4.17 “The Art of Deception”

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  • heroes-417Noah and Lauren plan a raid on the carnival. Claire tries to persuade Samuel to surrender, but Samuel uses the situation to his advantage by assigning Eli to gun down everyone at the carnival and making it look like Noah is the shooter. This gives Samuel an opportunity to take charge when chaos ensues, and after Lydia bleeds to death, Samuel fuels the carnival’s hatred towards the outside world and tells them it’s time to reveal what they’re capable of.
  • Sylar demands that Matt remove his abilities so he can be “normal.” When Sylar threatens to kill Janice if Matt doesn’t cooperate, Matt uses Maury’s old trick and traps Sylar inside his own mind. Given that Sylar is immortal, this means he’s going to be trapped inside his own mind for a very long time.
  • Bravo, Matt.
  • Peter has another dream about Sylar rescuing Emma at the carnival. After Angela reluctantly points him in the right direction, Peter shows up at Matt’s house, absorbs his ability and finds Sylar in the basement, buried behind a brick wall.
  • Bravo, Matt.
  • Peter goes inside Sylar’s head to rescue him so that Sylar can rescue Emma.
  • Oh, Peter.
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    4.16 “Pass/Fail”

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  • heroes-416Hiro has a near-death hallucination involving a mock-court session at the Burnt Toast Diner. Adam represents the prosecution and brings Hiro to account for his many temporal screw-ups, and Papa Sulu finds his son guilty of using his abilities irresponsibly. Hiro accepts his fate and resolves to die with dignity, but when Papa Sulu grants him a sword to fight Adam and Mama Sulu shows up to heal him, it seems Hiro wins the battle in the real world and overcomes his inoperable brain tumor.
  • Sylar uses his Lydia-empathy on Claire, hoping to learn why she isn’t as screwed up as he is. It turns out she is as screwed up as he is, albeit without the psychokiller tendencies. Claire talks through her issues with Gretchen, and realizes that her ability has defined who she is and caused her to become emotionally closed off. Then it turns out that Gretchen is actually Sylar, which removes a lot of the impact from that conversation but at least affords Sylar the revelation that he needs to get rid of his abilities in order to regain… what, exactly? His humanity? His identity? His sweet, good-natured, kitten-loving, old-people-helping soul?
  • Are you serious, show?
  • Samuel takes Vanessa to an ice cream parlor and, after working his charm, takes her to the carnival’s Magik Valley, shows her the home of her dreams and asks her to move in with him. This, it seems, has been Samuel’s endgame all along.
  • Two words: Frolicking. T-Bag.
  • Not even kidding here.
  • Vanessa gently tells Samuel to get over his childhood dreams and asks to be taken back to her real life. After letting her go, Samuel returns to the ice cream parlor, goes berserk on the poor waitress and levels the entire town.
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    4.15 “Close to You”

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  • heroes-415Determined to stop Samuel, Noah persuades Matt to help him track down Vanessa. They prize information about Samuel out of her, then use her as bait to capture Samuel. Samuel of course outwits them and brings Vanessa to the carnival.
  • Noah wants to rescue Vanessa but knows he’s SOL. Matt doesn’t like the idea of cult leaders recruiting his toddler son but knows he needs to have dinner ready on time. So everyone calls it a day, heads home and hopes for the best.
  • Angela has a dream of Emma playing her cello at the carnival and killing thousands of people. Peter wants to see this for himself, absorbs Angela’s ability and has a similar dream (including an image of Sylar claiming he’ll save Emma). He promptly attempts to derail upcoming events by smashing Emma’s cello.
  • Ando arranges for Hiro to be admitted to the same psychiatric hospital as Mohinder. Typical slapstick fare ensues, but after Mohinder’s medication is switched and his superstrength returns, the three of them break out.
  • Mohinder suggests that Ando unscramble Hiro’s brain by zapping his friend at close range with red lightning. This does not have the effect that many of us hoped for, but it stops Hiro from babbling and leads to the three of them teleporting to Noah’s apartment in time to put a stop to something awful.
  • Yes, by that, I do mean Noah locking lips with Lauren.
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    4.14 “Let It Bleed”

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  • heroes-414Peter attends Nathan’s wake and tries to pretend everything’s fine. Angela and Claire do their best to help him mourn, but Peter’s more interested in running off to stop a homicidal office drone who’s gunning everyone in sight. After another heartfelt speech, Peter gets shot and has to borrow Claire’s ability. You’d think he’d be wise enough to hold onto this ability, but he ditches it when the option to absorb West’s flight presents itself.
  • Noah captures Edgar and channels his inner badass to extract information on Samuel and the carnival. Lauren advocates a gentler approach, and the outcome is a map of the carnival and a strategy to overthrow Samuel. Edgar changes his mind, however, when it turns out that members of the carnival might get caught in the crossfire.
  • Sylar returns to the carnival with the aim to scalp everyone there. To his chagrin, he discovers that he’s impotent (the show’s word, not mine!). On an unrelated note (one would hope), Sylar gets a Magik Tattoo of Claire and decides to stalk her by hovering outside her window.
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    4.13 “Upon This Rock”

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  • heroes-313Samuel visits Emma and demonstrates how she can draw people to her with her music. Using this ability, Samuel recruits a super with the ability to revitalize plant life.
  • It turns out that putting grass in a valley is the dastardly plan that Claire spent the weekend trying to uncover. (Although the implication is still that Samuel’s world domination will follow.)
  • Nathan finally gets the funeral he deserved. Peter gives a heartfelt speech about playing ball with his brother, Angela cries, and even Simon and Monty show up to pay their final respects to their father.
  • Hiro teleports to Tokyo, rescues a bystander from a petty thief and babbles about the Enterprise, being a Jedi and finding the swamp monsters. Ando deciphers that Hiro wants to visit a psychiatric hospital in Florida. Then William Shatner shows up wearing a pink tutu and warns everyone of the impending Tribble invasion.
  • OK, so I made that last part up. But Papa Sulu would have gotten a laugh out of it. And the rest is true.
  • What exactly did Masi do to deserve this? Did he drown Kring’s puppy? Did he say mean things about Jeff Zucker’s mother? Did he scrawl obscene graffiti all over the offices at NBC? And after this episode, who could blame him for doing any of those things?
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