Burnt Toast Diner. According to the chrono, it's the next day. Hiro knocks on the window of the diner and waves something in Charlie's face. He enters and does one of his trademark arms-in-the-air "Yatta!" moves and Charlie's like, "Again, you're cute. But enough with the cartoon character behavior." Or maybe that's just me. Hiro shows Charlie a Japanese newspaper, which is actually kind of incredibly stupid because unless there's an international newsstand up the street from the diner, I'm thinking the local five-and-dime isn't just going to have Japanese newspapers lying around waiting to be picked up by hyper-cute Japanese time travelers. He points to a headline and tells her that it says the Swallows slayed the Dragons. Charlie takes the paper from him and easily reads a headline stating that the Tokyo Swallows defeated the Chunichi Dragons yesterday. Hiro's like, uh, how the hell did you learn how to read Japanese characters so quickly? I'm Japanese and I STILL don't know how to read half of them!
He tells her that she has power and that he has power too. Charlie's like, dude? It's just a baseball stat from a Japanese newspaper; it doesn't mean you're from the future. Hiro takes a different tack, saying that there's an ancient tradition of origami... Charlie jumps in, saying that she read about this; if a person can fold 1,000 cranes, they'll be granted one wish. Damn, where'd she read that? In the Japanese newspaper from the five-and-dime? Hiro takes another dump and the next thing we know, they're surrounded by a thousand paper cranes. It's beautiful and everything, but again: CAN HE CONTROL THE POWER OR NOT? Because, if he can, then he should GO BACK TO THE FUTURE, and save Charlie or not save Charlie, but just GET BACK TO THE TIME HE NEEDS TO BE IN. Everybody drink!
So, whatever, the diner is filled with a thousand multi-colored paper cranes and they're all hanging from the ceiling. Charlie's stunned. Hiro hands her a ticket to Japan and tells her that he doesn't care if she doesn't believe him; he just wants her to go. "Only one ticket?" she sweetly asks. Hiro pulls out another ticket. "Just in case you said yes." "Hai! Hai!" she responds with a smile. Hiro just throws his arms around her. Aw.
Suresh's Apartment. Papa Suresh asks Gray why he repairs watches, and Gray responds that his father didn't really give him much choice. Gray's hooked up to a monitoring machine with sensors all over his head as Suresh talks to him. Suresh asks why he doesn't just do what he wants to do, and Gray says that Suresh used a phrase in his book: "evolutionary imperative." "That which we are destined to do," says Suresh. Gray brings up examples of this: turtles returning to die on the same beach on which they were born, lions slaughter gazelles, spiders eat their young. They don't want to; they have to. Suresh rolls his eyes, turns off the machines, and informs Gray that the good news is that he's healthy. Uh-oh. Looks like Gray's not the superhero Suresh hoped he'd be.