Season 3 Episode 14

(Volume Four: Fugitives) A Clear and Present Danger

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Feb 02, 2009 on NBC
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Episode Summary

After the battle between Pinehearst and Primatech, Pete, Claire, Matt, and Daphne try to live normal lives, while a powerless Hiro tries to teach Ando how to use his new special ability and become a superhero. However, Claire discovers Nathan's plan to track down those with abilities.moreless

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  • Nathan goes over to the dark side

    Nathan goes over to the dark side.

    Heroes is a good series. That's rather amazing, considering how many things are wrong with it.

    One of those things is characters flip-flopping back and forth from good guys to bad guys and back at the drop of a hat.

    Often these flip flops are plot driven rather than character driven. It was not that the character decided that loyalty to his values required a change in positions. It was merely that the writers wanted to shock viewers with yet another surprise betrayal. So it gets written in even though it's totally out of character.

    Plot trumps character. The cart gets put before the horse.moreless
  • HEROES Rev.

    After the destructions of Primatech and Pinehearst, the Heroes attempt to start new lives. Claire uncovers the plot by Nathan to hunt down and capture all people with abilities. Sylar begins searching for his biological parents. I thought Heroes Volume 3 ended well but it did have a load of poor episodes in there the last five episodes where decent so I hoped for a decent Volume four.

    I have to say this was a good start. I like the fact that Nathan has become evil its refreshing to see anoher main character be evil apart from Sylar. It was good to see The Heroes start there lives over but this didn't last long when most of them are captured.

    I like the ending with the plane it was ok but it wasnt a very satisfying ending.moreless
  • The Heroes face a new threat, and a new big bad, Nathan.

    As soon as I saw Ali Larter in the opening, I knew Heroes was dong something right as it's been a while since Niki/Tracy whoever she plays has had some screentime. This episode felt completely different from the rest of the series, which I felt was a good thing following Heroes downfall during Seasons 2 and 3. Seeing all the Heroes try to start fresh was great, and it was really nice to see them all interacting with each other instead of chasing after a 'catalyst' or going on 'dream quests' or into the future which really had no relevance in the past. The highlight of the episode was, without a doubt, seeing all the Heroes reunited in the final scenes as they were all invovled in a plane crash. It has been ages since that many main cast members have been in the same scene! A surprisingly good start to a hopefully much better volume of this show. Hopefully this new threat, the overlooming danger of the squad hired by Nathan, will make this show exciting and every episode something to look forward to again. Please Tim Kring, don't mess this up... again.moreless
  • Three weeks after the events of Dual, Claire finds out that Nathan, Angela and Noah are plotting to round up all the special ones and she warns Peter and Matt. Hiro tries to make Ando a superhero and Sylar searches for his real parents.moreless

    Volume 4 is entitled Fugitives and so this volume focuses on our Heroes running from government agents that try to catch them and put them away.

    Claire finds out that Noah is hiding what he is really doing these days. She realizes that Angela is also involved and so is Nathan who is in charge of an operation to catch all the special people and imprison them thinking that this may be the only way of feeling safe again. She warns Peter and visits Matt to warn him.

    Peter meanwhile, is a paramedic who is trying to save lives. When he gets a call from Claire he visits his parental house and there he finds Nathan who asks him to come with him and help his purpose but Peter refuses. Then Nathan asks him to meet up with dinner so they can talk. When Peter finally gets home, Nathan waits for him and together with Noah they tazer him and take him away. Mohinder is working as a camp driver and after he takes Peter to his appartment, he picks up a mysterious man who threatens him with a gun unless he drives. Leading him to an abandoned building, the mysterious man and some men try to make him come with them but Mohinder runs away. He finds Noah who picks him up. Thinking that Noah is on his side, Mohinder tells him everything he needs to know (if Claire has talked with him) and then Noah gives him to the same people Mohinder has just run from. Tracy is at home when she receives a call from the Governor. He tells her to turn on the TV and listen to Senator Nathan talk about this program he has put in motion (to capture dangerous people; he doesn't reveal that those people have superpowers). When she hangs up she notices the window is open and then men get inside and capture her.

    Hiro tries to make Ando a superhero and even finds their lair. After Hiro tags Ando so he can track him anywhere he goes, Ando takes off and goes to a strip club with his newly given (by Hiro) motorcycle (named in this episode Ando-cycle). When Ando receives a phone call from Hiro he hears that men got into their lair and have captured Hiro. Ando sees his location and it is at an airfield.

    Matt is with Daphne now and the two of them have an argument on how and when they should use their abilities. When Daphne leaves, Matt gets a visit by Usutu who tells him that he is there to guide him and help him become a pre-cog. Matt hesitates at first but later discovers he not only can draw but he can draw the future. He draws a future with him and Claire looking over some papers and at that moment Claire appears to warns him. Then, a tazer knocks Matt unconscious and the armed men take Claire.

    Finally, Sylar finds his father Martin Gray who is a watch-maker and asks him if he is in fact his real father (just as Angela said in Dual). He admits Sylar was given to him and his wife (Virginia Gray) in exchange for money. His real father is Samson Gray and it is Martin's brother. Getting the address from Martin Sylar heads to Samson's residence and there men attack him. Thinking he was set up in some kind of trap, Sylar manages to escape from the armed men.

