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Season: Four
Episode number: 402
First aired: September 28, 2009
Written by: Aron Eli Coleite
Directed by: Roxann Dawson
Previous episode: Orientation / Jump, Push, Fall
Next episode: Acceptance
Heroes Interactive transcript


Story Development

Emma Coolidge · Enhanced synesthesia · Dr. Coolidge · Long Beach, CA · The Sullivans' childhood home



Gretchen tries to get Claire to let her in so they can talk. Claire doesn't respond.

Matt prepares to go to work and picks up his 30-day sobriety chip. He sees Sylar out of the corner of his eye. He turns but Sylar has disappeared.

In his apartment, Peter is putting up another article on his board of people he's saved.

At the Sullivan Brothers Carnival, Samuel is preparing a special bottle of ink and tells Lydia that he's found someone to fill Joseph's attention. He puts on a good suit while talking about his family and how he was raised to be prim and proper until he learned how to use his power to manipulate the earth. Lydia helps him with his tie and says he doesn't have to leave, but Samuel insists it's his responsibility. Since Joseph has died, Samuel has felt directionless without his compass. Now he has to determine if his new candidate deserves to be with them. He absorbs the mineral ink into his body and Lydia asks if he might go home. Samuel assures her that he left that life and isn't going back.

Peter is preparing for work when a process server arrives to give him a summons.

A woman, Emma, wakes up in the morning thanks to her vibrational alarm clock and prepares for work. She takes care of her cat, places some headphones in her ears, and prepares to leave. She notices a spark of light coming from her kitchen sink, and goes over to find that water is dripping on a spoon. She turns off the dripping faucet and leaves.

In Long Beach, Matt and his partner Mike are watching a suspect's house while waiting for a warrant. Mike assures Matt that everything will be fine, but Matt confesses that he has slipped and started using again. As his partner steps out to receive a call, Sylar appears and insists that he doesn't want to be trapped in Matt's life. Sylar says all Matt has to let him go but Matt insists that he'll pay the price if he has to keep Sylar imprisoned and powerless in his mind. Mike returns and asks if Matt can hold it together. Matt crosses off the 30 on his 30-day chip and says it's a new first day. They break down the door and split up to search the house. Sylar appears wherever Matt looks, trying to distract him. Matt tries to ignore him and Sylar says the drug dealer is in the closet and has a gun. Matt jumps out of the way as the man opens fire, and then captures him as he comes out.

Sylar loves to taunt Matt.

Claire gets another knock on her door. Noah arrives with housewarming presents. She admits she's having trouble adjusting and Noah invites her to lunch. Claire goes to brush her teeth and Gretchen comes into the bathroom to ask if Claire is going to avoid her. Claire insists that she simply lay down on the sidewalk to test Gretchen's theory but Gretchen wonders if she's some kind of alien or government experiment. She follows Claire back to her room and Noah invites Gretchen to join them for lunch, despite Claire's attempts to stop him.

Matt and his partner search the house for the drugs and Sylar taunts Matt to use his powers to read the suspect's mind and find out where the drugs are. Matt goes to search the bathroom and finds Sylar there. Sylar remarks that something in the room doesn't fit. Matt looks around and notices a stuffed rabbit on the floor. Matt examines it as Sylar explains the house isn't used for drugs, but something much worse.

Peter arrives at the hospital and goes to Emma's desk to ask for a report. She does not speak and insists that he must write down his request before she will deal with it. As he signs the papers, he complains about how he's being sued by one of the people he helped. As she moves across the room, Peter notices that her headphones are unplugged. He asks who she's listening to and she realizes that he's talking to her. She knocks over her coffee cup and sees a flare of light as it hits the floor. He helps her pick the pieces up and takes his report. He goes to the room with the person who sued him and finds Samuel there, using the alias "William Hooper." Peter doesn't recognize him but Samuel insists he was on the bus and dislocated his arm. Samuel explains that he's in town because his brother Joseph just died and there are a lot of loose ends to take care of. He explains he can't take care of his family while he's injured. When Peter starts to leave, Samuel suggests he's spread so thin that he forgot but Peter insists he isn't.

Emma meets with a doctor at the hospital and says she's been seeing lights. The doctor notes that her eyes are fine but she might be suffering from synesthesia, a crossover of senses, which in Emma's case means perceiving sounds as colors. The doctor warns that she's disengaged from her work but Emma prefers the quiet. She also prefers not to see the faces of anyone who pities her.

Noah takes Claire and Gretchen to lunch.

Noah takes Gretchen and Claire to an Indian restaurant. As he turns away, Gretchen asks Claire what to do if she doesn't like the food. Claire shows her how to do the napkin trick to hide the food and Gretchen comments she's good at hiding things. Noah asks what Gretchen is studying and she says she's going to start studying human biology. She talks about having watched a YouTube video about a girl who can't feel pain. Noah begins to realize something is going on and Gretchen asks if Claire wants to take that course with her. Claire says she doesn't have to declare until her third year but Gretchen warns that some things are inevitable. Gretchen asks Noah what he does and he says he's retired, but is finding new reasons to go back to work.

Matt's partner goes to check the garage while Matt watches the suspect. Matt then asks Sylar what's going on and Sylar notes that Matt is desperate for love. Matt starts screaming at Sylar, confusing the suspect. Matt searches the place and finds a packing knife and a magazine with missing letters. Finally he finds a ransom note and Sylar asks what he's going to do next.

