Back in the present, Bennet and Claire pull onto the same bridge as the one from seven years ago, where the Haitian is awaiting them. So just to get it out before I start crying again, it seems like Bennet and the Haitian worked it out so Bennet would point the finger at the Haitian for protecting Claire. Eric Roberts would have no trouble believing that, especially with Claude providing precedent for one of their pet Heroes betraying him. Bennet then takes Claire to the Haitian, who, as you'll see, erases certain parts of his memory. When Eric Roberts hears about it, he'll assume the Haitian intercepted and overpowered Bennet and took Claire from him, thereby covering Bennet's complicity. Clear enough? Can we all get back to crying now? Okay. The Bennets get out of the car and look miserable, while the Haitian looks impassive as ever. Bennet takes a long look around, and then turns to Claire and says this is goodbye. Yeah, I'd say so. That is, if my throat weren't almost completely closed already. The Haitian draws a large pistol as Claire tells Bennet he doesn't have to do this. Bennet's close to losing it completely as Claire says there has to be another way, but the Haitian opines that this is the best way, as there can't be any doubt cast on Bennet. Bennet points to a spot around his abdomen and tells the Haitian that's the target. "Two inches higher, and I'm dead." Hmm, did he shoot for a similarly non-lethal spot on Claude? I kind of doubt it, and yet the close range makes me suspicious. Maybe Bennet needed glasses a lot earlier than he thought. Bennet manages to tell Claire to turn around and cover her ears, and being a good girl, she does. The Haitian makes no mistake with his shot, and Bennet staggers back and settles against the guardrail. Claire tries to go to him, but the Haitian puts an arm in front of her. When he's recovered from the initial impact, he tells the Haitian to go deep, and to take anything that would lead them to Claire. Of course, it's hard to say exactly what this means -- certainly it doesn't seem necessary for all of Bennet's memories of Claire to be erased. Plus, I'd point out that the Haitian is still something of a wild card. I'm not even convinced that I believe he can't restore people's memories. But the "go deep" part is very troubling, not least because it's making it hard for me to see the screen. Continuing in that vein, Claire pushes past the Haitian and throws her arms around Bennet, whimpering like a wounded animal. He strokes her hair, and she tells him she loves him. She hangs on for a few more seconds, and then lets go. Bennet: "I love you, Claire Bear." Oh, my God, the tears. That's going to leave a mark, and not the kind Claire can heal, either. The Haitian approaches and stretches out his hand to Bennet's head, and we get a last shot of Claire crying before the trusty "To Be Continued... " card appears.
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