Diner. Hiro's asking if Charlie's sure she's okay, and she says she is. Sylar's finally eating the pancakes he ordered. He says he's sorry to interrupt this Hallmark moment, but he and Hiro had a deal. Now he wants to know everything he knows. This is the part where Hiro needs to negotiate to have Sylar fix his own tumor, right? But, no, he just tells Sylar that he'll tell him how he dies: "Alone. I'm sorry." Sylar wonders what the hell that's supposed to mean, and Hiro tells him he'll collect a lot of powers and become strong, but in the end, it won't matter because they all gather to stop him and he's alone. "No one will mourn your death. No one will shed a tear. No one." Hiro wishes he could change fate, but Sylar must go on his path. He sends him back to the alley (so, Hiro can control this power, or he can't? This episode isn't making that very clear), where the cheerleaders are running by again. Sylar puts on his baseball cap and heads toward them with a smirk. I am confused as to whether Hiro actually thinks Sylar is dead. It's not possible that he didn't see him or know that he didn't die in the entire last two seasons, is it? I realize he's been off in his own times and worlds a lot, but didn't he know that Sylar survived the first season finale?
Lauren's drinking in the hotel room of things that I am going to pretend never happened (BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T) when HRG comes in and asks for a drink himself. She pours him one, and they both start speaking. He tells her he can't do this as she says she's glad they came. Then he tells her workplace romances aren't smart, but she asks him not to blame it on the job, since that's what he does with Sandra and Claire, not her. Maybe he should try blaming it on, oh, I don't know ... HIS MARRIAGE. She says she knows about workplace stuff, but this isn't supply-closet, bored sex. He cares about her. He agrees that he does and touches her face. Oh god, this never happened. She tells him they are such good liars that they've convinced themselves everything is okay, but it's not. "Taking the long way home. Having that extra beer with dinner." What on earth is she talking about? Are these the excuses they use? Or ... ? Not that it matters, since this didn't actually happen. She asks if they don't deserve a little happiness. He sits next to her on the bed and says he loves his family, even though it's complicated and he lies to them. He hopes one day he can tell them the truth and he doesn't want to destroy that possibility. "And that is the truth." She knows that. He tells her she's a great agent. She says, "I can bag and tag with the rest of them. I'm a regular rodeo queen." Seriously, what is with the dialogue in this episode. Rodeo queen? Really? He tells her he needs her help with Sylar and Claire. She nods, "Of course." She says she'll always be there to help. Except in every other episode of this show.