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1. You would think since some of the Heroes know just how powerful and evil Sylar is, after stabbing him someone would have shot him or decapitated him as well.
2. With all the people (medical and police personnel included) walking around how can Sylar go unnoticed and slip into the manhole?
Goof: If Peter can permanently absorb other people's powers once he's been around them, then why doesn't he fly off by himself once he starts to go radioactive, why does Nathan have to take him?
Explanation: Apparently Peter can only use 1 borrowed ability/power at a time. Since he was using Ted Sprague's radioactive ability he probably couldn't use Nathan's power of flight.
When Claire is asking Peter if there is another way to stop him, and Peter responds with a no, Nathan flies in and says "Yes there is, Claire." How would he know what they were talking about? Nathan doesn't have super-hearing.
Goof: Claire freaks out about shooting Peter. She should know (as she has experienced it herself in an earlier episode) that a bullet in the chest will stop him and get him knocked out but not killed. Wait a few minutes and the bullet comes out through the mouth.
Note: Peter had specifically told Claire to shoot him in the back of the head, from which he couldn't regenerate.
Hiro doesn't swear at the end of the episode. He says "Dai pinch" which means "big bad situation".
Goof: When Peter is saying for Claire to shoot him, he should be turning around. The idea was to shoot him in the back of the head in the same spot as where the glass was in him.
The cockroach seen at the end of the episode is not native to New York or the U.S. for that matter. It appears to be a Madagascar hissing cockroach which is only usually seen in the U.S. as pets.
Jessica (in the broken glass) told Nikki that the one that was beating her up wasn't Jessica, and it turned up to be Candice. However, Niki should've realiced on her own, since she and Jessica (really Candice) were wearing different clothes.
Goof: As of the episode ".07%, Mohinder left Peter at the Petrelli Mansion, who was dead at the time after being impaled with glass by Sylar. Mohinder leaves the mansion before Peter regenerates and doesn't know that he's alive. Mohinder is not surprised to see Peter alive in Kirby Plaza. Although Mr. Bennet, Matt, or even Molly could have told the doctor about him, that would have been made a plot point, seeing as Peter's death was motivation for Mohinder to call The Company in the first place.
At the end of the episode, following the trail of Sylar's blood to an opened manhole, we see a cockroach crawling on the rim of the cover. This is a hint back to Mohinder's comments in the first episode about evolution, God, and cockroaches.
Hiro's last scene, when he's looking up to the sky, is very similar to the one in the first episode, during the "exercise-hour" in his work as the eclipse goes on.
Mohinder's opening narration is nearly the same he says in the very beginning of the first chapter: "Genesis".
In the scene where Parkman, Bennet and Mohinder are waiting for Molly to wake up, we first see her lying sideways in the bed. In the next scene she is sitting up sleeping. Clearly an editing mistake.
When Sylar picks up the 9th Wonder comic book that Ando dropped, you can see that these are indeed events that happened, but each page is a different event and there is no connection between the panels.
Goof: When Hiro teleports Ando out of the Issac's loft he does so with Ando's sword in his hand. When he reappears with Ando at Yamagato Industries in Japan, Hiro has his own sword as well as Ando's.
This is not a goof. Hiro had his sword on his back the whole time. He had it there since Kaito gave it back to him earlier prior to him teleporting to Isaac's loft.
This IS a goof. If you look at Hiro when he teleports into the loft, there is no sign of his own sword. He is not holding it and it is not on his back. When he teleports back to Japan, it is suddenly on his back.
If Sylar could react quickly enough to stop bullets he should have been able to stop Hiro who had to take several steps towards him before stabbing him.
Explanation: Hiro had attempted, and failed, on two occasions to kill Sylar in the same manner. Sylar's confidence in Hiro's failure led to the latter's success.
Peter and Nathan would have been fine if the Haitian was present at Kirby Plaza, as he has the ability to block powers, so Peter never would have exploded, and Nathan would not have had to die in order to save everybody.
Response: This was mentioned before, but the Haitian only blocks mental powers like Matt's telepathy and Sylar's telekinesis.
