Crash Into Me is the twelfth episode of season 2 of Roswell, New Mexico and the twenty-fifth episode of the series overall. It first aired on June 8, 2020.
Official synopsis for Crash Into Me from The CW:
WELCOME TO CRASHCON — As the town prepares for CrashCon, Liz (Jeanine Mason) and Max (Nathan Dean) attempt to piece together who may be behind a potentially deadly plan targeting the festival. Elsewhere, Maria (Heather Hemmens) and Isobel (Lily Cowles) take drastic measure to learn more about the night Mimi (guest star Sherri Saum) disappeared, while Michael (Michael Vlamis) is forced to do someone else’s bidding. Tyler Blackburn, Michael Trevino, Amber Midthunder and Trevor St. John also star. Joanna Kerns directed the episode written by Danny Tolli & Carolina Rivera (#212). Original airdate 6/8/2020.
With the heat emanating from the sun above, Max is outside lighting up bulbs as they inevitably explode. Meanwhile the phone rings back at his house as Liz rushes in to try and answer it. While looking for a pen she discovers Max has taken a full vial of her antidote. She warns him that could be rough on his heart but he assures her he’s fine.
Liz apologizes about the lab and didn’t mean to hurt him. She wants to make sure they’re still a team and will make big life decisions together. Max says he still loves her and is willing to help her box up all the evidence at her lab. Max reminds her that he’s always been on her team. But The subject changes to Michael who they haven’t heard from yet. But he reassures his girlfriend that he and Isobel would know if Michael was in trouble. That leads to the revelation that Helena was in contact with Mimi DeLuca, but they haven’t been able to reach Maria to see if she knows what’s going on.
Max wonders if Helena found out her daughter Rosa was killed by an alien and wants revenge. Liz wants to immediately call her mom and tell her an alien brought Rosa back. But Max asks her not to talk to Helena until he gets back from stopping by the hospital to meet with Kyle.
They set a meetup for 4pm at The Wild Pony in case he can’t reach her on her cell phone. to compare notes.
Maria meanwhile has received Liz’s detailed text messages and confronts her mom about it. She demands to know if Helena was the one who abducted her and if she’s covering for Liz’s mom. Mimi Swears it will be fine and promises Helena won’t hurt their friends when Maria mentions that Alex and Michael are missing.
Mimi tries to leave when Isobel shows up having been summoned by Maria. She introduces herself as Mimi’s cool aunt Isobel due to Louise. Isobel, with Maria’s permission then peers into Mimi’s memories to find out more about what’s been going on . She sees Helena meeting Mimi and discussing Rosa. They both saw Rosa alive, and Helena reveals that when she returned to Roswell when Jim Valenti was dying, he told her Rosa was preserved and could live again. Now, she believes him and believes Rosa is alive.
Helena is now certain aliens are real and that Jesse Manes possesses a weapon capable of killing them. Therefore she declares she’s going to war. But tells her friend that first, Mimi will be needing some shoes.
Mimi forces Isobel out of her memories before she can see anymore and is bleeding profusely from one of her nostrils.
At the hospital, Kyle shows Max the flash drive he found at Flint’s the other day. Kyle reveals that he managed to figure out the password for. Which just so happened to be Rosa’s birthday. Unfortunately, the only thing on it was a romantic note to Helena and a map to a storage unit near Haystack Mountain.. Since Kyle’s busy at work, Max is going to have to investigate the storage unit on his own.
Meanwhile, Michael is hard at work on Helena’s bomb. She reminds him time is running out. Charlie Cameron is also nearby working on another project. As the two talk, Michael asks why she’s helping Helena and Flint since Jenna is free. But Charlie reveals to Michael that Flint has a sniper rifle on the roof and pointed straight at her bedroom window. She further reveals that Helena is making her work on a poison that she invented when she was 17. As it turns out, Helena’s weaponizing the poison which targets specific DNA and was one point part of Project Shepherd. It is a quick and ugly death seen as how the alien target will bleed from every orifice imaginable.
