Season 1 Episode 22


Aired Monday 9:00 PM May 14, 2007 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • During the training, Hiro and his father use a Bokuto or Bokken; a training wooden sword utilized to practice Kendo (the martial art of Japanese fencing).

    • When Micah Sanders touches the screen in the voting booth, we see the name Dena Allen, Current Occupation: Business Owner. Dena Allen is the series' Set Decorator.

    • Right after D.L. kills Linderman, the corpse is shown facedown and its right hand is holding the gun on the floor. Nevertheless, when the camera angle changes after D.L.'s last words, Linderman's head is turned to the right and its hand is now only barely touching the gun.

    • While Hiro is with his father about to begin his training he asks "You are a business man what can you possibly know about killing? and his father answers "A few things".
      This are the exact same words Mr Linderman uses when Nathan asks him about what can he possibly know about healing in ".07%".
      They both make a demonstration of their "skills" while saying the words: Linderman heals a flower and Mr Nakamura shows his sword abilities.

    • In the scene when Hiro is being trained he has no glasses on throughout, however at the end he runs out to tell Ando still without glasses, but as soon as he runs out the door he's wearing them.

      Also Hiro can bend time and space, which includes the ability to teleport himself and others, as well as objects, meaning he could have teleported to the glasses to himself, this seems to be en editing error.

    • Peter and Claire are desperate to get out of New York, why doesn't Peter turn him and Claire invisible and fly away?

      POSSIBLE EXPLANATION: Peter might not be able to use more then one power at the same time, or he is afraid to do so.

    • At the end of last episode "The Hard Part", Peter just finishes saying, "It's funny, I felt the same thing when I met you." Peter wipes away Claire's tears and Claire turns her head and sees her dad and runs to him.
      At the beginning of this episode, Claire says to Peter, "I just miss my family. I hope I can make them proud". Glances to the left and sees her dad and runs to him.

    • At the scene of Kaito's training for Hiro, the story of "Kensei Takezo and the dragon" is mentioned. It says that the story occured in the Kiso mountain.

      First of all, there is no mountain named like that even though we have Kiso area at the center of Japan. It's where some mountains are gathered. Ontake would be correct, I mean, the actual name.

      Second, there's no ancient story even considering Takezo as a fictional character. Sword, Takezo, Princess, everything is perfectly original. It came from the creators' ideas, not from any Japanese stories.

    • When Nathan and Heidi Petrelli are about to make entry to the election victory celebration, Heidi says that she feels silly not to be walking around, and to pretend she still needs the wheelchair.

      Most appropriately, the opening chords to Free's "All Right Now" are played, of which the first verse is: "There she stood in the street; Smiling from her head to her feet"

    • Two of the comic books Candice buys for Micah are issues of the Marvel miniseries Hulk: Gray and Daredevil: Yellow, both of which were written by Jeph Loeb and illustrated by Tim Sale.

  • Quotes

    • (translated from Japanese)
      Hiro: In great crisis every hero is tested, some fail. Like me. But I never thought Nathan would give up.
      Ando: Let's hope we can get more help here...(referring to Nathan) than from that jerk.

    • Niki: (looks at Matt) Didn't I throw you out of a window?

    • (translated from Japanese)
      Ando:We're almost there.
      Hiro:We don't have time for traffic today. (man bumps Hiro) Don't they know we have a sword to mend?

    • (Thompson comes up quietly behind him and points his gun at Matt's head.)
      Thompson: What am I thinking now, Parkman?
      (Mr. Bennet points his gun at Thompson's head.)
      Mr. Bennet: Your last thought.

    • (in Kirby Plaza, Claire and Mr. Bennet get a chance to catch up)
      Bennet: So Peter Petrelli's your uncle, huh?
      Claire: You didn't know that?
      Bennet: There's a lot of things that they haven't told me.
      Claire: I thought Peter was the only one who could protect me. (smiles) Now you're here.

