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Heroes: Company Man

Matt and Ted arrive in Texas to demand answers from H.R.G. In the process, they take H.R.G, his wife, son and Claire hostage, which results in an explosive ending. Closely guarded secrets concerning H.R.G. and his company's mission are exposed as new heroes are revealed.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x17
Production Number: 117
Airdate: Monday February 26th, 2007

Director: Allan Arkush
Writer: Bryan Fuller

Alternate Airdates:

BE (VT4) Apr 30, 2007
AU (Seven) May 24, 2007
UK (BBC TWO) Jun 04, 2007
NL (RTL 5) Oct 11, 2007
DE (RTL 2) Jan 30, 2008
FI (MTV3) Feb 06, 2008

  • Currently 9.6/10
9.6/10 (16 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Ashley Crow
As Sandra Bennet
Christopher Eccleston
As Claude
Eric Roberts
As Mr. Thompson
George Takei
As Kaito Nakamura
Jimmy Jean-Louis
As The Haitian
Matthew John Armstrong
As Theodore Sprague
Missy Peregrym
As Candice Wilmer

Co-Guest Stars
Randall Bentley
As Lyle Bennet
Garrett Masuda
As Young Asian
Sheku Fofana
As Young Haitian
Main Cast
Jack Coleman
As Noah Bennet
Greg Grunberg
As Matt Parkman
Hayden Panettiere
As Claire Bennet


Ted and Matt break into the Bennets' home, Ted melting the doorknob. Matt considers getting the evidence from Mr. Bennet's computer but Ted says he should use his telepathy when they confront him at Primatech. The Bennets arrive and Matt is reluctant to involve the entire family, but Ted convinces him they need to act now. As Lyle goes upstairs with his mother, Ted and Matt confront the family. Bennet asks why they're there and says he doesn't know Ted. Ted begins to get upset, warning that they don't want to see him upset, and Matt tries to appeal to Bennet to tell the truth so they can calm Ted down...

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Episode Notes
Santiago Cabrera (Isaac Mendez), Tawny Cypress (Simone Deveaux), Noah Gray-Cabey (Micah Sanders), Ali Larter (Niki/Jessica Sanders), Masi Oka (Hiro Nakamura), Adrian Pasdar (Nathan Petrelli), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Mohinder Suresh), Leonard Roberts (D.L. Hawkins) and Milo Ventimiglia (Peter Petrelli) are not credited and do not appear in this episode.

This is the only season 1 episode in which James Kyson Lee (Ando Masahashi) does not guest star and that Masi Oka (Hiro Nakamura) does not appear.

According to Heroes Interactive, Jack Coleman (Bennet) appears in 95% of the shots during the episode.

The scenes on the bridge were filmed at Big Tujunga Narrows Bridge, which is 30 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

Guest stars Matthew John Armstrong (Ted Sprague) and Ashley Crow (Sandra Bennet) are married in real life.

Only three main cast members appear in this episode, making it the episode with the least main cast members appearing.

Ratings: 14.42 million viewers

Episode Quotes
Bennet: (to Matt) I'm just a paper salesman.

Ted: (to Bennett) You're gonna upset me. Do you know what happens when I get upset? I get very bright and very hot!

Bennet: People are fragile. Like teacups.

Bennet: I'm comfortable with morally gray.

Matt: (trying to read Bennet's mind) The son of a bitch is thinking in Japanese!
Ted: (to Bennet) Why are you thinking in Japanese?

Bennet: (thinking to Matt) You have to trust me, shoot Claire.
Claire: (thinking to Matt) Shoot me!

Claire: (to Bennet) You want me to play dead? I'm sorry, I'm not Mr. Muggles.

Ted: Don't worry, I'm not going to nuke the dog, I wouldn't hurt Mr. Muggles.

Ted: If you're not back in an hour, just look for the mushroom cloud.

Sandra: I always thought you were a miracle. I didn't know how much of one 'til now.
Claire: I'm not a miracle, Mom.
Sandra: You were dead. Anytime someone rises from the dead, I'd say that's a miracle.
Claire: I don't know what I am. I don't know if God made me this way or someone else.
Ted: God didn't make me this way.
Sandra: God makes us all the way we are. (to Claire) "I walked through fire and didn't get burned." You were trying to tell me.
Claire: I was ... trying not to tell you.

Ted: No, that was Plan A. Plan B is much better!
Matt: There is no Plan B!

Ted: I'm curious about something. Did Parkman know, when he shot you, that you wouldn't die? Did your dad tell him that?
Claire: I don't know.
Ted: That explains why they were so chummy when they came down the stairs.

Sandra: (to Claire) God gave you a second chance. Please give your father one.

Cultural References
Company Man

According to director Allan Arkush, this episode was based on the 1955 film, The Desperate Hours.

Episode References
Sandra: (to Claire) "I walked through fire and didn't get burned." You were trying to tell me.

Claire told her mother this in "Genesis".

Other Episode Crew

CreatorTim Kring
Executive ProducerTim Kring
Warning: Heroes season 1 episode 17 guide may contain spoilers
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