Close to You - Recap
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Noah considers how he can rebuild his relationship with Claire while at his apartment going over the newspaper clippings with Lauren. He doesn't know of any way to find Samuel, and Lauren warns that he's beginning to sound obsessed. She suggests he calls Claire and use her compass, but Noah refuses and snaps at her. He tries to apologize without success, and Lauren finds information on Vanessa Wheeler, the girl who grew up at the estate that fell into a sinkhole. Lauren finds footage on a security camera showing Samuel with Vanessa. They get Vanessa's California area code and Noah calls her. He introduces himself and says he wants to locate Samuel. Vanessa says she doesn't know anyone by that name, and when Noah points out that he grew up on her family's estate, she hangs up. When Noah prepares to leave for California, Lauren wishes him luck and walks out.
At the Sullivan Bros. Carnival, Samuel is writing a letter next to a sketch of Vanessa when Lydia comes into is trailer. He asks her to get some new supplies to make his ink, and then admits that there have been recent issues. Samuel says he needs her and wants her to be patient, and insists that they're close to achieving their dreams. She wonders if they are their dreams, or his. Samuel just smiles and says that soon he'll bring Vanessa into the carnival.
Outside, Lydia sees her daughter Amanda practicing her firebreathing act. Amanda says wonders if Lydia doesn't trust Samuel, and wonders why her mother wants to cause trouble. Lydia says that they may need a new leader, and Samuel described a man of great compassion who could be the next Joseph. Amanda suggests that Lydia call this man, and Lydia wonders if she can. She concentrates…
In New York City, Peter is sleeping and wakes up with a gasp. He clutches at his arm in pain as the tattoo of a compass appears there and starts spinning.
The next morning, Matt is making breakfast when his wife Janice comes out. She notes that her brother called and is looking to hire someone. Janice is worried that Matt has been staying home and wants him to take his brother's computer salesman position. However, Matt insists that he just wants to stay there and take care of his wife and kid. Once she leaves, Noah slips in and warns that Matt's security system isn't good as it should be. He admits the Sylar situation was a terrible idea, but needs his help against Sullivan, who is trying to recruit Claire. Matt points out that Noah should talk to Claire instead of attacking Samuel, but Noah warns that Samuel could go after Matt's son next.
In Florida, Hiro and Ando arrive at Arkham Road Asylum and Ando tries to get Hiro committed so he can get inside and rescue Mohinder. Ando isn't allowed in past the gates and the orderly takes Hiro in. He passes a door with the name "Ahmadi" on it and points at it, yelling "Dr. Watson." Once he and the orderly are out of sight, Ando uses his powers to open the electronic lock then goes to the door. He sees Mohinder inside and realizes what Hiro has been saying all along.
Matt and Noah go to the auditorium in Los Angeles where Vanessa is performing. They see her coming out and Noah approaches her. She tries to deny knowing Samuel, but he points out that he has photos of her with Samuel. Noah leads her past Matt and hints that Mat should use his powers. Matt reluctantly uses her powers to influence her into talking to them.
Peter calls Noah and leaves a message about the compass tattoo. As he walks down the street, he senses Emma playing the cello. He follows the sensation to her apartment and Emma explains that she used her power to draw him there. When Peter sees the compass symbol on the cello, he confirms that Samuel gave it to her, and then shows her the matching compass tattoo on his arm.
Vanessa tells Matt and Noah how Samuel used to write her love letters. She came home one day and discovered that the Sullivans had disappeared. Later, he slipped back into her bedroom and after a couple of weeks, asked her to marry him and come to the carnival. She refused, and Noah warns that Samuel has become more dangerous since then. Vanessa admits that Samuel has been stalking her since then, going on about how much he misses her and how they'll be together again. Noah realizes that they can use Vanessa to bring the carnival to them. He asks Vanessa to call him the next time Samuel shows up.
Back at Peter's apartment, Peter shows Emma a photo of Samuel and confirms he's the same man Peter knew as "William Hooper." Emma shows him the compass Samuel gave her and Peter explains that it's connected to the attack on Noah. Angela comes in and Peter introduces Emma. His mother seemingly recognizes Emma, and Emma quickly leaves. Once she's gone, Peter asks what is going on and Angela stares at him in shock.
In the patient's ward, Ando talks with Hiro and apologizes for misjudging him. Hiro manages to explain that Mohinder has been drugged to negate his strength. Ando tells Hiro that he'll take over, and then goes to the medication cart and replaces Mohinder's medication with aspirin. When the orderly catches him, Ando claims that he's work in a cart factory and was admiring the cart. The orderly, Buck, offers to shake hands and Ando hastily sneezes and puts the pill in his mouth to cover it up. As the orderly leaves, he slaps Ando on the back, causing him to swallow the sedative.
Noah watches from the second-story balcony of Vanessa's home as she waits for Samuel to arrive. He calls Matt, who is waiting outside, and makes sure that he's ready and is picking up the signal from the tracking chip they placed on Vanessa. Samuel slips in through the back and when Noah prepares to make his move, one of Eli's clones knocks him down. Noah shoots it with a taser and it disappears, Matt comes in and confronts another clone, but Noah stuns it, causing it to disappear as well. Samuel leaves out the back alley with Vanessa and Noah goes out the back while Matt circles around. Noah catches up to him and discovers that Vanessa is already gone. Samuel uses his powers to split open the concrete between them and release a burst of dust to blind him long enough to escape. Matt pulls up in the SUV and they drive off, following the tracking signal.
