She gets in the car and shows Gretchen the stolen compass as our theme music of old kicks in. She says she wants to know what her choices are, and this is going to lead her to them. She asks if Gretchen's up for an adventure, but will understand if not, since they might run into Becky there. Gretchen says she's not her favorite person, but Claire is. So they start out.
Carnival. Samuel tells Hiro how honorable it was of him to save Edgar, but he should know that when he betrays him, he puts Charlie in danger. Hiro stops and tells Samuel that Joseph was right: "You are powerful. But I am powerful, too." And I get a little twinge of nostalgia for the Hiro of old. Samuel threatens to make it so Hiro will never see Charlie again, but Hiro says he can't since he needs him. So if Samuel doesn't tell him when and where Charlie is, he's leaving. Samuel says he doesn't think he'd let him leave, does he? Hiro says he has no choice, but Samuel says he always has a choice. He beckons Damien over to put his hands on Hiro's head. Everything from this season flashes before him: Ando and him at work. Him helping the guy stop photocopying his butt, him and Charlie in the diner, the slushy, saving the cat, Mohinder frozen with a lit match. When Damien's done, Samuel asks how he feels, and Hiro says in Japanese, "Must rescue Watson. Beam me up, Scotty!" Then he disappears. Okay, this is humor I can get behind, too. Hiro's pop-culture gibberish. Samuel looks horrified and asks Damien what he's done. The only thing that annoys me is that now Hiro won't be there to tell Claire how bad Samuel is next week. When I mentioned this possibility to my husband, he said that will never happen because this show's like World of Warcraft: There's no plot, nothing ever happens, and there's no ending. (Gamers: Don't e-mail me to clarify. We are happy in our ignorance.)