Season 3 Episode 21

Into Asylum

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Mar 30, 2009 on NBC
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Episode Summary

The heroes try to mend their broken relationships as Nathan and Claire seek refuge in Mexico and Peter and Angela hide out in a church. Danko's bid to wipe out the superpowered population intensifies as he unites with a surprising new ally.

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  • A lot is going on in the Petrelli family which has been torn apart, and Danko gets a surprising offer from someone.

    Nathan and Claire are stranded in Mexico, without money - and without friends, as it turns out. There are some rather amusing and almost touching scenes with the two; daddy issues both ways, and Nathan's struggle to do the right thing after facing up with the fact that he isn't the top dog anymore. The scene with the drinking game is rather amusing.

    In the meanwhile Peter is trying to help his mother although he probably knows better than that. In the end his guilt wins, and while they take refuge in a church where Angela hopes for some kind of miracle to happen, Peter confronts his own fears and disappointments. Surprising, but giving us new kind of insight into what is going on in Peter's head.

    Then there's Danko, who got a present from none else but our favorite serial killer, Sylar. The latter is trying to convince Danko that he needs his help - and it turns out that this alliance might be beneficial for them both.moreless
  • Really really good

    i loved this episode because it slowwed down all the action and suspense and just nuckled down to the story telling and the relationships between the characters.

    heroes may not be as good as what it used to in season 1 but i still think it is good as it is just changing, and it would have been really hard to top season1.

    the only thing i dont like in this new series is claires hair, is she wearing a wig r somehing, it looks really wierd lol but she still is hot.:-) another thing is that i miss nikki sanders, i didnt like the tracey strauss character, i thought she was pontless.

    still love the show, and will definatly keep tuning in.moreless
  • A great episode that developed the story and characters...

    Like I said this episode had loads of development between characters and the story, Nathan and Claire bonded, Peter and Angela bonded, oh and Danko and Sylar bonded as well. It was funny seeing Claire and Nathan trying to earn money. Angela and Peter shared stories that where intresting and I loved the scene where Peter was talking to god. The best parts of this episode where the scenes with Sylar and Danko working together, Sylar also got a cool new power which is sure to make things interesting in future episodes. Overal this was a really good episode which I really enjoyed.moreless
  • Claire and Nathan are in Mexico seeking asylum while trying to fix their broken relationship. Peter and Angela do the same but in a church. Danko allies with Sylar to bring down one of the special ones.moreless

    This is a really good episode that developes the character in depth.

    Claire and Nathan seek asylum in Mexico after Nathan's revelation to Danko that he can fly. Trying to get some money Nathan enters a drinking game but ends up getting wasted. Claire on the other hand takes over and wins back the money. When they both return at the motel, Nathan assures Claire that he will take care of everything and she has nothing to worry about the whole situation at hand. The following morning however, Nathan, sober now, takes all the promises back and even tells Claire that he has nothing and there is nothing he can do to save them and get them out of the whole fugitive situation. Claire tells Nathan she believed in him and that she still does but Nathan doesn't even believe in himself. Regretful, Nathan catches up with Claire at the bus stop and assures her that he will do his best to be a hero once again.

    Meanwhile, Angela and Peter find themselves outside a church, a cathedral more precisely, and enter. Angela admits to her son that she feels she has disappointed both of her children and also that she hadn't had any precognitive dreams for a while now. With both of them praying to God, we only get to hear Peter's prayer in which he asks God for a sign to help him help others. When Danko's men enter the church, with Noah in charge, Angela and Peter enter the confessionals. At that moment Angela opens for the first time her soul and tells Peter that she was once like him; a dreamer thinking she can save the world. Feeling regretful that she has made her children hate her (and her dead husband), she is stopped by Noah who opens the confessional but lies to the other men saying that there is no one. When the men leave, Angela finally manages to take a nap and dreams of their next step; to find Claire and Nathan and then visit her sister.

    Finally, Sylar pays a visit to Danko offering him an alliance to capture a new target of Danko's who has killed many of his agents; a shapeshifter named James Martin. Danko hesitates at first but agrees in the end realizing that this might be his best solution. After finding clues they track down James at a club with the face of Danko. Trying to trick them he then takes the form of Sylar. Danko realizes this before James shoots him and shoots him first. With Sylar's body, James is dumped into Building 26 with Danko saying that he has in fact killed the real Sylar. Thus an unlikely alliance is formed.

    The idea of Danko and Sylar working together is just magnificent. But the highlight of this episode is Cristine Rose's performance as a woman who has been through a lot in her life and wants to make amends; Angela Petrelli. The story of Angela is more thoroughly expanded in chapter 23: 1961 but for now we have to settle with this incredible performance of hers. Enjoy!moreless
  • An awesome character episode with some of the best one-on-one scenes we've seen in a long time.

