It's hard to tell if this story is finally coming together, or if it's all so confusing that it's tricked me into thinking it must be going somewhere by its going nowhere. I know that doesn't make sense, but stick with me. First of all, we have Peter and Emma, who spend their time in the hospital. He heals people, but it drains his power, so she plays doctor and then they play colorful music, he puts a tiara on her, and she pulls out her doctor jacket at the end. Someone's going to back to medical school. That ought to be exciting to watch.
Sylon-in-Matt and Matt-Sylon torment each other across the country as Matt-Sylon uses his mind control to make Sylon-in-Matt do stuff. It doesn't make sense since Matt-Sylon is a Sylon, but it ends up being cool only when Matt-Sylon finally causes Sylon-in-Matt to be shot. He's being rushed to a hospital in the end. Luckily, they're in Midland, Texas, so Peter can't possibly heal him, right? Well, if you buy that, I have a preview that might convince you otherwise.
Claire convinces her sorority sisters in the warehouse that they were drugged, then calls her dad, who has them Haitianed. Gretchen runs off, afraid, and the Haitian goes with her to keep her safe. But my theory is she'll be wiped next time we see her. If there is a next time. Samuel shows up -- because apparently he forgot about that whole going-back-eight-weeks-with-Hiro mission he was on last week -- and tries to convince Claire that Becky's just after revenge because HRG killed her dad and he has nothing to do with it. Then he tries to convince her that HRG's bad. She doesn't totally buy it, but by the end you can tell his message is sinking in. And, back at the carnival, we see that he was OF COURSE in on everything with Becky. Oh, and Sylar becomes Nathan again and leaves the carnival. He shows up with a hug for Peter at the end of the episode, apparently with Nathan's memories back.
After being lured into thinking last week's episode was good before writing my recaplet and then realizing it really wasn't, I can safely say that this is, in fact, the best episode of the season so far. And while you might not think it deserves a B if you compare it to B episodes from past seasons, I have to grade this season on a curve. So, a B this season is like a Season 1 C or something. It's getting better but nowhere near where we'd like it yet. Anyway, previously: Peter liked being a paramedic because he saved so many people. He got a healing ability from Jeremy. Emma's mom, Dr. Ratched, wants her to take her life back. Parkman explained to Janice what he did to Sylar in the season finale, and how he's not being haunted by Sylon. Samuel took in the real Sylar, who doesn't know himself. They baptized him. Claire nearly got her new BFF/girlfriend killed by their sorority sister, Becky, who's also Samuel's niece.
We pick up exactly where we left off with the sorority girls two episodes ago (am I the only one who is annoyed that every episode has ended with "To be continued..." but we don't get the continuations until two episodes later? I didn't think so. When did they start doing that, anyway?): Ditzy and Snotty wonder WTF ("why the face?") just happened with Claire healing and Becky being invisible, etc. Claire plays dumb, and says she just saw Ditzy and Snotty get attacked by wild dogs. She quickly fake-deduces that the water bottles they gave them must have been drugged. Claire and Gretchen get the other two to agree to keep it a secret so the sisters won't know they got to them. Ditzy and Snotty leave, and Claire's like, "See? Problem solved." Gretchen smartly says she thought the problem was a homicidal invisible girl. Oh, that? Claire asks if she's okay, and Gretchen says she's actually not since Becky just tried to kill her.
Peter's in the back of an ambulance with a guy who was on a subway crash (apparently a collision when something jumped the tracks if the radio chatter in the background is to be believed). Peter heals the guy, who can't wiggle his toes but then can. Oh, and Peter's wearing a blue glove when he heals him, so he can heal through rubber or latex or whatever. And I'm not seeing it as an homage to Firefly, as much as I'd like to. When they get to the hospital, Peter's partner wonders if he's okay since he looks exhausted. He also points out this is the fourth patient who isn't as bad as they thought, so luck must be on their side. Emma watches them walk past and then we get her silent perspective of the post-subway-crash chaos. She looks at the news and sees what's going on.