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"Heroes" Recap: Episode 17, "Company Man"

"Heroes" Recap: Episode 17, "Company Man"

Whoa, whoa, whoa ... so much crazy action, my head's spinning. But first, one question about last night's "Heroes": Is Ted the caveman from the Geico commercials? Okay, moving on.

So Mr. Bennet — who was not Horn Rimmed Glasses up until three years ago, according to his flashbacks — joined the "paper company" thinking he was "comfortable with morally gray." To find out whether he really is, and for other spoilers,

HRG, turns out, has a heart and a conscience. To keep normals like Mr. Bennet honest, they are partnered with "specials" (aka heroes), so Mr. Bennet's first partner was actually Claude, the Invisible Man!

Mr. Bennet and his boss, Thompson, discussed how people are fragile "like teacups" and don't want to know what's happening to them as a species. Thompson added that people certainly don't want to know the measures they take to keep people safe.

Simone's dad's roof is a pretty important place, apparently. This is where Mr. Bennet took baby Claire out of George Takei's (!) arms 14 years ago and became changed "as a man." Hiro's dad is highly involved in whatever operation Thompson's got going and likes to wax poetic about the joys of fatherhood. Mr. Bennet was instructed to raise Claire and return her to the company when she "manifested." But once she got an indestructible hold on his heart, he just couldn't give her up.

However, he didn't seem to mind killing off the Invisible Man when the Invisible Man was found to be "hiding" one of "them." Maybe this is that gray moral space he said he was so fine with. I wonder which hero the Invisible Man was hiding? And I wonder how he's not dead anymore?

I guess Mrs. Bennet would have to believe in a God with her life the way it is: radioactive guys in her living room and a daughter who comes back from the dead. Miracles indeed. Now that we know people are killed when they know too much or when they are "hiding" heroes, it turns out Mr. Bennet having his wife's memory erased was for her protection. Huh. I never once believed that before. Also, I love how Mrs. Bennet is the only Texan in the show who has an accent. The others don't even try.

At the Bennets' house, it's either give Ted answers and a cure, or face a nuclear disaster. He threatens to kill Mrs. Bennet if Mr. Bennet doesn't tell him the truth. In an intense, screamy showdown, Mr. Bennet "thinks" to Parkman to shoot Claire instead because she can regenerate, so he does! They carry the "body" upstairs, and Mr. Bennet explains to Claire that if anyone had known about her powers, he'd have had to bring her into the company; he really was protecting her.

Parkman and Mr. Bennet go to the "paper company" and bring back some files for Ted to see, along with some tranquilizers. Mr. Bennet tells Ted that everyone was ready to kill him, but Mr. Bennet let him live. As Ted's pouting about how Mr. Bennet "should have killed" him, Thompson strolls in and shoots Ted! Then Ted freaks out, nuclearly, and Claire faces the blast and gives Ted the tranquilizer. I know, logically, that Hayden Panetierre is a pretty girl, but that Claire-with-radiation-burns made me puke a little in my mouth.

The Haitian says he answers to someone higher up than Mr. Bennet in Claire's life. I wonder if it's Nathan or ... maybe Linderman is her grandpa!

In the end, the Haitian and Claire run away together, and Mr. Bennet makes a major sacrifice for his Claire Bear - by getting shot and having his memory erased. This is particularly sad, because we got to glimpse his memory of when he first donned the horn-rimmed glasses, asking Claire how he looked, and Claire said, "You look like my dad."

Ted is strapped down in what looks like Sylar's old cell, and Parkman will apparently now be a "special" partner for someone at the Company.

Previews for next week's episode: Simone's NOT dead? But why???

UPDATE: I'm serious about this Ted/Geico Caveman thing.

