†(Episode begins with an up close shot of Isabel on a starry night.)
ISABEL: Iím finally ready to let someone in. And I want him to be you.
ALEX: Iíve been waiting to hear that, Isabel. And I want to be the only one for you, cause youíre the only one for me.
(Michael appears behind them as they kiss. Suddenly she is in the desert with all the symbols on the ground. Michael is beckoning to her, then Alex.)
†ALEX: Isabel. Isabel.
(At the warehouse.)
†ALEX: Isabel, wake up. Sheís moving around.
ISABEL: Ok. Ok.†
(Isabel picks up a phone and dials.)
(Outside the Harding Residence, Michael and Maria are sleeping in the Jetta.)
ISABEL: Maria, are you up?
MARIA: Yeah, weíre awake.
ISABEL: Sheís leaving now
MARIA: Weíre on it.
†(In a hallway at school.)
LIZ: I knew you werenít really falling in love with her.
MAX: Thatís the truth, Liz. Youíve got to believe that.
LIZ: I do. And now we know itís really Nasedo.
MAX: And whoever Nasedo really is, itís using Tessí body to get to me.
LIZ: Right. To manipulate you.
MAX: I canít control myself when Iím with her.
(A phone rings.)
LIZ: Yeah, weíre in position. Ok. We got it. Sheís in the parking lot headed this way.
(They follow Tess until she goes into the girlsí restroom.)
†LIZ: Ok, Iíll take it from here.
MAX: Wait, I donít want you going in there alone.
LIZ: Max, she still thinks Iím just your girlfriend. Sheíll never suspect anything.
MAX: Sheís dangerous. Never forget that.
(In the girlsí bathroom.)
LIZ: Tess! I thought I saw you come in here.
TESS: Look, Liz, I thought we got everything straightened out last night.
LIZ: We did?
TESS: I mean about Max. Weíre going to try and be friends, right? All of us.
LIZ: Right, friends.
TESS: Then tell me, why is everybody following me?
(At a merry-go-round somewhere.)
MARIA: So she didnít hurt you, or threaten you?
LIZ: No. She acted totally innocent. Iím telling you, she has no idea that we found out about her.
†MAX: We canít trust anything she says.
MICHAEL: Well, maybe we should trust her. This is the fourth alien weíve been waiting for our whole lives.
ISABEL: I donít think that anyone, or anything that would pretend to be a teenage girl in order to seduce Max is on our side.
MAX: Isabelís right. Itís a shape-shifter. Who knows what other powers it has that we donít have. The three of us, no matter what we may discover about ourselves...we were raised human. Nasedoís an alien. Nasedoís killed. And judging from the way I felt when I was with Tess, it definitely has some kind of power over us.
ISABEL: Yeah, I felt it too. Like I was drawn to her for some specific reason. Like I had to let her in.
†LIZ: Isabel, you have to fight it.
MAX: You too, Michael.
MICHAEL: You just want to deny who we really are?
MAX: I want us to stay who we really are! Donít you?
ALEX: Iím the one least involved. The one she wonít suspect. Iíll get close to her.
ISABEL: No! Stay away from her, Alex. Besides, we donít even know if Nasedo is Tess anymore.
MAX: Could be anyone at anytime.
LIZ: We can only trust each other, now more than ever.
ALEX: We canít just sit around and wait for her to do something to one of us.
ISABEL: Max, Michael and I will find out all we can about her, ok? We wonít give her the chance to surprise us. Please, Alex, I donít want anything bad to happen to you.
MARIA: Wait, what are you guys going to do?
MAX: Weíre going to keep following her. Hope she reveals more to us before she finds out weíre on to her. We still got the camera in her house, remember?
(At Sheriff Valentiís office.)
MR. HARDING: But who? Who would plant this in my house?
SHERIFF: You say youíre new in town?
MR. HARDING: Thatís right.
SHERIFF: House have any previous occupants?
MR. HARDING: Brand spanking new, Sheriff.
SHERIFF: You mind if I ask what line of work youíre in Mr. Harding?
