The Pilot - 1st draft




ROSWELL HIGH

PILOT EPISODE

BY

JASON KATIMS

BASED ON THE NOVEL

FIRST DRAFT REVISED OCTOBER 15, 1998

"ROSWELL HIGH"

TEASER

FADE IN:

EXT. BACK OF LIZíS HOUSE - NIGHT (MOS)

LIZ ORTECHO (16) sits on the ledge outside her window. Sheís potentially beautiful but she doesnít realize that yet. Sheís also smart. She realizes that. She writes into a journal.

LIZíS VOICE
March 22, 1999. Entry one. Iím Liz Ortecho and five days ago I died. After that, things got really weird.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO, MAIN DRAG - MORNING (MOS)

Liz rides her bike, through a very sleepy town.

LIZíS VOICE
I grew up here in the bustling metropolis of Roswell, New Mexico. You know, where supposedly the alien spaceship crashed fifty years ago.

Behind Liz we see a UFO Museum and alien-theme gift shops.

INT. ROSWELL HIGH - BIO LAB - DAY (MOS)

Liz, in her element, leans into a microscope, takes notes.

LIZíS VOICE
Iím a straight-A student. Ninety-eight average, Varsity Soccer, and I founded the Roswell High Society of Future Scientists. I say this not to brag, but because Iím about to tell you some pretty weird stuff and I need you to know that not a flake.

PULL BACK to discover, MAX EVANS (16) classic good looks. He is gracious yet shy, an outsider.

LIZíS VOICE (CONTíD)
This is my lab partner, Max Evans. Heís what my girlfriend Maria would call a Roswell Hottie. In lab, weíre a great Team. Outside of lab, we donít really talk.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. CRASHDOWN - CAF… - DAY

Mostly empty. Liz in a ďStar Trek-esqueĒ waitress uniform carries two burgers from the kitchen toward a table.

LIZíS VOICE
This is where I work. Itís my fatherís place. Excuse the lame uniforms. But like I said. Itís Roswell.

As the ambient sound of the cafť kicks in, Liz slides the burgers onto a flying saucer shaped booth.

LIZ
One Sigourney Weaver and one Will Smith. Get you folks anything else? Green Martian Shake, Blood of Alien smoothie?

LARRY (20s), Lost in Space t-shirt, sits with JENNIFER (20s), green hair, both obviously UFO tourists, shake their heads.

LARRY
So! Your relatives ever tell you any stories about, you know, the UFO crash?

Liz just smiles, here we go again. She takes a beat to get into character, then:

LIZ
I guess it would be okay to show you.

Liz furtively reaches into her uniform and pulls out a photo

ANGLE ON: MARIA DE LUCA (16), Liz's best friend, nervous energy loyal to the end. She eyes Liz taking out the photo, smiles knowingly. She approaches another booth where two burly men have a heated discussion. They appear to be truckers, passing through town.

MARIA
Refill?

One of the men glares at her and waves her away with his arm.

MARIA (CONTíD)
(walking away; to herself)
Nice attitude.

ANGLE ON: Liz as the tourists study the blurry photo.

LIZ
My grandmother took this picture at the crash site before the government cleaned it up.

INSERT SHORT: A worm black and white photo of what seems to be an alien child. Larry and Jennifer are blown away

JENNIFER
Whoa.

LARRY
This is a stunning piece of evidence.

JENNIFER
Do people know about this photograph?

LIZ
I know about it. And now you know about it.

JENNIFER
Whoa

LIZ
Iíll be right back. Donít show that to anyone.

Liz turns to walk away and smiles to Maria and ALEX WHITMAN (16) Native American, skinny, talkative, smart. Alex sits at the counter nursing a coke.

MARIA
Stellar performance.

LIZ
Thanks. I like it myself.

ALEX
So, like, whatís the deal with scamming the tourists?

LIZ
They get a great story and we get a great tip.

ALEX
Iíll never understand the white manís fascination with aliens.

MARIA
Donít Native Americans get into aliens?

ALEX
We are aliens. Well, clearly you two are stuck here and Iím not so, hasta la vista, baby. Are we lunching tomorrow?

LIZ
Twelve-thirty on the veranda.

Alex exits.

As we hear the sound of a fist slamming down on a table, Liz and Maria look over at the burly men whose heated discussion has become a full blown argument.

LIZ
Whatís their problem?

MARIA
Neanderthals.
(whispers/sing-song)
Max Evans is staring at you again.

ANGLE ON: MAX, in a booth, looks away when Liz looks over. He sists with MICHAEL GUEROM (16), unruly hair, leather jacket, mostly silent -- It's like it hurts for him to talk. Max and Michael occupy themselves by playing a game of "Quarter's Football" on the table.

LIZ
That is SO in your imagination. Heís Max Evans. What would he want with me?

TWO CUSTOMERS get up and leave, Liz goes to clear their table. As she does she gives Max the slightest curious look.

SUDDENLY
as plates and glasses crash to the floor the argument between the two burly men erupts . They are standing, shouting.

LIZ (CONTíD)
(to herself)
Oh, no.

BIG ANGRY MAN
I was told to pick up the money, alright?! Not tomorrow! NOW!

SHORT MUSCULAR MAN
You wonít need any money if youíre dead.

The short muscular man draws a gun.

MARIA
Oh my God! Liz!

LIZ
Dad!

Liz races toward a door that reads ďEmployees Only.Ē Before she gets there a gunshot RINGS out LIZ doubles OVER. She's been shot. She falls behind the counter.

The burly men run out of the restaurant knocking over Jennifer; Larry rushes to her aid.

Maria tries not to panic, runs to Liz and places a dish towel on her stomach. It is immediately soaked in blood.

ANGLE ON: Max and Michael. Max is standing trying to go to Liz, but Michael has him by the shirt, pulling him back toward the booth.

MAX
What are you doing? Get off me!

MICHAEL
Max, what are you gonna do?

MAX
I have to do something!

Max pushes Michael away hard and runs to Liz. Grabs Maria.

MAX
Call an ambulance!

In shock, Maria goes to the phone. Max kneels over Liz. He takes the towel away. Then places his hands on her stomach.

MAX
Itís going to be okay.

JENNIFER
Oh my God.

Larry and Jennifer have walked up, see Lizís uniform soaking
in blood.

MICHAEL
Get back!

Michael pushes Larry back. Jennifer looks at Michael.

MAX
Liz. LIZ! You have to look at me.

Liz does. Max takes deep breaths, concentrates.

SLOW PUSH IN on Max looking at Liz, then suddenly we see:

A RUSH OF IMAGES:

A stuff dog with a chewed up ear; 5-YEAR-OLD LIZ in a purple dress covered with cupcakes; 8-YEAR-OLD LIZ and MARIA stand over a bird with a broken wing; 10-YEAR-OLD LIZ dances with her hippie mom and dad in their living room; 14-YEAR-OLD LIZ with her paren ts at a graveyard in the rain.

INSERT SHOT: Lizís wound heals. The bullet hole closes, and the blood dries up around her stomach.

Liz open her eyes. She looks at Max. Max exhales relieved, surprised himself about what just took place.

MAX
Youíre alright now. Youíre alright.

LIZ
I donít understand... I...

A distant SIREN is heard.

MICHAEL
Weíve gotta get out of here, man.

Max looks at him, nods. Michael runs out. Max smashes a ketchup bottle against the floor. He pours the ketchup on Liz. He looks at her, deadly serious:

MAX
You broke the bottle when you fell. You spilled ketchup on yourself. Liz? I need you to help me. Okay? Iíll explain everything later.

Max exits. Maria and the Tourists look at Liz. Liz watches as Max and Michael screech away in a banged up Jeep.

MARIA
Liz! Liz! Are you okay?

LIZ
Iím okay.

As she continues to look where Max just was, mesmerized, we

FADE TO BLACK.

END TEASER

ACT ONE

FADE IN:

INT. CRASHDOWN CAFE - FIFTEEN MINUTES LATER

Liz is seated being examined by a PARAMEDIC. JEFF (50s), long white hair, belly protruding from his Grateful Dead T-shirt, looks down at Liz. He is very tense.

JEFF
Is she alright?

LIZ
Iím fine, Poppa.

ANGLE ON: SHERIFF VALENTI (50s), mirrored glasses, deliberate, a bit thrown by an actual crime occurring. Heís questioning a shaky Maria.

MARIA
...the guy with the gun was sort of like a muscular Beavis and the other one was like a beefy Butthead.

VALENTI
Iím assuming they werenít actually cartoons.

Maria takes a long sniff from a vial of liquid.

MARIA
Cypress oil. Reduces stress. Want some?

VALENTI
No thanks. Now, let me ask you one more time. First you were sure Liz was shot.

LIZ
It was ketchup. I told you, Sheriff. I fell. I broke this bottle of ketchup. It spilled on me.

Valenti walks over to Liz.

VALENTI
You feeling better?

LIZ
Iím fine. Just a little shaken up.

VALENTI
(to the paramedic)
Make sure that brain of hers is okay. Itís the most valuable asset in Roswell.

Valenti winks at Liz. Then to Maria:

VALENTI
Did you see what kind of vehicles these guys took off in?

MARIA
No, I went right to Liz.

A MANíS VOICE
One of them got into a green Ford pick up.

