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Episode 3.12: Our Father

Airdate: January 2009

  • 10/07 - Summary of spoilers given in the Behind the Eclise Q&A: [The episode] will feature a scene with two characters traveling to the past to the moment on the "roof" when HRG was handed Claire. Source: SpoilerTV
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Episode 3.12: Our Father

Airdate: December 8, 2008

  • 11/26 - Hoping to find a way to stop Arthur, Hiro and Claire band together and travel back in time 16 years to when Kaito (guest star George Takei) gave baby Claire to H.R.G. Meanwhile, Peter and the Haitian team up to finish off Arthur Petrelli for good but are interrupted by Sylar. Elsewhere, in the lab, Suresh has a major breakthrough with the formula that will likely change everything. Ali Larter, Cristine Rose, Greg Grunberg, Adrian Pasdar and James Kyson Lee also star. Jessalyn Gilsig, Ashley Crow, Tamlyn Tomita and Chad Faust also guest star. Source: NBC
  • 11/20 - Summary of spoilers revealed in Behind the Eclipse Q&A #7: We will see some "memory healing." Source: SpoilerTV
  • 11/11 - Summary of spoilers revealed in Behind the Eclipse Q&A #6: Sylar will gain a new power, that will reveal the truth about whether Angela really tried to drown Baby Gabriel. Source: SpoilerTV
  • 10/07 - Summary of spoilers given in the Behind the Eclipse Q&A: [The episode] will feature a scene with two characters traveling to the past to the moment on the "roof" when HRG was handed Claire. Source: SpoilerTV
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Heroes Episode Recap: "Our Father"

Dec 8, 2008 10:29 PM ET by Adam Bryant

As we inch toward the mid-season finale, this episode focused much of its attention on many of the characters dealing with their daddy issues. Some of the characters find a way to resolve their conflicts peacefully, others choose strength and violence and one even works out his papa problems by spending some quality time with his mom. Still with all this heartwarming going on, several people ended up dead and one hero found himself in a less than unsavory predicament. And let's not even get started on the first testing of the "new and improved" formula. Since the episode (and its title) was basically given over to the fathers on the show, let's break down the show's happenings similarly.

Noah Bennett

Once Claire discovers that Hiro has teleported her to the day that she is given to Noah, she immediately begins piecing together the puzzle, despite the language barrier between Hiro and her. When she overhears Hiro's mother and father discussing the catalyst, Claire decides that she can change the future by stopping Kaito from ever putting the "light" in baby Claire. To do so, she poses as a neighbor's niece and helps out Sandra, who is struggling with caring for a newborn. (Claire changed her own diaper!) But when Noah (minus his glasses!) returns home, he immediately suspects something is up, especially since his neighbors don't have a niece.

So, Claire is forced to come clean... sort of. She tells Noah she is trying to protect the baby, and proves it by describing how he feels about trying to love the baby without compromising his assignment. Claire tells him that they will share (at least) 16 years together, loving each other through the good times and the bad. When Kaito calls Noah to ask him to bring the baby back, Claire pleads with him not to do it for the sake of his "Claire bear," who is just fine the way she is. Convinced (or just pleased with the coining of his baby's nickname) he puts down the phone. Mission accomplished! Well at least until Claire returns to meet with Hiro, but we'll get to that a little further down.

Kaito Nakamura

Hiro's mission is to get close enough to his mother (who he hasn't seen since he was very young and who he has just discovered is a healer) for her to repair his lost memory. Luckily, Kaito mistakes the future version of his son as the newly hired chef, giving Hiro the opportunity he needs to talk to his dying mother. While it's true that Hiro worked out his issues with his dad (you know, the ones where Kaito thought Hiro was an irresponsible, good-for-nothing man-child), you could still feel the sting when he watched his father insist that young Hiro could not be the bearer of "the light." Even so, Hiro served his mother her lunch (waffles!) and when she felt something familiar about him, he confessed that he was from the future, giving his mom something she never could have had: the ability to see her son grow up.

