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Season 1 Episode 10

Six Months Ago

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 27, 2006 on NBC
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Episode Summary

This episode shows the heroes six months ago. Chandra Suresh, Mohinder's father, arrives in New York looking for special people. He meets up with an individual that embraces the chance to be unique. Peter graduates from nursing school. Nathan plans to prosecute a case that could cause complications for the Petrellis. Niki receives a visit from her father which brings out the worst in her. Hiro tries to alter the future for someone important to him. Claire discovers her abilities right after joining the cheerleading squad, and her father meets up with someone special.moreless

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  • The episode that killed off all interest

    I gave this program a lot of tries to entertain me. It succeeded sometimes, sometimes not. But what crossed the line was this episode.

    Sure, there were irritating points of the quasi-superhero plotline that I thought were a bit far-fetched and, well, annoying. But this episode put things over the top with a cheesy plotline derived for the "High School Musical" set. It involves the concept of cheerleading as a superpower. That's when the writing surfaced itself as something too awful for me to continue viewing.

    And instead of being tongue-in-cheek with how ridiculously silly of a concept this was, the show instead took itself 100% seriously.

    Bye bye.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show heroes peter is just gotten out of nursing school and his brother is deciding on what ever if he should prosicute a case or not and his father is mad at that and tells him he shoulnt and nikki meets with her father and is very upset by him and hiro is tring to use his power to bring back someone who is speical to him and clair finds out about her powers from cheerleading this was a good ep i thougth and it was very interesting and that is why i gave it a 9 instead of anything lowermoreless
  • Six months before the first chapter we see Claire's first healing, Peter and Nathan's lives, Niki's father who returns asking for forgiveness, Hiro's attempt to rescue Charlie and Chadra Suresh searching for Heroes. Finally we meet with Sylar's true face.moreless

    This is one of my favourite episodes. Similar episodes (which take place in the past) exist in all volumes so far.

    We see how Claire became a cheerleader and her friendship with Jackie (Claire took Lori Trommel's place in the squad, she is the one that told Claire about Brody in chapter four: Collision). Her father meets up with Dr Chandra Suresh and he is told that his daughter is special. He tries however to get Claire's name off the list.

    Matt is trying to become detective (and fails for the second time - until the first chapter he failed once more). A quite funny scene is between him and Eden at the beginning of the episode.

    Peter becomes a nurse and has a party. His father is absent (we see why in Volume 3) and his mother congratulates him. We witness how Heidi became paralysed and by whom.

    It is revealed that Niki was an alcoholic six months ago. Her father, Hal, visits her and asks to become part of hers and her family's life. At this point we learn that Hal killed Jessica, Niki's sister (Niki and Jessica are NOT twin sisters, they are just sisters). Jessica takes over Niki and sends Hal away from Niki's life.

    The most important of the stories in this chapter is that of Gabriel Gray a.k.a. Sylar. We see who he was, how Chandra met with him because he thought Gabriel was special (he was special as he had the ability to see how things work), what kind of person Gabriel is (as he wished his parents weren't his real parents and always wanted to be special) and how he gained the power of telekinesis.

    Overall this is an excellent episode. It may be confusing watching Homecoming and then this one but believe once you see all four volumes you will understand more of the Heroes universe and you will be captivated by it just like so many people have. Keep this chapter in mind though. It is a vital one in the series.moreless
  • Who I am...

    Estos son los episodios que me gustan, los que explican por qué. Y no me refiero a que necesito flashbacks, porque hay flashbacks que sirven para entender algún hecho en particular o alguna característica del personaje. Pero este capítulo explica Heroes, sus personajes, deja en claro la historia de cada uno y además nos cuenta de Sylar, de los malos que quizás no sean tan malos,de Hiro y no todo es como yo quiero, del accidente de la mujer de Nathan! Jessica! y tantas cosas más.

    Me quedo con unas líneas de Gabriel que encajan conmigo a la perfección: cuando le dice a Suresh que siempre esperó a que alguien viniera y le dijiese que su familia no era su familia para así ser otra persona porque ellos le resultaban insignificantes.moreless
  • Loved it

    This episode, as indicated by the title, features events that take place six months before the normal Heroes timeline. Chandra Suresh finds and tests a potentially powerful evolved human. Hiro time travels too far, but tries to save Charlie anyway. Claire's life changes while her father finds out she's special. Nathan recruits Peter to help him prosecute Mr. Linderman. Niki gets a surprise visit from family. Mr. Bennet gives Eden a chance for a new life. Matt tries to pass the detective test. Another brilliant episode which put us six months earlier beleave it or not, we see the heroes before they discover there powers and we get a first good look at Sylar.moreless
Erick Avari