MR. HARDING: Government consultant, the boring stuff, facilities management, that kind of thing. No special clearances, no matters of national security, if thatís what youíre thinking.†
SHERIFF: You ever have any contact with the FBI?
MR. HARDING: What? Oh, Lord no, Sheriff. Iím just a guy whoís trying to do his job and get along in a new town, thatís all. Nobodyís been in that house but me, my daughter and the movers...oh, and a couple of her friends from school.
SHERIFF: I have heard some stories about unscrupulous moving companies in town. Staking out your place for future robberies, that sort of thing. Iíll tell you what, leave your information with my deputy outside. I promise Iíll get to the bottom of this.†
MR. HARDING: Well, thank you, Sheriff. I feel safe in your hands.
(At the Administration office at school.)
ISABEL: Hi. Iím on the Sunshine Committee this year, and we were wondering if we could just get...
ADMINISTRATOR: The what?
ISABEL: The Sunshine Committee. You know, kinda like the Welcome Wagon for new students. Helps them get along and fit into a new place.
ADMINISTRATOR: Iíve been here eight years. Iíve never heard of a Sunshine Committee.
ISABEL: I know. Isnít that terrible? A few of us though it was time to start one up. You can never have too much sunshine, donít you think? Anyway, thereís a new student that just started here, Tess Harding, sheís our first project. And I though maybe I could get some information about her from you. You know, her class schedule, something from her last school...anything personal that might make her feel more at home.
ADMINISTRATOR: Well, Iíll have to get permission from the Vice Principal.
ISABEL: Right. Ok.
(Isabel goes behind the desk, and pulls up Tessí record while the Administrator is away.)
(At the Crashdown.)
LIZ: So thatís it. Science Lab third period, hallway between fourth and fifth, and P.E.
MAX: I think thatís all.
LIZ: And there was no other contact? She didnít even look at you?
MARIA: Sheís playing hard to get. Itís a classic move. She ignores you, thinking itís going to make you crazy and force you to go to her.
LIZ: Are you still drawn to her, Max?
MARIA: Which only further necessitates the implementation of my plan.
MAX: Wait. What plan?
MARIA: Oh, Operation Never-Leave-Max-Alone-For-An-Instant. That way one of us is always around in case she works the voodoo on you again.
MAX: I donít need a babysitter.
MARIA: No, youíre right. What you need is a bodyguard - at all times.
MICHAEL: I donít cook for myself, you know.
LIZ: You know, Max, Mariaís right. We donít know what sheíll do to you if she ever gets you alone.
MAX: I told you, you donít have to worry.
LIZ: I know. Max, Iím not saying any of this because Iím jealous. Itís just that...sheís an alien, Max.
MAX: So am I.
LIZ: Yeah but, what if sheís...
MAX: The bad kind? One of the monsters people have been so afraid of since the crash?
LIZ: I canít help it. You know, no matter how much I get to know you, Tess, Nasedo, I...she scares me.
MAX: Thatís why we wonít let her win. So go change, weíll go back to the garage and watch her on the monitor.
SHERIFF: Isnít that against the law, Mr. Evans? I wish youíd stop doing that...hiding things from me. ĎCause you see, I always know more than you think I do. Ed Harding found that inside his house. Now I know you put it there, and I know itís special issue FBI equipment, so the question is: howíd you get your hands on it in the first place? You know what it tells me? That Pierce and the alien hunting unit of the FBI are here in Roswell in full force, and theyíre paying special attention to you. How am I doing? I need you people to remember something...all of you. The more I know, the safer youíll be.
MICHAEL: Donít even think about it Maxwell.
(At the Evanís residence.)
DIANE: Oh, look, (laughing). Wait, look at this one.
TESS: Oh that is so cute.
DIANE: Oh, gosh. Oh, Izzy. Hi, honey. Your new friend, Tess, stopped by, and I just got to chatting, and the next thing I know, Iím telling all kinds of stories about you and Max when you were little.
ISABEL: What kind of stories?
DIANE: Oh, um...the road trip to Florida...and the time Max brought home that snake. Do you remember that? Who could forget? Oh, and that silly clown show that the two of you used to put on for us.
