Heroes (2006–2010): Season 4, Episode 16 - Chapter Sixteen 'The Art of Deception' - full transcript

H.R.G. enacts his plan to take down the Carnival with the help of Lauren and Suresh. Sylar visits Matt looking to understand his desire to make a human connection, but Matt has a plan of his own. Meanwhile, Peter warns Emma of Sam...

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It will be a bloodbath.

Tell me exactly what you saw.

You cannot save her.

But someone else can.

People think that dreaming
the future is a gift.

They're wrong.

I don't want to be alone.

And somehow you're supposed to help me.

I can only imagine what
having a bunch of excuses

Could do to someone's humanity.

In order to become human again,

He has to get rid of all of his powers.

Now was that so hard?

I'm sorry. I'm gabriel, a friend of matt's.

I'm sorry, he's--he's not here right now.

Is there any way that you
could tell me where he is?

It's really important that I speak with him.

This is your fantasy. This isn't my life.

Something wrong, sir?

Yes, something is wrong.

It's quiet. Where is everyone?

The carnival is closed, samuel.

Everybody saw what you did to that town.

They're afraid of me.

Can you blame them?

We finally have a home here...

A place to make a life.

It's what we wanted.

It's what you told us that you wanted.

You don't trust me anymore, do you?

You haven't for a long time.

So show me why I should.

Out of trust is faith, lydia.

It must be very hard for you to come by

When you can steal a look
into someone's very soul

With just a touch.

After all I've done for you,
for all of them,

I'm the villain.

And you--you seem to have become the empath

To replace joseph.

Everyone's looking to
you now for their voice,

Aren't they?

What have you been telling them?

Nobody respects you anymore.

And I'm gonna win it back.

I love them.

I need them.

And I'll do whatever I have to do...

To prove my worth.

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don't worry, I'm gonna save you.

Hey, it's peter petrelli.

Is emma coolidge there?

Look, it's-- it's important.

Just, uh...

Yeah, I already went by her place.

She's not there.

Look, if you see her, call me, okay?

Yeah. Thanks.


Janice, honey, you home?



Haven't you ever heard of making two trips?

Oh, god, are you back inside my head?

That's so two months ago.

Here, let me give you a hand.

Calm down, parkman.

If I wanted you dead,
we wouldn't be talking.

Then what the hell do you want?

It's complicated.

My life's taken a turn
since our time together.

I suppose you could say I'm
on a fact-finding mission.

Matt, honey.

Janice. Hey.

I thought you'd be at work by now.

Well, I took matty to day care,

And my client cancelled, so...

Lucky I was home,
because your friend gabriel

Was in the neighborhood.

He is full of stories.


From when we were partners on the force.

So I figured that you guys
would like to catch up,

So I put a little late lunch together.

Oh, it looks so good, thank you.

Parkman, take a load off, have a nosh.

We really need to catch up.

You know, this is probably not a good time.

In fact, it's not even a big deal.

It's over. I don't need to tell him.

You kind of do.

A superpowered serial killer shap
e-shifted into a coed

And then made a pie chart of your life.

It wasn't a pie chart.

It was more like a-- - whatever.

You have to tell your dad.


'cause when sylar killed my real dad,

He didn't tell me.

I know. You're right.

But you...

I know. I know.

How long are you gonna hold a grudge?

The whole silent treatment is getting old.

We were in a good place before all this.

Do you want me to come with?



This is something I have to do alone.

I could wait.

It's probably gonna be a while.

The list of things we have to talk about--


The cover-up of my dad's death.

Let's not forget about the carnival.

I'm sure there's plenty my
dad's been wanting to say

About that.


Well, good luck.

You're gonna feel better
when it's all over with.

Or if not, at least you'll be caffeinated.

- Claire.
- Lauren. Hey.

You gonna let me in?

Yeah, of course.

Where's my dad?

He just stepped out for a moment.

I brought some coffee.

Thought it was time

To talk things over with him.

I'm sorry, but-
-but why are you here exactly?

Oh, um...

Your father and I are--

No, no, that's not--

That's not what I was talking about.

I mean, you have primatech files

And satellite maps.

And this is everything that my dad said

That he would put behind him.

Claire, I'm just trying to help a friend.

Friends do dinners and movies, okay?

You want to help?

