In this episode of Heroes, Nathan struggles to remember his past, but when he finally does, the memories aren't so pleasant. Meanwhile, Hiro continues to work on his bucket list, HRG gets a pep talk from Claire, and Tracy realizes she doesn't necessarily have the same goals as she did before her splashy transformation. Plus: Someone takes two bullets to the chest and another character is reborn. Let's get to it.
Hiro's Groundhog Day
Thanks to Hiro's meddling in the past, Ando's getting married! To cap off the big day, Hiro's sister, Kimiko, asks her brother to give her away. Hiro agrees, but Ando is worried that Hiro won't be alive for the wedding, which is a year away. He tells Hiro to tell Kimiko the truth, but Hiro has bigger things to worry about: While fine-tuning his bucket list, the Dial-a-Hero line rings, and Hiro heads up to the roof to stop a suicidal colleague from jumping off the roof.
Turns out Tadashi has dishonored his family by being fired after making copies of his butt on the company Xerox machine. When Hiro can't talk Tadashi off the ledge, he decides to go back in time and prevent Tadashi from ever embarrassing himself. And he does it 47 times! Hiro ultimately decides that Tadashi was unhappy in his job and was looking for ways to get fired, thus why Hiro could never prevent the suicide. Hiro inspires Tadashi to do what he loves and accept his life for what it is. Tadashi is pleased to have a new friend, and decides to move on with his life.
Hiro follows his own advice and finally tells Kimiko the truth about his powers and the illness they have caused. Their tearful exchange is interrupted, however, when Hiro grabs his head in pain. It passes for a moment, but then Hiro vanishes just like he did in the premiere. It seems the more he uses his power, the more he loses control over it.
"Sometimes you have to remember who you were to figure out what you want to be."
Noah Bennett's life has become an alternating cycle of eating cereal and Japanese takeout, but to make matters worse, Sandra has filed for divorce. Even a visit from Peter inquiring about his mysterious compass tattoo — which has now vanished — can't kick-start HRG. Never fear: Claire comes to the rescue. She tells him he needs a new job and helps him prep for a sales position at a lumber company. When he is less than responsive, she drops the line quoted above on him, and puts his goals in perspective.
HRG puts a finer point on it when he shares the same advice to Tracy. She's managed to get her job back with the governor, but quickly realizes her new outlook on life doesn't match what the governor wants from her. She wants to help people and create change in government; he just wants to get her into his bedroom. When she realizes this, she becomes emotional, and instantly begins to transform into water. But she manages to control herself, and leaves the governor high and dry (geddit?).
Once HRG shares Claire's message with Tracy, he takes it to heart as well. This is all to the chagrin of carny leader Samuel. When Bennett appears on Lydia the tattooed lady's back, Samuel is perplexed, as he believes HRG had stopped taking interest in those with abilities. That's not the case, however, as we see HRG doing research on the compass he and Peter found. Looks like the Company Man is back!
"Nathan Petrelli, this is your life!"
Responding to Nathan's complaints that he doesn't feel like himself, Mama Petrelli brings a box of memories by to help. As he sorts through the items, he gets glimpses of his past, but they feel like new memories, rather than old ones. When he picks up an old baseball cap, Nathan sees more than he wanted to: He sees Kelly, a former girlfriend, lying in a pool, surrounded by blood. With Peter's help, Nathan realizes he has acquired the ability to see objects' history (thanks, Sylar!). But because he can't put all the pieces of Kelly's "disappearance" together, he pays her mother a visit. Cue the return of Mama Petrelli's friend Millie (the always wonderful (Swoosie Kurtz).
Millie tells Nathan she always suspected Nathan knew more about what happened to Kelly. But she put those doubts aside when she learned Kelly flew off to London, never to be heard from again. Nathan doesn't buy it, so he grabs a few statues by the pool to learn that Kelly did indeed fall and bust her head. (Lifeguards always say no running around the pool!)
Nathan tells Angela what he's learned, and she confesses that the Haitian wiped his memory and that she bought the ticket to London to help with the cover-up. Nathan is angry, but Angela says she has always done what was necessary to protect her kids. But she can't protect him now: Nathan goes and confesses everything to Millie to make things right, and is even about to turn himself into the police. But just then, a man attacks him from behind, knocking him out with an injection into his neck.
As Angela apologizes to Millie for Nathan's inappropriate behavior over dinner, we see Nathan's attacker dump the body in a grave and fire two bullets into his chest for good measure. He covers up the body and calls his boss — none other than Millie! — to tell her everything has been taken care of. Millie can't help but smirk as Angela continues to comfort her, knowing full well how her revenge will affect Mama Petrelli.
Not so fast. Millie may have had two bullets put into Nathan, but someone's crawling out of his grave. When the body surfaces, however, it's none other than Sylar. To be continued...
What did you think of the episode? Is Nathan gone? Will Sylar really be Sylar, or did the gunshots just change his physical shift? Are you glad to see HRG back on the job? What do you think is happening to Hiro? Weigh in with your comments below.
In this episode of Heroes, Nathan struggles to remember his past, but when he finally does, the memories aren't so pleasant. Meanwhile, Hiro continues to work on his bucket list, HRG gets a pep talk from Claire, and Tracy realizes she doesn't necessarily have the same goals as she did before her splashy transformation. Plus: Someone takes two bullets to the chest and another character is reborn. Let's get to it...