Valenti turns to see Larry and Jennifer behind the counter. Liz and Maria exchange a look.

JENNIFER
Maybe it would help to have his plate number.

She hands Valenti a sheet of paper. His eyes linger on Jenniferís green hair for a beat.

JENNIFER
There were two others. Two boys, about their age.

Valenti looks to Liz.

LIZ
Thatís right. There were. I forgot. I didnít recognize them. Must have been tourists.

LARRY
Sure looked you knew them to me. Sheriff, can you come here for a minute?

Valenti walks over, obviously irked by this guy.

LARRY (CONTíD)
The gunman was standing there. He fired the gun in this direction here. Jenn and I have searched the place up and down. No bullet hole. Sheriff, I think we both know what happened here.

Valenti just looks at Larry, bewildered. Larry surreptitiously hands him the alien photo.

LARRY
Before it happened, the girl gave me this.

Valenti looks at the photo, smiles. Holds it up to Jeff.
Jeff looks at Liz, admonishing:

JEFF
Liz, I told you no more showing fake alien photos to the tourists.

LIZ
Sorry.

Valenti looks back at Larry, smiles condescendingly.

VALENTI
You folks can go back to your UFO Museums. Iíll take over the investigation from here.

Larry exchange a knowing look. Jennifer whispers:

JENNIFER
Typical.

LARRY
This isnít just going to go away, Sheriff.

Liz looks at Larry, then notices something on her uniform, alarmed. INSERT SHOT: through the dried-up blood on her uniform we see a bullet hole . She pulls her apron up to cover it.

LIZ
Iím gonna go get cleaned up.

The Sheriff looks to the Paramedic, who nods that itís okay

MARIA
Iíll help you.

Liz and Maria calmly walk toward the bathroom.

INT. RESTROOM - CONTINUOUS

Liz and Maria walk in, their calm demeanor is immediately gone.

MARIA
Do you want to explain to me why we lied?

LIZ
We didnít lie.

Maria pulls out a dishtowel from the side pocket of her uniform. Itís soaked in blood.

MARIA
This isnít ketchup. Itís blood. You were dying. I was watching you die. What did Max do to you?

LIZ
(honest)
I donít know exactly. Itís like he healed me or something.

Liz saying this freaks them both out.

MARIA
I just think you should know that Iím officially freaked.

And we CUT TO:

INT. EVANS HOUSE - KITCHEN - DAY

A fridge door slams and ISABEL EVANS (15), Maxís sister, utterly sexy, utterly cynical, utterly unforgiving about both, dips a chocolate cookie in a jar of Wasabe mustard and eats it. Sheís very upset. Max tries to calm her. Michael is also extremely up set. Max tries to cam her. Michael is also extremely upset, but chooses to brood. He mixes a 50-50 mixture of Coke and Tabasco sauce.

ISABEL
I canít believe this, I canít believe this. Oh my God, Max, why?!

MAX
Iím sorry.

ISABEL
Thatís it? ďIím sorry.Ē You break a sacred pact and thatís all you have to say?!

MAX
It happened so fast. I didnít have time to think about it.

ISABEL
No using our powers. We agreed.

MAX
Come on, you use your powers all the time.

ISABEL
Yeah, recreationally . Itís one thing to have a little fun, break up the monotony that IS my life and itís another to go around healing a human in a public place! Who are you, Doctor Kildaire?!

MAX
Alright, we are where we are, alright? Letís just figure out what to do.

ISABEL
Did anyone else see you?!

Michael and Max exchange a look. Isabel is sick.

ISABEL
Who

MAX
Couple of tourists.
(beat)
And Maria DeLuca.

ISABEL
(hurling a cookie at Max)

MARIA DE LUCA!

MAX
Sheís Liz best friend. Itíll be alright.

Isabel notices Michael nervously fiddling with a display of plastic fruit on the table.

ISABEL
Donít TOUCH that!

Michael pulls his hand back, frightened.

ISABEL
My mom spent months arranging it. Sheís like channeling Martha Stewart. (then with growing panic) Itís just a matter of time now. Theyíre going to find us. And when they do, theyíll prod us and test us and God knows what else. You put us in danger Max. All of us.

MAX
(doesnít know what else to say)
It was Liz.

Isabel sighs with disdain. The doorbell rings. They all look at each other.

ISABEL
@#%$. Is it Valenti? @#%$!

Michael carefully looks through a crack in the window shade.

MICHAEL
Itís Liz.

ISABEL
Great. Miss Science Fair. Sheís going to have a ton of questions. What are you going to tell her?

MAX
(beat)
The truth.

We see Michael almost stricken by these words. He speaks to him quiet, intense.

MICHAEL
You canít, Max. We never tell anyone. Not your parents. No one. Your rules.

Thereís a beat. The doorbell rings again and we CUT TO:

INT./EXT. FRONT ENTRANCE - MOMENTS LATER

Max opens the door. Liz stands there, a total wreck, she wears an old trenchcoat over her uniform. She self-consciously adjusts her hair, walks in.

LIZ
You said youíd explain everything later. Itís later.

MAX
Come in.

LIZ
Hey.

MICHAEL
Hey.

Isabel says nothing. She just stares at Liz, sending chills down her spine.

MAX
Maybe we should talk in my room.

Isabel looks at Michael.

ISABEL
This isnít happening. This canít happen.

As Isabel and Michael exchange a concerned look we, CUT TO:

INT. MAXíS BEDROOM - DAY

They walk in. Max tosses some dirty underwear out of sight. Liz is clearly nervous.

MAX
Something to drink? Coke, juice? I probably have other stuff. I could look.

LIZ
No thanks.
(beat)
I lied to everyone. Just like you asked me to. But I need to know what really happened.

MAX
Thereís no way I could get you to believe the ketchup story, is there?

LIZ
(tries to smile)
I donít think so.

Max looks at her.

MAX
I canít tell you Liz, how much I want to tell you everything. But I canít.

LIZ
Why not?

MAX
I just canít. Liz, Iím going to ask you to please... I mean, youíre alive right now, right? Because of me youíre alive.

LIZ
I know. I know that. I mean, I never even thanked you for--

MAX
Thatís not what I meant. Could we just, I mean, would it be at all possible that we just, you know, let it go?

LIZ
Maybe we could. You know, if I was someone else. But Iím sort of obsessed with facts. Which you know. As my lab partner.

Max nods, considering what to say. Finally:

MAX
Liz, I donít know how to say this. Iím different. Iím not like you. Thatís why I can do things. Like heal people.

Liz trembles, tries not to show that sheís trembling. Thereís a long beat.

LIZ
How? How do you heal people?

MAX
I just can.

Liz is totally unsatisfied with this, but the door opens. Isabel walks in breaking the moment.

ISABEL
Weíre supposed to meet Mom and Dad for dinner. Weíre gonna be late.
(to Liz)
See ya.

Liz looks at Max, he canít meet her gaze, and we CUT TO:

EXT. ROSWELL - NIGHT

Dark. Eerie. Liz rides her bike through the town, pedaling frantically. Sheís completely freaked. She rides past a storefront window filed with dozens of cartoonish, stuffed ALIEN DOLLS. Itís unsettling, her gaze lingers on them.

Suddenly, a CAR HORN HONKS, screeches to avoid hitting Liz who has accidentally veered into the car lane.

Liz snaps to. Continues to ride.

LIZ
Sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry.

CUT TO:

INT. MARIAíS KITCHEN - NIGHT

Maria shakily lifts a hot teapot from a burning stove, nearly spilling the water over the flames. Liz takes the pot from her, turns off the burner.

LIZ
Okay, weíre both a little too freaked to be using major appliances.

MARIA
So, different . What does that mean? I mean, did he at all think to elaborate on that?

LIZ
Isabel came in before I could get any other answers.

MARIA
She is so rude.

LIZ
Listen, can I use your shower? I have to get this stuff off me.

CUT TO:

INT. MARIAíS BATHROOM - NIGHT

Liz walks in. She goes to the sink, washes her face. Maria appears in the doorway, says nothing.

LIZ
What? You have that look.

MARIA
Nothing.

LIZ
What?

MARIA
So what weíre saying here is that you were just... healed. Spontaneously. And weíre supposed to do what? Nothing?!

LIZ
We be scientists. We stay objective. We observe. We gather evidence. We come to educated conclusions.

As Liz takes off her uniform, Maria eyes look on Lizís stomach.

MARIA
I think we just gathered our first piece of evidence.

Liz follows Mariaís gaze to her stomach. On Lizís stomach we see two silver iridescent handprints

ON LIZ looking at herself, stunned, we CUT TO:

EXT. NEW MEXICO DESERT - NIGHT

Valenti approaches a pick-up he has pulled over, his gun drawn. He steels himself, then knocks on the window.

VALENTI
Can you put your hands on the steering wheel please? Thank you. Can you step out of the car please?

One of the burly men from the diner (Butthead) steps out.

VALENTI
Hands above your head, please.

BUTTHEAD
Okay.

VALENTI
Thank you. Very good. Thanks very much.

Valenti turns him around searches him.

VALENTI
You can turn around.

BUTTHEAD
Officer, if I was speeding--

VALENTI
This is about an incident that occurred in the Crashdown Cafť this afternoon. A gun was fired and I have reason to believe that you were involved.

The burly guy looks at him, frightened.

