Roswell, New Mexico recap: 6 takeaways from Season 1, Episode 7

Roswell, New Mexico -- "I Saw the Sign" -- Image Number: ROS107a_0488b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Michael Vlamis as Michael and Lily Cowles as Isobel -- Photo: John Golden Britt/The CW -- © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved
Roswell, New Mexico -- "I Saw the Sign" -- Image Number: ROS107a_0488b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Michael Vlamis as Michael and Lily Cowles as Isobel -- Photo: John Golden Britt/The CW -- © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved /

In this week’s episode of Roswell, New Mexico, Liz goes to drastic measures to get revenge against Isobel after finding out the truth about Rosa.

Opening on an autopsy taking place after the 1947 crash in Roswell, we get a glimpse of how the Manes family lineage have always been at the forefront of alien control in town.

A group of medical examiners crowd around the body of what appears to be a woman, and dissect her stomach. From the bowels of this being they pull out a strange, glowing object. On her palm is the scorched spherical symbol we’ve seen recur in relation to Max (his tattoo) and other alien happenings.

It would appear something has always been rotten in Roswell. But what else did we learn on this week’s episode? Does Liz forgive Max? Does Isobel kill again? Read on to find out the 6 biggest takeways from “I Saw the Sign”.

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1. Liz is creating a weapon to use against Isobel.

Despite there being multiple stages of grief, Liz is stuck on the “anger” phase. Feeling rage is easier than sadness. This is unfortunate for Isobel, Max, and Michael, who are all on Liz’s hit list at the moment.

Since learning the truth about Rosa’s death, the younger Ortecho has been on a warpath. Isobel will never face justice for the murder of those three girls because Liz cannot trust the justice in Roswell. Any confrontation with the government could blowback on her father, who is in the country illegally.

Instead, Liz uses the best weapon she has: her intelligence and high-functioning laboratory. By using the blood she drew from Max, she creates a serum with the ability to neutralize alien superpowers. But then she regrets it, not wanting to use her intellect to harm people. Surprisingly, it is Max who encourages Liz to continue her experimentation. If the day comes where he can’t protect both her and Isobel, then she should be able to protect herself.

Roswell, New Mexico — “I Saw the Sign” — Image Number: ROS107a_0134r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Heather Hemmens as Maria and Jeanine Mason as Liz — Photo: John Golden Britt/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved /

2. Mimi DeLuca believes in aliens.

Maria’s mother, Mimi (Sherri Saum), is a believer in all things aura and conspiracy. She does fortune-telling and babbles about alien invasions (taken from the plot of Independence Day). She also continuously refers to Liz as Rosa. From this, Liz discovers Rosa told Mimi about Isobel back when she was in high school. She knew secrets about Isobel. Mimi states Rosa believed she was being “hunted” by the blonde. From this, Liz discerns that Rosa knew about Isobel’s otherworldly status and that Isobel killed her to protect her secret.

Unfortunately for Maria, the strain of taking care of her ailing mother is too much for her and she decides to move Mimi to an assisted living home. But I wonder what else Mimi knows and if she’s really sick or just very in-tune to the world around her? There was a moment with Alex where Mimi reveals there is more to Jim Valenti’s story than we’ve been lead to believe thus far.

3. Cameron is suspicious of Max.

Cam and Max’s “friends with benefits” relationship comes to a less than amiable end this week. Max has gone off the deep end where it concerns Wyatt Long. Wyatt is sticking with his story that he doesn’t recall attacking Liz or killing anyone. He claims he was blacked out during the entire incident. When Cam asks him to make a statement, he zones out and doodles the very same symbol we saw in the episode’s intro.

When Cam confronts Max about it (since she’s seen his tattoo) he lies and states it was just some random doodle. Max’s refusal to let Cam into his life alienates her from him and she turns to Jesse Manes instead. By episode’s end, Cam has sent him a text message telling him to look into Max Evans.

4. Isobel wants to make amends for the girls she killed.

Armed with flowers, Isobel attempts to apologize to Liz for what happened to Rosa. But Liz points out she can’t say sorry if she doesn’t even remember the incident in question. Their terse confrontation leads Isobel to believe she is a real danger, especially since the blackouts have begun happening again.

It’s why she allows herself to be checked into Roswell’s medical hospital on a psychiatric hold so she can have people watching out for her to make sure nothing like that ever happens again. Though I’m not sure nurses will be able to handle an alien going off the deep end.

5. Noah is trying to be a better husband to Isobel.

The last time we saw Noah he was excommunicating Isobel from their home. Now he’s trying to make amends for how he treated her, especially because she’s going through such a hard time. I can’t believe Isobel has kept her husband in the dark about her true nature all this time. How can you have a healthy marriage constructed atop such a big lie?

Noah is also able to lend a hand to Max this week when he warns him off pursuing Wyatt Long too heavily. If he does, Long’s attorneys will come after the people Max cares about, especially people like Liz’s father, who he has been trying to protect from ICE.

Roswell, New Mexico — “I Saw the Sign” — Image Number: ROS107a_0390b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Michael Vlamis as Michael and Nathan Dean Parsons as Max — Photo: John Golden Britt/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved /

6. Max may get suspended from his job.

Given how heated things got between Max and Wyatt while he was off-duty, and the fact Max snapped at the man conducting the Internal Affairs investigation, it’s not hard to wonder if Max could be headed for a revoked license soon if he doesn’t cool down. Especially now that he doesn’t even have Cameron on his side anymore.

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Odds & Ends

  • There is a lovely cover of Third Eye Blind’s “Jumper” that plays over the final scenes of the episode.
  • Max admits to Liz he will choose to protect Isobel over her if it comes down to it.
  • Mimi refers to Will Smith as a “national treasure”. She’s not wrong.
  • It was sweet to see Michael comforting Maria about her mother, I love their friendship.
  • I still don’t think Isobel actually killed those girls. I’m waiting for a reveal about some other alien life-form possessing her, perhaps the same being also possessed Wyatt Long if his story about a black out is true.

A new episode of Roswell, New Mexico titled “Barely Breathing” premieres March 12th on the CW.