Claude and Peter are well on their way to becoming a dynamic duo, with Peter finally learning how to master some control over his powers. Jessica gets coaxed out of retirement by her shrink and winds up tasering the poor woman within an inch of her life. Sylar traps Bennet in his cell and heads off to pay a visit to Claire and Mr. Muggles. Simone asks Isaac to look for Peter during his psychic episodes. Isaac's agrees because he wants to get to Peter before he has a chance to explode all over New York.
Claire and Zach take a secret road trip to visit her real mother in a trailer park in the middle of nowhere, and mother and daughter have a tearful reunion. Hiro's dad chastises him for his side trip into fantasyland and Hiro just responds by spilling all the beans about the painting and Linderman and the Sword of Destiny. Hiro's dad shows what he thinks of this scenario by ripping the painting apart. Claude convinces Peter that the way to control his power is to stop thinking of the people in his life and start looking out for number one.
Sylar breaks into the Bennet household and strikes up a friendship with Mr. Muggles and Mrs. Bennet. The shit hits the fan when Mrs. Bennet starts getting suspicious of him. He uses his telekinesis to fling her around and seems about to finish the job when HRG busts in and shoots him a hell of a lot. He gets away, unfortunately. Claire shows her mom her gift of regeneration, and her mom responds by sharing her own gift.
Hiro very cleverly works it so that his sister gains his father's respect and, possibly, a new position of power at the family firm. Linderman's greasy lawyer gets Niki released from her padded prison. Simone and Isaac share a romantic moment on the Magical Rooftop of Superheroes as Peter watches with Claude at his side. Shortly thereafter, Claude shoves him off the roof in order to make him fly, but Peter just crashes into a parked cab. And promptly channels his Claire power and regenerates. Niki's locked up for good behind a mirror and Jessica's looking to have a good time, all of the time.
And Claire's daddy? It's Nathan, y'all. IT'S NATHAN.
Previously on Heroes: Peter roped Claude into helping him, Niki refused to channel Jessica, Micah and D.L. fell on tough times because D.L. thinks internet porn is beneath him, Claire tracked down her real mommy in Kermit, Texas, Micah used his techno-superpower to steal a bunch of cash from an ATM, Hiro was kidnapped by his own father (who turned out to be Sulu from Star Trek), and Sylar turned the tables on HRG while sporting the latest in white plastic brain shunts or something. That boy has some major issues, y'all, the least of which is a damn tube sticking out of his skull.
Streets of New York. Peter's tagging along as Claude randomly knocks into people and steals their shit. Apparently, Claude's not only invisible, everything he touches turns immediately invisible as well, because he grabs a scarf off someone's neck and instead of the scarf floating through the air, it just disappears. As does the hot pretzel he nips from a cart. Not so sure how that whole thing works, really. You're invisible, so your chemical makeup has to make you, like, see-through, right? So how do you, just by touching, make shit vanish? I mean, the pretzel doesn't have a superpower, does it? How about the scarf? So, like, if Claude touched a building, would it disappear? Ouch. I've already given myself a headache, and we're only thirty seconds into the show. I think I need to follow my instincts on this one and just ignore the incongruity of Claude's magically transferable invisibility powers and concentrate more on how damn cute both of these actors are.
Ah. I'm feeling better already.
Peter fails to see how petty thievery is going to help him control his gift. Claude thinks Peter is an idiot. He's like, dude? Right now, your power is just a reflex. It's like a dog's trick. What, you wanna be a poodle? Arf. Arf. Peter's all, uh, is insulting me really gonna help in this situation? We're really not getting anywhere. I laugh out loud every time at Milo's delivery of the insult line. He's totally irritated with Claude and he's getting that petulant "I just want my damn candy, already!" sound to his voice. It's hilarious. Also hilarious is Christopher Eccleston using his own Lancashire accent; it's very Manchester United. Which is kind of distracting, actually, because now I have an overwhelming desire to see if ESPN2 is showing any matches soon. DUDES. Manchester United's playing Reading on February 17th! If you'll excuse me, I have to find a pub in New York that'll be showing that match...