Independence Day is the 15th episode of Season 1 on WB sci-fi series Roswell.


Michael comes to school sporting a black eye, following a beating from his drunk foster father, Hank. At first, he doesn't want anybody to know, and then he doesn't want anything to be done about it. During another fight with Hank, Max and Isabel burst in. Hank angers Michael, who uses his powers to attack him, but can't control them adequately. Hank tells him "You're a freak!" but it's not clear if he will remember what took place when he sobers up.

Hank disappears. Michael is a suspect for a while, but has an alibi. Michael leaves town, but then relents and returns to Roswell, where he seeks help from Max & Isabel's father, to change his legal status so that he is allowed to live alone. (This is granted by the judge.) At the end of the episode, it becomes clear that we won't be seeing Hank anymore.


Shiri Appleby as Liz Parker
Jason Behr as Max Evans
Colin Hanks as Alex Whitman
Katherine Heigl as Isabel Evans
Majandra Delfino as Maria DeLuca
Brendan Fehr as Michael Guerin
William Sadler as Jim Valenti

Recurring cast

Diane Farr as Amy DeLuca


  • Amy vouches for Michael
  • Nasedo kills Hank following the fight with Michael, Max and Isabel