Season 2 Episode 6

The Line

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 29, 2007 on NBC
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Peter goes on a search. West convinces Claire to stand up to someone. Hiro struggles with his feelings for Yaeko. Suresh has more problems with the Company. HRG tries to locate more of Isaac's paintings. Alejandro doesn't trust Sylar.

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  • Hiro betrays Takezo and history itself, Claire manages to become a cheerleader with a trick, Noah finds the rest of the paintings, Maya and group reach the USA and Mohinder helps Monica and gets a new partner.moreless

    The sixth chapter of the second volume. Claire isn't accepted to the cheerleading team and realizes that she has to be in the team in order for the lie to her father to be consistent. With West's help, Claire manages to public humiliate Debbie the cheerleader captain who is suspended from the cheerleading team and Claire joins it.

    Noah is in Odessa Ukraine and visits an old friend (who appearantly was the one that trained him and Claude back in the days) in order to find the missing paintings of Isaac Mendez before the Company. When tortured (by the Haitian's newfound skill to selectively erase memories), he confesses the place where the paintings are hidden and Noah kills him so they can't be track down by the Company. At the warehouse Noah finds the remaining 6 paintings and try to figure out the possible future that awaits them.

    Hiro and Takezo along with Yaeko find Yaeko's father who informs them that White Beard wanted him so that he can make weapons and overthrow the Emperor. In an attempt to leave the camp before they are found Hiro teleports with Yaeko and is forced to reveal his power, how he portraited Takezo Kensei so that Yaeko like him and his love for her. When the two kiss, Takezo witnesses that kiss. In a confrontation of Takezo and Hiro about the feelings Hiro has been hiding, Takezo betrays Hiro, Yaeko and her father and turns them over to White Beard.

    Mohinder helps Monica realize her ability in full and is asked by Bob to give Monica the Shanti virus so that they can experiment with it. Mohinder refuses and destroys the viles with the virus. Bob later apologizes to Mohinder for asking him to do such a thing and introduces him to his new partner Niki (who appearantly is cured) who will be watching his every move. Monica returns home and Bob gives her an ipod with moves she will be able to copycat.

    Maya with Alejandro and Sylar reach the American border (finally) but are stopped by the border police. At a moment of anxiety, Maya releases her deadly ability and the three of them manage to escape and reach American soil unharmed. In a fight between Sylar and Alejandro, Maya defends Sylar. Then Sylar tells Alejandro (in English of course which he can't understand) his plans for his sister.

    Peter and Caitlin travel to Montreal in hopes of discovering something about Peter's past and the woman that killed Caitlin's sister. There in a room they find a note with his name and a man named Adam Monroe as the writer of it (the same man whose file Bob was holding in the Company and for whom he told Mohinder he is dangerous). At a moment of confusion Peter travels in the future (14 June 2008) where he and Caitlin witness an abandoned and empty New York appearantly from a virus.

    Overall it is a good episode. The highlights are Peter's visit to the future where we see the result of the virus being released into the general population and Takezo's change of character in this episode (and the reason for it). Key facts: Adam Monroe will play a major role for the rest of the volume. Also notice Maya's first use of her ability with her will and how Sylar is slowly turning Maya away from her brother. Sylar's talk with Alejandro is a memorable ("shiny new toy"). Enjoy!moreless
  • June 14th.

    Seems like the city has another threat coming it's way on June 14th. Guessing that's the season finale. Can't wait. Hiro's boring love story continues. That plot ruins the whole episode in my opinion. But there were some good things too. Monica getting exercised by the company. Claire reprises her role & deals with cheerleaders. Plot could of been better. But still entertaining. Nikki is is Suresh's partner, did not expect that coming. Sylar turns out to still be evil. Poor Alejandro. I'm really starting to dislike Maya for not trusting her own brother. Elle does not reprise her role. Wonder if she will be in the next episode. HRG finds all the paintings. Yes!moreless
  • Brilliant Episode. Loved the ending.

    Peter decides that he must follow the painting and the ticket to Montreal, and Caitlin insists on going with him because she wants revenge for her brother Ricky's death.

    Claire tries out for the cheerleading team, where she is off-handedly dismissed by Debbie, despite being the best candidate. West convinces Claire to humiliate Debbie so that she can use cheerleading as a cover for their relationship.

    Debbie is drinking with the other cheerleaders as Claire comes and asks to speak with her in private. After Debbie's second refusal to let Claire join the squad, West appears in a ski mask and picks up Claire, dropping her and ostensibly killing her. Debbie runs as West gives chase.

    The police come to Costa Verde High School, where a frantic Debbie tells them that a masked flying man chased her and killed Claire. Claire appears, having regenerated, and tells them that she doesn't know what Debbie is talking about. The police find Debbie's alcohol and arrest her. Claire and West sneak away to talk, and another cheerleader tells Claire that she is now in the squad since Debbie has been suspended from school for drinking on campus.

    Mohinder is testing Monica's ability by way of gymnast tapes. Bob appears and tells Mohinder to give her an experimental variation of the virus, one which should disable her powers. Mohinder refuses, since the virus can mutate and become resistant or infect the general population. Mohinder then calls Bennet, who advises him to do it in the interest of their plan to take down the Company and citing the fact that they have Molly.

