Leaving Normal is the 4th episode of Season 1 on WB sci-fi series Roswell.


Leaving Normal/Recap


After an encounter with Kyle's friends over Liz, Max realizes he may be risking revealing their secret. Max decides he needs to back off from Liz, and go back to the way things were before he healed her. Meanwhile, Liz is delighted by the arrival of her grandmother CLAUDIA, whom she's always admired. Coming home from a date with Kyle, Liz finds out her grandmother has had a stroke and is in a coma. Liz leaves an emotional message on Max's answering machine, asking him to come see her at the hospital. Max, torn by his recent decision and his true feelings for Liz, reluctantly arrives at the hospital. Once there, Kyle sees Max and warns him to stay away from Liz. Meanwhile, Michael begins to exact his own form of revenge by playing practical jokes on the jocks that beat up Max. Max becomes enraged when he realizes what Michael has been doing, and tells him he's only jeopardizing their identity. Michael lashes back that Max has already done that by saving Liz's life, which further confirms Max's feeling that he should stay away from Liz.

Liz finds Max and asks him if he can save her grandmother. Max explains that he was able to save her when she got shot because it wasn't her time to die. Max tells Liz he can't stop what's happening to her grandmother, because he's not God. Liz then finds out Kyle's friends beat Max up. At the hospital, Liz blows up at Kyle who swears he knew nothing about the beating. Not being able to fight her true feelings for Max, Liz breaks up with Kyle. After Kyle leaves, Max arrives telling Liz although he can't save her grandmother, he might be able to help Liz say goodbye. Max establishes a connection with Grandma Claudia, and her ghostly form appears. Liz tells Claudia how much she's always admired her, and Claudia responds by making Liz promise to follow her heart. Liz and Grandma say good-bye, before Grandma Claudia dies.


Shiri Appleby as Liz Parker
Jason Behr as Max Evans
Majandra Delfino as Maria DeLuca
Katherine Heigl as Isabel Evans
Brendan Fehr as Michael Guerin
Nick Wechsler as Kyle Valenti
William Sadler as Sheriff Valenti

Recurring cast

John Doe as Jeff Parker
Jo Anderson as Nancy Parker



Michael touches one of the jocks on the chest and induces rash-like symptoms, such as itching.


Michael waves his hand over one of the assailants' tests, changing the answers


Though not shown, Michael also used his powers to melt the hinges on Kyle's locker, preventing him from opening it.

Isabel "flash fries" a customer's burger at the Crashdown Cafe. She also heats up a cup of coffee for Maria.


Max is able to let Liz see her grandmother one last time, even though she is in a coma. This may be similar to inducing a vision, but with another party involved.


Max – Gotta feed the monkey
Max – I'll have an Alien Blast
Liz – [under her breath] Me too


  • Liz breaks up with Kyle
  • Although Isabel says that Michael can't control his powers in the previous episode, he seems rather skilled in this episode
  • The room Liz's grandmother stays in is 104, just as this episode is number 1#04
  • When Michael puts his hand on the jock's chest to make him itch, a handprint on his shirt is visible for a few seconds after Michael takes his hand away
  • Even though he's credited, Colin Hanks (Alex) does not appear in this episode.


  • At the Crashdown, when Liz walks up to Max after the orthodontists look at her overbite, her order book skips from in her pocket to in front of her.


Candy by Mandy Moore
Then The Morning Comes by Smashmouth
The Weight by The Band
Mistaken by Save Ferris
Someday by Sugar Ray
I Love You by Sarah McLachlan

Season One Episodes
Pilot · The Morning After · Monsters · Leaving Normal · Missing · 285 South
River Dog · Blood Brother · Heat Wave · Blind Date · The Balance
The Toy House · Into The Woods · The Convention · Independence Day
Sexual Healing · Crazy · Tess, Lies, and Videotape · Four-Square
Max To The Max· The White Room · Destiny

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