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"Heroes" Recap: Episode 18, "Parasite"

"Heroes" Recap: Episode 18, "Parasite"

Can I just say "Heroes" is awesome? I felt a surge of affection for Tim Kring and the rest of the gang last night for delivering such a riveting and fast-paced episode. Hooray!

Claire and the Haitian are still on the run, and we learn quite a bit more about Candice, Thompson's new favorite cronie. Peter furrows his brow some more — this time because he's grieving for Simone — and the Niki vs. Jessica squabbling continues.

Pretty much anything else I can say is a spoiler, so if you dare,

So, Nathan has been helping the FBI get their hands on Linderman! Niki comes to Nathan's rescue, warning him about Jessica, and Nathan sets off to kill Linderman, played by Malcolm McDowell, who has that jolly-sinister thing down pat. He says that men may have lives of either happiness or meaning but never both. To be happy, a man must live in the present rather than obsess over the future.

As Nathan raises his gun — which would result in Nathan's demise as well, thanks to the 754 security people — Linderman reveals that he knows all about Nathan and "the others like him." He offers Nathan a secure political future, including presidency: "A life of meaning." Nathan lowers the gun.

Claire and the Haitian are fleeing the country with new identities, but whiny Claire's not happy about it. She snatches the Haitian's passport in the airport and strikes out to find Peter Petrelli. Um, it still seems like she has a thing for Peter, which is weird because he's her uncle, but anyway. She ends up at Grandma Petrelli's apartment and finds the Haitian there. So I was wrong last week: The person the Haitian reports to is not Linderman, but Claire's grandmother, Mrs. Petrelli!

Hiro finally makes it into Linderman's curator's room and delivers the ripped painting, which has been "repaired with Scotch tape." The curator conveniently leaves the room and Hiro immediately locates the sword. The curator calls security, but in a surprise rescue, Ando swoops in, and Hiro teleports them both out — only to find themselves way in the future, after the bomb has exploded in New York. Hiro looks around in dismay, saying, "I failed."

Simone is actually dead. Peter is sad. Isaac is sad. He returns to his junkie ways and paints his own death.

But hello, shape-shifter Candice! She is a real snot, huh? I think I hate her already. She turns into Simone so the police won't charge Isaac with her murder. Later, she takes the shape of Mrs. Bennet and tricks Mr. Bennet into revealing his intentions to stop the Company. Just then, of course, "Mrs. Bennet" warps back into the Candice and Thompson appears. Mr. B is busted.

Poor Mrs. Bennet! It seems that she actually knows what the Company does, but she has to pretend that everything's normal: "Don't worry, I know how to play dumb." Also, it's pretty darn cute that her ringtone is, I think, Mr. Muggles barking.

How high did I jump when I saw Mohinder stuck to the ceiling?! Also, Mohinder knew about Sylar! I knew Mohinder couldn't be as gullible as he seemed. He straps Sylar into a chair and shoots him in revenge for his father's murder, but Sylar stops the bullet, and the tables turn. When Peter comes by to speak to Mohinder, Sylar says, "You're like me, aren't you? I'd like to see how that works" before slicing into Peter's forehead!

Okay, now we have about six weeks to recover from this episode before the final batch of new episodes. What did you think of this week's "Heroes"?