ISABEL: Mom, thatís like our whole lives.
TESS: Youíre so lucky to have such a wonderful family, Isabel. Thereís so many happy memories.
DIANE: Listen, Iím sorry I rambled. Really. I, uh, I donít know. I start looking at pictures and the memories flood over me and I canít stop talking. So, I got to get to the market. You two have a good time, ok?
DIANE: And, um, Tess, welcome to Roswell.
TESS: Thank you Mrs. Evans.
DIANE: Oh, please, call me Diane, wonít you? And know that youíre welcome here anytime. Bye sweetheart.
ISABEL: Bye. So I didnít really see you I school today.
TESS: I know, I saw you at the Administration office but I didnít have time to...
TESS: Iím sorry...I didnít mean to make you nervous.†
ISABEL: You donít. You donít make me nervous.
TESS: I just want to be completely honest with you, Isabel. I feel the closest to you. You know, like we share something special. And thatís why I want you to know the truth. I just donít want you to hate me for it.†
ISABEL: No, I...I couldnít
TESS: I have feelings for Max, Isabel. Strong feelings. I know Max loves Liz. Thatís what everyone tells me. But donít you ever get signals from someone Isabel?
TESS: You know... moments when you connect with someone. And thereís no mistaking whatís going on. Like no matter who you may be with, or what you may think, that you and this other person are destined to be together.
†ISABEL: No! No, never.
TESS: Well, thatís the way I feel about Max, and those are the signals that Iíve been getting from him. Are you sure youíve never felt that way about anyone? Pay more attention, Isabel. There are signs all around you.
ISABEL: She really scared me, Max. It was like I lost a few seconds of time, and when it was over, I wasnít even sure if what I remembered had happened or not. Is that what she did to you?
MAX: Kind of. It was like she could make my mind go places I wasnít taking it.
ISABEL: How about your body? I mean, did you feel like something inside of you was changing...like waking up?
MAX: Something primal.
MAX: Something not human.
(Michael opens the window.)
MAX: Whatís wrong?
MICHAEL: I donít know. You tell me.
ISABEL: I called him. I didnít think any of us should stay alone tonight.
†(Isabel has a dream about her and Michael kissing in the desert where the symbols are on the ground. She and Michael both wake up gasping at the same time.)†
MAX: Michael, what is it?
MAX: Are you ok? What did you see?
†ISABEL: It was only a dream.
MICHAEL: It was only a dream.
(Downstairs at the Evans residence. They are looking at Maxís drawing of the cave symbols.)
MICHAEL: Thatís the one.
MAX: And youíre sure you both had the same dream: the rock formation, the map on the ground, everything?†
MAX: Think! Was there anything else, anything unusual? I mean...what were you guys doing out in the middle of the desert?
ISABEL: Nothing important. There was this one other thing...when Tess was here yesterday, when she told me to look for signs, she made that symbol out of sugar cubes.
MAX: So it means something. If we just knew how to read this!
†ISABEL: Tell him, Michael.
MAX: Tell me what?
MICHAEL: I thought I figured it out once, butÖ
MAX: But what?
†MICHAEL: I was wrong.
ISABEL: What if you werenít? Michael used the V constellation to navigate the symbols.
MAX: How did you know how to do that?
MICHAEL: I just knew. But it didnít work.
MAX: But what didnít work?
ISABEL: The night you were drunk, Michael and I went to the public library. Thatís where the symbol was supposed to lead. We though that if Nasedo left us a symbol at the cave, then we should send one back to him.
MAX: Why didnít you tell me about this, Michael?
MICHAEL: You mean why didnít I get your approval?
MAX: Do you realize what you did? Thatís why Nasedo is here. Itís why heís pretending to be Tess. You led him right to us.
MICHAEL: Yeah, I thought that was the goal.†
MAX: The goal is to stay in control. It always has been. Discovery on our terms...no one elseís. I mean, this whole search youíve been on, didnít you ever think it could lead to this?
