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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Season 4: Episode 8: "Shadowboxing"

heroes season 4 episode 8 shadowboxing

Season 4: Episode 8: "Shadowboxing"


Back in Virginia, the two sorority girls along with Claire and Gretchen are wondering why they saw what they saw: Claire get impaled by a metal rod and be perfectly fine. Claire and Gretchen pretended that the sorority must have drugged their water bottles and they're all seeing things. They decide to keep it a secret so the sisters won't know they get to them. Gretchen's upset that Rebecca just tried to kill her.

In New York, there's a train crash where Peter's helping a man on a stretcher in the back of an ambulance. Peter asks the man to wiggle his toes but he can't. Peter uses his brand new power to revive the man to full health. As they wheel the man in, Peter's partner remarks how this is the 4th patient today who was better than they thought. Peter spots Emma standing in the hospital as they walk past.

Matt Parkman arrives in the Los Angeles airport, but it's really Sylar inside of his body controlling his mind. Matt Parkman's image is walking along with him pleading with Sylar to give his body back. Sylar tells Parkman is they're going to New York to find out what happened to his body from Peter Petrelli. As he puts his luggage down on the security conveyor belt, it triggers the alarms as there's a gun in the bag. Security officers quickly surround Parkman/Sylar and draw their guns. Sylar is asking Parkman's image who is along with him what's going on. The officers pounce on Parkman/Sylar and cuff him. The image of Parkman tells Sylar he might have control of his body but will never control his ability. The security guards drag Sylar away as he's yelling "I'm a cop, I'm a cop!".

Back at Sullivan Brothers carnival, the real Sylar's body which believes he's Nathan is asleep inside a carnival bus. He begins having dreams about Nathan and transforms his body into Nathan's. He wakes up and sees himself in the mirror as Nathan, shockingly. He gets out and starts to walk around, until Lydia and Samuel come out talking. Sylar as Nathan is able to fly up into the air. Samuel tells Lydia he has to go handle some business which she calls a lost cause.

Meanwhile, Claire & Gretchen are researching Rebecca Taylor on the internet. Claire says she'll go to Becky's room at the Sorority house. Gretchen is scared Becky might try to kill her again, so Claire offers up ideas to make her visible including a powder spray. Gretchen says she'll go along with Claire, but Claire says no and not to let anyone in the room until she returns.

Emma is standing back watching the frantic hospital scene as they try to help the victims from the NY train crash. A doctor hands off a patient to Emma and asks her to keep pressure on a wound. The woman is bleeding from her leg. Emma picks up a wound stitch kit with scissors that happens to be on the ground. Peter sees her working with it, then a patient in critical condition comes through. Pether works his power once again to save them. Peter becomes sick and exhausted after doing so.

Claire goes to the sorority house and asks if they've seen Rebecca since she kidnapped them. The sorority girls have no idea about it. The girls laugh about it and walk off, and then Claire sees the Haitian walk in, apparently having erased her memory. She turns to see her dad HRG. He says when his daughter calls he drops everything.

Sylar is driving along and the rental car gets a flat tire. Parkman begins to taunt him saying they spent 4 hours at the airport. Sylar's unable to fix the tire. A tow truck pulls up so the man Hank comes up to offer some assistance. As Sylar walks to get him a tire iron, Parkman uses his ability to make himself trip. Sylar gets in the image of Parkman's face. Parkman asks if Sylar's going to kill him. He says no, and then walks over to kill Hank the tow truck guy with the tire iron. Parkman yells at him saying he just killed a man, but Sylar says "no you did".

HRG and Haitian walk upstairs to investigate Becky's room. HRG says he'll check it out. He says Haitian will go with Claire's dorm to stay with she and Gretchen so if Rebecca shows up her power won't work.

Sylar tells Parkman he can cross a line he can't by killing whoever he wants to. Sylar tells Parkman he's in control now and gets Matt to say he understands.

Emma finds Peter hunched over in a hallway of the hospital and asks what's wrong. He tells her he's fine, but too many people need help. Peter says the power drains out of him and then drains out again. Emma suggests not to use it anymore. Peter says he has to get back in there to help. Peter asks Emma where she learned to do the stitching of wounds and she tells him she dropped out of medical school.

Claire finds Gretchen packing her stuff up. Claire tells Gretchen not to go. She introduces her to Renee, the Haitian. Gretchen says she already booked her flight to get away. Gretchen tells Claire she's just not like her and leaves. Claire asks Haitian to stay around Gretchen til she boards the plane. Claire starts crying as a knock comes at the door. It's Samuel from Sullivan Brothers Carnival. He tells Claire he's looking for his neice Rebecca. Claire's confused, but Samuel says he knows about her being special. Claire asks why she should trust him. Samuel asks Claire to listen to what he has to say because he has answers.

HRG is searching Rebecca's room when she shows up invisible. He finds a compass, then hears the door shut. He draws a electric stun gun and begins talking, saying he doesn't want to have to use this on her. Becky appears.

In Midland, Texas Sylar/Parkman is at the diner Charlie worked at. He orders a Coke while flirting with the waitress Lynette. Sylar tells Parkman he tried to kill a waitress there before. He tells Parkman as his hostage he wants him to start talking. Sylar asks how he ended up in Parkman's head and where his body is. Matt says no, so Sylar begins talking about killing Lynette. Parkman finally gives in and says he'll tell Sylar what he wants to know.

