I cannot -- absolutely cannot -- pick faces (or anything, really) out of a crowd. I call it "Can't See the Trees for the Forest Syndrome."
I vividly remember one day when I was about twelve or so -- I was helping teach a class at the park near my house with this lady Vicki. Vicki wanted something in the art supply cabinet.
I remember opening the cabinet and just seeing...stuff. No rhyme, no reason -- I had seen all of it, knew what all of it was, but all my brain could see was...a great big mass of stuff.
"No, no, down!" she said.
I looked down. Stuff, stuff, and stuff.
"To the left."
I looked left.
Stuff, and stuff.
"It's right in front of you."
Eventually, I found whatever it was...but what I had to do was look at each item in the area she indicated individually, until I found whatever it was. I'm sure she was thinking that it would have been easier for her to get up and get whatever it was herself.
I have the same problems with faces in crowds. Faces, faces, faces...if I don't have something concrete to hold onto (at my cousin's graduation, I knew she was near the beginning, and found her only because she was right behind two boys), I don't have much of a hope of finding things.
But I recognize people, and I recognize voices.
(Doesn't mean I put names with faces, mind, but that's irrelevant for this discussion.)
Keep in mind that I watch a lot of sci-fi. Lots of times, people are buried under prostheses and makeup, and sometimes even contacts. But I recognize them.
In fact, I recognized him:
as also being him:
In this case, it was, I kid you not, the fingers and the smile...even under all that make-up.
So when I mentioned a while ago that the guy who played Nicki's boyfriend on Heroes looked like the guy who played Gunn on Angel, it was with misgivings.
I know what he looks like, and it wasn't him...but I never quite got rid of the idea that he had something to do with Angel.
I was close.
He played Forrest, one of Riley's buddies, on several episodes of Buffy in the fourth season.
I'm actually a little put out that I could recognize Rene Auberjonois under all that make-up, and not this guy, even though he played humans in both cases.
Still, it's nice to solve the mystery.
By the way -- I'm all caught up, but...did I miss the part that explains why Matt and Molly live with Mohinder? Or, for that matter, how Matt convinced anyone that he should have custody of Molly?