Rosa’s hanging out while Liz works in her lab and neither sister knows where their mom is. Suddenly, Rosa realizes that CrashCon would be the perfect place for their mom and Flint to get revenge on aliens. There will be tons of alien conspiracy theorists and media in town and their mom does love to seek attention.
Steph looks much worse for wear and can’t seem to put on eyeliner by herself. Kyle walks in and asks her if she has a hot date. Steph tells him that her dad loves carnivals and jokes that perhaps her dad just wants to take out his dying daughter one last time. She begins to sob when Kyle states that Steph doesn’t seem like she’s up to going to the carnival. Since Steph’s hands are a bit numb, Kyle offers his steady surgeon hands to do her eyeliner. He tells her that for the record, she doesn’t need it. But Steph asks him not to lie to her, saying how she knows that she looks like a ghost of sorts.
Jenna Cameron, who’s back on the force, accompanies Max to Jim Valenti’s storage shed. The only thing inside it is amniotic fluid from a pod and a locked chest. Inside that, they discover a clue.
Back at The Wild Pony, Isobel drinks a bit of nail polish remover, until Maria takes the bottle and pours it onto a glass so it looks more normal. Isobel finishes most of it, and heads back into Mimi’s mind. Mimi explains that she slips into other times occasionally and even saw Isobel as a baby. She mentions that the sky was red at the time of Isobel’s birth. Isobel tries to focus Mimi on her time with Helena. It all sounds innocent at first when Mimi mentions they were in a motel for a month. Where they watched movies and gossiped with one another. Except, the real reason Helena had Mimi with her was to trigger her visions. Once again Isobel loses her connection with Mimi.
“Maria, you just have to look for the sign in the water. You have to believe,” Mimi says to her daughter as Maria takes her back to the care facility she had placed her before.
Meanwhile, the clue that Max and Cameron found turns out to be letters to Jim from Helena. One of them being from the week before Rosa died. She kept writing to him for decades after their affair ended. But then they discover a receipt for $1,000 paid to the county coroner.
Max tries to connect this receipt to Noah contacting Jim about Rosa and Jim being in the possession of Rosa’s pod up until the time of his death. He thinks maybe Jim knew he was an alien when he told him he should be a sheriff after he graduated high school.
Jenna recognizes Max is agitated and sort of manic. He admits to Cameron that he’s been taking an antidote Liz made. He thinks it’s rebuilding his memories, some from even before the 1947 UFO Crash. Moreover, he says that it’s even helping him almost be able to read symbols from his old language. He then admits he’s out of the antidote, hinting she should steal some from Liz. Jenna absolutely refuses saying that their partnership has limits. Thus, she is not about to use her friendship with Liz, just so that Max can get his hands on some alien steroids.
Michael finishes with the bomb and Helena reveals she’s not going to erase Michael’s memories. He wonders why she’s not testing Charlie’s poison on him, and Helena admits her agenda doesn’t match Flint’s. She’s going to take the bomb to CrashCon but doesn’t intend on killing aliens.
CrashCon’s crowded with alien enthusiasts and Arturo’s slammed at his churros stand in the carnival area. Liz wants him to close down and return to the café, but he claims he’s too busy. She confesses she has a bad vibe just as Diego shows up. Arturo reluctantly agrees.
Michael is finally allowed to reunite with Alex who seems okay even though he’s chained up. He describes Helena as being motherly toward him and then Michael actually laughs when Alex reveals they took his leg because he used it as a weapon against his brother.
Alex is frantic to get loose but Michael can’t use his powers to free him because of Helena’s injection. Michael explains Alex’s dad’s going to release a toxin that will kill anyone with alien DNA at CrashCon. He also reveals Helena got ahold of Jesse’s DNA and had Charlie create a poison that specifically targets him because he killed her love, Jim Valenti.
