"That guy's got bigger problems than Valenti and the FBI put together"
―Michael to Isabel about Max and Liz
Tess, Lies and Videotape is the 18th episode of Season 1 on WB sci-fi series Roswell.


Suspicions about the new girl, Tess, are further raised when everyone notices Max is oddly drawn to her. Unable to fight his attraction, Max kisses Tess not knowing Liz is watching in the distance. Max attempts to explain the kiss to Liz as something he had no control over, which raises Liz's own suspicions about Tess's identity. Isabel and Michael each explore Tess's identity, but neither can prove she is anything but a normal high school student. After Michael and Max discover a hidden video camera in Michael's apartment, they think it might have come from Tess.

Liz decides to take the camera to hide in Tess's home. There she meets Tess's strange father, ED HARDING, who insists Liz stay for dinner. As Liz strategically places the camera, she breaks a precious statue. Michael, Isabel, Maria and Alex watch as the camera goes blank. Fearing she may be in trouble, the kids go to rescue Liz from the Harding residence. After a successful rescue, the kids all watch as Tess reconstructs the statue using alien powers, revealing she is the fourth alien. Meanwhile, when Valenti checks up on Topolsky at the mental hospital he realizes she's been killed. Feeling the kids may be in real danger, Valenti decides he may be the only one to protect them. Wanting to gain their trust Valenti takes the communicator (orb) back to Max.


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
Nick Wechsler as Kyle Valenti
William Sadler as Jim Valenti

Recurring cast

Emilie de Ravin as Tess Harding
Jim Ortlieb as Nasedo

Guest starring

Michael Chieffo as Mr. Seligman
Kevin Cooney as Dr. Malcolm Margolin


  • Michael tells off Max about cheating on Liz and generally has Liz's back



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