Heroes

Season 2 Episode 8

Four Months Ago...

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 12, 2007 on NBC
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The events of the "missing four months" are explored. Maya and Alejandro must go on the run, it is explained how Peter ended up in Ireland and what happened to Nathan, Niki, and D.L

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  • Four months ago, Niki tries to save her family, Maya and Alejandro discover their abilities and Peter finally remembers how he ended up in Cork, Ireland.

    9.6
    The flashback chapter of this volume is exciting but not as surprising as one would think.

    DL isn't dead after the events of Kirby Plaza and together with Niki try to fix their lives. Bob visits Niki at the hospital (after it is revealed that he had paid for all the medical bills of DL) and offers to help Niki get rid of her multiple personality disorder. During those four months, Niki stops taking the medicine (offered by Bob and the Company) and suddenly a new personality arises in Niki. Her name is Gina and she used to be Niki's alias in California at a camp. Meanwhile DL is a fireman and saves lives everyday. When he finds Niki missing however and a note saying she is in California DL tracks her down. At a club Gina is still in control until she is given a picture of her family by DL and Niki regains control. A fight between DL and a man from the club ends up in the death of DL seen in chapter 3: Kindred of this volume.

    Alejandro almost got married four months ago to a woman cheating him with her ex-boyfriend. At her brother's wedding Maya's ability manifests and kills everyone at the wedding (besides Alejandro) when she catches Alejandro's to be wife with that man (and that is the reason why both Maya and Alejandro are wanted by the police in chapter 1: four months later). Realizing the horror she had caused she runs away and leaves her brother behind. Three months later Maya is at a church in Venezuela (and appearantly a nun) when her brother finds her. With him Alejandro brought the police thinking that might be the only way for Maya not to kill again. At that moment Maya releases her power again but this time Alejandro counters it by making Maya relax (this is the first time Alejandro's ability manifested). Frightened both of them by what they can do they run away and that is how we end up with their chase in Honduras in chapter 1: four months later.

    Finally, after Peter rescues his brother from the explosion (the explosion damaged Nathan's face and that explains the reflections Nathan has been having since the beginning of volume 2) and submits him to a hospital, he flees but is captured by Elle and Bob. Brought to the Company Peter is given a chance to keep his power under control (or don't have them at all more precisely) and keep him safe from the world. At a cell in the Company, we see Elle's everyday jolts given to Peter and Peter's meeting with Adam (whose at the cell next to his). Meanwhile, Nathan's wife Heidi visits her husband who tells her everything that happened in volume 1. Angela has a talk with Heidi and lies to her that Nathan is dillusional and she shouldn't believe anything; this explains the abandonment of Nathan by his wife and kids and the restraining order against his children. Peter's talks with Adam start to affect him when he realizes that the Company is not helping him but in fact keeping him imprisoned. A month before he ends up in Ireland, Peter stops taking the pills (that Elle provided him so that his powers wouldn't work) and together with Adam they escape from the Company. A week later Adam gives some of his blood which heals Nathan's wounds and his burns and together with Peter plan to leave USA and go to Canada. But the Haitian and Elle get in their way and when they split up, the Haitian follows Peter and locks him in the cargo container (we saw in chapter 1 Peter to be in, in Ireland) after he takes away his memory and gives him his helix necklace. Supposedly, the Haitian was supposed to capture him and return him to the Company but he reveals he has let him go because of Angela and the help she provided to him.

    Overall quite revealing episode. From the three stories the most interesting is by far that of Peter, although Niki's story is not that bad. Maya's story on the other hand wasn't all that interesting although the reason why Maya and Alejandro were wanted for murder was very important to reveal. Key facts: notice Elle's life story telling to Peter. Her life is so sad and she is in fact a sociopath. More will be revealed in the next chapter which is full of Elle and Claire. Niki's third personality Gina appears in this chapter and is never mentioned again. Enjoy!moreless
  • Another episode pieced together beautifully.