Angela tells Peter that she had a dream, and there's nothing he can do to save Emma. The best he can do is save himself. As Angela walks off, Peter warns that half their family is dead and begs her to tell him the truth for once in her life. She pauses and then explains that in her dream, Emma helps kills thousands of people in a bloodbath, using the cello. Peter realizes that Angela isn't telling her who can save Emma. He grasps her arm and mimics her power, and Angela warns that seeing the future isn't a gift.
Hiro goes to Mohinder's door and pounds on it, trying to wake him up. Mohinder manages to recover consciousness and recognizes Hiro. He convinces Mohinder to use his strength to break out of his straitjacket and smash down the cell door. Mohinder remembers that Hiro put him there, but Hiro says they can deal with that later. He leads Mohinder toward the gate but realizes that it's guarded, so Hiro goes to the closet in the patient ward where he placed Ando. Ando is dazed from the drugs and generating energy. The alarm goes off and they get Ando into a wheelchair, and then head for the exit. The orderlies close in and Ando gets up and blasts open the door. Mohinder knocks the surprised Buck down and the trio runs out.
Matt and Noah follow the tracer signal into the countryside and find an empty field. The tracer signal disappears and Noah finds a carnival poster lying on the ground. Noah explains that the carnival can disappear, and that Claire has a compass that can be used to find it. Matt wants to get it from Claire, but Noah refuses. He insists they'll find the carnival, somehow.
Noah and Matt return to Matt's house. Noah tries to call Lauren and then admits to Matt that he's running out of ideas. Matt would rather make supper and doesn't want to get involved in Vanessa's disappearance. He insists that it's bigger than both of them, but Noah says that he's not a coward and he can't duck his responsibilities. Matt says that maybe the best they can do is put their own houses in order, and tells Noah to go home and hug his little girl.
Peter sleeps, and dreams that Emma is playing the cello inside the Maze of Mirrors at the carnival. People are screaming and Emma is growing increasingly panicked. A gently smiling Sylar appears in the dream and tells Emma that he's there to save her. He reaches toward her and Emma smiles… and Peter wakes up.
Emma is considering the cello when her door light flashes. She lets Peter in and he goes over and smashes the cello. He explains that he had a dream where a lot of people die when she plays the cello. Emma is shocked that he destroyed the cello and tells him to get out. Peter tries to apologize but she tells him goodbye and he walks out. Once he's gone, she strokes the cello and bursts into tears.
Hiro, Mohinder, and a recovering Ando make their way through the swamps. Mohinder is ready to leave Hiro behind until Ando explains that Hiro has only a little more time to live before the brain tumor kills him. The police close in and the trio runs off. As they run, Ando explains that Hiro's brain is scrambled and he can't teleport. Mohinder get an idea and calls them to a halt, and then suggests that Ando use his powers to shock Hiro's brain and unscramble his mind. Ando warns that Hiro saw a future where Ando used red lightning to kill him. When Mohinder points out that the future was in Japan and they're in Florida, Ando agrees. After being shocked, Hiro regains his senses, takes the two of them, and teleports away just in time.
Noah goes to Claire's dorm room and finally admits that he was in California and just arrived. He says that he isn't there to talk her out of being mad at him, but Claire cuts to the chase and asks why he is there. Noah admits that he's torched most of his bridges, but hopes the one connecting him to her can be repaired. Claire says that she has something she's late but asks if she can talk with him later. Noah agrees and offers her a lift, and Claire says that she's fine.
Janice and Matt are having supper with their son, Matt Jr., and Janice admits the meal he cooked is delicious. She asks what he did during the day and Matt asks her if she thinks he's a coward. Matt admits that he is, explaining that he didn't do a thing about Sylar once he got out of Matt's head. He tells Janice that he's let his friends down and refusing to face the world and solve some of the problems he caused. Janice says that he has to deal with his family and let the rest of it be, and there's nothing cowardly about looking after his family. Matt agrees and Janice embraces him.
At the carnival at Samuel's trailer, Eli watches over Vanessa until Samuel brings her some tea. She asks to go home and says he can't just take her. Samuel admits that he had envisioned that everything would be perfect, but believes Noah got to her. Vanessa has no idea what he's talking about and points out that Samuel is the one keeping her captive. When she tries to go, Samuel grab her and admits he understands that she's upset. However, he has something beautiful to show her, and promises to take her back to California if she wants to go after she sees it.
Noah puts the photo of Vanessa up on his board. Lauren arrives at his doorstep and says she saw the light was on and decided to come up. Noah admits that the trip to California wasn't as fruitful as he had hoped. He then says that he cares for her more than he wants to admit, but it's complicated. Lauren tells him not to snap at her again, and Noah leans forward and kisses her. Suddenly Hiro, Mohinder, and Ando teleport in. Mohinder apologizes and Noah greets them.