Heroes Episodes

2006, TV Show

Heroes Episode: "Trust and Blood"

Season 3, Episode 15
Episode Synopsis: Matt's paintings reveal a dire fate for someone close to him; Sylar meets a young outcast (Dan Byrd) with abilities who may be able to help Sylar find his dad; and Nathan's new quest has people with abilities on the run.
Original Air Date: Feb 9, 2009
Guest Cast Dan Byrd: Luke
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Season 3, Episode 15
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Aired: 2/9/2009
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Heroes Episode Recap: "Building 26" Season 3, Episode 15

This episode of Heroes saw characters use other heroes in order to further their own goals: Claire turns her back on Noah to protect a new friend, one of Nathan's men stages Tracy's breakout to keep the government's support for their project, and Sylar continues his song and dance with his protégé to get more information about his father. Meanwhile, Hiro and Ando play wedding crashers in India. (Rule No. 73 is... oh, wait...) On with the recap!

First, I must acknowledge that this episode seemed more tightly constructed and focused, narrowing in on just a few plots to the betterment of the show. There was (almost) no Peter or Mohinder bogging things down (we'll get to them later) for the majority of the episode, which is a good way to go as far as I'm concerned. Baby steps, folks.

Luke, I am your mentor
Sylar and his new companion Luke continue their drive across the country until Sylar decides he needs to know exactly where they're headed. When Luke lies to Sylar (twice!), you could almost feel a skull-splitting coming. Alas, Luke, understanding that Sylar wants to meet his dad more than he wants to kill some punk kid, plays his hand well. Luke reminds Sylar that only he has the address and gets further under Sylar's skin when he tells Sylar his father sold him for money. You know, just to keep things interesting when you're riding shotgun with a serial killer. (Unfortunately for Sylar, this whole conversation was caught on a camera, which, naturally, alerted Nathan's manhunt squad to Sylar's location.) Sylar and Luke stop off for a bite to eat a diner, and while Luke gets his jollies by boiling a patron's milk, Sylar takes the chance to teach young Luke some valuable lessons. And thus, we have, the code of Sylar:

1. Always have an objective.
2. Know your end game before you lift your hand.
3. Keep a clear head — emotions make you sloppy.
4. Understand your motivation — always know what you want.

The two seem to bond over this little lesson (Luke gives Sylar the address, foolishly), but Nathan's death squad ruins the fun when they crash the diner. Luke actually serves as a distraction long enough to give Sylar the upper hand and escape with only a few gunshot wounds to the chest. Armed with the address he needs, however, Sylar locks Luke out of the car, leaving him to be tased and nose-tubed. But then, Sylar comes back and kills all the agents, rescuing Luke. Of course, Sylar explains that he only wanted their tracking equipment and that Luke's rescue was consequential. Sure it was, softie.

A (wedding) date with destiny
Hiro and Ando find themselves in New Delhi, India, at the site of a wedding foreseen by Parkman. According to the picture, Hiro must stop the bride from going through with the wedding. The only problem is, before Hiro can do so, Ando takes things into his own super-charger hands. Believing Ando is her sign, the bride (who only agreed to the arranged marriage to protect her grandfather from the dangerous and powerful groom) cancels the wedding. Hiro pouts. Ando suggests Hiro is just jealous that Ando is now the hero rather than the sidekick. Hiro pouts some more. Ando gets whacked on the head by the groom with a pot and dragged off into captivity.

But no worries — this forces the wedding to go on as planned and allows Hiro to crash it. After words are exchanged in three different languages, Hiro ultimately lays the groom out, fulfilling the prophecy. He also happens to save Ando in the process, but most importantly he learns that his trip to India was not to regain his powers. Rather, it was to learn that he could be a hero without his powers. Upon this realization, destiny — otherwise known as Rebel — sends Hiro a fax (Seriously? We know Rebel can text message) telling him to save Parkman in L.A.

"You'll have all the funding you need"
In addition to the all the fugitives from the plane running loose, Nathan has a new problem to worry about: Abby Collins, a new boss from Homeland Security sent over to assess his project before agreeing to his request for more funds. Nathan needs the money to increase security, which he demonstrates by introducing Abby to Tracy, who he's rigged up in a heated room to keep her icy hands at bay. Abby, however, is mortified at Nathan's torturous intentions, and immediately plans to bring him up on charges. When she returns with the papers, all hell (or at least Tracy) breaks loose.

After Collins witnesses Tracy murder one of Nathan's men with her ability, she quickly backs down and promises the support of the White House. But what was with all those glances between Nathan and Tracy during her "breakout"? Tracy suggests that Nathan bound her in broken chains on purpose, warning him that next time, she will get free. However, Nathan isn't the guilty party — The Hunter set up the breakout, explaining "when you're at war, sometimes somebody has to fall on a grenade."

Bye bye, Bennett
Back in Costa Verde, Noah decides that Claire will be attending community college and laying low for a while. Claire, of course, does not, when Rebel sends her a text message urging her to deliver a warning to Alex, the cashier at a local comic book store. Claire goes to deliver the warning, only to realize that HRG is the man coming for Alex, whose ability is breathing underwater. She helps fishboy escape, but The Hunter notices that Claire's car is nearby, giving HRG reason to dread. He gives Claire the usual "I'm trying to protect you" speech, but Claire finally tells HRG like it is: She doesn't want or need his protection, and he can't control her.

Case in point: Back at home, Claire tells Sandra that Noah has been lying about his work and their trip to New York. Noah comes home with Indian food (a theme?) but instead gets served a heaping plateful of angry wife. Despite his insistence that he is playing along to keep Claire off the government's list, Sandra kicks Noah out of the house. His teary goodbye to Claire is moving, but Claire's tears perhaps are all for show — as soon as HRG has cleared the house, she loans Alex a sleeping bag. Now, at least, he is in a safe place. Noah drowns his sorrows at a hotel bar, but passes out from an apparent drugging. The perpetrators: Peter, Mohinder and Parkman, who drag HRG away.

Other thoughts:

• Best line of the night is a tie. Either Sylar's "You're really have to stop trying to be my friend or I'm going to have to kill you," or Alex's "You're a girl. We don't get a lot of girls in here," to Claire when she comes into the comic shop.

• Now that Rebel is reaching out to other heroes, do you still think it's the same person? I liked the theories that it might be Micah, and Rebel is still using technology to communicate. But is he able to know all these things at his tender age? My money is still on an unknown.

• Zeljko Ivanek didn't have much to do in this epiosode, but what he did do was great. His little skirmishes with Nathan are awesome, and I love his character's hard edge. I personally am hoping to see him go rogue and take over the operation, which will probably lead Nathan back onto the good guys' team. Still, I think Ivanek is one awesome baddie.

What did you think of the episode? And what are you expecting from next week's HRG-centric episode? Share your thoughts and comments below, and check back next week for more!

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This episode of Heroes saw characters use other heroes in order to further their own goals: Claire turns her back on Noah to protect a new friend, one of Nathan's men stages Tracy's breakout to keep the government's support for their project, and Sylar continues his song and dance with his protégé to get more information about his father. Meanwhile, Hiro and Ando play wedding crashers in India. (Rule No. 73 is... oh, wait...) On with the recap!

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