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Heroes: Seven Minutes to Midnight

In India mourning his father's death, Suresh has mysterious dreams about his past that cause him to question what his next move will be. On their way to New York, Hiro and Ando stop at a diner and have an encounter with another hero. In Texas, Claire focuses on Homecoming, unaware of the danger that lies ahead. Meanwhile, H.R.G. and his associate work to locate another "hero."

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x8
Production Number: 108
Airdate: Monday November 13th, 2006

Director: Paul Edwards (1)
Writer: Tim Kring

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Seven) Mar 21, 2007
BE (VT4) Mar 26, 2007
UK (BBC TWO) Apr 02, 2007
NL (RTL 5) Aug 09, 2007
DE (RTL 2) Nov 21, 2007
FI (MTV3) Dec 05, 2007

Guest Stars
Clea DuVallClea DuVall
As F.B.I. Agent Audrey Hanson
Elizabeth LackeyElizabeth Lackey
As Janice Parkman
Erick AvariErick Avari
As Chandra Suresh
Jack ColemanJack Coleman
As Mr. Bennet
James Kyson LeeJames Kyson Lee
As Ando Masahashi
Jayma MaysJayma Mays
As Charlie
Karri TurnerKarri Turner
As Lisa
Kavi LadnierKavi Ladnier
As Mira
Matthew John ArmstrongMatthew John Armstrong
As Theodore Sprague
Nora ZehetnerNora Zehetner
As Eden McCain
Sakina JaffreySakina Jaffrey
As Mrs. Suresh
Shishir KurupShishir Kurup
As Nirad
Stacy HaidukStacy Haiduk
As FBI Agent
Zachary QuintoZachary Quinto
As Sylar

Co-Guest Stars
Javin ReidJavin Reid
As Sanjog
Josh ClarkJosh Clark
As Sheriff Davidson
Peyton HinsonPeyton Hinson
As Waitress
Main Cast
Greg GrunbergGreg Grunberg
As Matt Parkman
Masi OkaMasi Oka
As Hiro Nakamura
Hayden PanettiereHayden Panettiere
As Claire Bennet
Sendhil RamamurthySendhil Ramamurthy
As Mohinder Suresh
Santiago CabreraSantiago Cabrera
As Isaac Mendez


Mohinder has traveled to Kanyakumari, India to dispose of his father’s ashes in the waters, while his mother tries to comfort him by assuring that her husband has gone on to the next life...

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Episode Notes
Tawny Cypress (Simone Deveaux), Noah Gray-Cabey (Micah Sanders), Ali Larter (Niki/Jessica Sanders), Adrian Pasdar (Nathan Petrelli), Leonard Roberts (D.L. Hawkins) and Milo Ventimiglia (Peter Petrelli) do not appear in this episode.

The episode title, "Seven Minutes to Midnight," refers to the time on Sylar's broken watch -- seven minutes to midnight.

Episode Quotes
Mohinder: (opening voiceover) The earth is large — large enough that you think you can hide from anything. From fate, from god — if only you found a place far enough away. So you run. To the edge of the earth, where all is safe again — quiet and warm. The solace of salt air. The peace of danger left behind. The luxury of grief. And maybe for a moment you believe you have escaped.

Eden: That mural on the floor... we're not gonna let that happen.
Isaac: You seem pretty sure.
Eden: I am pretty sure.
Isaac: Because...
Eden: Because I went through the same thing myself.

Lloyd: Who won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1981?
Sheriff: She's not Google, Lloyd.
Charlie: Henry Fonda, On Golden Pond. You know, I preferred Dudley Moore in Arthur but if you really wanna test me, you want to ask me if I remember your credit card numbers...

Ando: No wonder everyone in America is so fat, all there is to eat is waffles and French fries.
Hiro: You like French fries.
Ando: I've gained four kilos from French fries.

Mira: This is the sort of cutting-edge science we used to talk about late into the night.
Mohinder: The world's worst pillow talk, I'd say.

Audrey: You're an idiot, Parkman, you know that?!?
Matt: Oh, good morning to you, too.
Audrey: You think I wouldn't find out about you assaulting a fellow officer?
Matt: I didn't assault him, I... I just hit him.
Audrey: This is why I don't like meeting people - nine times out of ten they let you down.
Matt: Wow, that's an optimistic view.
Audrey: Just an observation.
Matt: Hey, how'd this get to be about you?

Matt: What's this?
Audrey: Detects radiation levels. As long as that's dark green, we're good.
Matt: Okay, what's the bad color?
Audrey: Not green.

Charlie: (to Hiro) I like the way your cheeks wobble when you concentrate.

Mohinder: Do you know what doctors do in the United States? They drive taxi cabs!

Mohinder: It is one thing to publish a book in the comfort of the university, it is another to leave everything behind - your wife, your family, your job - chasing a theory that is pure fantasy! It's a fool's errand!
Chandra Suresh: We'll see who will be the fool, won't we?
Mohinder: Yes, I guess we will.

Theodore Sprague: (to Matt) Find the Haitian. Find him!

Mr. Bennet: Drawing anything interesting?
Isaac: It's nothing.
Mr. Bennet: Oh, you know that's not true. You have the ability to paint the future - that's something. Something very important.
Isaac: Feels like a curse.
Mr. Bennet: No, it's a blessing. Don't let anybody tell you differently.

Claire: And Jackie was all "we don't have paper that big, they don't make paper that big" so I thought I'd stop by and try to be a hero.
Mr. Bennet: Well, if it'll make you a hero and maybe knock Jackie down a few notches, we might be able to find something that'll work.

Hiro: If I'm too scared to use my powers then I don't deserve them. I have to try.

Mohinder: (closing voiceover) You can run far. You can take your small precautions, but have you really gotten away? Can you ever escape? Or is the truth that you do not have the strength or cunning to hide from destiny? But the world is not small, you are. And fate can find you anywhere.

Episode Goofs
The building that is said to be Chennai University is actually the City Palace in Jaipur.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Seven Minutes to Midnight

"Seven minutes to midnight" is a reference to the Doomsday Clock, a Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists magazine representation of how close humanity is to destroying itself by way of nuclear war. When this episode aired, the clock was set at seven minutes to midnight, which was the first setting when the clock was created in 1947. As of January 15, 2007, the clock is set at five minutes to midnight.

Charlie: Anything else, Sheriff? Lloyd?
Sheriff: Uh huh. A gun to shoot Will Shortz.

Will Shortz is the Puzzle Editor of the New York Times.

Abilities Development
Charlie Andrews: Charlie has an advanced learning ability in which she is able to learn and remember infinite amounts of information.
Eden McCain: Eden is able to convince anyone to do anything.
Hiro Nakamura: Hiro is able to use his ability to travel into the past.
Sanjog Iyers: Sanjog causes Mohinder to have vivid dreams about the past.
Sylar: Sylar uses his telekinesis to cut off the skull of his victim and move a coffee cup.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorTim Kring
Executive ProducerTim Kring
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