    9.0
    First I would like to say, Elle returns, and I am really starting to like that character. Her power is so cool. Four months ago, Peter survived & we learn how Takezo Kensei became Adam Monroe & seals Claire's future. She is going to live forever it seems. Elle gets a bunch of airtime. Maya's story, how it all started. I like how Nikki had a 3rd personality. Too bad DL had to die. What happened to Sylar? That's what I would like to know. Now we know how Nathan gets healed. Enough with the fillers. I want to now what happens next!moreless
  • I love the show but this was boaring. :/

    9.0
    Peter runs into Adam Monroe at the warehouse in Montreal. Adam helps Peter recover his memory using his healing powers by thinking of his brother, Nathan. Peter flashes back to four months earlier when Nathan is flying a radioactive Peter through the air above New York City. Nathan becomes progressively scarred due to the radiation, and Peter releases himself of his brother's grasp, knowing he would kill him if he exploded. Peter does explode, but flies down in time to save Nathan from falling to his death. Peter takes a seriously injured Nathan to the hospital, but is then apprehended by Elle and Bob. They take Peter into the care of The Company and promise to help "cure" his powers, thus stopping him from ever being a threat to those around him.



    Nathan remains in the hospital. He tells his wife, Heidi, the truth about his and Peter's incident, but his mother convinces her it is a psychotic delusion that runs in the Petrelli family and nothing more.



    While Peter waits for the cure to be ready, he takes power-suppression pills and slowly comes to communicate with and befriend Adam, who currently resides in the adjacent cell. Adam eventually convinces Peter that The Company will not help him, and the two escape. They go to the hospital where Nathan is being treated and give him an infusion of Adam's blood, which heals his scarring. As they try to escape, Elle, and the Haitian pursue them there. Adam tells Peter to meet him in Montreal, and the two split up. While Elle electrocutes Adam, the Haitian chases down Peter, but instead of recapturing him, erases his memory and locks him in a storage crate. He does this, he says, in order to repay Peter's mother for helping him many years ago.



    D. L. survived his gunshot wound from How to Stop an Exploding Man, and he, Niki and Micah start a new life together. Bob pays the medical bills and offers Niki medication to prevent a relapse of her split personality. Niki accepts the offer, but eventually stops taking the pills. A new personality named Gina manifests, takes over, and heads to L.A. to party. Meanwhile, firefighters are battling a house fire and D.L goes inside to save a woman's child trapped in the home. D.L goes in the burning home and rescues the child. When he returns home, Micah says they have been airing his heroic deeds on TV and Micah considers him a hero. He goes to see where Niki is and finds a message written on the mirror saying "Gone to L.A". D.L immediately assumes that Jessica has written it. D. L. follows her and reclaims Niki. However, he also assaults one of her fellow partiers, and the man later returns and shoots D. L. at point-blank range, killing him :(



    Alejandro Herrera has just gotten married, although his sister Maya disapproves of his new bride and also dislikes the idea of sharing her brother, who she is very close to. Her unease proves justified when she discovers the woman cheating on Alejandro by having sexual intercourse with her old boyfriend at the wedding celebration. Maya is furious and her power activates for the first time, killing everyone at the reception except herself and Alejandro. Maya admits to him that she is somehow responsible and flees. Three months later, Alejandro tracks Maya down in a convent and turns her over to the police. Her power activates again, but Alejandro successfully brings it under control. Now understanding the horrid nature of Maya's ability, the siblings flee the church and begin their run from the police.



    The episode ends in the present day, with Peter and Adam in Montreal. Peter stumbles after his memories come back to him. He tells Adam he remembers everything, to which Adam asks if they should start saving the world now. Peter smiles.moreless
  • Everything is connected after the finale of season one.

    10
    This episode totally made sense of the time lapse between the finale of season one and the premiere of season two. Peter returns from the future and Adam/Kensei begins to use his healing power to help Peter remember his past. Apparently after exploding and not killing anyone, he returned Nathan to the hospital, only to be abducted by Elle and Bob. There he was given "Haitian pills" that nullified his powers. After realizing he was nothing but a prisoner, the person in the cell next to his (Adam/Kensei) began speaking to him. Together they made a conspiracy and escaped. Adam/Kensei gave Nathan some of his blood, so that his hideous burns were healed. Adam/Kensei probably managed to escape Elle who was chasing him, but the Haitian working secretly against the company locked Peter up, and wiped out his memory.



    Alejandro and Maya are seen at Alejandro's wedding (I think) at at first it seems Maya has a thing against her brother's bride. Her suspicious come true though when he sees his bride cheating on Alejandro with another man. Her powers start to kick in and everyone besides Alejandro lay dead. Maya runs away after seeing the terrible catastrophe she has done. Later she is praying in a church when Alejandro finds her. He brought in the police as well. She kills the police with her powers and runs away with her broter.