    In the end, Claire, Tracy, Mohinder, Matt, Peter and Hiro along with other special people are confined to negate their powers and put into a plane. All except Claire who Nathan takes and puts into a car. When Claire wakes up she attacks the driver and heads into the plane to save the others. In there, she finds Peter (who touches Mohinder and gets his superstrength) and together they nutrilize the armed guards on the plane. Claire heads to the cockpit and there she sees her father, Noah. Peter is knocked off his feet and accidentilly touches Tracy and gets her freezing power. With that he freezes and shatters accidentally the back of the plane and the plane goes down.

    Overall, an OK episode. I expected more for a volume premiere but it was still the middle of the season and so they couldn't have done much. It does get better as much as I can remember. I have to admit I do like Peter's new power; it makes it more exciting. Powerless Hiro is also good to watch. What I didn't like is Matt's new skill; to draw the future. I know the writers explained how Matt did it (if Matt can control all the functions of the brain he is presumably able to do that as well). Regardless, it doesn't fit with the whole telepathy Matt has. Finally, you have to like the new addition to the cast that of the Hunter (the person that brings all our Heroes into the plane) played by Zeljko Ivanec. Enjoy!moreless
  • I've loved this episode!!!!

    OMG. This episode was so perfect. I can't even start talking about it.

    I am pretty sure Nathan threaten HRG if he doesnt help him, he would take Claire too. I can't believe he would do something bad like that.

    And if Claire was so trivial last part of the season, this part she is being so good. At least in the first episode!!!! She is getting so good. Before she was the baby who needed to be rescued all the time and now she is taking her own steps. LOVELY.

    And Sylar... I have so much faith on him. First of all, he didn't kill his adopted father and second of all. Gosh, he is so strong!!! He was the only not taken. He will get united with the others and he will the big one this season!

    I just didn't like that Parkmen will see the future, but that's ok.moreless
Steve Tom

Steve Tom

Interviewer (Steve)

Guest Star

Ned Schmidtke

Ned Schmidtke

Martin Gray

Guest Star

Joel West

Joel West

Daniel Simmons

Guest Star

Brea Grant

Brea Grant

Daphne Millbrook

Recurring Role

Zeljko Ivanek

Zeljko Ivanek

Emile Danko/The Hunter

Recurring Role

Assaf Cohen

Assaf Cohen


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When the plane hull breaches, the phenomenon of explosive decompression lasts too long. Passengers are shown constantly being blown out. This event only occurs while the air pressure equalizes, which would finish quickly with a breach that large. In a short amount of time, the air pressure differential would just result in a strong wind until they landed.

    • When Claire is eavesdropping on the phone, first her hair is stuck between the phone and the ear then, in the next shot, there is no hair stuck. This switches a few times.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Nathan: Please, tell me you understand that so I can make arrangements to provide you with the protection that you need. Tell me you understand.
      Peter: Listen, why are you asking me this? What is it that you're looking for me to say?
      Nathan: I'm looking for you to tell me that you're with me, and I'll leave.
      Peter: I can't do that, or I won't do that. Look, I don't know what you're up to. But if it is what I think it is, I'm going to fight you with every breath that I have, I swear to God.
      Nathan: Okay. Hey, give your big brother a hug.
      Peter: Of course. (he hugs Nathan and is attacked from behind by a taser)

    • Peter: No. What you're doing is turning your back on your own kind. It's one thing for you to disown me, Nathan, but this? You're a self-loathing hypocrite.
      Nathan: And you wonder why I haven't returned your calls?

    • Nathan: I'd like to talk to you about some ideas. I'd like your input, your advice.
      Peter: Advice? What advice could I possibly give you besides kiss my ass, Nathan?

    • Nathan: What can you do these days, Peter?
      Peter: What was the last thing you saw me do?

    • Claire: I hate you.
      Nathan: I know.

    • Nathan: I can only imagine how you feel about me. After disowning you the way I did. It was selfish, arrogant, obsessive.
      Peter: Those are your better qualities, Nathan.

    • Sylar: Martin? Martin Gray?
      Martin: Do I know you?
      Sylar: Did you live at 423 Kenmore Street in Queens, 27 years ago? It was snowing. In the middle of February, you went out for a pack of cigarettes at 10 o'clock and never came back. Or so the story goes. Kind of cliche don't you think?
      Martin: Who are you?
      Sylar: I'm your son and I have some questions for you.

    • (In Japanese)
      Hiro: Once I've entered the password, I can track your location anywhere on the planet with your GPS implant.
      Ando: What GPS implant?
      Hiro: (he injects Ando) This one.
      Ando: I can't believe you just did that to me!
      Hiro: Don't worry. I did the same thing to myself. Only hurts for an hour or so.

  • NOTES (3)

    • As from this episode, Dania Ramirez is no longer a regular.

    • International Airdates:
      Latin America: April 10, 2009 on Universal Channel
      Australia: April 23, 2009 on Channel 7
      Belgium: April 23, 2009 on VT4
      Germany: December 02, 2009 on RTL II
      Finland: May 8, 2010 on Sub
      Czech Republic: September 3, 2010 on Prima COOL
      Slovakia: August 2, 2012 on Markiza

    • Powers Update:
      Peter Petrelli: Peter needs to have physical contact with individuals to absorb their powers and appears to absorb only one power at a time.

      Matt Parkman: Matt is seeing visions of the African prophet Usutu, and he is able to draw images of the future.


    • Title: A Clear and Present Danger
      The episode title is taken from a quote made by Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. during the 1919 case, Schenck v. United States, concerning the right to free speech during a time of war.
      The full quote is, "The question in every case is whether the words used are used in such circumstances and are of such a nature as to create a clear and present danger that they will bring about the substantive evils that Congress has a right to prevent."