Erick Avari

Chandra Suresh

Guest Star

Jayma Mays

Jayma Mays

Charlene "Charlie" Andrews

Guest Star

David Berman

David Berman

Brian Davis

Guest Star

Rena Sofer

Rena Sofer

Heidi Petrelli

Recurring Role

Danielle Savre

Danielle Savre

Jackie Wilcox

Recurring Role

Cristine Rose

Cristine Rose

Angela Petrelli

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

    • The laptop given to Micah by his grandfather was purchased for the production of the show on eBay. It was worth approximately $1900 when it was new (which isn't far short of the $2000 stated by Micah's grandfather). However, AndoverCG Computer Liquidators, a company that provides specialized computer equipment for TV shows, bought it off eBay for $380. The laptop, in reality, does not actually work as it was sold for "parts."

    • When Jackie comes to give Claire her cheerleader uniform, Jackie mentions Lori Trammel sleeping with the entire football team. Lori was the one who told Claire that she was raped by Brody too, back in the episode "Collision."

    • Goof: At the end of the previous episode, Charlie's presence to blow the candles is requested by the old woman (presumably her boss), but in the beginning of this episode it is the cop who calls her when she's chit-chatting with Hiro.

    • When Niki (actually Jessica) enters Hal Sanders's room, he is reading Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr..
      Cat's Cradle is a sci-fi novel about science, technology and religion. The novel satirizes the arms race through atomic bomb-related events and through a substance called ice-nine which eventually kills almost every life form on Earth.

    • When Hiro transports back to Japan at the end of the episode he appears on the roof of his office building where some of his co-workers are in a group exercise. This is popular with the Japanese who highly value physical health and well being.

    • Goof: Just after Nathan is seen levitating away from the car, the next brief shot of it speeding before Heidi notices him gone shows someone (probably a stunt driver) in the driver's seat.

    • When Brian Davis and Sylar are talking in the clock shop you can see a giant clock behind them. The clock is showing the time of 7 minutes to midnight. "Seven Minutes to Midnight" is the title of the 8th episode of Heroes and is also the time that is on Sylar's watch in that episode.

    • Goof: The song played in the background at Peter Petrelli's party is "Smile" by UK artist Lily Allen. This scene is set 6 months ago making the date May 2006. This song wasn't actually released in the USA until September 2006.

    • Goof: At the end of the previous episode (and in the opening recap of this episode), Charlie motions for Hiro to come after she has joined the birthday group. But in this episode, she motions for him to come as she is walking toward the group. She and the party-goers also say different things both times.

      This is not so much a goof but appears to be a staple of the show, as the same concept of slight changes in the recap has happened repeatedly over the last few episodes.

    • When Heidi Petrelli is in the car crash, it's clearly a dummy.

    • Goof: The car accident happened at night, and when Peter got the call, he was awoken from his sleep and it was still dark outside. How could Heidi have been in surgery for ten hours (as Nathan states)? It couldn't take Peter that long to get to the hospital, add the fact it should be the middle of the day.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Nathan: My brother Peter, the hospice nurse. Can you believe it? It's just --
      Heidi: Oh, it's a perfect fit. He's selfless and empathic.
      Nathan: He's self-centered and righteous. Self-righteous.

    • Tom McHenry: Dude, you're like a walking cliche.

    • Sylar: (to Chandra) When I was a kid, I used to wish some stranger would come and tell me my family wasn't really my family. Oh, they weren't bad people. They were just...insignificant. And I wanted to be different. Special. I wanted to change. A new name, a new life. The watchmaker's son became a watchmaker. It is so... futile. And I wanted to be important.

    • Mohinder: (voiceover) These people, their future is written on their DNA.
      Just as the past, it seems, is written in stone.
      Was the die cast from the very beginning?
      Or is it in our own hands to alter the course of destiny?
      Of all our abilities, free will truly makes us unique.
      With it, we have a tiny, but potent, chance to deny fate.
      And only with it can we find our way back to being human.

    • Mohinder: (voiceover) To everything, there is a season and a time to every purpose.
      The earth spins at 1,000 miles an hour as we desperately try to keep from being thrown off. Like the first blush of winter, that signals a great migration.
      Was there any warning of our arrival? A sign, a single event that set this chain into motion? Was it a whisper in God's ear?
      Survive. Adapt. Escape.
      And if we could mark that single moment in time, that first hint of the prophecy of approaching danger, would we have done anything differently? Could it have been stopped? Or was the die long ago cast? And if we could go back, alter its course, stop it from happening… Would we?