    My favorite part was Niki's part, where some of the personality disorder thing came back. After the events at Kirby Plaza, D.L. survived the gun shot. When Bob offers Niki a place in the company, she refuses because she doesn't want to give up her family. Later D.L. takes the job as a fireman near Micah's eleventh birthday. But, Niki tosses out her regular medicine and shortly afterward another personality emerges named "Gina", and she runs to L.A. D.L. finds a message saying so, and when he goes there three days later (I think), he finds her partying in a club. When Niki returns to her normal self and starts to leave with D.L., he is shot. At the funeral, Bob emerges once again. Poor D.L., I really thought he deserved a better death than being shot in a club. I really thought this episode was perfect, =).moreless
  • Everything is told! Including Peters haircut! :):):)

    10
    Peter runs into Adam Monroe at the warehouse in Montreal. Adam helps Peter recover his memory using his healing powers by thinking of his brother, Nathan. Peter flashes back to four months earlier when Nathan is flying a radioactive Peter through the air above New York City. Nathan becomes progressively scarred due to the radiation, and Peter releases himself of his brother's grasp, knowing he would kill him if he exploded. Peter does explode, but flies down in time to save Nathan from falling to his death. Peter takes a seriously injured Nathan to the hospital, but is then apprehended by Elle and Bob. They take Peter into the care of The Company and promise to help "cure" his powers, thus stopping him from ever being a threat to those around him.



    Nathan remains in the hospital. He tells his wife, Heidi, the truth about his and Peter's incident, but his mother convinces her it is a psychotic delusion that runs in the Petrelli family and nothing more.



    While Peter waits for the cure to be ready, he takes power-suppression pills and slowly comes to communicate with and befriend Adam, who currently resides in the adjacent cell. Adam eventually convinces Peter that The Company will not help him, and the two escape. They go to the hospital where Nathan is being treated and give him an infusion of Adam's blood, which heals his scarring. As they try to escape, Elle, and the Haitian pursue them there. Adam tells Peter to meet him in Montreal, and the two split up. While Elle electrocutes Adam, the Haitian chases down Peter, but instead of recapturing him, erases his memory and locks him in a storage crate. He does this, he says, in order to repay Peter's mother for helping him many years ago.



    D. L. survived his gunshot wound from How to Stop an Exploding Man, and he, Niki and Micah start a new life together. Bob pays the medical bills and offers Niki medication to prevent a relapse of her split personality. Niki accepts the offer, but eventually stops taking the pills. A new personality named Gina manifests, takes over, and heads to L.A. to party. Meanwhile, firefighters are battling a house fire and D.L goes inside to save a woman's child trapped in the home. D.L goes in the burning home and rescues the child. When he returns home, Micah says they have been airing his heroic deeds on TV and Micah considers him a hero. He goes to see where Niki is and finds a message written on the mirror saying "Gone to L.A". D.L immediately assumes that Jessica has written it. D. L. follows her and reclaims Niki. However, he also assaults one of her fellow partiers, and the man later returns and shoots D. L. at point-blank range, killing him :(



    Alejandro Herrera has just gotten married, although his sister Maya disapproves of his new bride and also dislikes the idea of sharing her brother, who she is very close to. Her unease proves justified when she discovers the woman cheating on Alejandro by having sexual intercourse with her old boyfriend at the wedding celebration. Maya is furious and her power activates for the first time, killing everyone at the reception except herself and Alejandro. Maya admits to him that she is somehow responsible and flees. Three months later, Alejandro tracks Maya down in a convent and turns her over to the police. Her power activates again, but Alejandro successfully brings it under control. Now understanding the horrid nature of Maya's ability, the siblings flee the church and begin their run from the police.



    The episode ends in the present day, with Peter and Adam in Montreal. Peter stumbles after his memories come back to him. He tells Adam he remembers everything, to which Adam asks if they should start saving the world now. Peter smiles.moreless
Carlon Jeffery

Carlon Jeffery

Damon Dawson

Guest Star

Foz McDermott

Foz McDermott

Bouncer

Guest Star

Christine Avila

Christine Avila

Mother Superior

Guest Star

Shalim Ortiz

Shalim Ortiz

Alejandro Herrera

Recurring Role

Jimmy Jean-Louis

Jimmy Jean-Louis

The Haitian

Recurring Role

Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols

Nana Dawson

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • In the scene where D.L. is shot, the shooter is on the left, off screen, and D.L. is on the right, off screen, with Niki in the middle. When the gun fires, it fires on the right hand side of the screen, yet the blood on Niki's face comes from the left hand side.

