Season 2 Episode 15

Viva Las Vegas

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 26, 2001 on The WB
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Episode Summary

When the gang makes a spur-of-the-moment trip to Las Vegas, in order to spend the DuPree money, the event-filled excursion ends in a faceoff between Max and Michael over leadership; Tess and Liz can't pass for over-21-year-olds; Maria recruits Alex to help her audition for a role that ends up to be for a stripper; Isabel meets a man.moreless

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  • Micheal needs help spending his money.

    I never know what to think about this episode which I enjoy watching but whenever thinking back about the episode something isn't right. This episode is a nice transition from the Laurie story arc to the rest of the season which I love so much, and it concludes at least some of the drama from the beginning of the season.

    Liz and Tess are both annoying in this episode so I will ignore them, even thought the wedding scenes with Max and Liz were cute.

    Isabel's wedding adventures set her up to be with Alex which I like but I thought all the actors playing the wedding party were awful. Micheal is really the highlight of this episode because of what he is going through, his fight with Max and his good deed for Maria at the end. The end when Valenti comes in and yells at everyone is so funny and how he calls Kyle (who was really funny through out this episode) and then Tess to come with him.

    Then Micheal wanting to watch Braveheart is just classic, so a good episode that leaves me confused.moreless
  • One of my favorite episodes of Roswell.

    This has got to be the funniest episode of Roswell...Ever.

    The dialog in this episode is fantastic!

    Micheal invites Max to Vegas to spend the hush money that he got from the DuPree's.

    He feels that the money is tainted and he wants to get rid of it all. By the time they are ready to go the whole gang has found out and is tagging along.

    While in Vegas Maria thinks that she has found her big break as a singer, but it turns out she is actually auditioning to be a stripper.

    Isabel meets a guy and goes to his hotel room with him, but leaves when he goes to get ice (off screen).

    Liz and Tess are stuck in the arcade when they can't pull off their fake I.D.

    Max and Micheal clash over the uses of their powers while in Vegas, and they both end up in jail.

    Micheal fixes it so Maria can sing in a night club that the group is dining at.

    Valenti shows up and yells at the teens for skipping town without telling him anything.

    He orders Tess and Kyle into the car and tells the others to head home.

    This is an awesome episode with some of the best lines from the series.moreless
  • ROAD TRIP!! The gang use Micheals 'hush' money to escape off to the gambling world of Las Vegas.

    What started out as just 2 best friends wanting to escape from the troubles of Roswell ended with gambling, jail and stipper auditions! I don't want to ruin it for people who haven't seen it but it was hilarious, and made the teenagers look like teenagers without much of the alien stuff, which i think they needed after all those dramatic episodes previously. The end of this episode showed what i think should be the couples of Roswell, the ones who should all end up together. Anyway thats just my opinion, go watch it and form on for yourselves. Oh yeah i'm thinking Micheal knew Tess and Liz wouldnt' get in with those ridiculous fake names... you can so tell they're fake!moreless
  • A great episode for Candy fans...

    Ok, so I'm a major 'Candy' (Michael and Maria) fan and this episode just had it all. Firstly, Michael planning this short getaway to Vegas with Max, being crashed by the whole gang, was highly amusing. It just wouldnt have been the same without the whole gang present. There is a comedy factor for the whole gang here and each has their moment to make me giggle. It's a pleasant change from the usual tense episodes.

    I have two favourite moments in this episode: 1. Michael is in Jail and makes his one allowed phone call to Maria to bail him and Max out. But she slams the phone down on him... Hilarious.

    2. Michael arranging for Maria to sing on stage Cabaret Style - just as she had always dreamed and it was kind of an apology for behaving like an ass. Such a sweet thing to do.

    I just generally enjoyed the setting of this episode. A clean break from Roswell and the gang having a fun time (not forgetting that lingering touch of drama!!)

    Really enjoyable to watch and one of the many favourites of mine.moreless
  • A spur of the moment guys' bonding trip to Vegas becomes and all out vacation trip for our heroes.

    Michael is haunted by dreams and decides he needs to get away. He takes the 50,000 he received from the DuPrees, which he believes is part of the problem and persuades Max to go on a trip to Vegas with him. Of course, word soon leaks out and suddenly all eight are on their way to a good time - or so they think.

    This is a classically silly episode, which is purely about characters - no alien threats (assuming you think Vegas constitues planet Earth!) no sudden extraneous characters. With orders to spend everything and have fun, they set out with dollars and fake IDs to make it big.

    There's a great mix of broad humour and intense rivalry. Max & Michael end up in jail thanks again to Michael's hit first ask questions later attitude. They argue, again and Max leaves. Liz & Tess look too young even with their fake IDs, so they are forced to spend their time in the video game room, where it becomes obvious they still have one or two issues with each other. Kyle and Alex do a little more bonding over the card tables, Maria goes for a job interview that is more concerned with her body than her voice (if only she'd read the note that said bring your own G string!) and Isabel doesn't seem to know what she wants, until she meets a handsome young best man and makes a decision to go back to his hotel room with him.

    And Michael does a very lovely thing, which is not in keeping with his usual couldn't give a rat's behind view of the world.

    It all ends fairly well - though of course, this being a show with a wide following, including many teenagers I'm sure - they had to put in the nasty grown up arriving at the end to tell them the error of their ways.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)

Samuel Ball

Samuel Ball


Guest Star

Howard George

Howard George

Stripper Auditioner

Guest Star

Eileen Galindo

Eileen Galindo

Senora Villa

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Not only is Colin Hanks' (Alex) fake ID name a mixed drink, but it is also his father's and his first names.

    • TRIVIA: Featured music in this episode -
      -Chemistry by Semisonic
      -Viva Las Vegas by ZZTop
      -Be Yourself by Morcheeba
      -Weapon Of Choice by Fatboy Slim
      -I've Got The World On A String by Majandra Delfino
      -Viva Las Vegas by Dead Kennedys
      -Thank You by Dido
      -I've Got It Bad by Majandra Delfino
      -Viva Las Vegas by Shawn Colvin

    • TRIVIA: Max hints that Michael watches the Mel Gibson film Braveheart over and over again and in the previous episode Michael was shown watching it.

    • This episode marks the beginning of the "Maria's Chalkboard" recap segments, which last till the end of the season.

    • The gang's hilarious fake ID names -Harvey Wallbanger (Kyle); Pina Colada (Tess), Tom Collins (Alex), Brandy Alexander (Isabel), Margarita Salt (Maria), Shirley Temple (Liz), Rob Roy (Max) & Dr. Love (Michael).

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Michael: This is a private conversation!

    • Max: How many times can you watch that thing?
      Michael: I'm still trying to get an accurate body count.

    • Valenti: So you skipped school. Missing class is excusable if it involves saving a planet - yours, mine, or any other. It is not acceptable if it is done in the name of under-age gambling. Is that clear? Each one of your parents is going to hear from me later today. I expect you back in Roswell this afternoon. Kyle, get in the car.
      Kyle: But I was up $1600.
      Valenti: Now!

    • Maria: I was auditioning to be a stripper! Little innocent me.
      Michael: You get the job?

    • Michael: I'm glad I'm an orphan.
      Tess: Yeah, me too.
      Valenti: Tess! Don't make me come back in there!

  • NOTES (0)


    • Kyle: Actually Buddha himself first coined the phrase "know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away and know when to run".

      These are actually lyrics from the Kenny Rogers' song called The Gambler.

    • Title: Viva Las Vegas

      This is a reference to both a 1964 movie and a song "Viva Las Vegas"; Elvis Presley starred in the movie and sang the song.