Hiro convinces Buddy to travel with him to America in order to save the world. He also does this awesome time-stopping trick to save a little girls life, and it's cool and adorable, all at the same time. Nathan tells everyone that Peter's flying trip was really a botched suicide attempt, and the brothers are now at odds with each other. Peter also makes out with Simone after he tells her he's in love with her and she decides that heroin addicts make lousy boyfriends.
Niki buries her dead out in the desert, only to find a big skull ring on one of the corpses that's already six feet under. The ring belonged to one of the members of Niki's husband's gang. Her hubby apparently stole a bunch of moola from the one mobster in Vegas that everyone steals/borrows from and then killed his own gang. SeanMatt proves to Clea that he can read minds when he listens in on her thoughts of low self-esteem. Sylar shows up and tries to steal the little girl from last week, and Clea and chases him down. He uses his Jedi mind tricks to get Clea to put her own gun to her head. SeanMatt shoots him dead and Clea is saved, but Sylar just gets up like nothing happened and runs off. We never see his face, so god only knows who the hell he really is or if we'll ever find out.
Mohinder pays a visit to Sylar's pad in Queens, and he and Pixie discover that not only is Sylar a neat freak who likes plastic-covered furniture, but he's also just a FREAK freak who collects specimens of things in dusty jars, has a map of all the Heroes on his wall just like Papa Suresh, and has a gargantuan guilt complex, judging by all the "I have sinned" scratches on his bathroom tiles. Suresh calls in the police, but by the time they get there, Sylar the Super Neat has cleaned the place out.
And finally, Claire gets frisky with a jockstrap quarterback, but decides she's not ready to go all the way. He's quite the little rape artist, though, and he attacks her. Unfortunately, he drives her jugular right into a gardening tool. Even more unfortunately, she comes to on the coroner's table after the tool is removed and looks down at her chest to see that she's been flayed like a Christmas goose. How the hell she'll recover from that one, I don't know. Not so invincible now, huh, Claire?
Previously on Heroes: That announcer guy stopped taking his antibiotics and his strep throat got worse and his voice got more annoying, if that's even POSSIBLE, and a bunch of regular Joes discovered that they had special powers, and it would seem that they, and a bunch of other Heroes, are supposed to save New York from a nuclear bomb. In light of recent events, that storyline doesn't seem all that far-fetched, now does it?
We begin the episode, as always, with the title card, which tells us that we're at Chapter Three: One Giant Leap. The camera slips up and over the side of the cherry-red convertible and shows us a sleeping Micah. Niki's in the desert, digging an incredibly shallow grave for the two dead thugs. Again, Suresh gives us his expository voice-over: "When evolution selects its agents, it does so at a cost. It makes demands in exchange for its singularity, and you may be asked to do something against your very nature." Niki hits something with her shovel and we see her discover the same skull she discovered before. How long has she been digging in the same damn spot? The Angel of Continuity is clearly on her smoke break.
Niki comes across a skeletal hand with a big-ass silver ring on one of its fingers. She removes it and sees that it's a skull ring. Suresh: "Suddenly, the change in your life that should have been wonderful, comes as a betrayal." Niki runs to the car to get the bodies, even though the "grave" that she's dug wouldn't fit a flattened ferret. Suresh: "It may seem cruel, but the goal is nothing short of self-preservation. Survival." I have no idea what he's talking about half the goddamn time. And I'm not even sure it's Suresh Junior; it might be Papa Suresh. I don't know. He sounds like fucking Confucius. Niki opens the trunk and stares at the bodies.
We head to another trunk, this time in Odessa, Texas. Bad Glasses Man is pulling a bear in a football uniform out by the noose he was apparently hung by. That is the most awkward sentence I've ever written. And I should probably note that the bear is a fake. Claire made it for the celebratory bonfire later that night. As she and her creepy father walk toward the school, Claire makes eyes at the jockstrap from the other day. BGM comments on this. Claire's all, I don't like him! Giggle giggle! BGM's all, you so totally DO like him! And I'm going to kill him later! The snotty cheertator from the last episode simpers up and fakely compliments BGM on his nerd-o-riffic glasses. He thanks her and mentions her heroine status as the girl who saved the guy from the train wreck. She's all, oh, gee! Thanks so much! You heard about that? Claire's all, uh, dumb-ass? You only told everyone to TiVo the damn broadcast. Also? You're about thirty-two and far too old to be on the cheerleading team. Now go get me something flammable so I can set my hair on fire.
Jackie the Snotty Cheertator says that her fake heroism is going to be the cornerstone of her campaign for class president. She finally, thankfully, leaves and Claire gives her an awesomely snotty, "Tee hee!" as she goes. Heh. Claire heads to her locker, but not before BGM demands a kiss on the cheek. Ew. Uncle Inappropriate Touching, much? He calls after to her to be careful, and Claire makes a mental note to coat herself in Clorox as soon as possible.