Holy balls! This was such a great episode. Where do I even start? Let me start with saying that the first eight episodes led up to this point, we finally get to save the cheerleader and hopefully save the world.
Claire wins homecoming queen because Zach campaigned for her and got her the freak vote. It was funny to hear him say the unpopular are the majority, mainly because should not the majority of people decide what is popular? But alas, that is not how society works...anyways, sorry about that. I guess a romance between Zach and Claire is out, since he is gay. Or maybe she will get him to switch teams, who knows. It was great seeing Claire punch Jackie, even though it was one of the worst screen punches ever. It still made me laugh, and that is all that counts.
Nathan finally receives Isaac's painting from Linderman. He is with Simone, and he dumps paint all over it in order to protect Peter from getting hurt. When Peter comes by Simone shows him a picture of the painting, and we see Peter lying in front of the high school and he appears to be dead at 8:14.
Peter calls Hiro, but gets Ando instead. Peter tells him that he is catching a flight to Texas and Hiro should meet him. Unfortunately Hiro is still not back from his time jumping adventure. Ando notices the picture and asks the waitress about Hiro. She says that Charlie and Hiro were "real tight." But, he skipped out a few weeks prior.
Eden refuses to inject Isaac with anymore drugs since his last painting does not seem to help them out. Mr. Bennett is angry and shows her pictures of what Syler can do, and he tells her that he will not let that happen to Claire. His method of protection? He grounds Claire, but not to fear, Zach comes to her rescue. Mr.B finds out and has to make his way to the school. At this time, Peter meets Ando, but still has no Hiro, and Peter informs Ando about his own bizarre power. So basically they are two normal guys, but Peter is still going to "save the cheerleader,save the world, probably die." I think they should have added that to the mantra...
When Peter meets Claire, he is looking for Jackie since she was the town hero and Peter assumes she is the cheerleader he is meant to save. They have a nice discussion about the future and how life is better after high school. It was quite touching. It did tell us something though, Peter does not sense when he is around another HERO(I cannot think of a better word, and do not want to say mutant or freakshow...) Maybe someday he will notice changes, like a spidey-sense, but instead it would be his hero-sense.
Claire admits to Jackie that she was the one who saved the guy in the train wreck. Then the power goes out and Claire realizes they are not alone in the locker room. Syler comes and bats Claire out of the way and we see her slam into the wall and basically die. Syler also thinks Jackie is whom he seeks. He uses his mind-cutting power to slice her skull open, and then notices Claire healing herself.
He tosses Jackie aside like she was nothing but a five dollar crack whore, and not that there is anything wrong with crack whores, but c'mon Syler likes his chicks real freaky. So, bad jokes aside, Peter sees Claire and tells her to run. Syler starts tossing locker doors at Peter with his mind. I guess he was not close enough to Syler to absorb any of his power because he turns and runs. Peter and Syler fight and both fall of the bleachers, and we see Peter in the position from the painting.
Claire comes back to Peter, and he starts to absorb her power and he begins to heal himself. Unfortunately Syler is already gone. Claire goes to get help and runs into her dad. He says the cops will help out and she informs him that she has a secret. The cops show up, but they arrest Peter, which I am sure they will get things sorted out when Matt shows up and reads his mind that he is not Syler.
We then see Syler running into the woods and Eden is standing there looking real sexy. She definitely has some power because she tells Syler to sleep and he just goes down. Or maybe the Haitian just drugged him, I could not really tell.
The episode ends with Ando getting another cop of coffee and then the flash back six months earlier and we see Hiro getting coffee from Charlie and it is on her birthday. He tells her that he is there to save her life. So we are going to get to see where Hiro has been and what he has learned.
If you have noticed, I did leave some things out. Like DL and Micah's story, as well as Mohinder. Their stories did not seem to mesh well with the episode. There was the gravity of trying to get to Claire, and then two other side stories. But do not fear, I will still discuss them.
Mohinder tells his friend that the boy, Sanjog Iyer, has been visiting him in his dreams. He knows now that his father Chandra had found one of them, and his power is that of a dream guide. Mohinder finds the kid playing soccer and Sanjog informs him that he does not go into people's dreams, instead people come to him in dreams for answers. Mohinder asks what path he should take, but Sanjog gives the reply you already have your answer. Mohinder has another dream, and does anyone notice how much he falls asleep while working at his desk? What a slacker. He sees his father having the same argument with Nirand (his friend from earlier) about how he should not go down this path. Did it seem to anyone else that Nirand was trying really hard to get Chandra and Mohinder not to research this? Does he have some sinister connection with Linderman, or maybe Mr. Bennett?
Mohinder also sees an argument he had with his father about how he wanted to help him with his research and Chandra tells him no. Mohinder realizes now his father was trying to protect him. When he wakes up, the computer program asks if he wants to quit, he hits no and a password pops up. He tries a few things, then tries Shanti (which I was screaming at the TV). It is correct and it gives him a list of all the people with special powers. Did anyone notice one of them was from Frostburg, Maryland? My uncle lives close to Frostburg, and no I do not think he was the one with powers. Anyways, Mohinder decides to continue his father's work and tells his mom that he is going to NYC.
Micah and DL had a pretty lame story. They talk for a bit, Micah informs him that Niki is sick, and then he tells DL about Jessica. They decide they will go back and try to save her. Micah then says how he had already told Niki where they were at. DL gets scared and starts to get in the car, as we pan back and see the camera like a rifle scope and there is Jessica holding the rifle she purchased. This thing can pierce armor at 400 yards, and as long as DL cannot see it coming he cannot phase through it, right? She pulls the trigger and the scene ends.
I did not like when Jessica bought the gun, the dude is like "two large." She tosses him a roll of bills. So she just happened to have $2000 in her back pocket rolled up? Did the guy count it? I would. I am going to start paying for things like that. I will go to Best Buy and get a new stereo. At the register they will be like "That'll be $2200." And I will just toss the guy a roll of money, mostly ones, with like one hundred dollar bill on the outside. Think that will fly, I bet not my friends.
Also, IMDB has taken Sean Bean's name off of Heroes. So I guess he was not Syler. The preview did not look like him at all, which I will post the preview later this week.
Okay, let me wrap this up. Actually it is wrapped up. It is now your turn to tell me what you thought.