Season 3 Episode 5

Angels and Monsters

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 13, 2008 on NBC
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Episode Summary


Claire decides to take on one of the villains herself, but she may not be as invulnerable as she believes. Nathan and Tracy search for the truth about their origins. Maya makes a shocking discovery. Hiro and Ando look for help in the most unlikely places.

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  • This is getting real old, real fast. Spoiler warning

    This show is really starting to annoy me. It's like an ADD 6 year old is writing the story. The second any sort of answers are given, the show throws a million more questions. Random heroes with random powers are constantly being thrown into the mix, no one knows the intentions of anyone else, good characters are being mislead and evil characters are masquerading as good. When the hell will this story ever become cohesive and solid? If we have to wait until the very last episode of the season before we get any answers, this series can just die. While I will continue to watch this show, I will do so being extremely annoyed. The writers have managed to hook me, but I hate them for what they're doing. Is this series going to be a never ending attempt to change the future? And will we be constantly harassed with every single damn character being both good and evil? Jesus, i thought until today that Hiro was the one pure-hearted person in all of this. Of course, i'm sure the writers have come up with some BS to make Ando die but then again not die. And some of the power's they're introducing are just stupid. Puppet master? Thats the same as telekinesis, just that it only works on people. This series is going downhill really fast, and I hope people are starting to realize that if this keeps going the way it is, Heroes will be one big failure.moreless
  • Great Episode

    I just finished watching this episode 25 minutes ago and I thought that it was a great episode. There was a lot of things in it that I really liked and that I thought were really cool. I liked almost every storyline in this episode including the one with Hiro, Ando and Adam Monroe and Hiro stabbing Ando so that he could join Knox and Daphne; the one with Claire helping the guy who could create black holes and what happened when Sylar and Noah came to save her. I especially liked finding out that Daphne was able to see Mr. Linderman and how she and Nathan could see him. I also liked the reveal of Mr. Petrelli and the reveal of Maury Parkman manipulating Daphne and Nathan. The thing that I liked the most though was the little preview of a new villian that they showed called the "puppet man". I'm very interested to see what is going to come of this new character. I don't really like the way Mohinder is going so far but hopefully it gets better for him. Overall I thought that this episode was great and I can't wait for next weeks episode.moreless
  • Severely disappointing episode.

    Severely disappointing episode. So season 3 is about villains, right? Or are there still heroes on this show? 'Cause I'm having a hard time telling who the heroes are anymore or if they even exist.

    The scene with Ando's death was shocking and ultimately unsatisfying as they cut away and didn't address the effects of what Hiro just did. Was it a fake-out? Did Hiro manipulate time to trick the thugs? By next week, if we find out Ando is still alive - will we care? I'll be glad to find Ando is alive and well (if that happens), but what was the point besides being shocking...

    I'm this close to giving up on this show. The acting and production quality are still at a high level, but the writing is frankly disappointing.

    By the way, can we just kill Mohinder and jettison the Dr. Jekyll mad scientist storyline?

    Considering the strong opening for season 3, the subsequent episodes have fallen sharply in quality of the story.moreless
  • Awesome episode. Peter is getting out of control with Syler's power. Mr. Parkman and Mr. Petrilli are behind everything, but daddy Petrilli is the boss behind everyone. Daphne, Knox, Maury, Arthur, and Hiro are apart of Pinehurst Co.moreless

    Hiro killing Ando? I highly doubt it. Theory 1: Hiro goes back in time and somehow saves him. Theory 2: Mr. Parkman is behind this, and creates an illusion of Hiro killing Ando.

    I am also predicting that Maya is not dead from creepy Mohinder. Nathan and Tracy are going to meet up with Mohinder in the next episode. I don't get the point of Mohinder going out and killing that drug dealer, kind of random.

    HRG really wants Syler dead. Even though Claire hates Syler, she is starting to not trust HRG too.

    Overall, I cannot wait for the next episode, more and more heroes are coming together and it is going to be exciting!!!moreless
  • awesome