He tells her about his memory loss, and she quickly restores it, giving us a touching moment when Hiro is now able to remember how much he misses his mother. Even so, he is able to tell her of his world-saving ways and that he and Kaito made up, with Kaito living to see Hiro become a great hero. He asks his mother to give him the catalyst, saying he is able to protect it. Believing him, she obliges, but soon after she gives him "the light," she dies. Hiro heads outside to meet Claire (now that he can communicate with her), but Arthur Petrelli pops up, sucking the catalyst out of Hiro, along with his powers. Arthur tosses Hiro over the side of the building, and teleports Claire back to Angela with a message: "It's over. I won." Arthur then teleports back to Pinehearst, leaving poor Hiro hanging helplessly from a flagpole.

Matt Parkman

Ok, fine, so he's not really a father, except in the vision of the future we saw earlier this season. Even so, Matt, Daphne and Ando's story cannot be overlooked, despite its being tonight's least compelling subplot. With Hiro back in time with Claire, the three set off to find the mythical sketchbook of Isaac Mendez, a task that is unrealistically easy, even by this show's standards. Between Matt's mind reading and Daphne's speed, they finally get the bike messenger clerk to hand over the goods, only to learn that Hiro has indeed been locked in time. They see his exchange with Arthur play out on the page and immediately become dismayed. However, they take heart in knowing that with the catalyst now in his control, Arthur will make the formula, and a new time traveler can go back and save Hiro. And who's the man for the job? Ando, apparently, who volunteers at the slightest hint of getting a power. Of course, he has to find the formula first, but why sweat the details?

Arthur Petrelli

For Papa Petrelli, it was the tale of three sons. Nathan returns to Pinehearst to inform Arthur that he is taking him up on his offer, despite not fully agreeing with him. But he has a condition: he will run Pinehearst. Arthur is none too pleased, but he agrees, thankful to have Nathan as a part of his vision. Tracy, despite upsetting Nathan with her shady dealings with Arthur (which to me reeks of her weaseling her way into the White House for her own reasons down the line), introduces Nathan to the source of their plan: a group of the best Marines, ready to be injected with the perfected formula. (One tells Nathan that if he had been better than human, he could've saved the 10 men in his unit that died in Iraq.) Once Arthur adds the newly acquire catalyst to the formula (or did he?) Mohinder injects the willing Marine, who convulses violently before returning to normal. Oh, except for the very non-normal throwing of his chair, which was bolted to the floor, through the glass cell and into a steel wall. Uh oh.

Meanwhile, Sylar, who checked in with Arthur only to tell him that he is no longer doing his bidding based on what Noah told him about Arthur's paternity lies, sets out on the warpath. First he burns Elle's corpse (tear) and then tracks down a human lie detector from Elle's Company phone. He kills her for her power... and then a few of her coworkers when they catch him in the act. But now equipped with the ability to see through Arthur's lies, he heads back to Pinehearst.

Also on his way to Pinehearst is Peter, who, with the Haitian, is on a mission from Angela to kill Arthur. The Haitian tries to talk Peter out of it, suggesting that the responsibility of killing one's father was a heavy burden to bear. But Peter is having none of it, reminding the Haitian that it was in the same manner that he faced down his brother in Haiti, Peter must take on Arthur. Arthur, defenseless without his power, tries to get in Peter's head, telling him he doesn't have the nerve to pull the trigger. Even the Haitian can't suppress Arthur's power forever, and Peter, who seems like he might choke, finally pulls the trigger. But the bullet stops in front of Arthur, lingering there thanks to Sylar's handiwork. Sylar asks Arthur if he is really his father, but when Sylar's new ability tells him Arthur is lying when he says yes, he sends the bullet through Arthur's head, killing him. But some sort of force comes out of Arthur (similar to the golden color of the light Hiro was given and what Arthur added to the formula). Could it be that the catalyst did not go into the formula and died with Arthur?

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