Season 1 Episode 5


Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 23, 2006 on NBC
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Matt uses his abilities to help his marriage. Niki, distraught over another blackout, arrives home to learn that her husband, D.L., has escaped from prison. Claire tells her father about some of the things she's been through lately. Down and out in Vegas, Hiro finally connects with another hero. Peter must figure out what to do with the mysterious message.


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  • Hiros is an exciting episode that will help you admire this series, the writers, and characters even more. We need to save the cheerleader, so she can help us save the world! NOW HURRY!moreless

    The more I watch Heroes the more I come to admire it. While I still find it very much like Surface, which I loved, Heroes has some very positive facets.

    First the story line seems to be a story line within a large story line. By this I mean the current story line of "save the cheerleader and save the world," is but a smaller plot within a much larger one.

    As I watch these episodes more and more I see a future "X-Men" type series beginning. What we are watching is book one, where our heroes learn about their powers, meet each other, and accomplish their first save. By saving the Cheerleader, they learn about their first over all enemy.

    I figure the Cheerleader is necessary in order to stop the destruction of New York City. Simply saving the Cheerleader doesn't save the world.

    Once they save the world (well, New York City and maybe stopping another Middle East invasion, etc) they will have other adventures (e.g. books).

    We might see two complete books (adventures) this season and the start of adventure / book three as a cliff hanger. This gives us great and wonderful possibilities plus allows viewers to enjoy an in-depth story line instead of having to wrap everything up in an hour.

    While Heroes has many other series to thank, one of them is Babylon 5 for proving a long story arc can make money.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show heroes matt decides to use his abilties to help his marriage that is introuble and so hiro who is down and out in vegas must figure out away for help and he meets another hero who is the congress man peters brother and peter must figour out away to get the message to someone and clarir is telling her father what she has been going to the last few days this was a good ep i thougt and it was very interesting and that is why i gave it what i gave it a 9moreless
  • Hiro and Ando take seperate ways after a fight between them. Niki returns home to find out that her husband DL is closer than she thinks. Matt uses his ability to save his marriage while Peter and Isaac try to put the pieces of the puzzle together.moreless

    The fifth chapter is more captivating than ever. Claire's father shows a darker side which is most convincing (I found it inspiring and it provides a better insight into what is in store for the rest of the series and the mysterious father of Claire). I love how the characters seem to interact more and more with each chapter (in this one the big highlights are Hiro and Nathan - a quite funny scene- and Peter and Isaac - which provides a very cool way into seeing some more of Peter's awesome power and the best is yet to come).

    DL (Leonard Roberts makes his debut in this episode - although he had scenes in the unaired pilot) Niki's husband and a very important character that will drive Niki's story throughout the rest of the volume. His ability is currently unknown although some hints are given in this episode.

    The most mysterious character however is that of The Haitian (who appeared in chapter 3:One giant leap). His mystery will be revealed in this volume and in the third volume but until this point (after four volumes) his name is still a mystery.

    Finally the first and the final scene are breath taking in the sense that will give you the thrills (especially the cliffhanger).moreless
  • Peter works with Isaac to decrypt Future Hiro's message and Nathan has weird encounters in Vegas.

    While Linderman wanted blackmail material on Nathan, Mr Bennet takes the opportunity to grab Nathan who somehow manages to fly away with the Haitian standing right there! Why couldn't he neutralize Nathan's powers like he can with everyone else? Either Nathan's been practicing on the sly or he's a natural, he took off like he's been doing it all his life. This leads to a delightful encounter with Hiro (who from this point on refers to Nathan as 'flying man') and Nathan gives Hiro a lift back to Vegas. The encounter with Hiro shows a more normal, pleasant side to Nathan. I certainly wouldn't have taken Hiro with me!

    Matt returns home with no memory of the missing time and then abuses his powers when he discovers he can hear his wife's thoughts and uses them to help his marriage.

