Heroes

Season 4 Episode 3

Ink

5
Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 28, 2009 on NBC
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Peter must face the consequences of his actions and also meets a new female hero. Claire deals with others knowing about her ability. Samuel fights to find his brother Joseph's memories. When Sylar returns, Matt must struggle with his own inner demons.

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  • Peter must face the consequences of his actions and also meets a new female hero. Claire deals with others knowing about her ability. Samuel fights to find his brother Joseph's memories. When Sylar returns, Matt must struggle with his own inner demons.moreless

    10
    Why many of you have to hate on Heroes how about been a little more patient this is the third Episode of this season, don't expect the writers to tell you the whole season in one Episode. I was expecting a little more of action but I settle for story line as long as it takes us somewhere I noticed that people cry when they get action and no story line and now they get story line and they still cry WTF people are you a real fan or what? look how well this episode did it went from 8.5 to 8.6 to 9.1 if you are a real Heroes fan you should know that this mean something good plus last time we had a above 9 average episode was in season two so don't be too anxious and be patients!!!!!!moreless
  • much, much better *Contains the review for the episode Ink, the "second" episode of this season, which is titled under Acceptance. Ehhh, headache.

    9.5
    Well, now that the fillerless premiere(s) is out of the way, the real "action" can begin. Or if not action, at least we have some real nice character drama, this episode centering around Peter, Claire, and Matt. Peter is enjoying playing hero when he gets the "Hancock"-treatment, that is, someone wants to sue him for injuring them during his rescues. Trials and tribulations of playing the hero, what can you do? Peter expects some support from his best friend-medic but the medic is suspicious that Peter gets to the scenes so quickly, is jealous that Peter is stealing the attention and the work away from him, and informs his "friend" that many on the medical staff believe Peter is deliberately causing the accidents so he can claim some glory-high. Nice guy. Peter decides to talk to his accuser and meets up with what apparently is his future girlfriend, a deaf medical secretary that is starting to exhibit powers. Turns out Peter's accuser is Samuel, hoping to meet and size Peter up. Samuel is impressed by what he sees and uses his ink powers to imprint on one of Peter's newspaper clippings that he was there. He begs Peter to help him out so he can help his family. He asks Peter if he ever lost a brother, which MIGHT be foreshadowing some Nathan-Sylar-Peter conflict down the road but who the heck knows, and he feels lost after his brother died. He finally imprints a compass tattoo on Peter's arm for SOME reason, and goes to his childhood home. At college, Claire is trying to avoid Gretchen the best she can after she outted herself. Noah invites both of them to lunch, Gretchen hopping on board and gives Claire a not-so-discrete talk-through over hiding her ability. Noah knows what's going on and wants the Haitain to deal with her but Claire calls him off, threatening disownment if he does so, because Gretchen is her only friend. That's pretty sad that this super-annoying girl is Claire's only friend. Noah consents and gives Claire free control of her life. Claire decides to come fully clean to Gretchen over her powers and the two bond in a very obvertly, how-can-this-get-anymore-obvious Willow-Tara situation. Meanwhile, Sylar is doing his very best annoying the heck of Matt to get him pieced back together. Matt understands what sort of havoc Sylar would wreck if he is unleashed and tells Sylar or hallucination-Sylar or whatever version of Sylar this is that he would rather have Sylar annoy him to death than to let him back causing destruction to the world. Unfortunately, Matt is in the middle of a drug-bust and Sylar being suspiciously niceish, showing Matt clues and leads Matt to the horrifying realization that the drug dealer kidnapped and murdered a little girl. Matt beats the heck out of the guy but then, it turns out Sylar used Matt's illusion mindbending against him. Ugh. Matt, defeated, lapses back to mindreading and Jedi mind tricks so everything is easier for him. Sylar smirks, knowing it won't be long until he can force Matt to do what he wants. Peter's future girlfriend has problems of her own. Turns out she's a newborn. Turns out she can "see" sound, her doctor informing her her senses are bleeding into each other, or the colored vibrations sound gives off, a nifty trick. She sees the hues a drop of water gives off and she tries playing someone's guitar, seeing the different vibrations the sound gives off. Beautiful scene but it would have been even better if the colors had more well. . .color, more bounce, more vibration, more vitality, but due to Heroes' short budget span, the colors are just there. Peter seeks her out but she runs, not wanting anyone's sympathy. I don't think it will be long until those two hook up. At last, Samuel deals with his own issues over losing his brother and feeling lost, even going back to the mansion his father and mother served as a butler and a maid. The snotty lady that owns the place refuses to let him in, so Samuel responds by creating a sinkhole underneath the place. If he throws a hissy fit over someone refusing to let him into his childhood home, then you REALLY shouldn't mess with him. This episode is a lot better than the premiere(s) and definitely a start in the right direction. I like how Heroes is continuing to narrow the episode focus down to a few characters apiece, although that does take away from the others at times when we should be seeing the others. However, I do have a few gripes. Season Two-like problems have plagued Volume 5 thusfar, which is, nothing epic is significantly happening. Samuel, while I do like his ambiguity, hasn't been revealed why or what his villainous motive is. Just get to the point already. I find it odd that Gretchen has yet to be revealed to be a lesbian despite that it is rather significant to a certain degree, however, I don't think the writers can get anymore obvious over where Gretchen and Claire are headed. However, and I'm sorry about this, but she is just super-annoying. And she annoys Claire too so I'm supposed to believe that she and Claire are best buddies just because Claire outted herself to her and they're soon going to be lovers? Sorry if I ruined that for anyone. It's Buffy all over again. Eyeroll. I'm glad to see that Peter is given something to do after last volume but why is this freaking compass so important? Again, get to the point. Matt's storyline was the most interesting and you did feel bad for him that Sylar played him like a violin string but, I have to ask, what do the writers want to get out of this? Are they going to have Matt turn dark side? Is he going to comply with Sylar and get his identity back? Some clairifying would be appreciated. The heroes are mostly isolated from each other, leading separated lives, when I believe the fans clearly established after Season Two that they weren't buying that. What gives? And my biggest gripe is how much the writers have slighted Nathan/"Nathan" so far this season. You can't bring back a character, even in this case, and just not do anything with him. What was the point in bringing him back? That's a punch in the gut to us and an insult to Nathan, after his unfortunate/tragic demise. There was over a million ways they could worked the Nathan-Sylar angle, I'm just not liking so far the version they wound up picking. Where is the Fight Club moments? It looks like right now, Matt is the unfortunate Jack to Sylar's Tyler Durden? Does that mean Matt's going to be the one that Sylar controls? Shrug. And the fact that the Nathan/Sylar is only affecting Matt, someone who isn't related to Nathan or interacts with Nathan much, and not someone who is. . .say, a Petrelli, Claire, or preferably Peter, since hey, it is only his brother, irritates me. Will my whinings change anything? Nope, not really. At least the drama is still strong and the only thing keeping me watching Heroes while it flounders around. Maybe it will get better as the season goes on, but right now, the drama I will gladly take for what it's worth.moreless
  • Keeps getting better!