    • This season, Nathan Petrelli has longer hair and Peter's is shorter. With the flashback sequence in which Nathan carries Peter skyward (following from season 1's How to Stop an Exploding Man when their hair lengths were opposite), it's easy to tell that Adrian Pasdar has a slickback hairstyle to make it look shorter from last season and Milo Ventimiglia is wearing a wig to make his look longer.

    • Goof: Based on the events in the Season One episode "Company Man", the Haitian turned against The Company and went rogue. Furthermore, The Company didn't know where the Haitian was after he left Texas with Claire. So, why was he working with The Company to capture Peter and suppress his powers the night of the explosion? Furthermore, why was the Hatian working with Elle several weeks later to capture Peter and Adam when they escaped?

    • Goof: How does Peter still have his clothes after exploding and regenerating? Though his body could regenerate, the clothes would have been blasted off him upon exploding even if they didn't disintegrate.

    • The last flashback occurs three weeks prior to the present, and shows Nathan freshly recovered with the help of Adam's healing blood. Three weeks doesn't seem like nearly enough time for him to grow the amount of facial hair that he has when we first see him in Episode 1 of Season 2.

    • When Maya starts to produce black tears, the amount of them varies between shots.

    • Why didn't DL just phase through the bullet when he was shot? He was fast enough to phase through the guy's punch, and he didn't pull his gun out any faster than that.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • (Nathan is flying while holding Peter)
      Peter: You gotta let me go, Nathan!
      Nathan: You go, I go!
      Peter: No! I'll be okay. You can fly, I can't.
      Nathan: What do you mean?
      Peter: It's taking everything in me, all my power not to explode! Let me go!

    • Peter: So I just take these pills every day?
      Elle: Yep. It's a little cocktail they cooked up here in the lab. It controls the abilities. Dampens them.
      Peter: Like that guy who was standing in the corner of Bob's office.
      Elle: The Haitian. Yeah. Sort of. So, let's just call them "Haitian pills."

    • Elle: I accidentally set my grandmothers house on fire when I was six. I caused a blackout in four counties in Ohio when I was eight. I spent my ninth birthday in a glass room with an IV of Lithium in my arm. I've lived in this building for sixteen years, ever since the shrink's diagnosed me as a sociopath with paranoid delusions, but they were just out to get me because I threatened to kill them. I'm 24 years old and I've never gone on a date, never been on a roller coaster, never been swimming. And now you know everything there is to know about me. I don't have the luxury of being more interesting than that.

    • Bob: As long as your abilities are in control of you, you will always be a hazard; to yourself, to your family…
      Elle: To the whole world.
      Peter: Believe me, if I could turn them off, I would.
      Elle: Don't worry; we've done that for you.

    • Niki: No, I'm finished with Jessica!
      Bob: How do you know a new personality won't emerge? I can get you all the help you need; the best care in the world.
      Niki: Uh-huh. What's the catch?
      Bob: The catch is, you have to leave your family and enter the program.

    • Micah: We could be like the Fantastic Four. Minus one, but still…
      D.L.: Micah, I wanna be a hero to you, and I think I finally found a way to do that. I think I got a job. A good job!
      Micah: Doing what?
      D.L.: Something that's gonna make you proud of me, I promise.

    • Adam: (to Peter) Lemme guess, you were living a perfectly ordinary life until one day you discovered you could do incredible things. Bet it was wonderful at first, y'know, thought perhaps you could save the world. And then you realized, tragically, that you were dangerous. Why don't you talk to me after a decade? Actually, talk to me after three.

    • Peter: I remember. I remember everything.
      Adam: Good, then. Shall we save the world?

    • Elle: Bye, Peter.
      Peter: Ahh... that hurts.
      Elle: You'll get used to it. And then you'll start to like it.

    • Bob: He's not a toy, Elle.
      Elle: He could be.
      Peter: Where am I?
      Bob: Someplace safe.

