Back in class, Sylar assures Claire she'll see Gretchen again as soon as she helps him. He makes a Sylar/Claire chart on the board to discuss their similarities: adopted, abandoned by parents who didn't want them and raised by parents who didn't understand them. Claire says her parents understand her just fine. He tells her to stop lying to herself, since both of their dads are cold-blooded killers while neither of them can be killed. She gets they have a few arbitrary (adopted, abandoned, and unkillable are arbitrary? I'm not sure Claire knows the meaning of that word) things in common, but what's his point? Sylar agrees with me that they're not arbitrary, but formative, building blocks, and theirs are the same, yet she's a "content college coed" and he's him. How'd they end up so different? She says the difference is he's a psychopath. She walks off with "mystery solved," but he finally uses his mind powers to pin her down. He says this isn't a joke, and she has to help him or he'll slice her roommate up (he actually asks if she cares how many filets he slices Gretchen into, which is an odd way to ask that question, but then, this is Sylar, and Heroes). He says that if she's not going to contribute, he'll take the answers from her head. She asks if he's going to slice her open again, and he says he's evolved beyond that since Lydia gave him her methods. He calls them a little "hyper-erotic," but then says, "Oh, what the hell? It is college isn't it?" He leans down and starts making out with her. I have to think that this scene made both of these actors want to kill themselves. It's the only way I can watch it without vomiting, actually.
Somewhere near the carnival, Samuel and Vanessa are at an ice cream parlor. She won't sit, but is wearing the dress he gave her. A waitress brings a strawberry milkshake over, and he says it's her favorite. She sits and says that was a long time ago. So he brings up the last time he crashed in her dorm room and they talked all night. Vanessa: "Among other things." He says she talked about her dream home: a peaceful cottage surrounded by nature and happiness. She first says that was the tequila talking, but then says he's such a romantic, something she's always admired about him. She says there comes a time when you realize you can't have that cottage. Samuel: "Says who?" He asks if she can honestly say she doesn't look back on their time together with a hint of fondness. While the correct answer would be, "Ever since you kidnapped me? Yep, I can say that," Vanessa holds her hand up and puts her fingers an inch apart. He drinks out of one of the straws in the milkshake and pushes it to her, who drinks out of the other. Oh, gross. What is wrong with this show?