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Maggie-Mae Maggie-Mae 10 years
When is Heroes going to be new again? Also, I don't like how they are always showing people in Odessa TX wearing sweaters and coats like it is so cold there
suemey suemey 10 years
i don't think she need it that or any heroe for that matter, that thing-isotope maybe is just a tracking device!
sanD13 sanD13 10 years
If they took Claire after she survived the fire, when did the "company" have a chance to make her "special"?
suemey suemey 10 years
i don'[t know why, but there stil no heroe with a shape shifter power... So my guess is that the new girl, the one in the room with parker is one and thats the simone we all saw
Entertainment Entertainment 10 years
Thanks for the info, Butrfly! I'm disappointed, though, I was so certain they were the same guy; it made me like Ted more than I did initially. :) LOL... Now that we know he's not the Geico Caveman, I wonder how it feels for that actor to be compared to him? And actually, you guys are right - I think the Haitian was going to run away with Claire. I'd forgotten that Thompson said to HRG that they were going to kill the Haitian, so he can't exactly go back to the Company with Claire.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
Looked him up on IMBD and the folks there say Gieco caveman is John Lehr (Matthew John Armstrong plays Ted) - which is just hilarious because the dude doesn't even LOOK like the caveman in real life!!
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
chancleta chancleta 10 years
I agree with YumSugar. I don't think the Haitian is taking her to the company. I think he's running with her to save her.
chancleta chancleta 10 years
LOL My fiance asked the same thing about Ted.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
Yeah, he's TOTALLY the geico guy!! How funny! "It's my mother...I'll put her on speakerphone." LOL!!! The Man was convinced that the girl in the room with Parker was his wife, but I said NO...his wife is plumper than that girl (I didn't get a good look at her face). She is a new Hero, maybe she is connected to Simone.
suemey suemey 10 years
Nobody read my post :( I said that SIMONE IS DEAD (maybe) AND the one we saw is no other than the new promising adquisition of the COMPANY. The girl from the lab or something that was shown for a moment in the room were they keept matt prisoner. THE NEW HEROE or something.
petitsinge petitsinge 10 years
Lol @ Ted the Geico caveman. I totally noticed that too during the ep - I'm glad I'm not the only one
Classy-Amelia Classy-Amelia 10 years
I loved this episode. I was very surprise to find out Hiro's father is connected to the place were HRG works. And Claude as his partner. Very intense. That Ted Sprague guy is really bugging the hell out of me.
pud3333 pud3333 10 years
Zombie Simone! She's not dead, which is a bummer. It seems she may be another spy or something. This episode was a good one though. It answered a lot of questions but it didn't give away everything, which is a good thing.
redsox26 redsox26 10 years
I was so confused with this episode but I really am starting to think that Mr Bennet is a good guy after all.
suemey suemey 10 years
kristyrk kristyrk 10 years
Holy Crap this episode kicked butt!! I totally made the same comment while watching about Claires hair! Thats too funny. Now that you say it Katwo, I think you might be right about the 2 sides. I always thought the sign was like a "birthmark" of sorts. But your theroy makes sense. I cannot believe that Hiros dad is right smack dab in the middle of all this hoopla! I didnt see that coming! So the Hatian and Claire are on the run. Nice of the Hatian to take the fall for Mr. Bennett hiding Claire! Simone is alive!! AHHH! What is going on here?!?!?! Anyone else notice how many more commercials there are now???? SO irritating.
katwo katwo 10 years
Or maybe now we know there are two camps - the ones with a || sign from primatech - and those who have the infinity sign like the one worn by the haitian guy when he was younger. maybe invisible guy is now serving the infinity sign.
katwo katwo 10 years
My fiancee's comment: I love this episode! I love heroes! But is it just me, or is Nuke Boy's clothes impenetrable to his own powers? And is claire's hair fire-proof? What kind of shampoo does she use? I'd like to use that! "even under nuclear stress, keeps your hair smooth, silky and most of all, impenetrable to destruction" Right?! Katwo: OH MAN! Is this save the cheerleader save the world?! I also finally proved to my fiancee that george takei's angle on the story was relevant, and not just a "stupid" cameo. although it makes sense too that maybe they're keeping nuke boy and he finds a way out, after all bennett isn't in charge anymore. i'm just wondering about simone, i don't think she manifests powers 'cause she's already dead. i'm just thinking about this company, maybe they're trying to suppress powers of these people and control them to be an army, or maybe they're being nazi-like and trying to kill all those who stand as a threat or different.
kendalheart kendalheart 10 years
I think that this was a great one because it finally answered some much needed questions. I thought it was over the top he shot Claire (even though she doesnt die). I knew Bennet wasnt a bad guy, you could tell he loved Claire. I am excited about next week, looks good!
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
OOoh, good call, ash_! He DID know where and WHO she was to have Peter see her with the artist. I was shocked when they showed her - but I loved that "Wanna shoot me AGAIN??" Also, good call on Linderman being grandpa...he IS a man, an old man. And we do see him next episode. Word on the disgusting Claire...I think it's so funny that she's always so soft and perky with her golden curls then she's like "Let me go burn my skin off, I'll be okay!" She makes me sick almost every show. I cried when the Haitian took Claire. It was sad. I'm glad Bennet wasn't really a bad guy. I mean, YES, he kind of IS, but not in his heart.
Food Food 10 years
This was such a great episode, but I don't think the Haitian took claire to the company, because didn't thompson say bennet "was right to turn him in" (or something like that) - I think the Haitian and Claire are running away now. but to where? and to who!?? and yes, what about simone? I like ash_marisa's theory. oh and do you think maybe hiro is not george takei's real son, but perhaps a similar situation like claire? maybe he was waiting for him to manifest as well??
ash_marisa ash_marisa 10 years
I think the invisible man was hiding simone
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