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VOICEOVER
Previously on Roswell and Roswell: What Might Have Been ...

  1 EXT. WOODED AREA - NIGHT (From Roswell Episode 115: Independence Day)

Hank drives into a wooded area, stops the car, pops something into his mouth from a small container and pockets the container. He then gets out of the car, opens the back of the station wagon, drags out and buries the body of a man that looks just like him, then gets back into the car. A bright light emanates from the car as he shapeshifts into a Hispanic male, and again pops something into his mouth from the container and pockets it.

Cut to:

  2 EXT. ROSWELL STREET - COMMERCIAL DISTRICT - NIGHT ((From Roswell: What Might Have Been Episode 120: Limited Options)

Hank is walking down the street with Alex following at a safe distance. Hank turns a corner down an alley. Before Alex can get there, a bright light shines out from the alley; then a man walks out, the same Hispanic man from Independence Day and Sexual Healing. He pops something into his mouth, pockets the small container, and continues down the street. Alex notices the man, but is curious about the light and turns down the alley. It's a dead end and no one is there. Alex looks back in the direction the Hispanic man went (which is now empty), then back to the alley. He starts looking around, behind trash bins, etc. to see if Hank is hiding, but finds nothing. Alex ends up standing in the middle of the alley looking baffled.

Cut to:

  3 INT. MAX EVANS'S BEDROOM - NIGHT (From Roswell: What Might Have Been Episode 121: Who Am I?)

Michael, Max, Isabel, Liz, Maria, and Alex are discussing the metal book Michael found in the cave.

MICHAEL
(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.

MAX
Where?

ISABEL
How do you know?

MICHAEL
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".

Cut to:

  4 INT. SCOTTY'S BAR AND GRILL - NIGHT (From Roswell : What Might Have Been Episode 122: Breathing Lessons)

Larry is talking to an inebriated private from Eagle Rock military base.

PRIVATE
I've seen things. They've got this silly little metal orb, that they keep in the vault. I swear I saw it shoot off this ... signal ...

His shoots his arm up towards the ceiling in demonstration, causing Larry to flinch.

PRIVATE (cont'd)
up to the ceiling, like it was calling for the mothership or something.

Larry is practically foaming at the mouth with excitement.

Cut to:

  5 INT. WEST ROSWELL HIGH SCHOOL - HALLWAY - DAY (From Roswell : What Might Have Been Episode 122: Breathing Lessons)

Kyle is asking Paulie about a pretty, blonde girl who is working on the combination of her locker in the background.

PAULIE
She just started today. She's hot, but a little strange.

KYLE
Strange? How?

PAULIE
Everyone who's met her thinks she's way too blunt, forward, and just plain weird. She's been going up to everyone, introducing herself, shaking their hand, and then moving on.

KYLE
(eyes the new girl with appreciation)
Strange can be good.

Cut to:

  6 INT. MAX EVANS'S BEDROOM - NIGHT (From Roswell : What Might Have Been Episode 122: Breathing Lessons)

Max is at his desk on the phone. His computer is on and he appears to be comparing pictures of military and non-military personnel to the Desert Man sketch, as Alex did in "Who Am I?".

MAX
I just finished checking the 60's and 70's ... nothing. But I think you're right, there could be a connection between this Desert Man and the base, and we should keep looking.

Cut to:

  7 INT. ALEX WHITMAN'S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS

ALEX
OK, I'll continue checking with the 80's and 90's and get back to you.

Alex hangs up and starts typing on his keyboard. The monitor displays the Eagle Rock Base personnel files. He types in search criteria such as "1980" and "male".

Cut to:

  8 INT. MICHAEL GUERIN'S APARTMENT - DAY (From Roswell : What Might Have Been Episode 122: Breathing Lessons)

Isabel is teaching Michael to slow dance. She relaxes and lays her head on his shoulder. They both seem at ease with each other. Suddenly there are a couple of flashes. First of young Michael cowering before Hank. The second of young Isabel horrified when she sees a greyling mannequin in a store. She keeps looking from the greyling to looking at herself in a mirror in the store, to back to the greyling. The camera shows their individual reactions: their eyes widen in shock. They stop dancing and separate quickly.

MICHAEL
What was that!?

ISABEL
OK, I think that's enough lesson for today.

