Heroes: Episode 2.5 "Fight or Flight" Recap
Heroes: Episode 2.5 "Fight or Flight" Recap
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Previously on Heroes: Peter's in Ireland, Hiro's in ancient Japan, Sylar and the Honduran Wonder Twins are crossing the border in a car, HRG and the Haitian are en route to the Ukraine for a painting, Claire is getting busy with West, Micah and Monica are chilling in the Big Easy and Parkman's daddy is the Nightmare Man.

Tonight on Heroes: VERONICA MARS! Or Kristen Bell. Or Elle.  You'll have to forgive me, but I can't help but refer to her as Veronica Mars.  And since she's looking for Peter at an Irish bar, it would be insane for me not to refer to the Wandering Rocks as the the River Styx and the Irish gang as the Fighting Fitzpatricks.  If you watched Veronica Mars, you know what I'm talking about.  If you didn't watch, shame on you.

Amnesiac Peter (Milo Ventimiglia) is busy making out with the Irish lass Caitlin.  She thinks he should open his box, because someone is bound to be looking for a boy as pretty as he.  Cue Veronica Mars, scouring the Irish shipping yard in search of Peter.  He's dangerous, and she works for the Company and is supposed to bring him back home.  One of the Fitzpatricks (or maybe it's Danny Boyd) asks why they sent a weak little girl, and before Veronica can reach into her handy knapsack for her trusty tazer, she runs her hand over a storage container and sparks fly.  Literally.  Veronica Mars is a human tazer!  One might even call her Elle-ctric Girl.

The same Fitzpatrick warns Peter that a blonde girl is looking for him.  To calm himself, Peter goes back to Caitlin's apartment, hopefully to lay down on a real bed.  He assures her he wans to be with her, but he has to open his box.  He discovers he's Peter Petrelli from New York, with a one-way ticket to Montreal.  It's no help, so he goes to her easel and turns into White Eyes.  When he's done, it's a painting of two figures standing in front of a church in a place with French street signs, most likely Montreal.  Seriously, when did Montreal become an epicenter of danger?

Veronica Mars makes her way to the River Styx and cracks wise with Liam Fitzpatrick, who denies knowing Peter.  She feigns leaving, then locks the door and turns on her human tazer to fry herself up some Irish stew.  At night, she's in her car, talking to her boss.  She's full of snarky goodness, trying to cover up her actions, but finally admitting that she killed the guy in a hilariously nonchalant manner.  She gets offended when she's told to come home before she has him, but she finally agrees, apologizing to "daddy."  So who was on the other line?  Bob?  HRG?  Nightmare Man?

Parkman (Greg Grunberg) and Mohinder (Sendhil Ramamurthy) are tending to Molly, stuck in a coma courtesy of Parkman's Nightmare Man dad.  Mohinder tells his fellow father to go find his dad.  Before heading to Philly, Parkman wants to interrogate Angela Petrelli about the photo and her connection to his dad.  Instead, Nathan (Adrian Pasdar) agrees to team up with the psychic cop.  They bust into the apartment and interrogate Parkman's dad, who seems clueless.  He shows the dynamic duo a torn photo of himself, with the death symbol.

Mr. Parkman says he stopped Molly to protect himself, then exposits about the original Alliance of 12 forming to save the world.  He's somewhat surprised to learn his son can read minds, then reveals they're not so different, as Mr. Parkman exhibits the same ability.  This is huge, because if parents and their children exhibit similar abilities, it confirms that Nathan is West's father and Kensei is related to Claire (most likely as her grandfather, since the idea that Kensei is Angela Petrelli's husband seems more viable every minute).

Mr. Parkman goes into detail about how the mind reading becomes so much more with time.  Mr. Parkman reveals he's truly evil when he escapes after plays some mindfreak nightmare games.  He makes Parkman think he's in prison and Nathan think he's on the Deveaux roof in a post-apocalyptic New York.  Parkman hears some crazy backwards talk, and I'll leave it to cleverer techno-geeks than myself to decipher what was said.  In nightmare land, Nathan has a run-in with his deformed mirror self, and Parkman gets a visit from his ex-wife and the baby that he left.  Both our Heroes engage in fisticuffs, Parkman with the prison guard and Nathan with himself.  Eventually we see they're actually fighting each other, and as Nathan has the upper hand, Parkman realizes what's happening and uses some telekinesis to tell him to stop.

Mohinder calls up HRG, who's freezing his butt off his Russia, to say he's about to take Molly into.the Company to cure her.  HRG obviously doesn't think that's a good idea.  Mohinder does it anyway, and once there, Company Bob asks him to go retrieve another girl, giving him a tazer (so that's where Veronica's went).  Then Niki (Ali Larter) arrives and begins choking the crap out of Bob.  She's doing her best impression of Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.  Before finishing the job, Mohinder uses the tazer on her.  Later, Niki wakes up and admits she wants to be there, so I guess it was Jessica who attacked Bob.

Monica is telling a cop about her recent run-in with a robber.  The cop wants her to step up and ID the man, to "be a hero."  You know you've joined the Heroes cast when someone delivers a forced line of dialogue about being a hero.  Monica is frightened about her powers, and while chatting with Micah, she learns how to play the piano simply by watching him.  She's scared, but later Micah bonds with her by showing off his electronic skills.  Micah pulls out a copy of 9th Wonders and tells her she's a copycat, like St. Joan.  They go out into the world to test her abilities.  Monica double dutches like Corbin Bleu in that one Disney Channel original movie (no, not High School Musical, the one about jump roping).  That night, she gets the right idea and uses her power to steal some of Bruce Lee's moves.  Now if only she'd watch some Walker, Texas Ranger reruns, she could really kick some butt.  There's a knock at the door, and it's Mohinder.  I guess we know who Bob told him to get.

Ando is getting some help to translate some damaged portions of Hiro's ancient sword scrolls.  In the past, it looks like we missed a whole lot of trials, because Kensei has all the scrolls needed to find White Beard and rescue Yaeko's father.  I never played Final Fantasy, but I assume this is exactly what it's like.  Hiro, Kensei and Yaeko arrive at White Beard's, only to be faced with his entire army.  Will they defeat the army?  Ando's scrolls become illegible at that point, so we must wait for another episode.

Next week on Heroes: Claire and Sylar return!  You know your show has way too many people when Hayden Panettiere and Zachary Quinto are left off screen the whole episode.

-John Kubicek, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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