Episode:The Hard Part
|The Hard Part|
|First aired:||May 7, 2007|
|Written by:||Aron Eli Coleite|
|Directed by:||John Badham|
|Previous episode:||Five Years Gone|
- Hiro and Ando attempt to stop Sylar.
- Sylar returns home to visit his mother.
- Ted, Matt, and Mr. Bennet continue their journey to New York to disable the Company's tracking system.
- Mohinder joins Thompson and searches for a cure for Molly Walker.
- D.L. and Jessica look for Micah.
- Peter tries to persuade Claire to stay and help him prevent the explosion.
- When his resolve in Linderman's plan falters, Nathan receives encouragement from a surprising source.
|Virginia Gray · Virginia's snow globes · Clairvoyance · Kirby Plaza · Kirby Plaza building · Shanti virus · Claire's gun · St. Louis · Used car lot|
Meanwhile, Mr. Bennet, Ted and Matt stop at a car lot to get a car to take them to NYC. Mr. Bennet stops Matt from phoning home to his wife, explaining that they need to protect the ones they love by not getting them involved. Ted defrosts and starts a car with his power of induced radioactivity and they leave.
Sylar is still at Isaac's loft painting the future, and visualizes that he will take Ted's powers to become the bomb that kills approximately half of NYC. Sylar then phones Mohinder for help, trying to understand why he would do such a thing. Rather than help him, Mohinder hurriedly attempts to call 911 on his cellphone while keeping Sylar on the line, but Sylar notices this with his enhanced hearing and hangs up.
At the Sanders' home in Las Vegas, D.L. discovers that Linderman has abducted Micah, and leaves for the Corinthian Casino in search of him. As he leaves, Niki, who is still being suppressed by Jessica, convinces her to accompany D.L. and protect him.
Meanwhile, Candice talks on the phone to Linderman, who convinces her to stay and continue "babysitting" Micah. She returns to her disguise as Niki, and tells Micah that they need to help Linderman after all they have done.
Outside, Mohinder meets with Thompson, who asks if Mohinder has considered working for the Company. Mohinder tells him that they will work for him instead, as he has what they need to stop Sylar. Mohinder reminds Thompson that they raided his father's apartment in Chennai and planted Eden as a spy, and that he has the formula. Thompson accepts, and shows him into the building.
They enter a room, and Thompson tells Mohinder that he needs to meet Molly Walker, whom Mohinder recognizes from the list. Thompson tells Mohinder that his father led Sylar directly to Molly's parents, orphaning her. Thompson states that they protect evolved humans. Mohinder notices a problem with her blood, and Thompson says that Mohinder is capable of helping Molly as there has been one other case of the virus - Shanti Suresh. Thompson reveals that Molly is the only one capable of stopping Sylar.
Sylar makes another call to an unknown person, who apparently agrees to meet with him.
Hiro and Ando arrive while Sylar is preparing to leave. They notice Isaac's dead body and hear Sylar in the next room, so they hide behind one of Sylar's recently finished paintings. Hiro looks at Sylar and realizes who he is by comparing Sylar to his depiction in the comic book. A nervous Ando gulps, drawing Sylar's attention. Sylar hears their heartbeats and approaches the painting, but just before Sylar telekinetically moves the painting away, Hiro teleports himself and Ando to a convenience store next door. Ando convinces Hiro that he must kill Sylar for the good of the city, and they follow him as he leaves Isaac's apartment.
D.L. and Jessica go to Linderman's casino looking for Micah, phasing through walls until they appear in his private gallery. They discover that Linderman has been keeping tabs on their family for years through personal records and Isaac's paintings, and conclude that they are some sort of science experiment for Linderman. They also find that Linderman left for NYC and decide to follow him there to continue their search.
Mohinder introduces himself to Molly, and asks to take some blood. He says that he wants to stop Sylar, whom Molly calls "the bogeyman" and thinks is unstoppable. Mohinder mentions that he knows that Molly has an ability, and she says that she can find anybody in the world, but it doesn't work due to her virus.
At the Petrelli mansion, Peter tries to convince Claire to stay in New York to help stop the explosion; Claire mentions that Peter's potential exploding is like Ted Sprague's ability. Claire explains to Peter and Nathan about what happened with Ted in Odessa. Peter tells Nathan to call the FBI to find Ted. Afterwards, with Claire and Peter out of earshot, Nathan calls Linderman and tells him that he thinks they have a problem.
As Sylar arrives at his destination, Hiro and Ando sneak around to a window to keep an eye on him. They are surprised to discover that the person Sylar is visiting is his mother, Virginia Gray, who seems happy to see him and is quite unaware of his recent activities. He decides to fix one of his father's old clocks, and his mother laments on how watchmaking is not a real profession; she suggests that he become an investment banker instead. He asks his mother to accept his desire to remain a normal watchmaker, but his mother refuses, saying she knows Sylar is special enough to be President if he wanted.
Later, Nathan speaks with Thompson in his campaign office, talking about Ted, the election and the impending explosion. Nathan becomes upset about not being told everything and expresses his lack of conviction for Linderman's plan. Peter and Claire arrive to visit Nathan, but Claire sees Thompson through the shades and refuses to enter for fear of being caught. She explains to Peter that her adoptive father, Mr. Bennet, used to worked for Thompson, and endangered himself so that she could escape. Peter says that he is worried as he might not be able to contain Ted's power. Peter and Claire leave the headquarters.