    Mohinder speaks with Monica again, but when confronted with the actual deed, Mohinder instead destroys the syringe. Bob tells him that someone else will do it if he will not, so Mohinder destroys the cabinet filled with their samples of the virus. Bob later thanks Mohinder, telling them that they need him for his morality as well as his blood and knowledge, "to keep [them] in line." Bob tells Mohinder that he will be getting a partner to make sure "there are no further misunderstandings."

    Mohinder is checking up on Molly as Niki reveals that she is now his new partner, and that she owes the Company a great deal. Bob also speaks with Monica, encouraging her to use her powers in a positive manner while she remains in New Orleans. He gives her an iPod with videos of various skills for her to learn.

    Maya and Alejandro are traveling with Sylar to the border. Alejandro wants to leave Sylar and use a coyote to help them cross, believing him to be untrustworthy. Maya argues that they need Sylar and that he has been sent by God. They cross the border where they are stopped by citizen border control. Sylar encourages Maya to use her power to get past, stopping Alejandro from negating her power. The three drive away as the assailants fall. Alejandro later gives Maya an ultimatum: either Sylar goes or he does. She convinces Alejandro to allow Sylar to stay, but he tells her that the next time her power activates, he will let Sylar die. When Maya isn't watching, Sylar tells Alejandro that he intends to kill them and steal their powers, or at least to use Maya, citing his original power as a means to control her. Alejandro, who doesn't speak English, can't understand his threats.

    Bennet and the Haitian are in Odessa, Ukraine where they find Ivan, an old mentor of Noah and Claude. They threaten to take away memories of his family unless he tells them where to find the other paintings from the series of eight. Ivan refuses, and they begin by taking away his memories of the day he met his wife.

    Ivan finally crumbles when threatened with the memories of his dead daughter. Ivan mentions that the paintings are "where we tagged the liquid man". Noah then shoots him, to cover up the interrogation as a simple robbery. They find the paintings. Four of them depict Claire unconscious on the stairs, a hand holding a vial (similar to the injection), Niki beating on a door, and a shocked Peter standing in front of a window, a frowning man behind him in the lower-right corner, and a biohazard symbol overlaid on the lower-left corner. The final three, in order, depict Hiro and Kensei fighting, Mohinder with a broken nose and a smoking gun, and Noah's death.

    Ando reads more of the scrolls as Hiro reveals that he, Kensei and Yaeko have attacked Whitebeard's camp. They rescue Yaeko's father, who tells them that Whitebeard has guns, which he plans to use to overthrow the emperor. They are making their escape when Hiro teleports himself and Yaeko away to escape gunfire. She realizes that he was the one who saved her from the brigands and they kiss. Kensei sees this and betrays Hiro, siding with Whitebeard as they take Yaeko and her father away.

    Peter and Caitlin arrive in Montreal to find a note from Adam Monroe. Moments later, Peter accidentally teleports them to New York, where the streets are deserted and they see evacuation orders dated June 14, 2008 everywhere. The episode ends as they realize that they are a year in the future.moreless
  • "First you show me that I can be harmed by no weapon, and then you cut me deeper than any blade possibly could."

    Mohinder makes a tough decision while working for the Company - he's kinda of double agent. Peter and Caitlin make two journeys to solve Ricky's death. Noah and the Haitian seek out Isaac's last paintings. Monica finds help in understanding her ability - Mohinder helps her. West helps Claire try to join cheerleading. Maya, Alejandro and Sylar make their way to America. Hiro and Kensei hit a snag in their journey. Niki is assigned to Mohinder by the Company as his partner. Peter finds a massage from Adam who's telling him that he and Peter were right about the Company, and that the world is in danger.moreless
  • Another one..

    Peter and Caitlin go to Montreal after they find a plane ticket to there among Peter's possessions. Kensei betrays Hiro after Hiro kisses Kensei's love Yaeko. Another average episode for "Heroes". I don't really like Hiro's character at all in season two, I think it was kind of rushed, to be honest. But I can't wait to see him back with Ando. I must say I really do miss them to being together. My favourite part of this episode was the end part. I still love "Heroes", but it beens to get better. Bring on next episode, hopefully it is much better than this episode.moreless
Dianna Agron

Dianna Agron

Debbie Marshall

Guest Star

Elya Baskin

Elya Baskin

Ivan Spektor

Guest Star

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa


Guest Star

Nicholas D'Agosto

Nicholas D'Agosto

West Rosen

Recurring Role

Jimmy Jean-Louis

Jimmy Jean-Louis

The Haitian

Recurring Role

Adair Tishler

Adair Tishler

Molly Walker

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Ivan's wife, Katarina, speaks with a heavy non-Russian and non-Ukrainian accent. Although they live in the Ukraine, the family speaks Russian amongst themselves, which is not a goof, as much of population of the Ukraine still speak Russian as a result of the Ukraine being part of the USSR before 1991.