Samuel tells Claire his story about his ability and the fact that he can move the Earth. He then mentions that Rebecca is upset because of someone else who murdered her father. Meanwhile, HRG is still holding his stun gun aimed at Rebecca. She asks if he doesn't remember her, then says he probably never saw her. A black and white flashback is shown from when Rebecca was 5. HRG came to her home and tried to take her father away. Her father started using his power and HRG fired shots at him, killing him.

Samuel tells Claire the same story saying HRG shot first, asked questions later, all because they were different. Rebecca said she hid under her bed and wished HRG wouldn't find her. She said he didn't see her so her wish came true, but that she couldn't wish her father back or save him. Rebecca tells HRG she will take away all the dreams HRG had for Claire, just like HRG did to her. HRG says he owns up to the killing, but he won't allow Becky to hurt his daughter. Becky says she'll hurt both of them. Just then 2 of the sorority sisters enter the room. Becky vanishes, so HRG says he was looking for someone who isn't there any more.

Samuel says he's sorry about what happened to her 2 roommates. Samuel keeps working to manipulate Claire's mind. Samuel tells Claire he surrounded himself with people who are like her by definition. Samuel says he wanted to come to Claire and not her father, because they know what he would do in the situation. Just then, HRG enters the room and pulls his gun on Samuel asking "tell me, what would Bennet do?"

Claire informs HRG that the man said he was Becky's uncle. Samuel realizes that Claire was just stalling him until HRG got there. She said she'd never trust him over her dad. HRG asks for answers about the compass. Samuel says in the wrong hands it could be trouble for his family. He tells HRG they are trying to stay hidden from people like him who does harm to them. He says he just wants to find Rebecca and get her some help.

Back at the NYC hospital, Emma finds a little girl laying on the floor in a storage closet. She yells for help and Peter hears her. He rushes in, she says she can handle this. Peter grabs the necessary medical kit and Emma gives the girl a shot which revives her. Emma's pleased that she did it.

HRG has Samuel cuffed to be taken in. As he's loading him into the back of an SUV, Rebecca shows up, invisible. She pushes Claire down, then slams the door on HRG. He grabs his stun gun but she punches him down. She goes after Claire, so HRG grabs his stun gun and blasts Rebecca down. Claire yells for HRG not to shoot. She rushes towards him and he shoves her down to keep his gun aimed at Samuel and Becky. Claire yells for him not to do it, and they leave. Claire is a bit shaken and upset at HRG for shoving him.

Matt finishes up explaining what happened to Sylar's body. Sylar probes more to realize that Angela Petrelli and HRG were also in on the plan to transfer Nathan's memory and mind into Sylar's in a shapeshifter's body. Sylar finishes up his meal at the diner and throws a napkin down on the plate as the waitress Lynette takes it away. The napkin has written on it "I have a gun and I'm gonna kill everyone in here". As Sylar/Parkman exit the diner, cop cars pull up and officers get out with their weapons drawn. Parkman says he's crossing the line since Sylar thought he wasn't man enough to take a life. Sylar says he'll die with him and Parkman says he knows. He reaches into his coat pocket as if to draw a gun, and the cops fire away into his chest. Sylar as Parkman slumps to the ground. The image of Parkman vanishes.

Claire returns to her dorm with HRG following behind. HRG apologizes again for pushing her. She walks into her room and sees Gretchen's empty bed. HRG tells Claire she deserves to have everything because she deserves it, education, social life and everything. Claire says sometimes life isn't that simple and wishes HRG good night.

Emma is playing the piano again as colors fly up into the air. Peter comes into the room and sees a picture of a boy on the piano. Emma says it's her nephew Christopher who drowned while Emma was babysitting him. She says she was distracted and didn't hear him yelling for help. This happened before her second year of residency, so she dropped out of med school. Peter pulls a tiarra out of his bag and says the girl they saved, Megan, wanted Emma to have it, because it's only for special people. Emma says she couldn't save her nephew, but Peter says "you saved her". Emma thanks Peter for saving her. Peter asks Emma if she's going to go back to school. She plays the piano and Peter says he can't see the colors anymore. They start to play together anyway.

Episode 8 closes with the following brief scenes:

A paramedics team has Parkman/Sylar on a stretcher and is trying to jumpstart him back to life with electric voltage. Claire's asleep in her room when she wakes up to again see her roommate's bed is empty. Emma finds her old hospital uniform with her doctor name monogrammed on it.

Samuel and Becky are back at the carnival with Becky apologizing for fouling things up. Samuel reminds her that she will still get her revenge and Claire seems to be right where they want her. Lydia finds Samuel and says Sylar is missing.

HRG is examining various newspaper clippings about incidents that he believes Samuel was invovled in.

Peter is taking down all the newspaper clippings of accident scenes that he was part of the team on. He tosses them all out, then gets a knock at the door. Peter gets a knock at the door and it's Nathan. He is upset but hugs Peter and tells him he thinks he's in trouble. To be continued...

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7 Comments:

Blogger dorsey said...

This Heroes episode was laughably bad and easily the worst of the season. While the rest of the episodes have been getting progressively worse, I don't think this season can get worse than this episode.

11/19/2009 11:41 PM

 
Blogger tenniez.kresge1230 said...

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11/21/2009 3:11 AM

 
Blogger gilbertlemon said...

Good mind, good find........................................

12/06/2009 2:12 PM

 
Blogger 晚上 said...

nice article~....................................................

12/20/2009 6:27 PM

 
Blogger LeD'z said...

i really like this but too bad i missed the next episode..
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1/20/2010 2:37 AM

 
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