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Angela and Peter square off over how to prevent a seemingly unstoppable worldwide catastrophe. Sylar heads up an attack on the Company's main facility, but is shocked by what he finds on Level 5. While battling Elle, a dozen criminals with potentially devastating abilities are able to escape the facility. Meanwhile, Claire makes a discovery about her abilities; Hiro and Ando follow Daphne to Paris; Suresh's research, as well as his relationship with Maya, progress; and Matt finds a guide to lead him through unfamiliar territory.
Monday September 22nd, 2008Special Airtime:
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Sondra is cleaning up broken glass from Sylar's attack and asking her daughter if Claire wants to talk about what happened. Claire's mother wonders if Sylar raped her but Claire assures her he didn't and he got what he came for. Claire comes over to help and puts her hand on some broken glass, but doesn't notice the injury. She takes the glass out of her hand and the wound heals normally, but Claire notes that she no longer feels pain… the one thing that made her human...Read the full recap
Working Title: "Dreamtime"
Kristen Bell (Elle) is billed as Special Guest Star.
Angela Petrelli's precognitive dream was included in the season two DVD set.
Ratings: 9.57 million viewers
Prior to the filming of this episode, guest star Stephen Tobolowsky (Bob) broke his neck and was unable to act in several scenes, resulting in Bob only being in an office chair throughout the episode.
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Tracy: Do you think that you know me?
Nathan: The word "Biblically" comes to mind.
Future Peter: What were you doing?!?
Claire: What did it look like, huh? Trying to get hit by a train!
Hiro: We need to set a trap. That's what Batman always does with Catwoman.
Sylar: My name is Sylar...and you are not my mother.
Angela: But I am, dear...I am.
Angela says that Future Peter is to blame for letting Sylar get Claire's power, because he told her not to come to Odessa. Therefore she was at home where Sylar could find her. But... if Future Peter hadn't come back in time, Claire would have been at home where Sylar could have found her, because she would have had no reason to come to Odessa if Nathan hadn't been shot.
Episode Title: The Butterfly Effect
The Butterfly Effect is a phrase that references chaos theory in which seemingly small changes in a system can cause large changes long-term. The term first came to prominence in Ray Bradbury's 1952 story A Sound of Thunder, when a man on a time travel expedition to the past steps on a butterfly and returns to the present to discover that history has now been substantially altered.
Usutu: (to Matt) No service here. Should have gone with Sprint.
Usutu's line is a plug for Sprint, which is a corporate sponsor of the series.
Claire making a video of her attempts to get hurt by jumping in front of a train parallels her attempts in "Genesis
" in which she recorded herself doing various dangerous activities, such as jumping off of a platform, and recorded the subsequent ability to heal from her injuries.
Sylar: Sylar gains the ability to
Claire: Claire loses the ability to feel any pain from her injuries.
Tracy: Tracy discovers she has the ability to project extreme cold.
Joseph: Joseph has the ability to see and paint the future, similar to Isaac's ability.
Knox: Knox can absorb others' fear and channel it into increased strength for himself.
The German: The German can control magnetic energy and manipulate ferrous objects.
Flint: Flint can project flames to which he is immune.
Jesse Murphy: Jesse has some unspecified form of sound manipulation.