You tell my dad whatever
it is that he's doing here,

He needs to stop.

I wish it was that simple.

Why? What's gng on?

There was an incident.

It was samuel sullivan.

What did he do?

They're saying it was a landslide,

But we know it was samuel.

Wait, you think he buried that town?

Can he even do that?

He gains more power

The more specials he has around.

200 are dead,

And they're still digging out the bodies.

What are you planning to do?

You know, your dad's
gonna be back any minute.

Why don't you just take this--

Actually, I have class.

But it looks like you guys
have this under control,

So just tell him I stopped by.

- Claire, wait.
- Enjoy the coffee.


I've always loved the black and whites.

Are they still matty's favorite?

How do you know that?

Well, like I said,

Parkman and I used to be
pretty tight back in the day.

We went through addiction
counseling together,

And faced our mutual demons.

You know what, honey?

I'm gonna show gabe here what
I've been doing in the basement.

Ah, yes.

The wonderful world of matt's projects.

You're gonna love it down there.

I'm sure I will. -

- You're on a fact
-finding mission?

What the hell does that mean?

I had to make sure I remembered it right.

Husband and father...

You've really figured out a
way to live with your ability.

You know, you may not believe this,

But in some ways,

You're actually stronger than I am.

Look, I'm not afraid of you, okay?

So if this is about revenge--

Well, after what you did to me,
I was tempted.

But I don't want to be that person anymore.

- Uh

I need you to go inside my head again.

you're serious.

Oh, wow, you are insane.

If I am, it's because

That's what my powers have made me.

I can't live with them anymore, parkman.

So you need to take them away.

You want me to--

How am I supposed to do that?

Create a mental block, repress them.

I don't really care, to be honest.

All I know is that once I'm free

From the temptation of my ability...

- Mm
-hmm? You're gonna be normal?

I'm sorry, that ship sailed,
what, 50 murders ago.

I'm asking nicely.

The last time that I was inside your head,

You turned my life into a living hell.

What makes you think I'm gonna risk that?


And the kid.

I really do want to change.

But I'm insane...


And all you have to do is point.

Fine, I will try.

But you have to let janice go.

Consider it a gesture of good faith.

Hey, mom.

What's wrong?

Oh, it's nathan.

The stonecutters called.

They needed a final
wording for his headstone,

And I didn't know what to say.

I guess it's the finality of it.

I mean, they're just words,

But when you write them down,

When you etch them in stone...

I know, mom.

Maybe it was selfish of me, peter,

But I just needed to see you.

I needed to be sure you were okay.

Because of your vision.

I had the dream too, mom.

I saw all the people.

And sylar...

I think he was trying to help emma.

You saw that too?

Whatever this mission is,
peter, remember this:

One isolated act does not make
sylar your friend's savior.

I need you to help me find him, mom.

I know you know where he is.

Sylar's never been far from my thoughts.

But I'm begging you, don't go.

He murdered nathan,

And the last time you faced him,
he almost killed you.

Mom, emma's in trouble.

People's lives are at stake.

Nathan would never turn his back on them.

And you know that I can't either.

This is gonna end badly.

Samuel is crazy.

My dad's gonna take him down,

And there is no way this is gonna end well.


What do you want me to say?

Well, what do you think I should do?

Um, I don't know.

You've got a humanities
lecture in 20 minutes.

Here's a crazy idea -
-maybe you should go to class for once.

Did you hear anything I just said?

I did. Yeah, all of it.

But I mean, what are you
really gonna do, claire?

Your dad was right about the carnival.

You never should have gone there.

Look, samuel is a bad guy, yes.

But the rest of the carnival
is all family and children.

And they just want to live their lives

Being open about their abilities.

I thought you said that

They were giving samuel his power.

But they don't know that.

You were only there for one day.

How could you possibly know for sure?

I need to borrow your car.


I thought you would back me up on this.

You say you want a normal life, right?

Just let your dad handle it.

Come on, please. Just come to class with me.

Or not.

Bring it back full.

she's not answering.

She said she had a class.

Claire, call me as soon as you get this.

You shouldn't have let her go
without talking to me first.

What was I supposed to do,

Drag her by her hair and
lock her in your closet?

What do you want to do?

We go.

If samuel's escalating his attacks,

We can't afford to sit
around and wait to see

What he's gonna do next.