    • (Linderman has poured out millions of dollars to entice Jessica into killing D.L. and forgetting Micah)
      Jessica: He's right, D.L. I want the money. I really do. I would even kill you for it. (tense pause) But Niki wouldn't...
      (Jessica inhales deeply and reverts back to Niki)
      Niki: D.L.! (runs up and hugs D.L. as Linderman turns a gun on her; D.L. jumps in front of Niki just as Linderman shoots; D.L. staggers)
      Linderman: (to a horrified Niki) You should've taken the money.
      (D.L. phases his fist inside Linderman's skull, killing Linderman; D.L. then collapses into a crying Niki's arms)

    • Voting Official: Welcome, Ms...Baker.
      Ms. Baker/Candice: (passing Micah off as her son) Do you mind if I take my son into the voting booth with me? I'm trying to teach him about democracy in action.
      Voting official: Oh, what a lovely thought. Follow me.
      (The voting official leads Micah and "Ms. Baker" to one of the booths)
      Micah: (to Candice/Ms. Baker) I've been thinking about how you make yourself look like that. You must bend light or something.
      Ms. Baker/Candice: How do you know this isn't the real me?
      (she chuckles as the voting official leads them into the booths; when the official closes the curtain, "Ms. Baker" reverts back to Candice)
      Candice: Okay, Micah, it's time to boot up.
      Micah: What do you want me to do?
      Candice: You can tell computers what to do. So I want you to tell this one and all the others here to vote for Nathan Petrelli. (Micah places his hand on the monitor, which as a result displays the names of the candidates; as a result of Micah's powers, Nathan Petrelli receives numerous votes) After this, we do the same thing in 12 other precincts.
      Micah: (his hand is still on the monitor) We don't have to go anywhere else. It says that they're all networked, so from here, I can change every one in the city.
      Candice: It says that?
      Micah: Yeah. How many votes does your boss want him to win by?
      Candice: (smirks) Make it a landslide.
      (Micah concentrates even harder to give Nathan a landslide victory; after a short while, Micah removes his hand, out of breath)
      Micah: Can I go home now?

    • (FBI agents, led by Audrey Hanson, have jumped Ted and locked him up in an FBI van bound for Guantanamo Bay)
      Audrey: We got him, thanks to your tip, Mr...
      Sylar: Mendez. Isaac Mendez.

    • Nathan: Bad future?
      Ando: Yes. We went there. But I was already dead.

    • Ando: Wait. He will try to take you back to Japan. You are vulnerable, Hiro. What if he convinces you to abandon your mission? You have to stop Sylar. You must save the world! You have to save me!
      Hiro: He is my father and out of respect I must hear what he has to say.

    • Hiro: I know that you want me to return home, Father. But I will not. I’m on a mission and…
      Mr. Nakamura: You will save the world. I have waited a long time for a Nakamura to ascend. I never thought it would be you, Hiro. You have proven yourself worthy of our legacy. And your power.

    • Hiro: With all due respect, you are a CEO of a big company. You work in an office. What can you possibly know of killing?
      Mr. Nakamura: (a few fancy sword moves and the blade is at Hiro’s throat) A few things.

    • Hiro: (voice over) Takezo Kensai longed to unite Japan. He went to the dragon of Kiso Mountain and asked the dragon to teach him the secrets of the sword. The dragon taught him to become the Kensai, the sword saint. He fought his enemies and won, saving his people. Then the dragon came to his palace demanding the life of the princess. Kensai drew his sword and plunged it into his own heart. He handed it to the dragon and said, "My love is in here. Take it." And then he died.

    • Sprague: I'm hurt! I'm bleeding bad!
      Sylar: Here, let me help. (begins cutting Sprague's scalp)

    • Hiro: You have taught me well, Father. Now that I can stop Sylar, Ando doesn't have to die. He will be so relieved.

    • Jessica: (about Linderman) He's right, D.L. I wanna take the money. I really do. I would even kill you for it. But Niki wouldn't. (closes her eyes and…)
      Niki: D.L.! (throws herself into his arms)
      Linderman: You don't love him.
      Niki: Everything I've done I did for them.

    • D.L.: (to Niki) Jessica wasn't the strong one. It was you.

    • Nathan: (giving a speech) I'm sorry my brother couldn't be here tonight, but I know Peter cares about this city more than anyone. Our father always said that we had a responsibility to use what God gave us to help people, to make a real difference. Pop always made the hard choices for the greater good; he believed in that and so do I. Our children deserve that, they deserve a better future, a future where they don't have to face their fears alone, but can look into the darkness and find hope. I challenge everyone in here to inspire by example, to fight the battle, no matter the cost. Because the world is sick, it's spinning out of control. But we can help. With our help it can heal. With our love, with our compassion and with our strength we can heal. Let's put aside our differences, let's embrace our common goals, let's do it for our children. Let's show them all exactly what we're capable of.

