We kick off with a particularly meandering Mohinderlogue about how there’s nearly seven billion people on this planet, and he’s going to tell us about each and every one of them. Mohinder, babe, I’m really sorry your role on the series has been reduced to this, but could you maybe start wrapping it up? It’s the season finale, and we’ve got a lot of ground to cover.
Bennet, Angela and Claire drive into Washington D.C. Angela has a prophetic dream about Nathan, right about the time Bennet realizes the roadblock they’re approaching is a trap. While Claire and Angela scurry to safety, Bennet lets himself get apprehended by Danko’s goons.
Sylar pins Danko to the wall and explains how he came back to life after getting stabbed in the head. You know that microscopic part of his brain that must be destroyed in order for him to die? He used his shape-shifting ability to move it to a different area of his brain. This was very forward-thinking of him. Considerably less forward-thinking is the way he then proceeds to spill the details of his diabolical plan to Danko: he’s going to absorb all of Nathan’s memories, shake President Worf’s hand, steal his DNA, and assume his identity. Instead of killing Danko outright, Sylar shifts into his form, then murders a whole bunch of agents and has Danko arrested for it. God, Sylar. Why do you have to make everything so complicated?
Claire and Angela arrive at the Capitol. Angela tells Claire to find Nathan, then takes off, explaining that, per her dream, she needs to find Matt to get him to save Nathan’s life. Sylar shifts into Nathan’s form again and greets Claire. Claire is suspicious, but Sylar does some fast talking and manages to flimflam her into believing he’s really Nathan. Sylar takes Claire with him to the hotel where President Worf is staying. Peter finds the real Nathan, and they head off after Sylar.
Danko is thrown into a cell with Bennet. Danko whines that he’s not as good at controlling super-powered people as Bennet, then Bennet makes Danko feel guilty for having messing things up so royally: “And then you got into bed with Sylar.” Sheesh, I wish. Now that would have really perked up this volume.
Hiro stops time and, with Ando’s help, invades Building 26. They burst into the human storage room and rescue Mohinder, who has one of those damn tubes stuffed up his nose. Third time this volume. I’m just saying. Worse, his curls are slicked back with too much gunk again. Since his hair was looking particularly lush and vibrant at the time of his capture, I can only conclude that Danko’s goons subsequently mucked up his locks as some cruel form of torture. When Hiro’s ear starts bleeding, Mohinder once again forgets he’s not really a medical doctor and gives him a spontaneous examination and diagnosis: Hiro’s body is rejecting his powers.
Danko and Bennet escape from their cell. Danko sneakily tries to stick Bennet with a hypo of drugs, but Hiro stop time again, saves Bennet, and sticks Danko. Hiro then collapses in pain. While Mohinder attends to Hiro, Bennet rushes off to stop Sylar. When Bennet calls Claire to make sure she’s all right, Sylar answers the phone.
Aw, jeez. Yuck. Sylar forces Claire to serve him wine, talks about how her whole family’s going to die (“What’s your brother’s name again? Larry?”), yammers on about how they’re both immortal, then lays the groundwork for seducing her. Yeah, Heroes, you know what? Let’s not do this. This is gross.
Nathan and Peter arrive at the hotel. Nathan has a big confessional scene where he demonstrates his flying ability to the President’s aide and admits he was wrong for wanting to imprison all super-powered people. Nathan and Peter bond, then they converge on Sylar’s hotel room. Claire gets to watch the epic battle between Sylar and the Petrelli boys by peeking through the closed door. The viewing audience is not so fortunate. Heroes, it’s the season finale. Maybe you should consider having some of the fight scenes happen onscreen? Claire bursts into the room and finds only Peter -- Sylar and Nathan went out the window.
Sylar and Nathan crash into another hotel room. Sylar slits Nathan’s throat and kills him.
Matt arrives in D.C. (sans baby, sans Janice) and is shanghaied by Angela, who tells him he has to save Nathan. Matt and Angela go to the hotel and find Nathan’s bloody corpse. Hysterics ensue.
Sylar makes a run on President Worf as he’s being smuggled out of the building by Secret Service. Sylar tries to shift into the President, but his powers malfunction -- it turns out Worf is actually Peter, who absorbed Sylar’s shape-shifting ability during their battle. Peter knocks out Sylar.
Bennet and Angela convince Matt to use his mental powers to convince Sylar he’s really Nathan. Matt thinks this idea is idiotic and doomed to failure, but he does it anyway.
And then there’s a closing Mohinderlogue. The full cast stands around while Sylar-as-Nathan burns the corpse of Martin, the original shape-shifter who died in Sylar’s form, whom everyone except for Matt, Angela, and Bennet believes is the real Sylar. Bennet and Sylar-as-Nathan exposit about how the President agreed to have Bennet head up a brand spanking new version of the Company.
Six weeks later, a former Building 26 agent gets murdered by Tracy, who is: a) naked, and b) alive. Meanwhile, Sylar-as-Nathan is already starting to get squirrelly: he sees a clock and determines it’s running a minute and a half fast…