Speaking of the alien hunter, Helena disguised herself as a maid and slipped into Jesse’s house. She switches the bomb in Jesse’s briefcase with the one that will kill him.
Unfortunately, the bomb will also kill anyone in Jesse’s direct line which means Alex needs to stay away from CrashCon. He’s safer locked up at Helena’s where Michael leaves him, promising to come back for him later..
Over at The Wild Pony, Rosa, Liz, Isobel, and Maria look through the letters Max retrieved. Michael shows up in a good mood and Isobel gives him a slap to the head for making her worry. He fills the gang in on what he’s learned – Helena is avenging Jim’s murder, not killing aliens.
Helena brings the bomb with the alien DNA back to Charlie and asks her to destroy it. After she’s done, she can leave. Oh, and Flint’s rifle only shoots blanks so she doesn’t have to worry about him.
Liz and Max sit down for burgers at the café, burgers that Rosa insists her sister eats. Max reminds her Helena is not a villain and is only targeting the man who killed Jim. They both agree it’s okay if Jesse is the target, but Liz is pissed her mom built a bomb that targeted alien DNA in the first place. She also thinks if her mom gets caught it will lead to more discrimination against Mexicans.
“But, hey, maybe the president will talk about my family at his rallies. That’s gonna be fun,” says Liz.
Max assures her the deaths would be covered up like all other murders in Roswell. However, Liz points out those cover-ups don’t tend to protect the Mexicans. Liz tries to explain anything she does wrong reflects on every Mexican. That’s just the way the country is right now. But, she was hoping she could change that with her research involving alien DNA.
Max becomes angry that she could expose his family, and once again she swears she would never allow that to happen. The discussion becomes more heated when Max claims Liz wants the glory and for the president to talk about her saving the world. Liz fights back by saying she wants recognition and to be an example for others. As they discuss wanting glory, Liz figures out they’re missing part of Jesse’s plan. A couple of twentysomethings dying wouldn’t get him the attention he craves.
Max and Liz think Jesse must be planning something violent that he’ll blame on the aliens. After he paints aliens as terrorists, he’ll emerge a hero for killing them.
Liz and Max locate Michael, Isobel, and Maria among the CrashCon partiers on the midway and warn them to leave. They’re interrupted by Grahamannouncing he has proof of aliens on Earth. He opens the curtain on stage and reveals an alien structure that’s made from the same material as the pod. The crowd murmurs in surprise.
Flint visits Alex before heading to CrashCon where he’s going to watch the “rocket launch.” Alex gets Flint all riled up by talking about the abuse they all suffered at the hands of their father. Flint lets it slip that even Greg will be at CrashcCon, which makes Alex taunt his brother into getting angry at him. He succeeds, and Alex uses that opportunity to knock out his brother and retrieve the keys to his handcuffs.
Walt rushes up to warn the group that Michael’s mother built it in the barn years earlier and it’s explosive. Isobel can’t figure out how blowing up would be blamed on aliens when it’s in Graham Green’s possession. Max reveals his bank notified him of a $10,000 deposit this morning which Jesse Manes could have done to set him up.
Liz wants them to clear the area while she works on a way to diffuse the bomb. Because it’s part organic, she believes it can be killed.
Unbeknownst to them Diego is nearby and appears to be listening in.
After Liz rushes off to her lab, Max and Michael talk with Graham. Graham confirms that Max sold it to him and Max tries to play it off, saying he has even more to sell. After Graham leaves, Michael explains that since its pieces want to be together, if they break it it will inevitably explode. Max reaches out to touch it and hears voices whispering. The mysterious piece of alien technology reacts to his touch and Max thinks it’s a remote that controls the spaceship.
While they’re talking Walt interrupts to ask if the stage feels sticky. It does, and they realize it’s varnished so it will go up in flames during the fireworks that night. That will in turn set off the bomb. Since Max is getting worked up, Michael sends him away so he doesn’t accidentally set off the bomb with his sparks.
