Two weeks after experiencing a horrific vision of the destruction of New York City, with Parkman, Hiro, Claire, Nathan, and an unknown laughing man present, Peter Petrelli is still hospitalized. Hoping to learn more about what drove him to Texas, Peter’s brother Nathan goes to meet Isaac Mendez, and even as Nathan says that he doesn’t believe Mendez’ visions of an unarmed man causing the city’s destruction, in walks someone else who has seen precisely that vision of the future: Hiro. With Ando in tow as always, Hiro has returned to New York City to seek the fabled sword of samurai Takezo Kensai, believing that it will return his powers to him, only to discover that the sword is in the hands of someone named Linderman. Parkman, on nothing more than Mr. Bennet’s stray, unshielded thought about Sylar, convinces the FBI to raid the paper company where Bennett works, but they find nothing, and suddenly Parkman is dropped from the investigation. Bennet, in the meantime, goes to Suresh – this time to ask for help – but is turned down. When Peter awakens from an even more intense vision of the destruction he believes he will cause, he decides to leave the Big Apple, but along the way, he meets a man who no one else can see – a man with a familiar laugh.
Guest Cast: Clea Duvall (Audrey Hanson), James Kyson Lee (Ando Masahashi), Zachary Quinto (Sylar), Cristine Rose (Angela Petrelli), Thomas Dekker (Zach), Lisa Lackey (Janice Parkman), Matthew John Armstrong (Ted Sprague), Jimmy Jean-Louis (The Haitian), Kevin Chamberlin (Malsky), Bobby Hosea (Detective), John Ross Bowie (Attorney), Colby French (Hank), Stacy Haiduk (FBI Agent), Christopher Eccleston (Claude)
Notes: Guest star Christopher Eccleston, seen only briefly here in his first appearance, has earned a permanent place in genre TV history for his portrayal of the ninth Doctor when Doctor Who returned to the airwaves as a regular series in 2005; though his portrayal won acclaim for both the series and its star, he announced that he was leaving the role just after the first episode was broadcast.
LogBook entry by Earl Green