MICHAEL: Lead to what? An answer to every question we ever had? Maybe Nasedo is here to make things better. Oh, I forgot, what could be better than your comfortable little life in Roswell, New Mexico. Why are you so scared to be alien?
MAX: Why are you so scared to be human?
ISABEL: Thatís enough, both of you. Do you ever stop to ask how I feel? God. No, youíre too busy deciding whoís right to notice that this is happening to me, too. Oh, God. Whatever Tess did when she was here yesterday, the sugar cubes, the...I think she made me have that dream.
MAX: Letís just try to be prepared. You never know when these dreams may come again.
(At school in the Science lab.)
†LIZ: There it is, Aries.
MAX: Michaelís been doing this all his life, you know. Always thinking he knows better than us, but always just getting us into more trouble.
LIZ: Families can be hard.
MAX: I donít even know if thatís what we are. I mean, thatís what weíve pretended to be for so long, but what if Nasedo tells us something different. Does Michael even think about these things?
LIZ: You are who you choose to be. Just like...just like youíre with who you choose to be with.
MAX: I really want to believe that.
LIZ: Letís go look it up. Letís see...Aries, itís the first sign of the Zodiac, the key astronomical element in many ancient traditions involving, spring, the equinox, pagan ceremonies, and even Indian fertility rituals. But itís not quite the same V shape you described.
MAX: Try creating a constellation pattern for todayís date.
LIZ: Oh. What was it like...um, you know, kissing her?
MAX: It was upsetting. It made me feel things about myself I didnít like. Like there was this whole side of me I never even knew about.
LIZ: The alien side.
LIZ: Oh, wow, itís Venus. When itís in the right place in the sky, it completes the V shape. It started moving into this formation after the last full moon.
MAX: About the time that Tess showed up.
LIZ: Oh my God, what is she doing with Kyle?†
MAX: Whatever it is, it canít be good.
(In a hallway at school.)
MARIA: Hey right back at you.
MICHAEL: Iíve been thinking.
MARIA: Oh, great this usually involves me having to get my car towed.
MICHAEL: What? Iím talking about us.
MICHAEL: Yeah, our relationship.
†MARIA: Wait, Iíve never heard you use that word in a sentence before.
MICHAEL: Can we get serious here?
MARIA: Whoa, are you ok?
MICHAEL: I just...I didnít sleep much last night.
MARIA: Because you were thinking about our relationship?
(In the janitorís closet.)
ALEX: Whoa, hey what is the emergency?
†ISABEL: Alex, Iíve been thinking.
ALEX: Oh, this canít be good.
ISABEL: You know how I said I wanted to take things slow?
ALEX: The word glacial comes to mind.
ISABEL: Maybe itís time to melt the ice.
ALEX: Whoa, wh... what?
ISABEL: Iím ready. For a relationship, and I want it to be with youÖnot with anyone else I know.
ALEX: Well...thereís someone else?
ISABEL: No! No, absolutely not. Only you.
ALEX: Oh, well...you know...
(In a hallway at school.)
MICHAEL: I think that we should only see each other.
MARIA: Wait. As opposed to all the other relationships weíre having with people?
MICHAEL: What do you mean by that?
MARIA: No...I mean that we already are only seeing each other. Right?
MARIA: I mean, unless youíve got someone on the side.
MICHAEL: No. So. Well, then if weíre already doing it, letís make it official.
MARIA: Official. Like going steady, or something?
MICHAEL: Going steady.
MICHAEL: I just donít want anyone to ever come between us.
MARIA: Ok. You should have more of these tortured sleepless nights.
MICHAEL: Letís not talk about last night anymore.
(In the janitorís closet.)
ALEX: This is like...whoa, this is monumental. You know. I mean we...weíve got to go about this the right way. You know, romance. Um, how, uh, how about tonight?
ISABEL: How about right now?
(They kiss. In the hallway, Maria and Michael are also kissing, and drawing a crowd.)
MICHAEL: Letís go in here.
(They open the door to the janitorís closet where Alex and Isabel spring apart.)
ISABEL: Alex and I are together now.
†MICHAEL: Maria and I are going steady.
MARIA: Must be something in the water.