You're right, but you're also emotional.

Look, this samuel is a threat

And not just to claire.

You go in with less than 100% focus...

I can handle this.

You don't have to worry about me.

That's not an option anymore.

Let's go.


We need to talk.

What are you doing here?

Your father is coming for samuel,

To kill him.

Claire, if samuel finds out, he's--

I know. That's why I came ahead.

I have seen things like
this go wrong before,

And I don't want my dad or
anyone else getting hurt.

But we don't have a lot of time.

Samuel will never go for it.
He'll never turn himself in.

We have to try.

Claire, he is not listening
to me, to anyone.

If your father is really on his way,

I should get amanda.

And what, lydia-- run away?

Has it come to that?

I can't say I blame you--

What I did to that town, all those people.

Claire, I...

I'd hoped you'd have a better
reason to come back to us.

How could you do that?

I don't know what I was thinking.

I wish I could take it all back...

And so many other things-- joseph.

Did I ever tell you the first carnival act

That joseph and I ever saw was the trapeze?

The way they flung
themselves through the air,

We both thought they had powers,
just like us.

But when we went backstage, the man told us

The only power he had was gravity.

No matter how high he went,

It was always there to catch him.

I've come to realize

That gravity is different things to people.

For much of my life, joseph was mine.

I've been losing my way.

And now even my own family is afraid of me.

And the only strength I have left--

You have to take responsibility.

You have to turn yourself over.

To your father?

He's not exactly known for his mercy.

If you give yourself up,

He will not hurt you, I promise.

Please, samuel,

Listen to her.

If you care about this family,

Then protect them.

There's samuel-- on the midway.

Got him.

Wait a second. Is that claire?

At 2:00.

Hello, claire.

Dad, where are you?


I heard you stopped by earlier.
Thanks for the coffee.

What's the situation there?

Samuel wants to surrender.


Why? - To protect his family.

He's willing to turn himself over

As long as the rest of
the carnival stays safe

And under the grid.

And you trust him?

If there's a chance that we can do this

Without anyone getting hurt,
don't we have to try?

Dad, it's the best plan, all right?

You get samuel, and nobody gets hurt.

All right.

Tell him to meet us in the
field outside of the carnival.

I'll see you soon.

He's surrendering.

And you think he's just
gonna give himself up?

I don't know, but claire seems to think so,

And I have to trust her.

It's done.

He wants you to meet him in the field.

Are you sure this is a good idea?

Oh, I wouldn't worry.

If it's a setup, you're just
gonna get a better shot at him,

Out in the open, away from everybody.

Wait a second.
I'll do down and walk him out.

Keep him in the crosshairs.


Be careful.

I know my recent actions
have caused some of you

To question where it is my heart lies.

I regret what I've done.

I acted impulsively,

And that has brought one of them--

An agent--

To our door.

it's okay.

It's okay.

They just want me.

Claire has helped arrange
a peaceful surrender.

I'll go with them.

No, no, please, listen.

I know everyone will not
agree with this decision.

But it's the only way.

The safety of each and every one of you

And keeping this family together
is what matters most to me.

And if that means I have to leave,

So be it.

All right, parkman, I did my part.

I let janice walk. Now it's your turn.

I know.

I know. I said I would try.


Nothing's changed.

I know you can do this,
parkman, what's wrong?

I don't know.

I don't know.




I can't. - Try again.

You know, maybe-- maybe it's not me.

Sylar, come on, maybe it's you.
Maybe you're just fighting it.

Maybe you really don't want
to let go of these powers.

- No! You're lying!
- I'm not lying!

Matt, what's going on?

No, stop! Stop! No!

Oh, god, please let her go.

Hey! Hey, look at me. Look at me!

Come on, let her go.

She had nothing to do with this.

Come on, let her go. Let her go.

I'll try again. Come on.

That's not good enough.

You see what you made me do? - Hey!

I don't even know if I can
do this for you--come on.

Maybe you need a little more motivation.

You will purge me of
these powers, parkman...

Or I will use them--

I will use them all.

And trust me,

I can get really creative.



Come quickly!


No, no, no, no.



You need to put pressure on the wound.

I need your help. Come on.

You wanted to know what was in my heart.


I'm sorry.

I'm so sorry.

I'm so sorry. -

They needed a villain...

Someone worse than me.