Not true. The Haitian can black ALL powers as evidenced in the later episode Four Months Ago.... When the Haitian is ridding Peter of his memories Peter tries to use his powers on the Haitian but can't. Also, in Five Years Gone when Future Hiro, Future Peter and Ando are infiltrating the base, Future Hiro makes it quite clear that the Haitian disrupts their powers and Future Matt and his team know that so they are waiting for them beside the elevator.
In previous episodes Candice gives some hints that what we see is not her true appearance. It is also hinted that she is probably over-weight, nevertheless when she is knocked-out by Niki, the illusions she was creating disappear, but she reverts to the "Candice" we aways have seen.
Possible Explanation: Candice's form as an attractive brunette could have been used so continuously that it became permanent, even when Candice isn't conscious, unless she desires to appear otherwise.
During the Peter and Sylar confrontation at the Kirby Plaza, their shadows and light angles differ in separate view angles.
It's weird that Nathan had to hold Peter and fly away for him to explode. The first ability Peter found out he had was to fly. He could do that alone. Nathan didn't have to die.
Explanation: It has been noted that Peter seems to be unable to wield two powers at once. Since he was using all his strength and concentration to keep from exploding he was unable to fly away.
Goof: In the end of the episode, when Hiro teleports next to Sylar, he's holding his sword by it's blade, with it pointed to his back. When the angle changes, in the very next scene, the blade is pointing to Sylar.
Ando: You look badass.
Charles: In the end, all that really matters is love.
Claire: Nathan doesn't care about you. He doesn't care about anyone. He doesn't care about me and I'm his own daughter. We do not need him!
Peter: Yes, we do!
Peter: Because I'm afraid! Okay? And I need my brother to help us.
Matt: We know where Sylar is, we can go after him.
Bennet: No, not without Petrelli. He's the only one who can stop him.
Matt: I've come three thousand miles; I left my pregnant wife at home. He's a bad guy, I'm a cop, I'm going after him.
Peter: (in flashback) This may sound strange but, your father's last few weeks, his death, it can be beautiful if you let it be.
Simone: Sure, piece of cake.
Peter: I'm not saying it's not tragic for you, I'm just saying…y'know, death is the one thing that connects us all. It reminds us that what's really important is who we've touched, and y'know, how much we've given. It makes us realize that we have to be good to one another. See your father, he's the real hero. Not me.
Charles: I think that Linderman is betting on the wrong brother.
Angela: Are we talking about the same Peter here?
Charles: I look in Peter's eyes, I see compassion, empathy, but most of all I see hope. This world won't be saved on strength, what it really needs is heart, and that means Peter.
Angela: Charles, don't get me wrong, I love Peter, but that poor kid can barely get out of his own way. He's ruled by insecurities. He's weak. No, trust me, this bomb is going to go off and Nathan's the one the world's going to turn to.
Charles: I don't believe this tragedy's inevitable.
Angela: Well then, one of us is going to be right, and one of us won't.
Angela: There are things you simply aren't mature enough to understand yet.
Claire: Yeah, like how you can let your own son die like this. Your own brother!
Nathan: He's not gonna die.
Angela: Thanks to you, Peter has the ability to survive.
Claire: So he lives, and kills millions of people. How can you let him be responsible for something like that? And how can you live with yourself if he is?
Charles: You came here because you needed to. You needed to hear the truth before you could save the world.
Peter: I save the world?
Charles: You've had the power all along, Peter. You've just needed to learn how to use it.
Peter: Why me?
Charles: Because there has to be one that's good, there always has. And your heart has the ability to love unconditionally. Like I told you, in the end all that really matters is love.
Claire: (about the bomb) This is insane! Nothing is inevitable! The future is not written in stone!
Charles Deveaux: Invisibility. Always thought that that would be a good one to have.
(While being embraced by Nathan.)
Claire: I already have a family. (Claire then runs to the window and jumps out. Nathan and Angela Petrelli watch Claire get up and start to walk away)
Angela: I know what you're thinking. Just let her go.
Charles Deveaux: I know you're there Peter. (Charles continues to sip his drink.)
(Mohinder discussing Molly with HRG.)
Mohinder: And you don't understand how important she is to me. Those are my anti-bodies in her.
