Back at Burnt Toast Diner, the lady who told Hiro his butt was cute earlier is sitting with Charlie in the back room when Hiro and Sylar come in. The lady says Charlie's not doing well, and then Hiro introduces Sylar as a doctor. Sylar agrees, and Hiro swears he'll help her. The lady leaves. Hiro asks if Sylar can take the aneurysm out, and Sylar says it's not a problem. "It's like balling a melon." How cool would it be if he used an actual melon-baller? He says he usually prefers a more invasive style. Hiro tells Sylar that if Charlie dies, he dies too. Charlie tells Hiro she's okay with it being her time and he doesn't have to do this, but he says they're meant to be together. Sylar tells her to stay still, but she shakes and speaks Japanese. Hiro speaks Japanese back to her, telling her that his favorite Japanese poet was Ryokan, who wrote a famous haiku: "The thief left it behind; the moon at my window." Uh, how is that a haiku? He goes on that they have their love no matter what, and no thief or illness can take that. Sylar pinches his fingers together and she bleeds from the eye. She says she's fine, and Sylar did it. Hiro wipes her blood tear. Sylar looks serious. I know I already said this in the recaplet, but if he can do that without cutting her head open, why can't he take powers the same way? If he can see tumors and aneurysms inside people's heads and even be able to mess with them through skulls -- all of which I believe, I guess -- he shouldn't have to kill them or cut their heads open to read their brains. Should he?
Cheerleaders are cheering. One of them is Claire, with a long fake ponytail so that we know it's the past. She sees HRG standing across the street and runs over to him. He says he's there to watch her cheer since he might miss homecoming tomorrow. She says she was going to eat with the girls, but she'd love to grab a bite with him. So they sit on a bench next to a giant plastic ice cream sundae and talk. She wonders if everything is okay at work, and he asks why she'd think something's wrong. She asks if he loves selling paper, and he says he likes it a lot. She's sorry, but she just can't imagine he grew up wanting to sell paper. She's right: Only Michael Scott would consider that a dream job. He says she's right, so she asks what he wanted to do. She gives him a "Pleeeeease," so he says he wanted to teach high school English, specifically Shakespeare. She wonders what he knows about that, and he quotes some: "Now fair, Hippolyta, our nuptial hour draws on apace. Four happy days bring in another moon, but, o, methinks how slow this old moon wanes..." Claire asks if it's Romeo and Juliet, but it's of course A Midsummer Night's Dream. He tells her it's all about falling in and out of love. She laughs that he's a drama geek, and tells him she thinks he should teach. He can wait until she graduates (who cares about Lyle, right?), but he should do it. She wants him happy. He says he is happy, and doesn't think he'll teach. The other cheerleaders call for Claire, and she tells him she loves him and leaves. He looks at the hotel key in his pocket.