MICHAEL
I agree.

ISABEL
I think you're ready.

MICHAEL
As I'll ever be.

She heads for the door.

ISABEL
(smiles weakly)
See ya.

She exits, closing the door behind her.

MICHAEL
(softly to himself)
That's what I'm afraid of.

Cut to:

  9 INT. CRASHDOWN - NIGHT (From Roswell : What Might Have Been Episode 122: Breathing Lessons)

Max and Liz are walking towards a booth, still wearing their Spring Blast-Off finery.

LIZ
(serious)
You know, I've been thinking a lot about dreamwalks lately. Like why you and Isabel haven't been able to dreamwalk this Desert Man.

MAX
Could be any number of reasons. Isabel thinks that if he is an alien shapeshifter, maybe the picture didn't work because it's not a true representation of him.

Cut to:

Max and Liz sitting in the booth.

MAX
(smiles)
I can practically see the wheels turning in your head. You really want to figure this out, don't you?

LIZ
(smiling back)
Just naturally curious; I guess it's the scientist in me.

MAX
OK, Dr. Parker, let's examine the evidence.

LIZ
Right. The first time you dreamwalked me I was asleep and I was dreaming, so I wasn't really sure if you were part of my dream or not ... but the second time, and all the times after, I've been awake, although in a sort of meditative state.

MAX
And the second time I wasn't even trying to dreamwalk you. I mean, I promised I would "knock" first and I didn't realize I could do it without Isabel's help. All I did was hold your picture in my hand ...
(he cups her face in his hands)
... and I was concentrating so hard on being with you ... then suddenly I was, but it was almost like a dream.

LIZ
(cupping his face with her hands)
And I was doing the exact same thing at the exact same time and suddenly I was with you ... almost as if you had pulled me into your dream.

MAX
(stroking her cheek)
Yeah, except it's not really a dream because we are aware of where we are but it is like a dream because we don't seem to have any control over what we see.

Their foreheads touch as they contemplate this.

Cut to:

  10 INT. MICHAEL GUERIN'S APARTMENT - MORNING (From Roswell : What Might Have Been Episode 122: Breathing Lessons)

Michael goes behind the curtain that divides his bedroom from the living room then returns with a plant--the same plant that he accidentally exploded in "The Witness". Its pot has been seamlessly mended but the plant itself has not fully recovered from the shock and looks pathetic. Maria's mouth drops open. He places the plant on the counter and walks back towards her.

MARIA
What!? I don't believe it! I just gave you this plant a few weeks ago and already it's dying.

MICHAEL
This is the reason I broke up with you.

MARIA
(incredulous)
Because I gave you a plant?

MICHAEL
No, because I nearly killed it.

Michael raises his arm, about to demonstrate, but she doesn't realize what he is about to do and keeps talking.

MARIA
(sympathetically)
Michael, just because you don't have a green thumb--no pun intended--

The pot explodes and Maria lets out a startled scream. She stares at the shattered pot and uprooted plant, dumbfounded.

MICHAEL
That's what I'm talking about. I have the ability to destroy things and I don't know how to control it ...

Cut to:

  11 INT. MAX EVANS'S BEDROOM - MORNING (From Roswell : What Might Have Been Episode 122: Breathing Lessons)

Max makes his bed then he and Isabel sit at the edge of it. Liz sits cross-legged in the middle of the bed facing them. Isabel puts her hand on the drawing of the Desert Man. Max does the same. They hold hands with their free hand, close their eyes and concentrate. Liz is watching them intently, as if she is vicariously concentrating with them. Max and Isabel start to frown; it's obvious that no connection is being made. Liz seeing Max's look of disappointment places her hand on his in support and suddenly they are all in. All three feel as if they have been sucked into a vortex. Dark and disturbing images are whirling around; among them is Hank in a shallow grave with dirt being shoveled onto his face, another is of the Desert Man, in a military uniform, looking frightened, and someone's hand is on his chest. The images are so frightening that almost as soon as they got in, they break the connection. They sit there, wide-eyed and in shock.

Cut to:

  12 EXT. LIZ PARKER'S BALCONY - DAY (From Roswell : What Might Have Been Episode 122: Breathing Lessons)

Liz is on her lounge writing in her journal.

