We begin pretty much where we left off, with D.L. injured and Niki caring for him. They have to escape from some guards, so D.L. manages to phase them through a wall. He then convinces Niki that he's slowing her down, so she runs off to get Micah alone. Bennet and Mohinder cross guns over Molly, but Sean wakes up and declares that no one is going to hurt her. Over in Chinatown, Hiro wants to go after Ando so that Sylar won't kill him, but Daddy Hiro thinks that's a stupid idea. He eventually just hands over the Sword of Legacy to his son, and Hiro teleports after his buddy. Sylar paints a vision that includes Peter and he finds this mildly irritating, so he murders a canvas.
At Landslide Victory Central, Nathan's mother informs her son that Linderman's been murdered. Then she gets all handsy with him and says that the plan remains the same: he's going to be president, with or without Linderman. Nathan's on board with this idea. Bennet gets a call from Claire while he and Mohinder are arguing about Molly's future. Claire reports Ted's death. Bennet asks for Peter and then tells him that, since both he and Sylar have Ted's power, Peter's the only person who can possibly stop Sylar. Peter stoically just asks where to find him. Bennet decides to use Molly to find Sylar, but she's falling sick again, so this proves difficult.
Peter takes Claire to a parking garage, and Nathan's there. Claire's pissed because Peter lied to her and thinks they can't trust Nathan. Peter's scared and needs his big brother. While the siblings discuss the explosion, Claire escapes from the car, but she runs into Big Bad Grandma Petrelli. Peter listens in on Nathan's thoughts and realizes that he's the snake Claire thinks he is. Peter runs off to find her but he starts to go radioactive out in an alley and passes out. Speaking of passing out, Molly's really ill, so Mohinder gives her another transfusion. She recovers enough to locate Sylar in Isaac's loft. Bennet calls his daughter and learns that she's with her birth family; he convinces her to stay with them because she'll be safer. Bennet tells Matt that they have to find Peter, but Matt just wants to go shoot Sylar a whole bunch.
Peter wakes up to find himself in the greenhouse on top of the Deveaux building. He watches himself wheel Simone's father out onto the roof. They're accompanied by Mama Petrelli. Simone comes out and chats with Past Peter about dying and heroism and it's really sweet. Future Peter then listens in on his mother's conversation; Mr. Deveaux sings Peter's praises while Ma Petrelli basically says her youngest son sucks. She leaves and Mr. Deveaux announces that he knows Peter is there. Ando goes to kill Sylar, but he fucks that up. Fortunately, Hiro shows up and saves him. Meanwhile, Niki comes upon Micah's prison and Candice is there, pretending to be Jessica. She's also creating the illusion that Micah's injured or dead. Matt stupidly goes after Sylar and finds a painting that points him to Kirby Plaza and the death match between Sylar and Peter. Claire learns that the Petrellis know all about the explosion and are doing nothing to stop it. She jumps out the window to avoid a future with this fucked-up and twisted family.
Niki and Candice crash around the room a bit, with Niki on the receiving end of an ass-whupping. Luckily, Niki gets a glimpse of the real Jessica in a shard of mirror and realizes that Candice is a big fat faker. So she whomps her and rescues her son. Hiro takes Ando back to Japan and leaves him there. Peter talks to Mr. Deveaux and learns the truth. Peter is going to save the world because he can love, and, in the end, all that really matters is love. Bennet wakes Peter up and tells him that he's sticking around to shoot him in case he can't control the radioactivity. Bennet tells Peter to call him by his first name. Noah. HA!
Mohinder, Molly, D.L., Niki, and Micah join up and manage to escape from Linderman's guards. Down in the plaza, Peter and Bennet look for Sylar. They don't have to search long; he's right behind them. He tosses Bennet across the plaza and faces off with Peter. Time stands still. No. Not really. Sylar TK's Peter, then Matt shows up and shoots at Sylar, but Sylar just reverses the bullets onto Matt. Mo, Niki, D.L., and the Superkids exit the building and start to run off, but Mo goes to help Matt. Sylar hits Peter with a parking meter, but Niki intervenes and knocks him down. Score! An old-fashioned brawl begins with Peter and Sylar, but Peter's hands start glowing, so he freaks. Hiro shows up just in time with his trusty sword. He stabs Sylar through the heart. He goes down. Peter's hands are still glowing, though, so he asks Hiro to stop time. In his last dying gasp, Sylar TK's Hiro through the air, so Hiro has to teleport out of there to save himself.
