We pick up right after the funeral this episode, with the wake. Claire uninvites Bennet for lying to her and then hangs out with Peter the whole time. They're both mad at everyone, but Claire really wants to move past it and Peter wants revenge. He decides to try to get it by finding someone in trouble and going to help. Claire follows him, which is convenient when he ends up getting shot, since she can just give him her power and he's right as rain. After that they hang out on a rooftop, and then he asks if she can put him in touch with her old boyfriend, West (now her Facebook friend). She agrees, and in the end, Peter flies away. Not sure where he's going. Claire heads back to school, trusting that he's not going on a revenge mission, but I'm not so sure.
Sylar shows back up at the carnival now that he knows who he is, and he wants revenge on Samuel, too. He can't bring himself to kill him, so Lydia sleeps with him (Samuel thinks she's working for him, but she's really trying to get him to kill Samuel). He steals her power without killing her (he only did that for fun anyway), and uses it to mess with her mind. Then he and Samuel reconnect and bond over their mutual interest in themselves. Samuel says they're the same: not good, but not all bad, either. In the end, Sylar asks for some ink, and Samuel says he likes a risk, so he lets him have it. It shows him something and he takes off. Samuel's pining for the love of his life, Vanessa, and it seems like all of this is going to be about her somehow, even though this is the first mention of her. Anyway, in the end, Sylar shows up outside Claire's dorm room, staring intently at her through the window. The tattoo on his arm is of her. Why do I think this isn't what Sylar had in him to show, but what Samuel wanted to put there? Also, if it's Sylar's power now, isn't he the one who's supposed to show Samuel what he needs to know using Samuel's ink, and not the other way around? Oh, wait, does a power on this show not make sense? That's shocking.
After Claire uninvites Noah from the wake, he goes home and stun-guns Edgar, who's followed him. Then he chains Edgar up in a freezer and uses some chemical that Lauren brings over (their dates are such fun!) to help. They end up deciding to all work together to bring down Samuel, which is awesome. Until Edgar changes his mind when he realizes there might be carnie casualties, and that Lauren and HRG want to split up the carnies and send them all into the real world so they're not such a target. Edgar splits, and takes the paper he wrote the map of the carnival with him. This leads HRG to the realization that Samuel has his hooks in these people deep, just like the cult leader Lauren says he is. This applies to Claire, too, sadly. Which likely means she's going to run from her stalker, Sylar, into Samuel's arms instead of HRG's. Which is further proof of how truly stupid Claire is.
We open on a comic bookish shot of the back of Peter's head with his collar pulled up, then car lights come from in front of him. It's Noah, and the chyrons say, "Outside of New York City: 86 Hours Ago." Peter tells Noah he wants to see him, and they look at the real Nathan's dead body in the trunk. Noah says the plane's ready, but he can handle this, and Peter doesn't have to have any part in it. Peter: "Yeah I do." Then he slams the trunk shut and we get our "Chapter Thirteen: Let It Bleed" chyron on the black inside of it as it closes.
Present Day. Peter's standing alone at Nathan's wake when someone comes up and tells him how awful it is. She wonders if the police said what caused it, and Peter just says, "Accident. Tragic accident." She apologizes for his loss and leaves him, still standing alone.
Carnival. Samuel's caressing some paper with his black-painted nails. He pulls out ink and touches it to the paper. It flicks around and then becomes a woman's face. I don't know if they've cast this role, but the drawing looks just like Kate Vernon. That would be pretty cool. As he's drawing, Doyle is thrown onto Samuel's table. He says he tried to stop him, and Samuel stupidly wonders who he tried to stop. Sylar walks up then, and Samuel says, "Sylar." Sylar: "Oh good, you remembered." Samuel tells Doyle to get everyone to safety, but Sylar says he's just delaying the inevitable, but right now he's much more interested in Samuel. Sylar says his memories were pretty fuzzy, but he still found his way back. He tosses his compass to Samuel and thanks him. Sylar says it's been awhile since his body and mind were together. He says it would be a crisis for a lesser man to have his soul ripped out of him, but not for Sylar. He says he returned with one simple, singular thought. Samuel tries hard to amuse me (and sort of does) by interrupting, "No, wait, don't tell me: Fun?" But Sylar's having none of that. "Feast." He tosses Samuel up against the trailer and compliments him on bringing a lot more people in to make him more powerful, but Samuel says no, it makes him more powerful. Samuel tells Sylar that if he kills him now he'll never know the big plans Samuel has for him. Sylar says everyone has big plans for him, and he thinks it's all people have. As Sylar holds up his forehead-cutting finger, the dirt starts to spin up around him, at Samuel's bidding. It spins a whirlwind around him, totally messing up his pretty face. He falls over and Samuel smiles. Title card.