Heroes Episodes

2006, TV Show

Heroes Episode: "I Am Sylar"

Season 3, Episode 24
Episode Synopsis: Sylar has an identity crisis while working with his partner; Hiro and Ando plot to destroy Building 26; fatherhood shifts Matt's perspective; and Nathan plans to repair the damage caused by his former operation.
Original Air Date: Apr 20, 2009
Guest Cast Ellen Greene: Virginia Grey Lisa Lackey: Janice Parkman
Full Episode
click to playclick to play
Season 3, Episode 24
Subscription | Netflix
Length: 42:28
Aired: 4/20/2009
Also available on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video and VUDU
play more info

Heroes Episode Recap: "An Invisible Thread" Season 3, Episode 24

As the "Fugitives" volume ends, Heroes finds its super-powered protagonists doing everything they can — and often shouldn't — do to stop one evil or another. Nathan goes toe-to-toe with Sylar to keep him from carrying out a plan to impersonate the president using his shape-shifting ability. Hiro insists on stopping time to infiltrate and shut down Building 26, even though his health is greatly compromised by doing so. Parkman, Angela and HRG do the unthinkable all in the name of their perceived greater good. Throw in a death (sort of), a return, Mohinder flailing uselessly and a huge bonfire, and you have one jam-packed finale. Let's get to it.

Sylar the Invincible
Danko may be a badass, but he overplays his hand and underestimates Sylar when he knifes him in the back of the head -- at least now that Sylar has moved his "off switch," that is. But rather than just offing Danko, Sylar transforms into Danko and shoots some of Danko's own agents. When Sylar — now posing as Agent Taub — explains to the second wave of enforcements what "Danko" did, the former Hunter finds himself locked inside the prison he created in Building 26 as Sylar prepares for his date with the president.

Father (and Mother) Knows Best
Angela wakes from a dream in which she sees Nathan in trouble. The bad news, HRG tells Angela and Claire, is that they are in their own set of trouble, as they are about to be stopped by a roadblock of Building 26 agents. HRG stops to let Claire and Angela hoof it to safety, warning them to find Nathan when they get to D.C. and make sure it's him. He gives Claire a phone, and stays behind to take the fall, ultimately landing himself in the same cell as Danko. Funny how these things work out, no? Even though they bicker as HRG plays "I told you so," they ultimately agree that they now share a goal: to kill Sylar — provided they can find the new off switch.

Once they arrive in D.C., Angela sends Claire to find Nathan while she sets out to look for Matt Parkman, who in her dream, plays the role of Nathan's savior. Angela finds him at the bus stop (wait, seriously? Parkman's quickest way across the country in these dire times is a Greyhound?) and explains why she needs his help. Parkman wants no part of it, as his goal is to shut down Building 26 to protect his baby boy. "Without Nathan, none of that is possible," Angela pleads, ultimately convincing Matt to join her.

Hir-oh No!
Outside Building 26, Ando tries to convince Hiro that his ability is making him sick, as evidenced by the headaches and nosebleeds. Hiro insists that he must stop time if they have any hope of breaking through security, even if it means that his head explodes (Heh, Ando got a little dramatic, right?) Once inside, Hiro finds a room full of gurneys on which sleep heroic vegetables. "Holy crap!" Hiro says.

Hiro finds Mohinder and replaces him with a guard ("Payback is very bitchy!" Hiro says), but Ando notices Hiro's ear is bleeding. Mohinder comes to and warns a dizzy Hiro — whose pupils are dilated and who has a stiffness in his arm — that his body is rejecting his powers. (Why now?) Despite Hiro's "Bruce Wayne only slept two hours a night" defense, Mohinder insists that Hiro doesn't use his power again. Luckily for HRG, Hiro disobeys doctor's orders when Danko — armed with a tranquilizer meant for Sylar — prepares to literally stab HRG in the back. Hiro swipes the syringe and plunges it into Danko instead. But Hiro's ailment finally gets the best of him, and he collapses.

The Shape (Shifting) of Things to Come
Because Nathan is still out cold, Sylar has to improvise and steal memories from things in Nathan's office. But his tour down Petrelli Memory Lane is cut short when Claire shows up. She suspects the Nathan in front of her is fake, but a quick touch of Claire's necklace gives Sylar enough intel on the father-daughter bonding trip to Mexico to persuade Claire otherwise. The two head over to the hotel where the president is speaking, but Claire's Spidey sense starts tingling when "Nathan" signs in with his left hand — the real Nathan is a righty.

Once they settle into the suite, Claire gets a call from HRG. Sylar, perhaps confident enough in his plan at this point, poses as Claire on the phone before ultimately revealing to HRG that he has his little Claire Bear. Sylar toys with Claire, and even makes a proposition. "Have you ever considered how much we have in common?" he asks, pointing out the similarities in their adoptions and their invincibility. Though Sylar suggests Claire might become his "first First Lady," Claire vows to spend every remaining day trying to kill him. (So, um, that's a no on the First Lady thing then?)