    Seriously, people need to get back to watching Heroes. Tonight was a fine example of this action-packed, suspenseful show that brings plenty more revelations, surprises, and adventure. Peter returns from the future, enraged by Sylar's power, and starts to attack Sylar himself. Angela comes in to stop the brotherly quabble and Peter is incensed that yes, Angela unfortunately didn't tell him that Sylar was in fact his brother. With Sylar's power, he tries to kill his mother but amazingly, Sylar steps in and saves the day. It's a major role reversal to have Sylar trying to turn into a hero and Peter beginning to turn into a villain. In good time, Noah asks for Sylar's help in trying to locate a Sector Five villain. Claire closes in on her first villain and it's revealed the guy isn't really that bad, he made a terrible mistake in judgement while discovering his powers and The Company decided to step in and contain him. It's a revelation for Claire who realizes that not every "villain" is heartless and pulls back from what's starting to become her future self. The guy's power, some sort of vortex dimension black-hole ability, was amazing to watch. Noah and Sylar close in on the same villain and Claire gets to see good-old Uncle Sylar again but this time he saves her but Claire's still furious over what he did to her. She doesn't know yet he's her uncle. Claire's real mother decides to go find her but stumbles into the wrong and even more dangerous villain. It's revealed Daphne is working for Linderman/NotLinderman and he wants her to recruit heroes for their purpose. Nathan and Tracey continue their budding relationship but it takes a backseat when Angela admits that Tracey was part of an experimentation with triplets Nikki and the mysterious and for-now absent, Barbera, and Nathan's ability wasn't genetic but was injected into him too. Luckily or unluckily, Peter and Sylar's abilties seem to be the natural deal. Mohinder sinks deeper and deeper into the monster shown in the future and now, he's starting to harvest people into coccoons like a bug. Too bad Maya found out and now, she's currently on the menu. Hiro and Ando reach an uneasy truce with Adam/Kensei; it was funny seeing Hiro reach the upperhand with Adam over and over. Adam shows them to a bar to get information to who is behind the formula-stealing but Hiro gets clocked due to Adam's traditional drinking problem and Adam escapes. Daphne meets up with Hiro and Ando and invites Hiro to join what should be seen as the league of villains. An evil and teammember Knox forces Hiro to kill Ando and Ando is last seen bleeding to the ground. Luckily, I don't think Ando is dead or will be dead for very long. Hiro wouldn't be the same without Ando and it seemed out of character for Hiro to kill his friend and I'm thinking it was part of a plan. The seeming-like murder upsets Daphne because she didn't want anyone dead, she just wanted a paying gig. Angela forsees the real villain and of course, it's none other than Father Petrelli, a guy I believed on season one was dead. Daphne discovers Linderman isn't real but she'll keep going as long as she's paid. And now, Fake Linderman wants her to look for Matt, who's still in Africa trying to look for her. Finally, it's revealed who and what Fake Linderman is and it's Matt's daddy Maury up to his old illusionist tricks. However, his overseerer is of course Father Peterelli, hooked up on lifesupport. His powers seem to be telepathic and he is well enough to try and take over the world. If Angela's vision is true, he'll be up and around in no time. Finally, Vortex-powered guy is harrassed by Noah looking to kill Sylar and sadly, takes his own life before he takes someone else's. Sylar tries to turn Claire away from Noah and a side smirk makes it appear that Sylar's not all-good yet and Claire finally sees how ambigiously moral her dad is. Now, she has to worry about her real mother that went after her, only to be placed in a sick, literal, puppetmaster's game. The episodes ends with Maya stuck in a coccoon, Peter still incompacitated, Nathan and Tracey reeling from Angela's news, Sylar and Noah butting heads, Claire on her way to rescue her mother, Hiro joining the villain's league, hero and villain character sides blurred, and the return of evil dad Petrelli. The Petrellis definitely wrote the book on dysfunction. The episode was exciting, action-packed, revealing, and surprising. And there is a whole lot more to come.moreless
Andre Royo

Andre Royo

Stephen Canfield

Guest Star

Ron Perkins

Ron Perkins

Arthur's Doctor

Guest Star

Matt Wiese

Matt Wiese


Guest Star

Ashley Crow

Ashley Crow

Sandra Bennet

Recurring Role

Malcolm McDowell

Malcolm McDowell

Daniel Linderman

Recurring Role

Jessalyn Gilsig

Jessalyn Gilsig

Meredith Gordon

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Daphne arrives at Pinehearst late in the episode, when Linderman says "You're late, have you completed your task?", Daphne turns. As she turns and walks you can see a crew member in the upper right-hand corner.

    • The opening narration for this episode, usually by Mohinder, is done by Nathan.

    • Powers Developments:
      Stephen Canfield: Canfield can generate vortexes that permanently make objects disappear off the face of the earth.
      Eric Doyle: Doyle can physically control people's actions, puppet-like, by mimicking the motions he wants them to make.

    • Symbol appearance - The Pinehearst logo contains the symbol, as half of the DNA helix.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Hiro: Every hero hits a slump now and then.
      Ando: Slump? Are you kidding? We are the worst heroes ever.
      Hiro: Don't talk like that, Ando.
      Ando: First we lost the formula. Then we lost the speedster. Then we lost Adam Monroe-
      Hiro: We've made mistakes, but we can't lose heart. The world is depending on us.
      Ando: The world is screwed.

    • Noah: (to Claire) I know you're disappointed, but I did what I had to do. For us.
      Sylar: She doesn't believe a word you're saying. She knows exactly what you did back there, why you didn't take down Stephen Canfield when you had the chance.
      Noah: Nobody's talking to you.
      Sylar: Claire finally sees you for what you are. A user. Isn't that right, Claire? (to Noah) You used her to try to find that poor man, then you used him to try to kill me, because to you, I'm nothing but a monster. (to Claire) He doesn't see our humanity, Claire. He never will.

    • Nathan: (opening voiceover) It's all happening so fast. My life is a speeding train and I'm not sure where it's headed. One thing is certain, I've been given a second chance, touched by God and I've got to believe that he has a purpose for my life. So why am I filled with self-doubt? Plagued by demons, real and imaginary? Frightened by the challenges ahead, and haunted by the ghosts of my past? Does God know what I am? Do I? Am I an angel, or a monster? A hero, or a villain? And why can't I see the difference?

    • Knox: You're the one with the powers?
      Hiro: Yes. I control time and space.
      Knox: Cool.

    • Claire: Mom.
      Sandra: Claire! Thank God. I was so worried. Are you okay? Because if you are, you are so grounded.

    • Hiro: We are bad asses now!
      Ando: Yes! Very bad ass!

    • Hiro: (in Japanese) He said look tough. Not like Mr. Roboto.
      Ando: (in Japanese) This is my tough guy walk.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Airdates:
      Australia: October 30, 2008 on Channel 7/Prime
      Latin America: December 12, 2008 on Universal Channel
      Israel: January 20, 2009 on Yes Stars Action
      India: January 20, 2009 on Star World
      Belgium: March 26, 2009 on VT4
      Germany: September 30, 2009 on RTL II
      Finland: March 6, 2010 on Sub
      Czech Republic: July 2, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: July 17, 2012 on Markiza

    • David Anders is billed as Special Guest Star.


    • Adam Monroe: This bar is the go-to destination of specials for hire.
      Hiro: Just like the cantina!
      This is an allusion to the Mos Eisley Cantina scene in Star Wars: Episode IV, where Obi-Wan and Luke go to hire a pilot to take them to Alderaan.