of the home video of Max and Isabel, there is a defect on the lower middle of the screen. However, the first time their mom is watching the video, the defect flips for one shot, revealing that the shot was reversed.

    • TRIVIA: Featured music in this episode -
      Amy Hit the Atmosphere by Counting Crows

    • As Max and his mother are talking in the park she asks him about finding his real parents. She takes her hand off his shoulder and crosses her arms, but in the next shot her hand is back on his shoulder.

    • When Max and Liz are talking about the basketball game in front of Max's locker, Max shuts his locker door twice.

    • When Maria and Michael are talking in the hallway, in the back shot of her the strap is under the collar of her top. When the camera switches to a front shot of her, the strap is on top of her collar.

  • QUOTES (9)

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  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Maria: I'm a regular Bob Vila.

      Bob Vila is a home improvement TV show host. His shows include This Old House, Bob Vila's Home Again, and Bob Vila. He has also been a spokesman for Sears, where he has made numerous commercials about their tools.

    • Michael (to Max): You healed a pigeon. Great. Now you're Dr. Dolittle.

      This is a reference to the classic novel and film Dr. Dolittle, about a doctor who could speak to the animals, literally.

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