Like Hiro, we're headed six months into the past.
Even though Eden making portly Officer Parkman eat donuts wasn't very nice, it's interesting to see how she was brought into Mr. Bennet's sphere, and to have it explained how it is that she's not running the entire world: The Haitian can prevent powers from working, and then Bennet was able to offer Eden a opportunity: someplace to belong and a purpose. He's good at that, but I wonder what really would have happened to Eden if she'd turned down the offer.
Peter got his nursing license six months ago, too, and brother Nathan's wife was crippled in a car accident. The accident wasn't Nathan's fault, as we've been led to believe. Nathan seems like a more ethical, stand-up guy at this point in his life. Maybe it's his wife's loss of her legs, along with other events related to his father's dealings with organized crime, that turned Nathan into the Machiavellian cynic we know presently.
Claire becomes a cheerleader. From the looks of it, it's a good thing she will get her ability soon, because the kid is clumsy. We don't know how she survived that long without the ability, seeing as she's always crashing through panes of glass and things.
Now we know that Jessica was Niki's sister who died when she was twelve. She shielded Niki from childhood abuse by taking over when their dad got drunk. Niki's in AA, not to much of a surprise there, even she, the "protected" sister, is plenty screwed up, as we've seen for ten episodes already. It adds to the understanding of how damaged Jessica is. Niki/Jessica is still the one "heroic" character that we can't see being able to help other people.
Meanwhile, Mohinder's father Chandra is going about his hero hunting when he meets Gabriel, a watchmaker who he thinks may have an ability. He also happens to be one of the few characters besides Hiro who is actually anxious to have and develop an ability. Well, wouldn't you know it. Gabrial "Sylar" can't understand how his first victim, a telekinesis guy, is scared of his own ability. The guy says he fears he might hurt somebody with his power. That's a reasonable fear to have, but Sylar's not interested in moral conundrums.
Chandra inadvertently causes the death of numerous heroes when he started putting his list together. If he hadn't sought out Gabriel, then Gabriel might never have become Sylar. Chandra also exposed himself to Mr. Bennet when he contacted him about Claire's ability. It was great to seem them connect as fathers.
Hiro bounces around Midland/Odessa having a difficult time proving to Charlie the waitress that he is from the future, even though she's got her own memory ability and witnesses a bunch of demonstrations by Hiro that ought to at least convince her something very strange is going down. Anyhow, this was the most affecting storyline of the episode. Hiro and Charlie fall in love, but some things can't be prevented, even when you can bend space and time.
Hiro returns to the present, sadder and wiser.
Hiro Nakamura: You still want to go?
Charlie: Yeah, oh yeah, no it's not that it's just um... ever since I met you, I don't know, you just made me so happy.
Hiro Nakamura: You make me happy too.
Charlie: Well it's more than that. I don't let people get very close. There's a blood clot in my brain, inches away from an aneurism. I'm dying.
Hiro Nakamura: But, I'm supposed to save you.
Charlie: You did, you did. Before you got here I decided to give up. But you have made me feel more alive and more full of joy than I could ever have imagined. Hiro... aishiteru yo.
["I love you", in Japanese]
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Hiro Nakamura: Ando Masahashi, please.
Female voice on phone: OK.
Male voice on phone: Hello?
Hiro Nakamura: Ando, I need your help.
[cut to Hiro's office]
Past Hiro: I'm sorry, Ando is sick. This is Hiro Nakamura. Can I help you?
[cut back to Hiro in the diner; Hiro hangs up]
Hiro Nakamura: Great Scott...
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