Once again this week Heroes picked up steam by focusing in on one central conflict that has tugged all our characters back into each others' orbits. It's clear now that this season will be about family drama, featuring the dueling children of the Petrelli clan and the dueling corporations of its elders. More importantly, this week's episode, "Eros Quod Sum," got back to the comic book themes that inspired this show in the first place. You know, time-tested themes like hero homoeroticism and weird daddy issues. Spoilers ahead! Let's start with the sexy stuff, shall we? Electrical Elle came back this week, with her superpowers all messed up. She can't stop shooting electricity everywhere, and her high-voltage seizures are preventing her from eating and sleeping, so she shows up at unbreakable Claire's house looking for help from daddy HRG. Of course, he's off doing something for Primatech so instead Claire and Elle have a fight (with hair-pulling!). And then they bond over the fact that their powers are going haywire — Claire can no longer feel pain, and of course Elle can't feel anything but pain. Without notifying HRG or Primatech, the two decide to sneak off to visit Pinehearst, the biotech company at the center of this season's weird conspiracy. They've both gotten Pinehearst cards from speedy Daphne, whom you'll recall is being coerced by Papa Arthur Petrelli into doing his dirty work. And that work is about to get a lot dirtier.
But not nearly as dirty as what happens when Elle and Claire board a plane for Pinehearst. When Elle starts going zappy with stress, the plane begins hurtling into oblivion. The only way to save themselves and a bunch of motion-sick passengers? Claire takes Elle's hand and absorbs all the crackly energy that Elle can shoot out. Oh yeah, there's sparks between our two babes and it's just a giant ball of homoerotic heroic hand-holding. Thank you, Heroes, for reminding us why we got into comic book stories in the first place.
And because last night's episode was all about bringing things together, our lesbotic interlude actually led pretty much seamlessly into the other major plot point. The Petrelli Family drama. So Mama Angela Petrelli controls superpowered agency Primatech (even though she's still in a coma), and Papa Arthur Petrelli is the mystery man behind Pinehearst. Both of them have heroes and villains working for them, and both are trying to change the future. The question is, who is less evil? Given that Arthur randomly killed Papa Parkman in order to force Daphne to kill Matt, I'm thinking that he's at least more evil right now. Not that Angela hasn't been just as evil in the past. So Daphne toddles off to kill mind-controlling Matt, who is still all "we are meant to fall in love because I had a vision in Africa." And Arthur has drained his son Peter's powers. Oh and also? Spidey Suresh is now grooving on evil so much that he's decided to work with Pinehearst too, on The Formula which could give all of us superpowers or just flashbacks to The 4400's promycin. There's a great scene where formerly-evil Sylar gets rebooted from his coma by having a vision of mommy Angela, then comes to Pinehearst to save Peter. Asskickery and (literal) bromance! But then somehow Suresh catches Sylar, and Papa hangs him in the air and does a number on his head about how Angela is evil and a bad mommy just because she tried to drown him when he was an infant. So Sylar decides to go work for daddy now — but is he REALLY working for daddy? After all, when he shoots Peter out an 8th-floor window to impress pops, he uses his powers to let no-longer-super Peter down gently enough that he's bruised rather than dead. Luckily, Claire is on her way into Pinehearst and is able to grab her uncle and flee. But Elle decides to head into Pinehearst anyway, hoping that Arthur will drain her of her electro-shockery forever. I guess that means no more girl-on-girl for a while, but I can dream can't I?
So the Petrellis are coming together, with Nathan and Claire and Peter having a confab about what to do with mom and dad. And Sylar's loyalties are up in the air. Meanwhile, Hiro and Ando are eating the trip paste in Africa. I weep for this hideous subplot, and try to focus on how great Hiro once was. Maybe if he could figure out a secret biological connection to the Petrellis he could go badass and fun once again. Because right now, kids, it's all Petrelli all the time on Heroes. And I'm liking it.