MIGHT HAVE BEEN - "Who Am I?" - ACT IV - 06/09/04
||INT. PETERSON HOUSE - KITCHEN
Michael, alone, is finishing cleaning the mess in the kitchen. Maria enters from the
They're finally both asleep.
(with a touch of frustration)
How about Kimbie, Joey's imaginary friend?
Looks like you have everything under control in here.
But I never would have without your help. I ... I really appreciate you
It was my pleasure. I was glad I could be there for you.
She goes to the refrigerator and takes out two Cherry Cokes. She hands one to
I think we earned a break. Why don't we go watch some TV.
They head for the living room and sit on the couch. Michael picks up the remote
and turns on the TV but keeps the volume low.
So, how did the dinner go?
Not as bad as I thought it would be ... and I guess it was a good thing
I was there or I never would have been able to warn Liz, Max, and Alex about Deputy
(with slight sarcasm)
Yeah, lucky for you they answered their cell phones.
(ignoring his sarcasm)
I guess we'll have to be careful when and where we set off the signal;
just as Alex predicted, we seem to be attracting the wrong kind of attention.
Par for the course.
They sit and watch the TV for a moment.
(still looking at the TV, but no longer watching)
I miss your attention. I miss you.
(trying to be stoical)
Don't. It won't change anything.
Frustrated, Maria gets up and starts pacing.
(agitated but keeping her voice low)
You can forget the charade. I can tell you miss me too.
She stops her pacing to confront him.
Admit it, you want to get back together.
I want to say yes, but I can't.
Because it's selfish. I'm only thinking about what I want instead of
what you need--which is to be safe. I couldn't live with myself if anything happened to
Did you ever think that it might be selfish of you to only consider how
you'd feel? That maybe you're just protecting yourself from getting hurt, instead
Now it s Michael's turn to be frustrated and to get up to pace, but he also keeps
his voice low.
So, it's selfish of me to want to be with you, and it's selfish of me to
not want to be with you. It figures I'm wrong no matter what I do.
Michael, it's not wrong for you to care what happens to me, but it is
wrong if you think you can protect me by not being with me. It's also wrong for you to
shut yourself off from people because they, or you, might get hurt.
Michael stops pacing and looks directly at Maria.
But, I don't want to be responsible for you getting hurt.
You won't be. If I get hurt, there are only two people responsible: the
person who deliberately hurt me, and me.
Yes, me. I know that being involved with you is risky--
(looks to the heavens)
in oh so many ways--
(looks back at Michael)
but I choose to be with you anyway; that makes it my
Why would you take that risk, when you don't have to?
Maria takes his hands in hers and looks into his eyes.
Because being with you means more to me than being ... safe.
Michael is really touched by what she has said and it registers on his face. He
enfolds her in his arms and kisses her on top of her head.
Besides, I always feel safer when I'm in your arms. And I'm probably
safer with you than without you.
That's what Max said.
(looking up at him, teasing)
You should listen to Max ... you should listen to me.
Michael smiles. He is reluctant to break the embrace, but he notices the time and
realizes he has to.
You better go. The Petersons will flip out if they find out I had my
girlfriend over, even if it was to help.
Maria puts her arms around Michael again, looks up at him and smiles.
Your girlfriend ... I like the sound of that.
Michael realizes what he just said. It takes him a beat for the look on his face to
go from "Oh my God, how do I get out of this," to realizing he doesn't want to. A half
smile crosses his face as he looks at Maria.
So do I.
||EXT. WEST ROSWELL HIGH
SCHOOL - QUAD - DAY
Alex is talking to Liz. Maria is with them trying to appear depressed, like Alex, but
not quite pulling it off.
Yeah, nepotism reared its ugly head and the dance committee
chairperson's cousin got the gig.
I still can't believe that.
Isabel overhears this as she approaches their table.
I'm afraid I'm slightly responsible for that.
(sitting at the table)
As you know, Elana and Vanessa are on the dance committee and I
just happened to mention to them that I wanted to go to the dance with you ... but that
was before I knew you had tried out.
I knew it! How else could Sandy have persuaded the other committee
members to vote for "The Alienettes". God, even their name sucks!
Liz nods, Alex hasn't heard anything past "I wanted to go to the dance with
You told them you wanted to go to the dance with me?
Yes and they misinterpreted that as my asking them to throw their
votes. I never would have asked them to do that. I'm so sorry, Alex ... Maria. I
hope you can forgive me ... and them.
You, yes, it wasn't your fault but I think I need to teach Elana and
Vanessa a lesson.
(puzzled; as an aside to Maria)
I thought you were happy you didn't get the gig?
