Hiro attends his father's funeral and realizes that he can change what's happened with his special powers. Because messing with the past and the future has worked out so well for him. He goes back to the day of his father's death to see who killed him. Hiro pops out after Angela leaves but before the killer can show up. He tells his father he must leave so he won't die, but Kaito just says he has to accept his fate. Hiro won't accept this, so he takes his father away before his death arrives. Matt realizes that he can not only read minds, he can push at them and get inside them, just like his father. He tries to get to the bottom of Kaito's murder. When his boss tries to stop him from digging any further, Matt pokes into his brain and gets 24 hours to get more info on the case. Matt goes to talk to Angela about his ability and his father's. Matt pushes at her mind to get her to answer his questions truthfully. And she does. She tells him everything about Adam, including that he can heal and that he'll never grow old. She also declares that Adam's the one who's killing the ElderHeroes. Matt tries to find out who an unidentified woman is in the photo, but Angela won't give up the goods on her, no matter how much blood comes out of her nose. Mohinder goes to California with Tobby to nab Claire from Bennet and meets Tobby's daughter, Elle, who has become quite the electric shock sharpshooter. Mohinder also gets a gun and realizes that, with his broken nose, he now has everything required to make the painting become a reality. The Bennets are leaving town, but Claire ain't. She's staying for West. This of course makes Bennet and Claire come to loggerheads with the end result being that Claire announces that she hates her father. Once she leaves the house, West confronts her about her father and doesn't seem to believe that she truly is staying behind for him. He flies away even though Claire's made him a really pretty apology out of rocks. Unfortunately, he flies right over and abducts Bennet as he's walking out of the house. He wants answers about whether Claire really cares about him. Bennet tells him the truth but as soon as they land, Bennet tackles the kid and orders him to tell Claire that leaving is the best thing to do.
Mohinder and Elle lure Bennet to a distant location in a joint effort to get him to give up Claire. The plan backfires when West swoops in and takes out Elle before she can kill Bennet. Mohinder goes to pull his gun on Bennet, emulating the painting, but Bennet easily grabs the gun and turns it on Mohinder and appears to be about to shoot him when West's gasping interference makes him stop. However, when he runs back home to check on his family, he discovers that Tobby has taken his daughter. Thinking on his feet, Bennet has West grab Elle and he keeps her nice and damp so that she can't use her powers while he tries to leverage an exchange with her father. Kick. Ass. Hiro takes his father back to his own mother's funeral to show the heartache he would feel if his father allows his own murder to take place. Back in the past, Hiro runs into his younger self and he realizes that he can't play God. So he takes his father back to the future to meet his death. They say goodbye on the Superroof in a tearful farewell. Hiro time travels out of there seconds before Kensei meets his killer. But he sticks around long enough to stop time and learn the identity of the murderer. And, of course, it's his old hero, Takezo Kensei. West joins forces with Bennet to get Claire out of harm's way. They have a stand-off by the beach with Tobby and Mohinder. Bennet stupidly announces their plan for Claire's escape RIGHT IN FRONT OF ELLE, who's neither deaf nor stupid. The second the girls pass each other and Claire's safely in West's arms, Elle frees herself from her bonds and shoots West and Claire out of the sky. Bennet shoots Elle and she goes down. Tobby goes to his daughter and Bennet goes to shoot him so that they can stop running and that's when Mohinder fulfills the painting prophecy and shoots Bennet in his right eye. But at the very end...Bennet gets some of his own daughter's blood and wakes up in a dirty room with a very heartfelt, "Holy shi--" Holy shit indeed.
Previously: It was four months ago, and we learned all about how Peter wound up shirtless in a cargo container and what Adam's agenda is and how the Wonderless Twins were annoying and useless even in the past and how Niki ended up hanging out at The Company. All in all, it was basically a flashback episode that could have been filler, but wound up being relatively compelling. But that's probably just because it ended with Shirtless Peter, which is how EVERY episode should end, really.
We open on Camp Bennet, where the whole crew sans Claire is packing up every last item in preparation for their big migration to yet another safe house. Claire trips down the stairs wearing her adorable blue cheerleader outfit and causes a raised eyebrow from her father. "What're you wearing?" he asks. "A pair of yellow rain boots and a donkey's head, retard -- what's it LOOK like I'm wearing?" she should have responded. Instead, she just informs him that it's her cheerleader uniform, and when he's like, "Uh, you won't be needing that where we're going," Claire just tells her father that she's not going with them: she's decided to stay behind with her flyboy Romeo and listen to more crap music on her cell phone. Bennet's all, "You get up there and take that uniform off or I'll--" And Claire's like, "Or you'll WHAT? Wrap me up in plastic and siphon me off to a dank room somewhere so you can experiment on me and erase my memory and make little hash marks on my neck?" And Bennet's all, "Watch your mouth, little girl!" And Claire's all, "Dude, YOU KIDNAPPED MY BOYFRIEND." This elicits a "WTF" look from Mrs. Bennet and a "WTF are you talking about?" comment from Lyle, who I actually totally forgot existed until just this moment. Where the hell has he been? Maybe his superpower is fading into the background until snarky comments are required? Claire continues going off on her father, saying that he's a bad man and that her mother should stop defending him and there's a big old Mexican standoff in the middle of the kitchen/dining room until, finally, Bennet says that all he wants is for them to have a safe and normal existence. Claire says that it's all about him and the things he's done in the past. Bennet spits that if Claire and West hadn't showboated with that cheertator, none of this would be necessary. Good point. But Claire doesn't see it that way: she thinks Bennet's using her boyfriend as an excuse. She thinks that, no matter what she does, due to her father's past, they'll always be running.
Claire goes to leave, but Bennet orders her to not walk out the door. "What're you gonna do?" she sneers at him. "Tie me up?" Okay, that just doesn't sound right. It sounds even worse when Bennet grabs some duct tape and says, "If I have to." This is turning kinky. Mrs. Bennet puts an end to the potential sexploitation drama by telling her husband to put down the damn duct tape already and stop threatening to tie her daughter to a chair; she then orders Claire to go to school and say goodbye to her friends and come back and start packing. Claire just looks at her father: "I hate you." She leaves, and Bennet realizes that they're well on their way to making his Death Painting become a reality.