Firemommy blackmails Flydaddy with her knowledge of their daughter's existence. I hope she flames up and then someone sprays her with fire extinguisher and she drowns. What? She's an ass. Claire demands to meet her real father, but Firemommy tells her he doesn't want to know her. Oh, and then she lies about the amount of money he's giving them. See? Ass.
Hiro tells Ando that a hero needs to have hope. Fortunately for both of them, Hope is right around the corner in the form of Missy Pyle. The boys agree to retrieve her pink rhinestone-encrusted bag from her abusive boyfriend in exchange for an introduction to Linderman. Turns out she's kind of a conniving bitch, though, and she punches Hiro in the face, shoves him in a storage closet, and takes Ando with her, leaving Hiro behind.
Matt goes to work as Greasy McFatNut's bodyguard. Linderman hires Jessica to kill Greasy McFatNut, because Greasy McFatNut stole the two million Jessica stole from Linderman. Oh, it's such a twisted tale. So, Matt accompanies Greasy on a diamond buy in LA and learns that Linderman's "man" is about to come and kill Greasy McFatNut. So Matt decides to save him, even though it's pretty clear the guy is a major douchebag. A chase ensues, with Niki making an appearance outside her mirrored prison to plead with Jessica to stop being a baddie. Jessica ignores Niki and blithely tosses Matt out a window. He's fine, of course, even though Greasy is basically cut in half by Jessica. Matt manages to walk away with a shitload of diamonds, which he totally deserves.
Zane Taylor, one of the Heroes from La Carte des HÃ©ros, contacts Mohinder and wants to meet, but Sylar gets there first. Mohinder finally shows up, but Sylar's already taken Zane's brain and his talent, which seems to be the ability to melt metal things. Sylar enthusiastically offers to accompany Mohinder on his quest to find more Heroes, and an unlikely partnership is forged. That is not going to end well, people. Not at all.
Nathan goes to see Meredith and he gives her the money she asked for. He wants to see his daughter, but Claire's already left. Fortunately, she's hiding outside and she hears their entire discussion. Unfortunately, Nathan leaves without meeting her. This doubly sucks because Claire's poor mother is now suffering from Alzheimer's or something, most likely due to the umpteen brain vacuums she's suffered at the hands of the Haitian Sensation.
And, finally, Jessica gets another assignment. This time? Nathan's her target. Go ahead. You can say it. Dun dun DUNNNNN!
Previously on Heroes: A bunch of ordinary people discovered they had extraordinary powers. I shit you not, that's what the previouslies say. I'll be a bit more detailed and tell you that Peter "Powersuck" Petrelli and Claude "Dr. Where" Invisible buddied up to teach Peter how to control his powers, and all that happened was Claude smacked him around a bit and tossed him off a building, and it was totally awesome. Claire "Rah Rah Regenerator" met her real mother and we found out that her father is none other than Nathan "Flydaddy" Petrelli. Hiro "Yatta!" Nakamura confronted his father, George "Sulu" Takei and basically wasted precious minutes of show time by not furthering his storyline along AT ALL. And Jessica got out of prison but put Niki in one for good, and now Niki's hanging out in reflective surfaces wondering why her alter ego always has better hair than she does.
We pick up right where we left off, with Claire's birth mother calling Nathan at his office. Firemommy repeats her stuff about Claire and how she's alive, only this time, we just hear her on the phone instead of seeing her. This time, it's all about Nathan and his reaction to this news. He's stunned, basically. Firemommy says that they need to talk, and Nathan's like, um, sure. We can talk but, uh, it's been fourteen years, honey. I barely even remember you. Also? I kind of thought you were dead. Firemommy says that the fire that supposedly killed her was intentionally set; someone was out to get her. Everyone assumed she was dead, so she took the opportunity to run. "And our daughter?" gruffs Nathan. Why are those three words so sexy coming out of Adrian Pasdar's mouth? That's not even something sexy to say, it's just... how does he DO that?
Firemommy tells Nathan about Claire being adopted by a nice family in Texas (read: overprotective father who possibly just wanted to monitor Claire's superpowers up close and a ditzy dog-loving mother who may or may not remember anything prior to 1992) and that she's sixteen and beautiful. "She's got blonde hair like me," she says, "and she's smart, just like you. Oh, and she can regenerate herself on cue. Think that might have anything to do with the fact that you can fly and I can start fires with my fingertips? Maybe?" Firemommy makes a crack about Claire some day running for Congress and Nathan gets this look on his face like, uh-oh. I see where this is going. "The timing of this... your call, two weeks before my election, that--that's not a coincidence, is it?" he cautiously asks her. "Child born out of wedlock," she says, "that's big news. You wouldn't want it to come out. That could ruin things for you." Oh for fuck's sake. I KNEW she'd wind up being a scammer. I knew it! That just blows. Can't Claire have one normal, nice parent? I mean, yeah, her mother is lovely, but the woman plays kissyface with a puffy dog and has had half her brain removed by the Haitian Sensation! That poor girl is going to spend a fortune in therapy after she helps the other Heroes save the damn world.