When the father and son are alone in swineherd’s house, Athena appears and called him outside, and removes his disguise to make Odysseus look handsome. Telemachus was surprised, he thought Odysseus was a god, and Odysseus told Telemachus that he was Odysseus, Telemachus didn't believe him, and then Odysseus convinced Telemachus to believe Odysseus' identity.
Odysseus describes how he came back to Ithaca. Then they began to discuss how to get rid of the suitors. Odysseus' plan was that he would enter the palace disguised as a beggar, and Telemachus would hide all the weapons in the palace, leaving only the weapons for them. Then they can kill all the suitors in the palace.
Telemachus was worried that there are too many suitors thus they can’t win them. Odysseus said that Athena and Zeus may help them. They also decided to test Penelope.
Athena again changed Odysseus into a beggar, so he will not be recognized by the swineherd. The swineherd told Telemachus that his return had been told to everybody and that the suitors who had gone to kill him had come back.