Simone delivers the lost Linderman painting to Nathan, only to have Nathan splash it with black paint before we can see what's on the canvas. Simone totally tattles on Nathan to Peter and then shows him a PHOTO of the painting, like, she couldn't have DONE THAT BEFORE? Whatever. In the painting, Peter appears to die at 8:12 in the evening. Peter decides to go to Odessa. ikiN/Jessica goes to the desert to play with guns and practice shooting DL's brains out with a sniper rifle. While at a roadside diner, Micah tells DL all about his mother's split personality issues. Mohinder has a change of heart with regard to his father's research and decides that he's going to follow in his father's footsteps after all. This leads to him discovering the list of all the heroes on his father's computer.
Peter calls Hiro and Ando and tells them to get to Odessa, Texas but quick. Hiro's in the past, unfortunately, but Ando says they're already in Texas, so Peter should just fly out on the next teleporter available and come see what the Alamo's all about! Then Ando actually sees the picture of Hiro and Charlie on the wall and realizes that Hiro might not be coming back. He asks a waitress where Hiro is and she has no idea, saying that Hiro disappeared weeks ago. Isaac's drug-induced painting from last week elicits unsatisfactory results for Bennet, so he decides to have Eden "take out" Sylar while he makes sure that Claire doesn't leaves the house on homecoming night. This plan backfires slightly when Bennet inexplicably grounds Claire and sends her to her room and Zach shows up to rescue her from her imprisonment.
Peter ends up at Odessa High after briefly meeting up with Ando at the diner. He runs into Claire, but is under the incorrect assumption that Jackie is actually the cheerleader to save. Sylar has the same wrong idea and, once Peter's out of range, he attacks Jackie, attempting to slice off the top of her head. Claire intervenes to try and save the bitch, only to have Sylar throw her against a wall. Claire, of course, begins to regenerate and, when she stands, Sylar realizes his mistake and comes after her. Peter steps between them, only to run away once Sylar starts mind-flinging a bunch of locker doors at him. In the end, Claire gets away, Peter and Sylar fight and fall off a roof, Sylar disappears, Peter regenerates because he touched Claire (ew, not like that!), Claire decides to tell her father the truth about her abilities, Peter gets arrested because bloody guys who run around screaming at cheerleaders are clearly the devil, and Sylar comes up against Eden who persuades him to take a little nap at the hands of the Haitian.
For our finale, we catch up with ikiN just as she takes a shot at DL from her sniper's perchâ¦then we catch up with Ando who's getting another cup of coffee at the Burnt Toast Dinerâ¦then we catch up with Hiro, who's just arrived in the past, six months ago to be exact, and told Charlie that he's there to save her life. "Six months earlier" says the placard, which just happens to be the title of next week's episodeâ¦
Previously on Heroes: I moved to New York and Sars and Tara covered my ass for three weeks (I love you guys!) while I slept on the floor of a ridiculously overpriced apartment with a view of someone else's kitchen and waited for my cheap-tastic IKEA furniture to arrive. Also? The journey from the Port Authority to the Paramus IKEA is terrifying and should never be undertaken without copious amounts of alcohol and a posse.
Oh, and some shit happened on the show that ended with Hiro's new girlfriend getting her head popped open by Sylar and Hiro heading back in time to save her.
"Chapter Nine: Homecoming." Gah. Mohinder rambles about how we're creatures of habit as we see several of the high school cliques we don't want to admit we might be familiar with: the geeks, the freaks, the jocks, the bitches -- erm, I mean "cheerleaders." Mohinder keeps blabbing about how we're drawn to safety and comfort, but what happens when the familiar becomes unsafe? As he says this, Claire and her new BGFF, Zach, are walking past a group of cheerleaders on the Greek Forum steps. This is the weirdest school ever, y'all. The ENTRANCE is at the bottom of the Greek Forum steps. Like, what? Did someone excavate years ago and discover this ancient Greek high school at the bottom a well or something?
Whatever, so Claire and Zach pass the bitches, with Queen Bitch Jackie at their center, and Jackie totally shoots them the evil eye. Claire and Zach sit on the steps as the principal appears below, and Zach comments that he's going to post the homecoming queen announcement. Claire pretends not to care, but she totally does, and Zach prompts her to go see if she's won. She begrudgingly heads down to check out the list and passes Jock the Rapist as she goes. He's still bandaged and is all, "Hey, that girl is HOT! Maybe when I get out of these wrappings, I'll go corner her by the bleachers and try to force her panties off -- OW! Why does my head always hurt when I have those thoughts? OW! There it goes again!"
Jackie snits at Claire that it's awfully nervy of her to think she could possibly win homecoming queen, what with her taking the star quarterback out of commission by, you know, trying to kill him and everything. "You're not deluded enough to think you're actually going to win?" Jackie laughs. Claire says she's under no delusions whatsoever, thanks. "It's a popularity contest and you've made it very clear that I am no longer popular." Jackie's all, it is NOT a popularity contest! It is a scholarship program! And it's all about serving your school. And you're totally a shallow cooze. Claire just rolls her eyes and crosses her arms beneath her perky little breasts.