Season 2 Episode 9

Cautionary Tales

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 19, 2007 on NBC
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Mr. Bennet prepares to move his family when he thinks the Company has found them, but Claire doesn't like the idea. Hiro returns to the present and upon discovering his father's death, travels back in time to stop it. Meanwhile, Matt works to master his new mental abilities.moreless

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  • Great episode!

    Quite sad but a great ending! One of the better episodes...
  • Hiro goes back in time to save his father, Matt tries to solve the murder of Kaito and at the same time control his newfound mental abilities and the Bennets go against the Company with the events painted in Isaac's paintings unfold in front of our eyes.moreless

    Cautionary tales is one cool chapter of the second volume.

    Matt discovers that he can indeed do what his father could and his "pull" quickly becomes "push". Trying to discover the mystery behind Kaito's murder and the connection with his father, Matt interrogates Angela once more but this time he uses his ability to force Angela to tell him the truth. We find out that behind the murders is Adam Monroe that he was locked up thirty years ago because he was dangerous. Matt also discovers Adam can't die and that he is 400 years old. Finally Matt forces Angela to reveal the only other person still alive in the photo and her name is Victoria Pratt. The cautionary tale for Matt might be that what his father has become by using his ability, Matt slowly follows his footsteps.

    Elsewhere, in Tokyo, Hiro is at his father's funeral and refuses to eulogize him because that would be like he is accepting his father's death. So, he travels back in time in hopes of stopping his father's death. In the past, Kaito refuses to be saved by Hiro accepting his fate when Hiro time travels with him to the day his mother's funeral took place. There Hiro tries to show his father how much Kaito hurt. When however Hiro meets little Hiro he realizes that he can't change history and returns his father to his time. In that time, Hiro discovers is father's murderer who is non other than Adam Monroe, Hiro's Takezo Kensei.

    Mohinder meets his new partner Elle, Bob's daughter, who will help him convince Noah to give away his daughter.

    Finally, at the Bennets' house the family is getting ready to move again. All but Claire who wears her cheerleading uniform and heads to school, after a small fight between her and Noah. At school she is approached by Bob who reveals he knows her real identity and scarred Claire runs home. Meanwhile, West takes Noah for a flight in order to know if Claire was conspiring with her father to take him. Noah reveals that Claire wasn't a part of this and she is in love with him. At the Bennets' house, Claire sees the painting of her father's death while Bob shows up, takes Claire and ties Sandra. At a meeting between Noah - West and Mohinder-Elle, Noah hurts Mohinder and takes Elle as a leverage. Bob and Noah agree to make a trade of the girls. At the meeting point, Claire is saved by West until Elle shoots him down and West is saved by Claire instead, Noah shoots Elle and in the end while Noah holds Bob at a gunpoint Mohinder shoots him in the eye. West takes Claire home who tells the news to her mother while we see a nearly dead Noah come back to life with Claire's blood taken by Bob earlier.

    Overall a very exciting episode. I loved the comparison of Claire and Elle something which gets bigger in the next few chapters as well as in an episode of volume 3. Matt's awesome new ability comes in handy from now on in Heroes. The story of Elle as told by Noah is sad but it is the truth. What you should know is that the writers of the show at this point thought of making Elle and Claire sisters by a different father but same mother. The idea however fell through as they didn't have a story to go from there. Regardless, the idea of making only three stories per episode is really great but it didn't catch up in season 3. I've read though that this is happening in volume 5: redemption. We'll see. Key facts: Isaac's paintings have all came true with this episode and so we have no idea what is going to happen in the finale. Also, Hiro's mother is shown at the funeral. She is portraited by a different actress than in volume 3 chapter 12: our father. Enjoy!moreless
  • One of the best Heroes episodes.

    This is my favorite Heroes episode. I especially liked how well Hiro was featured in this one. I think his storyline stole the show as his personal conflict of saving his father took a forefront. I found it interesting that Hiro decided to not change the past and had to make one very hard choice. He let his father go after realizing that everyone has their destiny and that he was just being selfish. His last scene with his father was very sad and touching. Even as a guy, I thought this was particularly moving. In other events, Claire realized that her dad was trying to protect her, but found out too late as Noah was shot. Elle was really good in this episode as she began to realize what her dad was really all about. Overall, this was a fantastic episode and an all time Heroes great. Thank You.moreless
  • The paintings come true.

