Perfect time to transition to Lana, who is just waking up in her comfy little bed in Sylar Thredson's murder dungeon. He's got it made up to look like Lana's room at home, complete with framed photos of Wendy, so for a few moments when Lana is still half-asleep, she imagines that she's home and safe and maybe the last several weeks have only been an awful dream. Thredson -- and I do mean it when I call him Sylar Thredson, as Zachary Quinto has decided to ease back into his old Heroes persona to play this different murderous psycho -- is across the room in the kitchenette, cooking up a delicious-sounding Croque-monsieur. Honestly, between the bedroom set and the kitchen and the pristine white tile, this murder dungeon is nicer than most studio apartments. And Croque-monsieur? I'm just saying, Lana, there's a bright side to this whole situation.
Anyway, Lana starts screaming, but of course the basement is soundproof, like, duh. Thredson says tells her he disposed of Wendy's body where nobody will find it, as it wouldn't do to have the body crop up now that Kit Walker has confessed to all those killings. He presents Lana with the sandwich and tomato soup and deems them the perfect "mommy" snack. Which gives him the opening to delve into his whole sad saga about how his mother abandoned him and left him to grow up in the "system" of orphanages and foster care and the abuse and neglect found therein. Pretty standard serial killer stuff, but that's what this show is all about: taking our iconic depictions of horror and throwing them back at us with the volume turned WAY up.
Thredson continues talking about the orphanage, how they never allowed any unnecessary touching or affection, so obviously that became his pathology. Lana does a good job of connecting with him on a human level, complimenting him on the sandwich and saying she, too, knew what it was like to be abandoned, when she was at Briarcliff. Rather than see through this very basic attempt to gain his favor, he just giggles like a child and says that Lana is "the one," just like he thought. He tells her that he was always very self-aware; he knew there was something wrong with him. That led him to study psychology and in medical school to have his first "breakthrough." This breakthrough came in the form of him staying around after class, getting naked, and climbing atop the cadaver that he says represented his mother. Classic. The sexually perverted mommy's boy. I may not be the biggest fan of the guy's acting chops, but I'll now give a thumbs-up to the casting of Quinto. His irrepressible gayness brings that Anthony Perkins element into this whole storyline, which is as intrinsic to the archetype as anything else. We have always loved our queer monsters.