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"Heroes" Recap: Episode 16, "Unexpected"

"Heroes" Recap: Episode 16, "Unexpected"

This week on "Heroes," a new hero appeared! Well, Hana/Samantha/Wireless is not so new if you've been geeking out with the Primatech website and receiving clues via text message and email, as I have. Even if you haven't, you can still check out her website and get caught up on her background. It looks like she and Ted-the-radioactive-guy are starting a revolution.

Here are the other goings-on in this week's episode:

  • Claire's adoptive mom, Mrs. Bennet, is suffering from headaches and memory loss. When she collapses, Claire, in all her infinite wisdom, tells the doctor that a guy erased her mom's memories by touching her head. Naturally, Doc doesn't believe her. Claire is surly and bitter toward her father when he arrives — it looks like the happy cheerleader has discovered teen angst.
  • Mr. Bennet visits Isaac and, assuming Peter will show up at Isaac's studio, gives him a gun and tells him to "Save the world."

For more highlights - and spoilers! -

  • Hana explains to Ted that Mr. Bennet used pneumatic needles to inject radio isotopes in all the heroes. Perhaps it's true, then, that heroes are not born ... they're made.
  • Sylar, acting like the Zane Mohinder thinks he is, tells Mohinder, "I believe in fate, Mohinder, and karma, and I’m not just saying that because you’re Indian."
  • Claire lashes out at Mr. Bennet, revealing that she knows about the Haitian memory erasing. Mr. Bennet strokes her hair, calls her Claire Bear, and I'm suddenly afraid he's going to kiss her. He is that much of a weirdo.

  • Strangely, despite Hiro being able to slow down time and stop the bullet from hitting him, he doesn't get all overexcited about how special he is like he usually does.
  • Mohinder says he’s working on an inhibitor "to offer these people understanding, control, or even elimination of the ability."
  • Ted calls Parkman and they meet in a graveyard, I suppose so Ted can't make anyone more dead than they already are. Hana shows Parkman the pneumatic needle, and Ted asks Parkman to help them read Mr. Bennet's mind and learn the truth. Hana stands guard with the needle; if anyone crosses her she will totally isotope their ass.
  • When Peter points out to the Invisible Man that he hates everyone but treats his pigeons "like family," Invisible Man responds with this non-answer: "Charles Darwin bred pigeons when he was working out his theory of evolution. Married up various permutations to get maximum potential."
  • Sylar creeps up on Dale, the Montana lady with super hearing. She asks what "that sound" is in his heartbeat, and - cue the skin crawl - he replies, gravelly, "Murder."
  • Peter is starting to really get on my nerves. Scowling and trying to make his voice harsh, he reminds me of an adolescent struggling to make it through acting camp. Mr. Bennet and the Haitian taser the Invisible Man, but when they go to shoot Peter, he stops the bullets. Then Peter flies off into the night with the Man on his back. So apparently he's learning how to harness his powers. But when the Invisible Man wakes up, he freaks out and leaves.
  • You probably thought Ando was going to die during the shoot-out scene, huh? I did, too. But Ando, who appears to be dumb as rocks, is not dead yet. He and Hiro part ways, however, saluting each other with the saddest Star Trek "V"s ever.
  • Parkman and Ted enter the Bennets' house, and Parkman holds all four of them at gunpoint. It's nice to see Mr. Bennet squirm.
  • It is so satisfying to see Sylar writhe from the too-loud sounds he now hears, having acquired Dale's hearing. If we were schoolchildren, I would taunt him: "Sylar's eaten too many brains! Sylar's eaten too many brains!"
  • When Isaac pulls out his save-the-world gun, Peter makes himself invisible, like a weenie. When Isaac sees someone he thinks is Peter, he fires, only to strike Simone instead. Suddenly Peter reappears, and the two men cradle Simone as she dies.
  • How can we reference the show title? Let me count the ways...
    "Look, if we can save ourselves, we can save others. We could be heroes!" -Ted

    "I would never know what it is to be a hero." -Ando, fancying himself one

    "With just one bullet I can be a hero." -Isaac, threatening Peter

    "You're not a hero, Isaac. You're a junkie." -Peter
    Heavy handed much?


