If you're here to find out what happened after last week's cliffhanger (it did end with "To be continued..."), you're out of luck. Most of last week's characters have taken the week off, so that Tracy and Parkman can enjoy a little time in the spotlight..
Bennett's still around, and he's still trying to help poor healer Jeremy. Unfortunately, he gets arrested by a bunch of rednecks, who are sure he killed his parents (they're right) and want to make him pay. They're not releasing him to anyone other than the next of kin, either. That's when Noah calls Tracy, and she pretends she's Jeremy's aunt. It takes a lot of arguing with the hick sheriff, but it almost works until someone attacks Jeremy and he uses his healing power to kill him. It doesn't seem that accidental, and even when Noah pleads with him to heal the guy, he doesn't. He just turns himself in. And then some even more redneck cops take him out back and drag him behind a car. Because, you know, that's what rednecks in Georgia do to people who are different. While Tracy's trying to help Jeremy, she gets a visit from Samuel, who shows her where home is and gives her a compass. At the end of the episode, she tells Noah never to call her again and then looks at the compass. Samuel razes the police department for what they did to Jeremy. I can't even tell whose side I'm supposed to be on at this point.
Which is true in every storyline this week, because Parkman (who?!) and his Sylon are both equally annoying, as usual. Sylon somehow takes over Parkman's body and has mind-blowing sex with Janice. This pisses Matt off, so he drinks Sylon away. Really. Then, when he wakes up, he's no longer Parkman. He's Sylon in Parkman's body, and Parkman is Sylon's Sylon. Janice and Rick Worthy can tell he's losing it, but there's not much they can do. I suggest they run off together and leave Sylon and Parkman to grow old together.
Finally, there's the Halloween-themed portion of the episode, in which Samuel's nice, Becky, takes the sorority's four pledges to a slaughterhouse so they can compete to see who doesn't have to participate in Hell Week. The real reason they're there, though, is so Becky can be invisible and try to kill Gretchen. Claire figures it out, and -- though she ends up skewered -- reveals Becky by hurting her while she's invisible. All of the pledges see her before she gets invisible again and run off. They also see Claire heal, though. I'm guessing that's going to be a problem for HRG. A word to all sorority pledges, though: If you are going through initiation and you are ever scared for your life, LEAVE. You don't have to win the competition and you don't have to join the sorority. That was what made the whole storyline so annoying. That and Gretchen. Oh, and Claire's a lesbian now. She needs Gretchen. But the show doesn't, considering it didn't even have time for Peter or Hiro this week.
Previously: Now that Claire's all grown up and joining a sorority (after being invited by Samuel's niece, Becky), Bennet went off to find another kid to take care of. He found a healer-turned-killer named Jeremy. Sylar's still not sure who he is, but he called himself Nathan. Claire and her BFF kissed a little bit. Parkman is keeping Sylon trapped inside his head so the rest of the world can be safe.
A rainy night in Los Angeles. Parkman's house. Matt and Janice are having sex on the floor in front of the fireplace, and there's plenty of moaning involved. But Sylar's the one who's really doing the lovemaking, as a shirtless Zachary Quinto makes clear. Next morning, Parkman wakes up on the floor, confused, and Janice tells him he was amazing. The operative word, of course, being "was." Sylon sits in a chair eating an apple (because noncorporeal beings can eat now), and smirks at Parkman: "Forbidden fruit. My favorite kind." Oh, Sylon, you are such a cliché. Opening title card/eclipse. Hey, maybe we could have another eclipse and change everything again? I'm bored of this stuff now.
Cainan, Georgia. Healer Jeremy's been arrested, and Bennet's watching through a window as an officer handcuffs him to something. A redneck sheriff approaches and HRG tells him he can't do this to Jeremy. Sheriff wonders what's HRG anyway: a lawyer? HRG points out that Jeremy lost his parents, and the sheriff says that's his point exactly. HRG's like, "What about the broken heater you saw?" Cornpone Sheriff says all he knows is that two people are dead, and this isn't the first time Jeremy's made trouble in this town. He says that kid isn't going anywhere until he's finished his investigation and even then, he'll only be released to his next of kin (or, as Cornpone Sheriff says it, "next-uh-keyun"). "And that. Is not you. Friend." The lesson to be learned here is that all people in small Georgia towns are hillbillies. HRG makes a call and asks someone for help.
Next thing we know, Tracy's pulling into a dusty town in her silver, shiny convertible. She doesn't stand out or anything. HRG's waiting on the street when she pulls up. She jokes that she's sure she can get a latte here, right, and Bennet tells her he saw a cow, so all she needs is espresso. Ah, easy jokes. What a delight. Tracy wonders who Bennet's fallback was if she didn't show, but he didn't have one (apparently he doesn't believe in working with Peter two episodes in a row?), so she's honored to be his chosen one. Tracy thought HRG was done with the whole bag-and-tag business, and he says she's right: This is more of a rescue mission. Then he catches her (and anyone who missed last week's episode) up on Jeremy's dual abilities of life and death, and how he killed his parents. HRG says Jeremy's emotions got the better of him, and we all know that can happen (and what he means, of course, is that Tracy especially knows it can happen). Tracy wonders if that's why she was the chosen one, and HRG admits it sort of was, but she's also here because she's going to be playing the part of Jeremy's favorite aunt. She can just pretend he's an older, less cute Micah. (Aw, I miss Micah.) Tracy hesitates, but HRG tugs at her heartstrings by reminding her what it's like to have nobody. She walks inside the station. HRG follows, as some hillbilly cops (I guess?) look at him ominously.