So much happened this episode, it seems like each week just gets better and better. I definitely was on the edge of my seat watching some of this episode. I think I will go by character, instead of by time for this post.
Claire and the Haitian are leaving the country. He says that is the only way she will be safe. She will go to Canada and take the name Vivian. Claire is not too thrilled with this, and jacks his passport and plane ticket and then goes through security.
Instead of Canada, she goes to NYC to see Peter, who the Haitian said could not help her because he could barely take care of himself. When Claire gets to his apartment, Peter’s mother, Angela, is there. She addresses Claire by her name, and then begins talking in French, to the Haitian. Angela tells Claire that she is her grandmother, and that Claire is just as stubborn as her father. So at least we know who the Haitian was really working for when protecting Claire.
Thompson grills Mr.Bennett about Claire and the Haitian, but Mr.B does not remember anything. Thompson then goes into another room, where Candice and Matt observe through a two-way mirror. Matt says that Mr.B is telling the truth.
Mr.B goes home and finds out that his wife actually has instructions from himself about what is going on. Candice shows up and says they have to go to NYC because Isaac shot Simone.
Isaac opens the door, and the police ask him about Simone, whose body is in the apartment, when all of a sudden Simone walks in. They cops leave, and Mr.B soons comes in after. The room shifts, and it turns out that Candice has a nice little power. I do not think she is a shape-shifter, but instead a reality bender, perhaps only limited to herself, but who knows. Mr.B says that someone will be by to clean up the mess.
When Mr.B gets home, he and his wife go into the bathroom and they talk about Claire, and Mr.B says he has to take The Company down, as he says that Thompson and some thugs come in, and his wife turns out to be Candice. Mr.B is in trouble!
Sylar continues to tell Mohinder how he wants to help out, and tries to call Isaac, but gets a busy signal. Remember, Hiro in the future saw Isaac dead, head cut open. Mohinder gives Sylar some Chai, which is laced with poison. When Sylar wakes up he is attached to an IV, with some kind of brain paralyzer. Mohinder plans on killing Sylar, but first decides to take a spinal fluid sample. This whole series of events was awesome, watching Mohinder have no fear of Sylar was a sweet moment.
Unfortunately, at about the time Mohinder figures out the formula from Sylar’s DNA and says he can come up with a new list, Sylar’s drugs stop working, and Sylar is able to shut the IV off with his mind. Mohinder goes to shoot Sylar, but the bullet stops mid-air and Sylar frees himself.
Hiro tries to get in to see Mr.Linderman, but the guards have him flagged as a cheater. Nathan shows up and tells the guards that Hiro is delivering a painting to Linderman for Nathan. They let him in and Hiro goes to the curator. As the curator is getting the paperwork for the delivery, Hiro finds the sword.
As he goes to grab it, the curator is behind him and activates the alarm saying that 795 guards will be there in a matter of seconds. All of a sudden someone knocks the curator out. It’s Ando to the rescue! Turns out he knew Hiro would need help, so he was pretending to be a security guard at the casino. They barricade the door, and Hiro finally gets his sword. The guards break in, and Hiro teleports himself and Ando away. They are standing on a building in NYC (I believe it is the same building where Simone’s dad lived and where Claude fed his pigeons), but the city looks to be destroyed. Hiro says it is the future and that the bomb must have went off. Who thinks that Hiro will go back in time to feudal Japan, and become Kensai?
It turns out that Nathan is working with the FBI to bring Linderman down. They want him to wear a wire when they meet. When they leave, Peter appears and tells Nathan about Simone’s death. Nathan says he will make an anonymous call to the police, and that Peter should seek out Mohinder for help. A secretary starts to come in, but then Peter vanishes and leaves the office.
In Vegas, Nathan chills in his room until his meeting. Jessica kills the FBI guys, and then pays a visit to Nathan. Lucky for Nathan Niki has taken control. She tells Peter that he has to make a deal with Linderman, or Jessica will kill him. Obviously Nathan is confused, but he says he will kill Linderman. Niki says he will have to knock her out. Nathan punches her and leaves with the gun.
We finally get to see Linderman. He is in the kitchen making a mean potpie. He is played by Malcolm McDowell. He seems like a very nice fellow, so I guess his reeducation in Clockwork Orange worked a little bit. He knows all about Peter and Nathan’s abilities, as well as Claire’s. He tells Nathan he will win the election, and in two years be in the White House, on the road to the presidency. Nathan decides not to shoot him and take him up on his offer, whatever that may be.
Peter goes to Mohinder’s apartment, only to find it torn apart. Blood starts dripping on him and he looks up to see Mohinder pressed against the ceiling. Mohinder says “Sylar” and Peter turns around in time to be grabbed by the throat by Sylar, who slams Peter into the wall.
Sylar says he remembers Peter, and that Peter is like himself. He starts to cut his forehead, and we see blood and then a lock of Peter’s hair fall to the ground. Obviously Peter will not die, but is there where he gets his scar that Future Hiro talked about?
I just found this little bit of fun trivia on Wikipedia: The Kensai sword was cataloged in Linderman’s database as CRM114. I guess Stanly Kubrick used this designation in some of his movies, including Clockwork Orange, as the drug that is given to Malcolm McDowell (Serum 114).