Rebecca takes Claire, Gretchen and two other sorority pledges to a slaughterhouse as part of their initiation. They wander around a lot, one of them gets splattered with fake blood, and then Rebecca tries to choke Gretchen. Claire fends Rebecca off with a meat hook, and the two other pledges learn that members of their sorority can turn invisible and extricate themselves from steel rods.
Tracy visits Georgia to help persuade the sheriff to release Jeremy, but Jeremy kills a guy as he leaves the police station, prompting the deputy to chain him to a truck and drag him across town. Between this and her chance meeting with Samuel, Tracy starts to wonder whether the carnival might be the best place for everyone with an ability.
Sylar takes control of Matt’s body and has sex with Janice (!). Matt discovers that alcohol weakens Sylar’s influence and proceeds to get wrecked (!!). Then Matt finds out that Sylar has permanently taken control of his body, turning him into Matt-in-Matt’s-head-with-Sylar-controlling-his-body-but-looking-like-Matt (-except-for-us-because-to-us-he-still-looks-like-Sylar) (!!!). (Wait, WHAT?!)
Samuel instructs one of the carnival’s members to reverse-Haitian-whammy Sylar into retrieving his memories. He’s successful, and Sylar relives the final moments of his victims, going berserk for a while before deciding to join the carnival and hooking up with Lydia.
Edgar doesn’t like Sylar, but he’s good enough to get Lubbock off his back.
Claire visits Noah with her laundry. (This is an actual part of the plot.)
Peter absorbs Hiro’s ability, and he and Noah try to save Hiro by visiting a kid in Georgia who can work the Linderman Be-Healed Whammy. It turns out Jeremy can also kill as arbitrarily as he heals (his dead parents would attest to this if they could), but Noah convinces him to channel his ability and save Peter from a fatal gunshot wound. Peter absorbs Jeremy’s ability and returns to heal Hiro, but apparently Hiro’s ability isn’t amused by its owner’s stint as a magician, because it teleports him to Charlie in Midland three years ago.
Sylar re-emerges with no memory of who he is or what he’s done. Detective Ernie Hudson brings him in and ID’s him as Aunt Virginia’s murderer, whereupon Sylar rediscovers his abilities, escapes into a forest and somehow bumps into Samuel and the carnival in the middle of nowhere.
Peter rescues Emma when she nearly gets hit by a bus and inadvertently absorbs her ability. There’s a touching scene in which Peter and Emma play a piano together, but the blossoming romance stutters to a halt when Peter echoes Louise Fletcher (who turns out to be Emma’s mom (!)) and urges Emma to get away from her filing room. This annoys Emma enough to tear up walls while playing her cello.
Claire and Gretchen join a sorority, unaware that one of their members, Rebecca, has been instructed by Samuel to isolate Claire and maneuver her into joining the carnival. It also turns out that Rebecca can turn invisible, that she pushed Annie out of her window, and that she wants Claire to know about Gretchen researching Claire on the web. Only the last of those comes to Claire’s attention, which leads to Gretchen revealing her crush on Claire and kissing her.
Angela brings Sylathan a box of Nathan’s belongings in the hope that they’ll restore lots of memories and prevent Sylar from reemerging. One item, however, restores a Haitian-whammied memory of the time Teen-Nathan watched Millie’s daughter slip and kill herself in a pool. When Millie finds out, she has Sylathan shot, causing him to morph back into Sylar’s form.
Claire visits Noah and helps him to realize all the good he accomplished as a Company Man. Reassured, Noah begins gathering information about the carnival.
Hiro tries to talk a suicidal ex-employee out of jumping off the Yamagato rooftop. He fails, goes back in time to prevent the guy from wanting to jump in the first place, then fails on 46 subsequent attempts. Finally, Hiro realizes that talking can make a difference, and decides to tell Kimiko he’s dying. The heartfelt moment is cut short when Hiro gets another killer migraine and disappears.
Peter visits Noah for advice about his Magik Compass Tattoo. Only now the tattoo’s gone, so Peter goes away again.
Tracy visits Bruce Boxleitner and asks for her old job back, then changes her mind and decides she doesn’t want her old job back.
Samuel decides that Peter’s the ideal candidate to replace Joseph at the carnival. After a heartfelt conversation, Samuel agrees to drop the lawsuit he concocted against Peter and offers a hand in friendship. Which Peter of course accepts, and which leads to Peter developing a Magik Tattoo on his arm. Oh, Peter.
While reeling from both the aforementioned lawsuit and the accusation that he’s staging his rescues, Peter meets Emma. We learn that Emma is hearing-impaired, but that she recently developed the ability to see sounds. This ability is at its most striking in a scene where Emma randomly picks up a cello in Central Park and watches the colors radiate off the instrument as she plays.
Noah visits Claire, and in the process of inviting his daughter to lunch somehow ends up inviting her annoying friend. Gretchen assumes that Noah knows nothing of his daughter’s ability, and her remarks prompt Noah to begin planning a hasty Haitian Whammy. Claire turns this offer down (why? WHY?) and instead decides to come clean with Gretchen and ask her to be her new roommate. Naturally, Gretchen couldn’t be more delighted.
Matt and his supervisor raid a drug dealer’s home, but the raid goes awry when Ghost-Sylar confuses Matt into thinking there’s a dead child hidden under the stairs. After realizing that his brutal beating of the suspect is unwarranted and likely to lead to dismissal, Matt placates his supervisor with a Parkman Whammy, giving Ghost-Sylar one more reason to gloat.
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