Season 1 Episode 8

Seven Minutes to Midnight

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 13, 2006 on NBC
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Episode Summary

While mourning for his father in India, Mohinder begins to have strange dreams of the past. Niki begins to understand herself. Hiro and Ando meet an interesting person while stopping at a diner. Matt and Audrey follow a lead regarding the mysterious Sylar, but it leads to something unexpected. Claire is getting ready for homecoming with hopes of returning to a normal life. Meanwhile her father locates another hero, and urgently requests his help.moreless

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  • too many heroes

    Demasiados personajes, demasiadas historias que contar y me pierdo, me olvido de todo lo que pasó. Creo (quiero) que deberían concentrarse más en lo interesante de la acción y el futuro que apenas conocemos by pinceladas y no seguir introduciendo personajes poco interesantes (más de lo mismo). Ya sé que Heroes se trata de gente que tiene poderes especiales, no hace falta que me lo recuerden cada capítulo.

    Quiero saber más de Hiro, de Peter, quiero saber qué va a pasar con Claire, por qué Sylar quiere eliminarlos a todos, por qué va a explotar New York en unos días. La verdad no me importa un tipo radioactivo que se no va a ser gran cosa.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show heroes mohinder goes back to india and is morning the death of his father and is final understand the secrets he left behide and while he was alive and nikki is finaly understand herself throgh all of this and clair wants to just have a normal life in this and despratly trys to and so her father request the help of another hero after he locats another this was a good ep i thought and it was very interesting and that is why i gave it waht i gave it a 9 instead of anything lowermoreless
  • Mohinder recovers family secrets that will help him regain his faith in his father's research. Isaac manages to recover from drugs with the assistance of Eden but not for long. Hiro meets another Hero and evil shows his face.moreless

    The eighth chapter is memorable for the introduction of Charlie Andrews, a possible love interest for Hiro as well as being the first episode to actually show us a Sylar's killing. Leaving the Petrelli story aside, this chapter focuses more on the Suresh history and background as a mysterious kid guides Mohinder who discovers that his father was not who he thought he was and that he also had a sister he has never met, Shanti (remember the name it will come up again during volume 2). The first time I saw the episode I found Mohinder's story to be quite dull but when I saw it a second time I enjoyed it and Mohinder's character who is very interesting (even though he has no powers yet) not only in this volume but also in the ones to follow (my personal opinion).

    Matt's story is the one that promotes the plot not the save the cheerleader part but the save the world part. Ted Sprague is the most important supporting character in this volume. I specifically enjoyed how Matt deals with both a possible terrorist (he doesn't think so) and his breaking apart marriage.

    Hiro's story is also nice as Masi Oka is funny and honest at portraiting Hiro Nakamura (the Hiro-Charlie relationship is the one most Heroes fans wanted to see and still want to see in the Heroes universe as it ended too early and too short). Regardless, you will enjoy Jayma Mays' Charlie in chapter 10: Six Months Ago as Hiro makes an effort to save Charlie. Despite the fact that we all got sad with Charlie's death during this episode (spoiler I know) the Heroes writers did not make Charlie's death to have an impact as we just meet her in this episode and she is killed. They do make it up to us though in chapter 10. Isaac's story is also very important as it is the only one in this chapter that is directly involved with the next jaw-dropping chapter: Homecoming. Jack Coleman's scene where he tells Isaac how he met with his daughter Claire is amazing but the scene where Eden convinces Isaac to take heroin in order to paint the painting that will save Claire is enough to make you hate Mr Bennet (we get a quick glimpse of Eden's ability that will be shown better in the following chapter as well as in the flashback chapter 10). Eden is another character Heroes fans miss.

    Clearly we notice the absence of the Petrellis, Niki and her family as well as a Claire story (even though she does make an appearance - she is in fact the only character who appears in all of volume 1 episodes). However, this episode acts as a prologue to the next one where the pieces of the puzzle are put together and the plot takes its course.moreless
  • Mohinder finds answers about his father's obsession, and Hiro and Ando run into Sylar.