You gave that to them. Thank you.

I'll do it. I'll do it.

No, it's too late, claire.

She's gone.

Come on, dad.

Pick up, please.



I found him on the hill...

With this!

Are you okay?

Claire, I didn't do it.

I didn't shoot anything..

You murderer!

He's the one.

You brought him here. You're one of them.

hey, back off!

No, don't hurt them.

We're better than this.

Take him to the house of mirrors.

Tie him up.

And her?

My trailer.

get off! Get off!

No! Dad! Dad!

let go!

Samuel, he didn't do it!

get off! Get off!

If you hurt her, I swear to god...

That's the problem, isn't it?

One cruel thought is all it takes.

These powers make it so easy.

I understand that, believe me.

But you don't have to use them like this.

Except I do.

The powers are me now.

You've been there, dealt with the abilities,

The constant temptation.

Tell me, how do you compartmentalize?

How do you keep them from overwhelming

The rest of your life?

You start by accepting the fact

That you're more than just your abilities.

Come on, we're people first.

Please, let her go.

Look, I'll-- I'll try to do what you want,

But you got to give me a couple minutes

To make sure she's okay.

Last chance, parkman.

Come on.

It's okay. Come on.

- That's sylar, isn't it?
- Yeah.

I'm so sorry.

This is crazy.

He wants me to take away his
powers and make him normal.

Meanwhile, I looked inside
his head long enough

To realize that he's serious,

But I can't give him what he wants.

Forget what he wants.

I work with monsters like this.

He's broken inside, matt.

We have to bury him

So that he cannot hurt anyone else.

Yeah, okay. Just go.

Go, and don't come back until I call you.

All right, get on with it.

You were right-- I was holding back.

It's all about motivation, right?

What if I told you that I can be special,

But to do it, I'd have
to hurt a lot of people?

Should I?

You? You could never hurt anyone.


I don't--

I don't feel any different.

Try something, go ahead, on me.

Come on.

You did it.

My powers are gone.

No, they're not gone. They're just buried--

Somewhere that you can never get to them.

You've threatened my
family for the last time.

What did you do?

I know exactly what scares you, gabriel.

And it's being alone with your immortality.

What did you do to me?

I have trapped you inside your twisted mind.

You're gonna be alone,
sylar-- very much alone--

In this nightmare that will last forever.

And the best part about it
is that when I leave here,

You're not gonna remember what I did.

And you're gonna live every
empty day like it's real.

You said you would help me.

Yeah, well, I guess there's
still a little of you

Left inside me...

Because I lied.

Enjoy hell.





Samuel said you'd come.

Thank god you're here. I need your help.


Finally, there's a doctor in the house.

What happened?

- We were attacked.
- You were attacked?

By who?

People who don't understand us, emma...

People who fear us.

It doesn't matter.

What matters is that you're here.

You're not just gonna heal me, emma.

You're gonna help us make
a new world for ourselves.


We'll show them, emma.

We'll show them how great we can be.



Hey, man.

Sorry, I was, uh-- I was working downstairs.

That's okay, man. Been a long time.

Yeah, how are you?


- Sylar is here.
- What are you talking about?

I'm talking about what you're thinking.

You're gonna take him.
You can't just take him!

Look, people die, matt.
Sylar has to save them.

Peter, he's a murderer!

Hey! Come on, stop. Listen.

He's trapped, peter.

What the hell did you do?

I went inside his head,

And I trapped him in his worst nightmare.

He'll never hurt anyone again.

I have to bring him back.

No. No, you can't do that.

You go into his head,
you might not come out.

Peter. Peter, don't. Peter!

No! Peter!






Tracy strauss.

Noah bennet told me to call
if anything went wrong.

I went to bennet.

I thought--

Look what they've done...

These so-called normal people.

How could you let this happen?

What I did was wrong. I know that.

But I was willing to sacrifice myself

To protect you...

To save this family that
we've all come to love.

The outside world has proven once again

That people like us will never be accepted.

We've all seen it...

In the eyes of those who
come to see our shows...

Dazzled by our abilities...

But filled with revulsion of who we are.

I saw it again yesterday...

In that small town over the hill...

And today in the bullets that struck me

And murdered our dear lydia.

It's time.

It's time we put fear behind us.

It's time we showed the world...

What we truly are.