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Heroes: Fight Or Flight

In Ireland, Peter tries to move beyond his past, but soon discovers that Elle, a mysterious woman, would go to any length necessary to find him. Matt strikes an unexpected ally to head with him to Philadelphia to find the "boogyman" following Molly being attacked. Meanwhile, Suresh has a meeting with his new partner and receives a disturbing assignment; Monica tries to adjust to her life as a hero; H.R.G. has to go to lengths to protect his family; and Hiro continues to try to fix the past while Ando tries to put together what happened to his friend.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x5
Production Number: 205
Airdate: Monday October 22nd, 2007

Alternate Airdates:

AU (Seven) Nov 01, 2007
UK (BBC TWO) May 22, 2008
NL (RTL 5) Jul 31, 2008

  • Currently 9.4/10
9.4/10 (21 Votes cast)


Guest Stars
Adair Tishler
As Molly Walker
Alan Blumenfeld
As Maury Parkman
Elizabeth Lackey
As Janice Parkman
Eriko Tamura
As Yaeko
Holt McCallany
As Ricky
Jeanette Brox
As Camille
Jimmy Jean-Louis
As The Haitian
Katie Carr (1)
As Caitlin
Nichelle Nichols
As Nana
Stephen Tobolowsky
As Bob

Co-Guest Stars
Adetokumboh M'Cormack
As Tuko
Dominic Keating
As Will
Mio Takada
As Curator
James Storm
As Fitzpatrick
Jonathan T. Floyd
As Officer Landry
Laivan Greene
As Girl With Braces
Main Cast
Jack Coleman
As Noah Bennet
Greg Grunberg
As Matt Parkman
James Kyson Lee
As Ando Masahashi
Ali Larter
As Niki/Jessica Sanders (S01-S02); Tracy Strauss (S03-)
Masi Oka
As Hiro Nakamura
Adrian Pasdar
As Nathan Petrelli
Zachary Quinto
As Sylar / Gabriel Gray
Sendhil Ramamurthy
As Mohinder Suresh
Milo Ventimiglia
As Peter Petrelli
David Anders
As Adam / Takezo Kensei
Noah Gray-Cabey
As Micah Sanders
Dana Davis
As Monica Dawson
Dania Ramirez
As Maya Herrera


Matt and Mohinder try and take care of the comatose Molly, but Mohinder warns that no hospital can take care of her and only the man responsible, Matt’s father, can bring her out of the coma...

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Episode Notes
This episode marks the first appearance of Kristen Bell (Elle).

David Anders (Takezo Kensei) is now credited as a series regular.

This is the first episode in which Hayden Panettiere (Claire Bennet) does not appear.

In real life, Noah Gray-Cabey (Micah) is a skilled piano player. All of the scenes in this episode that feature Micah playing the piano were all performed by Noah Gray-Cabey, not a double.

Guest star Alan Blumenfeld (Maury Parkman) and series star Greg Grunberg (Matt Parkman) previously worked together on Felicity, also as father and son.

DVD Commentary by Greg Grunberg and Greg Beeman.

Ratings: 10.80 million viewers

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Episode Quotes
Caitlin: Peter, just because you don’t remember your past, it doesn’t mean you don’t have one.

Nathan: Let me come with you.
Matt: Fine. We can probably get there faster. You know, 'cause you can err...
Nathan: I'm not a cargo jet, Parkman!

Peter: You were right. Whatever I was, whoever I am, I have to face it. Nothing that I find in this box is going to change anything. Whatever my life was before, this is where I want to be now. With you. Okay?
Caitlin: Okay. Get on with it, then.

Maury Parkman: Still angry, huh, Matt? Feel better slapping the cuffs on your dad? Make you feel good?
Matt Parkman: Starting to, yeah.

Mohinder: Molly won’t last, not like this. They are the only people who can understand what’s happening to her.
Mr. Bennet: Don’t do this. The moment you trust them with what you care about most, they’ll have you. Don’t forget who’s side you’re on.
Mohinder: I’m on her side.

Micah: Monica, do you remember last night when I said I was able to rig the pay-per-view on the TV?
Monica: Yeah.
Micah: Well, I lied.
Monica: How did? How did you --
Micah: I think it runs in the family. I mean, maybe not exactly like me, but my dad could walk through walls.
Monica: D.L.?
Micah: Yeah, and my mom. Don't even get me started on my mom.

Elle: You know, I’ve never been in an Irish pub before. Do you have haggis?
Ricky: That’s Scotland, love. We have stew. And muscles. And stew.

Mohinder: Niki, you’re a prisoner!
Niki: No, I’m not! I came here on my own. I gave up my son to be here. I’m sick. I didn’t think anyone could understand my problems. What I’ve done, what I’m capable of. These are the only people who can help me.

Elle: All right, I killed him, okay? What is the big deal?

Mohinder: (voiceover) When confronted by our worst nightmares, the choices are few; fight or flight. We hope to find the strength to stand against our fears but sometimes, despite ourselves, we run. What if the nightmare gives chase? Where can we hide then?

Episode Goofs
On the gender field on Peter's passport, it is marked "F" for female instead of "M" for male.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Fight or Flight

"Fight or Flight" is the name given to a nervous system phenomenon where the body automatically reacts to stressful situations by either getting away or fighting.

Episode References
Peter's passport shows that he was born on December 23, 1979.

Abilities Development:
Elle: Elle possesses an electromagnetism ability.
Matt Parkman: While stuck in Maury's vision, Matt is able to send a message into Nathan's mind using his telepathy.
Maury Parkman: Maury, Matt's father, has the ability of telepathy. He is also able to use his telepathy to block Matt from using his power. During the episode, Maury is able to manipulate both Matt's mind and Nathan's mind in order to send them into a deep vision.
Monica Dawson: Monica learns that her abilities are known as "Muscle Mimicry."

Other Episode Crew

CreatorTim Kring
Executive ProducerTim Kring
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