BUTTHEAD
That wasnít me, alright? That guy is crazy. I donít know if that girl died or what, but I didnít shoot her. I swear.

VALENTI
I never said anyone was shot.

MOVE IN on Valenti, taking in this information, and CUT TO:

INT. ISABELíS ROOM - NIGHT

Isabel paces in her room like a caged animal.

ISABEL
God! I have to stop thinking about this. I do. Iím clearly obsessing. I mean, talking to myself? Not a good sign. What to do? What to do? Iíve got to get my mind off this.

Isabel notices a torn out magazine page with a photo of Clair Danes in a sleek blue dress. A smile forms on her face as a thought comes to her mind.

ISABEL
Oh well. A homecoming queenís work is never done.

Isabel lays down in bed, deep in thought.

ISABEL
Who shall I visit tonight?

We MOVE IN on Isabel who closes her eyes, and we DISSOLVE TO:

INT. ROSWELL HIGH - HALLWAY - DAY (ALEX'S DREAM)

All in black and white . Alex, in full Indian regalia, rushes down the hallway dodging students, dressed as cowboys, who attempt to keep him from his destination.

ALEX
Calculus final! Gotta get to the calculus final!

Then, ISABEL appear in color wearing the Claire Danes dress. She watches Alexís dream, to herself:

ISABEL
What a lame dream.

Alex comes face to face with Isabel. Heís shocked to see her.

ALEX
What are you doing here?

ISABEL
Weíre late.

Isabel leads Alex down the hallway, heís completely confused. She pushes open the double doors of the gymnasium.

INT. GYMNASIUM - NIGHT - ALEX'S DREAM

Isabel and Alex walk in. Crowns appear on their heads. A spotlight hits them. Music plays.

ISABEL
Can you believe we won? Weíve been voted king and queen of the homecoming dance by a jury of our peers!

Isabel tilts her head, asking him to kiss her.

ALEX
I have no desire to kiss you. Youíre Isabel Evans.

ISABEL
Prepare to experience life.

Isabel moves in, kisses him. Long and sexy. They break apart, Alex looks at her, stunned;

ISABEL
Vote for Isabel, homecoming queen.

HARD CUT TO:

INT. ALEXíS ROOM - NIGHT

Alex wakes up in a start, sits up. He is breathing hard, stunned

and we CUT TO:

INT. LIZíS ROOM - NIGHT

Liz stands in front of the mirror, looking at the handprints, concerned and confused. In this otherwise typical adolescent room, a poster of Einstein hangs prominently.

PRELAP:

MS. HARDY
Today we are going to look at the difference between human cells and other forms of life.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. ROSWELL HIGH - BIO LAB - NEXT DAY

Liz sits at her table alone. Max isnít there. MS HARDY (30s) hands out lab materials as she lectures.

MS. HARDY
Weíve spent the last week talking about genus and phylum and no weíre going to get a little more specific and talk about the difference between species. Mr. Evans, so nice to have you join us.

Max walks in, sits down next to Liz. Liz looks at him, but he just picks up his lab sheet and starts filling it out to avoid looking at her. He puts his pencil in his mouth as he reads, an age old habit.

MS. HARDY
Okay, everyone on the left prepare a slide from a vegetable sampling. Everyone on the right take a toothpick and get a sample from your cheek.

Max is one the right. He doesnít make a move. Liz just looks at him. Finally, she hands him a toothpick. He takes it in his hand, considers what to do. Finally, he stands up.

MS. HARDY
Mr. Evans?

The whole class looks at him.

MAX
Can I get a bathroom pass?

MS. HARDY
High maintenance today, arenít we?

She hands him a pass. Max, takes his toothpick with him, walks out. Liz watches him go. The other students are doing the experiment.

MS. HARDY
Itís very easy to look on the outside and say what differentiates humans from other species. But what about on the inside?

As she speaks, Ms. Hardy hands Liz a toothpick. Liz takes a scraping from her own cheek, puts it on a slide.

MS. HARDY
Everyone look at the human cells and describe everything you see on your lab sheets.

LIZíS POV THROUGH THE MICROSCOPE LENS: human cells.

Then Liz lifts her face from the microscope, a thought occurs to her. She looks at the toothmarks on Maxís pencil. She lifts the pencil, takes a scraping from it, puts it onto the slide. She takes a beat then slowly bends over the microscope.

LIZíS POV THROUGH THE MICROSCOPE LENS: Maxís cells. They look nothing like human cells. Or anything sheís ever seen.

ON LIZ, lifting her face from the microscope, shocked. She is startled as Max returns.

MAX
I have a scraping.

Liz looks at Max, terrified.

LIZ
I already got one.
(grave whisper)
Max. What are you?

As Max looks at her, we...

FADE OUT.

END OF ACT ONE

ACT TWO

FADE IN:

INT. ROSWELL HIGH - HALLWAY - LATER

Jam packed, between periods. Max emerges from bio lab, tries to disappear into the crowd. Liz chases him down.

LIZ
Max, I really need to talk to you.

MAX
Liz pulls Max through a door for privacy.
They are:

INT. ROSWELL HIGH - MUSIC ROOM - CONTINUOUS

All the orchestra instruments are stored here. Liz and Max see KYLE VALENTI (16) Sheriff Valentiís son, identical mirrored glasses, holding a tuba, about to put it away.

KYLE
Ortecho.

LIZ
I need to talk to Max for a minute.

KYLE
I canít leave. Iím instrument monitor.

LIZ
Kyle, please.

She takes the tuba from him to put it away. When she does, her shirt rides up exposing the silver handprints . She pulls her shirt down, looks to see if Kyle noticed. Itís unclear.

KYLE
So, my father told me about what happened yesterday. Why do you need to talk to him? This about the shooting?

LIZ
No. We just need to talk.

Kyle considers this, looks at Max, then back to Liz.

KYLE
So when are you and I going out on another date?

LIZ
Kyle we never went on a date.

KYLE
Hey, you came to my place, we played Nintendo, you ate my chips. Thatís a date, Ortecho.

LIZ
Kyle. Please. Give us a minute.

Kyle looks them over. Nods. To Max, as he goes:

KYLE
I have a complete visual memory of every instrument in this room.

And he walks out. Max looks at Liz, a bit surprised.

MAX
You went out with Kyle Valenti?

LIZ
No, no... Yeah, but no. I was younger. It was weeks ago. Can we just focus please?

Thereís a beat, then Liz slowly lifts her shirt, revealing the silver handprints. Max just looks at her.

MAX
Wow.

LIZ
I scrapped some cells from your pencil. God, this is really weird to say, and Iím like trying very much to keep from blacking out here. The cells werenít human.
(beat)
Max, I donít want to tell you what Iím thinking. What Iím holding onto here is that my experiment was obviously not done in a very scientific manner. So what I suggest is that we go to the bio lab now and I take a sample so that I can see that what Iím t hinking is wrong. That I got the wrong cells.

Max just looks at her, in a corner. He conjures everything he has.

MAX
Those were my cells.

Liz nods, she just looks at him, doesnít know what to say.

LIZ
So, forgive me for asking a really stupid question but are you a... an alien?

LONG BEAT, THEN:

MAX
I prefer the term not of this earth.
(off her look)
Sorry, not a time to joke.
(then, simply)
Yeah. I am.

Liz just stands there, motionless, her whole world is collapsing around her.

MAX
Wow, itís weird. Itís sort of a relief to actually finally say it.

Liz looks up at him. She is terrified. She starts to back out of the room. Itís as though sheís looking at a monster.

MAX
Liz..

LIZ
I have to...

MAX
Liz, itís okay.

LIZ
Iím going to be late for U.S. Government, so...

She backs toward the door. Max is alarmed by her terror, her reaction. He is suddenly frightened, he puts his hand up against the door so she canít leave. Liz looks at him, she is shaking.

LIZ
Please let me go!

MAX
Iím not going to hurt you!

LIZ
(tears well up)
Kyleís out there!

MAX
Liz, listen to me--

LIZ
Let me GO!

She tries to force his hand away from the door. He grabs her, doesnít let go. They are inches away.

MAX
Listen to me. Liz, please. If people find out my life will be taken away from me forever. Iíll be a circus freak. Liz. Please donít tell anyone. Now MY life is in your hands.

She just looks at him. Nothing else to do, Max releases her. She looks at him another beat, then opens the door and runs out. Through the door we see Kyle watch Liz run away, curious. Kyle turns to Max.

KYLE
What did you do to her, Evans?

Max is too overwhelmed by what just happened to even respond and we CUT TO:

EXT. QUAD - DAY

Alex and Maria eat lunch.

MARIA
I canít believe you had a sex dream about Isabel Evans. Iím disgusted.

ALEX
I know, sheís the epitome of everything I feel is wrong with society.

MARIA
Forget society, she has the personality of a taxidermist.

Maria and Alex as Isabel walks up to them.

ISABEL
(sultry)
Hey, Alex.

Alex cannot even respond, he is so affected by her beauty. Isabel looks at Maria.

ISABEL
Can I talk to you for a second?

Maria is obviously terrified, tries to put a front that she isnít. They walk off a bit, to speak privately.

ISABEL
Look, DeLuca, you and I donít have a lot to say to each other, so letís not even pretend. I donít know what you think or what you donít think and I donít even care. The thing I need to say to you is I can ruin you. Okay? But if you can keep your mouth shut, which I know is a big strain for you, then weíll never have to talk again. Which Iím sure would be a great relief to both of us.

