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Heroes: Strange Attractors

Matt goes to extreme lengths to get rid of Sylar's mental influence. Noah and Tracy come to Jeremy's aid when the Cainan police hold the boy for the death of his parents. And Claire and Gretchen go on a sorority scavenger hunt only to discover someone is taking it deadly serious.


Episode Info


Episode number: 4x7
Airdate: Monday October 26th, 2009


Alternate Airdates:

UK (BBC TWO) Feb 13, 2010

  • Currently 7.8/10
7.8/10 (30 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Madeline ZimaMadeline Zima
As Gretchen Berg
Recurring
Dawn OlivieriDawn Olivieri
As Lydia
Recurring
Mark L. YoungMark L. Young
As Jeremy Greer
Recurring
Elizabeth LackeyElizabeth Lackey
As Janice Parkman (as Lisa Lackey)
Recurring
Rick WorthyRick Worthy
As Mike
Recurring
Robert KnepperRobert Knepper
As Samuel Sullivan
Recurring
Tessa ThompsonTessa Thompson
As Rebecca Taylor
Recurring
Raphael SbargeRaphael Sbarge
As Sheriff Werner

Co-Guest Stars
Kat PurgalKat Purgal
As Mask #2
Recurring
Danica StewartDanica Stewart
As Ashley
Recurring
Candice PattonCandice Patton
As OIlivia
Recurring
Daryl CrittendenDaryl Crittenden
As Fire Breather Dad
Recurring
Erin Allin OErin Allin O'Reilly
As Fire Breather Mom
Recurring
Kaleigh RyanKaleigh Ryan
As Fire Breather Daughter
Recurring
Bonnie BentleyBonnie Bentley
As Mask #1
Randy FlaglerRandy Flagler
As Deputy Gill
Jonathan GoldsteinJonathan Goldstein
As Male Citizen
Main Cast
Jack ColemanJack Coleman
As Noah Bennet
Greg GrunbergGreg Grunberg
As Matt Parkman
Ali LarterAli Larter
As Niki/Jessica Sanders (S01-S02); Tracy Strauss (S03-)
Hayden PanettiereHayden Panettiere
As Claire Bennet
Zachary QuintoZachary Quinto
As Sylar / Gabriel Gray

Recap

In Los Angeles, Matt has a nightmare that he and Janice are in the living room making love when Matt transforms into Sylar. However, when he wakes up, he realizes it isn't a dream. The image of Sylar is there and comments about how he likes forbidden fruit...

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Episode Quotes
Sylar: Forbidden fruit. My favorite kind.

Tracy: I can get a latte here, no problem, right?
Noah: I saw a cow about a mile back get some espresso, we're in business.

Claire: You awake?
Gretchen Berg: Yeah. You?
Claire: Yep.
Gretchen Berg: Are you afraid I'm gonna kiss-attack you in your sleep?
Claire: Maybe.

Gretchen Berg: Look at us. All tied up in the dark.
Claire: You know, they have entire websites devoted to this.

Matt: You can't control me. You've never been able to do that.
Sylar: Well, I had a compelling reason. Let's face it, your wife is kinda hot.
Matt: Enough!
Sylar: That is the second Parkman I've made scream today.

Deputy Gill: "I feel the darkness surrounding me. I am the bringer of death."
Noah: He's 17 years old. Half the songs in his iPod sound just like that.
Deputy Gill: Well, maybe I should read you the part about killing animals.

Gretchen Berg: Wow! We couldn't be more different. Maybe we're strange attractors.
Claire: Strange attractors?
Gretchen Berg: It's a physics thing. Everything in the universe has a magnetic charge, right? So strange attractors are particles that end up together that don't really belong together, but when they're together they're super-powerful, Sort of like we could be? Or not.



Cultural References
Tessa: You don't have to go all Buffy on us!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a character created by Joss Whedon, a cheerleader/preppie type who happened to have an inherent talent for slaying vampires, and, with enhanced reflexes and natural combat instincts, was a match for any vampire -- It is a particularly appropriate reference for Claire, who was a former cheerleader.



Analysis
Sylar: Forbidden fruit. My favorite kind.

Sylar says this in Matt's head at the beginning of the episode, but it alludes in two ways to the end of the episode. In addition to Matt grabbing an apple as he walks away from his wife to go take a shower (after which it is revealed that Sylar's mind has taken full control over Matt's body), it is also an allusion to the apple itself, which is often identified (without adequate justification) as the "forbidden fruit" in the Garden of Eden, the eating of which became Original Sin, and resulted in Adam and Eve being ejected from the Garden.

Gretchen's description of a "strange attractors" seems to be some kind of an amalgam between the strange quality assigned to quarks, and the concept of magnetic attractors. Her description is utterly incorrect. The term "strange attractor" refers to a special type of non-repetitive pattern between two objects (think of an "orbit", which is a special case, but less predictable), first developed in the course of what is called Chaos Theory.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorTim Kring
Executive ProducerTim Kring  |  Dennis Hammer  |  Nora Kay Foster  |  Adam Armus  |  Jim Chory (1)
Co-Executive ProducerJuan Carlos Coto  |  Rob Fresco (1)  |  Aron Eli Coleite
Supervising ProducerJoe Pokaski
ProducerLori Motyer
Co-ProducerCathy Mickel Gibson
Consulting ProducerMark Verheiden
Associate ProducerMike Ketelsen  |  Bill Hooper (1)
Production DesignerRuth Ammon
EditorLois Blumenthal
CastingNatalie Hart  |  Kendra Patterson  |  Jason La Padura
Unit Production ManagerCathy Mickel Gibson
First Assistant DirectorAnne Berger
Second Assistant DirectorDiane Calhoun  |  Terrence B. Zinn
MusicLisa Coleman (2)  |  Wendy Melvoin
Music EditorJennifer Barak
Music SupervisorAlicen Catron Schneider
Costume DesignerDebra McGuire
Make-upGlenn Hetrick  |  Mark Viniello
Key GripMarcus Flower
Camera OperatorPeter Mercurio
Set DecoratorRon V. Franco
Location ManagerSteve Hasson  |  Dianne Friedgen
Transportation CoordinatorBrian Steagall
Property MasterRoss Anderson
Construction CoordinatorThomas J. Arp
Production Sound MixerKenn Michael Fuller
Script SupervisorMerry Lowry-Donner
Script CoordinatorErin Fitzgerald (2)
Assistant EditorSue Kesler
Re-Recording MixerGerry Lentz  |  Richard Weingart
On-Line EditorBruce Motyer
Director of PhotographyNathaniel Goodman
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 SupervisorEric Grenaudier
Production AccountantMargaret Scarpello
Chief Lighting TechnicianJeff Levy (1)
Department Head HairLee Ann Brittenham
Visual Effects ProducerMark Spatny
Department Head Make-upLori Madrigal
ColoristScott Ostrowsky
Assistant To The Executive ProducerJim Martin (3)  |  Foz McDermott  |  Zach Craley  |  Eddie Jaszek
"B" Camera OperatorBrian Bernstein
Production EstimatorKristen M. D'angelo
Video Playback SupervisorMark L. Marcum
Post Office CoordinatorMegan Kukla
Music Engineer/mixerMichael Perfitt
Research AssociateHarrison Wilcox
 
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