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Heroes Episode: "Thanksgiving"

Season 4, Episode 11
Episode Synopsis: The Thanksgiving holiday prompts Noah to arrange an unusual gathering, while the Petrellis are caught off guard by a surprise dinner guest. Meanwhile, Hiro is held captive by Samuel as Lydia seeks answers.
Original Air Date: Nov 23, 2009
Guest Cast Andrew Connolly Elisabeth Rohm: Lauren Gilmore Harry Perry: Damian
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Season 4, Episode 11
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Aired: 11/23/2009
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Heroes Episode Recap: "The Fifth Stage" Season 4, Episode 11

In this episode of Heroes, Claire and Gretchen take a tour of Samuel's carnival to get a closer look at what the carny leader is offering. Meanwhile, HRG tries to track Claire down while also confessing his interest in rekindling the flirtations between him and Lauren that she had "Haitian-ed" in the past. And Peter, who sets out on a mission to bring Nathan back, puts a serious beating on Sylar (with a nail gun!). Would Peter be able to save Nathan? Of course not, but let's find out how everything played out anyway.

"Who said anything about sex?"

The episode begins with Samuel appointing Eli, the star of the upcoming straight-to-DVD release Multiplicity 2: Night at the Carnival, as his new right-hand man. Excuse me, men. That's right, Eli (The Riches' Todd Stashwick) has the ability to replicate himself. His first task is to take all of his many selves to HRG's apartment and retrieve some old Primatech files.

Unfortunately for HRG, this puts a damper on his movie date with Lauren. Actually, the date was ruined almost before it got started when HRG discovers that Claire has run away with Samuel's compass. (It's probably a good thing, what with all HRG's anxieties about post-sexual revolution dating.) Although Lauren tries to use her CIA gizmos (cell phone triangulation and Google maps, really?) to track down Claire, HRG can't help but blame himself for driving Claire to lie to him. He says his "suffocating need for control" ruined his marriage with Sandra, drove Claire away and even ruined his relationship with Lauren.

Wait, what? Lauren, or course, has no recollection of these twice-a-week breakfasts with HRG because she had her mind wiped. But HRG tells her what passed between them, and she, to HRG's chagrin, is a little upset that he is trying to rekindle the old flame now that he's available. Before they can have a proper argument, Eli shows up, replicates enough to scare HRG and Lauren into the bathroom, and makes off with the Primatech files as instructed.

Sullivan Bros. Carnival, home of the best popcorn in the world
Claire and Gretchen are a little flummoxed that the compass has led them to a carnival, but they decide to take a look around at Samuel's request. They agree to stay until they polish off their boxes of popcorn, and as part of their tour, they take in Lydia the Tattooed Lady's act. She uses what Claire describes as a crystal-ball effect to show Claire that her heart desires being in the carnival, with her fellow freaks/super-powered people.

Claire is impressed that all the carnival members have found a way to use their power out in the open. Even Doyle, aka the Puppet Master, has found a happy home, and he creepily insists that Claire strongly consider joining up. Gretchen, however, isn't convinced. She doesn't like how some of the carnies use their powers to rig the games and steal people's money. But the man who got ripped off didn't like it anymore that Gretchen, and he begins to wail on Samuel. Samuel doesn't fight back, but Claire defends him. After the man brings a broken bottle into the mix, Claire's face is slashed, but she heals herself and sends the shocked man running in fear.

Samuel tells Claire that even though she feels comfortable at the carnival, it's still not his ideal way of living. He thinks he and his group can take their "living in plain sight" plan further, but only with Claire's help. So, Claire tells Gretchen that she's going to stay with Samuel a few more days to see for herself what it's all about. Gretchen understands that Claire feels like she belongs, so she leaves her behind. (Also, Samuel or somebody doing his bidding, eventually did fight back — the man with the 'tude was dead in the back of a truck.

So long, Nathan
Despite Angela's protestations for Peter to skip straight to the fifth step of grief and accept Nathan's death, Peter has another plan: Take the Haitian's power, weaken Sylar, and bring Nathan back. Before Peter can even go looking for Sylar, however, he pops up in the form of a nurse at the hospital and pops a sneak attack. (Why weren't Pete's Haitian powers working in the elevator?) The two exchange a number of bone-crunching blows, but Pete finally gets the upper hand. And in that hand is a nail gun.

Peter nails Sylar's hands and threatens to beat Nathan out of him, but Sylar says there aren't enough nails in the gun to get what Peter wants. So, he tries to erase Sylar's mind until Nathan reappears. His plan works, but poor Nathan is just too tired to keep fighting the good fight. "I can't hold on anymore," Nathan says.

Peter takes Nathan to the roof to get some air and clear his head, but Nathan takes the opportunity to fling himself over the edge instead. Peter grabs Nathan, who begs Peter to let him go. After lots of grimacing, a few tears, and a couple I love yous, Peter lets Nathan go. He falls slowly to the cars below, shifting back to Sylar as he goes. Sylar gets up and walks away. Nathan is gone for good. (Anyone else think the extra-long, slow-mo fall was symbolic of how way overdone this plot line was? Also, in general, I thought it was a pretty less-than-memorable send-off.)

To be continued...
And so the first batch of episodes in the "Redemption" volume comes to close by going back to where it started: Samuel making a speech at his brother's grave. The whole episode sort of came full circle. HRG confesses to Lauren the couple's history that we saw retconned into existence earlier this season.  Nathan jumps from the very roof where he and Peter flew for the first time. And Samuel makes his speech about how all the members of his family can create a community, a home, once the others are gathered. Claire's there nodding right along, and since Samuel tells Lydia that Claire is not who she's really after, we're left to wonder: Is she a pawn to bring HRG to the carnival, or is she there to convince all our super-powered friends to join up? We'll find out in January it seems.

What did you think of the episode? Were you happy with Nathan's send-off? Do we really have any more of an idea what Samuel's endgame is than when the volume began? How do you think Claire will fit into his plans?  Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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In this episode of Heroes, Claire and Gretchen take a tour of Samuel's carnival to get a closer look at what the carny leader is offering. Meanwhile, HRG tries to track Claire down while also confessing his interest in rekindling the flirtations between him and Lauren that she had "Haitian-ed" in the past. And Peter, who sets out on a mission to bring Nathan back, puts a serious beating on Sylar (with a nail gun!). Would Peter be able to save Nathan? Of course not, but let's find out how everything played out anyway.

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