Maria tries to respond but she canít. Thatís how terrified she is. Isabel smiles.

ISABEL
(to Alex)
See ya, stud.

And she leaves. Alex walks up to Maria holding Mariaís bag which beeps.

ALEX
What was that about?

MARIA
Nothing.

Maria reaches into her bag and takes out her paper. INSERT SHOT: Mariaís paper reads ď3

RD
floor bathroom. 911!!!Ē

CUT TO:

INT. GIRLSí ROOM - DAY

Maria is sniffing oils like a coke head. Liz nervously throws water on her face.

MARIA
There is no way Max Evans is an alien.

LIZ
Maria, I need you to stay calm here, okay? Itís very important that we both stay calm.

MARIA
Okay, Iím not in a very calm mood especially since I was just basically threatened by Isabel Evans.

LIZ
What?! What did she say?

MARIA
Something about how she could ruin me. What does that even mean?!

LIZ
Maria, Iím sorry.

MARIA
So this sample, this blood sample--

LIZ
Cells--

MARIA
Whatever. Youíre sure, right? I mean, youíre certain.

LIZ
Yeah.

Maria processes this. Finally looks up at Liz very serious.

MARIA
So what weíre saying here is Max isnít Max.

LIZ
I guess we are.

MARIA
Are there others? What about Isabel, that would explain some things.

LIZ
I didnít ask.

MARIA
What planet is he from?

LIZ
I didnít ask.

MARIA
What did you ask him, Miss Scientist?

LIZ
Excuse me for being a little freaked.

MARIA
Youíre freaked; Iíve lost all feeling in the right side of my body.
(beat)
Liz. We are in way over our heads here. We have to go to Valenti.

As Liz considers this, we CUT TO:

EXT. ROSWELL, LOW RENT DISTRICT - PRE-DUSK

Maxís jeep pulls to a stop in front of a sad looking tract house. Max HONKS the horn. Isabel sits in the back, she is notably silent, angry.

MAX
Isabel, just let ME tell Michael, alright? I donít want him to lose it.

Before Isabel can respond, Michael emerges through the front door, carrying a bowling ball bag. He walks out onto the overgrown lawn. MR. MCELROY (50s) his foster parent, white trash, follows him out, ranting



MR. MCELROY
Donít you leave here before you mow the lawn! Hear me!? You think the whole world revolves around you, you little @#%$?! Is that what you think?!

Michael doesnít turn around, doesnít respond. Just walks to the jeep where Max waits in the driverís seat, and Isabel waits in the back. He senses a deathly silence in the car.

MICHAEL
Whatís going on?

ISABEL
Max told Liz.

Max throws a look to Isabel, thanks a lot. Michael glares at Max, then angrily throws his bowling bag into the back of the car and climbs in.

MICHAEL
Letís bolt.

Max looks at Michael. Michael wonít look back. As Max starts to pull out we PRELAP the haunting first notes of the Wallflowersí ďInvisible CityĒ, and CUT TO:

INT. -EXT. MAXíS JEEP/DESERT - SUNSET

The desert is beautiful, start; the sky ominous. The music continues. Michael stares out the window. Max looks back and sees Isabel is holding a CD to her ear, listening to it.

MAX
Isabel could you please not do that!

Isabel takes the CD away from her ear and that music stops

ISABEL
Right, like listening to a CD is our problem!

They go silent as a POLICE CRUISER approaches from the other direction. It just drives past them. But they are all freaked by it. Then a silence:

MICHAEL
We should just keep driving. We should get out of Roswell.

As this thought sits with all of them, especially Max, we CUT TO:

EXT. DESERT - NIGHT

Two bowling bags are opened. Inside, are archeologist digging tools, flashlights, hiking shoes, etc. Max and Michael start getting equipped. Isabel remains in the backseat.

ISABEL
I canít believe you two are continuing with this pathetic, pointless search as if nothing has happened.

Michael has finished getting ready and just walks off without a word. Max looks at Michael for a beat, then turns back to Isabel.

MAX
No one said you had to come with us.

ISABEL
Like Iím going to sit at home alone while the parental units watch Fe lic ity trying to quote-unquote-understand us and wait for the feds to show up and turn me into a national zoo exhibit.

Max, now equipped, is ready to go:

MAX
Coming with?

ISABEL
Yeah, right.

Isabel pulls out a stack of fashion magazines, lays back and starts leafing through them.

EXT. NEW MEXICO ARROYOS - NIGHT

Wide shot. Max and Michael walk slowly, searching. Two tiny figures in a huge expanse of desert. Whatever theyíre searching for seems like the most futile thing in the world.

ANGLE ON: Michael seeing something metallic glittering in the sand. He slowly leans down, picks it up. A bottlecap. Max walks up.

MAX
Maybe weíre getting too far from the crash site.

Michael just flips the bottlecap away, and continues walking. Max looks at Michael for a beat, realizes this isnít going to be easy.

MAX (CONTíD)
Michael... look, Iím sorry.

Michael doesnít respond.

MAX
Michael we have to talk about this.
(off Michaelsí continued silence)
Michael, come on. We havenít found anything in over a year. What are you even looking for?

Michael swings around faces Max, his face red with emotion:

MICHAEL
Iím looking for scraps of metal in a desert, Max. A needle in a haystack. Thereís no way we can ever hope to find where we come from. Is that what you want me to say?

MAX
I just want to make sure weíre okay here.

MICHAEL
Weíre not.

Max looks at Michael, surprised and a bit stung by his anger.

MICHAEL (CONTíD)
Look, I would love to stand around and chat, but unfortunately my only chance for survival right now is to put together a spaceship out of bottlecaps!

Michael starts to continue to search, then in a burst of frustration takes his flashlight and hurls it into the desert.
He turns back to Max:

MICHAEL
Max. Iím not going to just hang around and wait to get caught. Iím not going to let them destroy us.

MAX
No oneís caught yet. Not even close. And even if they did find us, we donít know what would happen. We donít know that there even is a ďthemĒ.

MICHAEL
Then whereís everyone else from our ship? Where are our parents? They didnít just disappear. They were killed. Thatís what happened.
(beat)
If Valenti gets too close, I swear to God, Iím going to take him out.

Max just looks at Michael, shakes his head.

MAX
Michael, donít you see what that will make them think about us? Itís a good way to get us all killed.

MICHAEL
Max, you fucked up! Alright?! Big time. Donít you see what you did? When you saved Liz you might as well have killed the three of us.

MAX
Itís gonna be okay.

MICHAEL
No it wonít! I know you think itís always going to be okay. Because thatís your life. But this is different. If we just stand around things arenít going to be okay. We have to do something Max.

Max looks at Michael, taking this in.

EXT. PRECINCT - NIGHT

Liz and Maria sit in Mariaís Momís 80s Volkswagen Jetta. Rain pounds on the windshield. Thereís a long beat, then:

LIZ
This car smells like your Mom.

MARIA
I know, she dates more than my entire Psych Club.

LIZ
Well, thatís not saying much.

MARIA
She went out the other night looking like the Lost Spice Girl.
(beat)
So, weíre stalling, right.

LIZ
Yeah.

Liz thinks for another moment then turns to Maria.

LIZ
I canít do this. I know I should, but I canít.
(beat)
He saved my life.

Maria looks at her, nods, not happy.

MARIA
Can we at least tell Alex?

Liz just shakes her head no. Maria nods, depressed and starts the car. The wipers go on revealing: Valenti standing just outside the precinct watching them, ominously.

LIZ
Letís go.

As Maria peels out, we CUT TO:

EXT. CRASHDOWN CAF… - NIGHT

Wide shot. Mariaís car pulls to a stop in front of the Crashdown Cafť. Liz gets out. Starts walking to the side entrance, which leads to her familyís apartment above the store. Max emerges from the shadows.

MAX
Liz.

LIZ screams.

MAX
Sorry, Iím sorry

LIZ
What are you doing!?

MAX
Iím really sorry.

LIZ
Are you following me now!?

MAX
No!

LIZ
No?!

MAX
No! I just, I didnít want to be seen. Sorry, I didnít mean to scare you.

LIZ
Well, telling someone youíre an alien then sneaking up on them in the dark is kinda scary actually. For future reference.

MAX
I just really need to talk to you.

Liz breathes, calms herself slightly, then looks at him.

MAX
I canít imagine how you must feel. I mean, Iíve thought about telling you a thousand times.

LIZ
You have. Me?

MAX
Yeah.

She looks at him, considering this.

MAX
But the thing is I never could. Iíve just always had to keep this secret. Because Iím so afraid whoever I told would freak out.

LIZ
Like I did.

Max nods. Thereís a long beat. Liz considers this, then:

LIZ
Max, Iím sorry to be so scared of you. But this is so... I just donít know if youíre you. If youíre the person Iíve known all these years.

Max looks at her, nods. Then he thinks of something that makes him smile.

LIZ
What? This is funny to you? Youíre like amused?

MAX
I just keep picturing you in that dress with the capcakes on it. Remember?

Liz looks at him, clueless. Then, remembers.

LIZ
Oh, my God. My cupcake dress! I totally forgot about that. I canít believe I went out in public in that thing.

MAX
It was cute.

LIZ
It was so...