    Now this is a return to form, season 3 has been one-good, one-mediocre for a while now but this episode is one of the absolute best of season 3, even the whole series. A truly spectacular character episode, featuring all of my favorite characters all in one place and together!

    Sylar is responsible for Doyle gift wrapped. Given Bennet's conversation with Angela, I assumed he did it. Talk about an alliance from Hell – Sylar wants his own kind eliminated. He did this in the future when he was posing as Nathan, 'eliminating the competition', on the other hand, it means he doesn't get their powers. Seems a strange choice at first but his agenda becomes clear: last man standing. Sylar vanished inside the car - is this an ability we don't know about? As far as we know he doesn't teleport. So where did Sylar go? I will admit he looked so sexy standing on that rooftop in the rain…

    The deal's a good one for Danko, but also addresses Bennet's lecture – Danko's getting hasty and careless, he didn't even bother to find out what Martins' power was before sending his men in and got three of them killed. Bennet's pushing the 'one of us, one of them' plan but Danko hates them too much and it's showing more and more. He's cracking. The inevitable happens – Danko sics Bennet on Angela.

    Nathan and Claire are in Mexico. Excellent, some crucial father/daughter bonding time! Nathan's trying so hard with Claire and she fights him every step of the way. When she asked why the free pass and why he saved her, why can't he tell her the truth? That he's her father and he loves her. I think it actually hurts him when she keeps referring to her 'other father'. Nathan actually seems almost shy with her, as if he doesn't know how to act. We find Nathan has astonishing depths – winning money off college kids?! His explanation: used to do it for shore leave money in the Philippines! Nathan is so cool! When poor Nathan passes out, Claire takes over – her body's natural healing should deal with the alcohol in her system.

    A very sweet scene with Angela in the church, burdened by her many crimes, she looks for forgiveness in Peter. If she thinks that her Peter is capable of hating his mother or brother, she doesn't know him very well. He's just not capable of it. Never pegged Peter as religious but very touching scene when he's praying. It's not that hard to figure out how they found Angela, like she said, they got married in this church and she's a regular visitor. I loved her explanation to Peter about how she turned out this way, comparing herself to Cassandra and when people wouldn't listen, she found another way. Thank God Bennet's on our side!

    Sylar solves the mystery which Danko didn't bother to – Martins is a shapeshifter! A power Sylar wants, he didn't get Candace's power like the first time. He could completely disappear, they'd never find him. He's exceptionally good at playing detective, seeing so much of himself in Martins, if things were different, he'd make an excellent cop. Like finding Martins at the club, impersonating Danko! Sylar finds this hysterical which is hilarious in itself! Martins takes Sylar's form but Danko shoots him… but doesn't kill him, letting Sylar do it! It's one thing working with Sylar, it's another to deliberately let him kill someone in front of you! This is the first time Sylar's used his empathy absorption since Elle. Interesting to see he can still do it without the whole emotional bonding part. Danko did it to fake Sylar's death!! For all Danko's contempt for Bennet's methods, he is now working with one of Them.

    Drink loosens Nathan's tongue like nothing else has, letting him come clean with Claire about how he feels about everything, including her. A really sweet scene. I always love Nathan and Claire together, trying to find some equilibrium in their relationship. Morning provides a new Nathan, one who admits he doesn't know how to fix this. Claire, so disappointed, reveals how amazing she thinks he is and if her hurt disappointment doesn't spur him into action, nothing will! It does and though there are many touching scenes in this episode, Nathan standing in the road waiting for Claire to join him and walking off arm-in-arm made me melt. This is the first time that Claire has shown Nathan acceptance as her father, even admiration, she usually plays her feelings close to the vest and her disapproval of his actions hasn't helped their relationship at all. This was a good time out to get to know each other a little. Besides, it can't be easy having a father as sexy as he is, all stubble and dark glasses with the three piece suit, talk about irresistible!

    Angela finally sleeps and wakes with a plan – reunite with Nathan and Claire (does Peter even know they're on the run?) then go to see her sister, whom Peter never knew about. She slaps him again, just like in the pilot, very cute.

    What an awesome character episode, some of the strongest scenes written for a long time! Wonderful bonding with the characters we love. A series with so many characters cannot work unless we get to know (and love) the characters and the relationships are the reason I keep coming back and stay loyal even through the shaky episodes. The super hero stuff is great but like Supernatural, is not what draws me to the series - this kind of episode is exactly the reason. What a truly wonderful episode.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Powers update:

      Claire Bennet: As evidenced by her participation in the drinking game and her explanation to Nathan later that night, her powers also prevent liver damage and intoxication.