(At the Evans residence.)
ISABEL: Thanks for bringing me home. Iím sorry you didnít get to finish eating your food.
ALEX: Oh, thatís ok. I can have a Galaxy Melt at anytime. I know the cook, remember? Besides, thatís what boyfriends are for.
ISABEL: Iím just so tired.
ALEX: Well, you said you didnít sleep well last night...maybe youíre the one whoís hungry.
ISABEL: Oh, I couldnít eat right now if you paid me. I just...I just need to lay down. You know, just take a little nap.
ALEX: Youíre beautiful, you know that? Sweet dreams.
(Isabel has another dream of her and Michael kissing. She also sees an unborn child.)
(At Michaelís apartment. Heís trying to map the location of the four squared symbol.) M
ICHAEL: Where the hell are you?
(Tess shows up outside his window, and draws the four squared symbol on the glass.)
MICHAEL: What does that mean? Where is it?
†TESS: You already know. Youíve been there before.
(Michael has a vision of himself as a child running past a sign for Puhlman Ranch.)
(At the Crashdown.)
MARIA: Come on, come on, come on. What else?
LIZ: UmÖ She has a 3.0 average from one school. 3.2 from...and...what, she has a 3.4!
MARIA: Ok, enough with the grade crap...any unusual evaluations? Like psyche stuff?
LIZ: My God, yeah, here it is: sheís really a shape-shifting alien also known as Nasedo.
MAX: You wonít find anything wrong in that file. Tess Harding is the perfect teenaged girl. Nasedo covers his tracks.
(Kyle enters the Crashdown.)
LIZ: Oh, he came. Look, Iíve got to go talk to him about Tess.
MAX: He wonít listen to you.
LIZ: You know, he might. He trusted me once.
MARIA: Did you listen to him when he warned you about Max?
LIZ: I canít let him just get sucked into this without trying. Uh, thanks for coming. Can we talk?†
KYLE: About what?
LIZ: Well, I saw you with that new girl, Tess.
KYLE: Oh, man! What a knockout, huh? Canít beat a blonde. Oh, sorry.
LIZ: No, she is...she is really nice. What were you guys talking about?
KYLE: Why are you so interested?
LIZ: Well, itís just that Iíve heard some things about her.
KYLE: Oh yeah, what things?
LIZ: Just, you knowÖ the way she treats guys. She like leads them on, and then she just drops them cold.
KYLE: YeahÖ I guess it takes one to know one.
LIZ: Well, just be careful with her. You know, if I were you, I would just stop seeing her altogether.†
KYLE: What, is this like a jealousy thing?
KYLE: Ok, so itís just an everybody-deserves-to-be-happy-but-Kyle thing.
LIZ: No. No, Kyle. Itís not. Please trust me, ok? I know it sounds strange, but I promise you itís for your own good.
KYLE: So it would really bother you if I just spent a little more time with Tess? Say like we happen to have a study date later tonight, or something?
LIZ: Kyle, thereís things about her that you donít even know.
KYLE: Well, I like what Iíve seen so far.
LIZ: Just donít be alone with her, ok? She could be using you.
KYLE: Thatís exactly what I had in mind, but just in case youíre right, what about the library? Hmm? Think Iíll be safe there?
LIZ: The public library?
(At the public library.)
†LIZ: Do you really think sheís using Kyle as bait, I mean, just to get us to follow her here?
MAX: Itís the only thing that makes sense. Look, if this is a trap, I want you to get Kyle and get out of here.
LIZ: But Max, thatís why Iím here. If Tess tries any mind games, Iíll be here to snap you out of it.
MAX: Itís them.
LIZ: Why Kyle?
MAX: To make sure weíd notice.
†LIZ: Why doesnít Nasedo come up to you all this time?
MAX: Why doesnít the Sheriff just come and pick us up? Or the FBI? No oneís sure enough about us. Not even Nasedo. The risk of exposureís too great.†
LIZ: Ok, you go left, Iíll go right.
MAX: Wait, Liz.
LIZ: Youíre the one sheís after, remember?