MAX & LIZ
PURPLE

They laugh, the tension momentarily broken. But Liz stops laughing, as something dawns on her. She grows upset.

LIZ
I had that dress in kindergarten. I didnít know you until third grade. How did you know about it? What do you read minds or something? Because thatís an incredible invasion of--

MAX
I donít read minds. When I healed you, I made this... I donít know, this connection . And I got this rush of images. And somehow I just knew things. An image of that dress flashed into my mind and I knew how you felt about it.

LIZ
How did I feel about it?

MAX
It was the single supreme embarrassment of your life. But your Mom made it for you. And she was so proud of it; she never made a dress before. So you wore it. For her sake.

Liz just looks at him for a beat. Heís right on.

LIZ
What else did you see?

MAX
I saw you at your sisterís grave. You didnít let yourself cry because you mom and dad were crying. And you though someone had to hold themselves together.

Liz just nods. Max looks at her, considers something, then:

MAX
I never tried this, but maybe I can make the connection go the other way. So you can see, you know, that Iím still me.

Liz looks at him, unsure, finally she nods. Max looks at her, steels himself then.

MAX
I have to touch you.

Liz nods. Max reaches out and gently pushes her hair behind her ears. Liz consciously concentrates on not flinching. Max softly cups her face with his hands. Liz stands there with her hands hanging by her side.

MAX
Take deep breaths and try to let you mind blank out.

They breathe together. Look into each otherís eyes.

MOVE IN ON LIZ -- looking at Max. As Lizís eyes register something happening, we see:

A seven year old boy and girl break out of a pod.

LIZíS VOICE
I wanted to know Max was still Max, but what I found was he was more than I ever knew Max was.

Find a naked seven-year-old boy and girl walking hand in hand through the desert. MOVE IN on the young boy, his face, his eyes. The boy and girl walk onto the highway. A blue sedan pulls to a stop ahead of them.

LIZíS VOICE
I could feel everything he was feeling. His heart was this keep never ending well of warmth and emotion. For the first time I was really seeing Max Evans.

Seven-year-old Max walks into the library and stops seeing seven-year-old Liz. He canít take his eyes off her.

LIZíS VOICE
I saw me, as he saw me.

IN SLOW MOTION: 16-YEAR-OLD MAX passes Liz who laughs at something Maria said, completely unaware that sheís being watched. She looks beautiful. Maxís eyes linger on her.

LIZíS VOICE
And the amazing thing was, in his eyes? I was beautiful.

BACK TO THE SCENE:

Max Takes his hand from her face.

MAX
Did it work? Did you see anything?

Liz looks at Max, canít speak. She just nods and we

FADE OUT:

END OF ACT TWO

ACT THREE

FADE IN:

INT. SHOPPING MALL - CHANGING ROOM - NEXT DAY

Maria stands outside a changing room speaking in an urgent whisper.

MARIA
I just want to point out that you are shopping in an emotionally charged state. Which can be frustrating and potentially expensive.

INTERCUT: in the changing room Liz sits back aglow in the memory of Max.

LIZ
Maria, it was so amazing. Max is like so deep.

MARIA
Liz, okay, you connected with him. Iím sure itís a very special thing to look into a guyís soul and all that, but I need to know that youíre not planning on moving forward with this.

LIZ
Of course Iím not moving forward. What would that even mean? Like date him? Is that what youíre suggesting? That I date Max Evans?

MARIA
Look, Iím divided here because on one hand I think itís really great that youíve finally got your eyes out of a microscope and onto a guy, and one the other hand I donít think Max is really your type. I think youíd be much better with someone else, like an earthling.

LIZ
Maria, I know . Of course they DO say youíre most likely to find a guy where you least expect it.

MARIA
Yeah, but itís usually not in a pod. Look, I just feel it behooves me to point out that Max Evans is an alien. And ďbehoove,Ē by the way, is a word I never had to resort to before.

Maria canít take it anymore, she bursts into the changing room. Maria looks at Liz sitting back, smiling, not a care in the world.

MARIA
Oh my God. Youíre in love.

LIZ
Really

MARIA
This is not a good thing! Itís a bad thing! Very bad! What happened to ďweíre scientists. Stay objective?!Ē Liz, youíre my center, okay? Youíre the ying to my yang. The Captain to my Tenielle. Please. This is not the moment to start jumping into bed with aliens.

LIZ
Maria, I donít know but Iím feeling something. Itís strange. Iím like happy but sick.

MARIA
Do you think Max is putting a force on you?

LIZ
Definitely

Liz rises, her dress falls over her body like a magic gown. She looks incredible. Transformed from a girl to a woman. She walks out to

INT. CLOTHING STORE - MIRROR - CONTINUOUS

Liz walks to the mirror where Alex has been waiting. Looks at herself, unsure. She turns to Alex, who is mesmerized:

LIZ
Well...?

ALEX
(Iím not in love with this girl Iím not)
I thought we werenít even going to this stupid dance.

INT. BOYíS BATHROOM - DAY

Alex is washing his face, Michael walks in. They see each other, say nothing. Michael goes to the urinal.

ALEX
So, anyway, I know everything about Max.

Michael says nothing but his eyes register concern.

MICHAEL
Who told you?

ALEX
Are you kidding? Itís all over school.

Michael looks at Alex, his world caving in.

ALEX
Everyone knows about the incident in the instrument room. And they were seen together again several times. The point is if Max and Liz are together or whatever, I can handle it.

Michael looks at Alex, his eyes register relief.

ALEX
I mean, Liz and I are friends, buddies. So, thereís no reason for this whole hush hush thing. So if you can get that message to Max, Iíd appreciate it.

Michael rolls his eyes, realizing. Without even looking at Alex, he walks out. Alex looks where Michael was.

ALEX
Great. Terrific conversationalist.

CUT TO:

INT. BIO LAB - DAY

Liz walks in. Sits down next to Max. Sheís dressed different, sexier. Itís not her. Max looks at her, surprised. Sheís < br> extremely self-conscious in his presence.

LIZ
Hi!

MAX
Hey.

LIZ
Good to see you again.

Max looks at her, as if sheís alien.

MAX
Good to see you.

Liz searches for something to say, suddenly incredibly awkward around Max.

LIZ
Nice day! Bright!

The sit down start to work. Liz steals a look at him, Max looks back, confused by her behavior.

LIZíS VOICE
Then I wondered was this all in my imagination? I mean, so what? He had feelings for me when we were seven. Heíd just broke out of a pod; heíd probably have feelings for a spatula.

Liz notices Max, his expression grows serious. Someone taps Lizís shoulder. She looks up:

MS. HARDY
Youíre needed outside.

Liz looks outside the door: Valenti stands there waiting for her. Maria stands beside Valenti. On Lizís expression we CUT TO:

INT. VALENTIíS CRUISER - DAY

Liz and Maria sit in the back seat of the car. Valenti drives. Itís silent. Liz leans close to Maria, whispers:

LIZ
Did you say anything?

MARIA
Noo Valenti eyes the rear view, they stop talking. Liz looks up concerned as Valenti pulls to a stop at the City Morgue.

INT. MORGUE - DAY

Valenti, Maria and Liz walk in. Liz and Maria stand near the doorway, frightened.

VALENTI
Iím sorry but I need you to look at this. Thereís been a murder.

Valenti walks to a metal drawer in the wall, opens it, nods to Liz and Maria. Liz and Maria walk slowly to the body wrapped in a body bag. Tears fill Lizís eyes as she steels herself and looks through the plastic bag. Through the plastic we see a CORPSE , an elderly man.

LIZ
I donít know this man.

Maria also shakes her head, she doesnít know him either.

VALENTI
What do you make of these marks?

Valenti pulls down the sheet covering the corpse part way. Liz sees two silver hand prints on his chest. Liz looks at them, stunned. Maria is terrified. Maria looks at Liz. Liz just looks at Valenti.

LIZ
Iíve never seen anything like them before.

MARIA
(takes everything she has)
Me either.

Valenti nods. Looks at Maria.

VALENTI
Could you wait outside?

Maria looks at Liz. Liz nods. Maria walks out. Liz tries to face Valenti eye to eye.

VALENTI
Liz, my son Kyle thought he saw similar marks on your stomach.

Liz looks at him, says nothing, then:

LIZ
He was wrong.

VALENTI
Can I see for myself?

LIZ
Sheriff, come on. I mean, whatís going on here? Has everyone gone crazy? I spilled ketchup. I said that like a hundred times.

VALENTI
Please.

Liz looks at Valenti, no choice left. She slowly takes her shirt out of her pants. Lifts her shirt. Looks at her stomach.

The hand prints are gone . She covers her surprise.

VALENTI
I guess Kyle was wrong.

LIZ
Can I go now?

Valenti nods. She starts to go, then:

VALENTI
Liz, you know about my father, right?

Liz stops. Slowly turns back to him, nods.

LIZíS VOICE
They called him Sergeant Martian. After the crash, after every other witness change their story, Sergeant Martian still claimed he saw aliens. He sort of became the town joke.

VALENTI
The thing about it is, my whole life I thought he was as crazy as everyone else did. His own son. Now, Iím not so sure.

He looks at her. She tries to stay strong.

VALENTI
I went back to the diner. There is no bullet hole. Those two from the diner said that they saw you shot.