Before he leaves, Max grabs a photo with symbols he recognizes from the display.
Flint places a gun to Charlie’s head and demands the atomizer.
Night’s fallen by the time Maria and Rosa work on their plan to clear the area before the explosion. Rosa tries to make Maria leave since she does have alien DNA, but Maria doesn’t want to. She reminds Rosa that she has alien proteins in her, and might be in as much danger. Before they can do anything, Maria spots Greg Manes and wants to warn him to leave because the bomb will destroy everyone with Jesse’s DNA. It turns out he’s there with a dozen of his students. Upon Greg seeing Rosa, he looks familiar to her and mentions how she looks like a girl he went to highschool with. Rosa lies and says that Rosa Greg went to school with her cousin. Maria quickly covers their appearance at CrashCon by telling Greg that Alex wants to treat him and the kids to free milkshakes at the Crashdown Café.
Maria volunteers Rosa to help Greg round up the kids and get them on the bus lying to him saying that “Rosalinda” is great with kids and was not fired from every babysitting job she ever had.
Over at her secret lab, Liz is working on a formula to use against the alien technology.
Flint arrives at CrashCon and tells Helena he cleaned up the mess at the house. And by that he means he lit a fire to destroy the place with Charlie inside chained to a radiator.
Liz rushes out of her lab and doesn’t notice Diego running in when she exits.
Flint pulls the alien-killing atomizer from his bag as he walks through the crowd.
Jesse Manes arrives at the carnival in full uniform and carrying his briefcase when Alex approaches and asks to speak with him.
Maria and Rosa notice the Pisces constellation in the sky and Maria figures out that’s the sign in the water her mom warned her about. Max rushes up and tells Maria she needs to get to safety but as they’re talking, she spots Flint carrying the atomizer. Max urges her again to leave as he chases after Flint.
Flint and Max get into a fight and Flint gets the best of Max. Flint turns on the atomizer and throws it before running off. Maria didn’t leave as instructed and instead sees this go down.
She’s searching for the atomizer when she spots an alien sign with “Do You Believe?” on it which was another part of her mother’s cryptic message.
The atomizer is at the foot of the sign and Maria grabs it.
Cameron for her part is trying to get as many people out as possible saying there’s been an emergency and people need to get out as soon as possible.
Max catches up to Flint in the parking lot and they exchange punches before Flint draws his gun. Max easily disarms him and Flint laughs, “What are you going to do, Evans? Shoot a soldier at the busiest event of the year?”
Flint reveals he already set off the atomizer and Max probably only has another minute to live. Max tosses the gun aside and places his palm on Flint’s chest. As a way of mutual assured destruction Max tells him that if he is going to die, then so is Flint.
Michael and Isobel are busy patrolling the area around the bomb, putting out attendees’ cigarettes and making sure there aren’t any heat sources near the stage. Right after Michael warns it will only take a spark to blow up the place, the fireworks light up the sky.
Nearby straw goes up like a torch and Michael realizes there's an accelerant in the straw. No one’s listening when Michael yells at people to leave and suddenly Isobel reveals she feels cold. Max is in trouble and she sends Michael off to find him while she puts out the flames with her powers.
Alex confronts his dad, revealing he knows Jesse plans to kill innocent people and let the aliens take the blame. Jesse thinks he’s making history and collateral damage is just a side effect of war. Alex warns him that if he sets it off, he’ll die because Helena has this atomizer set for his DNA. Alex says it will also kill all his brothers if it goes off.
Greg runs up as they are arguing and spots the atomizer. He demands to know what’s going on.
Liz arrives back at the carnival’s parking lot just as Max zaps Flint. It takes all of Max’s strength and he falls to the ground clutching his chest. Liz holds him as he passes out.
Maria runs as far as she can from the carnival and then throws the atomizer away. After she’s tossed it, she notices she’s bleeding from an eye. She sinks to her knees as Jenna runs up to check on her.
