Review: Heroes, Season 3, Episode 18, aka Volume 4, Chapter 5

Seriously – I shouldn’t be watching (or reviewing) this episode of Heroes since I have yet to complete the reviews of the last two. However, I have been working on the other two for quite sometime and, dissatisfied with what I have come up with up to now, have yet to post them. Perhaps reviewing this episode will help me get back on track, who knows.

Then again, hibernation is a very strong deterrent to any form of productivity.

Chapter 5 of Volume 4 starts with Claire in cahoots with the guy who can breathe under water (can I call him Fishboy? I think I will). In this episode more than ever, Claire reminds me of her father, in that while she has the best of intentions, she is bossy, extremely opinionated and doesn’t take no for an answer. She actually admits to the fact that, just like her father, she is lying to Mrs. Bennett to protect her. Claire wants to do everything her way, determined to do good without considering other possible consequences to her actions. It’s funny how so many of these heroes seem to be suffering from the same complex – ironically enough, referred to as a ‘heroes complex’.

Let the giggling begin.

Other causes for giggling include Mrs. Bennett finding Fishboy (how I love calling him that) in Claire’s closet, Claire calling him her boyfriend and Alex’ reaction to Mrs. Bennett’s accusing glare when Claire ‘admits’ to having sex with him. Mrs. Bennett is once again showing her mettle, and hopefully this time, no one will erase her memory. And good thing she was there, because for all her bravado, Claire didn’t know what she was doing.

Claire: I have a plan. I just haven’t thought of it yet.

Mrs. Bennett is like so many mothers out there – full of surprises, like knowing how to make a fake ID! Kind of makes you wonder what really is normal.

Claire: I just wish I was normal.
Mrs. Bennett: Why on earth would you want that?
Claire: Maybe it would make things easier.

Claire’s misconceived notion of what normal is (really, the house in the suburbs, the 2,4 kids and the whit picket fence is ‘normal’? For who, under 1% of the world’s population, perhaps?) alongside her terrible decision-making skills make for one beautifully paved road leading straight to hell, just like her father’s actions led him to his own personal hell.

And is it just me, or does Fis… Erm, I mean, Alex look a smidgen like Peter?

Mrs. Bennett: You’re going to miss having a cute guy in your closer?
Claire: A little.

While a lot happened to make the plot advance, I only feel compelled to remark only on three other things.

First of all, what an interesting revelation about Sylar’s father we are privy to at Big Jim’s Franks & Fries. It makes you wonder if Sylar regrets embarking on this journey – especially with someone as annoying as Luke accompanying him. Or is it his sometimes insightful questions that make him an interesting companion?

Luke: You’re the most powerful dude on the planet. What could you possibly need?

One can’t help but feel sorry for Sylar when we realise just what happened (and also when we see just how adorable he used to be). I did think that maybe his father was Rebel – until we saw him kill the mother. Would someone so selfish as to sell his son and kill his wife (or, at the very least, the mother of his son) really go through the trouble of saving everyone else?

Then again, Heroes is known for its sometimes convoluted storyline…

Luke: Why are you doing this to me?
Sylar: Because you’re here and I need to express my feelings.

The second thing I’d like to point out, which I am certain everyone else has also noticed is the fact that after Angela Petrelli whispers what she has seen in the future in Nathan’s ear, that he takes a step back and throws a shocked glance at the sky where Peter has flown off mere seconds before.

Angela: Because the game has changed. I’ve seen it, and you need to be ready.

Kind of makes you wonder what Angela Petrelli told Nathan, doesn’t it?

And last but not least, the question I’m sure every Heroes fan is asking themselves: who is the world is Rebel? Someone we know already, or someone we are going to meet very soon? If the writers have played their cards right, it’s going to catapult Heroes fans back into the same frenzy they were in during Season 1.

And I’m eagerly looking forward to it.

The Stella Awards

I don’t know if these are real – I haven’t had (or, arguably, taken) the time to check them out, but even if they aren’t, this is definitely worth a read!

For those unfamiliar with these awards, they are named after 81-year-old Stella Liebeck who spilled hot coffee on herself and successfully sued the McDonald’s in New Mexico where she purchased the coffee. She took the lid off the coffee and put it between her knees while she was driving. These are awards for the most outlandish lawsuits and verdicts in the U.S.

Here are the Stella’s for the past year:

7th Place: Kathleen Robertson of Austin, Texas was awarded $80,000 by a jury of her peers after breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler who was running inside a furniture store. The store owners were understandably surprised by the verdict, considering the running toddler was her own son.

6th Place: Carl Truman, 19, of Los Angeles, California won $74,000 plus medical expenses when his neighbor ran over his hand with a Honda Accord. Truman apparently didn’t notice there was someone at the wheel of the car when he was trying to steal his neighbor’s hubcaps.

5th Place: Terrence Dickson, of Bristol, Pennsylvania , who was leaving a house he had just burglarized by way of the garage. Unfortunately for Dickson, the automatic garage door opener malfunctioned and he could not get the garage door to open. Worse, he couldn’t re-enter the house because the door connecting the garage to the house locked when Dickson pulled it shut. Forced to sit for eight, count ‘em, EIGHT, days on a case of Pepsi and a large bag of dry dog food, he sued the homeowner’s insurance company claiming undue mental Anguish.
Amazingly, the jury said the insurance company must pay Dickson $500,000 for his anguish. We should all have this kind of anguish.

4th Place: Jerry Williams, of Little Rock , Arkansas , garnered 4th Place in the Stella’s when he was awarded $14,500 plus medical expenses after being bitten on the butt by his next door neighbor’s beagle – even though the beagle was on a chain in its owner’s fenced yard. Williams did not get as much as he asked for because the jury believed the beagle might have been provoked at the time of the butt bite because Williams had climbed over the fence into the yard and repeatedly shot the dog with a pellet gun.

3rd Place: Amber Carson of Lancaster , Pennsylvania because a jury ordered a Philadelphia restaurant to pay her $113,500 after she slipped on a spilled soft drink and broke her tailbone. The reason the soft drink was on the floor: Ms. Carson had thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument.

2nd Place: Kara Walton, of Claymont , Delaware sued the owner of a night club in a nearby city because she fell from the bathroom window to the floor, knocking out her two front teeth. Even though Ms. Walton was trying to sneak through the ladies room window to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge, the jury said the night club had to pay her $12,000….oh, yeah, plus dental expenses.. Go figure.

1st Place: (May I have a fanfare played on 50 kazoos please) This year’s runaway First Place Stella Award winner was Mrs. Merv Grazinski, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, who purchased a new 32-foot Winnebago motor home. On her first trip home, from an OU football game, having driven on to the freeway, she set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the driver’s seat to go to the back of the Winnebago to make herself a sandwich.. Not surprisingly, the motor home left the freeway, crashed and overturned. Also not surprisingly, Mrs. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not putting in the owner’s manual that she couldn’t actually leave the driver’s seat while the cruise control was set. The Oklahoma jury awarded her, are you sitting down, $1,750,000 PLUS a new motor home. Winnebago actually changed their manuals as a result of this suit, just in case Mrs. Grazinski has any relatives who might also buy a motor home..