I wasn't too clear on my earlier post. Hiro thought it was Oct. 2 - apparently he gained time when he traveled to New York without realizing it because just before the explosion ocurred he saw the date was Nov. 8. I think the rest of the show took place on Oct. 2. - only Hiro's segment was set in the future - a clever little "surprise" for us viewers. I think he will go back to real time on this next "trip", and will try again to meet the painter; who will be alive this time - and majorly surprised to see his cartoon character walking and talking. A cartoon character who will try to convince him that the disaster in his painting is real and they have about 4 weeks to prevent it.