    Brody has amnesia, thanks to our Haitian friend, and when Claire vents her feelings to a baffled Brody, one can only hope that he will use his fresh start well. Given his history, I doubt it. Rapists don't just stop without intervention.

    Peter goes alone back to Isaac and tells him about the 'save the cheerleader' bit and Isaac's paintings seem to tell a story, as if from a comic book. Isaac may not be able to use his gift while he's off the drugs, Peter (who immediately absorbs his gift) can and does.

    Some lovely scenes with Nathan and Hiro and important stuff with Peter and the 'save the cheerleader' storyline. Good.moreless
  • Nakamura/Petrelli

    Hiro decide hacerse cargo de esta serie y amenaza con convertirse en uno de esos personajes imprescindibles en la vida de uno. Peter se le va uniendo en poder de relevancia y lo secunda magistralmente en el intento por salvar a un mundo que todavía no tiene idea de que está en grave peligro. La verdad me alegra tanto ver que esta serie está tan lejos de ser (como pensaba) una simple historia de gente con superpoderes. Solidísima (sic) historia, no deja de sorprenderme.

    Que placer me da verla!!!

    Heroes, Season 1, Episode 5, Hiros: 9,0.

    El placer de saber el futuro: no voy a poder despegarme de esta serie.moreless
Eugene Byrd

Eugene Byrd

Campaign Manager

Guest Star

Archie Kao

Archie Kao

E.R. Doctor

Guest Star

Michael Reilly Burke

Michael Reilly Burke


Guest Star

James Kyson Lee

James Kyson Lee

Ando Masahashi

Recurring Role

Elizabeth Lackey

Elizabeth Lackey

Janice Parkman

Recurring Role

Ashley Crow

Ashley Crow

Sandra Bennet

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When Niki goes back to pick up Micah, she walks through the door and takes off her shoe (the other foot is barefoot), but when she asks the police men where Micah is, she takes her shoe off again.

    • When Hiro and Ando have their fight, Hiro says 'Ja ne' ("See ya" in Japanese), but the subtitles translate it as "Okay, then go."

    • When time is first stopped at the beginning of this episode, there is a briefcase frozen as it is falling open. When the progress of time resumes, the man with the now-closed briefcase can be seen in the background picking up invisible objects from the floor in annoyance.

    • When Hiro and Ando are being thrown from the van onto the desert, one of the guys in the van throws a white suitcase at Hiro, after he stands up, in the next shot, the white suitcase has been replaced with a yellow one. In the previous episode, we can clearly see that Hiro's suitcase was yellow.

    • When Hiro addresses Nathan, he calls him "Petrelli nii-san" which is Japanese for "big brother Petrelli."

    • When Petrelli asks Hiro if he was going to win his congressional race, Hiro thought for a bit and answered excitedly that he was. This is because, in episode 2, when the detectives questioned Hiro, in the future, they showed him a newspaper with the date (November 8th) and the headline "Petrelli Wins in Landslide."

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Matt: Cause we are calling in sick today!
      Janice: No
      Matt: Oh yeah!
      Janice: No!
      Matt: I got it all planned out, just go get dressed.
      Janice: I'm dressed!
      Matt: No! Something nicer.

    • (steps out of Nathan's limo)
      Hiro: Vote Petrelli!
      Nathan: Early and often.

    • Nathan: What'd you say your name was?
      Hiro: Hiro Nakamura.
      Nathan: Where you from?
      Hiro: Tokyo, Japan.
      Nathan: Ah. Never been there.

    • (after getting thrown out of a van)
      Hiro: That hurt more than I thought it would.

    • Mohinder: (voiceover) When a change comes, some species feel the urge to migrate. They call it zugunruhe. A pull of the soul to a far-off place. Following a scent in the wind, a star in the sky. The ancient message comes, calling the kindred to take flight and gather together. Only then can they hope to survive the cruel season to come.

    • Hiro: Oh, waffles! Yahoo!

