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Charlene "Charlie" Andrews
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.
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)
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.
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.
There were no new appearances of the symbol in this episode.
International Air Dates:
Germany: December 5, 2007 on RTL2
Czech Republic: March 6, 2008 on Prima
Slovakia: July 28, 2008 on Markiza
There were no power developments in this episode.
When the Surgeon is telling Nathan about his wife, the glare on the screen is the same as the eclipse logo for the show.
There were no new heroes introduced in this episode.
Music Featured In This Episode:
"Smile" by Lily Allen
"Take Your Mama" by Scissor Sisters
"Avalon" by Roxy Music
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"
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