This may have been my favorite episode so far. It was all about Claire and her father. We learned many little things about the mysterious Mr. Bennett.
The episode starts with Teddy and Matt breaking into the Bennett house and being surprised by the return of the family. We then pick up where we left off last week, with those two holding the family hostage. Matt is against the entire thing, he does not want to endanger the family.
When they begin to question Mr.B, he starts thinking about his beginnings with the Company. His boss, Thompson, is the great B-movie actor Eric Roberts (I guess Lorenzo Lamas was busy) and he is telling Mr.B how his front will be the head of PrimaTech Paper. He also will have a partner who is one of them. It turns out to be Claude, which explains how Claude knew so much about Mr.B.
Turns out Teddy is a bit unstable, and will kill everyone if Mr.B does not give them a cure. Claire says “He’s not a paper salesman.” Which Teddy responds with “I guess she’s not Daddy’s little girl anymore.” I really liked that line, lots of emotion during these scenes.
We then see Claude, Mr.B, and Thompson outside of a burned down house. There is Hiro’s dad holding a small baby, he tells Mr.B in Japanese, that Mr.B will be taking the girl and raising her, and if her powers ever manifest he must turn her over to the company. We also get to see a young Hiro playing Gameboy (I am sure Gideon will know what game it was).
Matt tries to read Mr.B’s mind, but Mr.B is thinking in Japanese, very clever. Ted gets pissed and goes to shoot Mr.B’s wife, but Mr.B and Claire both keep thinking to Matt that Matt should shoot Claire, which he does. Matt and Mr. B begin to work together in order to calm Ted down, since Matt realized that Teddy is willing to kill everyone for revenge, not for the truth. The take Claire upstairs and she heals, Mr.B explains that he has been protecting Claire. If his employers found out about her gift she would be taken. Matt says he is telling the truth.
This is where we first see the Haitian. Mr.B says his wife stumbled upon his gun and his sedation kit. Thompson says she will have to be dealt with and it seems Mr.B is willing to allow that. Turns out that Thompson has a Haitian boy who can erase memories and who is mute. He said he drew a picture of himself pulling memories out of peoples minds. Thompson said he wanted to put in on his fridge.
Matt and Mr.B go to PrimaTech in order to get information for Teddy. Claire tries to rescue her mom and brother, but fails. Teddy has her and her mother tied up (Lyle got away). At PrimaTech they meet up with the Haitian, and Mr.B is upset that he did not erase Claire’s memory, but it turns out that he was under orders from someone else in Claire’s life.
We then have another flashback of when Mr.B had to shoot Claude for hiding one of gifted people. Turns out Claude did not like experimenting on his own people. Mr.B shoots him twice and Claude falls off a bridge turning invisible, explains how he was able to get away from the Company.
As Matt and Mr.B come back, Teddy is getting very antsy, the Haitian comes in and releases Claire and her mom. Mr.B gives Teddy a folder, which has information about Teddy’s powers. Mr.B explains that he does not have a cure, nor did he make them this way. Just then Thompson walks in and shoots Teddy, whose powers go haywire.
Everyone clears out of the house, but Mr.B is trying to give Teddy a tranquilizer. Claire runs back in and takes the tranq from her dad and administers it to Teddy. When Claire walks out of the house, her skin is melted, but starting to grow back. Thompson sees this, and Mr.B has to act surprised.
Back at PrimaTech, Mr.B and Thompson discuss how the Haitian was hiding Claire’s powers. Thompson says it will be a shame to have to kill a second partner. He then wants to know when Mr.B will bring Claire in, and he responds that he will bring her in right now. They then discuss Matt. Thompson says he would make a good partner, since you could not lie around him. So maybe Matt will have a job when they wake him up.
We then see a nice scene of Mr.Bennett and Claire picking out glasses. He finally needs them, and she wants to know if she will need them. This is when he tells her she was adopted. When he finally puts on the horned-rim glasses we have all come to love, he asks Claire how he looks and she says “Like my dad.” Awe.
Mr.B is taking Claire down the same bridge where he shot Claude. He does not know what will happen to her or when they will see each other again. When they get out, the Haitian is there. He shoots Mr.B in the stomach, in a place where he can survive, and then erases her mind. Looks like the Haitian and Claire will be a fun team, probably going to NYC to see Uncle Peter.
It seems that Hiro’s father is more important than some of you speculated. He is up there in the Company. No I do not think the Company equals the company that Hiro and Ando work for. This is some shadow group, like the Bildeburg’s or whatever. Maybe the TriLateral Commission. Or hell, the Illuminati.
Also, we have learned that Mr.B is not evil. He was protecting his daughter all along. I bet if I go back through the posts I can find which people thought that and which of you did not.
I also would like to say the use of B&W for the flashback scenes was great, reminded me of American History X, without the anal rape.
Let’s hear what you thought!