4.11 “Thanksgiving”

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  • heroes-411Peter and Sylathan join Angela for Thanksgiving, and finally prize a confession out of her about the Sylathan Debacle. We learn that Angela still has a heart beneath that steely exterior, although it doesn’t do her much good when Sylar reemerges and decides to make good on his promise to kill everyone involved in his out-of-body experience. Sylar scarfs down pie, kisses Angela (!) and comes moments away from slicing her head open, only to be stopped by Sylathan when he regains control of his body and flies away.
  • Lydia strips for Hiro and asks him to touch her (no, really!), and then they travel back in time and discover that Samuel killed Joseph. Who gets a cookie for calling it, like, 10 episodes ago? Well, a lot of us, but I’m one of them!
  • Samuel watches Mohinder’s film reel, gathers the carnies for Thanksgiving and responds to Edgar’s anger by pinning Joseph’s murder on him, whereupon Hiro saves Edgar’s life, stands up to Samuel and gets Damien-whammied. This leads to Hiro experiencing a few memory flashes, yammering a bit and then teleporting away.
  • Noah stalks Lauren at a supermarket and persuades her to cook Thanksgiving dinner at his apartment. Sandra and her new boyfriend show up, as do Claire and a playmate for Mr. Muggles. The dinner is fraught with tension, especially when Claire announces she’s planning to drop out of college, but the scene turns hilarious when Claire decides to be melodramatic and slices her wrist open.
  • Noah tries to dissuade Claire from a visit to the carnival, and Claire pretends to agree, but even when Gretchen shows up and makes amends with her, Claire remains determined to meet the murderous bunch. Oh, Claire.
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    4.10 “Brother’s Keeper”

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  • heroes-410Through flashbacks, we learn that Mohinder returned to India two months ago, hooked up with Mira and started rewatching footage from the Coyote Sands film reel. Armed with the information on this reel, and using a Magik Compass which he built –
  • – Just take a moment to let that last part sink in, because I swear I’m not making it up –
  • Mohinder visits the carnival in search of an individual capable of harnessing superpowered energy and becoming very, very powerful.
  • This individual turns out to be Samuel, although Joseph has apparently been keeping his brother in the dark all these years to prevent him from becoming a megalomaniac. Which I guess he now is.
  • Present-Samuel sends Hiro back in time to retrieve the film reel, although Hiro also saves Mohinder’s life while he’s at it. Mohinder doesn’t agree with Hiro’s decision to cooperate with Samuel, however, so Hiro puts him in a psychiatric hospital.
  • RenĂ© betrays Angela and tells Peter where to find Nathan’s body. Peter and Sylathan find Matt in hospital, heal him and demand answers, but Sylar uses the opportunity to jump into Sylathan’s body (I think; he doesn’t immediately make his presence known). With the truth out in the open, Sylathan’s faced with the realization that he’s a monster.
  • Tracy visits Noah’s apartment after her ability begins to go haywire, but only finds Claire (doing her laundry!). Tracy freezes Claire, breaks off her foot, then bonds with Claire and decides she’s ready to join the carnival.
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    4.09 “Shadowboxing”

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  • heroes-4091Sylar coerces Ghost-Matt into revealing how he separated Sylar’s consciousness from his body. Sylar’s on his way to find Nathan in New York when Ghost-Matt alerts the police by scribbling a death threat on a napkin. Which gets Sylar shot. Which is to say, it gets Matt shot. Goodbye, Matt! It’s been a wonderful three-and-a-half years! We hope to see you in many flashbacks and dream sequences!
  • Ooh, cool promo for next week! Looks like Matt survives those fatal gunshot wounds thanks to Pe-
  • Wait, what?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!
  • Peter uses the Be-Healed Whammy to save lots of patients at the hospital, but also helps Emma to treat a girl with a pneumothorax. Reassured by her success, Emma unpacks her doctor’s uniform and forgives herself for allowing her nephew to drown when he was a kid.
  • Gretchen freaks out after the Slaughterhouse Incident and books a flight home. Claire pleads with her to stay, but to no avail. Samuel catches Claire at her most vulnerable and, after a stand-off with Noah, leaves Claire wondering how she can hope for a normal life without anyone who understands what she’s going through.
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    4.08 “Once Upon a Time in Texas”

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    SPOILER WARNING! The discussion thread after this review may (and probably will) contain reference to the impending departure of one of the show’s regular cast members. There is NO direct reference to this in the review, but if you don’t want to be spoiled, please proceed with caution.

  • heroes-408Hiro stops Sylar from scalping Charlie and negotiates with him.
  • ^ ^ No, really. That’s what happens, and as insane as it sounds, the way it plays out, it works. Hiro offers to tell Sylar how he dies, Sylar agrees not to kill Charlie, and in the end Sylar uses a combination of intuitive aptitude and telekinesis to remove Charlie’s aneurysm.
  • Then Sylar leaves. Which is a little odd, but who cares, because the rest is awesome.
  • Turns out that back when Daddy Bennet was trying to save Claire from getting scalped at homecoming, he was also busy nearly having an affair with a gorgeous blonde. (Who would have guessed?) It ends with the blonde voluntarily getting herself Haitian-whammied. Sadly, that privilege doesn’t extend to the audience.
  • Time-traveling Arnold (that’s the crusty old guy at the carnival) is about to die. Samuel panics because he needs a time-traveler to help him rewrite a particular part of history, so he kidnaps Charlie, pulls a Caitlin on her (!) and coerces Hiro into helping him.
  • Mohinder’s been absent from the show for two months because he’s dead. Somehow, Samuel is connected to this.
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