Alex warns Greg to leave but Greg realizes his dad is holding a weapon. Michael races up and Jesse draws his gun, but Greg places himself in the line of fire.
Liz is performing CPR when Rosa finds her in the parking lot. Liz tries to get Rosa to take her bag and mix the chemicals to defuse the bomb, but Rosa can’t. Rosa tells her sister she’s the only one capable of that, but Liz doesn’t want to lose Max again.
Cast and characters
- Jamie Clayton as Charlie Cameron
- Riley Voelkel as Jenna Cameron
- Carlos Compean as Arturo Ortecho
- Sherri Saum as Mimi DeLuca
- Kiowa Gordon as Flint Manes
- Peter Diseth as Graham Green
- Justina Adorno as Steph
- Cleo Anthony as Diego
- Tanner Novlan as Gregory Manes
- Bertila Damas as Helena Ortecho
- Nicholas Ballas as Walt Sanders
- Chance Eon Romero as Alien Lord
- Energy manipulation - Max uses his powers to try to kill Flint.
- Mind influence - Isobel goes into Mimi's mind for information on Helena Ortecho.
- On June 9, 2020, Chris Mollere, the show's music supervisor tweeted out the list of songs used in this episode:
|"Chasing The Muse""||Valley Queen|
|"Give Me A Sign"||The HawtThorns|
|"Everything To Everyone""||Everclear|
|"All I Really Want""||Alanis Morissette|
|"I Am Dust""||Gary Numan|
- On January 5, 2020, Carina revealed that the title for the penultimate episode is: Crash Into Me.
- Production code is: T48.10212.
- The episode is likely named after the song Crash Into Me by the American rock group Dave Matthews Band, which was released in 1996.
- Rosa and Greg are mentioned to have gone to high school at the same time.
- According to Maria, Rosa was fired from every babysitting job she ever had.
- On June 8, 2020, a viewer asked Carina if they could tell the rest of the viewers more about the writing that went into the Max/Liz scene regarding why Liz wants to keep working on her experiments.
- She replied by saying that if the viewer agrees with Max in that scene, then they aren’t paying enough attention.
- Also on June 8, 2020, Carina Adly MacKenzie also shed some light on the Malex reunion, saying how she ran into the room where the scene was being filmed, fell on her face to say to the cast and crew present that they needed to go again because this is their first hug since Alex’s kidnapping, and it needs to be better than the previous take.
- A Ferris wheel scene between Kyle (Michael Trevino) and Steph (Justina Adorno) got cut because of the difficulty filming the scene
Michael: They're safe. Your mom doesn't want to hurt them.
Rosa: So, I don't get it. Did she want to kill aliens?
Michael: No, she's avenging her murdered lover.
Isobel: Oh my God, I love a good telenovela.
Michael: If this giant remote goes kaboom, aliens will be framed as terrorists.
Liz about Jesse's motives: He'll blame the violence on the aliens. He only gets his parade if he makes people afraid. And then he destroys the thing they fear. He makes people think you're terrorists before he kills you.
Max: You can say it, Liz. It's okay, it's fair. Rosa got blamed. White people didn't. I get it.
Liz: I know you're on my side, but you don't get this. And that's not your fault, that's just the reality of our experiences. If I mess up, if I so much as roll through a stop sign, it reflects badly on any Mexican that came before me. And it hurts any Mexican who comes after me.
Cameron to Max: Ah, pining after an Ortecho for years and years. It’s so weird. Who does that?”
Helena to Charlie: Pobre Flint. Jesse really broke that boy. Some people were never meant to be parents.
- on the Internet Movie Database
- Tweet from Chris Mollere Roswell, New Mexico - 212 - Songs In Episode. June 9, 2020.
- Carina Adly MacKenzie Jan. 5, 2020 post (@cadlymack) - Instagram
- Carina Adly Mackenzie on Twitter:June 8, 2020 Tweet
- Carina Adly Mackenzie on Twitter:June 8, 2020 Tweet on Malex reunion