LIZ
Youíre listening to those two? The background check on them must read like a trip to a Star Trek convention.

VALENTI
I also found one of the men who was in the argument. He confirms their story. Liz. Weíre no longer talking about a friendly alien who goes around healing people. Weíre talking about a murderer. Liz, are you telling me everything?

Liz considers for a long beat. She looks at the body again, the marks. Then finally.

LIZ
I... I donít believe in aliens.

Sheís in a state of utter confusion. As she backs out of the room we CUT TO:

INT. MORGUE HALLWAY - SECONDS LATER

Maria waits terrified when Liz emerges. Liz takes off down the hallway. Maria chases after her.

MARIA
Max did that, didnít he? He killed that man.

LIZ
I donít know.

MARIA
Liz, donít leave me here like that. Iím like freaking okay? LIZ!

Liz heads out the door leaving Maria alone and we CUT TO:

EXT. ROSWELL, MAIN DRAG - DAY

Liz runs. The town is bustling with UFO TOURISTS. Outside the Crashdown Cafť, a NEWS CREW is doing a story. We see Larry and Jennifer being interviewed by a reporter.

INT. ROSWELL HIGH - GYMNASIUM - DAY

Boys gym glass. Liz walks in, the only girl. She stands at the doorway, intense, upset. All eyes are on her. Max looks up, sees her. Liz just walks out. Max rises to follow her.

ANGLE ON: KYLE, VERY CURIOUS AND WE CUT TO:

INT. HALLWAY - MOMENTS LATER

Max emerges, stops seeing Lizís expression.

LIZ
I have to talk to you.

She turns to leave. On Max, mystified, we CUT TO:

INT. AV ROOM - MOMENTS LATER

Max looks at Liz. Liz is shaking, trying to stay in control.

LIZ
Could you stand further back?
(he steps back)
A little further. Behind that line.

Max steps behind a black line in the tiled floor.

LIZ
Thank you.

Liz puts her hand on a fire alarm, poised to pull it.

LIZ
Step over the line and Iím pulling the alarm and blowing the whistle okay? On this entire... THING

Max just nods, tries to calm her, sheís ready to blow a fuse.

LIZ
What am I doing ? God. What am I doing going into a room alone with you? Itís not logical. Youíre making me do things that arenít logical. And I hate you for that, Max. I do. I hate you.

MAX
Liz...

LIZ
Step back please! Thank you!
(she looks at him)
Valenti showed me this body. A corpse. He had silver handprints on his chest. He thinks that the man was killed by an alien.

MAX
(calm, soothing tone)
I was driving before. A man on the street had a heart attack. I tried to heal him. But it was too late.

LIZ
I see. So you just heal anyone? I get shot, you heal me. Old man on the street, sure, why not? The more the merrier. When in Rome.

MAX
(calm)
Before I healed you, I didnít know that I could do that. I mean, I can manipulate molecular structures, so I always thought maybe. And then it was you . So I tried.

Liz tries not to be affected by this, but she is.

MAX
And when I realized I could do something like that, that I could save someoneís life, it sort of made me realize that maybe what I am isnít just a curse. Maybe itís also a gift.

LIZ
I see... I see.

Liz is moved, but holds on to what she has to do. She takes out a loose leaf page filled with a list of questions. Max just looks at her.

LIZ
Where do you come from? What planet?

MAX
I donít know. After the crash someone brought us--

LIZ
-- US?

MAX
(beat)
Isabel and I shared a pod.

Liz nods her head, crosses a question off her list.

LIZ
That answers that.

MAX
Anyway, someone brought us to a cave where weíd be safe. We think maybe our parents. We broke out of the pod forty years later. I was seven. Isabel and I Started walking and we wound up on the road and...

LIZ
And a blue sedan stopped for you.
(off his look)
I saw it. You know, before.

MAX
It was the Evansí car. And they adopted us. Which was the luckiest thing that ever could have happened. Michael wasnít as lucky.

Liz looks at him. He nods. Liz checks off another question off her list.

MAX
Heís been bouncing around from foster home to foster home. Which basically sucks.

LIZ
Are there others?

MAX
Not that we know of.

A beat.

MAX
Anything else on your list?

LIZ
Just... Are you in disguise?

MAX
A disguise?

LIZ
You know, are you like three feet tall and green and rubber? Sorry, itís Mariaís question.

MAX
No disguise. As far as I know this is what I look like.

Liz nods. Puts away her list of questions. Beat, then she looks right at Max:

LIZ
So when you saved me, you put Isabel and Michael in danger, didnít you?

Max just nods, she has hit on an enormous burden Max is carrying.

MAX
(barely audible)
Yeah.

LIZ
That must have been really, really hard.

Max is silent. Liz takes a breath, then looks at him.

MAX
So.. What did you tell Valenti?

LIZ
I told him I donít believe in aliens.

MAX
(beat, he looks right at her)
That must have been really, really hard.

Suddenly, the door opens. Max and Liz duck behind a projector. They are very close. Footsteps approach. Itís Kyle.

KYLE
My father calls you in for questioning and you run right to Max. Whatís going on, Ortecho? Whatís Max got to do with all this?

Liz looks at him, not knowing what to say, then:

LIZ
Kyle, we came here to be alone. So, do you mind?

A stream of rageful jealousy shoots through Kyle.

KYLE
You have Evans. Right. I believe that.

Liz slides her arms around Maxís waist. Maxís eyes register this.

LIZ
Well, I guess guys donít notice other guysí bodies. Could you like leave us alone?

Kyle looks at them with building anger, jealousy.

KYLE
Like this will last.

He turns and leaves. We can sort of make out Kyleís figure outside the window.

LIZ
I think heís looking. Maybe you should kiss me or something. To throw him off.

Do we hear Max swallow?

MAX
If you think it would help.

Max and Liz lean in and kiss. Itís incredibly awkward, yet somehow sweet. They pull apart. Liz is unable to speak for a moment, then:

LIZ
I think that worked.

She looks at him, wondering what that just mean and we CUT TO:

INT. MOTEL ROOM - DAY

Larry and Jennifer pour through stacks of Roswell High Yearbooks, school newspapers, etc. Thereís a knock on the door. Larry opens it. Itís Valenti.

VALENTI
Iím ready to listen.
(he walks in)
You said there were two boys in the cafť. Did you see them?

JENNIFER
Not the one who healed the girl. His friend.

Jennifer hands Valenti the Roswell High yearbook. INSERT SHOT -- A yearbook page. ZOOM IN on a circled face, the one brooding face in a sea of smiling faces:

MICHAEL

Valenti nods with recognition and we:

FADE OUT.

END OF ACT THREE

ACT FOUR

FADE IN:

INT. MARIAíS HOUSE - FRONT DOOR/LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

Maria opens the door. Liz walks in.

LIZ
Max didnít kill that man.

MARIA
Liz! Hi!

Alex walks up. By their guilty smiles, Liz just knows.

LIZ
You told Alex.

MARIA
I had to.

LIZ
(to Maria)
I thought I could trust you.

ALEX
Weíre going to Valenti.

Liz just looks at them, distraught.

ALEX (CONTíD)
We donít know what weíre dealing with here Liz. We donít know for sure what powers he has. We donít know what his agenda is.

LIZ
Agenda?

ALEX
That man was murdered.

LIZ
He wasnít. Max tried to save him.

ALEX
Thatís what he said. How do you know he was telling the truth?

LIZ
I trust Max. Completely. Alright?

ALEX
So youíre like falling for Max Evans! Thatís perfect. It really is.

Liz and Alex are both surprised by Alexís jealousy.

LIZ
I thought you of all people would be on his side. Arenít you always saying you feel like an alien yourself? That everyone should be treated equally.

ALEX
Yeah. Everyone except real aliens.

LIZ
Heís still Max.
(to Alex)
Heís the same guy who got Stuart Deckler to stop beating you up in fifth grade.
(to Maria)
Heís the same guy who always picked you first for softball even though youíre the most pathetic athlete in Roswell.
(beat)
Please. Just talk to him. If you still think thereís any possibility that heís a threat to anyone then weíll all go to Valenti.

Liz looks at both of them pleadingly. As we HOLD ON Maria and Alex considering we CUT TO:

INT. MAXíS ROOM - NIGHT

Liz walks in. She stops, stricken, seeing Max packing his back pack. Before he can say anything, Maria and Alex walk in. We hear Isabel dragging stuff in from the hallway.

ISABEL (V.O.)
Okay, I know this isnít the traditional way to make a getaway but I guarantee these are all essentials.

Isabel comes in struggling with several pieces of luggage. She stops cold seeing the new arrivals. At that moment, an old army duffel bag flies in through Maxís window, followed by Michael. Michael looks at everyone.

MICHAEL
Slumber party?

They all look at each other, silent for a moment.

LIZ
Maria and Alex know.

ISABEL
Terrific! Dorothy and the Scarecrow.
(to Maria)
Boo!

MARIA
(jumping back)
Thatís really not funny.

LIZ
Where are you going?

MAX
Weíre going to leave.

LIZ
I donít think thatís such a great idea.

ISABEL
Why, not finished jamming your tongue down my brotherís throat.

Max rolls his eyes. Alex looks at Liz, she didnít tell him that part.

LIZ
It will just show people that youíre guilty.

MICHAEL
Guilty of what? Saving your life?

