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Brother's Keeper
Season: Four
Episode number: 409
First aired: November 16, 2009
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Written by: Rob Fresco
Mark Verheiden
Directed by: Bryan Spicer
Previous episode: Shadowboxing
Next episode: Thanksgiving
Heroes Interactive transcript


  • Hiro is ordered by Samuel to retrieve a film in order to rescue Charlie.
  • Tracy loses control over her ability, and Claire helps her.
  • Peter finds out the truth of his brother's death, because of René.
  • Matt, now healed by Peter, continues working using his ability.
  • Sylar is now, along with Nathan's memories, in his old body.

Story Development

Joseph Sullivan



At the carnival, Hiro is studying Charlie's name tag and Samuel comes over. Hiro demands that he return Charlie, but Samuel says that Hiro can free her by doing what Samuel wants. He explains that eight weeks ago, he met a man who had something that he wanted from 1961. Samuel explains that dead man is Mohinder Suresh. Hiro knows who Mohinder is and says he can find him, but Samuel says he needs Hiro to go back eight weeks to a hotel room in Texas and save the film before he destroys it. Once Hiro gives Samuel the film, he'll set Charlie free. Hiro warns that he isn't sure if he can time travel any more, and Samuel warns that he'll have to try very hard if he wants to save Charlie's life.

Nine weeks ago in Chennai, India, Mohinder teaches a student on plate tectonics. Once she goes, Mira Shenoy notes that he makes a good teacher. He offers to make her dinner but Mira shows him the box of his father's work from the 1960s. She says that they have a good life and is disappointed that he hasn't thrown it away, and warns that every time he studies his father's work, it leads to a dark place. Mohinder admits she might be right and places the box in the garbage.

In the present day in Washington, D.C., Tracy looks at a poster advertising the Sullivan Brothers Carnival coming for a limited engagement and looks at the compass that Samuel gave her. The waitress asks if she's okay and Tracy wonders what it would be like to run off and join the carnival. The waitress dismisses the carnival members as freaks and says she can't imagine spending her life in a trailer. Tracy notes the waitress' life isn't any better and then apologizes. As she starts to stress, her power activates and she freezes the mug that she's holding. Tracy quickly runs off.

Peter and Nathan go to his office. Nathan is worried about the fact he woke up in a carnival with no idea of how he got there. Her secretary Elizabeth greets him and Nathan asks for his schedule. As she goes, Pete knows that they were awful casual together. Nathan wonders why nothing happened when he disappeared for a week, and Angela didn't say anything. Nathan admits that he has no idea who he is any more. Elizabeth returns and informs him that Angela claimed that he was going on vacation and asked to clear his schedule. René comes in and tells Nathan to stay away while he talks with Peter. They go out in the hallway and René says that Peter needs to know the truth.

Claire goes to Noah's apartment to do her laundry and discovers that the lock is frozen. She cautiously enters and grabs a knife, and then finds Tracy. Tracy explains that she needs to see Noah and apologizes for freezing the doorknob. She admits that she is losing control of her power and her hand freezes again.

René explains that Angela sent him to wipe Peter's and Nathan's memories, but he says that she's blinded by emotion. Peter notices that he keeps looking at Peter, but René says it's not up to him to reveal Nathan's secret. He gives Peter an address and tells him to go alone, but warns him that what he discovers may be more terrible than he can bear.

In India, nine weeks ago, Mohinder finally gets up and retrieves his father's box, and then takes out a spool of film. He plays it and watches his father make an entry from the Coyote Sands Relocation Center, on March 5, 1961. He talks of a small but measurable force that is dangerous around large number of special persons. It increases exponentially and seismic energy is radiating from a pregnant woman. Chandra plans to document the birth of the child. As he makes the recordings, tremors shake the compound.

Claire gets the rapidly freezing Tracy into a bathtub filled with hot water. Claire goes to get some tea and Tracy tries to relax. The water in the tub freezes and Tracy goes out into the kitchen. She explains what's happening and Claire touches her, only to freeze solid.

At the Store-It-Here in Arlington, VA, Peter takes Nathan to the numbered storage room on the card and opens it. Inside is a large metal case. Inside is a body and Nathan opens it to discover that it's his body. Peter insists it isn't Nathan, but Nathan wonders why René wanted them to see it. Nathan touches the body and has flashes of memory, including a hotel room, Sylar, and an angry Matt saying something. They figure they need to find Matt in Los Angeles to get straight answers.

Tracy tries to haul the frozen Claire to the bathtub but her foot breaks off. Tracy starts crying and Claire heals and gets up. She takes her foot back as they both chuckle.

