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Episode 4.05: Hysterical Blindness

Airdate: October 12, 2009

  • 09/27 - Samuel prepares for new additions to his family, while Lydia (guest star Dawn Olivieri) warns him of the consequences. Claire discovers that her roommate Gretchen (guest star Madeline Zima) may have a hidden agenda. Meanwhile, Peter finds an unexpected way to connect with Emma (guest star Deanne Bray), who would prefer to stay distant. Elsewhere, a different side of Sylar emerges as he desperately tries to remember the person he used to be. Masi Oka and Cristine Rose also star. Rachel Melvin and Jack Wallace also guest star. Source: NBC
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Heroes Episode Recap: "Hysterical Blindness"

Oct 12, 2009 10:57 PM ET by Adam Bryant

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In this episode of Heroes, Claire and Gretchen get involved with sorority rush and, like, totally make out. Meanwhile, Peter and Emma make a deeper connection after he saves her from a near-death accident, unintentionally absorbing her power in the process. And as Samuel sets out to find a new family member, the newly resurrected Sylar takes a trip downtown with a Baltimore cop (Ernie Hudson). Unfortunately for Sylar, he has no idea who he is, but when it starts to become clear, he becomes a fugitive once more. And all fugitives love Ferris wheels! How does Sylar end up at the circus? Let's find out.

I Kissed a Stalker and I Liked It

Now that Claire has opened up to Gretchen, they're totally besties, which means Claire can talk Gretchen into visiting a sorority house that neither of them have any real interest in joining. During the sorority meet-and-greet, however, Claire learns that Gretchen has got one big mouth. Every person Claire chats with seems to already know Claire based on their previous chats with Gretchen. (Luckily, she doesn't let Claire's big secret out of the bag.)

Claire puts it behind her until Gretchen starts raiding her closet without permission. To make matters worse, Claire also gets a convenient look at Gretchen's laptop, which features pages and pages of Claire's photos on Facebook (or a TV facsimile thereof) as well as documents that seem to incriminate Gretchen in the death of Claire's former roommate, Annie. At a sorority mixer, Claire chats with a fellow former high school cheerleader, but is almost impaled by a falling flagpole. When Claire looks up, she sees none other than Gretchen at the top the stairs. Girl is crazytown.

Or not. When the girls get back to the dorm room, Claire calls Gretchen out on all the photos and odd behavior. She even outright accuses Gretchen of murdering Annie to open up a spot in Claire's bedroom. Gretchen denies killing Annie, but confesses that she does have a little bit of an obsession with Claire. But no worries: "I'm not stalking you, I'm crushing," Gretchen says, as she lays the much ballyhooed kiss on Claire, who is speechless.

You tell me: Hot? Awkward? Shameless attempt by network to attract viewers? (Oh, and they both get accepted into the sorority. OMG!)

The Greatest American Hero and The Soloist

Peter takes HRG's warning to heart and decides to reconnect with his family to avoid becoming a lonely old man. Too bad Mama Petrelli can't stop worrying about golden son Nathan long enough to hear anything Peter has to say. So, Peter runs off to save the day. On his adventure however, he comes across Emma, our color-seeing deaf girl. She's distraught because her doctor (who happens to be her mother) is pressuring her to get out of the file room and pursue medicine as she once did. (There's some sort of mystery about the death of someone named Christopher who played a part in Emma's decision.) With all this on her mind, she loses herself in thought and almost gets pancaked by a bus. Luckily, Peter saves her, but she still won't open up to him.

When Peter tries to run off to the next victim, however, he realizes he's lost his speed. When he kicks a nearby garbage can in frustration, he sees the sound, and begins to realize what has happened to him. He heads back to the hospital to find Emma, but is instead entranced by the vocal stylings of a children's choir singing the theme song of The Greatest American Hero. (This, after having William Katt guest-star last season!) Peter and Emma are both focused on the colors the singing children produce, and they eventually lock eyes. Emma realizes that Peter is seeing what she sees, and he ultimately explains that he has abilities just like she does. I love that she thinks she misread his lips when he explains that people can fly and teleport.

The two get all Rainbow Brite together and play a few tunes on the piano. The colors are their guide, just as they were for Emma a few weeks back on the cello. Apparently, Emma has taken up the habit, as we see her playing the cello at home to great success. But it's not all happiness in her music. After a while of playing, Emma loses control of herself and flings the colored energy straight through her wall. Didn't really see that coming, but I guess that will provide more for this story and more weekly concerts with bad CGI.

Peter returns home, where he is visited by Hiro, who then passes out as soon as he appears. Good thing Peter's a paramedic!

I Am Sylar.... Aren't I?

A police detective, Captain Lubbock, comes across Sylar wandering along the road after he pulled himself out of the earth. Lubbock hauls the disheleved Sylar, who's unable to communicate, into the station, where he meets shrink Dr. Gibson. She diagnoses Sylar's complete lack of knowledge of who he is and what feelings are as some sort of reverse d

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