Season 4 Episode 17

The Art of Deception

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jan 25, 2010 on NBC
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Episode Summary

The new and different Sylar pays Matt a visit, while Peter tries to warn Emma that Samuel isn't what he seems. Meanwhile, Noah begins his plan to infiltrate the carnival and capture Samuel.

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  • Now I know why the show ended (spoilers)

    This is the worst episode ever! Not only the carnival act has taken over the main story-line (for the whole last season, true), but the characters act like morons. Why didn't Noah bring the Haitian in? Why did they let Samuel make such a long speech? Why hasn't anyone exposed him for his brother's murder? This show has jumped the shark a long time ago, I just wanted to see how it ended, the 'vintage' characters, that is.moreless
  • The art of SUCK

    Ok. Let me give the writers a bit of advice.

    "You're Syler, the strongest person I have seen who has killed countless people. You are sitting here in my house with my wife whom you can kill with a flick of the wrist. I'm not afraid of you! I'll never help you!"

    "help me our I kill your family."

    "ok. I'll help you. but you gotta let them go."

    do you see how unintentionally comical this has become? And it happens now in every episode. If you wanted to be interesting, you would let Samuel go with Benet then go from there. I donno. Matt locks Syler off from the world, 5 minutes later, Peter comes to get him. um, why?

    the timing on this show is just so ... goofy.moreless
  • Claire ruins a lot of things (caution: spoilers)...

    But I suppose getting rid of her wouldn't be the answer... After all, we all saw what become of the O.C. after Mischa Barton left.

    Anyways, even though Claire tends to ruin everything by being a self-absorbed brat, Heroes came through with another fantastic episode! My faith in Heroes has been officially restored as of last night. I have no idea what's gonna happen next and yet I can't stop thinking about it! An interesting twist with Peter at the end, that was cool. Plus, Matt was clearly not thinking because obviously his power has backfired on him before when using it on Sylar.

    Plus I still don't know what's up with Hiro, I can't wait until the next episode!!!moreless
  • Another fantastic episode, (caution spoilers)heading towards a great season finale. Things heat up at the Carnival when one of the carnies gets shot.

    Samuel, the evil puppet master turns a bad situation back in his favour. Everyone at the Carnival is terrified of Samuel after he destroys a whole city with his bad temper. He then frames HRG with the murder of Lydia to get everyone back on his side.

    Sylar seeks Parkmans help in turning over a new leaf but gets more than he bargained for. Parkman traps Sylar in his worst nightmare, Alone forever. Peter thinks Sylar is the only one who can help Emma and will stop at nothing to get his help.

    Can Tracey stop Samuel, tune in next week to find out as Lauren calls her as HRG's backup plan.moreless
  • Very interesting Samuel episode.

    How sweet! Sylar wants to be good… we know how that ended the first time around. Then again, both Peter and Angela had a vision of Sylar trying to help Emma. Sylar's darkness comes from his primary power – the need to consume power, remove his powers and he might stop. Matt didn't take that chance – he used that trick he learned from his father. Bricking an immortal Sylar up in a wall is very Poe.

    I like the symmetry of Peter saving Sylar – I always liked the brief time when we thought Peter and Sylar were brothers. They'd make a formidable team, much like Peter and Nathan at their best.

    Samuel's plan is brilliant – make it look like Noah went back on his word, making himself a martyr (giving them something new to be afraid of), make his people even more afraid of persecution and getting rid of Lydia. He can feed their anger and make them an army.moreless
Kaleigh Ryan

Kaleigh Ryan

Fire Breather Daughter "Jennie"

Guest Star

Erin Allin O'Reilly

Erin Allin O'Reilly

Fire Breather Mom "Gale"

Guest Star

Dawn Olivieri

Dawn Olivieri


Recurring Role

Harry Perry

Harry Perry


Recurring Role

Ray Park

Ray Park


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Among the flashbacks Sylar sees when Matt manipulates his mind is the one with Charlie being killed, despite the fact that Hiro went back in time and undid this particular event earlier this season.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Sylar: You did it. My powers are gone.
      Matt: No, they're not gone. They're just buried. Somewhere that you can never get to them. You've threatened my family for the last time.
      Sylar: What did you do?
      Matt: I know exactly what scares you, Gabriel. And it is being alone with your immortality.
      Sylar: What did you do to me?
      Matt: I have trapped you inside your twisted mind. You're gonna be alone, Sylar... very much alone... in this nightmare that will last forever. And the best part of that is when I leave here, you're not gonna remember what I did. You're gonna live every empty day like it's real.
      Sylar: You said you would help me.
      Matt: Yeah, well, I guess there's still a little of you left inside me... because I lied. Enjoy hell.

    • Sylar: All I know is that once I'm free from the temptation of my ability...
      Matt: Mm-mm? You're going to be normal? I'm sorry, that ship sailed 50 murders ago.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdate:
      Australia: March 18, 2010 on 7TWO
      UK: April 24, 2010 on BBC2
      Latin America: May 4, 2010 on Universal Channel
      Germany: December 9, 2010 on RTL II
      Czech Republic: March 18, 2011 on Prima COOL
      Finland: May 11, 2011 on Sub