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2006, TV Show

Heroes Episode: "Cold Wars"

Season 3, Episode 17
Episode Synopsis: Matt interrogates the captured Noah to find out how he began working with Nathan to abduct those with abilities. The information Matt uncovers leads Peter to a confrontation with the Hunter.
Original Air Date: Feb 23, 2009

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Season 3, Episode 17
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Length: 42:06
Aired: 2/23/2009
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Heroes Episode Recap: "Exposed" Season 3, Episode 17

This episode's title is perhaps the most fitting one yet in this volume. Claire's attempt to hide Aquaman Alex, Nathan's plot to collect "terrorist" heroes, Matt's vulnerabilities and pieces of Sylar's past are all exposed over the course of the hour. Still, some things remain hidden, including Rebel's identity and where exactly Angela's loyalty lies. So which heroes' exposure led to greener pastures, and whose brought only more problems? Let's find out!

Aquaman goes off the deep end
When Sandra realizes that Claire has been hiding Alex in her closet, she's more than a little upset, but not for the same reasons that most protective mothers would be. (Despite Claire's lie about having sex, Alex quickly lets Sandra know there was no hanky panky involved.) No, Sandra is angry with Claire because she brought the attention of the government program to their house in the form of a pool cleaners van that's been perched outside the house for nearly four hours.

So what's a mom to do? Make a fake ID! Combining Alex's picture with Lyle's driver's license, she provides Alex with a new identity for the trip to Albuquerque that the Bennett gals have planned for him. But before they can ship him out, they have to escape the "pool cleaners." While they form a plan, things get a little steamy between Alex and Claire, who are stopped just short of kissing when agents barge in the house. Thanks to a handy hiding place, the agents find nothing, but they don't give up the stakeout. So, Sandra reaches into her bag of tricks once again, and heads to the movies with Lyle in order to give Claire and Alex a chance to sneak out the back.

Of course, the diversion doesn't work as well as it should, and a foot chase ensues. Claire stumbles down a hill and Alex comes tumbling after, landing on top of Claire. The sexual tension continues to bubble, but there's no time for puppy love...until they dive into a nearby pool to hide. They stay below water to avoid being seen, but Claire's air runs low. Rather than swimming up for air, however, Alex stops her, and uses his ability to give her a little underwater mouth-to-mouth.

Alex escapes, we presume, as we see Claire back at home having a heart-to-heart with Sandra. The two discuss the current situation with Noah, and Sandra says she doesn't know what's next for them, but admits that she's always loved him. Even so, she wouldn't trade her complicated life for anything. Good thing, too, since when Claire runs downstairs for some popcorn, Eric Doyle — the Puppetmaster himself — awaits Claire's help, thanks to a note from Rebel.

Like father, like son
We resume the Luke and Sylar road trip briefly, until Sylar comes up [to?] Big Jim's Franks and Fries, which brings back some troubling memories. Once inside, Sylar realizes the restaurant is the spot where his father traded him for money. He even finds a toy car that kiddie Sylar (in those glasses!) lost back in 1980. His flashbacks lead him through the cash exchange and out into the parking lot where little Sylar sees his father kill his mother with an all-too-familiar skull-splitting finger swipe. Ruh-ro. In his anger, Sylar tells Luke (who's been lying about the quality of man Sylar's papa is) to go back to his mom, deciding he will no longer be the kid's free ride to escape his problems. Sylar has enough issues on his own to handle, especially now that he plans to kill his father when he finds him.

Boom goes the dynamite
Danko informs his men that Peter and Parkman are now priority No. 1, to be brought in — or taken down — by any means necessary. When Nathan offers his obligatory "no lethal force" objection, Danko reveals he's no longer interested in taking orders from Nathan. Looking to HRG for support, Nathan strikes out again. "What makes you think I won't shoot them myself," HRG says, most likely still playing his game to win over Danko.

Meanwhile, Parkman keeps painting himself as a human bomb, telling Peter he will paint until he finds a way save Daphne. As luck would have it, Rebel pops up on the computer, pointing the boys toward Building 26 in Washington, D.C. Peter is worried that it's someone on the inside setting them up, but whoever Rebel is, (s)he gets them out of the loft just in time before two agents come to take them in.

Once they make it to Building 26, Peter borrows Parkman's powers so that between the two of them, they can bend minds to their will much more efficiently. They make their way into the buildings operations hub fairly easily, even turning Danko's men on him. But when Peter realizes Daphne is no longer in the building, he instead steals video files that show he and all the others being led on to the cargo plane that crashed. With leverage over Nathan, the two plot a trade-off for Daphne. Unfortunately, those plans are interrupted when HRG outwits Parkman by flooding the building with light and sound to weaken him. (Apparently when Parkman uses his powers, he becomes a ball of nerves, and attacking his senses makes him vulnerable).

Matt does what he can to hold Danko and his men off so that Peter can escape. Nathan, feeling his program slipping away from him, turns to Angela for advice. He's most upset about the mysterious Rebel, and considering the insider knowledge this person seems to have, Nathan accuses Angela of being the mole. "I would never betray you," she says. (Uh, huh. But now that they are so obviously pointing to her, I think — and hope — that it's someone else.) Peter calls, telling Nathan that videos he stole will be on the evening news if he doesn't give up Parkman and Daphne. Nathan agrees, but Danko has other plans.

Now following direct orders from the president, Danko says he will not negotiate with terrorists. Danko heads out to take care of Peter once and for all, but Nathan pleads with HRG to help Peter, reminding him that Peter can hear his thoughts. HRG does give Peter a brain-wave warning, but not quick enough to avoid Danko getting a shot off. Peter falls over the edge, but when Danko and HRG look down, he flies off into the night sky. Whaaa? Turns out, it was Nathan to the rescue.

Nathan again tries to reason with Peter, suggesting that he is now the only one who cares if Peter dies or not. Peter agrees to let Nathan take him in for his own protection, but then steals his power with a hug (what is it with these Petrellis betraying one another with their embraces?) and flies away. Oh, and he drops off the files to the evening news because Angela refuses to let Nathan go after him. "The game has changed," she says ominously before whispering something in his ear. Hmmm...

Danko sees the leak to the press as an opportunity. (By the way, was that the cheesiest looking fake-news broadcast you've ever seen?) Now that word of an "extension of the Patriot Act" has been issued, Danko decides to make sure the American people know they're still fighting terrorists. How does he do that? By fulfilling Parkman's pre-cog drawing. Danko straps dynamite to Parkman's chest, drugs him, and puts him out right in the middle of D.C. "The enemy has a face, Parkman. It's you," Danko says as the van pulls away and civilians start to scurry.

What did you think of the episode? Now that Rebel has returned to manipulating technology, do you think (s)he might be our friend Micah? What do you think Claire has to do to help her enemy Puppetmaster? Claire and Alex: better or worse than Claire and West? What do you think Angela told Nathan?

Weigh in the comments below and check back next week for more.

 

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This episode's title is perhaps the most fitting one yet in this volume. Claire's attempt to hide Aquaman Alex, Nathan's plot to collect "terrorist" heroes, Matt's vulnerabilities and pieces of Sylar's past are all exposed over the course of the hour. Still, some things remain hidden, including Rebel's identity and where exactly Angela's loyalty lies. So which heroes' exposure led to greener pastures, and whose brought only more problems? Let's find out!

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