TV Recap

The Spawn Cycle

On ''Heroes,'' Matt learns he's going to be a daddy; plus, Hiro and Claire learn about their own parents, and D.L. has a hard time being a single father

Greg Grunberg, Heroes | DADDY'S LITTLE SECRET Shouldn't Matt have seen that coming?
Image credit: Heroes: Trae Patton
DADDY'S LITTLE SECRET Shouldn't Matt have seen that coming?

''Heroes'': Who's your daddy?

Wow, did anyone take a look at that Primatech Paper company website from last week? You know, the one with the information that you have to fill in and then they e-mail or text you or something and...oh, wait, yeah, I forgot — I don't care. Didn't care about that online Lost game either. I'll let y'all figure it out. Holler back at me when something happens.

Episode 13, ''The Fix'' (and I only insist on identifying each episode by number and name every week because the show so clearly tries to construct each episode as if it were an individual comic issue) was a total placeholder. Watching last week's previews, I was excited for this week (apparently for little reason), and watching next week's previews, I'm excited for next week. I hope, however, that they won't save all the good stuff until the last three minutes as they did here. And speaking of the last three minutes, is anyone else glad there wasn't a closing voice-over to end the episode? Those are just getting more mind-boggling by the week.

So yeah, a placeholder. It was definitely a time for parents, though, more so than in previous eps: H.R.G. and his continuing deception of Claire, who is on the hunt for her real mother and father; D.L. trying to be a good dad and coming up short; Hiro's pop making an appearance; and Matt finding out he's going to be one. I suppose I could comment on the multiple plot holes, and I suppose I could comment on the way Heroes constantly takes narrative short cuts that really make no sense, but then I would be the spoilsport, right? So, I'm just going to ask some questions:

1. How is Janice still with Matt? I'm sure she's in some sorta state of disbelief about the fact that her husband is a mind reader, but as I said last week, if my significant other starts to read my thoughts, I am dust. I don't care if there's a baby coming. (A baby, by the way, heals all wounds, even if your wife has cheated on you and even if your husband is a freaky psychic. I wish I knew what number she was thinking of last week. Also, it'll be interesting to see if baby Parkman eventually has any powers, but that's way off.)

2. How were Hiro and Ando completely surrounded by people hunting them down in an enclosed parking garage, yet they still ended up hiding undetected under a car?

3. How did it become so easy for Sylar to fake his death? Was nobody on the lookout for that? Apparently not, especially not the semi-incompetent-looking doctor that H.R.G. had looking after him.

4. When did Peter make the jump from ''Wow, you're a shady invisible man who likes to steal people's wallets'' to ''Wow, I don't really know you, shady invisible man, but based on the fact that I had a frightening dream where I am the source of a nuclear explosion that destroys New York City to which you happen to be a creepy laughing bystander, I would like you to train me on how to better use my powers''?

Answers, anyone? I'm especially curious about the last point, because when Peter asked ''Claude Rains,'' ''How many people have you taught before me?'' I was still unclear as to why Peter thinks that Claude (a) has taught anyone anything other than perhaps how to be an Artful Dodger-esque street urchin and (b) cares about Peter's potential blowing up of New York, especially because red-eyed, raggedy-looking Petrelli looks more like a meth addict lately than anything else. Peter's ''I found you for a reason: I think you teach me how to stop this'' is a typical Heroes line, sort of apropos of nothing, yet clearly concocted to move the plot forward. Seriously, though, I'm not going to like every episode (and I would hope that you'd be the same; otherwise, you'd be an unthinking automaton), and this one ranks low on my list so far.

Yet there's something to be said for an episode that can make Sulu look so badass. George Takei, where you been all my life? I was happy to see Hiro run back for his dear friend and throw himself into what could have been a dangerous situation (though, was it just me, or was Hiro's English particularly difficult to understand this time around?). It's going to take a while for him to get that sword now with Papa Nakamura in the picture.

And isn't Claire the little Nancy Drew, finding her mother with nothing more than some Internet research and a phone book? I got a little giddy when she lit that cigarette with her fingers and also sort of a little sad when Sylar confronted H.R.G. with that creepy ''How's Claire?'' line. I'm sure we all waffle back and forth in terms of what we think H.R.G.'s motivations are, but when he told his daughter, ''Whether you're 16, or 32, or 64, I will be there for you. Always,'' I believed the guy. Good daddy — despite the whole memory-erasure thing.

Thoughts? Did you enjoy this episode more than I did? What was that weird metallic shine on the back of Sylar's head? When Claire's mother called a man to say that their daughter has found her, who is she speaking to? Is it Linderman? Gulp! And if a character is going to die soon, who do you want it to be?

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Originally posted Jan 30, 2007