LIZ (VO)
Disturbing doesn't even begin to describe how it felt.

Cut to:

  13 INT. ISABEL EVANS'S BEDROOM - SAME

Isabel is sitting on her bed, knees up against her chest, her arms around her legs, and she's rocking slightly as if to comfort herself. She looks distraught.

LIZ (VO) (cont'd)
It's been four hours and I'm still shaking.

Cut to:

  14 INT. MAX EVANS'S BEDROOM - SAME

Max is lying on his bed, looking up at the ceiling, rolling one of his healing stones in his hand like a worry stone.

LIZ (VO) (cont'd)
I don't know how we are going to tell the others that Nasedo may not be the solution, but instead the problem.

Cut to:

  15 INT. MICHAEL GUERIN'S APARTMENT - NIGHT

Max, Liz, Michael, Maria, Isabel, and Alex are all there sitting on the couch and arm chair. Maria is the first to break the stunned silence.

MARIA
(very quietly)
I guess we can stop looking for Hank.

ISABEL
Yeah.

MICHAEL
(to Max)
Did you see anyone else besides Hank and the Desert Man?

MAX
(shaking his head)
No. It was mostly just feelings ... a confusing jumble of despair, anger, loneliness ...

LIZ
It all happened so fast. We were only in for a second--

MICHAEL
(interrupting; confused)
We? You were in the dreamwalk?

LIZ
(sadly)
I accidentally hitched a ride.

(pause)

ALEX
So are we all in agreement here?

ISABEL
Agreement?

ALEX
That Nasedo doesn't sound like anyone we want to meet?

MARIA
(raising her hand)
You got my vote.

Cut to:

  16 EXT. WEST ROSWELL HIGH SCHOOL - QUAD - DAY (From Roswell : What Might Have Been Episode 122: Breathing Lessons)

Wide angle view. Isabel is seated at a table with Alex; we do not hear their conversation. Alex collects his stuff, gives Isabel a quick kiss and leaves. Kyle, passing by, stops to say hi to Isabel; again, we don't hear their conversation. In the background the new girl is making the rounds at the various tables, introducing herself, shaking hands and moving on. Max and Liz are at another table. The camera focuses on them. We join them in mid-conversation. Their voices are low.

MAX
I've been thinking a lot about what you said. I don't think it was an accidental hitchhike.

LIZ
I swear, Max, I wasn't trying to intrude--

MAX
No, that's not what I meant. Isabel and I weren't having any luck getting in this time either, but the second you touched my hand ... I don't think you hitchhiked, I think you were driving.

Cut to:

The new girl coming up behind Elana and Vanessa, who are standing by Isabel's table. The new girl taps Vanessa on the shoulder. She spins around angrily and is caught by surprise.

VANESSA
Who are you?

NEW GIRL
(unaffected; holding out her hand)
Hello. My name is Tess Harding.

She reaches out to shake hands. At first glance, Elana and Vanessa are impressed by her pretty face and respond in kind, but as they shake hands they give her the once over, taking in her less than fashionable (to them) style of dress, and their demeanor changes to disdain.

TESS(cont'd)
I'm new at this school.

ELANA
You're also in our way.

VANESSA
(gesturing to Tess to move)
Do you mind?

TESS
Oh, sorry.

Tess steps out of their way and they brush past her. Her face reflects her hurt feelings, but she recovers quickly when she notices Isabel. Isabel was observing the exchange and is looking strangely at Tess.

TESS
(holding out her hand to Isabel)
Hello. My name is Tess Harding. I'm new at this school.

Isabel looks at Tess's outstretched hand then slowly takes it. Tess's eyes fill with wonder; she takes Isabel's hand in both of hers, sits across from her, and stares into her eyes. There are flashes of young Isabel emerging from her pod and of her and young Max alone in the desert as the car approaches. Tess starts beaming. Isabel gets a flash of a white sun in a yellow sky--she is speechless and looks alarmed, as if the wind has been knocked out of her. Finally she gathers her wits and slowly disengages her hand from Tess's. Tess is watching her, expectantly. Isabel is so shocked she can barely catch her breath. Finally she regains her composure and gets up the courage to ask the question burning in her mind.

ISABEL
Nasedo?

TESS
No, but I can take you to him.

The camera focuses on Tess's bright smile as we fade out.


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