    • Hiro (to the blacksmith about the sword): Can you fix it?
      Blacksmith: Depends... On him
      (Kaito Nakamura opens the door)

    • (Mr. Bennet is pointing his gun at Molly while Mohinder points his own gun at Bennet)
      Mr. Bennet: (about Molly) As long as she's alive, my daughter is never safe!

    • Peter: Sylar got him, he killed Ted!
      Claire: Does that mean Sylar can do what Ted can do?
      Peter: He's the one...he's gonna wipe out the entire city!
      Claire: You got to stop him!
      Peter: I don't think I can...last time I fought Sylar, he killed me.

    • Cop#1: This is the sickest thing I've ever seen. Did this happen in the accident?
      Cop#2:: The top of the guy's head came off! How ELSE does that happen?
      Agent Hanson: You don't wanna know.

    • Matt:You sure there isn't another way?
      Bennet: The reason I brought you here, Parkman, was so that you could get us to those elevators without raising a ruckus. Now, if you can't do that you might as well give up on your wife and unborn child right now. Because no matter how far you run they will find you.
      Matt: Okay. A simple "no" would have done the trick.

    • (Nathan is pushing Heidi in her wheelchair)
      Heidi: I feel so stupid sitting here. I want to jump out of this damn chair.
      Nathan: People don't believe in miracles. When the time is right, we'll tell them.

    • Ted: So this guy Sylar kills people like us?
      Peter: Yeah, to take what we can do.
      Ted: How does he do that?
      Claire: He rips your head open.
      Ted: I say we stick to the plan and get out of this city.

    • Micah: I have a cousin who eats like you. He's huge.
      Candice: So am I. Here. You said you liked comic books, so I brought you a stack.
      Anything good?
      Micah: The Original Silver Surfer number one! This must've cost you a fortune! You're nice. Even when you're scary. (Candice chuckles) I just don't understand why you're working for such a bad guy. You could use your power to be a hero.
      Candice: Okay. You're just too young to see how much the world sucks. How people can be so mean to each other just because of where they were born or what they look like. (pause) Mr. Linderman's gonna change all that. He's gonna heal the world.
      Micah: I didn't know it was sick.

    • Ted: I just drove twenty-six hours from Texas to take down the evil bastards that want me dead and you're saying I should turn around and go back just because of a painting that you saw?
      Peter: Yeah. That and a dream.
      Matt: He might be nuts, Ted, but he's not lying. He believes every word of it.
      Peter: Take out the tracking system, then you're gonna be free.
      Ted: Free? I killed people with my power. I didn't mean to, but it happened, and now the FBI thinks I'm a terrorist.
      Peter: But you're not a terrorist! You need to get out of town before you become one!
      Bennet: (to Claire) Windy Forks. It's a town in Nebraska. Population fifteen. I want you to go there and wait for me to contact you.
      Claire: He gave me directions.
      Matt: You're sending your daughter with them?
      Bennet: Claire tells me she has a destiny. She stopped Ted from melting down once before and saved our lives, she could do it again. (looks at Peter) She could stop both of you.
      Peter: (to Ted) You coming?
      Ted: Yeah, I'm in.
      Sylar: (listening from around the corner) Me too.

    • Hiro:(holding broken sword) I had a chance to kill Sylar and I failed. My mission is over.
      Ando: It's still sharp.
      Hiro: Even if the sword were whole, I am not fit to wield it.
      Ando: We began in a cubicle in Tokyo. No life, no adventure. You wanted to be special, and you are! Destiny picked you, Hiro!
      Hiro: Destiny made a mistake. Sylar is too powerful. Look what he did to the sword.
      Ando: We can get it fixed. (crosses over, picks up Yellow Pages)
      Hiro: Fix a five-hundred-year old samurai sword? (Ando flips through phone book, muttering) What makes you think some handyman can fix it?
      Ando:(oh phone, in English) Hello? Do you fix ancient samurai swords? (hands phone to Hiro)
      Hiro:(in English) My name is Hiro Nakamura. The fate of the world is in your hands.

    • Claire: You know, I've been thinking, after we save the world I may go on patrol. You know, jumping in front of bullets and dragging people from burning buildings...
      Peter: You're not gonna catch me wearing a cape. Zipping around with my underwear outside my pants...
      Claire: Why do we have to rent a car? Can't we just fly to Nebraska? (Peter looks at her) In a plane?
      Ted: The FBI's got my face all over wanted posters. We wouldn't get very far...
      Sylar: (Peter's overhearing his thoughts) Ted's a fugitive. I can use that to get his power.
      Claire: What is it?
      Peter: Sylar. He's here, he's watching us. He knows what Ted can do. We need to get off the streets. (pulls Claire into a store)
      Ted: Who's Sylar?