    10
    Unlike some shows that never evolve and they stay with some tried tested formula to keep their show going. I love Heroes due to the fact that it is constantly changing and evolving. Tonight's episode was a classic example. Peter meets a girl who is deaf, but sees color. I know when she saw that cello something was going to happen. How many of you heard her speak that one sentence? I wonder where her new powers will lead her? This is one of he reasons I am so glued to the TV watching this show.



    I am still debating on whether those carnival people are good or bad. I would hate to have been the people trapped in the house when he made it disappear.



    Poor Mat, Sylar is really screwing around with his mind. To make his believe he saw a dead girl under the stairs. Definitely he wants his body back and will stop at nothing to get it. Question is, is Mat strong enough to contain him, or will he eventually take over Mat and possibly turn him evil. The only negative thing about this show is that it goes by too fast. Also, they have many commercials, but that is a good sign. It shows companies are still interested in it. I wonder why they put in on the 8:00 PM time slot instead of 9:00 PM. I am glad it was renewed and I hope they give us more seasons.moreless
  • character development

    10
    i'm really loving the time they are spending developing our characters. nothing epic has happened yet, but if we recall in the first season, it started pretty much the same way. they started to develop the characters, then slowly unraveled the mystery before us. Here, we have lots of ominous hints and clues, but the real focus was the struggles of matt, claire, and peter. truly great. i know i'm in the minority, but i love the tracy character and can't wait to see her next week! i was a nikki fan, but i think i like tracy even more.moreless
  • Keeps getting better and better! By the way, this episode was Ink not Acceptance. Someone needs to fix this mistake.

    9.5
    Peters interactions with Samuel, and Sylar messing with Matts head with his own powers, these are the reasons why Heroes gets the huge fan base it has. I think that they can only get better with time! I can't wait for the upcoming episodes, or when "Nathan" finally realizes who he truly is. The only thing I hated was the fact that they used Claires blood to save Noah (HRG), but they didn't think of that when it came to Nathan? Hopefully the writers knew what they were doing when they killed off Nathan. But, I still stick to my statement as this being the best series on NBC.moreless
Rick Worthy

Rick Worthy

Mike

Guest Star

Louise Fletcher

Louise Fletcher

Dr. Coolidge

Guest Star

David Pompeii

David Pompeii

Tracksuit

Guest Star

Madeline Zima

Madeline Zima

Gretchen Berg

Recurring Role

Dawn Olivieri

Dawn Olivieri

Lydia

Recurring Role

Robert Knepper

Robert Knepper

Samuel Sullivan

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Powers update:


      Emma Coolidge: Emma is a deaf file clerk and former doctor at the hospital who possesses synesthesia in the form of seeing sounds as colors in the spectrum. She unintentionally channels this into a "siren's song" as she amazes herself with the various colors she sees when playing a cello.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (Dr. Coolidge is performing a checkup on Emma)
      Dr. Coolidge: You're not going blind, Emma. There's nothing wrong with your eyes.
      Emma: (in sign language) Then... what's happening to me?
      Dr. Coolidge: When you saw the lights, did other people see them?
      Emma: Yes, of course. I just signed, "Hey, do you see an Aurora Borealis ink blot coming from that coffee mug?"

    • (Claire opens the dormitory door expecting to see Gretchen but finds Noah instead)
      Claire: Dad, what are you doing here?
      Noah: Hi, Dad. Nice to see you. Thanks for the housewarming presents.
      Claire: Hi, Dad. Nice to see you. Thanks for the housewarming presents.

    • Dr. Coolidge: You're completely disengaged. You file records when you could be treating patients.
      Emma: (signing) I like my job. It's quiet.
      Dr. Coolidge: Is that why you wear the headphones?
      Emma: (signing) I wear the headphones because the minute I take them off, someone's asking for the time, or my phone number, or directions to the Statue of Liberty... (out loud) Hey. I don't want to see their faces. (signing) That look, insensitive eyebrows. "Oh, she's deaf."

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates:
      Australia: November 11, 2009 on 7TWO
      UK: January 16, 2010 on BBC2
      Latin America: January 26, 2010 on Universal Channel
      Germany: September 8, 2010 on RTL II
      Czech Republic: December 10, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Finland: February 2, 2011 on Sub

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