Nathan goes over his family relics, and admits he doesn't know who he is. Peter insists he's the big brother that let him win races by a nose, arranged his leave to visit, and saved Peter's life several times. Elizabeth comes up with a report on Matt, showing he's in Midland, TX and tried to kill himself. He's now in critical condition and under heavy guard. Peter explains that he can heal people now and suggests they go and save him.

At the carnival, Hiro studies a map of Texas and tries to teleport. Samuel assures him that he has faith in him.

Nine weeks ago in India, Mohinder reads the equations on his father's chalkboard in the film. He assembles a device and then dozes off. Come morning, Mira comes out and wakes him up. He hastily shuts off the film and tries to explain that he's built a sort of compass he can use to trace the energy. Mira says that he's possessed again by the voices in his head, but Mohinder warns that if the child in the film can surround himself with enough other specials, his power could become incredible. Mira tells him that if he disappears again, she won't wait for him. As she leaves, Mohinder contemplates the compass.

Ion the present day at the Midland Hospital, Peter and Nathan arrive and slip into Matt's room. Nathan shuts the blinds and Peter uses his mimicked power to heal Matt. Matt revives and finds himself facing the mental image of Sylar. Sylar say that he only needs one touch to get his body back. Matt yells at him, puzzling the others, and insists that Sylar is in his head and plans to use Matt's telepathy to get his body back. Matt explains that Nathan is dead and he used his telepathy to put Nathan's memories in Sylar's body. Impatient, Sylar takes control of Matt, and then says that Nathan can take his hand and he'll make everything all right. Nathan starts to reach for the restrained Sylar but then backs away. When Sylar continues to insist, Peter threatens to kill him but Nathan uses his telekinesis to shove Peter aside. He says it's okay and that it's time to end it. As Nathan steps forward, a police officer comes in and pulls Nathan away. Nathan's hand briefly brushes Sylar's hand as he telekinetically shoves the officer away. Matt finds himself back in his own body. As he wonders where Sylar is, Nathan grabs Peter and flies out the window.

Mohinder uses the compass to trace the energy to the carnival. He finds Joseph Sullivan counting the evening's profits and says he's looking for Samuel Sullivan. Joseph introduces himself and explains that Samuel is his brother. As they go to his trailer, Mohinder explains his father's theory but Joseph claims he has no idea what Mohinder is talking about. Samuel comes out of the trailer, clearly drunk, and introduces himself to Mohinder. Joseph claims that Mohinder is writing a book on traveling caries and Mohinder plays along. Joseph sends Samuel to help the others and then invites Mohinder inside.

At the hospital, Matt telepathically forces a police officer to take him to a closet and then forget what happened. He then has the officer remove all his clothing.

Nathan flies to the Grand Canyon and Nathan, apparently himself, says he doesn't want to be around people right now. He admits he shoved Peter into a wall and is worried that he could get Peter killed if Sylar is in his head. Peter grabs him and duplicates his power, and insists on going with Nathan wherever he flies.

Mohinder warns Joseph that Samuel is capable of mass destruction. Joseph explains that he's been keeping Samuel in the dark concerning the nature of his power. After they were released from Coyote Sands, Joseph's mother told him the truth about his younger brother. He's kept the carnival small to restrain Samuel's power, and warns Samuel has become a man of great ambition. Joseph tells Mohinder to burn the film and go back to India so they can keep the genie in the bottle. When Mohinder wonders how he can trust Joseph, Joseph says that he's watched over Samuel for 40 years and everything has been fine, and then tells Mohinder he's no longer welcome there. As Mohinder leaves, Joseph takes a drink from a flask. Outside, Samuel watches Mohinder as he goes, having overheard everything.

Memorable Quotes



Character Appearances


  • The films that Mohinder watches of Chandra and Samuel were released before the episode on and were called "Sursh 'Extra' Bits".

See Also

previous: Shadowboxing Brother's Keeper next: Thanksgiving
Season Four
Volume Five: Redemption

Orientation / Jump, Push, FallInkAcceptanceHysterical BlindnessTabula RasaStrange AttractorsOnce Upon a Time in TexasShadowboxingBrother's KeeperThanksgivingThe Fifth StageUpon This RockLet It BleedClose to YouPass/FailThe Art of DeceptionThe WallBrave New World

See Also: Volume One EpisodesVolume Two EpisodesVolume Three EpisodesVolume Four EpisodesVolume Five EpisodesHeroes Reborn EpisodesAll Episodes