Claire tries out for cheerleading in order to add some truth to the lie she told her father about joining the team, but the bitchy cheertator votes against her, so Claire fails to get on the squad. West convinces Claire to stand up to the cheertator with a little joint display of their abilities. They stage a murderous mini-drama in front of the girl; Claire falls from the sky to her "death" and West "attacks" the cheertator while wearing a mask. The end result is that the cops think cheertator is a big old drunk and she gets suspended. Of course, this devious act garners Claire a place on the team. Maya and Sylar and Alejandro spend endless hours blabbing at each other through yet another desert until they find a hole in the border fence and stupidly drive through it. When they're stopped by border police, it triggers Maya's black goo and, even though it might kill him too, Sylar orders her to bring it on and drives them past the dying guards. Once they're safely past, Alejandro and Sylar assert their manhood all over each other in a lame brawl. After it's over, Maya goes to get something for Sylar's lip and he tells Alejandro in English that he's only with them for their powers and when he gets his ability back, he's going to kill them and take it all. Bennet and the Haitian Sensation pay a visit to an old friend, Ivan, who apparently knows where the ElderPaintings are. He tries several times not to give up the location, but after Bennet threatens to have his memories of his dead daughter removed, he folds like a lawn chair. Then Bennet shoots the guy. Dang. Bennet and the Haitian Sensation then go to the warehouse to look at the paintings. They seem to show, in succession, a hand with a vial, a blonde woman who appears to be trapped, Hiro and Kensei fighting, a guy who might be Peter or Sylar who's holding a smoking gun, and Bennet's own painting. He asks what it means. Hiro, Kensei, and Yaeko go to rescue her father from White Beard's camp, but he can't leave until he destroys the arsenal that White Beard has made courtesy of knowledge imparted upon him by Papa Yaeko. Hiro declares that Kensei has to destroy all the guns in order to save Japan. No, really? I would never have guessed. Unfortunately, Hiro bends time in order to save Yaeko from a bullet, which freaks her out. She realizes that it was Hiro who saved her the first time. She asks if he loves her and he says he does. They kiss and of course Kensei sees it. Hiro swears that he won't give in to love and that Yaeko is Kensei's princess and that Kensei must still save the world by defeating White Beard. Kensei just knocks Hiro out and we learn that he's partnered with White Beard and Yaeko and her father are prisoners. Mohinder learns that The Company wants to experiment on Heroes with a variant of Shanti's virus to see if it can harmlessly stop powers. Tobby wants Mohinder to inject Monica with it, but he can't; instead, he just destroys a cabinet full of the stuff and declares he's going to leave with Molly. Tobby finds him later and convinces him to stay. He also says that they have a certain "asset" in play -- it's Niki, who's probably actually Jessica, and she's his new partner. Meanwhile, Peter and Caitlin go to Montreal and pay a visit to the door with the "S" symbol above it. It appears to be some sort of warehouse of useless crap. There's a tag with Peter's name on it -- a note from someone named "Adam Monroe" who may or may not be an extremely dangerous individual, according to Tobby. The note says that the world is in danger and The Company is at fault. Then, while hugging Caitlin and asking for clarification, Peter accidentally travels with her to an empty Times Square that's one year in the future and it would appear that…everyone's either dead or gone or in a Boston gutter somewhere talking about history repeating itself or some such shit.
Previously: Nate and Matt went to Philadelphia to see Matt's dad, but instead of a tearful reunion, he trapped them in a room with their hallucinations and headed for the hills. Mohinder took ComaMolly into The Company and got assigned to visit Monica in New Orleans. Monica came to terms with her new gifts, realized that she kind of dug them and found an ally in little Micah. Hiro was still partnered up with Kensei and Yaeko while hiding his love for the girl. Peter made out with Caitlin a lot until Veronica Mars showed up and torched Caitlin's brother with her electric blue hands and basically made a mess of things while looking remarkably cute.
Picking up right where we left off in the last episode, Peter and Caitlin are in the Irish Eyes Pub dealing with the aftermath of Ricky's death. There's a chalk outline on the floor and yellow police tape everywhere. Peter apologizes for letting Ricky cover for him, and Caitlin pluckily says that Ricky made a choice, and that she's come to terms with that. Peter says that he's going to head to Montreal to find Elle, even though there's never been an indication that Elle has any association whatsoever with that city; he's just going there because there's a ticket in The Box for Montreal. Caitlin tells Peter that she's coming with him, because she's in the painting, too, and thinks she's supposed to go: "And when you find Ricky's killer, I want to be there." "What for?" Peter asks moronically. "To kill the bitch," sneers Caitlin. She's petite and all, but I wouldn't want to run up against her in a dank Irish alley, let me tell you.
Superheroes Superhigh. Claire's in the process of trying out for the cheerleading team in order to add some truthiness to the lie she told her father about making the team. Hayden Panettiere takes a moment to impress us all when she does a full-on back handspring and lands squarely on her feet. The Queen Bee Bitch Cheertator, however, pretends NOT to be impressed so that she can lord it over all the underling cheerleader candidates. She promptly dismisses everyone, saying that they're not on the team, and one lone cheerleader argues against this, saying that Claire's awesome. QBBC just pulls a Big Red and asks the other cheerleaders whether they agree with the lone voice of reason over there and, of course, none of them speaks up. Claire trots over and thanks the girl for trying; the girl says that she thinks QBBC is crazy, and wonders what the hell she's thinking. QBBC hears this and steps up to say, "What I'm thinking is that Costa Verde High deserves cheerleaders that are EXTRAORDINARY. And you, Claire, are simply not EXTRAORDINARY." Wow. The way she emphasizes that word and repeats it, you'd think it had some sort of SIGNIFICANCE to the episode, huh?