|First aired:||February 5, 2007|
|Written by:||Michael Green|
|Directed by:||Jeannot Szwarc|
|Previous episode:||The Fix|
- Claude helps Peter deal with his distractions.
- Claire meets her birth mother.
- Hiro faces his father and sister.
- Sylar encounters Mrs. Bennet while continuing his quest for Claire's power.
- Simone and Isaac speculate about their future.
- Niki's attempt to control Jessica takes some surprising turns.
|Kimiko Nakamura · Port Washington Harbor · Meredith Gordon's home · Claire's necklace|
Peter continues to work with Claude to learn to control his powers. For Peter's first lesson, Claude says that he must learn to hold onto an ability when the person he absorbed from isn't around. To test this, Claude steals a lady's purse, hands it to Peter, and leaves. The woman turns around and sees Peter in the broad daylight.
Tick-tock goes a metronome as Dr. Witherson asks a chained Niki to let her speak with Jessica. As Niki recounts her childhood and her memories of her sister, Jessica emerges and rips off the chains as though they were made from paper and lunges at Witherson.
In Texas, Claire tells her mom that she and Zach are skipping school to talk to a marine biologist at an aquarium for their manatee paper. However, their real destination is the town of Kermit where her biological mom lives.
At Port Washington Harbor in Long Island, NY, Hiro confronts his austere father and sister. His father wants him to immediately return to Yamagato Industries and accept a job as a new executive vice-president on his way to taking his father's place as CEO. Hiro rejects this offer and explains his true destiny. In response, Hiro's father rips the painting of Hiro fighting the T-Rex into pieces.
Niki comes to and finds Dr. Witherson badly beaten. Prison guards rush in, smack her with a nightstick, and drag her back to her cell.
Claude suggests to Peter that he can't use his abilities without help because he's still stuck in the mentality of being second fiddle and of serving others. The invisible man thinks that all people are rotten and out for themselves. Peter swears that Simone is "different," so to prove his point, Claude suggests they pay her a surprise visit.
As Hiro attempts to repair the painting, his sister Kimiko tells him that he has brought shame to their family. Kimiko informs him that there are problems at Yamagato Industries and shareholders are saying that if his father can't manage his own son, he can't manage the business.
Claire and Zach find that her bio-mom, Meredith, lives in a trailer park.
Sylar has arrived at the Bennets' home in Odessa posing as a deliveryman from Primatech. Sandra graciously accepts him into her house and even invites him to stay for dinner.
Claire and her mom awkwardly get to know each other. Meredith fills her daughter in on her many travels through Mexico and how she just got back to Kermit a couple months before. Claire demonstrates how she may have survived the fire by cutting her arm and healing right before her mom's eyes. Her mom then holds up her palm and lights a fire with the power of her mind.
Sandra starts getting suspicious when Sylar continues to ask weird questions about Claire. When Sandra says she wants to check with her husband about dinner, Sylar responds by using his powers to knock the phone out of her hand. As he goes in for the kill, Mr. Bennet and the Haitian arrive; Mr. Bennet shoots and appears to hit Sylar. Sylar goes running and Mr. Bennet gives the order for the Haitian to kill Sylar. Sylar gets away and Mr. Bennet has the Haitian erase Sandra's memory again.
In Kermit, Claire asks Meredith about her father. "That's complicated," Meredith tells her, holding out the information until "next time."
Simone finds Isaac on the roof of her father's building. Isaac believes this rooftop is somehow connected to what's happening. He doesn't think there's any hope for the future, but she tells him that "I believe in you," as she stands close to him, unaware that Claude and Peter are watching this intimate moment.
Hiro tells Kaito that he will accept the Executive Vice-President position, and immediately begins issuing orders for the consolidation of all management to Tokyo. When Kimiko protests, Hiro rebuffs by claiming rights by virtue of his new title. Kimiko yells and references her own experience. Hiro smiles and states that this proves that she should be the one to succeed Kaito instead of Hiro.
Niki is surprised by a visit from Aron Malsky, a lawyer for Linderman. Malsky tells her that she's going home because the charges against her have been dropped - the D.A. threw out the entire case when a man on death row confessed to the crimes.
Claude hammers away at Peter's idealism, which only makes the young man angry. When Peter reaches a boiling point, the invisible man tells him the only thing he has to do is fly. With that, he pushes Peter off the roof...only Peter doesn't fly. He smashes into a taxicab 30 stories below, but miraculously, Peter regenerates.
Realizing that he needs to remember people — not forget them — to call up their powers, he suddenly starts frenetically duplicating many powers at once, including Isaac's precognition, causing him to see visions of himself exploding again. Claude knocks him out.
Isaac paints Peter sitting next to the cab, half his limbs invisible. He calls Mr. Bennet with the news that Peter may be invisible. He asks Mr. Bennet what this means. "It means an old friend isn't quite as dead as we thought he was."
Hiro's father decides to make Kimiko his successor. Hiro awkwardly embraces his father and accepts ribbing from his older sister. Ando tries to embrace Kimiko as well, but she declines, giving instead a traditional Japanese bow.
As Micah calls for his newly exonerated mother back at their house, it appears that Jessica is now firmly in control and now Niki is trapped.
When Claire and Zach finally gets home, her mom chastises them for skipping school. Claire reminds her about the conversation they had about skipping school and going to the aquarium, but Sandra has no memory of it. A look of confusion crosses her face, and Claire realizes that her memory has been erased by The Haitian.
Meredith gets hold of her telephone and says her daughter is still alive. And on the other end is Claire's biological father — Nathan Petrelli.
"That was for the hair cut."
- - Sylar
"This city took me in. Everything important that ever happened to me happened here. Good. Bad. You. And now it's all gonna be destroyed because I can't stop it."
"It means that an old friend isn't quite as dead as we thought he was."
"You threw me off of a thirty story building! If I didn't regenerate, I'd be dead!"
"You are awfully interested in my daughter."
"Well, ever since I seen what she can do, I guess you could say I'm a... fan. She's really quite gifted."
"Oh, you've been to a game?"
"Yeah, I guess I have. I just couldn't get over those irresistible... talents of hers."
"For this you leave your job, take an unauthorized vacation. Gorge yourself on hamburgers and waffles."
"Waffles are very good. You would like them."
"No, Hiro. I would not."
- Kaito Nakamura's Limo bears the license plate number NCC-1701, which is the registry number of the USS Enterprise in the classic series Star Trek. Kaito Nakamura is played by George Takei, who played Helmsman Sulu on that series.
- Peter says to Claude Rains, "You threw me off of a 30-story building! If I didn't regenerate, I'd be dead!" This is possibly a reference to Doctor Who: the Doctor (whose ninth incaranation was played by Christopher Eccleston) has the ability to regenerate.
- In an interview, Nate Goodman lists Kurosawa's High and Low as an influence for Hiro and Kaito's scenes by Port Washington Harbor. He lists '70s New York films (like The French Connection and Serpico) as the inspiration for scenes focusing on Peter and Claude.
- The story of what happened to Sylar after he was shot by Mr. Bennet is explained in the graphic novel Road Kill.
- As of this episode, Peter starts to manifest abilities on his own, thanks to Claude's training.
- For images from Distractions, see images from Distractions.
- For the transcript from Distractions, see the Distractions transcript.
- For storyboards from the scene in which Peter is impaled on a taxi, see here.
- For an interview in which director of photography Nate Goodman discusses his work on Distractions, see here.