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"Heroes" Recap: Episode 14, "Distractions"

"Heroes" Recap: Episode 14, "Distractions"

I love "Heroes," but it sure borders on silly sometimes. Mostly I'm talking about how Hiro's dad was made out to be some kind of crazed mob boss. When Hiro and Ando were driven to a deserted Long Island port in an unmarked van, I thought for sure one of them would be swimming with the fishes (er, whatever the saying might be in Japanese). But really, dad just wants Hiro to return to the family business in Tokyo.

But more on that later, along with the big revelation about Claire's dad. The episode starts, yet again, with Peter. Invisible Man says that right now Peter’s power is a reflex, not a conscious effort, and Peter is holding back because he's worried about what people think of him when really, everyone is the same: "selfish, deceitful, and gassy.” When Peter insists Simone isn’t like that, Invisible Man suggests they go spy on her to find out if that's true.

Niki's psychologist encourages Jessica to come out, so Jessica appears, breaks out of her chains, and mangles the psychologist. When Niki comes to, she remembers nothing of the incident and is thrown back into a cell. One of Linderman's men enters, saying she is free to go home because a man on death row confessed to everything. Niki worries that now she is indebted to Linderman, but the man tells her not to worry about that now. Back at home, Jessica is dominant again, and has apparently trapped Niki inside the mirror, which was an image that made me burst out laughing.

To find out what's happening with the other heroes,

Claire's adopted mom agrees to let Claire skip school to go to the aquarium for her school project, but really, Claire visits her real mother. Outside mom's trailer, Claire wonders what to say: "Hi, I’m your daughter, I can re-grow my kidney?" Inside, Claire's mother says it was a miracle Claire survived the fire as an infant. Claire shows her mother her ability by slicing her arm with a kitchen knife and watching as the wound disappears. “Some family," her mother says, then she extends her arm and opens her palm, causing fire to flare up from it. Claire asks about her father, but her mother says it's complicated and gives Claire her necklace from Mexico. Later, we see Claire's mom call Claire's dad, who is none other than .. Nathan Petrelli!

Sylar, having come back to life, traps Mr. Bennet in his cell and sets out on his sinister mission to find Claire. At the Bennets' house, he runs into Mrs. Bennet, adopts a Southern accent, and claims to be from the paper company. In a funny moment, we almost learn Mr. Bennet's real identity when Mrs. Bennet says, "It is so funny how all y'all over there call him Mr. Bennet. I’ve always known him as – ooh, stop that, you!" and chides her little dog for chewing on Sylar’s shoelaces. Sylar creepily says he's special, just like Claire: “It’s a shame I’ll have to kill her."

Just then, Mr. Bennet busts in shooting. Sylar gets shot, but somehow runs out the door and the Haitian rushes after him. The Haitian comes back empty-handed, and then erases Mrs. Bennet's memory. When Claire gets home, Mrs. Bennet is angry, as she doesn't remember having agreed to let Claire go to the aquarium. She seems to be having trouble with her head, and it looks like so much Haitian memory erasing is starting to take a toll on her. Claire sees a shard of glass and knows something went down.

Like I mentioned before, the Hiro storyline is simpler the dark, dangerous set up we were given last week. Hiro wants to follow what he think is his destiny — saving the world — but Hiro's father wants to make him Executive Vice President of the family company, so he will stop shaming the family, and he tears up the painting that Hiro planned to bring to Linderman. Meanwhile, Hiro's sister is fully capable of taking over the company, and apparently, all it takes is a 30-second argument to make her father reverse years of patriarchal thinking and make her EVP.

Simone goes to see Isaac in his studio, hoping his paintings will help her find Peter. Isaac tells Simone to stay away from Peter, knowing Peter is supposed to blow up New York. He paints himself and Simone on a rooftop, holding hands, and that's where they end up. She tells him that he doesn't just paint the future; he makes the future. Then they hug.

Peter, invisible with Invisible Man, watches this angrily. Invisible Man is smug, having proven that Simone is just as selfish as any other human. Peter yells at him and the Invisible Man grins as he pushes Peter off the building, trying to make him fly. Instead, Peter falls onto a cab and something slices through his chest. He regenerates and realizes that he was thinking of Claire just before he hit the cab. He tells Invisible Man that he shouldn't forget the people he cares about, because by remembering them, he can retain their powers. Then he starts to short-circuit, and it looks like he's going to explode, so Invisible Man punches him out.

Isaac paints Peter next to the cab and realizes that Peter has been around the whole time, just invisible. He calls Mr. Bennet and tells him this. Mr. Bennet says that means someone isn't dead who was supposed to be dead - the Invisible Man.

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