|Episode no.||Season 1
|Directed by||Adam Kane|
|Written by||Chuck Kim|
|Original air date||April 23, 2007|
".07%" is the nineteenth episode in the first season of the NBC science fiction drama series Heroes. It is the first episode which includes a narration read by someone other than Sendhil Ramamurthy (Mohinder Suresh), in this case by Malcolm McDowell (Mr. Linderman). The title is a reference to information in this episode in which it is revealed the bomb will wipe out .07% of the world's population.
Nathan Petrelli and Mr. Linderman discuss Nathan's future and the prophesied explosion. Linderman explains how he is looking to provide humanity with a "pathway to a more permanent peace." Nathan is horrified to learn that this plan involves using his brother Peter as the catalyst for an explosion that will kill a majority of the people in New York City. Linderman states that, even if half the population of New York City was killed in the blast, it would only represent less than .07% of the world's population, an acceptable loss.
Claire Bennet is still in shock from having learned that Angela Petrelli is not only her grandmother, but has known of her existence all along, even when Nathan thought she was dead after the fire. Angela strongly implies that she was a former hero and has powers. She informs Claire that it is not safe for her to be in New York City right now. She tells Claire that the two of them will soon be leaving for Paris until after the events that are coming play themselves out.
Peter manages to halt Sylar's telekinetic attack, healing his forehead and flinging Sylar across the room with telekinesis. Mohinder, who is pinned to the ceiling by Sylar's telekinesis, falls to the floor when Sylar's concentration is broken. Sylar is soon back on his feet and about to attack Peter when Peter becomes invisible, to Sylar's surprise. Sylar uses his telekinesis to fling shattered glass in all directions across the room. One of the shards stops in mid-air, dripping blood. Peter reappears, and we see that it is embedded in the back of his skull. He falls to the floor, lifeless.
In desperation, Mohinder pushes Sylar against a wall with the rolling bulletin board, knocking him unconscious and giving Mohinder time to escape with Peter. Later, Sylar revives to find that Mohinder has destroyed the notes on the bulletin board and the computer containing the list of "heroes." Sylar is enraged, until he finds a torn inside cover of 9th Wonders! with Isaac Mendez's name and address on it.
Mohinder arrives at Angela Petrelli's house, informing her that Peter is dead. He lays Peter's corpse on a chaise longue and Nathan arrives and immediately comes to Peter's side, clutching him and weeping. Nathan says "He wasn't supposed to die this way.", referencing the atomic prediction. Claire comes down the stairs to find Peter lying in the lounge, dead. She finds the glass shard and pulls it out of his head, allowing Peter to revive instantaneously, and then decides to call it even, as since Peter had saved her life previously, she felt she owed him.
Remembering that Isaac told them that the "brain man" was in jail, Hiro thinks that Isaac might still be alive and know what to do. They enter his studio where they find newspaper clippings strung together by string all over the apartment, which Hiro supposes is a timeline of the events of everything that happened. The episode ends with Hiro coming face-to-face with his future self.
People think I collect art. What I really collect are lives fixed in paint. A perfect moment capturing an entire existence made immortal. A monster's fight to survive, and live to kill again. A mother willing to fracture her own soul to protect her child. Youth struggle for innocence despite life's cruelty. The double-edged lies needed to sustain a double-edged life. A wandering hero's pure joy at success. And his darkest hour when all the world seems lost. All perfect moments frozen in time. Alone each tells a single story. Together... they can tell the future. — Mr. Linderman
In the 18-49 demographic, ".07%" earned a 5.3/13 ratings share. This episode was watched by 11.96 million viewers.
- Beaming Beeman: Episode 19: .07%, Director's blog on the filming of this episode.