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Heroes: Tabula Rasa

Samuel and the carnival take Sylar in but demand a price for their protection. Peter goes to Noah for help in finding a cure for Hiro's brain tumor, while Hiro attempts to help Emma come to terms with her ability.

Episode Info
Episode number: 4x6
Airdate: Monday October 19th, 2009

Director: Jim Chory
Writer: Rob Fresco

Alternate Airdates:

UK (BBC TWO) Feb 06, 2010

Guest Stars
Ellen GreeneEllen Greene
As Virginia Gray
Deanne BrayDeanne Bray
As Emma
Ray ParkRay Park
As Edgar
Dawn OlivieriDawn Olivieri
As Lydia
Carlease BurkeCarlease Burke
As Nurse
Ernie HudsonErnie Hudson
As Captain Lubbock
Mark L. YoungMark L. Young
As Jeremy Greer
Robert KnepperRobert Knepper
As Samuel Sullivan

Co-Guest Stars
Harry PerryHarry Perry
As Damien
Daryl CrittendenDaryl Crittenden
As Carny #1
Edward GustsEdward Gusts
As Teddy
Nick UbaldiNick Ubaldi
As Carney #2
Main Cast
Jack ColemanJack Coleman
As Noah Bennet
Masi OkaMasi Oka
As Hiro Nakamura
Hayden PanettiereHayden Panettiere
As Claire Bennet
Zachary QuintoZachary Quinto
As Sylar / Gabriel Gray
Milo VentimigliaMilo Ventimiglia
As Peter Petrelli


Samuel takes Sylar into the carnival...

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Episode Notes
Title: Tabula Rasa

Tabula Rasa is latin for "empty tablet", that is, a "blank slate". The main related notion in regard to this episode is that a mind which is cleared of knowledge, such as Sylar's, is ready to be written on anew. Nominally, the idea is that Sylar need not be a murderous and sadistic threat to society. There are many psychological elements, however, dealing with the argument of heredity vs. environment, which may interfere with this in actual practice.

The comic book that Hiro is reading in the hospital as Peter points him out to Emma is Berserker, a comic book produced by Milo Ventimiglia.

Available data on Jeremy Greer, from Noah's report:
DoB: 10/14/1992
Age at report: 13 (assuming real-time, he's just turned 17 so the interaction with him took place 3-4 years before)
Ability: Healing Touch
Location: Cainan, GA (does not appear to actually exist in this universe)
Ht: 5'5" Wt: 135 (both at 13 years of age, presumably changed)
Hair: Brown Eyes: Lt Brown.
From the report, he was picked up for observation, his ability noted, and he was wiped of all memory of the ability and released, with a recommendation for further periodic observation since he would probably rediscover it. His ability could not "bring back the dead", but, at least on insects, it would work, and almost instantaneously, when the creature was moments away from death due to being stepped on, so it was capable of repairing massive trauma.

Episode Quotes
Samuel Sullivan: A broken vessel. An empty shell. What is a man without a mind? Without memory? A ghost? A body in search of a soul? With no compass to guide us, how can we know if our destiny is to seek the good... or obey the demons that whisper in our ear? The blank slate hungers to be written upon. The body thrives when the heart has a mission.

Lydia: Are you going to stop this?
Samuel Sullivan: Boys will be boys.

Hiro: Manifesting a power is a wondrous time. A hero never refuses a call.
Emma Coolidge: I'm deaf, I can't hear the call.

Noah: The Company wasn't what you'd call a support group.

Hiro: I have an ability, too. I am the master of time and space. Well, I was. Lately time and space have been the master of me.

Noah: Listen to me. My power is understanding people like you. That's what I do.

Samuel Sullivan: Tonight we welcome a new brother into our family. He will live and work among us. And will be welcome here all the rest of our days.

Edgar: What use is he to us like this? What use is a lion who can't kill
Samuel Sullivan: Maybe it's better this way. We'll just make a better Sylar. And when we do, he'll be ours forever.

Abilities Development
Jeremy Greer: Jeremy has the ability to manipulate the life force of humans, animals, and plants, healing them or killing them.
Damian: Damian has an ability similar to the Haitian, which allows him to tap into someone else's mind and restore buried memories.
Teddy: Teddy can cause objects at least as large as moving cart to appear and disappear, either through illusion or dimensional displacement.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorTim Kring
Executive ProducerTim Kring  |  Jim Chory  |  Nora Kay Foster  |  Adam Armus  |  Dennis Hammer
Co-Executive ProducerJuan Carlos Coto  |  Aron Eli Coleite  |  Rob Fresco
Supervising ProducerJoe Pokaski
ProducerLori Motyer
Co-ProducerCathy Mickel Gibson
Associate ProducerMike Ketelsen  |  Bill Hooper
Production DesignerRuth Ammon
EditorRaul Davalos
CastingJason La Padura  |  Kendra Patterson  |  Natalie Hart
Unit Production ManagerCathy Mickel Gibson
First Assistant DirectorFrancis R. Mahony
Second Assistant DirectorTerrence B. Zinn  |  Diane Calhoun
MusicLisa Coleman (2)  |  Wendy Melvoin
Music EditorJennifer Barak
Music SupervisorAlicen Catron Schneider
Costume DesignerDebra McGuire
Make-upGlenn Hetrick  |  Mark Viniello
Key GripMarcus Flower
Set DecoratorRon V. Franco
Location ManagerDianne Friedgen  |  Steve Hasson
Transportation CoordinatorBrian Steagall
Property MasterRoss Anderson
Construction CoordinatorThomas J. Arp
Production Sound MixerKenn Michael Fuller
Script SupervisorElisa A. Forni
Assistant EditorSue Kesler
Re-Recording MixerRichard Weingart  |  Gerry Lentz
On-Line EditorBruce Motyer
Stunt CoordinatorTim Gilbert
Production SupervisorBrenda Pulos  |  Pearl Lucero
Production SecretaryJonathan Harmon
Storyboard ArtistCesar Lemus
Art DirectorSandy Getzler
Assistant Production CoordinatorHeather Hoislbauer
Post Production CoordinatorDantonio Alvarez
Sound MixerStephen Grubbs
Special EffectsGary D'Amico
Costume SupervisorNancy Gould
Special Makeup Effects ArtistDavid Dupuis
Visual Effects SupervisorJason Sperling
Production AccountantMargaret Scarpello
Chief Lighting TechnicianJeff Levy (1)
"A" Camera OperatorBrian Bernstein
Department Head HairLee Ann Brittenham
Visual Effects ProducerMark Spatny
Department Head Make-upLori Madrigal
ColoristScott Ostrowsky
Assistant To The Executive ProducerEddie Jaszek  |  Zach Craley  |  Jim Martin (3)
"B" Camera OperatorTerence Nightingall
Production EstimatorKristen M. D'Angelo
Video Playback SupervisorMark L. Marcum
Post Office CoordinatorMegan Kukla
Music Engineer/mixerMichael Perfitt
Research AssociateHarrison Wilcox
Script AssistantErin Fitzgerald (2)
Additional PhotographyJohn C. Newby
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