Nikita is somewhere outside in the city, letting red balloons fly. Two shy kids watch and approach her ... she hands the rest of her balloons to them. A guy (guest starring: Simon MacCorkindale) steps out of a hotel, looks over to her - their eyes meet. He smiles at her briefly before he steps out onto the street. Tires screech, a car approaches at high speed ... the guy isn't aware of the danger he is in until Nikita tackles him to the ground, rolling out of harms way. She lands quasi on top of him (baring her sexy leg with stockings and a garter belt) and their lips meet "by accident". A guy snatches her bag and runs away. He asks her whether she is fine, she says "I'm fine" and gets up, helping him to his feet.
"Nice to meet you, Alec Chandler" is what she says, as she shakes off his hand and walks away.
"Find out who she is", says Chandler to his lackey.
***Nikita and Alec are on his yacht. Nikita asks him what he does for a living, and he says some investment, some charity work. He works with street kids ... shelters, homes, no big deal. Nikita is impressed. Alec says he grew up on the streets himself, and it's taught him a lot. A butler enters with champagne ... and while they drink, Nikita says she would love to see one of these shelters.
Nikita is back at Section and stepping up to Walter, who is working on some electronics. He says: "When I start something, I can't stop, even if it takes days. That's how it would be with you and me. Nonstop sweat." Awwww, she's now so much more comfortable with his flirting, and she actually kisses him on the cheek.
"She likes him", Madeline remarks, overly pleased with herself ... and Operations replies "Oh yes" in a really gross kind of way - and looks at Michael. Who ... well. Isn't pleased.
Michael: "And ... get rid of the cat. It's a distraction. It's the first thing you noticed when you walked in. If I were an enemy, you would be dead now".
Nikita: "Sometimes I think you are the enemy".
And she closes the door behind him.
There is a long queue outside the toilet by now... and Nikita is just climbing back in. She hurriedly starts drying herself. Chandler, all done with his "business", is passing by and a woman tells him that his girlfriend is in there and might not be feeling well. He knocks, once, twice, three times, but then, Nikita comes back out, feigning that she was unwell. Her hair? It's damp because she splashed water on it. They go back to the party together.
Nikita looks at him and says: "Ah. Because we haven't caused him enough pain. Because he is still standing."
M: "You've become quite fond of him".
N: "What's it to you?"
Before he can answer, Madeline walks in ... they've found Skyler. And he is ready to talk. Nikita wants to follow Michael out, but he doesn't want her there. But she insists ... if it concerns Alec, it concerns her. So Michael lets her.
And finally, Michael drops the bomb: "Alec Chandler is a slaver. The shelters are a perfect front". He so wanted her to find out! And Nikita goes ballistic.
Nikita: "It's not enough to lie to them. We've got to lie to each other, too."
And now the really tough job ... she has to go back to him. She needs to go on the weekend trip with him.
He is at the docks, doing his dirty business, selling a truck full of kids - and complaining about the weather that plays havoc with his shoes. But ... what is that? Armed people approach. Section? They start shooting, Section wins. Michael steps out from the shadows and orders his people not to shoot Chandler ... who pretends to surrender. But then, he rolls a barrel of petrol with a hole in it towards to kids, threatening to torch them if they come closer.
"No???" screams Chandler, "That wasn't a request, little fella, that was an order! Unless you want to see the children die, of course."
"I'm listening", says Chandler. But there is Nikita, who kicks the burning lighter out of his hand. It hits the floor and the gasoline starts burning immediately, racing towards the children. Michael jumps into the truck and drives it away. Everything explodes. Nikita stares into the flames.
M: "I do what I have to do. We all do. It's not what I would choose for myself. Or ... for us"
She laughs again, especially at the "us".
N: "Will you answer a question for me?"
M: "If I can."
N: "Why shouldn't I ..... just kill you", she says and suddenly points a gun at him, "Why shouldn't I just pull the trigger?"
And he takes her hand with the gun in it, turns it slightly, and kisses her knuckles. And then he turns his back and leaves.
What a good episode! Four episodes in, the characters are well developed and we get a lot of those wonderful character interactions that make this series what it is. The weekly Walter-Nikita interactions, Birkoff teasing Nikita about her "stud", Madeline and Operations playing caring parents, while being the meanest and most ruthless people alive, Nikita, still a bit naive and far too trusting, and the hotness that is Michael.
Alec Chandler was an intriguing villain: He seemed so nice and genuine at first and it was fully believable that Nikita would fall for him. And then, all of a sudden, he was the worst of the worst. Really well played!
Michael seems jealous - but not only that. He also knew what kind of terrible person Chandler was, and he knew how much that would impact Nikita, once she found out. He wanted to tell her and I guess to protect her, but he couldn't (wouldn't) go against Section this time. So he was jealous and worrying at the same time, trying to give her hints, and finally letting her find out in the white room.
And then, of course, we get that last scene between Michael and Nikita: oh my goodness. This sizzling chemistry between the leads is what makes this series one of the best ever made. He is following orders because he has to, or thinks he has to - because he knows it will mean their deaths if they don't. But for the first time, he seems truly sincere with her, showing as much feelings for her as he can. Of course, he will be mean and brutal again soon ... but we, the audience, know that he cares. In his way.