Peter the little bitch wakes up in the hospital. Nathan is on hand to tell him that Peter jumped, and Nathan climbed up a fire escape or something to catch him. Later, their mother shows up to tell Peter that their father killed himself, and that Peter was always her favourite child. Once he's sprung, Peter goes straight back out to the next tall building he can find, and when his brother shows up, he confronts him about their father's suicide (Nathan knew), and begs Nathan to tell him that he flew. Nathan's like, "We both flew," and Peter's like, "Whatever," and then Nathan kind of points at him, and we pull back to see that Peter's kind of hovering over the roof of the building. Eh. Milo Ventimiglia is so miscast in this part, I can't really care about him. Niki wakes up in her crime scene, unable to remember anything that happened. When Micah calls her to come get him, she grabs her video camera and takes off, but she can't help pulling over on the way to review the tape. Unfortunately, the image fuzzes out at the moment we can hear the killing start. Then the phone rings again, and Niki is told Micah called her four hours ago. She finally gets him, and when they return to the house to get a few things before lamming it, she discovers that her split-off reflection, or whatever (Ikin?), cleaned everything up, left her the keys to a classic convertible with the corpses in the trunk, and even provided a map to a good spot where Niki can bury them in a shallow grave. When she gets there, though, she sees someone's left their corpses there before. Some other cheerleader takes credit for Claire's hot save; at home, her evil dad tells her they'll start looking into finding her biological parents, and we also see that he stole the suicide attempt tape from Claire's nerdy videographer. Mohinder comes home to find someone sketchy messing around in the guise of an exterminator. There's a scuffle out in the hall, and a conveniently passing pixie-haired cutie appears to help settle things in Mohinder's favour. She tells him she was friends with his dad, and an assload of exposition ensues about the elder Suresh's research, but I have to say I couldn't really concentrate on it because I was sure the exterminator was a red herring to make Mohinder trust the pixie, the real agent! Let's see if I end up being right. Across the country, we finally meet Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg woo!), a beat cop and family man who keeps failing the detectives' exam even though he can hear people's thoughts -- a talent he uses to find a girl presumed abducted from a crime scene he's guarding. The girls' parents were murdered in a totally grisly way: the mother is pinned sideways to the stair railing, and the father is frozen solid, the top of his head cut off and his brain removed. The lady detectives blame Sylar (oh yeah -- there was also a short conversation between Dad Suresh and Sylar on the former's answering machine, in which Sylar was all "You made me a killer," blah blah), until they get suspicious of Matt, thinking he staged the crime scene to make himself a hero (hee) and get a promotion out of it, but he blames the crime on Sylar, and they're all, "No one knows about him!" and he's like, "I heard you," and then the detective played by Clea DuVall arrests him. And FINALLY, Hiro is super-psyched to be in New York, but then freaked out when he spots a comic book that depicts his whole storyline, starting from back in "Genesis." He follows the address in the back of the book to the artist, junkie Isaac. But when he gets there, he finds that Isaac has been frozen solid, the top of his head cut off and his brain removed, and then the cops burst in. A translator calls back to Japan to talk to Hiro's co-worker, who says he hasn't seen Hiro in five weeks. Hiro's all like, "No, it's October 2," and the cops show him a newspaper (trumpeting Nathan's election victory) dated November 8, and then the apocalypse happens, and Hiro freaks out and teleports back to Japan, the day he left. I love Hiro. Anyway, Erin will fill in the gaps in the recap.
Previously on Heroes: There was a lot of exposition, a bit of teleportation, a tad of precognition, several seconds of levitation, and very little illumination. And Hiro is awesome.
Okay, the "previously on Heroes" announcement guy's voice is super annoying. I want to kill him. Several times. With Anthrax-coated Nerf bat.
Tonight's episode begins with another shot of the rooftop and the chapter title, just like last week. We're at Chapter Two, apparently, and its title is "Don't Look Back." Suresh is voice-overing that we all imagine ourselves to be agents of our own destinies, but do we really have any choice in how or when we rise or fall? Or is it up to a force larger than us? Man, he asks a lot of questions. Peter's on the roof again, getting ready to fly/die. He jumps off the ledge as Suresh wonders if it's evolution that takes our hand or science that points the way. I have no idea what he's yammering on about. All I know is, we get to see Nathan fly up and catch his brother again and it's such an awesome shot that I get goosebumps all over again. Also? An airborne Adrian Pasdar is just too hilarious for words. In the good way. He looks so surprised and peeved, all at the same time.
Suresh says something about God intervening and saving us or something, and we see Peter lose his grasp on Nathan's hand again, and then we're in a hospital room and Peter's coming awake with a gasp as Nathan's hand grips his shoulder. Peter has no idea where he is or what's happened. Nathan's moderately pleased to hear this, as it means that Peter's possibly forgotten about that whole flying thing he pulled off. A flying senator is NOT good for the polls. Nathan reminds his brother that he jumped and Peter doesn't believe it. "You tried to kill yourself," whispers Nathan. "You were a little wound up yesterday. Just bein' you." Well, that's lovely. You know you can fly, but you're making your already fucked-up brother believe he's suicidal AND a pain in your ass. I am SO voting for you!
Peter isn't buying the suicide story. He tells Nathan what really happened. "You flew," he says. "You flew up and you caught me." Nathan laughs nervously and Adrian Pasdar terrifies us all with his attempt at a smile. The man's teeth should be registered as lethal weapons, y'all. Nathan tries to convince his brother that he fell twenty-five feet to a fire escape and Nathan climbed up and carried him down. "The rest is just crazy talk," says Nathan. What is this, 1954? "That's crazy talk!" Who talks like that? Red Buttons? Judy Holliday?