Maria glances quickly at Alex to see if he heard Liz, but he's oblivious to anyone
(to Liz, under her breath)
It's the principle. Will you help me formulate a diabolical plan?
Liz and Maria take off.
Well, I can't speak for Nicky, Chris, or Marcos, because now they only
have two weeks to find dates ...
(beat; smiling; takes her hand)
But I'm having a little difficulty being mad at them.
||INT. WEST ROSWELL HIGH
SCHOOL - HALLWAY - SAME
Michael and Max are walking down a hallway, talking.
We've got nothing. It's been two days and we've got nothing.
Relax, Michael. Did you think we were going to solve all our mysteries
in two days?
I thought we'd discover something. Alex still doesn't know
where Hank is or who this Desert Man might be, Isabel can't dre--
(stops in mid-sentence realizing he's in a public place)
... "visit" him to find out, no one is responding to the signal, the sketch
I did of Nasedo is worthless--it could be anyone ... we're no better off than before I
drew this Desert Man.
You have to be patient. We'll discover something soon; I can feel it.
Alex is still doing his research and Isabel and I are going to try again tonight. What
are you doing?
River Dog asked me to come see him at the cave tonight.
Why? I thought he said he couldn't help.
I don't know. He wouldn't say; he was being very cryptic.
||INT. MESALIKO RESERVATION
CAVE - NIGHT
River Dog is sitting in the cave, the same area where they healed Michael in "The
Balance"; he's meditating. The torches that were lit then are lit now, providing a
modicum of light. Another light can be seen near the passageway to the exit/entrance
of the cave. It appears to be moving--someone is approaching. Michael steps into the
opening. When he notices the torches he extinguishes the light he had created with
his powers in his cupped hands.
Hello, Michael. I'm glad you decided to come.
So why did you want me to meet you?
I sensed you were troubled. I hoped I might be able to help.
(slightly taken aback)
Um, yeah, well thinking about Nasedo can be troubling.
It's just the not knowing--is he good or is he bad? Is that what you
wanted to talk to me about?
That and other things.
So why did you want to meet here? We were talking about Nasedo at
your place. Why didn't you think you could help me there?
The sounds of the outside world do not penetrate this cave, so I like to
come here to meditate. Meditation helps me to stay focused, to maintain control of my
emotions in times of trouble. I'd like to teach you this technique; I think you would
benefit greatly from it. Would you like to try?
(at a loss for what to say)
Um... sure... yeah... I guess... OK. As long as there's no sweating
I promise, there'll be no sweating.
OK, good. So why tonight? Why didn't you want to meet Wednesday night or
yesterday? Are the stars in some special alignment that helps with the
No, tonight was just the first time I had available. Are you ready to
Michael nods and we cut to a montage of River Dog teaching Michael a meditation
technique, showing him how to breathe, etc. Then dissolve to them finishing.
I hope you feel better from your meditation.
Yeah... I do.
Would it be OK if I came back sometime?
Of course. Until next time.
When will "next time" be?
River Dog picks up a flashlight that was lying beside him and starts to exit, but
Michael does not follow. River Dog turns back to him.
Are you not leaving?
No, I thought I'd stay and check out the symbols Nasedo left ... if you
Not at all. Good luck with your quest to find answers from your
River Dog leaves. Michael walks over to the painting on the cave wall that Nasedo
left for them to examine the symbols. He starts to lean on the wall above the symbols
with his right hand as he peruses them. He's surprised when a silver hand print starts
to glow under his right hand and he quickly removes it. He checks his hand but
nothing appears amiss so, curious, he hesitantly reaches out and places his hand in
the same spot. Again it starts to glow and this time his hand starts to sink into the
wall. Startled, he pulls his hand back again and examines it. Once again, nothing
seems amiss, so he places it back on the wall, this time letting his hand sink in up to
his wrist. The look on his face tells us he feels something and when he pulls his hand
back he's holding a metal book. Michael stares down at the book. Engraved on the
front cover is the symbol that he and Isabel burned in front of the library in "Blind
Date" to contact Nasedo. Before he can open the book he is hit with several visions in
a row. Most are of the same symbols he saw in the desert during his illness in "The
Balance" and each one seems stronger than the last, obviously causing Michael pain.
His left hand goes to his head as he is hit with one more vision, different from the
others. It's of a broken fence with a sign lying next to it that reads "Pohlman Ranch".
