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Heroes: The Kindness of Strangers

At a local fast food restaurant, Monica Dawson begins to experience some new abilities. Angela Petrelli makes a shocking confession as new information concerning past heroes is revealed. Matt has Molly locate the "boogyman" on a map, but the results are terrible for everyone. Across the border, Maya and Alejandro make a startling discovery.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x4
Production Number: 204
Airdate: Monday October 15th, 2007

Director: Adam Kane
Writer: Tim Kring

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Seven) Oct 25, 2007
UK (BBC TWO) May 15, 2008
NL (RTL 5) Jul 24, 2008


Guest Stars
Adair TishlerAdair Tishler
As Molly Walker
Ashley CrowAshley Crow
As Sandra Bennet
Barry Shabaka HenleyBarry Shabaka Henley
As Det. Bryan Fuller
Cristine RoseCristine Rose
As Angela Petrelli
Janel ParrishJanel Parrish
As May
Jeanette BroxJeanette Brox
As Camille
Jimmy Jean-LouisJimmy Jean-Louis
As The Haitian
Nichelle NicholsNichelle Nichols
As Nana
Nick DNick D'Agosto
As West
Shalim OrtizShalim Ortiz
As Alejandro Herrera
T.W. LeshnerT.W. Leshner
As Derek

Co-Guest Stars
Carlon JeffreyCarlon Jeffrey
As Damon Dawson
Jackson WurthJackson Wurth
As Monty Petrelli
Justin EvansJustin Evans
As Simon Petrelli
Randall BentleyRandall Bentley
As Lyle Bennet
Chris OliverChris Oliver
As Cooking Show Host
Countrified WedmanCountrified Wedman
As Scary Guy
Taira SooTaira Soo
As School Teacher
Main Cast
Jack ColemanJack Coleman
As Noah Bennet
Greg GrunbergGreg Grunberg
As Matt Parkman
Hayden PanettiereHayden Panettiere
As Claire Bennet
Adrian PasdarAdrian Pasdar
As Nathan Petrelli
Zachary QuintoZachary Quinto
As Sylar / Gabriel Gray
Sendhil RamamurthySendhil Ramamurthy
As Mohinder Suresh
Noah Gray-CabeyNoah Gray-Cabey
As Micah Sanders
Dania RamirezDania Ramirez
As Maya Herrera


Noah is looking at the Mendez painting showing his death, and Claire with a boy, when his wife comes. He asks her if Claire is dating, just as Claire comes in asking about dating. When she mentions a boy that she considers a possible danger, her father says he wants to meet the boy but Claire says it’s just hypothetical...

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Episode Notes
Milo Ventimiglia (Peter Petrelli), Ali Larter (Niki Sanders), James Kyson Lee (Ando Masahashi) and Masi Oka (Hiro Nakamura) do not appear in this episode. This is the second episode in which Masi Oka does not appear and the first episode in which the character of Hiro does not appear.

This is the first appearance of Dana Davis (Monica Dawson).

DVD commentary by Dana Davis, Adrian Pasdar, and Tim Kring.

Ratings: 11.41 million viewers

Episode Quotes
Claire: Is there something on my face?
Mr. Bennet: Claire, your mother and I need to talk with you about boys.
Claire: Oh, please, not the sex talk again. It was painful enough the first time.

(while discussing Molly's nightmares)
Mohinder: So what are we supposed to do?
Matt: I don't know. You're the scientist.
Mohinder: That doesn't exactly make me an expert on nightmares.
Matt: That makes two of us.

Nathan: You didn't kill Keito Nakamura. I know that.
Angela: I have done so many bad things in my life it really doesn't matter what crime I confess to.
Nathan: Let me help you.
Angela: No, what you want is redemption and you're not gonna get it by helping me. You'll just get killed and I can't bear to lose another son.

West: Then, it's those marks on my neck, right? You think I was abducted by aliens? I told you it was a guy with horn rimmed glasses.
Claire: It's my dad ... he's just really over protective about the dating thing.
West: Then let me talk to him.
Clarie: I don't think that's a good idea.

Nathan: You reading my mind right now?
Parkman: No ... yes. Sorry.

Nathan: You asked me for help once. Now just let me help you.
Angela: Just because you shaved doesn't mean you're clean and sober.

Monica: It's not right. One storm comes rolling through here and blows away my whole life. My mother, my college education, my dreams.

West: Claire, these fears you have of someone finding out about you, of feeling different forever, I have them too. You can share them with me but I can't help you if you don't trust me.
Claire: Okay.
(Claire jumps off the Hollywood sign; West catches her)
Claire: You caught me.
West: Of course I did.
Claire: But I would've been fine.
West: I know you can heal, Claire, but I never want to see you hurt.

(while locating Parkman's father)
Molly: He is the nightmare man.

Claire: Please, let me have this one thing. I've done everything else you've asked me to. I've given up my friends and my life. I just need this one thing that's normal.
Mr. Bennet: I had no idea that cheerleading meant that much to you.
Claire: Took me by surprise too.

Episode Goofs
When talking about areas that were destroyed during Hurricane Katrina, Monica refers to them as counties instead of parishes, the term typically used in New Orleans.

The permission slip for cheerleading that Claire hands Mr. Bennet changes from being folded up to being unfolded between shots.

Cultural References
Rey Mysterio

The wrestling move that Monica imitates is the "6-1-9," wrestler Rey Mysterio's signature move.

Title: The Kindness of Strangers

The title is a taken from a line in the 1947 play, A Streetcar Named Desire, which is set in New Orleans.

Episode References

Sylar's watch reads 11:53, which is a reference to "Seven Minutes to Midnight".

Abilities Development
Monica Dawson: Monica is able to learn how to do anything after seeing somebody do it once. After watching a chef make a flower out of a tomato, Monica is able to do it without consciously thinking about it.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorTim Kring
Executive ProducerTim Kring
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