Meanwhile, Micah discovers that Candice is impersonating his mom. He tries to escape, but Candice changes the appearance of the corridors such that he cannot find a way out. He asks who Candice is and how she did that, and she tells him to behave, otherwise she will show him things that will "mess him up".
Sylar decides to show his mother just how special he is by creating a snow globe combining his powers of freezing and telekinesis. His mother is very impressed; but when he accidentally cuts her with one of the snow globes, she gets upset and locks herself in her bedroom.
Mohinder becomes increasingly frustrated as he tries to find a cure for Molly's condition. He searches his father's records for a cure he supposedly developed months after Shanti's death. While cleaning up various files with Molly's help, Mohinder finds an old picture of his parents and sister, with his mother clearly pregnant. Mohinder mentions that this is the first time he's ever seen his sister, and promises to Molly that he will be able to help her; in return she gives him a small drawing of a star for "protection".
Back at Mrs. Gray's apartment, Hiro is again having doubts about killing Sylar, saying he cannot kill a man begging for forgiveness. Ando succeeds in convincing Hiro to act now by showing him a page from the comic that Future Hiro had torn out: a page showing Ando being killed by Sylar. Inside, Sylar tries to convince his mother to leave her bedroom, as she cries alone, scared of her son. He tells her of his prophecy and how he is worried that he will end up killing a lot of people, wanting answers behind it. His mother leaves her bedroom, but she orders him to leave the house, believing that he is "damned". She grabs a pair of scissors to defend herself as he tries to calm her, and is stabbed in the ensuing struggle.
As she begins to fall, Hiro freezes time, enters the room prepares to kill Sylar; before he can deliver a killing blow, time resumes and Sylar catches the sword in his hand. Sylar orders Hiro to kill him, but senses his hesitation and threatens to kill Hiro instead, freezing the sword as he speaks. Just then, Ando bursts through the door, distracting Sylar long enough for Hiro to teleport them both away. Sylar reacts in shock to his mother's death.
Mohinder finally realizes that the healthy antibodies in his blood can counteract Molly's illness; Mohinder himself was the cure of which his father wrote. He tells Molly he was born too late to help his sister, but not too late to save her.
Hiro and Ando appear in Isaac's loft. Hiro believes he has failed Ando. It is only then that the two notice that Hiro's sword has snapped in two during the encounter.
In the Petrelli mansion, Peter searches for something in the drawers. He walks into the hallway and sees Claire carrying two suitcases. He tells her he knows how she can save the world. Peter gives Claire a gun and asks her to use it to kill him if he ever gets out of control. He also shows Claire his sketchbook, containing drawings of the explosion and a picture Claire confirms to be Ted. Peter recognizes the location of the drawing.
After Thompson leaves Nathan's campaign office, his mother arrives. Angela reveals to Nathan that Linderman called her and asked her to talk to Nathan to ensure that he will see the plan through. She also reveals to Nathan that she knew the details of the plan long before he did, and that it is not just Linderman's plan, but a work that has been prepared by many. She fully expects him to cooperate to ensure a better future, and to "be the one they need".
Sylar uses his mother's blood to make a mural of the explosion on the ground using Isaac's precognition, rambling about "being special" and the presidency, foreshadowing the events of the future Hiro experienced.
Leaving the Petrelli mansion, Peter and Claire run into Matt, Mr. Bennet and Ted on the street--the same location as in Peter's drawing. As Claire and Mr. Bennet enjoy a tearful reunion, Peter unknowingly absorbs Ted's ability and struggles to control it.
"Don't worry, New York! We will save you!"
- - Hiro
"I understood it before the killing. I had a reason: to take what others didn't deserve. It was natural selection."
"You're different from the other doctors. They're much better at this."
"What if I told you I can be special? Important? But to do it I'd have to hurt a lot of people. Should I?"
"You? You could never hurt anyone."
"There's a lot of things I can do that you don't know about."
"My destiny is to shoot you? The universe cannot be that lame."
"When I met you, I finally felt like I was a part of something."
"That's funny: I thought the same thing when I met you."
- Santiago Cabrera is credited for playing Isaac's corpse.
- While Peter looks for the gun, a CD can be seen. The album called Background Music T00, features tracks such as "Glamorous Worlds", "Fly with Me" or "Music to Fly".
- In a Q&A session, writers Aron Coleite and Joe Pokaski noted the influence that The Manchurian Candidate had on Angela's speech in Nathan's office about the need for New York City to explode.
- In the Spanish subtitles for this episode, when Matt and Noah discuss the Walker system, the phrase is translated as "the girl" instead of "the Walker system". The Spanish subtitles translate Noah's speech as "The Company has a tracking system. It's a girl that doesn't rely on isotopes and satellites." Also, the Spanish subtitles translate Matt's reply as "That's fine, we go to New York, and eliminate the girl."
- The title of the episode, The Hard Part refers to Hiro's line at the end of Five Years Gone where he states "and now the hard part", referring to his and Ando's mission to kill Sylar and change the future.
- For images from The Hard Part, see images from The Hard Part.
- For the transcript from The Hard Part, see the The Hard Part transcript.