Tonight, on a Very Special Heroes, it's five years in the future and all hell has broken loose. Apparently, it was Sylar who exploded all those years ago, both Micah and Ando were killed in the blast, and the remaining Heroes are all bitter and hunted. Past Hiro meets up with his future bad-ass self and they determine that they have to get Hiro back to the past so he can kill Sylar and stop the bomb. But before they can send him back, Matt shows up and captures Past Hiro because he thinks he's really Future Hiro and Future Hiro's a terrorist. Also? Matt works for Homeland Security, which is a fancy name for Nathan's Dirty Henchman since Nathan is now, in fact, the President. Nathan's kind of a dick in the future and he's partnered up with Mohinder, who seems to have been tasked with finding a "cure" for the Heroes. But he's getting nowhere with his research, and Nathan's getting antsy. So he wants Mohinder to start annihilating all the Heroes as a precautionary measure because Heroes are pains in the ass.
Meanwhile, somewhere in Texas, Bennet and Hana Wireless are running a Hero relocation program, complete with fake DNA identification methods. Bennet no longer wears his signature horn-rimmed glasses, so he's clearly kissed the OWI goodbye. Future Hiro and Ando show up on Bennet's doorstep after going to Vegas to try and find Peter. Peter's there, but he's invisible and dating Niki, and he's also really, really super hot. And has a big-ass scar on his face. Which only makes him hotter. Niki doesn't want him to help Hiro and Ando, so he doesn't, which is why they go to Texas to ask Bennet for help locating Peter and all the other Heroes.
Bennet's too busy trying to SAVE Heroes to round a bunch up just for Hiro's purposes, and he's also trying to keep Claire from getting captured. She's a waitress at the Burnt Toast Diner now, and she's about to get married, so she doesn't seem to keen on hitting the road yet again just because her daddy is paranoid. She could do worse than listen to her father, though, since Parkman shows up at his "office" in order to capture the second Hiro. But Peter shows up and (hotly) saves the day and teleports them outta there. When Bennet arrives, it becomes clear that he's worked out a twisted deal with Parkman that Parkman quickly terminates after learning where Claire is. And by "terminates," I mean "puts a bullet in Bennet's brain." Matt picks up Claire at the diner and takes her to see her real father.
After Nate orders Mohinder to kill Past Hiro, he heads off to the Petrelli Palace to see his super-powered daughter. He gives a snotty speech about not needing any more powers, now that he has Claire and that's when we see blood appear on Claire's forehead and realize that Nathan isn't really Nathan, he's Sylar and he didn't blow up all those years ago, it was really Peter, and now Sylar's basically bent on world destruction and Hero-cide.
Finally, Peter teams up with Future Hiro and Ando to bust Past Hiro out of his temporary prison before Mohinder can stick him in the neck with a needle. Just when we think Mo is going to kill the poor guy, he sticks The Haitian Sensation in the neck instead. He helps Hiro to escape, but not before Parkman shoots Future Hiro. And then Sylar shows up, and he and Peter get into a Battle Royale, and Mo and Ando have to convince Past Hiro to suck it up and get his shit together and get back to the past already so they can get on with the business of killing Sylar. In the end Hiro makes it back and they're primed and ready to put a sword through Sylar's heart. Amen.
Previously on Heroes: Bennet, Matt, and RadioacTed escaped from the clutches of Evil Eric Roberts and decided to bring the OWI down on their own by heading to New York to destroy the Hero Trackerâ¢; Sylar killed Peter with a shard of glass to the brain stem, but Claire removed it and brought Peter miraculously back to life; Linderman dangled the presidency in front of Nathan and, it would appear, Nathan took the bait, because now all he has is visions of sugarplum Oval Office interns dancing in his head; and finally, Hiro and Ando leapt forward five years into the future and met up with none other than Future Hiro, who seems kind of perpetually pissed off and glowering. Maybe it's the soul patch.
The previouslys give us a rundown on how Peter saved the cheerleader, but what if, just what if, he didn't manage to save the world? That's right -- what if they didn't stop the bomb from blowing up Manhattan? "Tonight," says the previouslys guy, "Hiro travels five years into the future to a world they hope they never see."
We open on Hiro, entering Mystery Sock's loft again, with Ando in tow. They walk around, see the strings with the pictures and articles pinned to them and ask the same questions they asked at the end of the last episode. The chyron tells us that it's five years in the future, in case we haven't been paying attention like ever. Future Hiro appears and he and Past Hiro have their war of words again. "You." "Me?" It's very exciting.
Future Hiro admonishes Past Hiro for being there at all, seeing as everything that's in the room shouldn't be there, according to him. Ando asks what happened to the city, and Future Hiro opens the window, showing the title card: "Chapter Twenty: Five Years Gone." He says the bomb went off, even though it was all supposed to change. "Five years ago, a man named Sylar exploded a bomb in the heart of the city, changing the world forever," says Future Hiro. He muses that he thought he had it all figured out, had it all beat, but by his tone, we have to assume that he has failed at his tasks. "I look upset," observes Past Hiro. Heh. "Go talk to yourself," says Ando. "No way!" says Past Hiro. "I scare me!" Hee. You scare me too, dude. Hiro convinces Ando to go talk to his future self and Ando reluctantly agrees.
Ando asks what all the strings and pictures are for and Future Hiro says that they're a map of the events leading up to the bomb. Past Hiro asks why he's done this and Future Hiro says it's so he could figure out the precise moment to go back in time and intercede to change the future. He finally found it -- October 4th, 2006. The day on the subway when all the light went blue and Peter and Future Hiro met. "Save the cheerleader... " says Future Hiro in English. "Save the world!" finishes Past Hiro. "Did he do it?" asks Future Hiro. "Did Peter save her?" Hiro says that Peter saved her, and Future Hiro says that this means Sylar never killed her and took her power. "Which means... you were able to kill him, right?" asks Future Hiro. Hiro's confused -- he didn't kill Sylar. Future Hiro says that this means he has to get Hiro back to the past as soon as possible, because he has to finish what he started and take Sylar out of the game. "On the day the bomb explodes, you need to kill Sylar," says Future Hiro.