Back in New York, Peter carries Nathan's ruined body through the doors of what I'm assuming is Roosevelt Hospital, the Hospital of Heroes. He calls out to the staff, telling them to save his brother and do whatever it takes. The only damage that appears to have been visited upon Peter is that his clothing is rather...smoky. That's it. But it's enough to raise the eyebrows of a nearby cop, so the second he looks away, Peter goes invisible and walks off. He reappears in a corridor elsewhere in the hospital, and before I can appreciate how much I used to kind of love the emo bangs before I turned against them, Elle shows up with Tobby and shoots some blue electricity at Peter, bringing him down. "Did you have to use the full blast?" asks Tobby. "He can take it," smirks Elle.
There are no clever titling tricks in this episode, apparently, as we just get a simple "Four Months Ago..." on a black screen that leads into a close up of Peter's sleeping face. A female hand is twisting the emo bangs around her finger. "He's not a toy, Elle," says Tobby. "He could be," she says in this creepy little-girl voice. Peter wakes up and looks at her. She puts a finger to his nose and shoots a little blue spark at it. He jumps back into the corner of the sofa and asks where he is. Tobby tells him he's in a safe place. Peter asks after Nathan, and Tobby tells him that the finest doctors in the world are working on him, but the situation is dire.
"So who are you?" asks Peter as Elle continues to fondle him like he's a magical life-sized doll. "What am I doing here?" Tobby tells him that he's an old friend of Peter's parents and that, while he's safe, his brother is another story. Elle mentions Peter going nuclear, and he realizes that they know who he is and what he can do. She literally can't keep her hands off him during this whole scene, and it's kind of hilarious. Her fingers are in his hair and tugging on his ear and just generally treating his body like a wonderland. Heh. Tobby claims that as long as Peter's abilities have control of him instead of the other way around, he's a danger to everyone. "Believe me," says Peter, pulling away from Elle's intrusive hands, "if I could turn 'em off, I would." "Oh, we've done that for you," trills Elle. And, sure enough, when Peter goes to use his TK, nothing happens.
Peter asks how they stopped his powers, and Tobby introduces the Haitian Sensation, saying that he can suppress people's powers very easily. Peter asks what this place is, and Tobby tells him it's a kind of research facility to help people like him. Except it totally isn't. Elle says they can get Peter to live a normal life. Tobby explains that thirty years ago, The Company had to shut down work on a vaccine that would disable Peter's powers, but, due to recent events, they've reinstated this research, and they're very close to finding a cure. "Forever?" asks Peter. "You will never have to worry about hurting anyone you love ever again," says Tobby. Peter grimaces. "How long until it's ready?" he asks. "Good!" says Elle brightly, throwing her arms around his neck. "You're making the right choice!" "Good boy," says Tobby. Heh. I love that they're all treating him like a highly trainable terrier here. "Good boy, Peter! Shake! Shake or no cookie!"