Season 1 Episode 21

The Hard Part

Aired Monday 9:00 PM May 07, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Jessica and D.L. discover some of the stuff that Linderman wants from them and Micah. Sylar questions his path when he realizes what he is predestined to do and reunites with his mother to seek validation. Hiro and Ando follow him, and Hiro's resolve is tested when he realizes the enormity of killing another human being. Meanwhile, Angela Petrelli tries to convince Nathan to go along with Linderman's plan. And Peter tries to prove to Claire that they are both destined to save New York. Also there is a new hero who is supposed to be holding the key to stopping Sylar.moreless

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  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show heroes nikki and dl have found some of the stuff lederman is wanting them to find and micka. and peter learns new info and is tring to convice clair and him and others are going t save new york when this desturction happens in new york and syler questions himself on what he is doing and so he goes and sees his mother but he accidently kills her and hiro and ando go and follow him and he must decide on whatever to kill him and he learns his destinay this was good epmoreless
  • Hiro returns from the future and realizes that his destiny may be a little harder to fulfill than he thought. Peter tries to convince Claire that she's supposed to help save the world and Sylar tries to stop the destructive future he himself painted.moreless

    The next chapter of Heroes is one of three that leads to the events of the volume finale. Jessica and DL both try to save Micah who is kept captive by Candice in order to fulfill Linderman's plan.

    Nathan has doubts about Linderman's plans but his mother Angela thinks Nathan is looking at the whole picture all wrong. Angela believes that Nathan needs to have a little faith and be the one they need to heal the world.

    Peter tries to convince Claire to stay and help him save the world together. Peter finds out about Ted Sprague the exploding man. He realizes that even if Ted is not the exploding man and turns out he becomes the bomb, Claire may be the only who can get close enough to him and shoot him at the back of his head.

    Mohinder accepts Thompson's offer to work for the company only if he is in charge and not the other way around. In the company, he meets Molly Walker (the girl Matt saved in chapter 2: don't look back), the so-called Walker system, who has the ability to track anyone in the world and who might be our Heroes' only chance of finding Sylar.

    Sylar, after he paints himself taking Ted's explosive power, shows his sensitive side and calls first Mohinder and then his mother in hopes he be able to stop himself from exploding. His visit however turns out to be not what he thought. His mother insists that her son is meant to become anything he wants (even president). This however is something that makes Sylar tick. Sylar merely wants to be a normal person who will not kill millions of people. In the end, when Sylar's mother realizes her son's evil side she wants him to leave and in a fight he accidentilly kills her. By the end, Sylar doesn't seem to regret it though.

    Hiro returns from the future and wants to save the world more than ever but the only way to do that is to kill Sylar (according to Isaac's comic book). After he finds Sylar in Isaac's loft he follows him to his mother's house where he witnesses Sylar's mother by Sylar. He attempts to kill him but he hesitates and the result is that the Kensei sword was broken by Sylar's ice power.

    Overall all the pieces are coming together. The characters are compelling and we realize that we are in fact dealing with ordinary people that just happen to have extraordinary abilities. Key facts: Angela and Nathan's conversation that reveals a small part of the previous generation's life (which will be more thoroughly explored in volume 2). Remember during this time, Linderman is the one that has the plan and Angela supports him. Furthermore, notice that Molly is sick (and hence she can't use her power), a sickness that is healed by Mohinder's blood and it will be the main plot of volume 2. Enjoy!moreless
  • The time is coming

    This episode was little off the pace and I think the main reason is - it is just a calm before the storm and now when the storm is coming, they just need to set the stage.

    Micha is taken to NYC and his parents go after him. Also trio of Claire's dad, cop and exploding man are there too and the end reveals that Peter is getting into the trouble.

    I would say the best thing of this episode was Hiro part.. his doubts, his action.. and for my surprise, Syler. He really stepped out of the shadow and turned out to be human. The human side of him... just wanting to be something else.. and he wanting to stop what is coming...moreless
  • Sylar freezes.