    Another episode pieced together beautifully. All the paintings that Isaac predicted come true. Mohinder shooting Bennet. I like how West teamed up with Bennet to save Claire. We learn a whole lot more on Elle & how she was experimented when she was a little girl. Pretty sad, really. I don't like how Suresh turned on Bennet. That sucked. Meanwhile Hiro tries to save his father & it turns out Takezo Kensei killed him aka Adam Monroe. That was a shocker. The finals showdown was amazing. Matt uses his powers to control people. His power just gets more & more interesting. Agreat episode!moreless
  • Really emotional stuff in this episode.

    All around again season 2 is starting to improve dramatically with the addition of this episode. Matt learns how to control his power to even greater extents, and learns how to control people with his power. Angela somehow manages to resist him, and comments on how his sadistic use of his power makes him like his father. I didn't really like Angela's character season one, but season two I sorta like it. Hiro's part of the story was really emotional, when he went back in time to his father's murder, and they both traveled to his mother's funeral... really emotional stuff, and in the process Hiro learns that Kensei/Adam was his father's murderer (sorta expected, but the look on Kensei's face made it shocking nonetheless).

    Now for my favorite part of the episode, the Noah/Bob/Claire/Elle trade off. So far in season two I haven't liked the character Elle, but in this episode I enjoyed her acting and dialogue. Also, it was such an unexpected twist for me that in the end West/Noah would work together. It was a teary moment when Claire came home thinking her father was dead, and seeing Sandra's reaction as well... pretty emotional stuff. The one thing that kept this episode from getting a ten was how they could've ended the episode with a cliffy by not revealing Noah's revival, but overall, one of my favorite episodes of this series so far.moreless
Barry Shabaka Henley

Barry Shabaka Henley

Detective Fuller

Guest Star

Tami-Adrian George

Tami-Adrian George

Coach Randolph

Guest Star

Sekai Murashige

Sekai Murashige

Young Hiro

Guest Star

George Takei

George Takei

Kaito Nakamura

Recurring Role

Nicholas D'Agosto

Nicholas D'Agosto

West Rosen

Recurring Role

Adair Tishler

Adair Tishler

Molly Walker

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • When Hiro stops time in order to see the murderer's face, Ando's mouth is open. Then, when the camera comes back to Ando again, his mouth is closed.

    • In the scene when Bob is talking to Claire in the football field at school. When Claire runs away from Bob, we can see three shadows, Bob's, Claire's and the cameraman who shot the scene.

    • When Noah and West arrive at the house to find Sandra tied up, her hands are behind the chair in the long shot, but in the next close up you can briefly see that her hands are free, and sitting on her lap.

    • Goof: When West take off with Claire, they are flying toward the Sun but on the next shot, we see Mohinder looking up in the wrong direction according to his own shadow.

    • Elle is drinking a "Slusho" as she is waiting for Mr. Bennet to arrive.

      Slusho is a fictional drink created by JJ Abrams for his series Alias. The director of this episode has also directed two episodes of that show which explains its appearance here.

      Slusho was also the temporary name of JJ Abrams' 2008 monster movie Project: Cloverfield (in which Greg Grunberg who plays Matt Parkman has a part).

    • Goof: In the faraway shot when Elle directs her electric blast on West when he's flying with Claire, they begin to drop downward. But in the closeup shot afterward, they're still going upward before West is zapped prior to their dropping down.

    • The ending scene, in which Noah Bennet awakes from death, is reminiscent of the final scene of One Giant Leap (Season 1, Episode 3), in which Claire is similarly revived in a morgue and reacts with the exact same statement as Noah does here.

    • In the supposed Costa Verde scenes you can see the backgrounds of Santa Monica where some of the scenes were shot, like the rides at Pacific Park Amusement Park.

  • QUOTES (25)

    • (West is holding Noah while he flies very high)
      West: Remember me? Then you know I don't have super-strength. I can't hold on forever.
      Noah: What do you want?
      West: Answers.
      Noah: We took you to study your ability.
      West: No, I don't care about any of that. Claire. Was she working with you? Or for you? Did she ever really care about me?
      Noah: Claire never even mentioned you existed. You hear me? She lied to me. So I'm guessing you're pretty important to her.

    • Bob: Have you been working on your sharpshooting? I don't want you to get too close to Bennet.
      (To Mohinder)
      Elle: Hey Fight Club, check this out.

    • Noah: I need to speak to your father.
      Elle: What do you think, this is my first day?

    • Claire: No matter what I do, this is never gonna end, is it, Dad? We're always gonna be running.
      Noah: Do not walk out of that door!
      Claire: What are you gonna do? Tie me up?
      Noah: If I have to. (grabs duct tape)

    • Matt: (to Molly) If you wanna help, help me put the nightmare man behind us, so we can get back to normal. Okay, and just be a little girl, go to school, have fun. And I'll be an underpaid cop. Deal?