This vision is so strong that it knocks him to the ground, unconscious, still clutching
||INT. MAX EVANS'S BEDROOM -
TWO HOURS LATER
Michael, recovered, is telling the others (Max, Isabel, Liz, Maria, and Alex) about his visions. Maria is fussing over him trying to put wet cloths on his forehead which he immediately removes. The metal book from the cave lies open on the bed beside him; we can see that it is filled with symbols similar to those on the cave walls.
(pointing to the book)
I think I know what it's trying to tell me ... I think I now know where
our pods are.
Isabel and Max move in closer to Michael, intrigued.
How do you know?
The visions were the same as when I lost my "balance", except for
one. It was of a sign lying on the ground. The sign said "Pohlman Ranch". All we
have to do is find this Pohlman Ranch.
Did you see the pods?
Then how do you know they're there?
(pointing to the book)
Yeah. You can't suddenly read those strange symbols can you? ... Can you?
No, and I don't know that the pods are there ... I mean I do, but ... I just sensed it; it's nothing I read or saw, nothing tangible, just a feeling.
(to Max and Isabel)
Does it matter what's there? This is still a new clue worth exploring,
Yes, right. Does anyone know where Pohlman Ranch is?
Blank looks all around. Then Max, Liz, and Alex simultaneously head for Max's
computer. Alex sits at the computer and Max and Liz stand to either side.
OK, where should we look first?
Hall of Records; see if we can find a deed with an address.
Alex starts typing on the keyboard.
This might take a while. I think I'll tell Mom and Dad that we are
having an all-night study session for a test on Monday so they won't get
She leaves the room. Dissolves show a passage of time as Isabel returns, the
others make phone calls home to explain their absence, everyone but Alex pacing
back and forth, occasionally suggesting other places for Alex to look. The sun starts
to stream through the window; they've been up all night.
Wait, I think I found something.
They all gather round.
I think it's out by the Vasquez Rocks.
Max, Isabel, and Michael all look at one another.
(to Isabel and Michael)
That's one of the few places we never looked.
(to the others)
We thought it was too far from the crash site to be feasible.
Well, it just became feasible.
Michael grabs the book and his jacket and starts heading out the window. The
others pause for just a moment, grab their jackets and follow him.
Max and Liz are in the front seats, Isabel and Alex in the back. They are following
the Jetta on a dirt road in the desert. Alex is looking back the way they came.
(turning to face forward)
It doesn't appear that we are being followed.
That's a relief.
Yeah, it was probably a lot easier to explore your beginnings before,
when there was less suspicion about you, when you didn't have to constantly look
over your shoulder.
Easier maybe, but not as fruitful. And we've always felt the need to
look over our shoulder--to be sure no one was watching.
What have you three done in the past to find your pods or something
from your past to tell you who you are?
We all used to go out to the desert, near the supposed '47 crash
Why the crash site and not where your parents found you? Wouldn't
that have been closer?
They never told us exactly where they found us, just said the desert.
They probably didn't want us going out there on our own. If they knew we rode our
bikes out to the crash site on a regular basis they would have had a fit.
We hoped it would stir a memory, but it never did. So we resorted to
using metal detectors hoping to find something from the ship that the military and all
the scavengers before us might have missed.
This must be like an answer to your dreams.
I used to dream that we'd find something that would lead us to the
ship and I could just hop in and fly us all home. I searched this desert with a fine-
toothed comb, studied every rock, every crevice ... always hoping. It was slow going,
but I never gave up hope.
INT. JEEP - CONTINUOUS
Eventually Isabel gave up, but Michael and I kept coming out. The
Jeep helped us cover more territory, but we never found anything.
INT. JETTA - CONTINUOUS
Now we're finally getting somewhere, finally finding pieces.
INT. JEEP - CONTINUOUS
We've learned more about ourselves in the last six months than in all
the ten years before.
(turns to Liz, then Alex)
We owe a lot of that to you. The three of you helping us has made an
amazing difference. We want you to know, we really appreciate your help.
(answering Max, but looking at Isabel)
We're glad we can be here for you.
||EXT. ROSWELL DESERT -
VASQUEZ ROCK FORMATION - CONTINUOUS
The Jetta approaches the rock formation. The Jeep is close behind.
||INT. JETTA - CONTINUOUS
Michael is stunned. He stops the Jetta and just stares at the rock formation.
It's just like my vision.
Maria breaks his reverie by getting out of the car. He follows suit, as do the others
in the Jeep. The camera follows them as they walk slowly towards the rocks. Max is
the first to sense something and starts to pick up speed until he is practically
running towards one of the rock walls. The others chase after him. Max reaches the
rock wall, stands before it momentarily as the others catch up. Somehow he just
knows to reach out and place his hand on the wall, as if he had been doing it all his
life. It glows silver under his hand, then the stone appears to ripple and shimmer.
