Season 1 Episode 21

The White Room (1)

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 08, 2000 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Max finds himself in a white room with no windows or doors, facing questions by Agent Pierce. Isabel telepathically contacts Max, who leaves her clues to his location. Michael, Isabel and Tess then set out on a rescue mission.

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  • exciting

    this episode is very exciting i lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lov lvo lovl lov it so much it was creepy and i felt very sri for max and yeah i think this eas actally better then destiny the finaly just becouse it was great. i really do love it. i thking abuot buuying roswel on dvd for mi birthday somoreless
  • Interesting episode

    We got to see that Liz was feeling really guilty that she led Max into the white room. We also got to see Isabel managing to contact Max and when she manages to get out of it she told Michael how scared Max was. Wow that was very special scenes in seeing how close the three aliens have boned together. They have Nassado help to get Max out which was how Nassado die because he asked Michael to run as he wanted to do something but he was shot. Also the sheriff helps because Liz, Alex and Maria called for his help, he helped Michael and Max out of the door and also injuring agent pierce in the progress by shooting him.

    Overall this was a very good episode, I loved it.moreless

    Absolutely brilliant! This episode really delivered. Character development, suspense and all high emotions of various kinds!

    It reiterates the growing strength of the Aliens' powers and their bond together as a group. This was illustrated very well... Isabel, contacting Max as his was half conscious - showed that she had more power and was stronger than she thought.

    Also, Michael taking a brief lesson from Nasedo on Shapeshifting and managing to alter his fingerprints, which was another advance in 'Power Status'.

    And finally, I loved the way the group came together to help Max. The Aliens' naturally went off and did their thing together, leaving the others (Liz, Maria, Alex) left behind feeling helpless. But its funny that Liz finally taking that step to tell Sheriff Valenti everything, was the REAL thing that saved Max. If Valenti hadn't shown up and shot at Agent Pearce, Max would have been captured again.

    So this episode marks a big turn around in the lives of the Roswellians and captures every emotion possible. Truly a brilliant episode.moreless
  • One word: WOW

    This episode was one of the most exciting ones ever. It was so nerve-racking when they showed how Max was tortured and I could hardly stay still. It was awful and painful to watch.

    But the others fighting their ways through to save him was great - especially when Isabel risked entering Max' mind when he was still half-way concious.

    It was great when Liz finally took a step forward to Valenti and decided to trust him. I had been waiting for that.

    Oh, and did I mention that Pierce is really disgusting and a pain in the ass?? God, hopefully he'll be gone soon ;-)moreless
  • Without doubt the most tense episode of the serries so far.

    I loved this episode. Everything seems so bleak and it could be the end of Max, as he's captured and tortured to reveal his secrets.

    Of course Agent Pierce believes Max to be Nasedo, who was responsible for the deaths of agents from years ago. The actor playing Pierce is wonderfully evil. He wants the truth, but he's really just a modern day Dr Mengele, prepared to experiment in whatever way he needs to to get to his version of his truth.

    The rescue mission keeps you on the edge of your seat (though they do seem to be able to move around quite noisily without attracting too much attention!)

    Nasedo is quite a fun guy, despite his willingness to kill anything that gets in his way. Jim Ortlieb has the most incredible face. He looks like he could shape shift himself! And the promise of stonger powers to come and learning what the powers are that everyone has is intriguing.

    Jason Behr gives a good performance being tortured! Makes a change to see his mouth open! You've got a great set of teeth, man, smile once in a while!

    Tense, provoking, moves the story along and really makes you want to know what's going to happen next.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)

David Conrad

David Conrad

Agent Pierce

Guest Star

Jason Winston George

Jason Winston George

Agent Matthison

Guest Star

Stephen O'Mahoney

Stephen O'Mahoney

Agent Norris

Guest Star

Emilie de Ravin

Emilie de Ravin

Tess Harding

Recurring Role

Jim Ortlieb

Jim Ortlieb


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

    • TRIVIA: In this episode it's shown that Max and Isabel live at 6025 Murray Lane.

    • While Isabel & Alex are on Liz's bed in the background a Star of David is visible. This might mean Liz is Jewish or might refer to Shiri Appleby who in fact is Jewish.

    • After Nasedo changes Michael's clothes into the FBI suit, the camera switches to a shot from behind Michael and he is wearing his jean jacket again.

    • When Isabel is in hysterics after she enters Max's mind to help locate him, Michael is holding her head in his hands. His hands abruptly vanish when she finishes talking about Pierce.

