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Heroes: Shades of Gray

While Nathan helps Matt defuse an explosive situation, Sylar finally catches up to Samson Gray for a father-and-son chat. Meanwhile, Claire is forced to decide whether to help an old enemy, and Hiro and Ando find the Matt Parkman that Rebel has sent them to protect.

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x19
Airdate: Monday March 09th, 2009

Director: Greg Beeman
Writer: Oliver Grigsby

Alternate Airdates:

UK (BBC TWO) Mar 23, 2009

  • Currently 8.2/10
8.2/10 (50 Votes cast)


Guest Stars
Ashley Crow
As Sandra Bennet
David H. Lawrence
As Eric Doyle (as David H. Lawrence XVII)
Taylor Cole (2)
As Rachel Mills
Randall Bentley
As Lyle Bennet
Zeljko Ivanek
As Danko
John Glover
As Samson Gray
Kevin Christy
As Claire's Employer
Nigel Gibbs
As DC Lieutenant

Co-Guest Stars
Jeff Campbell
As Male Agent
Jonny Siew
As Analyst
Matt Biedel
As Agent #3
Gina St. John
As Reporter
Roger Bridges
As Bomb Squad #1

Quin Baron
As Baby Matt
Reed Baron
As Baby Matt
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
Hayden Panettiere
As Claire Bennet
Adrian Pasdar
As Nathan Petrelli
Zachary Quinto
As Sylar / Gabriel Gray
Cristine Rose
As Angela Petrelli


In Costa Verde, Eric Doyle confronts Claire as she comes into the Bennets' kitchen. He tells her that Rebel sent him to her to get help. Claire tells him to leave but Doyle begs her for help so that he can go back to making people happy. Sandra comes into the kitchen and is also not thrilled to see Doyle. She warns them that the agents are outside, but Doyle explains that Rebel lured them away with a fake phone alert. When Doyle wonders why they haven't arrested Claire, Claire admits that she has an exemption and Doyle points out she's abandoning her own kind. He snaps and takes control of both of their bodies, and says he hates being hunted and then having to come to her for help. As a single tear drips down his face, Doyle releases them and says that he no longer wants to harm others. He bids them goodbye and leaves...

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Episode Notes
Milo Ventimiglia (Peter) and Sendhil Ramamurthy (Mohinder) don't appear in this episode, although Ramamurthy does the closing voiceover.

Including voiceovers, this episode marks Sendhil Ramamurthy's 50th appearance on the show. He is the first actor to have done so.

Episode Quotes
Eric Doyle: But if there were agents outside... why aren't they kicking in the door, looking to collect a comes-back-to-life Barbie?

Danko: I want to know everything you know about Nathan Petrelli.
Tracy: He was lousy in bed.

Sylar: I guess not everybody gets old. Not everybody dies.
Samson Gray: Then you just have that much longer to suffer, don't ya?

Mohinder: (closing voiceover) Generations unfold — father to son, mother to daughter. Where one leaves off, the other follows, destined to repeat each other's mistakes, each other's triumphs. For how do we see the world if not through their lens? The same fears, the same desires? Do we see them as an example to follow, or as a warning of what to avoid? Choosing to live as they have, simply because it's what we know, or driven to create one's own identity? And what happens when we find them to be a disappointment? Can we replace them? Our mothers, our fathers? Or will destiny find a way to drive us back? Back to the familiar comforts of home?

Abilities Development
Samson Gray: Like his son Gabriel, Samson possesses intuitive aptitude, which allows him to analyze the brains of his victims and duplicate their abilities. He demonstrates the borrowed abilities of telekinesis and sedation, but has never possessed regeneration.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorTim Kring
Executive ProducerTim Kring  |  Dennis Hammer  |  Greg Beeman  |  Allan Arkush
Co-Executive ProducerNora Kay Foster  |  Adam Armus  |  Jim Chory  |  Jeph Loeb  |  Jesse Alexander
ProducerLori Motyer
Co-ProducerCathy Mickel Gibson  |  Joe Pokaski  |  Aron Eli Coleite
Consulting ProducerRob Fresco  |  Mark Verheiden
Associate ProducerMike Ketelsen
Production DesignerRuth Ammon
EditorJon Koslowsky
CastingNatalie Hart  |  Keri Owens  |  Jason La Padura
Unit Production ManagerCathy Mickel Gibson
First Assistant DirectorFrancis R. Mahony
Second Assistant DirectorDiane Calhoun
MusicLisa Coleman (2)  |  Wendy Melvoin
Music EditorJennifer Barak
Music SupervisorAlicen Catron Schneider
Costume DesignerDebra McGuire
Make-upGlenn Hetrick  |  Mark Viniello  |  Richard Mayberry
Key GripChuck Crivier
Camera OperatorPeter Mercurio  |  Harry Box
Set DecoratorRon V. Franco
Location ManagerJason Savage  |  Dianne Friedgen  |  Steve Hasson  |  Alex Reid (4)
Transportation CoordinatorBrian Steagall
Property MasterRoss Anderson
Construction CoordinatorThomas J. Arp
Production Sound MixerKenn Michael Fuller
Script SupervisorMerry Lowry-Donner
Production CoordinatorPearl Lucero  |  Carmen Chan
Script CoordinatorBill Hooper (1)
Assistant EditorSue Kesler
Re-Recording MixerGerry Lentz  |  Richard Weingart
On-Line EditorBruce Motyer
Director of PhotographyCharlie Lieberman
Stunt CoordinatorTim Gilbert
Production SupervisorPearl Lucero  |  Brenda Pulos
Production SecretaryLiz Salinas
Art DirectorSandy Getzler  |  Bruce Hill
Post Production CoordinatorDantonio Alvarez
Sound MixerStephen Grubbs
Special EffectsGary D'Amico
Executive Story EditorChuck Kim
ConsultantTim Sale
Costume SupervisorNancy Gould
Key Makeup ArtistLori Madrigal
Visual Effects SupervisorEric Grenaudier
Production AccountantMargaret Scarpello
Chief Lighting TechnicianJeff Levy (1)
Visual Effects ProducerMark Spatny
Key HairstylistLee Ann Brittenham
Assistant To The Executive ProducerJim Martin (3)  |  Erin Fitzgerald (2)  |  Timm Keppler  |  Michelle Delgado
Assistant To The Co-executive ProducerFoz McDermott
Warning: Heroes season 3 episode 19 guide may contain spoilers
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