1.18 “Parasite”

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Mohinder figures out that Zane is Sylar. He proceeds to torture Sylar. Then Sylar tortures Mohinder. Then Peter loses the emo-bangs and the world weeps. Meanwhile, FBI agents approach Nathan to discuss Linderman’s downfall. It goes awry. Jessica kills the agents and Linderman entices Nathan with ideas of presidency. Hiro gets his sword. His powers immediately return. And Claire ditches the Haitian to go find Peter. She finds Grandma Petrelli, who reveals that she’s the one giving instructions to the Haitian. Despite a ton of plotholes and inconsistencies, it’s an amazing hour for story twists and character arcs.

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1.17 “Company Man”

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Through flashbacks, we learn how Bennet joined The Company, how he and Claude were partners, how he turned Claude in, and how he adopted Claire. Back in the present, Matt and RadioTed take the Bennets hostage, Claire gets shot, and Eric Roberts shows up to help RadioTed go nuclear. Claire sedates RadioTed and saves the day, but Boss Roberts is peeved that no one told him about Claire’s insta-heal power. To protect Claire, Bennet orders the Haitian to wipe his memory, take Claire and run. A 100-word summary can’t begin to convey how brilliant this episode is.

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