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Episode 4.12: Chapter Eleven 'The Fifth Stage'


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Episode 4.12: The Fifth Stage (fka "Upon This Rock")

Airdate: November 30, 2009

  • 11/14 - H.R.G. is greeted by some unexpected visitors and Samuel's grand plan begins to come to fruition. Meanwhile, Peter struggles to accept the truth and takes extreme measures to get what he wants. Elsewhere, Claire's journey leads her to an unexpected destination. Adrian Pasdar, Zachary Quinto and Cristine Rose also star. Jimmy Jean-Louis, David H. Lawrence XVII, Madeline Zima, Dawn Olivieri, Todd Stashwick and Elisabeth Rohm guest star. Source: NBC
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Heroes Episode Recap: "The Fifth Stage"

Nov 30, 2009 11:42 PM ET by Adam Bryant 57

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In this episode of Heroes, Claire and Gretchen take a tour of Samuel's carnival to get a closer look at what the carny leader is offering. Meanwhile, HRG tries to track Claire down while also confessing his interest in rekindling the flirtations between him and Lauren that she had "Haitian-ed" in the past. And Peter, who sets out on a mission to bring Nathan back, puts a serious beating on Sylar (with a nail gun!). Would Peter be able to save Nathan? Of course not, but let's find out how everything played out anyway.

"Who said anything about sex?"

The episode begins with Samuel appointing Eli, the star of the upcoming straight-to-DVD release Multiplicity 2: Night at the Carnival, as his new right-hand man. Excuse me, men. That's right, Eli (The Riches' Todd Stashwick) has the ability to replicate himself. His first task is to take all of his many selves to HRG's apartment and retrieve some old Primatech files.

Unfortunately for HRG, this puts a damper on his movie date with Lauren. Actually, the date was ruined almost before it got started when HRG discovers that Claire has run away with Samuel's compass. (It's probably a good thing, what with all HRG's anxieties about post-sexual revolution dating.) Although Lauren tries to use her CIA gizmos (cell phone triangulation and Google maps, really?) to track down Claire, HRG can't help but blame himself for driving Claire to lie to him. He says his "suffocating need for control" ruined his marriage with Sandra, drove Claire away and even ruined his relationship with Lauren.

Wait, what? Lauren, or course, has no recollection of these twice-a-week breakfasts with HRG because she had her mind wiped. But HRG tells her what passed between them, and she, to HRG's chagrin, is a little upset that he is trying to rekindle the old flame now that he's available. Before they can have a proper argument, Eli shows up, replicates enough to scare HRG and Lauren into the bathroom, and makes off with the Primatech files as instructed.

Sullivan Bros. Carnival, home of the best popcorn in the world

Claire and Gretchen are a little flummoxed that the compass has led them to a carnival, but they decide to take a look around at Samuel's request. They agree to stay until they polish off their boxes of popcorn, and as part of their tour, they take in Lydia the Tattooed Lady's act. She uses what Claire describes as a crystal-ball effect to show Claire that her heart desires being in the carnival, with her fellow freaks/super-powered people.

Claire is impressed that all the carnival members have found a way to use their power out in the open. Even Doyle, aka the Puppet Master, has found a happy home, and he creepily insists that Claire strongly consider joining up. Gretchen, however, isn't convinced. She doesn't like how some of the carnies use their powers to rig the games and steal people's money. But the man who got ripped off didn't like it anymore that Gretchen, and he begins to wail on Samuel. Samuel doesn't fight back, but Claire defends him. After the man brings a broken bottle into the mix, Claire's face is slashed, but she heals herself and sends the shocked man running in fear.

Samuel tells Claire that even though she feels comfortable at the carnival, it's still not his ideal way of living. He thinks he and his group can take their "living in plain sight" plan further, but only with Claire's help. So, Claire tells Gretchen that she's going to stay with Samuel a few more days to see for herself what it's all about. Gretchen understands that Claire feels like she belongs, so she leaves her behind. (Also, Samuel or somebody doing his bidding, eventually did fight back

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