    • West: You don't have to pretend anymore. The jig is kinda up, spygirl.
      Claire: I'm not pretending. And I'm not a spy, I swear. I just… I'm just a cheerleader.

    • Noah: Claire's right. It's all about me.

    • Kaito: We have the power of gods. That does not mean we can play God.

    • West: Right now I don't care about any of that. Claire. Is she working with you, or for you? Did she ever really care about me?
      Noah: Claire never even mentioned you existed. You hear me? She lied to me. So I'm guessing you're pretty important to her.

    • Noah: I've got collateral.
      Sandra: What do you mean, collateral?
      West: (with an unconscious Elle draped over his shoulder) Hi, Mrs. Butler. It's good to, uh, see you again.

    • Noah: I was there. When your father first brought you in. You were a normal girl. Unicorns and rainbows, and then they started the testing. The human brain isn't built to take that much electricity. You poor girl.
      Elle: My father would never let that happen.
      Noah: Your father was leading the charge.

    • Noah: (to Elle) Why do you think I never let the company anywhere near Claire? I didn't want her to become you.

    • Angela Petrelli: If you visit me one more time, Detective Parkman, I'll expect you to make an honest woman out of me.
      Matt: That is the plan, actually.

    • Angela Petrelli: (to Matt) All she wants is to be left alone. I made her a promise. If you take this secret from me you're not just like your father, you are him.

    • Noah: Did you pack Mr. Muggles' doggie bath?

    • Noah: You'd be surprised what a father will do for his daughter.

    • Angela Petrelli: The truth? The truth? The truth is that our generation mortgaged our souls to protect yours. Show a little respect for that. Get over your daddy issues, and leave us be.

    • Matt Parkman: There's something bigger going on here. I don't know what it is, but these guys are involved with some kind of organization. Like from back in the seventies.
      Det. Fuller: Like a disco?

    • Hiro: (speaking at his father's funeral in Japanese) I refuse to eulogize my father. To eulogize him is to admit he is gone. My father is not dead. Kaito Nakamura taught me right from wrong. What it means to be a hero. So long as his lessons live through me he will never die. My father taught me to understand that certain things are in God's hands. But for everything else God gave us the gift of choice. My father gave me the tools to fight the battles ahead. Every hand I extend in kindness is his hand and every blow I strike for justice is his fist. So long as the lessons he taught me stay in me and so long as he lives in my heart then my father is not truly dead.

    • Hiro: Sorry... oh my God, you are ...
      Younger Hiro: I am Takezo Kensei.
      Hiro: Yes. (smiles)
      (they both touch their glasses in the same way)
      Hiro: Yes, you are.

    • Sandra: They say girls tend to find boys just like their dads.
      Noah: (referring to Nathan Petrelli) Because he can fly?
      Sandra: No, her real dad, you. All he cares about is protecting her.

    • Elle: Don't you think if push came to shove, (Bennet) would do the same to you?
      Mohinder: No. I don't.
      Elle: He's adorable! Can I keep him?

    • (West takes Claire home after the shooting)
      Claire: The last thing I really said to my dad... was "I hate you."
      West: You didn't mean it.
      Claire: No, I did. I keep playing it over and over. Now I'll never get a chance to take it back.

    • Bob: Dr. Suresh, I would like you to meet my daughter, Elle.
      Mohinder: Your daughter? She's the executioner?
      Elle: (to Mohinder with bandage on his nose) What's your super power, punching bag?

    • Noah: Stings like a bitch, doesn't it?

  • NOTES (5)

    • The Symbol:
      There were no new appearances of the symbol in this episode.

    • International Airdates:
      Australia: November 29, 2007 on Network 7
      Latin America: March 14, 2008 on Universal Channel
      India: March 18, 2008 on Star World
      United Kingdom: June 12, 2008 on BBC3
      Sweden: October 9, 2008 on TV4
      Norway: November 2, 2008 on NRK3
      Germany: November 12, 2008 on RTL2
      Finland: May 31, 2009 on Sub
      Czech Republic: November 6, 2009 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: August 9, 2010 on Markiza

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      "Nine in the Afternoon" - Panic! at the Disco. This song is sometimes also referred to as "Back to the Streets."

    • New Heroes:
      There were no new heroes introduced in this episode.

    • Power Developments:
      Matt Parkman: Matt discovers he can use his thoughts to will others into doing his bidding.

      Claire Bennet: It's confirmed that her blood can be used to heal others.


    • Elle: Hey Fight Club, check this out!

      This is a reference to the movie Fight Club (1999) staring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. Elle says it because Mohinder, like the main character of that movie, is beaten up and has a broken nose.

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