After a week of promos promising some real answers about whose side HRG is on, did this episode deliver? Before we can find out, Matt repeatedly dives into Noah's mind, pulling out pieces of the puzzle that both reveal HRG's motivations and give Parkman & Co. some vital information about the people who are hunting them. But what other secrets did HRG have crawling around in that brain of his? Let's find out!
Shameless plug alert: Check out my interview with Jack Coleman, in which he talks a lot about tonight's episode, as well as a few things to come. Now, on with the recap.
Picking up where we left off a week ago (and even rewinding a little bit), the episode opens with Parkman, Peter and Mohinder plotting their kidnapping of HRG. None of them is really thrilled with the plan, but they all agree that they need answers and HRG is a good place to start. To be honest, it's about the only thing they agree on all night, and their continuous arguing — some petty, some justified — was often an annoying distraction from the tension the episode was building. Once the boys had HRG in their seedy Costa Verde hotel room, Parkman dives in for the first of several flashbacks.
Five Weeks Ago
With Primatech burned to the ground, Noah meets Angela Petrelli to discuss the Company's future. Despite his best attempts to convince Angela there is still work to be done, Noah ends up with a severance package for his years of service and a new watch -- a personal gift from Mama Petrelli. She says she's tired of the Company's "antiquated system," and all the lies that went with it. So what is HRG to do now? Follow Angela's lead and try to piece his family back together.
Fallout: Convinced his mind-reading is working, Parkman is eager to go deeper, despite Mohinder's reservations about HRG's health. Parkman insists he is doing this for all of them, not just his personal vendetta stemming from Daphne's death. Unfortunately for the boys, The Hunter informs Nathan that Noah has gone off the grid for three hours, thus putting their team on red alert.
Four Weeks Ago
Newly unemployed Noah sits working a crossword puzzle, obviously discontented with his new action-less lifestyle. He's saved by the bell when Nathan shows up on his doorstep looking for a private meeting. Nathan informs HRG that he has set his plan to round up those with abilities in motion, but Claire will be safe. If Noah plays along, that is. Nathan sweetens his pitch by comparing his road in politics to Noah's choice to be a Company man. Noah takes Nathan to a storage unit full of his files and weaponry from his Company days, and expresses concern for him, warning that he will be blamed by all his fellow heroes and even be labeled a villain. But more importantly, Noah fears the fallout of having secrets he's spent 20 years protecting now resting in Government hands. But will HRG help Nathan? "There's only so many crossword puzzles I can do," HRG says.
Fallout: Mohinder and Matt continue fighting like little girls, forcing Matt to prove that the information he's getting is real. He gives Peter the combination to the storage unit, and he flies off looking to steal some firepower for their fight. But once again, this tips off Nathan's team, which conveniently has the unit under video surveillance. Nathan orders that Peter be captured unharmed, again straining his relationship with The Hunter. Back in the hotel, HRG becomes more lucid and warns Parkman and Mohinder that Peter was probably caught on tape. Despite his urging them to run before they're all captured, Parkman dives back in.
Three Weeks Ago
Nathan gives HRG a tour of Building 26 and introduces Noah to The Hunter. (His name is Mr. Danko.) The two disagree on pretty much everything: Danko thinks the Company's "one of us, one of them" policy led to a mess, and HRG is concerned that Danko has no interest in sparing anyone with abilities, even those who are doing good. HRG tries to enlist the help of Mohinder (who played his secret spy in Season 2, if you'll recall), and tells him about he government program. "Together we can save lives," HRG says.
Fallout: Once he learns that Mohinder was in a position to warn everyone, the cat fighting between Parkman and Mohinder turns into an all-out brawl. And, naturally, HRG escapes. Luckily, Peter returns in the nick of time to stop HRG from hot-wiring a car, and the interrogation continues.
Two Weeks Ago
How do you make up for a bad first impression? A bottle of scotch, naturally! HRG shows up at Danko's apartment for a make-up drink. The two continue to insult each other before zeroing in on Danko's real problem with HRG: His focus is split between family and job. Noah reminds Danko that the job is about humanity more than ability, but ultimately assures Danko that he can take orders from him. "You're the boss," he says.
Fallout: Parkman, despite HRG's warnings, sends Peter to find Danko. After a quick flight across the country (really?), Peter has Danko at gunpoint, which, to Peter's surprise, is what Danko wants. He hopes that being shot by Peter will prove he was right about the danger of people having abilities. Nathan flies in as well ("How'd you get here so fast?" Danko asks) to confirm that Danko is right, and urges Peter to put the gun down. Nathan fears that if Danko is killed, the program will begin killing everyone with abilities, despite Nathan's objections. Peter settles for a flesh wound to the arm and flies away. Back in Costa Verde, Danko's team is closing in on Parkman and Mohinder, but HRG tells Parkman that Daphne is still alive. So, you know, interrogation Round 5.
One Week Ago
HRG finds Daphne alive (with some gunshot wounds, obviously) at Building 26, and gives her a sedative to ease her pain. And to keep her from running away.
Fallout: Parkman's desire for answers costs him, as the team takes him down, as well as Hulk Mohinder. HRG wants to walk Parkman out, but Peter swoops in with a stun grenade and whisks Parkman away from danger. Meanwhile, Mohinder is back at Building 26, hearing Nathan's pitch: Help me, or you're all going to die. He, too, learns that Daphne is still alive, and that the plane was only meant to contain those with abilities. Now, execution may become the directive.
Danko offers HRG some time off, but since he no longer has a family to worry with, he's all about the job. "You have my complete dedication," HRG assures Danko. Believing HRG is on his side, he then suggests that the two of them have to overpower Nathan and his clouded judgment. HRG agrees...sort of. He wanders over to a park bench for another meeting with Mama Petrelli, assuring her that he has earned Danko's trust. Angela reminds him that he is all the way in, and will now have to make tough choices to prove his loyalty to them, even though he's sill the master double agent. "I've always been comfortable with morally gray," he says as he walks away, leaving behind the watch she gave him.
Finally, pre-cog Parkman is furiously painting in Isaac Mendez's loft (WTF?), and all of his drawings involve dynamite, including one of himself with several sticks strapped to his chest. Oh, and the floor has a picture of Washington, D.C. in flaming, mushroom-clouded peril. To be continued...
• I enjoyed the way the story was told tonight, as well as its focus on characters I really like: Danko, Angela and HRG. The storytelling was fine, but again, it's the little things that eat away at the good things Heroes is doing. Peter flying back and forth across the country is a little ludicrous. And what's with the insistence on continuing the pre-cog painting in Isaac Mendez's loft? The frickin' floor mural of an exploding city?! Is there anything original left in that writers' room?
• Now that we know Angela is infiltrating her own son's program via HRG, do we think she might be our text-messaging Rebel?
• Daphne's back, at least for now. Yay or yawn?
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After a week of promos promising some real answers about whose side HRG is on, did this episode deliver? Before we can find out, Matt repeatedly dives into Noah's mind, pulling out pieces of the puzzle that both reveal HRG's motivations and give Parkman & Co. some vital information about the people who are hunting them. But what other secrets did HRG have crawling around in that brain of his? Find out after the jump.