LIZ
I didnít mean that. Iím just saying if we work together--

ISABEL
But weíre not together. Weíre the ones in danger. Weíre the ones giving up everything.
(fighting emotion)
We canít even say goodbye to our parents.

LIZ
Look, I canít tell you how all this makes me feel. Right now, I wish Max hadnít healed me. I do. But I canít change that. If you run theyíll know. Theyíll know everything.

Max considers this.

MAX
Maybe Liz is right.

Isabel looks at Max, betrayed.

ISABEL
Wordís already out. Our coverís blown. These two already want to go to Valenti, donít you.

MARIA
We agreed we wouldnít.

ISABEL
That fills me wish such confidence.
(to Maria and Alex)
Either of you say one word and youíre dead. I can do it, okay? You wonít even know what hit you.

MAX
Isabel! Stop!

Then a voice comes out of nowhere.

ALEX
Maybe you should.

ISABEL
The scarecrow speaks.

ALEX
Maybe you should go to Valenti. If youíre honest with him and he sees you donít mean any harm--

MICHAEL
Iím sure heíll just roll out the welcome wagon.

MAX
Michael...

MICHAEL
Why is this guy telling us what to do? You have no idea what our situation is, alright? We will be killed. Destroyed. Thatís whatís going to happen. Do you understand that!?

ALEX
I sort of do. Itís what happened to a lot of my ancestors. Thereís nowhere to run, Michael. If they want you, theyíll find you.

ISABEL
Alright. Iíve heard enough. Whitman, you live in town, your fatherís a gas station mechanic. Youíre about as much of a Native American as I am. Weíre wasting time here! Letís go, Max.

Isabel and Michael start to gather their things. Max just stands there.

MICHAEL
We made our decision.

Loaded beat. Everyone looks at Max who is literally caught in the middle.

LIZíS VOICE
It was one of those moments when a few seconds seem like hours.

Finally, Max decides, lifts his back pack. Walks to Liz.

MAX
This is my family.

Liz nods, fighting emotion and we CUT TO:

INT. JEEP - NIGHT

Max drives, fast. Michael rides shotgun. Isabel sits in the back hugging her luggage. Theyíre silent.

Michael looks to Max but Max is lost in his own thoughts. Maxís eyes flit to the rear view. See the red lights of a police cruiser.

They all exchange a look. What do we do?

MICHAEL
Hit it.

Max floors it. The Cruisers siren goes on and pursues them.

ISABEL
(terrified)
Max, go!

The cruiser is gaining on them. Max suddenly turns off the road and drives out onto the desert.

EXT. DESERT - NIGHT

Wide shot, the cruiser overtakes them, cuts them off.

JEEP - SAME

Max hits the brakes, the car pulls to a stop. Valenti gets out of the cruiser. Max, Isabel and Michael look at each other.

ISABEL
Iím scared.

Michael reaches back, takes her hand. Valenti walks up to the jeep. Takes a flashlight, flashes it in Maxís face. Then Isabelís. Finally, Michaelís.

VALENTI
Mr. Guerin. Can you step out of the car please?

As Max looks at Michael, dreading what he thinks might happen we, CUT TO:

INT. VALENTIíS CRUISER - NIGHT

Valenti drives, Michael sits handcuffed in the back seat. Valentiís eyes flit to the rearview, then he pulls the car to a stop. They are in the middle of nowhere. Michaelís eyes register concern. Valenti turns and looks at Michael through the metal div ider.

VALENTI
Michael, I donít want to have to arrest you. Drag your foster parents into this. Get the Department of Social services involved. I donít want to see you sent back to Chaves County Juvenile center.

Michael looks at Valenti, this one gets Michael. Valenti senses it.

VALENTI (CONTíD)
I know, that you were in the cafť that day. I know you were with someone. All I need from you is a name. Otherwise, I ill make your life a living hell.

Michael looks at Valenti, considers. Michael looks down to the handcuffs. His eyes focus on them. INSERT SHORT: The

Handcuffs melt off Michaelís wrists and collect in a silver puddle of liquid on the cruiser floor. Valenti doesnít see this, he wants for an answer. As we SLOWLY PUSH IN on Michael, considering his options, we CUT TO:

INT. ROSWELL HIGH - BIO LAB - NEXT DAY

Liz sits alone at her lab station, sad, completely not there. Deep in the recesses of Lizís consciousness we hear MS. HARDY teach, but her words are a blur, until:

MS. HARDY
Well, another celebrity appearance from Mr. Evans!

Hearing this, Lizís eyes widen. She slowly turns and sees Max walk into the class. An unconscious smile forms on her face. Max sits next to her, whispers.

MAX
Michael took care of it.

She looks at him, curious, and we CUT TO:

INT. HALLWAY - BETWEEN CLASSES - LATER

Alex gets something from his locker. He closes the door and looks up. Michael is there.

ALEX
I thought you were in jail.

MICHAEL
Alex, man, I think we better talk.

Alex looks at Michael, concerned and we CUT TO:

INT. BOYS BATHROOM - MINUTES LATER

Alex watches terrified as Michael checks the stalls to make sure theyíre alone. When heís done Michael takes a snickers bar, squirts an entire packet of hot sauce over it and pops it in his mouth.

ALEX
Alien digestive system aside, that canít be good for you.

MICHAEL
Well, the good news is Valenti doesnít think Iím an alien. The bad news is he thinks you are.

Alex laughs, then when Michael doesnít laugh, he looks at Michael with growing concern.

ALEX
Why would he think that?

MICHAEL
I told him.

Alex just looks at him.

MICHAEL
I had to name someone to get Max off the hook. Which heíll be. You know, as long as you go along with the story.

ALEX
There are forty thousand people in Roswell! Why ME?

MICHAEL
Well, that gets kinda personal.
(Alex just looks at him)
I figured Liz owes Max, him saving her life and all, and youíve got it bad for Liz so thereís your motive to help us out.

ALEX
I told you, Liz and I are friends

MICHAEL
Whatever--

ALEX
Itís a totally healthy male-female, non-sexual, platonic...

MICHAEL
Alex. Drop it. The point is what can they do? Drag you in, do some tests, find out youíre human, and let you go. I mean, you are human right?

ALEX
Yes.

MICHAEL
Right. So youíre home free.
(a thought occurs to him)
Unless of course they decide to bone you anyway.
(then)
The point is, Alex, and this is the part that I really donít enjoy saying, but if you donít do this then Iíll have to kill you.

Michael goes to the urinal starts to take a piss. Alex just looks at Michael, flooded with too many emotions to list, fear, anger, and frustration being just a few.

ALEX
Well, what can I say here? Thank you Michael. Thank you for thinking of me.

Alex leaves slamming the door and we CUT TO:

INT. ROSWELL HIGH - HALLWAY - LATER

Alex slams open his locker door, Liz is all over him.

LIZ
All Iím saying is youíve gotta look at the positives of this.

ALEX
Positives?!

LIZ
I mean, youíve said you want to eventually be a writer. This could give you something to write about. Real life experience.

ALEX
I donít consider being anally probed fodder for future writing projects, thank you very much.

LIZ
Alex, their lives depend upon you right now. Theyíll all be taken away if you donít do this.

ALEX
Hereís the thing that youíre not getting. I want them to be taken away. Michael threatened to kill me. And letís not forget that Isabel threatened Maria. So it seems that our new group of pals have a little quirk, donít they?! They like to threaten our lives! Liz, there is no way I am going to do this.

Liz looks at him, nods, incredibly serious:

LIZ
Alex, you always said youíd be there for me when I needed you. Well, I never needed you more than this.

He turns to her, this brings up a whole different thing.

ALEX
So are you...? Are you in love with him?

Liz doesnít know what to say. Finally:

LIZ
He saved my life

Alex just looks at her, pained.

A MANíS VOICE
Alex Whitman?

Alex and Liz turn to see Valenti. Around him are Larry and Jennifer and a MAN in a black suit, we have not seen yet.

Alex considers for a long beat, then looks at Liz:

ALEX
I hate that I canít say no to you.

Liz looks at him, stunned by the intensity of Alexís emotions. Alex slowly walks to Valenti.

ALEX
Iím the one youíre looking for.

As Valenti begins to handcuff Alex, and PASSING STUDENTS and TEACHERS watch, gawking, we ANGLE ON LIZ:

LIZíS VOICE
Even in Roswell, in all its patheticness, in corners that youíd never think to look, there were heroes.

Liz watches as Alex is taken away and we

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. SEVEN ELEVEN - NIGHT

Maria turns down the aisle and stops short almost bumping into Isabel who holds an oversize bag of Doritos in one hand and a jumbo jar of Fluffernutter in the other.

ISABEL
(seeing Maria)
Oh gross.

Maria just turns to avoid any further interaction.

ISABEL (CONTíD)
So. Sorry for threatening to kill you.

Long beat. Maria begins speaking in an uncharacteristically, calm confident manner:

MARIA
Thatís really not alright. And itís not alright that you guys risked Alexís life either. So, thanks for the sentiment or whatever but it doesnít really go very far. So, goodnight. Enjoy your...
(re: her groceries)
...whatever that is.

Maria smiles at Isabel and continues down the aisle. After she turns out of Isabelís eyesight Maria almost hemorrhages from the stress of this encounter.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. PRECINCT - NEXT DAY

All the NEWS MEDIA is out in droves. The doors open and Valenti walks out with Alex, who looks haggard and exhausted. Theyíre followed by two other OFFICERS and the man in the black suit we saw earlier.

