Season 3 Episode 13


Aired Monday 9:00 PM Dec 15, 2008 on NBC
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Nathan and Peter face off, and Nathan makes a move with far reaching consequences. Sylar takes desperate measures at Primatech and the fates of several heroes hang in the balance. Ando, Matt, and Daphne continue their quest to save Hiro.

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  • Finally, the last episode of the season, and I couldn't be more psyched for it.

    Finally, the last episode of the season, and I couldn't be more psyched for it. Warning, spoilers contained below.

    So we get a little bit of a different start this time around as Sylar does the opening monologue, nice touch I thought, given the current circumstances and it being the final episode of the season. Early on we see Sylar taking on an almost Saw like role, trapping Claire, Noah, Meredith and Angela so as to play with them and make them monster's like they made him. One thing for sure about this episode, the writers made it pretty intense. Sure the Saw like connection might have been a bit of a rip off, but it worked very well with the story line, and it was very interesting to watch. So it seems Ando has some sort of super charging power, which he can use to make others powers stronger. I thought volume three ended brilliantly, still left some characters in play, but at least some were killed off. Now we just have to hope they are gone for good, so we can move on and see how things continue in the next chapter. In the peak at the volume to come, we see that Peter's choice to save Nathan was a bad idea, as Nathan plans to round up all the people with powers and lock them away. How I wonder though, as how can normal people lock up such powerful beings? Well, I guess we will find out, and I can't wait.moreless
  • slightly disappointed

    Despite resolving the storylines and setting one for the next volume, "Dual" didn't feel as fleshed out an episode as it should have been. Like almost the whole season, it was very plot driven and it felt rushed, which is no surprise. If people complained at that for the entire volume, it's the same here. For those who didn't, they will like it. The episode pretty much sums up the feeling of the entire volume, so pick a side. The episode begins where it ended. Arthur Petrelli is dead. Many still question the fact that he was shot in the front of the head and not in the back and that he should have regenerated. But I didn't care. The volume baddy is dead. Thats it. Robert Forster did a great job with the character and, despite his sometimes vague dialogue, I will miss him. Ando injecting the formula in an effort to save Hiro was a huge step for the character, so it was too bad the whole thing was sort of treated as the comic relief of the episode. Elsewhere, the episode lacked any emotional reaction. Sylar gets a shard of glass in the sweet spot in the back of his head, but you can't invest yourself in the character being dead. Even minor character Meredith could have survived the huge fire she started. The series has established that there's always a way out of any given predicament. If anything makes this episode worthy of being a Volume finale, it's the hint of what's to come in Volume Four. And it's not necessarily the fact that the heroes are now going to be hunted -- or that Worf is president -- it's that things can start anew. All the problems people have had with the first half of season three could all be forgotten with an incredible, mind-blowing second half. Can it be done? We'll have to wait until February to see.moreless
  • One of the worst finales ever !!! Neither acting nor script nor storyline made any sense at all.

    One of the worst finales ever !!! Neither acting nor script nor storyline made any sense at all.

    I was extremely disappointed with this episode, it was as if I was watching a kids cartoon superhero episode.

    Pity I'm rapidly losing interest in a show that makes me ask more stupid questions than intriguing ones.

    A few of this episode's questions would be:

    - Couldn't the mother leave the Company's building (outside to the open) before blowing it up? Well Angela who's 30 years older did !!

    - Couldn't freaky Seresh fight back?

    - Couldn't Nathan Fly out of the fire?

    In my opinion, Episode 1 of chapter 4 will either make it or break it for this show.... fingers crossed.moreless
  • There was a moment towards the end of "Dual", where the writers could have laid the foundation to a more exciting future for this ailing show. Regrettably, and no doubt to its ultimate peril, they declined.moreless

    There was a moment towards the end of "Dual", where the writers could have laid the foundation to a more exciting future for this ailing show. Regrettably, and no doubt to its ultimate peril, they declined.