    • (Micah opens a present to find a laptop computer)
      Micah: Wow!
      Nikki: That's a very generous gift, Hal.
      Hal: Oh, it's amortized over ten birthdays.
      D.L.: Well, then, you skimped.
      (Hal laughs a little nervously)
      Micah: Thanks, Grandpa!
      Hal: It's my pleasure, young man, now go break the Internet in half or something.

    • Gabriel Gray (Sylar): Can I help you?
      Chandra Suresh: I hope so Mr. Gray.
      Gabriel Gray (Sylar): (Looking at Chandra's watch) I can fix it.
      Chandra Suresh: My watch isn't broken.
      Gabriel Gray (Sylar): Actually it is.
      Chandra Suresh: (Takes off his watch and gives it to Gabriel)
      Gabriel Gray (Sylar): (Listens to watch) The self winding coil is loose your watch is running 2 seconds slow.
      Chandra Suresh: How did you know?
      Gabriel Gray (Sylar): Just a talent I have for the way things work, how the parts should go.

    • Chandra Suresh: The brain controls every human action; voluntary or involuntary. Every breath, every heartbeat, every emotion. If the soul exists, scientifically speaking... it exists in the brain.

    • Giving Peter Shoes for his Graduation of Nursing School
      Nathan: Lady's 10 and a half.
      Peter: Oh, you know the reason I became a nurse was to wear shoes like this, thank you very much.

    • Sylar: (to Chandra) I'm different now. I feel I've been given a chance to start over. A new life, a new identity. A new purpose.

    • Sylar: You're broken.
      Brian: What?
      Sylar: Suresh was right. It's so clear now. Pieces fitting together. It is in the brain.
      Brian: So you can help.
      Sylar: Don't worry, Brian. I can fix it. It's an evolutionary imperative.

    • Charlie: Ever since I met you, I don't know, you just make me so happy.
      Hiro: You make me happy too.
      Charlie: Well, it's more than that. I don't let people get very close. There's a blood clot in my brain, inches away from an aneurysm. I'm dying.
      Hiro: But...I'm supposed to save you.

    • Nathan: Dad's dead. He had a heart attack this morning. We should take comfort in the fact that he didn't know his sons were about to stab him in the back.

    • Janice: I don't know why you don't just tell them the truth.
      Matt: Yeah, I'll just waltz in there and tell them I can barely read, half the words I see backwards. There's a good career move.

    • Hal: If you're trying to ask me for something, it's already yours. It's a man's god-given right to dote on his grandson.

    • Charlie: A trip to Japan?
      Hiro: I don't care if you don't believe me. Just please tell me you'll go.
      Charlie: Only one ticket?
      Hiro: (holds up second ticket) Just in case you said yes.

    • Mr. Bennet: (to Eden) You know, with your ability, you can get anything you want. Created your own morality; there's not a person in the world that could say no to you. Now there is.

    • Peter: (re: his father) Listen, I did this without his blessing, and without his money. Okay, so I think it's only right that we celebrate without him.

    • Hiro: Six months? I've got to get back. If I teleport again I could end up anywhere. Lunch for a T-rex! I'm stuck!
      Charlie: Birthday cake?
      Hiro: Happy birthday.

    • Jackie: Major development. Laurie Trammel skanked her way through the entire football team.
      Claire: Who told you that?
      Jackie: The entire football team.

    • Matt: License and registration.
      Eden: Oh, this isn't my car. I kinda stole it.

    • Chandra: (to Sylar) I came to find you, Gabriel. My name is Chandra Suresh. I'm a geneticist. I have a theory about human evolution, and I believe you are a part of it. (hands him book) Read it, if you'd like to talk more, I've written my phone number and address inside.

    • Yamagato Employee: Yamagato Industries.
      Midland Hiro: Ando Masahashi, please.
      Yamagato Employee: Yes.
      Tokyo Hiro: Hello.
      Midland Hiro: Ando, I need your help.
      Tokyo Hiro: I'm sorry, Ando is sick. This is Hiro Nakamura. Can I help you?
      [hangs up abruptly]
      Midland Hiro: Great Scott.

  • NOTES (6)


    • Mohinder: To every thing there is a season and time to every purpose.

      These are the first words of the Old Testament book of the Bible Ecclesiastes chapter 3 verse 1.

    • Hiro: Great Scott!

      Hiro's exclaimation of this phrase upon realizing he was talking to his past self greatly echos Dr Emmett Brown of the "Back to the Future" movies, who said the same thing when dealing with a similar situation in "Back to the Future Part II"