It's two weeks after the night Peter exploded in his dreams and now he's in a coma, Niki's in jail, and Claire's pretending not to remember anything about the night she met Sylar. Speaking of Sylar, he's crapped out in his cell, surrounded by roaches. According to one of Bennett's resident creepy-ass doctors, they still don't know just what Sylar's aptitudes are, and if they keep pumping him full of drugs, he'll be dead within a day. Matt and Audrey organize a failed raid on Bennett's fake paper office to find Sylar, and, because the Haitian's around, Matt can't get a doorway into Bennett's head. Audrey now thinks he's an idiot. Cute, but an idiot. That's okay, because Matt decides to go back to his wife anyway. She's about to leave him, so Matt does the logical thing and tells her that he can read minds. Because THAT'LL make her stay.
Hiro and Ando are in New York, looking for Hiro's future sword. He finds it attached to an ancient Samurai model and, wouldn't you know it? It has the super-secret "S" symbol right on its hilt! Ando quickly recognizes that the symbol is a combination of characters that stand for "Great Talent" and "Godsend." Hiro declares that the sword is his sacred object and, that with it, his powers will return and he can fulfill his destiny. He steals the sword, only to discover that it's a fake loaned to the museum by none other than Linderman.
Niki's green-around-the-gills defense attorney informs her that the D.A. is going after the death penalty and Jessica shows up to start antagonizing both Niki AND the lawyer in a loving homage to Sybil. It's awesome. Also awesome? Isaac without a shirt showing up to greet Simone and Nathan when they come to visit him at his studio. Nathan sees the exploding man painting and finally starts believing that all this shit is connected. It helps that, at the precise moment he does so, Hiro and Ando show up to tell Isaac about the Linderman sword. Nathan's all, "The Linderman in the Who?" Hiro's all, "Flying Man!" Hee.
Claire tries to rekindle her friendship with Zach by repeating her water tower fall from the first episode so that he can witness it and commit it to tape. D.L. and Micah go to see Niki in jail, and Niki begs her guard to let her give Micah a hug. When she the guard goes to hit her with his stick, she not only stops the stick in mid-air, she easily breaks it in half. When she's not Jessica. Guess we now know that she has the super-strength whether she's dipping out into multiple personalities or not, huh? Too bad she gets tossed into a rubber room anyway.
Bennett pays a visit to Mohinder in order to discuss The List, introducing the new catchphrase that's sweeping the nation, "Are you on The List?" Mohinder says that once he figures out The List (whatever that means), he's going to warn everyone on it about Bennett. Bennett wants them to work together and asks Mohinder to contact him. Peter continues to have his exploding dream, but now Christopher Eccelston keeps appearing in it while laughing maniacally. Peter wakes up screaming and immediately leaves the hospital. Once outside, he sees Christopher Eccleston blatantly stealing money out of someone's wallet and runs after him, only to discover that Christopher's power is invisibility, and Pete's stolen it from him so they're BOTH invisible, and help him, Christopher-Wan! You're his only hope!
Previously on Heroes: Save the Cheerleader, Save the... World? Huh. Well, Peter definitely saved A cheerleader, but then he collapsed and went all comatose on our asses, and Sylar the Demon Brain Eater got captured by H.R.G., and Eden shot her own brains out to avoid having her brain all sucked up and shit, and the Haitian Sensation actually spoke, and when he did, he informed Claire that her adoptive daddy had erased the memories of those nearest and dearest to her heart and, therefore, may not be a super-duper nice guy, and then Niki went and gave herself up to the police because Jessica's one hella-mega-bitch-on-wheels.
I'm doing my best to truncate the previouslies because, y'all, they go on for, like, a half hour. We get a repeat of the Peter Coma Future Dream, and I don't know why they bothered because that shit shows up, like, seven more times during this episode. Also, past clips from the show seem to be interspersed with future clips, which is kind of interesting, actually. Not really sure what the thinking was on that, but whatever. Also not really sure what the thinking was on wrapping the World's Fugliest Scarf around Mohinder's neck during one of the clips. It's... almost poetic in its hideousness. It's stripy and rainbow-y and so very, very wrong.
We're re-introduced to the major players through the previouslies montage. We also get a glimpse of some new characters, but that's not important right now. What's important is that we stop fucking around and get down to the business at hand:
The Next Chapter of Heroes.
Peter's coma-ing out, looking sweaty and sickly. Stellar coma-acting by Milo, by the way. Excellent lid work. It's been two weeks since he passed out in front of Claire's school, but he's still having that damn Future Dream. You know the one: Peter's hands glow, everyone looks panicked, he blows up, etc. The only difference this time is that a new character, in the form of Christopher "Fucking Bin-Bag" Eccelston, seems to be making an appearance. It's quick, but he's there. In Peter's hospital room, his mother smoothes his hair back and Nathan approaches the bed. (Dirty!) They look over Peter with concern.
Cut to Niki in her prison cell, dressed in an orange jumpsuit that may be nearly as hideous as Mohinder's Scarf of Fugly Colors. The cell door buzzes open and a guard who looks like he's been at the receiving end of some specialized Jessica treatment enters and starts to taunt poor Niki. She looks rather skittery at the sight of him, but not nearly as skittery as the four fully-armed guards in the doorway do. Heh. Come on, guys. You're not scared of one wittle itty bitty girl, are you? Clearly, they most certainly are. Niki's quietly cooperative though, so they cuff her and lead her out of the cell with very little drama. Broken Nose's face appears to have had a toaster oven slammed into it. Heh.