Nathan agrees with me, because he asks his mother how she can be so cold. She says it's because she knows him; beneath the gruff exterior, he's a big-hearted sap. "And the moment that little girl looks at you with her sad, weepy eyes, you're lost. You're finished. You'll start giving, she'll start taking until there's nothing left." She tells him to prioritize and wire the money to Texas and focus on the people who really matter. Cut to Claire, curled up on her bed, looking at the necklace her mother gave her. She quickly hides it when there's a knock at the door. Her father enters and tells her that her mom is resting. He brings up the cutting school incident and Claire tells him that her mom said they could cut school because it was for their report and they went to the aquarium. Bennet pulls the tickets out of his pocket and comments that they probably would have had a hard time getting in with those tickets, seeing as they were printed on Claire's computer.
"You're spying on me?" Claire snaps. "I don't know where you were," he says, "and I don't want to know. You're a teenager, you need to assert your independence. But this behavior... it's unacceptable." He grounds her and tells her she's to be home every day at five sharp until further notice. Claire's furious. She's like, wait a minute here -- so I have to be home every day at five, but you can run all over the country looking for superheroes and erasing people's memories with your damn Haitian Sensation guy? That is SO UNFAIR. Bennet's like, well, when you work for a shadowy quasi-government agency that hunts down people with special powers YOU can make the rules; until then, my dysfunctional house, my dysfunctional rules, little lady. "You can't do that!" she yells. "You have no right!" "I'm your father!" he shouts back. "You're not my real father," she snots back at him. Oh, burn. And rude. Yeah, he may be a bad guy who removes people's memories and everything, but he still has feelings. And just because he doesn't have a superpower doesn't mean he doesn't love you. Watch the tone, Claire. Bennet just says that he isn't her real father, that's true, but he's the closest she's got, so she's staying home every night until she earns their trust back. Oh, and she should stay away from all brain-eating guys with creepy haircuts.