Nathan: After the explosion the city is going to need me. The world is going to need me.
Matt: (to Molly) So you can find anyone in the world you just need to think about them?
Molly: Almost anyone.
Molly: There is only one that I can't.
Matt: Who is that? Is it someone bad Molly, like the boogeyman?
Molly: No. He is a lot worse.
Matt: Why don't you wanna find it?
Molly: Because when I think about him (whispering) he can see me.
Hiro: (After teleporting to Kirby Plaza) Sylar!!!
Sylar: (Before Hiro puts his blade through his stomach) You!!
(Micah and Molly are at the broken elevator)
Molly: It won't work!
Micah: Yes, it will!
(Micah places his hand on the elevator panel; Mohinder and Niki lift D.L. onto his feet; the elevator dings as Micah smiles at an amazed Molly)
Nathan: I challenge everyone here tonight to inspire by example. To fight the battle, no matter the cost. The world is sick, spinning out of control. But we can heal it.
Peter: I took his power, Nathan. I can't control it. I can't do anything.
Nathan: I'm not leaving you, Peter. There's another way to end this, and you know it.
Peter: I can't let you die.
Nathan: And I can't let everyone else. (looks at Claire) You saved the cheerleader, so we could save the world.
Peter: I love you, Nathan.
Nathan: I love you, too. (looks up into the sky) You ready?
Sylar (to Peter): What took you so long?
(All in Japanese)
Hiro: It is not the sword. It is the man.
(Hiro picks up Ando's sword and turns away in dramatic fashion.)
Hiro: This man is ready.
(Hiro turns facing his companion.)
Ando: You look bad ass.
Bennet: (to Claire) Let's go home.
Claire: Home where? Our house burned down.
Bennet: Home is anywhere our family is.
Claire: You've got a plan, don't you, Dad?
Sylar: Turns out you're the villain, Peter. I'm the hero.
Molly: Please don't die, Officer Parkman. You're my hero.
Sylar: Haven't I killed you before?
Peter: Didn't take.
(arriving at Yamagato Industries)
Ando: Hiro! You did it! You were faster than Sylar!
Hiro: Now I'll go back.
Ando: We can go back together. Surprise him!
Hiro: No, Ando. This part of my journey...I must finish alone.
Ando: But...I am not afraid.
Hiro: I know. You have shown me what bravery is.
Ando: Your whole life you talked about your favorite stories...Star Wars, Star Trek, Superman, Kensei... All the heroes you wanted to be. One day, people will tell the story of...Hiro Nakamura.
(Hiro gives Ando his Kensei sword)
Hiro: So you'll know I'll be back.
Ando: But...your sword?
Hiro: "It is not the sword. It is the man." This man is ready.
Claire: The future is not written in stone.
Mohinder: Molly, we need to go now.
Molly: Where are we going?
Mohinder: Officer Parkman called. He believes that Sylar- he believes the boogeyman is on his way.
Molly: No. He's not on his way. He's already here.
Sylar: A comic book that predicts the future. What will they think of next? You're kidding. This is how Isaac thought I'd die? Stabbed by a silly little man!
Ando: Hiro is not silly.
Sylar: You should've seen the look on his face when he tried to kill me.
Ando: You cannot take my brain.
Sylar: Please. What would I want with your brain? Where is Peter Petrelli?
Ando: I don't know.
(Sylar starts hurting Ando, then Hiro teleports in behind Sylar)
Sylar: Where is he?
Hiro: Let him go.
Sylar: I don't think I'm going to.
Hiro: (Japanese) It's okay. I'm here to save you.
Sylar: All you have to do is stop time before I cut off his head. Do you think you can do your little trick before I do mine?
Ando: (Japanese) Don't worry about me! Just stab him!
Bennet: Linderman's guards will be all over us if they find Thompson's body.
Mohinder: Maybe you should've thought of that before you shot him.
Bennet: It was self-defense.
Mohinder: And Molly Walker? What's your excuse for nearly shooting her?
Bennet: She's dangerous. You're gonna need to start trusting me, Dr. Suresh.
Mohinder: Yes, because that's worked out really well for me before.