    As Peter injected himself and flew Nathan from the burning Pinehearst, the point which Nathan has been striving to make towards the end of the last few episodes was vindicated. In the right hands, giving people powers CAN be used to do good and, as Nathan had said earlier, "don't we have an obligation to help the world?" The writers could have embraced this moral dilemma through this one scene, as Nathan yells at Pete "why'd you do it!" Sadly, however, Peter replied with a somewhat bemusing "because you're my brother", and therein any hope that the show might graduate from a teenage target audience evaporated. The writers seem content with their rather superficial vein of melodrama, and display little ambition of rising above it.

    Despite what Mohinder may profess during his philosophical nonsensical narratives each week, the line between good and evil is actually pretty definitive in "Heroes". We are force-fed things in black and white, and no thought or consideration will ever be given us as to the fact these boundaries might cross. The majority of the characters in Heroes blindly go about their stories swept along wherever the plot might decide to take them, with little to no depth or thought afforded to their actions.

    Nathan however, has tended to buck this trend, his character compassionate and more complex. It was my opinion that Nathan was the "Hero" of the show's first season; a frequently troubled and conflicted character, it was ultimately the good in him that took the decision to save New York. Amidst a third season where a profusion of cardboard characters have inexplicably changed sides from one episode to the next, Nathan has remained as one of its more thoughtful and interesting contributors. It would seem from the preview of volume 4, that he too has now been tossed on the scrap heap to serve as another plot device. Shame.moreless
  • This episode was weird but somehow I enjoyed it... a little.

    I have no idea what is going on in this show, nothing makes sense anymore, and to tell you the truth, I don't really care anymore. So, when I watched this episode, I watched it as a stand alone episode. 4 guys trapped in a building with a psychopath / serial killer and trying to survive.

    Three funny / nice people are trying to find a friend.

    And two brothers are acting really really strange.

    Jeph Loab writes comics for a living and he is trying to combine here too many elements from the Comics World till it got out of his control. The problem is... it seems that he does not care.

    Last words: I have no idea, after watching this season, what was the point here.moreless
Chad Faust

Chad Faust


Guest Star

Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn


Guest Star

Kiko Ellsworth

Kiko Ellsworth

Echo DeMille

Guest Star

Robert Forster

Robert Forster

Arthur Petrelli

Recurring Role

George Takei

George Takei

Kaito Nakamura

Recurring Role

Brea Grant

Brea Grant

Daphne Millbrook

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Moments before Nathan closes Arthur's eyes the "dead" Arthur Petrelli clearly blinks.

    • Ando's power-enhancement ability takes the form of red lightning identical to that which Hiro sees Ando apparently shoot him with in the future (The Second Coming - 3x01), possibly adding a new interpretation to those events.

    • Two items shown on the "Previously on Heroes" segment were not actually shown on previous episodes--Mohinder telling Arthur Petrelli to put his hands on the container of the formula, and Ando and Parkman showing a comic book to the messenger dispatcher.

    • When Daphne gets zapped into the past, she does not see an exact repeat of the scene. The dialog is slightly different, and the stutters and pauses indicate that it was a different recording of the lines.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • President: What exactly are you asking for?
      Nathan: I want to open up a facility where they can never hurt anyone.
      President: OK Senator. Lets make sure you get what you need.
      Nathan: Thank you... Mr. President.

    • Matt: Daphne! Daphne! Where'd you just go?
      Daphne: I don't know. I was out there, but I was watching myself in here. And you were there. (points to Ando) And you were there. (points to Matt) And... Matt, I think I traveled back in time.

    • Sylar: You are not my mother. Are you? And I can tell if you're lying.
      Angela: No I'm not.
      Sylar: For a brief moment I wished you were.

    • (In Japanese)
      Ando: I have powers now! I rescued you!
      Hiro: I was about to tear up the formula! Couldn't you have come later?
      Ando: Remind me to never save your life.

    • Sylar: That's the thing about the truth, Claire. Stings like a bitch.

    • Mohinder: (speaking into a dictaphone) I've run out of time. The infection is spread to my lungs. By giving myself abilities, I've signed my own death certificate. My hope is that by injecting myself with the formula, it will be the cure.