Nathan's Redeeming Moment
The real Nathan comes to just as Peter flies into his brother's office. The duo sets out for the hotel, but the president's chief of staff is baffled that Nathan Petrelli is asking for clearance into the building a second time. And so, Nathan — resolved to no longer lie to himself or America by calling people with abilities "one of them" — gives a little flying lesson, and urges the Secret Service to give he and his brother a five-minute head-start against Sylar. Nathan and Peter storm the castle (not before expressing their love for one another, aw) only to see Claire tossed out the doors like a rag doll. And then, an electrified World War III ravages the suite while Claire looks on from outside.

When the smoke clears, Claire finds only Peter, who is now unable to fly after Nathan and Sylar who went out the window. Just as they run downstairs to try to find help, Sylar throws Nathan back into the suite. In short order, he slits Nathan's throat and watches him gurgle and bleed to death. "Claire's going to be so mad at me," Sylar chuckles. Sylar heads for the president, but Angela and Parkman arrive at the suite too late, finding only Nathan's lifeless body. Angela screams and sobs, as she considers just how her vision could have been wrong.

Jedi Mind Tricks
The good news? Peter got close enough to take Sylar's power. The bad news: the Secret Service has had enough waiting around. HRG tries to convince them that Peter can help, but ultimately it's Claire who — with a gun pressed to her head — convinces the men to stand down. Sylar quickly offs the chief of staff and gets into the president's car. But when he reaches out to seal the deal with a handshake, he's instead greeted by a tranquilizer to the neck, administered by Peter, who had shape-shifted into the POTUS.

But now, Parkman can still be Nathan's savior. HRG and Angela plead with Parkman to use his power to erase Sylar's memories and implant him with Nathan's. Parkman resists, but HRG insists that if word gets out that someone with abilities murdered a senator, there will be 100 Dankos. Angela finally gets to Parkman with a family ploy — she likens her desperation to that which Parkman would feel without his son. And so, Parkman cleans Sylar's clock (get it?) and his DNA-reorganizing abilities do the physical work. Ladies and gentleman, Nathan 2.0!

Who Brought the Marshmallows?
Using the Sylar lookalike HRG had in the freezer at Building 26, all of our heroes gather around to watch the body burn. Only Angela, HRG and Parkman know the truth, and that's the way they want to keep it. Hiro and Ando head back for Tokyo to deal with Hiro's illness. The new Nathan has got the president's backing for a new Company, to be run by HRG. Parkman looks on in quiet terror and HRG insists to Claire that Sylar "is really dead." And of course, Mohinder rambles on about the invisible threads that connect humans and allow us to repair the world. (They're sometimes poignant, but I think we've had enough of those preachy pieces of exposition, no?)

"Redemption"
Volume 5 opens three months later in the home of a former Building 26 agent, who walks into his apartment to find his faucet running. The pool of water, however, begins to take shape, and soon the agent is staring at none other than Tracy Strauss! "You're number four," she says with wide-eyed excitement.

According to Nathan 2.0's newspaper, the agent is the fourth drowning to take place in recent months. Angela comes by to take Nathan to lunch, but is worried because she hasn't heard from him in weeks. "I just haven't felt much like myself lately," Nathan says. (Heh, no kidding.) Angela insists that everything is great for Nathan, but he can't break his focus long enough to hear her. Nathan walks to his shelf, and gazes at a timepiece. "This clock is running a minute and a half fast," he says. He shrugs it off, but Angela's eyes say it all: Ruh roh. To be continued...

What did you think of the finale? Were you shocked — or angered — by the "death"? Is Sylar as we know him gone from the show for good? Were you happy to see Tracy back with a watery vengeance? How long do you think it will be before Parkman spills the beans? Will you watch the show next season? Share your thoughts below!

show less

As the "Fugitives" volume ends, Heroes finds its super-powered protagonists doing everything they can — and often shouldn't — do to stop one evil or another. Nathan goes toe-to-toe with Sylar to keep him from carrying out a plan to impersonate the president using his shape-shifting ability. Hiro insists on stopping time to infiltrate and shut down Building 26, even though his health is greatly compromised by doing so. Parkman, Angela and HRG do the unthinkable all in the name of their perceived greater good. Throw in a death (sort of), a return, Mohinder flailing uselessly and a huge bonfire, and you have one jam-packed finale. Let's get to it.

read more

Are You Watching?

Loading ...
Premiered: September 25, 2006, on NBC
Rating: TV-14
User Rating: (1,887 ratings)
Add Your Rating: 1 stars2 stars3 stars4 stars5 stars
Premise: A drama delving into the lives of people from around the world who have superpowers, which they use to prevent a catastrophic future.

Cast

Shop

Company of Heroes: My Life as an Actor in the John Ford Stock Company
Buy Company of Heroes: My Life as an Actor in the John Ford Stock Company from Amazon.com
From Taylor Trade Publishing (Paperback)
Usually ships in 24 hours
Buy New: $12.16 (as of 10/22/14 11:27 PM EST - more info)
Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes: Prima Official Game Guide (Prima Official Game Guides)
Buy Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes: Prima Official Game Guide (Prima Official Game Guides) from Amazon.com
From Prima Games (Paperback)
Usually ships in 24 hours
Buy New: $17.31 (as of 10/22/14 11:27 PM EST - more info)

More Products

TV GUIDE Users' Most Popular