Episode PremiereNovember 23, 2009
Show Period2007 - 2010
Production CompanyNBC Universal, Tailwind
Cast and Crew
ScreenwriterAdam Armus, Kay Foster
- 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
Samuel sits rapt, watching the film of his earthquake-ridden birth. Hiro interrupts to beg for Charlie's whereabouts, but Samuel has bigger fish to fry. The film has brought everything into focus; Samuel has finally discovered the truth about his destiny. Hiro should let go of any funny ideas. If anything happens to Samuel, Charlie will be lost forever. Sending a cowed Hiro to set the Thanksgiving table, Samuel explains that he's not the devil, but Hiro's savior. He just doesn't know it yet.
H.R.G. calls Claire while shopping for frozen turkey. Claire's not in the mood for Thanksgiving, now that Gretchen is living across campus, and she's officially a social pariah. H.R.G. begs Claire not to leave him alone with Sandra and her new boyfriend Doug, so Claire reluctantly agrees. She has something she needs to talk to him about, anyway. Hanging up the phone, H.R.G. feigns surprise when he runs into his old co-worker Lauren. Now living in D.C. and working for the CIA, it doesn't take Lauren long to realize that H.R.G. is sorta stalking her.
Explaining that he's cooking Thanksgiving dinner for his daughter and ex-wife, H.R.G. asks Lauren to join. She points out that frozen turkey won't thaw in time for dinner, and takes charge of the shopping, much to H.R.G.'s delight. Meanwhile, Angela breezes into Peter's Manhattan apartment, uniformed caterers in tow. As the caterers lay out a resplendent Thanksgiving feast, Peter drills Angela for answers. Yesterday, the brothers went to Angela's storage unit, where they found Nathan, dead in a box.
Angela insists that the corpse in the storage unit belongs to a shapeshifter posing as Nathan, who had to be dealt with discretely. They should all sit down to dinner like a family and discuss it. Impatient, Nathan literally twists Angela's arm. Still, Angela insists that they sit down like a family as they do every year, or she'll leave and her sons will never hear from her again. Fraught with emotion, Nathan's face ripples and morphs, as Sylar threatens to emerge.
Claire is surprised to find Lauren at H.R.G.'s, and warns her father that he should have told Sandra that he had a date. Despite the goofy smile on his face, H.R.G. insists it's not a date. What did Claire want to talk to him about? A knock on the door signals the arrival of Sandra and her stuffy boyfriend Doug, along with his Pomeranian Miss Lovegood and Mr. Muggles. Spying Lauren, Sandra hands her a pie and asks H.R.G. if he's hired a cook. Or is Lauren his date?
Feeling angry and betrayed, Hiro sets the table as Edgar looks on. Lydia knows that something's wrong and offers her ear. Hiro admits that he fixed the past, but Samuel still won't give Charlie back to him. If Hiro fixed the past Edgar wonders, then where's Joseph? Lydia pulls Hiro aside. Exactly how did he fix the past? Why didn't he save Joseph? Hiro doesn't want to say because Charlie's life is at stake.
Lydia pulls Hiro to her trailer so she change for dinner while they talk. Hiro accuses of her trying to seduce him; it's not gonna work because his heart belongs to Charlie. Lydia claims she's trying to help Hiro with her ability, and for that, she needs to get close. She can feel what Hiro feels. Taking his hands, Lydia insists that Hiro bring her back eight weeks ago to the day the government man murdered Joseph. Hiro doesn't want to. What if they step on some butterflies? Nevertheless, Hiro's power takes control and teleports them.
Angela tries to invoke the family's Thanksgiving rituals, but Nathan's having none of it, insisting that Angela own up to her part in his death. Knowing her sons won't understand her actions, Angela begs them to keep open minds. Sylar was going to kill the President. The brothers had flown off to the hotel to stop him. In her dreams, Angela saw Nathan fight for his life, before being saved by Matt Parkman. Panicked, Angela dragged Matt to the hotel, but Nathan was already dead. Angela tearfully admits to making Matt do what happened next. Angela insists that Nathan is still Nathan, despite the corpse, and lifts her glass to toast her family. No one joins in.
Back in D.C., H.R.G. raises an awkward toast to Lauren; without her, they'd be eating Japanese take-out. Lauren breaks the ice, asking Sandra how she and Doug met. Doug explains that Miss Lovegood fell in love at first sight with Mr. Muggles when they met at the groomers. Sandra volleys back, asking Lauren how she met H.R.G. When Lauren explains that they worked together at Primatech, Sandra clarifies. Does Lauren mean the paper company or that other thing? Or is Sandra stumbling upon something she's not meant to remember? Insisting Sandra's not stumbling on anything, H.R.G. tries to turn everyone's attention to the food.
Trying to get festive, Doug invokes one of his family traditions. Everyone goes around the table, telling what they're thankful for. Doug's grateful for the two women in his life, Miss Lovegood, and his beautiful Sandy. Claire knows she should be thankful, but just isn't feeling it right now. H.R.G. explains that Gretchen moved out, surprising Sandra. Doug butts in: Claire's so likable - why would her roomie move out? Claire explodes. Doug doesn't know anything about her, and she's thinking about quitting school.