    • Bob: But your brother. That's a different story. He almost died.
      Elle: Because of you, Peter. Hey, it's not like it was your idea to go nuclear and take out half of New York City. (while playing with Peter's hair)

    • Peter: Day number five without the meds.
      Adam: Then I think it's time to try. Come on, Peter. You can do it. (talking to Peter, when he is going through the wall)
      Peter: It's nice to finally meet you. You know, for 400 years, you've held up pretty well.
      Adam: Come on, let's go heal your brother.

    • Adam: Peter, what the hell was that?
      Peter: Do you know me?
      Adam: Of course, I know you. Peter it's me, Adam. Don't you remember. Together we're going to change history.
      Peter: I'm sorry. I don't.
      Adam: I see the Haitian has taken liberties with your mind.
      Peter: The Haitian?
      Adam: That explains why you fell off the face of the earth. But you can get back your memory. I know how.
      Peter: How?
      Adam: Healing. You can do what I can do. Which means the mind has to repair itself.
      Peter: How do you suggest I go by doing that?
      Adam: Think about what matters most to you. Do you know what that is?
      (Peter pulls out a picture of Nathan and him from his pocket)
      Adam: His name is Nathan.
      Peter: Nathan. (breathes in deeply) Nathan.

    • Niki: I thought I lost you.
      D.L.: Girl, I told you. You're never getting rid of me.

    • Mohinder: (voiceover) There are many ways to define our fragile existence; many ways to give it meaning. But it is our memories that shape its purpose and give it context. The private assortment of images: fears, loves, regrets… for it's the cruel irony of life that we are destined to hold the dark with the light, the good with the evil, success with disappointment… this is what separates us, what makes us human. And in the end, we must fight to hold on to.

    • Mohinder: (voiceover) It is man's ability to remember that sets us apart. We are the only species concerned with past. Our memories give us voice and bear witness to history, so that others might learn; so they might celebrate our triumphs and be warned of our failures.

    • (Elle knocks out Peter)
      Bob: Did you have to use the full blast on him?
      Elle: He can take it.

  • NOTES (10)

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

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

    • Awards and Nominations:
      This episode was nominated for a VES Award for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series.

    • International Airdates:
      Australia: November 22, 2007 on Channel 7
      New Zealand: December 10, 2007 on TV3
      Latin America: March 7, 2008 on Universal Channel
      India: March 11, 2008 on Star World
      United Kingdom: June 5, 2008 on BBC3
      Sweden: October 2, 2008 on TV4
      Norway: October 26, 2008 on NRK3
      Germany: November 5, 2008 on RTL2
      Finland: May 24, 2009 on Sub
      Czech Republic: October 30, 2009 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: August 2, 2010 on Markiza

    • In the promo for this episode it mentions that we'll find out what happened to Sylar four months ago, but apart from one montage-related scene (where he doesn't even get a line) Sylar doesn't appear in this episode.

    • This is the second episode to feature the title name against a blank screen, rather than blended into the environment. (The first was "Four Months Later...")

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      "We Interrupt This Program" by Coburn

    • Greg Grunberg (Matt Parkman) and Masi Oka (Hiro Nakamura) don't appear in this episode. Aside from a brief clip from How to Stop an Exploding Man Hayden Panettiere (Claire Bennet) and Jack Coleman (Noah Bennet) don't appear either. Sendhil Ramamurthy (Mohinder Suresh) appears only via his typical voiceover near the beginning and end of the episode.

    • Power Developments:
      Peter: It is revealed in this episode how Peter has gained Elle's powers of generating electricity. His blood might temporarily have the same healing effects as Adam/Claire. Also, we learn that he did absorb D.L.'s power of walking through solid objects.

      Adam/Claire: A transfusion of Adam's blood can temporarily give the recipient rapid cellular regeneration. It can be assumed Claire's blood would have the same effect.

      Adam/Claire/Peter: Due to his healing ability, Peter can reverse the Haitian's memory wipes via healing the part of the brain that controls memory. It is assumed that Claire and Adam would also be able to do this.

      Adam Monroe: If he is telling the truth, it would appear that Adam's regenerative abilities allow him to avoid the normal aging process.

    • This is the 4th episode to have a title referring to months or years.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Micah: We could be like the Fantastic Four. Minus one, but still…

      The Fantastic Four is a Marvel comics super-hero team which first appeared in 1961, and was made into a movie in 2005.

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