Peter's still going to blow up. Claire runs up and Bennet hands her the gun. She walks to Peter and aims. He tells her to do it. She can't. Peter says there is no other way. But then Nathan flies down out of the sky and says there is. He says that Peter saved the cheerleader so that they could save the world. Nathan grabs his brother and they fly off into the sky so that Peter can detonate in space. Oh. My. God. Both Peter and Nathan are dead! AIEEEE! Volume One of the series ends and...Volume Two begins with Hiro landing in a field in Japan. Hundreds of years ago. During an eclipse. Oh, holy crap I can't wait for next season.
Previously on Heroes: The entire season happened. No, really. That's what the previouslys are on this episode. We get an entire story arc on every important character we've come across during the past year. It's kind of awesome. It's also kind of tedious to recap, especially since I'm typing this in the Poconos on a computer that is not my own because somewhere between my apartment and the road trip, I managed to lose the flash drive with the nearly-done recap on it. That's right. I might be drinking right now. It might be 10:30 AM. On a Saturday. You heard me.
So, whatever, Heroes, powers, special, history, read the recaps, it's all in there, including how cute Milo Ventimigilia is and how all the Heroes are either hot or cute or lickable and how Linderman is evil and how Bennet is now kind of awesome. The unwelcome return of the Moyawnder voice-over is making my tongue itch, so I'll just sum it up for you in a quick run-on sentence: Why are we here, what is our purpose, what's the point of asking questions, maybe we should just let the show flow over us and enjoy it, who will hold our hand when the bad times come, who will touch our hearts and share the pain of trying, Sendhil Ramamurthy is hot. Did I miss anything? No? Great.
For tonight's episode, the final one of the season, we begin with a slight repeat of the scene between Niki and D.L. and Linderman wherein Jessica leaves, Niki shows up, she and D.L. hug, Linderman fires his gun, D.L. jumps in front of his estranged wife, falls to the ground, and then recovers enough to phase his fist into Linderman's brain, effectively killing the old bastard. D.L. grunts and falls to the ground and Niki goes to him, asking why he didn't just phase around the bullet so that it hit her. Because he loves you, duh, Niki. Guards clamor at the door and D.L. implores Niki to leave him behind. She refuses and tells him to pull it together so he can phase them through the wall. Of course, the second the guards make it into the room, they're totally gone, so it would appear that D.L. retained enough of his powers to do one last phase.
We get another slight repeat of the Thompson death scene, which I like to think is the writers' way of saying, "Thanks for watching." Because this scene is all kinds of awesome. "What am I thinking now, Parkman?" "Your last thought!" BAM! Kick. Ass. So, Bennet and Parkman head into the lab to find the Walker System and, of course, they come across little Molly Walker cowering behind her bed. Bennet points his gun at her, Parkman is horrified, and Mohinder smacks him in the head with something and takes his gun and there's a considerable amount of gun waving going on. Bennet insists that by killing Molly, he'll save thousands of lives, but Mohinder's not taking any of his shit. Molly's his girl now (ew! Not like that, pervs!), and he won't allow any harm to come to her. While they're arguing, Molly goes to scoot under the bed to hide and sees poor Matt on the ground. "Officer Parkman?" she gasps in surprise. "Molly?" he says, coming to. Bennet and Mohinder: "ERRRRUUUUMMMM?" Molly informs the gunslingers that Officer Matt saved her from the bogeyman and swore that he wouldn't let anything happen to her. Matt sort of shrugs and says that he certainly did promise that and therefore, no one's getting shot here today.