SLB SLB 10 years
The new Hero is cool. It is like she bends the light around her to reflect a new image. And she is HOT!!!!! What a suprise with Claire ~~~~Sora: W-We're back! Kairi: You're home.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
AAANNNDDD...she has a myspace...with a link to Claire's I'm a loser, I know.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
Another email from techie girl - with this link: It's "Mohinder's Dad's website"...
sanD13 sanD13 10 years
didn't peter and sylar battle each other in texas on the night of the pep rally? it's good that peter's been honing in his skills bc now he's stronger than when he was in texas. i can't wait to see the showdown between peter and sylar. i wonder now if claire's adoptive mom is in danger now.
suemey suemey 10 years
Maybe there is some point where is too late for a person to heal and that's why he has that scar
pud3333 pud3333 10 years
The episode was great. I think the actual showdown between Sylar and Peter won't be this huge brawl, but something more subtle yet still exciting. I expect these guys to meet again more often when they're both more powerful. Glad Simone is actually dead. With the introduction of the shapeshifter, the whole show really does more than just pay homage to the X-men, venturing into outright rip-off territory, but heck, it's way better than the last X-men movie so I can forgive it. It's the best show on TV right now by far. And StefaPie, I totally forgot about the comment about Peter's scar. You're definitely right, probably from Sylar cutting into his head. (although, why he wouldn't just regenerate by calling forth the powers he sponged off of Clare is baffling, but whatever.)
Underdog Underdog 10 years
Who are these Charaters.
Classy-Amelia Classy-Amelia 10 years
I love this who. I can't believe it was The Petrelli mother that the Haitian was reporting to. I love how they were speaking French. I am glad that Mohinder found out who Sylar really is. I don't really like Candice but I'll put up with her for the show.
suemey suemey 10 years
SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER according to kirstin from E! it is a fact that all of this heroes would die, but that happens 5 years in the future!!!!
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 10 years
The writers should give the writers of Lost a call and show them how to write an episode. Thats all I can say. Style Before Comfort!
Luxifer Luxifer 10 years
Shenkar is Mohinder's dad, i think. Wouldn't it be cool if the Petrelli's became, like, the incredibles. They could all wear matching tights. Hawt.
ash_marisa ash_marisa 10 years
We don't know if Peter and Nathans mom had a power, but since both her kids and granddaughter does, maybe she does too
kristyrk kristyrk 10 years
This is the best show ever!!! I am so glad that Stefapie brought that up! He'll probably get a big ole scar on his face, but at least he lives!!! I really don't want Issac to die either! I think he is a great character. And like, woah!: Claires granny knew about her the whole time!!! And like, double woah!: She is the one the Hatian reports to!! Do you think shes involved in the "Paper Company" too or has the Hatian been a double agent the whole time???!!? Ahhh! My brain hurts!! I LOVE this show!!!!!
katwo katwo 10 years
my fiancee: what is mother petrelli's power? so far we've only seen parents with powers have offspring with powers. me: WHO IS SHENKAR? (his name always appears on the opening credits), oh stefapie! you're riighhtt with the scar!this was an awesome episode!
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
OMG, are SO right!!! I think that tells us that Hiro WILL move on and SO WILL PETER. I mean - seriously - he can't die. Last night I kept yelling (I yell at the TV A LOT) "Take a friggin nap, Peter!!!!" He was so cute before the whole "change", you know? Maybe once this crisis is over and he eats a little sumpthin and gets some rest he'll go back to 'normal'. At least we know he lives. Not so for ol' Mohinder, though, huh? I'm glad he knew...but I wish he would have saved the hearing lady. Do you think Petrelli's dad committed suicide because of his ability?? I wonder why Linderman knows so much...I know he was partners with Old Petrelli, but why would he tell him his kid could fly? I'm so happy Claire is with her "real" family...but I hope her other one survives. They are like, a SUPERfamily now!
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
I hate that little shape-shifting beotch, too!
Janners Janners 10 years
I'm thinkin' the same thing with the scar, crossing my fingers in fact! And Mohinder's the narrator! He'll be just fine, I'm sure of it! I think my favourite is Parkman. He's just very... friendly. He has to get away from Mariah's man! Perhaps he and Mr. Bennett will plan an escape together! What am I supposed to do for 6 weeks?! Read the comics I guess... Thank God Top Model is on now...
Celebrity Celebrity 10 years
I love this show. I can't wait for it to return but now that you reported next season may be volume 2 with all new character etc, I am nervous to see where that takes us. For now I will just focus on the present and know that I loved this weeks episode. Hiro is my favorite Hero!
ash_marisa ash_marisa 10 years
Good idea stefapie...i didnt think of that. Maybe Mrs. Petrelli has powers too. Both her sons have powers, and they seem to have a genetic basis (Claire, jessicas son, etc). Maybe their father had powers too but hes dead, so I guess we don't know. I really hope Peter doesn't die. For some reason I just love to look at him. Jessica annoyed me less than usual. I think i just hate her in the Nikki role now. I think the new chick is annoying and I want her gone now.
Dream-Angel Dream-Angel 10 years
The episode was great. You can see the episodes at They're fun to watch with the commentary too. The guy that plays Sylar seems so nice and normal LOL
suemey suemey 10 years
I was right!!! that girl from life as we know it is the shapeshifter, disgusting ew, i hate her arse so much! What wonderful episode, hope some episodes leak into the web :P like the pilot months ago
vrico2005 vrico2005 10 years
Can't wait till Heroes returns? In the interim play 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon with Heroes characters with us! A new one every week till it returns!
StefaPie StefaPie 10 years
Remember when Hiro from the future said that Peter looked different without his scar..? It has to be from Sylar.
Pinkrabbit Pinkrabbit 10 years
Okay Candice is the stupid girl that can shape shift; seriously how did she get that part?! She can't act worth crap! I couldn't take her seriously at all. Besides that I really liked the episode! Poor Mr. B! And Claire with her snottiness. *rolls eyes* I saw the preview with Claire as a brunette, all I can say is Hawt! haha SIX WEEKS!?
popculture-whore popculture-whore 10 years
omg i loved this episode! it was fast-paced and exciting! i thought mohinder was AWESOME for realizing who sylar really was, and i gasped aloud when sylar stopped the bullet. i think i also gasped when sylar cut off peter's hair!! lol. i hate candice already. that's for sure. she's kind of a bitch and just.. strange to me. her power is cool though. and hiro. what can i say? i love him!!!
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