    I liked this episode very much. I thought that it was well written and the story was good. The two stars of the show had to be Sylar and Hiro. It was a fun episode with entertaining bits sprinkled here and there. It kept me busy for an hour and it was well worth it. My favorite parts of the show had to be where Sylar meets his mother. It was a nice reunion and it really showed another side of his character. Another part that was great was the confrontation between him and Hiro. It was cool to see Hiro freeze time and almost axe Sylar. The thing is that he escaped right before Sylar could do anything. Thank you.moreless
  • average

    Hiro and Ando are more determined than ever to stop the explosion. Nathan takes surprising steps to win the election. Jessica and D.L. learn how their family fits into Linderman's plans. Sylar visits his mother. Thompson brings someone new into the Company.Side story about Sylar.

    This episode wasn't as good as I was expecting, I thought it was going to be another brilliant episode but it failed to reach my expectations however it wasn't that bad by no way was it the worst episode of the season just not as fast paced and less stuff happened in it, getting so close to the end of the season I thought it would be like Lost or Prison Break because we normally see those two shows become there best at the end of the season. The best parts in this episode was Sylar and Hiro scenes the best part was where they where both in Issac'c apartment. The ending of the episode was really poor in my opinion I would have finnished the episode in the the scene before the last, but I'm not the writer.moreless
Geno Monteiro

Geno Monteiro

Petrelli Aide

Guest Star

Ellen Greene

Ellen Greene

Virginia Gray

Guest Star

James Kyson

James Kyson

Ando Masahashi

Recurring Role

Eric Roberts

Eric Roberts


Recurring Role

Zachary Quinto

Zachary Quinto

Gabriel Gray/Sylar

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • During the last focusing of Hiro's broken katana, you can see at the end of the broken katana blade piece that Hiro holds in his left hand, that it's not even made out of metal, it's plastic or fiberglass.

    • When Ando shows Hiro the comic, he appears murdered directly by Sylar. However, in "5 Years Gone", Future Peter said that he died in the nuclear explosion.

    • When Peter and Claire are talking about Peter going nuclear, he closes the door so that it is ajar. When the view switches to Claire and back to Peter the door is open wider than it was in the previous shot.

    • Continuity error: In "Seven Minutes to Midnight", Mohinder is said to have been born two years after his sister died. Now it is revealed that it was only a matter of months.

    • When they are about to enter Isaac's apartment, Ando shows to Hiro the comic book page in which Hiro's drawn thrusting his sword into Sylar's abdomen. If you pay a lot of attention on the close-up of that page, you can see that although the page beside it is partially folded, the drawing is obviously of Hiro saving a little girl from being hit by a car, a drawing already published in another "9th Wonders" issue and not related to Hiro in the future.

    • The text on the windshield of the car that Bennet, Parkman and Sprague is taking first says Automatic but later in the same scene it says Low Mileage 1 Owner.

    • Goof: when Peter is sketching in the book he's filling in the picture with a color pencil and when they cut from the picture to him he's holding a normal sketch pencil.

    • Mohinder (about the company): As far as I can tell, you're all a bunch of untrustworthy goondas.

      'Goonda' is the Hindi word for member of a crime gang, thug, troublemaker.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Sylar: You were right mom, I am meant to be special just like you wanted. I can be anything, I can even be President.

    • Hiro: I can't kill a man who is asking for forgiveness. It's not the Bushido code. Everyone deserves a second chance.

    • Peter: Look, I found you in Odessa, we saved each other, you end up being my niece. This isn't just random, okay? This is destiny.
      Claire: My father sacrificed himself so I could have a life, not a destiny. You can't save me, Peter, not this time.
      Peter: And Nathan can?
      Claire: Nathan can keep me safe.
      Peter: Safe? You can't get hurt! You're here to save the world.
      Claire: How?!

