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Heroes: Better Halves

Hiro and Ando begin their journey to New York, but don't get far before a Vegas high-roller makes them an offer they can't refuse. HRG sets up a meeting between Claire and her biological parents, and Claire hopes that she'll get some answers as to where her ability comes from. Meanwhile, Isaac is called again by Hiro, but Peter answers and relays a life-saving message.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x6
Production Number: 106
Airdate: Monday October 30th, 2006

Director: Greg Beeman
Writer: Natalie Chaidez

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Seven) Mar 07, 2007
UK (BBC TWO) Mar 19, 2007
BE (VT4) Mar 19, 2007
NL (RTL 5) Jul 26, 2007
DE (RTL 2) Nov 07, 2007
FI (MTV3) Nov 21, 2007

Guest Stars
Ashley CrowAshley Crow
As Sandra Bennet
Colby FrenchColby French
As Hank
Jack ColemanJack Coleman
As Mr. Bennet
James Kyson LeeJames Kyson Lee
As Ando Masahashi
Karri TurnerKarri Turner
As Lisa
Nora ZehetnerNora Zehetner
As Eden McCain
Thomas DekkerThomas Dekker
As Zach

Co-Guest Stars
Mark Allan StewartMark Allan Stewart
As High Roller
Dean NapolitanoDean Napolitano
As LVPD Deputy
Paul RaciPaul Raci
As Ernie the Weasel
Stephen FullStephen Full
As Lowlife
Main Cast
Ali LarterAli Larter
As Niki/Jessica Sanders (S01-S02); Tracy Strauss (S03-)
Masi OkaMasi Oka
As Hiro Nakamura
Hayden PanettiereHayden Panettiere
As Claire Bennet
Sendhil RamamurthySendhil Ramamurthy
As Mohinder Suresh
Milo VentimigliaMilo Ventimiglia
As Peter Petrelli
Noah Gray-CabeyNoah Gray-Cabey
As Micah Sanders
Leonard RobertsLeonard Roberts
As D.L. Hawkins
Santiago CabreraSantiago Cabrera
As Isaac Mendez


Peter talk to Hiro and Ando and gives them Future Hiro’s message of “Save the cheerleader, save the world,” explaining who it came from. Ando, translating for Hiro, explains that future Hiro had a sword, impressing Hiro no end. Peter tells them to get to New York City and find the cheerleader, then puts Isaac’s paintings together. He realizes they follow a progression but there is one missing. Isaac confirms that Simone has the missing painting...

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Episode Notes
Tawny Cypress (Simone Deveaux), Greg Grunberg (Matt Parkman) and Adrian Pasdar (Nathan Petrelli) do not appear in this episode.

This episode begins and ends with Mohinder's monologue except when the monologue is repeated at the end, it is shortened slightly.

Ratings: 14.90 million viewers

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Krystal MeyersTogether 

Episode Quotes
Mohinder: (opening voiceover) Evolution is an imperfect and often violent process. A battle between what exists and what has yet to be born. Amidst of these birth pains, morality loses its meaning. The question of good and evil reduced to one simple choice: survive or perish.

Peter: What, what cheerleader? Where?
Isaac: I don't know where she is.
Peter: You painted these!
Isaac: So did you.

Ando: You came from the future and told them to save the cheerleader. And you had a sword.
Hiro: I had a sword?
Peter: Get to New York, we'll find out where the cheerleader is.
Hiro: I had a sword.

Peter: Then we need to get it back.
Isaac: Tell her a guy from the future said you needed it. I'm sure she'll love that.

Niki: The police are right outside, if I scream, they will be in here in two seconds.
D.L.: Then I hope you don't scream...

Claire: What if they can do what I can do? What if they're like me?
Zach: I hope they're not. No offence but I like... I like that you're the freak. It makes you more... special or whatever.
Claire: Are you flirting with me?
Zach: No. Believe me, no.

Ando: It's your heroic journey.
Hiro: It's our heroic journey. You don't have to have superpowers to be a hero.
Ando: So why didn't "future you" come to see us? Why did he go to some Peter guy in New York that we've never met?
Hiro: "Future me" was afraid of causing a rift in the space-time continuum.
Ando: You're talking out of your ass. You don't know how any of this works.

Ando: I told you, we no cheat! Japanese people very lucky!
High Roller: Oh, I know you cheated. I just don't know how.

Niki: When you left, I became another person.
D.L.: I don't care that you took off your clothes on the internet. I'm not mad about it. You did what you had to do.

Ernie: You guys go to the bathroom together?
Ando: Yes. It is how we roll.

Ando: What are you doing?
Hiro: I need to stop it. (the screams outside stop as blood pours through a crack in the door) I couldn't save them. I just hid in here. A hero doesn't hide...
Ando: He does if he wants to live.

D.L.: Ain't no jail can hold your old man.
Micah: Why not?
D.L.: 'Cause I got a secret.
Micah: Like Superman?
D.L.: Yeah. Just like Superman.

Sandra Bennet: Should you be eavesdropping?
Mr. Bennet: Yes.

Claire: So, is there anything I should know? Like, medically... nothing weird or out of the ordinary?
Lisa: Well... there is something... I have diabetes.
Claire: Diabetes?
Hank: All you gotta worry about from my side of the family is a history of cancer and heart disease.
Claire: Great.

Mr. Bennet: What about Peter Petrelli?
Eden: He claims he can fly but I don't have confirmation. Also, there may have been an encounter with somebody who can stop time.
Mr. Bennet: Really? That's cool.

Niki: Those men were ripped apart.
Jessica: Yeah, well... what can I say?
Niki: But they didn't do anything to me...
Jessica: Leaving witnesses would be sloppy. I did what had to be done. Like I always do.

Jessica: So, you've a choice. You can let D.L. take our son away from us forever or you can do exactly what I say.
Niki: Where's the money?
Jessica: Good choice.

Hiro: I've been given a gift, Ando. I'm supposed to use it to help people. To save people. I failed.
Ando: You're being too hard on yourself.
Hiro: Maybe I'm not the hero I thought I was.
Ando: Every hero is on a journey to find his place in the world. But it's a journey. You don't start at the end. Otherwise, they can't make a movie about it later.

Episode Goofs
In the briefcase Niki finds, "FOR MOTION PICTURE USE ONLY" is stamped on the bills.

Cultural References
D.L.: 'Cause I got a secret.
Micah: Like Superman?

In the DC comic series, as well as television series and films, Clark Kent disguises himself as a reporter to keep his powers as Superman a secret.

Abilities Developments
D.L. Hawkins: D.L. can pass through solid objects, like walls, and is able to pass through human flesh as well.
Niki Sanders: Niki is able to talk to her alternate self during this episode.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorTim Kring
Executive ProducerTim Kring
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