Peter's hands are glowing, but luckily, he gets control of them, and Claire doesn't have to shoot him. Well, THAT was anticlimactic. Hiro's sword is still broken, but, luckily, Ando discovers an ancient samurai sword repairman in the phone book. Bennet convinces Peter and Ted that they have to get out of town and Claire agrees to go with them. Sylar's lurking around the corner and it becomes clear that he's stalking them. (You guys, I literally went, "What the fuck is HE doing there?" when I saw Sylar show up. He's such an ass.) Nathan's worried because he's down in the polls. Linderman assures him that his victory is inevitable. As long as he lets Peter get blown up. And then Linderman tells him what we've all long suspected: Papa Petrelli was a Hero. Nathan's wife wheels up and Linderman takes her hand and whammo! She's healed.
Peter overhears Sylar's thoughts and realizes he's following them so Ted and Claire and he get off the streets ASAP. Hiro meets up with Nathan en route to the Ancient Samurai Sword Repairman and Hiro tells Nathan about the future and how he becomes a bad guy but he can become a good guy if he helps them stop the bomb. Nathan informs Hiro that he can't stop the bomb; no one can. Hiro calls him a birrann. At the Ancient Samurai Sword Repairman's shop, Hiro and Ando are greeted by Captain Dale Dye (what? it looks like him!) and George Takei, who tells them that they've reached the end of their journey. Apparently, Hiro's father has just been waiting for Hiro to grow into his power and be worthy of his legacy. Now he's going to train his son how to kill. It's like Kill Bill only with two short Japanese men and no Uma Thurman.
While hanging out with Micah, Candice reveals that Linderman's going to heal the world. Micah's not buying what she's selling. Linderman shows up and tells Micah that he's going to save the world by talking to machines. Candice takes Micah to a voting booth so he can tell all the computers to vote for Nathan Petrelli. Jessica and D.L. go to visit Nathan, and they want Micah back. They also want to kill Linderman. As they're talking, it's announced that Nathan has won by a landslide victory. Nathan agrees to tell them where Linderman is.
Bennet and Parkman go to destroy the Walker System and meet up with D.L. and Jessica at OWI headquarters. They join forces and share an elevator ride upstairs. Molly's inside the lab with Mohinder, but before Bennet and Parkman can get to her, Thompson shows up and puts a gun to Parkman's head. So Bennet blows Thompson's brains out. KICK. ASS. Bennet and Parkman make it inside to Molly; Bennet knew it was a person and doesn't seem to have too much of a problem killing her, but Parkman is horrified. Mohinder and Bennet have a Mexican standoff over poor Molly while Parkman takes a nap on the floor.
Audrey and her FBI goons show up and put Ted under arrest while Peter and Claire escape via invisibility. Turns out, Sylar's the one that provided the FBI with the tip on Ted's whereabouts. While they're transporting Ted to prison, Sylar appears and attacks the van and, of course, takes Ted's poor radioactive brain. Peter and Claire come across the fallen van and realize that Sylar's got Ted's power. Jessica and D.L. finally get to Linderman and they're pissed. Linderman tries to bribe Jessica to kill D.L., but Niki returns and tells him to go and screw. So he shoots D.L. And he's about to shoot Niki, but D.L. recovers enough to shove his hand into Linderman's skull and squeeze his brain until he dies. At this point, it's not clear whether D.L. survives.
Nathan makes his landslide victory speech with Heidi still in her wheelchair. While he makes his speech, we see a montage of Claire and Peter running off, Hiro running after Ando (who's run off to kill Sylar on his own), Audrey staring at Ted's head, and Mohinder and Bennet pointing guns around the room while poor little Molly cries.
The final shot of the episode is Sylar up on a rooftop, playing with his hands of fire. "Boom" is all he says. Creeeeepy.
Previously on Heroes: Okay, what is UP with the previouslys? For weeks now, they've been running that "ordinary people discovered extraordinary powers" voice-over shit that like explains to us the ENTIRE history of the show. Listen: if we're watching it now, let's assume we were watching it then and WE KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON.
That being said, last week's show was kind of Act One of a three-act play, so it was a bit slow, but still compelling, because even a boring day on this show is a trillion times more awesome and exciting than 95% of the shows out there. In short, Sylar killed his mommy accidentally (Sylar's a freak), Hiro tried to kill Sylar but he chickened out at the last minute and Sylar broke his sword (Hiro's a pussy), Nathan had to choose between saving the world or becoming president and guess which way he's going on THAT one (Nathan's a power-hungry dicksmack), and Peter gave Claire a gun and told her to shoot him if he goes nuclear (Peter's a downer). The whole episode wound up with Peter nearly going nuclear in front of Ted, Matt, Bennet and Claire.
We open this episode with a repeat of the final scene from last week. Claire runs to her father, they hug, Ted warily watches as Peter's hands glow, Matt looks vacantly into the distance and dreams of hoagies -- you get the picture. Peter tries valiantly to get his newly-acquired radioactive power under control, but it looks like he's not succeeding. Claire and Bennet move toward him and Peter shoots her a panicked look. "Claire -- you know what you have to do," he gasps. Claire pulls out the gun Peter gave her. "Do it," orders Peter. Claire points the gun at him and all of a sudden, he's like, "WAIT! HANG ON! UM! YEAH." Then he clenches his fists and…the red hands disappear. "I'm okay!" he says in surprise. And…scene. Like I said in the recaplet, that was…anticlimactic.
Cut to Hiro, staring at his broken sword. He thinks his mission is over because he pussed out on killing Sylar. Ando thinks the sword is still sharp, yo, so why not just use the pointy end on Sylar and leave the busted-up end at home? Hiro doesn't care HOW sharp the pointy end is, he's not fit to wield it. Ando's all, but dude, we used to be nerds. Now we're on an adventure. Hiro's all, I suck. Ando's all, dude, you totally don't! Also? I don't want to die, so you have to kill Sylar! Hiro's all, did I mention the sucking? Would you like me to draw you a diagram of how much I suck? Because we ARE in Mystery Sock's Superstudio and there are plenty of blank canvases and paint scattered around.