    • When Mr. Bennet shoots Ivan, Ivan in the chair goes flying back and hits the wall.
      In reality this has been proven to not be able to happen. This is just a Hollywood special effect.

    • When Peter teleported to the future in the background there is an Bill Board for the comic 9th Wonders, the one featuring St. Joan.

    • In the first scene we see a crime site with a chalk's line around where a body was. In reality, police does not do that, since the chalk contaminate the crime site (for forensic investigators). Also, the Irish Gárdaí don't use yellow crime scene tape but blue and white.

    • Even though Peter claims to have teleported to Times Square in 2008, the billboards are all dated. e.g. a billboard for the Broadway musical "The Wedding Singer" is shown even though that show closed in 2006. Additionally the "Bar Code" building should not say anything there. Also, the TKTS booth should be under construction.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Noah: Take the car. But do one thing for me?
      Claire: Sure?
      Noah: Lock the doors this time.

    • Maya: You want to be different?
      Sylar: I want to be special, unique. An ability doesn't have to be a burden, Maya. It can be wonderful.

    • Bob: I owe you an apology. What I asked you to do was wrong. I've been with the Company for 30 years. We've been through a lot of turmoil and made a lot of difficult choices, some I regret to this day. But right now I'm dealing with someone who's a real danger, to us, to everyone, and I'm afraid in my zeal to deal with him I overstepped my bounds.
      Mohinder: The file you were holding. Adam Monroe.
      Bob: Yes. You're valuable to us, Dr. Suresh. Not just for your blood or your knowledge, but to keep us in line.

    • Noah: You taught me well, my friend. You said make it look as if we were never there. So now, we weren't. Instead there was a simple home invasion, a senseless murder…
      Ivan: I am offering you a way out! You can stop running. Shoot me and there is no turning back. You'll condemn yourself to hell!
      Noah: (fires) I know.

    • Hiro: It happened by accident.
      Kensei: You accidentally kissed her?
      Hiro: I accidentally fell in love with her, and she with me. I'm so sorry.
      Kensei: So you've been lying to me all along. First you show me that I can be harmed by no weapon and then you cut me deeper than any blade possibly could.

    • Bob: (hands her an iPod) It's fully loaded. Anything from martial arts to plumbing, any skill you want, is now at your fingertips.
      Monica: Wow. Support, advice and now gifts. You're like my own personal Oprah.
      Bob: You have an amazing gift. So, look around. Seems to me like this town could use a little amazing.

    • Peter: The world is in danger. What am I supposed to do?
      Caitlin: We'll figure it out.
      Peter: Please tell me who I am, what the future holds.

    • Claire: I told you. My dad's really over protective about the whole dating thing. He told me I couldn't date until I was 21.
      West: So?
      Claire: So, I have to listen to my parents. Don't you?
      West: Claire, I can fly. Kinda makes the parental guidance thing a non-issue.

    • May: Claire, you were amazing. Really. I don't know what Debbie is thinking.
      Debbie: What I'm thinking, is that Costa Verde High deserve cheerleaders that are extraordinary, and you Claire, are simply not extraordinary.

    • Maya: I will get something for your lip.
      (goes behind the car)
      Sylar: (to Alejandro, in English) I know you don't understand me, but I wanna tell you I'm helping you. It's a delicious power... You see, when I get my ability back, I'm gonna kill you. And your sister. And I'm gonna take it all. And if I don't get my ability back, it's not a total loss. Maya's learning quickly, she's a shiny new toy... and she's all mine.

    • Maya: God delivered Gabriel to us, Alejandro. We should put our faith in him.

    • Caitlin: I'm going with you.
      Peter: No. I'm not risking your life too.
      Caitlin: We were both in that Montreal painting. I think I'm supposed to go with you, Peter . Besides, when you find Ricky's killer, I want to be there.
      Peter: What for?
      Caitlin: To kill the bitch.

  • NOTES (6)

    • The Symbol:
      The symbol appears over the door at the building in Montreal from Peter's painting.

    • International Airdates:
      Australia: November 8, 2007 on Channel 7
      New Zealand: November 26, 2007 on TV3
      Latin America: February 22, 2008 on Universal Channel
      India: February 26, 2008 on Star World
      Belgium: April 7, 2008 on VT4
      United Kingdom: May 22, 2008 on BBC3
      Norway: October 12, 2008 on NRK3
      Germany: October 22, 2008 on RTL2
      Finland: May 10, 2009 on Sub
      Czech Republic: October 16, 2009 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: July 26, 2010 on Markiza

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      "All For Swinging You Around" by the The New Pornographers.

    • The episode ended with a memoriam to Tim Susco. Tim Susco was a location manager on the series who died August 15, 2007.

    • Powers Developments:
      The Haitian: Can remove a specific memory. Before, he could only delete backwards from the last memory.
      Peter Petrelli: Has inadvertantly learned that he can travel in time.

    • New Heroes:
      Adam Monroe: (mentioned by Mohinder and his name is written on a file Bob was carrying) He's probably the one behind the hero killings, as we learn Bob and the Company fear him and are trying to stop him. Power unknown. Appearently he's Peter's friend and they fought the Company together.