This week, on Heroes …
FULL RECAP AHEAD (don’t read if you haven’t watched it yet) …
Hiro and Ando follow Daphne the speedster to a theater in Germany, where their powers stop working, because The Haitian is there to collect the second half of the formula, which then gets stolen by Daphne, who plans to sell it to somebody, while Hiro and Ando end up in a cell at Level 5.
Confused by her new freeze powers, Tracy-Not-Niki travels to New Orleans to learn more about Niki, meets Micah, and after some super-powered computer hacking by her not-son, they discover that she and Niki were born in the same hospital at the same time, which then prompts her to visit Dr. Zimmerman in California, the doctor who birthed them, and he tells her, “I created you.”
Out in Africa, Matt learns that his new friend really is just like Isaac, powers-wise, except that his comic books are all drawn on big rocks, and that they pretty much show everything that happened in seasons 1 & 2, as well as something that didn’t, which was apparently part of an alternate future that never happened, and is instead replaced by an image of him carrying the same dead woman who was the mother of his child in the other image, and his new friend helps him step off into some kind of drug-induced, white-eyed spirit journey.
Meanwhile, Claire is all, “I’m not going to school today,” and Fake Mom is all, “Yes you are!” and Claire’s all, “Okay, I am … NOT!” and Real Mom is all, “Can I just say–” and Fake Mom is all, “SHUT UP BITCH!” and Real Mom is all, “I’ll be over here lighting some candles with my finger,” and Fake Mom is all, “Get your ass to school, Claire!” and Claire is all, “Fine, whatever,” and Real Mom meets her outside and agrees to teach her how to fight, but almost kills her instead, and she’s all, “Why do you wanna be a hero, Claire?” and Claire’s all, “To help people!” and Real Mom’s all, “(burn burn burn),” and Claire’s all, “(gasp gasp gasp),” and Claire finally admits she wants to be a hero to punish Sylar, and she’s all, “I feel cheerleader-y again!”and she and a box of paper go out on a date.
Mama Petrelli — who we now know is also Mama to Sylar (or is she?) — arranges a hilarious “mismatched buddy cop” day for HRG and Sylar, which tracks kind of closely to Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte in “48 Hours” at first, but then seems to get its own thing going, as they hunt down several of the Level 5 escapees, which includes Not-Peter, and long story short, Future Peter extracts Peter from Not-Peter and they disappear, Sylar saves HRG from getting killed by the disgruntled Level 5ers, but his true colors show through in the end, when he decides to kill one of them, and I am frankly AMAZED that the writers didn’t use the now-overused Scorpion/Frog “It’s my nature!” metaphor that seems to get regurgitated once a week on some TV show or another.
Later, back at Level 5, HRG is briefly reunited with his boyfriend, The Haitian, and HRG tells him that he plans to buddy cop with Sylar — who is now back in his cell — just long enough to learn what his weakness is … then use it to kill him.