    Mohinder really did go home to India, went through with his father's funeral. A surprise guest shows up in his ex who is a total cow. Offers him a job on condition that he drops his father's research. He finds out a major family secret – he had a sister, Shanti, who died when five years old – the source of his father's obsession, she was Special. This messes with my theory – that one of the Special must have two Special parents, since as far as we know, neither of Mohinder's parents were Special.

    Revelation: Bennet's group monitors the Special and 14 years ago something went wrong with one of them, leaving Claire an orphan.

    Isaac who is in the 'safe' hands of Bennet & Co gets clean but Bennet loses patience when Isaac can't access his gift and forces Eden to 'persuade' him, her special ability. Between Eden and the Haitian, Bennet can control both people and information.

    Hiro meets a waitress in Texas who gets murdered by Sylar while they are in the diner with her. Hiro decides to go back and save her, hoping to stop Sylar here and now. Stop Sylar, the cheerleader lives. But he totally screws up, disappearing and not coming back.

    Matt finds out the reason for Janice's behavior – she's been having an affair… with his superior!

    Finally meet Sylar! Very interesting stuff about Chandra and the origin of his obsession.moreless
  • great

    When Mohinder returns to India for his father's funeral, he seems content to stay ... until he begins to have unsettling dreams. With Eden's help, Isaac seems to have kicked his heroin habit, but Mr. Bennet's needs jeopardize his efforts. Hiro meets a remarkable waitress named Charlie, but thanks to Sylar he's diverted yet again from his quest. When Matt and Audrey question Ted, Matt begins to discover answers to his own memory lapse. This was great episode with lots of mystery in it and had many new questions for the viewers to discuss like that mysterous boy in Mohinder's dreams.moreless
Jayma Mays

Jayma Mays

Charlene "Charlie" Andrews

Guest Star

Erick Avari

Erick Avari

Chandra Suresh

Guest Star

Stacy Haiduk

Stacy Haiduk

FBI Agent Elisa Thayer

Guest Star

Nora Zehetner

Nora Zehetner

Eden McCain

Recurring Role

James Kyson

James Kyson

Ando Masahashi

Recurring Role

Matthew John Armstrong

Matthew John Armstrong

Ted Sprague

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Both Matt and Ted Sprague (the radioactive man) have an identical distinctive mark on their shoulder. Matt's is on the right one and Ted's is on the left one.

    • Jayma Mays, the actress who started playing Charlie in a three-episode arc on Heroes in this episode, is currently playing a character with the same name on Ugly Betty.

    • Early in the episode they show a building that they say is Chennai University. It is, however, the City Palace, which is located in Jaipur. Also, in the street scenes in Chennai there is evidence of a lot of Hindi writing, however, in Chennai, there is virtually no Hindi writing in the streets. Tamil is the language there.

    • The place Charlie works is called Burnt Toast Diner on the subtitles, but the sign on their window says Burnt Toast Cafe.

    • When filling out the crossword puzzle, there is no way the sheriff could have gotten the letters he has without either knowing the word he was looking for or the words which intercept it.

    • The two times we see a close up on Sylar's watch, we see that it is broken and has stopped at 11:53, or "Seven Minutes To Midnight," which is the title to this episode. Also, in Mohinder's dream, we see that the watch broke while Sylar was killing Chandra Suresh, so "seven minutes to midnight" is also the exact time that Mohinder's father was killed.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Lloyd:(to Charlie): Who won Best Actor in 1981?
      Sheriff: She's not Google, Lloyd!

