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Heroes: The Hard Part

Now knowing what the future holds, Hiro and Ando's knowledge and dedication are put to the test. Committed to winning the election as per his discussion with Lindermann, Nathan uses a surprising hero to guarantee a win. Meanwhile, after taking another life, Sylar visits his mother.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x21
Production Number: 121
Airdate: Monday May 07th, 2007

Director: John Badham
Writer: Aron Eli Coleite

Alternate Airdates:

BE (VT4) May 28, 2007
AU (Seven) Jun 21, 2007
UK (BBC TWO) Jul 02, 2007
NL (RTL 5) Nov 08, 2007
DE (RTL 2) Feb 27, 2008
FI (MTV3) Mar 05, 2008


Guest Stars
Zachary QuintoZachary Quinto
As Sylar
James Kyson LeeJames Kyson Lee
As Ando Masahashi
Cristine RoseCristine Rose
As Angela Petrelli
Ellen GreeneEllen Greene
As Virginia Grey
Matthew John ArmstrongMatthew John Armstrong
As Theodore Sprague
Missy PeregrymMissy Peregrym
As Candice Wilmer
Rena SoferRena Sofer
As Heidi Petrelli
Eric RobertsEric Roberts
As Mr. Thompson

Co-Guest Stars
Adair TishlerAdair Tishler
As Molly Walker
Justin EvansJustin Evans
As Simon Petrelli
Jackson WurthJackson Wurth
As Monty Petrelli
Geno MonteiroGeno Monteiro
As Petrelli Aide
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-)
Masi OkaMasi Oka
As Hiro Nakamura
Hayden PanettiereHayden Panettiere
As Claire Bennet
Adrian PasdarAdrian Pasdar
As Nathan Petrelli
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


Hiro and Ando look at Isaac's last issue of 9th Wonders!</I> but discover that it's missing the captions. They decide to go to Isaac's apartment, unaware that he's dead...

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Episode Notes
Though his character is deceased, Santiago Cabrera (Isaac Mendez) remains credited an is still in the opening credits. However, this is the last episode in which he appears and is credited.

Writers Aron Coleite and Joe Pokaski stated that the inspiration for Angela's speech came from the film, The Manchurian Candidate.

Ratings: 10.40 million viewers

Episode Quotes
Sylar: I understood it before, the killing. I had a reason—to take what others didn't deserve. It was natural selection.

Hiro: Don’t worry, New York! We will save you!

Sylar: It’s just ... maybe I don’t have to be special. That it’s okay just to be a normal watchmaker. Can’t you just tell me that’s enough?
Virginia Gray: Why would I tell you that when I know you could be so much more?

Sylar: Mom you're not even listening to me!
Virginia Gray: I am listening.
Sylar: No, you're making a tuna sandwich.

Hiro: Future Hiro killed so much, he forgot it should be hard.

Hiro: I can't kill a man who is asking for forgiveness. It's not the Bushido code. Everyone deserves a second chance.

Claire: (to Peter) My destiny is not to shoot you. The universe can not be that lame.

Peter: Look, I found you in Odessa, we saved each other, you end up being my niece. This isn’t just random, okay? This is destiny.
Claire: My father sacrificed himself so I could have a life, not a destiny. You can’t save me, Peter, not this time.
Peter: And Nathan can?
Claire: Nathan can keep me safe.
Peter: Safe? You can’t get hurt! You’re here to save the world.
Claire: How?!?

Peter: I’m terrified. I have to find a nuclear man and I don’t know if I can contain all that power.
Claire: Then run the other way!
Peter: I can’t.
Claire: Why not?
Peter: Because if we save ourselves, who’s gonna save everyone else?

Sylar: You were right, Mom, I am meant to be special just like you wanted. I can be anything; I can even be President.

Episode Goofs
In this episode it's stated that Mohinder is only months older than his sister. However, in "Seven Minutes to Midnight", it's stated that they are two years apart.

As Claire and Peter discuss Peter blowing up, Peter moves the door so it is only slightly open. However, in the next shot, the door is open more than it was previously.

When Peter is sketching, the pencil he's holding changes from a colored pencil to a normal lead pencil.

Cultural References
Mohinder: As far as I can tell, you're all a bunch of untrustworthy goondas.

"Goonda" is Hindu for thug or troublemaker.

Molly Walker

Molly's tracking ability is similar to that of Cerebro in the X-Men series of comic books and films.

Episode References
Episode Title: The Hard Part

The episode title comes from a line spoken by Hiro in "Five Years Gone" after he returns from the future:

Hiro: Now for the hard part.

Sylar: You were right, Mom, I am meant to be special just like you wanted. I can be anything, I can even be President.

Sylar is referencing the events of "Five Years Gone" where it is revealed that Sylar will pose as Nathan to become President of the United States.

Abilities Development
Peter Petrelli: Peter gains Ted's ability to emit radiation and EMPs.
Candice Wilmer: In addition to being able to project an illusion that she has transformed, Candice displays the ability to alter the surroundings with her illusions.
Molly Walker: Molly can pinpoint any person's location by thinking of them.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorTim Kring
Executive ProducerTim Kring
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