    • Nathan: Two million dollars gives you a candidate in your pocket. Four million buys you a congressman. (big smile)

    • Nathan: Who do you want to be?
      Niki: Someone good. A good mother. Not the person that I see in the mirror.
      Nathan: Look, I don't know how much of last night was an act, and how much was you. The girl I met, that's the kind of girl you spend your entire life waiting to meet. Somebody strong, somebody beautiful, somebody... good.

    • Ando: You bastards! You don't know who you're messing with!
      Hiro: I don't think they can hear you. (translated)
      Ando: Well it makes me feel better! (translated)

    • Nathan: Do you have any idea who I am?
      Mr. Bennet: Better than even you do.

    • Future Hiro: Peter Petrelli?
      Peter: What? Are you doing this?
      Future Hiro: You look different without the scar.
      Peter: I don't know you.
      Future Hiro: Not yet. My name is Hiro Nakamura. I'm from the future, and I have a message for you. I don't have much time. I'm risking a rift just by coming here. The girl. You have to save her.
      Peter: What girl?
      Future Hiro: The cheerleader. It's the only way to prevent it.
      Peter: Prevent what?
      Future Hiro: Everything. Listen to me. She must live. The painter, Isaac, go to him. He will know. When I call you, you must tell me where we meet. You told me many times how lost you felt. Before it all started. This...is what you've been waiting for. Be the one we need. (Walks away)
      Peter: Wait!
      Future Hiro: Save the cheerleader, save the world!

    • Hiro: Give Me Ride-o? (imitates car horn) Boo-boo!
      Nathan: Sure. Why Not?

    • Peter: So wait, save the cheerleader, save the world?

  • NOTES (8)

    • Tawny Cypress (Simone) and Danielle Savre (Jackie) are listed in the credits but do not appear in this episode.

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      "I'm Confessin' " by Lizz Wright

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

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

    • International Air Dates:
      Germany: October 31, 2007 on RTL2
      Czech Republic: January 31, 2008 on Prima
      Slovakia: July 14, 2008 on Markiza

    • When Petrell asks Hiro if he's going to win the election, Hiro closes his eyes and says 'Hai, Hai' (Japanese for Yes)before actually saying it in english.

    • This episode finishes with the exact same lines from the previous: "I have a message for you".

    • Powers Developments:
      Mysterious Haitian: It becomes apparent that the Haitain can also remove memories as well as blocking empaths.

      Matt Parkman: Matt is susceptible to being affected by other people's thoughts when surrounded by too many people feeling strong emotion. He collapses in a convenience store as people look frightened at the gun he's taken from a would-be robber.

      Nathan Petrelli: Nathan's flight speed is quite high, probably supersonic, as evidenced by what seems like a sonic boom when he speeds away after escaping Bennet and the Haitian.

      Peter Petrelli: Totally confirmed that Peter can in fact mimic the powers of others as he uses Isaac's precognitive powers to complete a painting showing a cheerleader in danger.


    • Mohinder: They call it zugunruhe. A pull of the soul to a far-off place.

      Zugunruhe is a term in biology that describes the anxiety felt by migratory animals when they are unable to migrate (for example, when they are in captivity). The word is German in origin, and is derived from the words Zug (a pulling, move, or migration) and Unruhe (unrest).

    • Janice Parkman: It's like you're in my head.

      This is the same phrase Lola (Marisa Tomei) says to Nick Marshall (Mel Gibson) in What Women Want when they where in moreless the same situation in that movie.

    • Hiro: Using my powers for personal gain. That's the Dark Side.

      In Star Wars, "the Force" is described as "an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the galaxy together." Those trained in manipulating the Force can move objects, see the future or perform other superhuman feats. When using the Force for good, one is using the Light Side of the Force. When Force manipulation is self-serving or used out of anger or hatred, one is said to be using the Dark Side of the Force. Hiro's use of his powers for personal gain would be aligned with using the Dark Side of the Force.

    • Hiro: Up, up and Away!

      When parting ways from Nathan, Hiro says this phrase, popularized by Superman many years ago whenever he'd take to the skies.

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