But if he'll give me an interview, I'll promise to throw a lot of tasty snacks his way. What? I'm sure he likes snacks! And I'll even give him water! And pet him a lot. No, NOT LIKE THAT. Ew. You're dirty.
House O' Bennet. Claire's stretched out on her bed, reading Papa Suresh's book, when her Sidekick rings. She picks it up and the message, from "FilmsByZach" reads, "Clack! Clack clack!" Claire messages back, asking him what he's doing. He responds, "Throwing rocks at ur window! Open up!" Hee. Aw. Claire goes to her window and sure enough, Zach's climbing up a ladder outside. "I'm here to rescue you," he says. Claire says she's grounded. "No one grounds the queen," he retorts. You should know, honey. He climbs in and says that you only get to be homecoming queen once and Claire's already cemented her victory in the eyes of the student body by punching Jackie in the face. Zach says she deserves this, and Claire cheerily agrees. "And tonight, you can be my date to the dance," she sing-songs.
Zach seems surprised by her statement. "Me?" he questions. "Sure, why not?" she trills. "Uh... for a million different reasons," he says. Claire asks if it's about what Jackie said about him being gay, because she totally doesn't care about that. "I don't care about that," says Zach. "You think I care about that? She can call me whatever she wants, I'm not gonna be embarrassed by it. I know who I am. I like who I am. I like who you are. I just... I just wish that you liked who you are." Hm. Not sure if he's gay anymore. I hope he is, because the more out and proud gays we have on TV the better, as far as I'm concerned, but he's deliberately not directly saying he's gay, so... not so sure. Claire says that she's finally realizing who her real friends are and that maybe being different isn't the end of the world. "That's just who I am," she says. "Exactly," Zach says happily. "You gotta embrace your inner freak. Because the only thing that you'll regret is denying who you really are." Damn. This is a mighty deep discussion for a couple of teenagers on homecoming night. Shouldn't they be getting drunk in the art closet and barfing in the punch bowl?
Burnt Toast Diner. For some reason, Ando's now standing outside the diner, instead of sitting at his table. Doesn't this diner ever close? Ando's standing there with his back to the street, hoping that maybe his change of position will make Hiro miraculously appear. Someone does miraculously appear, but it's just Peter, who's taken Tesseract Airlines from New York to the sticks of Texas to meet up with the boys from Japan. Milo's so cute, I don't care how ludicrous this timeline is. Peter introduces himself to Ando and asks where Hiro is. They go inside the diner and Ando shows him the picture of Hiro and Charlie, explaining about the time-traveling back to the past to save her life. Peter asks what happened to Charlie and Ando tells him the whole story. He even calls the killer a boogeyman. Hiro seemed to think Charlie's killer would be the same man who attacked the cheerleader. Ando tried to convince him not to go, but Hiro said that a man who is too afraid to use his power does not deserve to have that power.