Bennet: Look...the organization that I used to work for once stood for something. Now, it's been corrupted.
Mohinder: Used to work for?
Bennet: The only thing that's important to me now is protecting my family.
Mohinder: I will never let Molly be used to hurt anyone. She can do good in this world.
Bennet: I don't think you understand the true nature of this organization.
Hiro: Ando must have thought I would give up. He took a sword and went after Sylar! Alone! He'll die!
Mr. Nakamura: Yes. Probably. But that's not your concern right now. You must remember your mission. The world is at stake.
Hiro: No, I must go after him. I will not abandon my friend!
Mr. Nakamura: Then you have already lost.
Hiro: Father. My whole life you have looked at me with disappointment. I do not wish to lose you now. But I cannot let my friend die. Not when I have the power to stop it.
Mr. Nakamura: Don't forget your legacy...the wind at the back of history.
Mohinder: (opening narration) Where does it come from? This quest? This need to solve life's mysteries when the simplest of questions can never be answered. Why are we here? What is the soul? Why do we dream? Perhaps we'd be better off not looking at all. Not delving, not yearning. But that's not human nature, not the human heart. That is not why we are here. Yet still we struggle to make a difference, to change the world, to dream of hope. Never knowing for certain who we will meet along the way. Who among the world of strangers will hold our hand. Touch our hearts. And share the pain of trying.
(Claire, sobbing, raises the gun and aims it at Peter, who is going critical)
Peter: (glowing dangerously) Do it. (tense pause) DO IT! You're the only one, Claire!
Claire: (sobbing) Tell me there's another way! Please!
Peter: Shoot me! There is no other way!
Mohinder: So much struggle for meaning, for purpose and in the end we find it only in each other. How we share experience of the fantastic and the mundane. The simple human need to find a kindred, to connect and to know in our hearts ... that we are not alone.
Mohinder: We dream of hope, we dream of change, fire, of love, of death ... then it happens, the dream becomes real, and the answer to this quest is need to solve life's
mysteries finally shows itself, like the glowing light of the new dawn ...
Ando: (to Hiro) Your whole life you talked about your favorite stories...Star Wars, Star Trek, Superman, Kensei... All the heroes you wanted to be. One day people will tell the story of... Hiro Nakamura.
Peter: Thank you, Mr. Bennet.
Mr. Bennet: Call me Noah.
Hiro:(upon seeing the approaching Japanese warriors) #*@&$*
There were no new appearances of the symbol in this episode.
There were no new heroes introduced in this episode.
International Air Dates:
South Africa: November 7, 2007 on SABC 3
Italy: November 14, 2007 on Italia 1
Sweden: January 2, 2008 on TV4
Norway: February 11, 2008 on NRK1
Germany: March 5, 2008 on RTL2
Finland: March 19, 2008 on MTV3
Lithuania: April 23, 2008 on TV3
Czech Republic: June 5, 2008 on Prima
Slovakia: September 15, 2008 on Markiza
Niki Sanders: As evidenced in her fight to save Micah, Niki can now control her superstrength without Jessica taking over.
Peter Petrelli: After Niki comes near him, Peter absorbs her superstrength and uses it to battle Sylar. If Peter returns in the Second Season, he could have Sylar's additional powers of liquifying metal and enhanced hearing. If is unknown if he was in close enough proximity to D.L., Micah and Molly to absorb their abilities. Whether or not Peter has the capacity to use more than one ability at a time (e.g. turning invisible and beating Sylar using Niki's superstrength) has yet to be seen. It is also unclear as to whether or not Peter can absorb the person's actual ability (e.g. Sylar's ability to incorporate others' powers into himself by opening up their heads and performing some kind of act) or if he can also absorb stolen abilities (e.g. ability to liquify metal or super-hearing).
Charles Deveaux: Not clear what his power is at this point, but he was able to meet with Peter when he returned to an earlier point in time and nobody else could notice Peter (including himself).
"How to Stop an Exploding Man"
The episode title alludes to a scene from Chapter 11: Fallout. When Isaac tells Hiro that he recently painted an exploding man, Hiro replies: "How do you stop an exploding man?"
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