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Classy-Amelia Classy-Amelia 10 years
I liked this episode. Especially the scenes with Peter and Claude. It is good to see Peter controlling his powers but It is sad that Issac shot Simone. He shouldn't have been startled and then shoot at the door. Very stupid. Mohinder needs to clue in to who "Zane" really is. I am kind of getting annoyed with that. I honestly don't care about Ted and Hana. I love HRG. And I can't wait for the next episode.
tomtom7 tomtom7 10 years
good new episode. at least things happened! i don't like the timewasters material. And Ando/ Hiro's only reason for appearance recently was for comic relief. Hope Hiro's getting his act together and the show moves forward again..
misstiffie misstiffie 10 years
This is getting absolutely crazy!!!! Peter looks like he's half nuts now... and Hiro, oh Hiro. I hope Ando follows him back to Vegas!!!
sanD13 sanD13 10 years
I hope next episode tells us more about Claire and Nathan Petrelli.
pud3333 pud3333 10 years
I think Peter's powers are taking him over in a similar way Sylar is letting his get the better of him. Peter sort of flew off the handle and it's basically his fault Simone died. it was still so cool though. Now, if they can only get rid of Nikki and her boring plot lines... Also, I really like how some of these "heroes" are doing shady things and almost abusing their powers. It's far more interesting when you have the obviously evil (sylar) and the shades of gray. It shows a lot of depth instead of the typical good vs evil routine.
popculture-whore popculture-whore 10 years
god i'm obsessed with heroes. lol. i agree... this episode was good because it feels like something is finally happening. peter didn't annoy me. i'm glad that he finally has some control over his powers. claire's dad creeps the hell out of me. i know he really cares about her but i just keep thinking he's the bad guy. i love hiro i want him to have his powers back =(
SLB SLB 10 years
I love Hayden Panetierre. I wonder if Mr. Bennet cares about Claire as a daughter or as a pet. I think it is as a daughter. ~~~~Sora: W-We're back! Kairi: You're home. {Does anyone get this reference? Tell me if you do, please.}
Entertainment Entertainment 10 years
sadD13 - That has occurred to me, too, and I think if the baby comes out with a superpower then it's Parkman's but if it doesn't, then I think it's probably that other dude's, which would be crazy!
sanD13 sanD13 10 years
I just had a thought... didn't Parkman's wife have an affair? What if the baby's isn't Parkman's?
vrico2005 vrico2005 10 years
Peter is the chosen one and Sylar is his nemesis
boredatwork boredatwork 10 years
When Simone was shot I raised my hands and said YES!!! I heard on a podcast that Simone and Isaac (or the people who played them) didn't get along on the set and they both wouldn't be around. I've been secretly hoping it was her. I was wondering the same thing about the freezing...why'd Sylar do it before and not have to do it now? He might not need to I guess. Hmmmm... HRG is winning me over again. I was a sucker for when he was trying to convince Claire Bear. All in all, this was a great episode. It feels like we're getting somewhere. I have to keep reminding myself that they're not going to come out and give us's a long season.
LizaToad LizaToad 10 years
oh yeah, buzz, that ipod plug cracked me up! it keeps working even in a pool of blood! hahahahaha
Entertainment Entertainment 10 years
Haha... I forgot about Hiro mentioning the Versa, and the iPod placement was none too subtle. It's getting close to, but not entirely, branded entertainment. Simone was boring; I was so over the whole love triangle there, mostly because she didn't seem to have much chemistry with either guy.
pud3333 pud3333 10 years
This episode was great. Mostly because the avoided the Nikki/Jessica snore of a storyline. I love how both Sylar and Peter just keep aquiring powers, yin and yang. Although Peter has a bit of an edge with his powers. We still haven't seen Sylar freeze anyone yet. As I recall, in the first few eps, he would freeze his victims before carving out their brains. The Peter vs Sylar fight should be pretty amazing. I'm with you, sanD13. I'm glad Simone is gone. She was sort of annoying. You kind of figured she had to die once she brought up the whole "You have to tell people" bit regarding their powers. And with regards to product placement, the iPod Nano lying in the blood was amusing. God I hate iPods.
sanD13 sanD13 10 years
*I know this is mean, but I'm kind of glad Simone died. She was not my favorite character. *It was also good to see Peter and Isaac duke it out about Simone, since they never really openly fought over her. *I wonder if Claire's younger brother will have health problems too. *Have you noticed how HRG always has so many zits? Or are they warts? *It was funny how Hiro's Nissan Versa was left unscathed. And the car that Mohinder was driving is also a Nissan. Talk about subliminal advertising.
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