    • In the very last shot of the episode, where Sylar and Danko drive away in their car, there are tire marks on the ground that partly lead under a street lantern which otherwise looks like it has been standing there for years. The lamp and the adjacent hedge are obviously movie props.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Angela: (talking to Peter) I was just like you. My head in the clouds, full of hope. I was gonna be a teacher. And then my power manifested and the dreams came. Visions of a bloody future, of deceit and death, the apocalypse. And when I awoke I tried to warn everyone. No one would listen. Why would they? Why should they? I was Cassandra screaming that the sky was falling, but when they looked up there wasn't a cloud in sight. And I did it with lies, with manipulation and betrayal. And it cost me everything: my friends, my husband, my boys. But Peter, it's the price I chose to pay to save the world.

    • Peter: (talking to God) I asked to be extraordinary. And I promised I'd make the world a better place. So when I got my chance, I lived up to my end of the bargain. For what? I'm running for my life. A lot of people are running for their lives. They're hurt and they're dying and I can't help them. Do You even care what You put people through? When they kneel here, before You, and they ask for help, do You even listen? And I'm tired of fighting. And I'm angry. I'm angry at my father, Nathan, and my mother. At You. We had a deal. I think it's about time You lived up to Your end. Please, just... show up.

    • College Kid: (Claire downs a liquor shot) Jeez, what do you weigh? Like, a buck ten?
      Claire: That's none of your business.
      College Kid: Hey, I'm just saying, man, you just don't even look drunk.
      Claire: (playing drunk to hide her ability) I think that you're just jealous that I caught up.
      College Kid: (indicating Nathan) Yeah, after I put your old man to sleep.
      Claire: Oh, please, that's not hard. He tends to bite off more than he can chew.
      College Kid: He is pretty slick, but he seems like a good guy.
      Claire: He wants to be. Free passes, swooping in and taking me off to Mexico thinking that's all he has to do...
      College Kid: I get it. My parents are divorced, too.
      Claire: No, it's not like that. (they both down another liquor shot) Maybe it is. I just wish he would take off his armor, shining or otherwise, and just act like a normal human being. (the college kid passes out; Claire smirks and takes the money) Thank you.

    • Sylar: Special delivery.
      Danko: How the hell did you get in here?
      Sylar: Well, you'd be amazed what you can do with a lifted I.D. badge, a four dollar tie, and a West Baltimore accent. But you've got bigger problems. Done some homework about that killer of yours.
      Danko: I don't need your help.
      Sylar: Well, I just found some evidence to the contrary. There's another body. He's stashed it, you missed it. I found it, of course.
      Danko: You're lying.
      Sylar: Look in the box.
      Danko: What's in the box?
      Sylar: Your answer. How James Martin was able to shoot your men in the back so easily. It's because of what he can do. He's a shape-shifter.

    • Danko: So how did that feel zipping up that body bag?
      Sylar: Cathartic. Poetic. And tactically fortunate. It'll be a lot easier for us to operate if everybody thinks I'm dead.
      Danko: If we do this, if we succeed, you would be the only one left.
      Sylar: Funny how that works.

    • Claire: You know what? Over the years, I couldn't help but think about my real dad. Who you were, what you looked like, your job, and then I met you. And you were more amazing than anything I could have ever imagined.
      Nathan: It's just a fantasy.
      Claire: No. No, it doesn't have to be. You can do anything you want. You can fly!
      Nathan: Claire.
      Claire: You're supposed to be Superman.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Airdates:
      Belgium: May 21, 2009 on VT4
      Latin America: May 29, 2009 on Universal Channel
      Australia: June 11, 2009 on Channel 7
      Germany: January 20, 2010 on RTL II
      Finland: June 26, 2010 on Sub
      Czech Republic: October 22, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: August 15, 2012 on Markiza

    • Featured Music
      Runaway by Del Shannon - on Danko's car radio
      We Gotta Get Out of This Place by The Animals - closing scenes
      Warhead by Zircon - played in the Garden of Eden club


    • Angela: I was Cassandra screaming that they sky was falling, but when they looked up there wasn't a cloud in sight.

      This is an allusion to Greek mythology. Cassandra was given the gift of prophecy by Apollo, but when she didn't return his love Apollo cursed her that no one would ever believe her prophecies.

    • Danko: (After receiving a mysterious package and a phone call from Sylar) What's in the box?

      This is the same line uttered by Brad Pitt's character in the 1995 film, Se7en, after he is sent a mysterious package. Also, both packages hold similar contents.