Gretchen admits the food is good and leaves for the bathroom. Once she's gone, Noah wonders why Claire told Gretchen about his abilities. He says he's going to call the Haitian to erase her memory, but Claire says she doesn't need him to handle her battles. He asks what her plan is and Claire doesn't have anything. However, she threatens not to talk to him again if he calls in the Haitian. Gretchen returns and the Bennets both smile.

Matt shows the suspect the ransom note and demands answers. Under Sylar's prodding, Matt uses his telepathy and discovers the dead body of a girl under the stairs. He goes back and starts beating the suspect, and Matt's partner comes in and wonders what he's doing. He goes to look under the stairs but there's nothing there. Matt realizes that the magazine and the ransom note were more of Sylar's mind games. Sylar explains that he used his own power against him.

Peter is working when Hesam comes in and asks if he's being sued. He informs Peter that Hooper was one of the victims according to the log, and notes that some people are claiming that Peter is setting up the accidents to boost his career. Peter wonders if Hesam thinks that way and his partner notes that he's just the chauffeur and Peter is always there first.

Samuel breaks into Peter's apartment and finds the board with the clippings. He tampers with one of the photos, manipulating the ink to make it appear he was there. Samuel hides and Peter comes in and looks at the newspaper article, and sees Samuel in the photo from the accident.

Emma sees sounds as beautiful colors.

As Claire goes back to her room, Gretchen apologizes for pushing too hard and explains that when she was in junior high, the girls used to tease her because she was bulimic. As Gretchen leaves, Claire admit she wants to trust her but her life has been a series of disasters. However, she doesn't want to keep the secret to herself any more. She tells Gretchen to ask her anything.

Peter finds Samuel in the park and apologizes for missing his injury during the bus incident. He insists on making it right but Samuel says he doesn't need to concern himself. When Peter persists, Samuel asks if he's ever lost a brother. Peter says he became a hospice nurse to help families and Samuel explains that he doesn't want to go home and remember memories of the good times with his brother. Peter counsels him on grief, noting that no one can truly understand someone else's loss of a family member. Peter explains that he became a paramedic to save lives instead of watching them end. Samuel shakes his hand and says Peter is exactly who he thought he would be, and says he'll drop the lawsuit. Peter suggests Samuel visit his home and Samuel agrees.

As Samuel goes, he walks past Emma, eating her supper on a bench. She notices a cellist playing nearby and sees the sound as glowing red energy. When the cellist leaves, she goes over to touch the cello. When she plucks at a string, she sees more lights. She starts playing and generating a light show that only she can see. Despite never having played, she follows the light cues and performs beautifully as everyone in the park looks on, including Peter. He smiles at her as she realizes what she's done, hands the bow to the cellist, and runs off.

Samuel goes to an expensive home, where a party is in progress, and a woman answers the door. He explains that his father used to work there as a butler and his mother as a maid, and that he wants to take a look at the carriage house where they used to live. The woman tells him it's not a good time and goes back inside.

Samuel destroys his childhood home.

Claire explains her power to Gretchen and says she can't get drunk. Gretchen asks if she can see her heal and Claire obliges, giving her a pair of scissors. Gretchen cuts Claire's hand and Claire screams, and then admits she's just kidding. They watch as the wound heals. The phone rings and Claire takes the call in the next room. She tells Noah that she told Gretchen everything and that she won't cut herself off from others with lies. Noah apologizes for being harsh and explains he instinctively tries to protect her, but realizes he can't do it that way any more. He promises he'll always be there for her and he'll let her handle her problems while he worries about himself. As Claire goes back, Gretchen asks if she can borrow a book and Claire says she doesn't have to. She invites her to move in as her roommate.

Matt's partner tries to figure out a way to get out of the situation but says there's no way out and Matt had better get a lawyer. Matt admits it'll ruin his life and then gives Mike the 30-day chip. He concentrates and telepathically tells him to forget everything. Sylar congratulates Matt, saying he's proud of him and threatening to continue his games unless Matt helps him find his body.

Peter and Hesam arrive at the large house that Samuel visited. The entire house has dropped into a sinkhole and bodies are being taken away on stretchers. Samuel is watching from the shadows and notices Peter. He concentrates and a tattoo of a compass appears on Peter's arm, spinning. Peter watches it in horror as Samuel smiles in triumph.

Memorable Quotes

"I draw unwanted attention being myself. I haven't worn a suit since I was a boy. Parents forced us to be prim; binding us to a life of combed hair and shined shoes. And then I discovered I could control the very earth under my feet. And I was liberated. I could be filthy."

- Samuel

"I wish I was a ghost. It would be so much better than this hell. Being stuck in your miserable life. Ugh. I mean, have you seen yourself eat a burrito?"

- Sylar

"So, Mr. Bennet. What do you do?"

"Retired. But I'm always finding new reasons to go back to work."

- Gretchen, Noah

"Not as easy to ignore me as you thought. It's because I ooze charm."

- Sylar (to Matt)

"Today is the first day of the rest of your life."

- Sylar (to Matt)

Character Appearances


  • Because Orientation and Jump, Push, Fall were treated as one chapter without a discernible break between them, the title card of this episode lists it as Chapter Two.
  • The song the cellist plays is the same song that is heard in many of the Sprint commercials.
  • This episode only had five main characters. Previously, there has only been one other episode with just five main characters (Seven Minutes to Midnight), and there is only one with four (Company Man).
  • The Symbol is seen in this episode on a poster opposite Claire's dorm and is reversed.

See Also

previous: Jump, Push, Fall Ink next: Acceptance
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