They all look on, stunned and amazed as it transforms itself into a doorway-like
opening. There is a hollowed-out area inside, large enough for two people and a
child-sized pod. Light streams in from the opening Max just made and from a small
one in the ceiling of the pod chamber, which also lets in air. Max steps in and we see
the egg-shaped gossamer-like pod shell he emerged from in 1989. Max stares at it,
mesmerized. He reaches out to touch it and gets a flash (two moons and green
clouds). Isabel, standing at the opening notices an engraving on the wall opposite the
Max sees the Whirlwind Galaxy symbol Isabel is pointing at.
That must have been the first thing I saw when I emerged. That's why
it stuck in my mind.
(in awe at the whole situation)
It's all starting to come together. We're getting closer and closer to
knowing who we are.
Isabel suddenly senses something and runs to another section of the rock
formation. Max follows her and the others follow him, each taking a glance inside
Max's pod chamber before leaving, murmuring words of amazement and appreciation.
Liz is the last to leave. She appraises the chamber with a scientist's eye, reluctant to
leave but also curious to see what Isabel has found; she takes one last look then runs
to catch up with the others. As Liz leaves, a ripple effect appears and the doorway-
like opening of Max's pod chamber turns back into a solid stone wall. Michael is the only one who notices
and heads back to Max's chamber. In the meantime, Isabel, imitating Max, has
opened hers. As Isabel and the others examine her pod chamber, in the background
we see Michael repeatedly trying to open Max's without success. Puzzled and
dejected, he rejoins the others. Isabel's chamber is just like Max's, including the
Whirlwind Galaxy engraving. Isabel touches her pod and lets out a small gasp as she
gets a brief flash. She turns to Max.
Did you ...?
Was it something you recognized?
No, but it felt familiar.
Isabel steps out of the chamber so the others can have a look.
(to Max and Isabel)
Do you think we are only able to open our own pods?
At their puzzled expressions, he points towards Max's chamber and they see that
it has resealed itself.
I tried to re-open it and I couldn't ... I didn't know if it was just me or
Liz is in Isabel's chamber examining her pod when Max appears at the
Liz, we want to try something. You'll have to step out for a
Liz complies but the chamber remains open.
Everybody step back, away from the opening.
They do and the ripple effect re-appears and the chamber seals itself. Max steps
up and places his hand on the solid stone. Nothing happens. Isabel steps up and
does the same. The silver hand print glows, the stone wall ripples and the opening re-
appears. Scientist Liz immediately goes back in.
(to Michael, impressed)
Looks like your theory is correct.
Michael smiles but still seems troubled. He walks away from the others, looking
around, trying to locate his own pod chamber. Maria notices his troubled expression
and approaches him.
I can't find it. I can't sense my own pod. Max and Isabel could but
I can't ... it figures.
Are you forgetting who it was who "sensed" where to find the
chambers in the first place? Don't be so hard on yourself.
Michael looks at her with a spark of hope.
You said you found the book right after River Dog taught you some
meditation techniques; maybe that helped you to focus. You just need to focus.
(taking his left hand in hers and looking deep into his eyes)
Michael uses the breathing technique he learned from River Dog then closes his
eyes and concentrates. He gets a flash, his eyes pop open, and he takes off running
towards another section of the rock formation, dragging Maria behind him, who is still
holding his hand. In the background we see Max and Liz have returned to his
chamber and re-opened it. He enters and Liz stands by the opening. Isabel is in her
chamber with Alex by the opening. Michael reaches his and, still holding Maria's hand
he reaches out with his right hand, places it on the stone wall causing the glowing
hand print, the rippling wall, and the doorway-like opening to appear. Releasing
Maria's hand, he steps inside. Maria observes from the opening. Michael's chamber
matches Max's and Isabel's. Michael reaches out to touch the Whirlwind Galaxy
engraving on the wall and, like in the Mesaliko Reservation cave, his hand passes
through up to his wrist. When he removes his hand he is clutching a pair of blue baby
I've discovered that on the road to finding out who you are there are
many detours, many surprises. You start out in search of one thing, and find
something totally unexpected.
||INT. MESALIKO RESERVATION
CAVE - SAME
The cave is dark. We see a beam of light, but not its source. It travels through the
cave to the symbols painted on the wall. A male hand reaches out above the symbols
and touches the wall. A silver hand print appears and the hand sinks into the wall up
to its wrist. It comes out of the wall almost immediately, freezing in mid-air as if the
person on the end of the hand was stunned to see it empty.
END OF ACT IV
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Roswell: What Might Have Been