Carnival. Sylar's shirtless because that never gets old. I mean, it sort of does, but if we have to tolerate his annoying mannerisms, we might as well get to see some flesh. Samuel puts some ink in Sylar right above his nipple and they both watch it move up to his shoulder, then it goes across his back. Sylar asks what it's doing, and Samuel tells him to stop trying to force it and just let it happen. The ink stops on his forearm, and Samuel looks at it and says, "Well, isn't that interesting." Whatever they see makes Sylar tell Samuel he guesses he was wrong, and he doesn't belong there. He puts on his shirt (boo!) and leaves.
On a rooftop, Claire and Peter are sitting side by side. She likes it better up here. Peter says he has a love-hate relationship with rooftops. Dude, seriously. The learning to fly. The dropping your brother. Peter asks if Claire's going back tonight, and she says she is going back for school tomorrow. (This cannot be the Monday after Thanksgiving. I think I have to let go of the timeline, don't I?) She adds that she'll stay if he wants her to, but he says he's fine. She looks worried and says she has to trust him. She can't have him lying to her, not him. He says he'll always be honest with her. He says he has a strange request, and asks if she could call her old boyfriend, West, for him. She says yeah, and asks why, but the scene ends before he answers.
At his apartment, HRG says he blew it. Lauren says he's being hard on himself. When he says he thought the expression was "too hard on yourself," she's like, "No, I got it right." I actually love their chemistry and rapport. Forgive me for hating that flashback where they added her to the backstory because now I'm happy she's here. He asks her if she still thinks honey tastes sweet. She does think it was the right move. She says she's seen this before with other cult leaders: Samuel's done a number on all of them. He agrees Samuel's hooks are in all of them, and Lauren asks if he means Claire. He says he does, but Lauren says he's still her father, and the only one she has left. She says the thing about burnt bridges is they can be rebuilt. They smile cutely at each other. But then he turns away and calls Claire on his Sprint phone. No answer.