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''Heroes'' Morning After

By RD Heldenfels Published: October 10, 2006

I had already seen last night's ''Heroes'' but paused again for the shot of the cheerleader on the slab, because it's such a great ''holy cow'' closer. Can't wait to see what they're going to do with her next -- especially since Matt Lanter, who plays the evil quarterback, is going to be around for more episodes, and I suspect some creepy payback awaits.

I interviewed Matt last week, by the way, since he's a local guy and he also has a recurring role on ''Shark'' starting this week. You can find my story about him here. He was a little surprised that I had seen this week's episode -- which had been sent to critics some time ago -- and I was frustrated that we couldn't talk more for publication about the twists, both in his character and in the final scene. But I didn't want to spoil it all for readers.

Getting back to the episode, I'm thinking that from here on out, the best way to watch ''Heroes''  may be to record it and then just watch the sections about characters I'm entertained by -- cheerleader, Hiro, mind-reading ''Alias'' guy -- while skipping the rest. Unfortunately, they're promoting the intertwining of all their destinies, and there is that Overarching Plot, which also interests me a lot less than some of the characters.

Looking ahead, by the way, there's a pretty good little twist in tonight's ''Nip/Tuck'' involving Monica Wilder, the character from Akron. Even when I had an idea what was coming, I jumped when it happened.

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