VALENTI
I know you all have picked up the story about a young man who was taken in for questioning about his.. heritage. I just want to say that there has been a terrible mistake made.

ANGLE ON: Liz standing with Maria watching. Liz exhales, relieved.

VALENTI
This young man in question is completely innocent and was the victim of a false lead. I apologize to him and his family for this mistake. Thank you.

Valenti starts down the steps.

REPORTER ONE
Sheriff Valenti, is it true you had reason to believe there was a paranormal occurrence here?

VALENTI
Like I said, it was a mistake.

REPORTER TWO
Didnít your father also have a history of seeing aliens?

Valenti winces at this.

REPORTER THREE
Were you trying to persecute this young man to try to clear your fatherís name?

VALENTI
No, sir.

Valentiís eyes flit to Kyle, who watches his father being humiliated in front of the press.

REPORTER TWO
Sheriff Valenti for the record are we saying that the Sheriff of Roswell New Mexico believes in aliens?

REPORTER ONE
Sheriff, do you consider yourself mentally fit for this office?

VALENTI
A mistake was made. This investigation isnít over. I have no further comment.

Valenti is about to get into his cruiser when his eyes lock with someone across the street. REVERSE ANGLE: Max watches furtively, away from the crowd across the street. Valenti glares at Max for a beat, then gets into the cruiser and pulls away.

The reporters begin to ask Alex questions.

REPORTER ONE
Mr. Whitman, why did they think you were an alien?

ALEX
(shy, barely audible)
It was a mistake.

REPORTER TWO
Do you plan to press charges?

ALEX
Charges? No.

REPORTER ONE
Do you believe in aliens?

ALEX
No, no I donít.

But then he stops and considers. He walks back to the mic.

ALEX
Yes, I do. I do believe in aliens.

ON LIZ, terrified of what he is about to say.

ALEX
I believe in aliens because I am one. And so are you. We all are.

Liz smiles, relived.

ALEX
As long as people are treated differently because of their skin, or race, or creed, or religion we are all aliens. When I was five my Great Grandfather said to me...

And as Alex continues this story, with building self-righteousness, we ANGLE ON: Liz and Maria, watching Alex.

MARIA
Heís going to be totally impossible.

LIZ
I know.

Max starts to walk away and stops seeing that the man in the black suit is now standing right next to him. This is JOSH STEVENS (30s) amiable, mysterious, intellectual.

JOSH
Max Evans?

MAX
Yeah.

JOSH
Hi, how are you?

MAX
Fine. Who are you?

JOSH
Josh Stevens. Iím new in town.

Josh reaches his hand out. Instinctively, Max reaches out and shakes it. He stops noticing that Josh wears surgical gloves. He looks up at Josh, mystified, concerned.

MAX
You donít look like the type of person whoíd live in Roswell.

JOSH
Under normal circumstances Iím not.
(with a smile)
See you around.

Josh walks away peeling the glove from the hand Max shook and placing it into a plastic evidence bag. As Max watches Josh walk away, we DISSOLVE TO:

INT. MAXíS BEDROOM - NIGHT

Max stands in front of a mirror in a suit. He holds up two ties, considering. When he hears:

MICHAEL (V.O.)
Iíd go with the blue.

Max turns to see Michael climbing through the window. He wears the same leather jacket/t-shirt combination as always.

MICHAEL
Brings out your eyes.

MAX LOOKS AT MICHAEL, NODS:

MAX
Thanks, Michael. You did good.

Michael just nods. He pauses for a moment, considers how to get into this, then:

MICHAEL
Max, this whole thing has made me thing. You and Isabel have your parents, relatives, youíve got a whole life here. Iíve just got you and Isabel.

Max looks at Michael, empathic, is about to say something but Michael stops him:

MICHAEL
The thing that I realized is in a way thatís a good thing. Because itís easier for me to leave. And we have to be able to leave, Max. We have to be able to pack a suitcase at the drop of a hat, go to some other town. Start over.

Max looks at Michael not sure what heís getting at:

MICHAEL
Donít fall in love with Liz. I saw how hard it was when you thought you had to leave the other night. If youíre with Liz, think how much harder it will be. Everyday that passes it will get harder and harder.

MAX
Maybe itís worth the risk. I mean, weíve always been so... you know, itís always been just us. I mean, think about it. What Alex did. He saved us.

MICHAEL
He did that for Liz, not for us. Heís still our enemy Max.

Thereís silent beat between them.

MICHAEL
We canít let ourselves be vulnerable. We canít . And I guess the only other thing I wanted to say was, if you do, you know, pursue this... Iím not wasting anymore time here. Iím leaving.

Max and Michael just stand there. Max doesnít know what to say. Finally:

MAX
I never knew you could talk so much.

MICHAEL
Me either.

Michael goes to the window and starts to climb out.

MAX
Donít you need to get dressed for the dance?

MICHAEL
I am.

Michael hops out, leaving Max thoughtful.

INT. ROSWELL HIGH - GYM - NIGHT

The Homecoming Dance is in full swing. We see Maria and Alex.

ALEX
So. Was my speech too much?

MARIA
The part about ďhaving been to the mountaintopĒ might have been pushing it. So, what did they do to you? I mean, are you okay?

ALEX
Itíll probably take a decade to replenish all the bodily fluids they took.

MARIA
Okay, just so you know, thereís an image in my mind right now Iím afraid my never go away.

PAN to discover Liz, standing alone in the dress she wore earlier. Kyle approaches.

KYLE
Hi, Ortecho.

LIZ
Hi.

KYLE
So, I just wanted you to know that I saw those handprints on your stomach. The ones one the corpse disappeared too. That doesnít mean I didnít see both of them.
(beat, then)
Itís Max isnít it?

LIZ
Kyle, youíve been spending way too much time in the UFO museum.

KYLE
You people made my dad look like an idiot before. Iím going to find out whatís going on, Liz. Trust me.

Max walks up.

MAX
Hey.

KYLE
Hey.

They all stand there for a loaded beat.

LIZ
Kyle...?

KYLE
I know. You want to be alone.

Kyle glares at Max for a beat and then walks off. Liz and Max look at each other for a beat.

MAX
(re: her dress)
Wow.

LIZ
Oh, I just figured redís a classic, so...

MAX
Listen, I need to talk to you.

Liz looks at him, nods, serious and they start to walk out.

ANGLE ON THE STAGE where MRS. SHAFFER, the principal, is giving the speech weíve been hearing in the b.g.

MRS. SHAFFER
And before I announce this yearís winner let me just say that you are all winners.

The entire gymnasium boos and hisses.

MRS. SHAFFER
This yearís queen of the homecoming dance is...

ANGLE ON: Isabel and Michael. Isabel starts to shriek...

ISABEL
Ahhhh! Oh, my God, thank you so--

BUT SHE STOPS HEARING:

MRS. SHAFFER
Stacey Scheinin.

As STACEY screams like sheís been named Miss America, Isabel watches, stunned and dismayed.

MICHAEL
I did a little dreamwalking last night myself.
(off her look)
Letís just say the boys of Roswell must have found the image of Isabel Evans jamming her finger up her nose a bit of a turnoff.

ISABEL
(child-like)
Why?

MICHAEL
No more dreamwalking, Iz. Weíve gotta stop the madness.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. ROSWELL HIGH - NIGHT

Max and Liz out on the quad. The music filters out. Thereís a silent beat. They both look incredible in formal clothes and bathed in moonlight.

MAX
Liz, I just wanted to say that I realized something since... You know, since all this.

Liz nods, prepares herself.

LIZ
Yeah...?

MAX
Just that no matter what happens, Iím always going to be in danger. Thereís always going to be someone out there hunting for me. Valenti or someone else. If you get too close to me, youíre going to be in danger too.

LIZ
I donít care. It doesnít matter to me.

Her saying that makes it even harder for Max to say this:

MAX
And though I really, really would want things to be... more , I think we should stay friends. Just friends.

Liz thinks about this, her mind races with thoughts. Finally she nods, looks at him:

LIZ
I realized I never really thanked you. You know, for saving my life.

Max just looks at her. A SLOW SONG has begun in the gym.

LIZíS VOICE
I had never been so utterly confused. The only thing I really knew for sure was that I was standing with Max Evans at the homecoming dance during the slow song.

Liz slowly turns to Max, gathering courage, then:

LIZ
So... Friends can dance right?

Thereís a long beat, Max looks at her.

MAX
Yeah.

Max gently takes her in his arms and they begin to dance.

ANGLE ON: THE FRONT ENTRANCE

Where Alex stands at the door watching them, wistful. Michael emerges, stands a few feet from Alex. They say nothing, just watch them dance, both upset for their own reasons. As Max and Liz continue to dance, and we begin to

PULL BACK into the night, we DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. LIZíS HOUSE - NIGHT

Liz sits writing on the ledge outside her window. Itís where we found her at the beginning. We BEGIN TO move in on her:

LIZíS VOICE
Itís March 22, 1999. Iím Liz Ortecho and five days ago I died. But then the really amazing thing happened: I came to life.

As we MOVE IN very close on her face, indeed full of life, we

FADE TO BLACK.

THE END








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