KYLE: So...ancient languagesÖ what does this have to do with our English assignment?
TESS: Absolutely nothing.
KYLE: I was hoping youíd say that. T
ESS: Thereís just this one book I need for my history class.
KYLE: Well, what do you say we start speaking the most ancient language known to man?
TESS: I think itís on the top shelf. Would you mind helping me up? Iíve almost got it.
KYLE: So, what language is this?
TESS: Itís a lost language.
KYLE: Then no one will mind if we donít find it.
TESS: Time to go.
KYLE: But we just got here.
LIZ: What is it, Max?
MAX: Something about us. She wanted me to see it. Thatís why she brought us here.
(In Maxís bedroom.)
MICHAEL: Puhlman Ranch.
MICHAEL: The four squared symbol on the map, thatís where it is.
MAX: Iíve never even heard of it.
MICHAEL: Thatís because the government took it over in 1947. Three guesses why.
MAX: Close to the crash site?
MICHAEL: It was the crash site, Maxwell. But itís not on any maps any more. Itís like they erased any trace of it. But I can find it. The cave painting will lead us right to it.
MAX: And you just figured this out all by yourself
MAX: Michael, if Nasedo is doing anything to you, you canít trust it.
MICHAEL: Hey, I remembered it, ok? I had a flash. Youíre not the only the only on who gets them. So, what happened at the library?
MICHAEL: What she just took Kyle there for no reason?
MAX: I said nothing happened. Weíll talk to Isabel in the morning. You better spend the night here again.†
(Isabel is having another dream; this time she and Michael are happy parents. She wakes up.)
ISABEL: Youíve seen them too, havenít you?
MICHAEL: The dreams.
†ISABEL: The rock formation...the symbol.
MICHAEL: The two of us.
ISABEL: The baby. I think itís all true, Michael. I think Iím pregnant with your child. How can this be?
MICHAEL: Something weird like this had to happen sooner than later. No matter what Max wants to think, weíre not human, Isabel.
ISABEL: Oh my God, Michael, what are we going to do?
(In Maxís room. He is dreaming of Tess and the symbols.)
TESS: Itís time. You understand, donít you?
MAX: Tell me. Tell me what Iím feeling.
TESS: Iíll show you everything, and youíll remember.
(They drive off into the desert.)
MAX: This is it. This is what Michael saw in his hallucination.
TESS: Weíve all seen it. Weíve all been here before.
MAX: What do you mean, ďweĒ?
†TESS: Hold me, Max. Youíll remember.
MAX: I remember youíre a killerÖ starting from 1959.
MAX: William Atherton. The one who wrote the alien book? It was about you, wasnít it? He was your friend, but he threatened to expose you, so you killed him, right?†
TESS: What are you talking about?
MAX: Then who was next? Everett Hubbleís wife? An innocent woman died just because she got in your way.
TESS: Iíve never killed anyone.
MAX: What about the other hand print pictures Valenti told us about? And how many other victims will there be after tonight? Alex? Maria? Liz!?†
TESS: Nobody has to get hurt, Max.
MAX: Sure, until you get what you want.
TESS: Itís not just what I want, itís whatís meant to be. Itís all in here, Max. Our destiny.
MAX: No! I am not like you. I live in this world. Itís all I know! And I will not be a part of anything as evil as you.
TESS: Is that what you think I am?
MAX: Show me who you really are. Donít hide behind this face.
TESS: Iím not hiding, Max.
MAX: I said, show me! Shape-shift! Show me what you really look like...what I really look like.
†TESS: God, Max, thatís not who I am. That's not who I am. Think Max. Youíve seen my face before. You know who I am.
(Max has a vision of himself coming out of the pod. Isabel and Michael were already out. There was a fourth pod with a girl with blond curls. They left her there.)
TESS: You know who I am now, donít you. You understand our destiny.
MICHAEL: Hey. What the hell did you do to him? To all of us?
MAX: Michael, stop it. Sheís not Nasedo.
ISABEL: Then who is she, Max?
MAX: Sheís one of us.
(Scene fades out with an overhead shot of the 4 aliens in the four square formation)