    • Heidi: Nathan, I thought you were going to see the boys before they went to school. They wanted to wish you luck- (sees Linderman) Sorry, I didn't know you were here.
      Linderman: Sorry, I was just on my way out. Mrs. Petrelli, your husband is about to become a very powerful man. I would like to give you both a gift to honor his for coming victory. (Clasps Heidi's hand) Here's something to make the days ahead a little easier. (leaves)
      Heidi:(wheeling over to Nathan) What is he talking about?
      Nathan: I don't know.
      Heidi: I can't believe you let that man into our house.
      Nathan: Honey, he's my largest campaign contributor.
      Heidi: He's a thief and a liar and God knows what else.
      Nathan: And if I win this election, he'll be the reason.
      Heidi: Why? Because he gave you money? Nathan, don't forget who you are.
      Nathan: I know exactly who I am. I'm a man who's being asked to make a hard choice for the greater good.
      Heidi: And you will. And you'll do great things, but you don't have to sell your soul. (Nathan looks down, Heidi's foot starts moving) What? What is it?
      Nathan: Your foot. It's moving.
      Heidi: What? Nathan- oh my god- (Nathan stands up, Heidi stands up also, hugs Nathan) Oh my god!
      Nathan: It's a miracle.

    • Sylar:...Boom....

    • Jessica: (To Linderman) Where's Micah? (Throws Linderman against the wall)
      DL: She asked you a question.

    • Matt: (To Jessica) Good luck finding your son. (No response as the elevator closes) Right, nice to see you too.

    • Hiro: I understand now Father. To save what is most important. I must cut out my own heart.

    • DL: (About Linderman) The man took my son. He's going to pay for that in full.

    • Claire: Why did you come here? With them?
      Mr. Bennet: The people I used to work for have a tracking system. They can find anybody anywhere in the world. We came here to destroy it. That's the only way we can ever start over. And build a normal life.
      Claire: Is that even possible? I mean, I'm not normal, and they're not normal. Everything that's been happening to us has been so monumentally un-normal. I mean, maybe Peter's right. Maybe we all have a destiny. To save the world...together.

    • Mr. Linderman: Be ready, Nathan. Today you will become a Congressman. In time, you will lead the country.
      Nathan: As long I let this city become a nuclear wasteland. And let my brother explode.
      Mr. Linderman: You can't stop that. No one can. But it's what comes next. And that...that is entirely up to us. Your father would be very proud.
      Nathan: Pop would have me committed for ever considering this nonsense.
      Mr. Linderman: Clearly, your mother didn't tell you.
      Nathan: Tell me what?
      Mr. Linderman: Your father was one of us, someone with great power. He tried to make a difference in the world. He did all he could, wasn't enough...he just gave up. Your father was weak.
      Nathan: My father was my hero.

    • Hiro: (to Nathan) You already bad guy. You are billain! Billain!

    • Mr. Bennet: Mr. Hawkins, Ms. Sanders. My friend here can hear your thoughts. He says we have similar goals.
      Jessica: (looks at Matt) Didn't I throw you out a window?

  • Notes

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

    • The Symbol:
      As a logo in the swordmaker's ad that Ando finds in the phone book.

    • International Air Dates:
      Sweden: January 2nd, 2008 on TV4
      Germany: March 5, 2008 on RTL2
      Finland: March 12, 2008 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: May 29, 2008 on Prima
      Slovakia: September 8, 2008 on Markiza

    • Power Developments:
      Sylar: gained the ability to generate radiation and explode like a nuclear bomb. He can also produce EMPs, but it is unclear if he is aware of the full extent of his new ability.

  • Allusions

    • Peter: You're not gonna catch me wearing a cape, zipping around with my underwear outside my pants.
      This is an allusion to Superman, a super hero who, like Peter, can fly. Superman's costume includes a cape and a pair of red shorts, which look not unlike men's briefs, worn over blue tights.

    • The swordmaker is named Mr. Claremont. Chris Claremont is a writer of American comic books, best known for his 16-year (1976-1991) stint on Marvel Comics Uncanny X-Men, during which the series became one of the comic book industry's most successful properties.

    • The name of the episode is Landslide, which is also the title for a song covered by the Dixie Chicks (written by Stevie Nicks). The lead singer of the Dixie Chicks, Natalie Maines, is married to Adrian Pasdar (Nathan Petrelli).