Presiding over the Thanksgiving table, Samuel instantly notices that Lydia is missing. Eight weeks ago, Lydia and Hiro eavesdrop as Samuel confronts Joseph. Why has Joseph betrayed him, and kept Samuel under his thumb all this time? Joseph confesses. Samuel is dangerous. He has the power to eradicate cities, mountains and millions of people. Joseph's dedicated his entire life to keeping Samuel in check; maybe it's time he let go.
Samuel encourages Joseph to drop the burden of controlling him; he wants to see Chandra's film. Joseph claims it's too late; he told Mohinder to burn it. Furthermore, he's made arrangements for a government man to take Samuel away. Filled with rage, Samuel hurls a rock at Joseph's throat, killing him. Instant rage becomes instant regret. Samuel is trying to figure out what he's done, when a twig snaps. Hiding nearby in the wheat grass, Hiro and Lydia struggle to disappear before Samuel finds them. Samuel misses them by a millisecond, but knows that someone was there...
H.R.G. wants to know if Claire's decision stems from everything that went on with Gretchen and Becky. And has Claire thought out her next move? What about the 40 grand he just paid the school? Or is this all about what Samuel said? Maybe it is. Claire can't lie anymore, and she's a freak, and people don't like freaks. Despite protests, Doug butts in. What Claire is feeling is perfectly normal; everyone feels like they don't fit in at some point in life. It will blow over. Fed up, Claire grabs the carving knife, slices her arm, and heals. Doug faints, and dinner is officially in ruins.
Hiro and Lydia pop back to the present, where Thanksgiving dinner is underway. Lydia is resolved to tell everyone what they saw. Despite Hiro's pleading for Charlie's safety, she feels there's more at stake, and turns to talk to Edgar. Samuel sidles up to pick a piece of wheat grass out of Lydia's hair. Where have they been? It doesn't matter, they must be starved. Samuel drags everyone to the Thanksgiving table.
Lauren and Sandra bond over Doug, who's still passed out. Sandra doesn't know what's been going on between H.R.G. and Claire. Lauren suggests that dinner was H.R.G.'s way of letting Claire know she has a family that loves her. H.R.G. pulls Claire into his office, where she's surprised to see his wall of research on Samuel and the Carnival. H.R.G. explains. These are not good people, and she's going to have to trust him on this. And why did Claire cut herself? An argument is just about to get underway, when Gretchen knocks at the door with apologies for being late.
Angela tries to serve pie, but Nathan takes the floor. He's not Nathan. Suddenly, Nathan is overwhelmed by strange powers which completely overtake him. Peter grabs hold of Angela, protecting her from the onslaught, as Nathan's morphing body writhes on the ground in agony. Finally, Sylar emerges, laconic as ever, and starving. He sits, snaps a napkin around his neck, and TKs the remaining Petrellis, locking them into seated positions at the table.
Samuel presides over the Thanksgiving table. The future is here, and will be greater than Joseph ever imagined. And the person who killed Joseph is sitting among them! Edgar blurts out that Lydia and Hiro saw Samuel kill Joseph, so Samuel turns the tables, accusing Edgar of the same murder. Hiro freezes time to keep them from killing each other - he needs Samuel to find Charlie - and urges Edgar to speed off to fight another day.
Having finished off an entire pie, Sylar's hunger turns to Angela, who's raised the bar on evil incarnate. After giving her a deep kiss on the lips, Sylar starts cutting open Angela's forehead, but is somehow unable to proceed. Peter and Angela realize Nathan is fighting back. It's a glimmer of hope, but they urge him to fight on. After much morphing back and forth, Nathan re-emerges. Asking, "What have you done to me?" He dives through a window and flies off.
Gretchen and Claire catch up as the evening wraps up. Gretchen's new roommate is a dull slob, and no one's tried to kill her for days now. Claire suggests that half of her room is still available, even though Gretchen surely doesn't want to move back in. Actually, Gretchen does. Out of all the people she's met at college so far, Claire's the only one that makes sense. On the way out, Lauren gives H.R.G. her number. H.R.G. asks Claire to take some time and think about her choices, but Claire's already decided to go back to class on Monday. She thanks him for calling Gretchen, then rushes off to join her.
Gretchen waits in the car for Claire, ready to head back to the dorm. But Claire has something else in mind... Pulling out the compass she swiped from her father's office, Claire wants to find where it leads. It's okay if Gretchen isn't up for it, since they might run into Becky there. Gretchen admits that Becky's not one of her faves. But Claire is, so she's game.
Knowing that Hiro saved Edgar, Samuel accuses him of putting Charlie in danger. Hiro stands up to Samuel. He needs to reveal Charlie's whereabouts, or Hiro will leave - then Samuel will be the one who's lost. Samuel motions to Damian, who steps out of the shadows to take hold of Hiro's head. After a flash of memories, Hiro is totally unglued. Saying, "Must rescue Watson. Beam me up Scotty," Hiro disappears. Freaked out, Samuel demands to know what Damian has done!
Back in New York, Peter tends to Angela's bleeding forehead. Angela thinks it's all over, reaching Nathan is no longer possible. Peter is determined to go after Nathan. Nothing's impossible! No one wants Sylar dead more than Peter. The only thing Peter wants more, is to see his brother alive.