    • Mrs. Suresh: I know you miss him. And I know you feel guilty, too. Don't.
      Mohinder: I had a dream last night. You and father were talking before he left. In it, you persuaded him to go.
      Mrs. Suresh: It's just a dream, Mohinder.
      Mohinder: No; I need to know if it was true.
      Mrs. Suresh: Your father and I were married for 33 years.
      Mohinder: That is not an answer.
      Mrs. Suresh: Yes it is; a marriage doesn't last that long without allowing the other person to be who he has to be.

    • Mr. Bennet: (to Isaac) Fourteen years ago there was just such a case, which sadly ended in a death. A woman left behind a baby girl who had no one to take care of her.

    • Eden: Isaac. This is Mr. Bennet, the man I told you about.
      Mr. Bennet: Hello, Isaac. Drawing anything interesting?
      Isaac: It's nothing.
      Mr. Bennet: Oh, you know that's not true. You have the ability to paint the future. That's something. Something very important.
      Isaac: Feels like a curse.
      Mr. Bennet: No, it's a blessing. Don't let anybody tell you differently. We're gonna help you understand that.

    • Matt: I'm hearing things that I should not be hearing.
      Ted: Like what?
      Matt: Things that could ruin lives. Things that...could end marriages.

    • Mohinder: It's an odd country, America. Everyone there seems so lonely. Including me. Ah, I'm not sure what I accomplished by going there. Only seeing things I wish I never had.

    • Hiro: Who says no one in America is nice.

    • Ando: No wonder everyone is America is fat... all there is to eat is waffles and French fries.
      Hiro: You like French fries.
      Ando: I've gained four kilos from French fries.
      Hiro: We need our strength. Soon we'll meet Peter Petrelli and help him save the Cheerleader's life. It is our mission.

    • Charlie: (to Hiro) I like the way your cheeks wobble when you concentrate.

    • Mr. Bennet: We tried his way. Now we try mine.
      Eden: He worked so hard to get clean. You can't ask him to do this.
      Mr. Bennet: I am not going to ask him. (looks at Eden) You are...
      Eden: No. You can't make me do that.

    • Mira: We didn't say hello
      Mohinder: Hello, Mira.
      Mira: Hello, Mohinder.

    • Hiro: You learn very fast.
      Charlie: Yeah. Lately I sort of remember every thing I read. It's kind of skill I guess.
      Hiro: My skill much more complicated.
      Charlie: Oh yeah [laughing]. What can you do?
      Hiro: [pause] I can teach Japanese to anyone

    • Mohinder Suresh: (Voiceover) You can run far, you can take your small precautions, but have you really gotten away? Can you ever escape? Or is the truth that you do not have the strength or cunning to hide from destiny? But the world is not small, you are... and fate can find you anywhere.

    • Mohinder Suresh: (Voiceover) The earth is large. Large enough that you think you can hide from anything. From fate. From God. If only you found a place far enough away. So you run. To the edge of the earth. Where all is safe again, quiet and warm. The solace of salt air. The peace of danger left behind. The luxury of grief. And maybe for a moment... you believe you have escaped.

    • (Matt and Audrey are about to interrogate Ted Sprague)
      Audrey: You know, three months ago, my job made perfect sense to me. Then I pulled the Sylar case. Crime scenes with no fingerprints. Bodies frozen, brains removed. And now this guy. That's two people- make that three people who can do things I just can't explain.
      Matt: Wait a second, you think I'm like them?
      Audrey: I don't know what I think. But if we're gonna find Sylar, I need answers.
      Matt: (points to head) I have no idea how this happened.
      Audrey: Well, then, I guess that just leaves Ted here.
      (Audrey hands Matt a Dosimeter)
      Matt: What's this?
      Audrey: Detects radiation levels. [pointing at the Dosimeter window] As long as that's dark green, we're good.
      Matt: Okay, but what's the bad color?
      Audrey: Not green.

