Season 3 Episode 12

Our Father

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Dec 08, 2008 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Hiro and Claire unite in their bid to stop Arthur by traveling back in time. Peter and the Haitian go after Arthur and Sylar finds a way to discover once and for all about his lineage. Ando, Daphne and Matt search for the last 9th Wonders! story.moreless

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  • The story is now moving back in the right direction.

    As revealed at the end of the previous episode, Sylar as decided once and for all who he is. His lack of self identity over the course of the last two seasons seems to have greatly contributed to its shortcomings. And Zachary Quinto brings a marvelous dark humor to the character more than I remember in the past. And the writer's made this change at exactly the right time as the winter hiatus is only one episode away.

    Hiro and Claire in the past was very entertaining, although the motivation to go to the past was a bit odd. But this cause was nothing more than the writers' struggle to reclaim the gold they had lost within the past two years. The Writer's strike is certainly a valid scapegoat. Their actions in the past fixed so many assumptions that the viewer were led to believe. *SPOILER HERE* The revelation that Claire believed herself to be the catalyst was corny. It's obvious that the writers can't attribute every mystery to her. So the writer's show the transfer of the catalyst, and the destruction of the catalyst within the single half-hour period. *END SPOILER*

    The introduction of sketchbook Isaac gave away before his death should finally limit the future seeing. If the writers limit the foresight in future episodes as they have done in the past, the storyline shouldn't be so... bad. However, travels to the past should continue as they are revealing and can be occasionally clever especially as the rule that what's in the past cannot be changed continues to be followed.

    The story for this episode was simple yet entertaining. I feel it is time to celebrate because the slump is over. With the return of a former writer and the freshness of a new story arc, the only place that the quality of this story will go is up.moreless
  • Absolutely amazing!!

    So much happened in this episode that surprised the CRAP out of me.....


    1.) Hiro is the catalyst!!

    2.) His MOM gave it to him...which was a beautiful scene!

    3.) Hiro is stuck in time and Ando needs to save him!

    3.) Nathan is the new leader of Pinehearst!

    4.) Arthur Petrelli is DEAD!

    5.) Sylar killed him!

    Full out amazing episode that felt more like season one than any other episode this season. It gave more depth to many of the characters and gave us an incredible premise for future episodes. This is one that you don't want to miss, so GO WATCH IT!moreless
  • The last of Isaac's sketches are found, Hiro & Claire are lost in time, Ando is planning to obtain an ability, Angela has Peter and the Haitian team up against Arthur, Sylar is back to his old self, Nathan, Tracy, and Mohinder start something dangerous!!moreless

    That episode was amazing!! It almost made me cry, it made me super-excited and worried about my favorite characters' lives, we got a chance to see pretty much everyone who appear fairly regularly on Heroes this season (even Elle regardless of the fact that she was dead), etc!

    Claire's interactions with a 10-year-old, non-English speaking Hiro in a time 16 years prior were hilarious, Claire's interactions with her mother and herself as a baby were so cute, and her interactions with a wary Noah were so exciting and amazing and what I live for when watching this show! :D

    Hiro seeing his parents, especially his father who doesn't believe in him and his mother whom he missed so much, was just amazing. The Hiro/his mother scene - both when Hiro was in the mindset of a 10-year-old and when he was an adult - were both so bittersweet and amazing and brought a tear to my eye.

    The Ando/Matt/Daphne team was the cutest thing ever, and all 3 of them just brought smiles to my face throughout the episode. But Ando is going to get the red lightning abiltiy we saw from the future!! OH NO!! Lol. ;)

    The Nathan/Arthur/Tracy(/Mohinder) team however is quite the opposite from the aforementioned team and is horrifying. WOW. I'm loving and hating confused Nathan - like we should, sort of like season 1. We care about him, he's fun to watch, but we worry for his life and worry about what he's planning on doing to the world!!

    Peter and The Haitian were fun to watch, I was yelling at Peter by the end to just shoot Arthur, his waiting was his doom, lol!! And The Haitian having to strain because of Arthur's power was a really nice touch, I thought.