    • Sylar: I think I'm going to do something bad.
      Mohinder: You're a murderer, you don't get the luxury of regret.
      Sylar: You don't understand. I think I'm going to kill a lot more people. A lot more. I understood it before, the killing. I had a reason; to take what others didn't deserve. It was natural selection.
      Mohinder: What are you talking about?
      Sylar: An apocalypse. A massacre. Half the city gone in an instant. They mean nothing. They're innocent. There's no gain, so why would I do it? What possible reason would I have for killing so many?

    • Niki: (after being dragged through a wall) You do that again I will kill you.
      D.L.: You're lucky I didn't leave your ass stuck in a wall after what you've done.

    • Molly: (as Mohinder draws a blood sample) You're different from the other doctors. They're much better at this.

    • Sylar: It's just…maybe I don't have to be special. That it's okay just to be a normal watchmaker. Can't you just tell me that's enough?
      Virginia Gray: Why would I tell you that when I know you could be so much more?

    • Peter: I'm terrified. I have to find a nuclear man and I don't know if I can contain all that power.
      Claire: Then run the other way!
      Peter: I can't.
      Claire: Why not?
      Peter: Because if we save ourselves, who's gonna save everyone else?

    • Ando: Are you sure you are ready? For this? (showing 9th Wonders were Hiro kills Sylar)
      Hiro: A hero's journey takes him down many dark paths before returning to light

    • Nathan: So this Ted Sprague guy blew up your house? (Claire looks at Peter behind Nathan, who nods)
      Claire: Yeah. Pretty much.
      Peter: See, maybe I'm not the bomb. Maybe this Ted Sprague guy is.
      Nathan: But in your dream, you blew up New York.
      Peter: I also had a dream I could fly, and we both know how that turned out for you.
      Claire: You can fly? (Quietly) That's cool.

    • Peter: What's wrong?
      Claire: I'm not normal. I tried to pretend that I was and I just hurt everyone; my mom, my dad. I ruined everything because of what I am. I hated it. But you – when I met you I finally felt like I was part of something.
      Peter: It's funny. I felt the same thing when I met you.

    • Hiro: Future Hiro killed so much, he forgot it should be hard.

    • Peter: Claire!!!
      Ted: What's he doing?
      Mr. Bennet: He's absorbing your ability.
      Matt: He's gotta make it stop!

    • Sylar: You were right mom. I am meant to be special just like you wanted. I can be anything. I can even be president.

    • Micah: Who are you? How did you do that?
      Candace: I can make you see anything I want. Makes kinda hard to get away, huh?
      Micah: Where's my mom?
      Candace: (Mutes the sound on the TV) Look, I don't want to hurt you. I like you. But if you don't listen to what Mr. Linderman says. Well, I'll show you things that will seriously mess you up for life. So, you need to behave. Okay?

    • Hiro: Now the hard part... (Japanese)
      Ando: Why are you smiling? (Japanese)
      Hiro: It's exciting. This is our chance to change the future. (Japanese)
      Ando: But how? How will we know what to do? (Japanese)
      Hiro: I have Mr. Isaac's comic book. It's not finished. (Japanese)
      It only has the pictures, not the words. (Japanese)
      Ando: We could be talking about anything. (Japanese)
      Hiro: Let's go ask Mr. Isaac! He'll know what we say! (Japanese)
      Don't worry New York! We will save you!

    • Angela: (To Nathan): Can you be the one we need?

    • Claire (To Peter): My destiny is not to shoot you. The universe can not be that lame.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Air Dates:
      Germany: February 27, 2008 on RTL2
      Czech Republic: May 22, 2008 on Prima
      Slovakia: September 8, 2008 on Markiza

    • New Heroes:
      Molly Walker: She has the power to locate anyone on earth, like a human tracking device.

    • Power Developments:
      Candice Wilmer: Her power to create illusions can not only shapeshift her into anyone she's seen, it can also shapeshift the area around her, although the extension of the area affected remains unknown.

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