    • Audrey: You're an idiot, Parkman, you know that?
      Matt: Wow ,good morning to you, too.
      Audrey: You think I wouldn't find out about you assaulting a fellow officer?
      Matt: I didn't assault him, I- I just hit him.
      Audrey: This is why I don't like needing people. Nine times out of ten they let you down.
      Matt: Wow, that's an optimistic view of the world.
      Audrey: Just an observation.
      Matt: And how'd this get to be about you?
      Audrey: Because it was a stupid rookie move, and you could've jeopardized my investigation. How serious is this? Are you getting suspended?
      Matt: I'll work it out.
      Audrey: Did he deserve it?
      Matt: (nods) Yeah. Yeah, he deserved it.

    • Mira: I've been promoted at the company. Head of all genetic research - can you imagine?
      Mohinder: Good for you.
      Mira: No, good for you. It's the sort of cutting edge science we used to talk about late into the night.
      Mohinder: The world's worst pillow talk, I'd say.

    • Janice: You punched a superior officer, Matt.
      Matt: He may outrank me, but superior is taking it a little too far.

    • Mohinder(To his Mom): In the dream you said that I could never take the place of her. Who did you mean?

    • Hiro: If I'm too scared to use my powers, then I don't deserve them. I have to try.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The Symbol:
      There were no new appearances of the symbol in this episode.

    • International Air Dates:
      Germany: November 21, 2007 on RTL2
      Czech Republic: February 21, 2008 on Prima
      Slovakia: July 21, 2008 on Markiza

    • Power Developments:
      Charlie Andrews: Charlie possesses eidetic (or "photographic") memory and also an enhanced learning ability.

      Sanjog Iyer: He causes Mohinder to experience vivid dreams of past events. Some of these dreams replay moments from Mohinder's own life, but others show him events and conversations for which he had not originally been present.

      Eden McCain: Eden possesses some sort of persuasion ability. She is able to convince Isaac to use drugs again despite his extreme reluctance, by whispering in his ear.

      Hiro Nakamura: Hiro uses his powers to consciously travel to the past for the first time.

      Ted Sprague: Ted's radiation powers are strong enough to blow up the police car that was taking him into custody.

      Sylar: Sylar is so skillful with his telekinesis that he can use it to cut open his victim's skulls.

    • New Heroes:
      Sanjog Iyer: An Indian boy with the power of manipulating dreams, working as a sort of spiritual guide. Age: 11. Gender: Male. Home City: Chennai, India.


    • Lloyd(to Charlie): Who won Best Actor in 1981?
      Sheriff: She's not Google, Lloyd!

      Referring to www.google.com, the most popular web search site.

    • The final shot of this episode (a long, slow pan into a series of photographs to one particular photo leading to the discovery of a character now located in a party in the past) is reminiscent of the final shot of Stanley Kubrick's influential horror classic The Shining.

    • Charlie is bringing the sheriff and his deputy their breakfast order
      Charlie: Anything else, Sheriff? [Insistently] Lloyd?
      Sheriff: Uh huh. A gun to shoot Will Shortz.

      Will Shortz is the present Puzzle Editor of the New York Times. Although Mr. Shortz does not construct the puzzles (decide which words go into the puzzle itself), he does determine which puzzles are published, and when they are to be published, depending on difficulty (Mondays are the easiest puzzle of the week, which then increase in difficulty until the Sunday Crossword).

    • Kanyakumari, India
      Kanyakumari is the southern-most point of the Indian peninsula, so as Mohinder says, it is the "edge of the world."
      Kanyakumari was also the answer Charlie (the waitress) gave the cop to solve the crossword puzzle question "Gandhi burial ground, 11 letters".

    • Chapter Title: "Seven Minutes to Midnight"

      The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists created the "Doomsday Clock" in 1947 and started it at 7 minutes to midnight. It's a symbol of nuclear danger and moves back and forth through both negative and positive world events. The closest it's ever come to midnight was in 1953 where it was 2 minutes to midnight. It currently stands at 5 Minutes to Midnight, having been advanced by 2 minutes on Jan. 17, 2007.