    Sylar, of course, showed up in the nick of time!! :D And he... well... I guess I have to say it - saved the day! LOL. But I'm worried about The Haitian's fate - well really everyone within close proximity to Sylar now, including Nathan, Tracy, Angela, and even Mohinder! Backtracking a bit to Sylar's scene near the beginning where he killed birthday-girl Sue in her Office and then maybe killed the people surprising her was so horribly and wonderfully funny and a great reminder of season 1 and how much I loved it. :D And the elevator scene - from the hilarious elevator music to Sylar's bloody shirt to panning across to suddenly see a poor office working scared to death, to Sylar's comment about the ability and saying "it does tingle" with that guy standing there - I was definitely laughing out loud.

    All in all amazing episode, with Elle officially dead and cremated the murderer's way, Arthur really dead (hopefully), Claire no longer the catalyst but stuck back 16 years ago with Hiro, Hiro's memory finally regained, Nathan becoming leader of Pinehearst and giving a first ability out, and Sylar being Sylar again and knowing that he's not really an extension of the already pretty huge Petrelli family, this episode was DEFINITELY a pivotal episode!! Send me a message if you agree or disagree or whatever, I'd love to talk with you about Heroes. ;)moreless
  • Not sure what to think.

    Spoiler Alert!!

    Hiro and Claire go back in time, Hiro gets his memory back just in time for him to lose his power and the catalyst. What was the point of all this BS we've been watching this whole season? I mean, it gets really frustrating when it feels like they build and build and then just derail everything we've been watching for the last two months by making some massive change to everything or killing some major character.

    Case in point is Arthur. All of that and then they just kill him? Really? And isn't this show called heroes? And now the two best heroes don't have their powers anymore? I know they're going somewhere with all of this, but they just do it so slowly and painfully and frustratingly I don't know what to think of the show anymore.

    Granted this episode was better than its been lately. But, its just frustrating how lousy the writing and character development have gotten lately.moreless
  • The best yet :)

    Wow. This episode was by far the best this season. The writers are taking a great step of from what it was previously. Anyone who watched this episode can say that it was much better than the others it was just packed with things but in a good way. Some might say Heroes was going downhill but the episode says the exact opposite time kring promised loast good episodes and he kept it. It was just brillliant words can't describe how good it was you have to see it. This episode reminding me why I watch this wonderful show :)moreless
Tamlyn Tomita

Tamlyn Tomita

Ishi Nakamura

Guest Star

Chad Faust

Chad Faust


Guest Star

Edward Carnevale

Edward Carnevale


Guest Star

Jimmy Jean-Louis

Jimmy Jean-Louis

The Haitian

Recurring Role

George Takei

George Takei

Kaito Nakamura

Recurring Role

Robert Forster

Robert Forster

Arthur Petrelli

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • As seen in the season 1 episode "Company Man", when Kaito gave Noah the baby Claire, Claude and Thompson were standing nearby, watching them. However in this episode, when Claire and Hiro are in the past watching the same scene, there are no signs of Thompson or Claude.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (overlapping, Hiro speaks Japanese while Claire speaks English)
      Both: I know what I have to do!
      Hiro: (Japanese) I think my mommy can heal my brain! Restore my memory! So I can be a hero!
      Claire: (English) I think I can stop the catalyst before they put it in me! I could be a hero!
      Both: I don't understand what you're saying.

    • Claire: That baby is me. You're Hiro Nakamura, aren't you?
      Hiro: (Japanese) Hiro Nakamura! Yes!
      Claire: Peter told me about you. You're a time traveler, so you brought me back in time. Why did you bring me here?
      Hiro: (Japanese) I don't understand a word you're saying.
      Claire: You don't speak English?
      Hiro: (Japanese) Less talking. More watching.

    • (Sue Landers' co-workers burst through the door of her office with cake and other birthday accoutrements.)
      Co-Workers: Surprise!
      (Sylar stands up from Sue's body with blood covering his hands and clothes.)
      Sylar: Cake?
      (He gestures and the door slams shut.)

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Airdates:
      New Zealand: February 11, 2009 on TV3
      Latin America: February 13, 2009 on Universal Channel
      Israel: March 10, 2009 on Yes Stars Action
      Belgium: April 16, 2009 on VT4
      Germany: November 18, 2009 on RTL II
      Finland: April 24, 2010 on Sub
      Czech Republic: August 20, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: July 31, 2012 on Markiza

    • Power Developments:
      Sylar: Sylar gains the ability to sense when he is being lied to.

      Ishi Nakamura: Hiro's mother is shown to have the ability to heal others.


    • Title: Our Father

      The title of this episode comes from the first two words of the Christian prayer that is commonly known as The Lord's Prayer. The full beginning phrase is "Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed by thy name."