Season 4 Episode 14

Love in Vain

Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Feb 10, 1996 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Rogue's childhood sweetheart, the boy whom she put into a coma when her powers first manifested, returns to her life unexpectedly. But what strange connection does he have with the bug-like aliens Wolverine encounters in the desert?

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  • Disturbing.

    There are little roach-y BUGS living in a giant FISH. Wolverine escapes by squeezing out of some HOLE, and at the end, he pats its LIP. This episode is like a nightmare. But it's good.
  • Melodrama romance.

    The aliens from Men In Black decided to make a cameo appearance in X-Men, and decide to experiment on Wolverine first, who was coincidentally within the area of the alien's landing. Rogue on the other hand is having another depressing episode as she crawls in the corner of her room after seeing Jean and Cyclops fly off somewhere. However, things quickly change when she receives a phone call from her old boyfriend Cody.

    Wolverine on the other hand, finds himself strapped down to a stretcher within the belly of a whale. However, the aliens underestimated his strength and broke himself free. He contacts the other X-Men for help. Rogue and Cody go out themselves, but run into the roaches and the other X-Men. It seems that Cody turned himself into an alien in order for Rogue to do the same that'll negate her powers. Thanks to Wolverine's genes to turn Rogue back into normal, and help from the professor, the X-Men were able to escape, but Rogue had to say goodbye to Cody.

    Not really a good episode. Kind of boring to watch throughout times. The love story here between Cody and Rogue was poorly constructed and felt way too melo that it became pretty bromidic to watch. Though what I did like was the story in general about the brood as well as their gigantic whale pet. The professor manipulating its mind to save his X-Men doesn't seem original at all, but how it was all strung together made it decently executed.moreless
Lenore Zann

Lenore Zann


Chris Potter

Chris Potter

Gambit/Remy LeBeau

Cedric Smith

Cedric Smith

Professor X/Charles Xavier

George Buza

George Buza

Beast/Dr. Henry "Hank" McCoy

Alison Sealy-Smith

Alison Sealy-Smith

Storm/Ororo Monroe

Cal Dodd

Cal Dodd

Wolverine/James "Logan" Howlett

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

  • QUOTES (6)

  • NOTES (5)

    • In the comics, of the two key people Rogue absorbed, Cody was left comatose by one kiss (right to his death in the last issue of the first Rogue mini-series) while Ms. Marvel eventually woke up.

    • Original broadcast end-credits-scene: "The Final Decision"; Jean and Cyclops investigate the ransacked room of Robert Kelly, and Xavier notices his watch has stopped.

    • The original US broadcast of this episode differs from overseas airings only slightly: the onscreen credit fonts are different. No recap to "The Cure". Wolverine's line of "watch out for their tails" is missing. And the end credits are season 3's.

    • The aliens in this episode are never named (Logan calls them roaches, and they refer to themselves as "the Colony"), though they're intended to be the long-time X-Men comic villains, the Brood. This episode was delayed numerous times in production for reanimation, due to the censors finding the original comic version of the Brood to be "too scary for the kiddies".

    • Animation Company: AKOM Productions.


    • visual: Adobe city under a cliff
      The cave where Logan detoxes from the Brood infection, is located near a clay-material group of houses beneath a cliff. This is the style of building, seen in several national parks in the American Southwest, is connected to the Native Americans referred to as the "Anasazi", or "ancient people." They mysterious vanished, and one of the many theories includes alien involvement.

    • Cody: Possum?
      Cody's nickname for Rogue is in reference to the North American Opossum.

    • Incident: Aliens landing
      Wolverine witnesses a spacecraft crashing in the New Mexican desert, with aliens pouring out. In 1947, just outside the town of Roswell, New Mexico, there was a reported similar event.