Angela and Hiro get stuck in the past, and Noah tries to stop stepping on too many butterflies.
When last week’s episode ended, we all thought Heroes Reborn had just retconned the first half of the season. Well, it turns out that wasn’t entirely the case. “June 13 (Part Two)” spent most of its time moving pieces around to make sure the present that Noah and Hiro left is almost the same one to which Noah returns at the end of the hour.
We pick up right where part one left off. Past Noah tries to stop Future Noah from assassinating Erica, but Future Noah still manages to get a shot off that ends up hitting Erica in the leg. In the confusion, Quentin pulls her into the stairwell he was hiding in and threatens to let her die if she doesn’t tell him where his sister is. Ever the criminal mastermind, Erica flips the tables on him and says that he’ll never see his sister again if she dies, so Quentin agrees to help her.
The two Noahs, Molly and Caspar rush into another hospital room and recap everything that happened to Claire in last week’s episode. To avoid stepping on anymore butterflies, they decide Future Noah and Molly need to find Hiro so that he can send Noah back to the right time. In the meantime, Caspar will wipe Past Noah’s memory to protect the twins. As they get ready to head back to the Summit, Harris shows up, knocks Caspar out, and captures Noah.
Past Noah refuses to tell Harris about Claire, so Harris brings in telepath Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg) to help. Since we last saw him in Heroes, Matt has sold his power to the highest bidder, Renautas. Using his powers, Matt finds out everything that happened to Claire; however, the interrogation is cut short when a penny rolls into the room and wipes Noah’s memory. Caspar knocks Harris out and frees Noah after Matt’s conscience gets the best of him and he lets them go. From there, they head back to the Summit, where Caspar erases Noah’s memory and leaves him in the rubble where we found him in “Brave New World.”
(ASIDE: If I’ve figured this out, Caspar’s power involves storing people’s memories inside those pennies? END ASIDE).
While recovering from her gunshot wound, Erica receives a call from Hachiro, who doesn’t understand why the news is reporting that Hiro had a hand in the attack because he just imprisoned him inside Evernow. Erica tells him not too worry and thanks him for his service. After they hang up, Erica tells Harris to send one of his clones to Japan to kill Hachiro and the other to find the second Hiro. Hachiro realizes something fishy is going on when he’s locked out of Evernow. So, he creates Katana Girl as a back door into the game to give Hiro his own hero.
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While the world is reeling from the terrorist attack, Carlos, a.k.a. Sgt. Gutierrez, is being questioned by a commanding officer about his role in the firefight with the Taliban. One of his fellow soldiers, Farah (#WereAllConnected), lies and says that Carlos was responsible for saving the rest of the unit after the Taliban killed two American soldiers. In truth, Farah used her invisibility powers to save them, but she’s too afraid of what might happened if she tells the truth. “If you’re uncomfortable with an honor you don’t deserve, live up to it,” Farah sternly tells Carlos when he complains about having to take credit for something heroic she did. (So, this is why Carlos felt so ashamed in the premiere.) Farah decides to leave the military and to rejoin the company she used to work for. You know, The Company.
Back in Tokyo, Hachiro tells Katana Girl that the reason she can’t remember anything is because she was in an accident. Yes, her primary purpose is to save Hiro, but it’s clear that bringing his daughter to life is another chance for Hachiro to find closure. After thanking her for putting a smile back on his face, Hachiro hands himself over to Harris.
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Future Hiro and Present Angela time travel back to 1998. Unfortunately, they arrive in Odessa instead of at Angela’s castle in Geneva (#FirstWorldProblems). Hiro tries using his powers but can’t because Baby Nathan has taken them. Like his Uncle Peter and evil great-grandfather, Nathan can steal other evos’ abilities, and that’s why Claire died in child birth. Angela decides that it’s best the twins be kept apart so Nathan doesn’t steal Malina’s powers.
Fifteen years go by, and Future Noah and Molly find a salt-and-pepper haired Hiro living with Tommy/Nathan and his mother, Anne, in Odessa. Hiro has been training Nathan to save the world, and it turns out that Nathan can only hold one power at a time. Noah asks Nathan for a ride back to the future, but Harris shows up and attacks the home. In a nice bit of familial teamwork, Nathan and Noah take out the Harris clone.
Noah and Nathan decide to go see Angela, who forbids Nathan from getting close to his sister because of his power. Lately, Angela’s been having visions of the end of the world, and they all include Nathan and Malina standing under a clock tower in Odessa, Texas, at 11:53 as the world burns around them. Angela promises she’ll make sure Malina finds Nathan in a year’s time. Shortly after Nathan and Noah leave, Farah pays Angela a visit. As they observe Malina learning how to use her powers, Angela says that there’s something she hasn’t told Malina yet. (Best guess? Malina will probably die saving the world.)
In a surprising move, Erica rewards Quentin for saving her life by letting him see his sister. When they reunite, Phoebe says that Erica gave her a purpose, which is something she’s always wanted and that she’ll save everyone. “You’ll see this is the only way,” Phoebe says as they sit down to have a talk, which probably includes sipping some of Erica’s special brand of Mass Murder Kool-Aid.
When Noah and Nathan return to the house, Noah instructs Caspar and Molly to keep an eye on the twins and make sure no one finds them. Then, Nathan sends him back to the present. Unfortunately, more Harris clones show up at the home. Delighted by the thought of finishing a fight he started years (three hours) ago, Hiro decides to stay behind and fight the clones while Nathan escapes with his mother and Caspar.
“Save our son, save the world,” Hiro says to Anne (fatherhood looks really good on Hiro) in a callback to Heroes‘ first season.
After Nathan teleports Caspar and his mother to safety, he tries to go back for Hiro, but Anne stops him. Realizing there’s no other choice, Anne asks Caspar to wipe Nathan’s memory to stop him from becoming a hero too soon. This explains why Nathan had no idea how to use his powers when we first met him and why he and his mother were on the run.
Noah arrives back in Midian, Colo., to find Quentin still alive. After bringing Quentin up to speed, Noah conveniently walks off in search of his gun. Meanwhile, Quentin hangs back and calls Erica to tell her that Noah will lead them right to the twins. Yes, Quentin is a traitor. Has he been one since the beginning? Probably. I can’t remember how time travel worked in Heroes, and the show doesn’t explain the rules here either.
Throughout the episode, Past Noah and Hiro were worried that Noah was “stepping on too many butterflies” and changing the future. However, it seems as though not much in the present has changed. Did Noah’s trip to the past always happen and that’s how we ended up with the present? Or was Quentin working as a spy for Erica a result of Noah’s attempting to assassinate Erica in the past? Agh! So many questions. We’ll just have to wait until next week.