    • As Michael, Isabel, and Tess are observing the hand scanner, the door and the agent using it move exactly the same way twice: once after he opens the door and again on a closeup on the scanner. Both times the agent steps to the left and the door begins to open.

    • In the morgue, Michael flies back and hits the door twice.

    • After Nasedo reveals himself in the morgue, there is a shot on Michael's face. There is no sound, but Nasedo can be seen in the foreground either talking animatedly or having an extremely localized seizure.

    • After Max charges Pierce against the wall of the White Room, his hands change from gripping Pierce's jacket to merely set against his chest.

    • In the scene where Pierce uses the VR goggles on Max, Max lowers his head while Pierce is talking to him, but the next shot over Max's shoulder shows that he hasn't moved at all.

    • At the end of the interrogation where Max agrees to reveal the second communicator, Pierce skips from standing a few feet in front of Max and facing him to standing directly next to him with his nose at Max's cheek.

    • Pierce reaches for the bone saw with his left hand but picks it up with his right hand.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Michael: How can you do this? How can you kill all these people? You don't care, do you?
      Nasedo: Michael, if you want to survive, if you want to get back home, you've got to be willing to fight for that. You understand?
      Michael: You're not who I thought you'd be.
      Nasedo: Neither are you.

    • Max (to Pierce): Who's inhuman now?

    • Nasedo: It's inside of you. You're programmed.
      Michael: Hey, I didn't get the manual, ok? All this time I've been alone. Where have you been? Where the hell have you been? Why did you let this happen to us... to me?
      Nasedo: Emotions are a weakness, Michael. Focus.

    • Max: You're evil.
      Pierce: I'm evil? I'm risking my life to save my country, my planet, from being colonized by alien life - by you.

    • Nasedo: Humans are weak, which doesn't bother me, and wasteful. Their brains are incredible machines they haven't even begun to learn to use. When you were engineered you were given the capacity to do everything the human brain is capable of.
      Michael: You mean, besides our powers.
      Nasedo: Those are your powers, Michael. Everything you can do is human. You're just programmed to be a several thousand years ahead of the rest of mankind, that's all. But from what I saw earlier, you barely tapped in to what you're capable of...

    • Nasedo: I can shape-shift into any of these agents: take their form, even their fingerprints. That's why they added the X-ray scanner. My bone structure is far from human. I can change my appearance, but not what's on the inside. Your bone structure, on the other hand, is one hundred percent human.
      Michael: So, you're different from me?
      Nasedo: Biology lessons later.

    • Michael: I have been looking for you for a long time.
      Nasedo: Not as long as I've been looking for you.

    • Nasedo: That isn't some deadbolt up there. That door is made up of depleted Uranium; a metal composed of heavy atoms, which we can't manipulate.
      Isabel: We can't.
      Nasedo: You have many limitations.
      Michael: They know about them?
      Nasedo: They know more about you than you do. They've been studying us for fifty years.

    • Nasedo: I have 4 of you to watch now.

    • Liz: You guys aren't going there without me.
      Tess: No. Look, you want the truth? You're liabilities, all three of you. We've got a better chance of saving Max without you, and that's what this is all about, right?
      Liz: Bring him back to me.
      Michael: I will.
      Tess: We'd better hurry.
      Maria: You come back to me.

    • Max: Why are you doing this to me?
      Pierce: You know, I might not have been around in 1947, but I know all about the Crash. About the 4 aliens they captured, 2 dead, 2 alive. I've spent my entire career studying the documentation. Especially the 3 years of observation they've made on the the one held in captivity. Right here, in this room.
      Max: I thought you said there were 4.
      Pierce: One of them escaped. Nasedo. Isn't that what you call him?

    • Max: You're the deputy?
      Pierce: You have your tricks, I have mine.
      Max: Who do you think I am?
      Pierce: That's what we've been trying to find out at the lab. You know, there's something very strange about your X-rays... something that doesn't make sense. They're completely human: your bone structure, your organs, circulatory and pulmonary systems. Everything human. But. Here's where things get really strange. These are your blood cells. Completely not human. Still want me to call your parents? I told you Max: I know what you are, so now you're going to start answering my questions. Delta, Colorado, 1962, Agent Lewis, the first head of this Special Unit was found dead. His internal organs had reached a temperature of 180 degrees Fahrenheit. A silver handprint was found on his chest. What do you know about that?

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