    • Sylar: You're not hunting me, Noah. I'm hunting you.

    • Sylar: Arthur Petrelli is dead. No need to go to Pinehearst now.
      Claire: Sylar?
      Sylar: Don't worry Claire. Peter couldn't do it so I did. Just like Mommy wanted. I know I repulse you. Terrify you. You see me as a monster. And yet, you did this to me. And before the night is over, I'm going to prove to you, one by one, that you're all monsters. Exactly like me.

    • Claire: I'll hunt you down and kill you.
      Sylar: From cheerleader to stone cold killer? Who's the monster now?
      Claire: (shoots the intercom) You are.

    • (closing narration)
      Mohinder: There is good and there is evil. Right and wrong. Heroes and villains. And if we're blessed with wisdom, then there are glimpses between the cracks of each where light streams through. We wait in silence for these times when sense can be made, when meaningless existence comes into focus, and our purpose presents itself. And if we have the strength to be honest, then what we find there, staring back at us, is our own reflection, bearing witness to the duality of life. And each one of us is capable of both the dark and the light, of good and evil, of either, of all. And destiny, while marching ever in our direction, can be rerouted by the choices we make. By the love we hold onto, and the promises we keep.

    • Nathan: Why did you save me? Why did you do it?
      Peter: Because you're my brother, and I love you.
      Nathan: It's not what I would have done.

    • Knox: I'm going to wait until your brother has gotten rid of all the formula.
      Nathan: You're working for Peter?
      Knox: Yeah. He's one of the good guys now.

    • (opening narration)
      Sylar: On the sixth day, God created man in his own image. Now it's up to us to figure it all out. Right, wrong. Good, evil. In each of us is the capacity to decide what drives our actions. So what is it that makes some choose selflessness, the need to devote oneself to something greater, while others know only self-interest? Isolating themselves in a world of their own making? Some seek love, even if unrequited, while others are driven by fear and betrayal. There are those who see their choices as dark proof of God's absence, while others follow a path of noble destiny. But in the end, good, evil, right or wrong, what we choose is never what we really need. For that is the real cosmic joke. The real gift that God has left behind.

    • Hiro: Stop! We have come for the formula.
      Daphne: It doesn't belong to you.
      Tracy: And you are...
      Hiro: Hiro Nakamura. It is my sacred duty to see that it is destroyed.
      Tracy: Sorry, I've got plans for this little piece of paper, Pikachu.
      Hiro: Pikachu... (bows to Tracy) Excuse me. (punches her in the face, Tracy lands on her butt and he takes the formula from her)

    • Nathan: Eventually you are going to have to choose a side.

  • NOTES (6)

    • International Airdates:
      New Zealand: February 18, 2009 on TV3
      Latin America: February 20, 2009 on Universal Channel
      Belgium: April 23, 2009 on VT4
      Germany: November 25, 2009 on RTL II
      Finland: May 1, 2010 on Sub
      Czech Republic: August 27, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: August 1, 2012 on Markiza

    • Power Developments:
      Ando: Ando gains the ability to temporarily enhance others' powers. This manifests as a blast of red lightning.

    • This episode was formerly known as War, Duality, and Duel, before getting its final name, Dual.

    • The Symbol:
      The wound on the right side of Flint's face is shaped like the symbol.

    • Sylar does the opening monologue for this episode.

    • One of the three villains Noah releases is Echo DeMille, the main character of the Going Postal webisodes on the official Heroes site.


    • Daphne: And you were there, and you were there...

      This is a nod to L. Frank Baum's novel The Wizard of Oz and the film based on it, in which Dorothy wakes up and describes who was in her "dream". The fact that Daphne, like the main character in the novel, is from Kansas also relates to the situation.

    • Daphne: Back in a flash.
      This is very possibly an allusion to the DC comic book character the Flash, who has the power to run at super fast speed. Some versions of the character have been able to run faster than light, and even to travel through time, just as Daphne is about to do in this scene.