Episode PremiereOctober 23, 2006
Show Period2007 - 2010
Production CompanyNBC Universal, Tailwind
Cast and Crew
- Jack Coleman as Noah Bennet
- Greg Grunberg as Matt Parkman
- Ali Larter as Niki Sanders/Jessica Sanders
- James Kyson Lee as Ando Masahashi
- Masi Oka as Hiro Nakamura
- Hayden Panettiere as Claire Bennet
- Adrian Pasdar as Nathan Petrelli
- Zachary Quinto as Sylar
- Sendhil Ramamurthy as Mohinder Suresh
- Dania Ramirez as Maya Herrera
- Milo Ventimiglia as Peter Petrelli
- Noah Gray-Cabey
- Cristine Rose as Angela Petrelli
- Eugene Byrd
- Archie Kao
- Michael Reilly Burke
- Nicole Bilderback
- Adam Harrington
A messenger from the future named Hiro Nakamura has come to Peter Petrelli to deliver a simple message, "Save the cheerleader; save the world." Before Hiro restarts time, he instructs Peter to visit Isaac, and not to tell Suresh too much. Meanwhile, a group of doctors work on Claire as Brody stares at her from a nearby hospital bed after crashing his car into a wall.
In Las Vegas, Mr. Bennet and the cleaner walk Nathan from the hotel at gunpoint. Nathan threatens to kill them both if they do anything to him. When Claire's father tells the cleaner to "put him down," Nathan looks to the sky, leaps, and takes to the safety of the clouds.
When she wakes up in the morning in Nathan's hotel room, Niki has no idea where she is. Nor does she know where Nathan is when his security detail asks for him. Linderman's henchmen arrive on the scene to tell Niki that her debt is absolved, but Niki insists that she didn't sleep with Nathan, even though there's a DVD that shows otherwise.
Janice Parkman is worried sick about her missing husband, but worry turns to anger when she discovers him waking up on their couch. He recalls working with the FBI, but doesn't know where he's been for the past day. Reading her thoughts, Matt is surprised to learn how much she still cares about him, even through they hardly speak anymore.
After suffering a beating at the hands of some unhappy gamblers, Ando and Hiro are tossed from a van and into the Nevada desert. At a diner, the two friends argue and Ando storms out. Hiro turns to look out the window just in time to see Nathan Petrelli zoom in to a landing on the scorching desert sand. In the diner, Hiro tells Nathan that he is also special, that he can bend time and space, but Nathan doesn't believe this seemingly insane Japanese man.
Claire tells her father what happened at the bonfire and admits that she attempted to hurt Brody by driving into the wall, but she really just wanted to prevent him from attacking other girls. Mr. Bennett promises he won't tell anyone.
Without Suresh, Peter arrives at Isaac's studio asking for his help, but Isaac is less than welcoming. Looking through Isaac's paintings, Peter finds one of a dark shadow falling over Claire.
Nathan drives Hiro back to Las Vegas. While Hiro struggles with the rental car's controls, Nathan runs into Niki and asks what happened last night and why two men tried to throw him into a van. She doesn't know what happened and doesn't remember a thing about the night before. Niki tells him that Linderman blackmailed her into sleeping with him... just like Linderman is going to blackmail him.
Nat King Cole's rendition of "Stardust" lilts through the air as Matt surprises his wife with a gourmet meal that's complete with all the food and wine she's been thinking about for years. Everything she could have thought of, he's thought of first. His romantic gesture is almost too much for her to accept.
Mr. Bennett pays Brody a visit. Brody thinks that Claire is a freak and denies trying to rape her. Bennett swoops in and clamps his hand over Brody's mouth as he calls in his mysterious compatriot to "hollow out" Brody's memories.
In Isaac's loft, Peter tries to make sense of all the paintings when one that's unfinished takes his eye: a man standing over Claire. Staring at it, Peter realizes that he can finish the painting on his own. He closes his eyes. When he opens them, they're clouded over white. He picks up a brush and begins to paint while in a trancelike state.
Claire apologizes to Brody for driving the car into the wall, but Brody doesn't know who she is. He doesn't even know his own name.
Niki returns home to find her house crawling with cops looking for her husband, DL. When the front door opens, their guns come out, but it's not DL entering the house... it's Ando, who used to be one of Niki's regular clients on her website.
As Nathan checks out of the hotel, Linderman's representative has a few words with him about the tape of his encounter with Niki. Nathan turns the situation around by asking for an additional four million dollars in campaign funds. If he was so important to go through all this trouble for two million, then four million will guarantee his victory, making him even more valuable to Linderman in the future.
After making love with his wife, Matt reads her mind that she wants coffee ice cream, and he goes to the store to get some. The thoughts from the other customers' heads swirl through Matt's mind until he centers on those of a young man planning to rob the store at gunpoint. Matt talks the man out of it and takes the gun, but when the customers see Matt with the gun, they think that he's going to rob the store. Their voices rise in his head until they get to be too much. He passes out.
Ando seems genuinely sad when Niki sends him back into town without any help. With Ando and the cops gone, Niki thinks she hears something strange in the house, but she doesn't find anything out of place. But she's right. D.L. hides just around the corner.
Ando and Hiro make amends and resume on their journey to find Isaac.
Peter and Isaac stare at Peter's finished painting: a gruesome image of Claire turned upside down, the top of her head missing, splayed out in a sea of her own blood. A ringing phone shocks them back to this world, but Isaac tells Peter to ignore it, "Some Japanese guy keeps calling." Realizing that it's Hiro, Peter answers the phone. "My name's Peter Petrelli," he says, "I have a message for you."