A small plane is approaching an airport. The pilot and the tower communicate... all is in order. But what is that? A gaunt, fanatic looking man is asking a girl at a computer how far apart they are ... she says 1 mile. He orders the classical music to be turned up louder, and he stares at the ceiling, almost ecstatic. The plane flies into a bank of clouds and the pilot tells the tower that his visibility is reduced. The thin fanatic man asks the girl how much longer, and she says: "Any second now". The pilot of the small plane tells the tower that the field is visible now and that he is going to land. Two red blips get closer and closer on the girl's computer screen. There's more people there, staring into her screen. The pilot looks up and ... there's another airplane! Right in front of him! His eyes widen in shock and then ... impact. A huge explosion. The people in that other computer room cheer - the creepy man slowly says "it begins".
***Nikita is at home, listening to some music and making another wire fish. Somebody knocks at the door. It's Carla ... oh dear, she has been dumped by a man, who is now going to get married to his ex girlfriend. Etc. etc. Nikita listens, but they are interrupted by a phone call. Oh yes ... a Josephine phone call. Man, Michael says it so ... juicy.
Michael, Nikita and Birkhoff are in the middle of nowhere in a van ... there seems to be a computer something somewhere. Birkhoff has done something to JB's machine and the screen will flash red so that they can identify him, when they wear special glasses. Nikita and Michael move out.
Alright, there's a building there in the middle of nowhere, with a weird spacey game arcade inside (downstairs?). Nikita loves it and goes "Wow". Michael is totally NOT happy and very much in a hurry. They walk around, trying to find JB ... and Nikita finally does, upstairs, on a gallery. Birkhoff sends him an FBI Internet Security Violation warning (ah, we are in the US, then?) and JB runs. When he sees Michael blocking his exit, he turns around and flees to some kind of backroom. There's more Section operatives blocking his path there and they finally apprehend him.
Michael takes off his glasses and looks really crazy. Oh dear. He wants to know who his contact at Glass Curtain is and starts hitting the boy almost immediately after, asking him again. When he still doesn't answer, Michael pulls his gun. But Nikita jumps on his arm, pushes the gun aside and stops him, even shielding the boy with her body.
Nikita, looking at him with sad eyes, says: "It still hurts, doesn't it".
And Michael says: "Listen Nikita, you asked me what happened ... and I told you".
She gets a little closer to him and replies: "You told me the facts. Michael, I want to know how you feel. Sometimes, you have to let yourself trust someone. I'm right here."
Nikita is ready to leave, but Michael calls her back. He says he wanted to thank her. She says that she is very sorry. Michael mumbles: "If it weren't for the Section, none of us would have a life. What right do I have to feel cheated?" And she replies, "You have a right to feel any way you want." Oh yes. And it seems he indeed does feel something. She turns to go, but hesitates. Then she asks: "You wanna have a cup of coffee?" and he almost whispers: "I'd love to".
Unfortunately, there are a few things not quite right with this episode. Most importantly, it seems strange to me that Michael would not have searched heaven and hell for his wife, since he didn't see her body and thus couldn't have certainty of her death. Unless Section lied to him and produced a false body. There's no indication of that at all though, so tha big, big hole in the plot remains. Overall, the whole Simone-thing leaves a weird aftertaste. We do not get to know anything about her life as a prisoner, and essentially, we do not understand why she would say that she is "already dead". Section operatives are damn tough - what have they done to her to break her? Why would she kill herself instead of trying to pull through and live again happily with Michael if there married life was so great as we are made to believe? They give us too little too early and that's a shame, really. I guess the episode serves the purpose of giving us more "Michael-is-human" feels, before ... you will see.
But then, there are also a few things very right. And as so often, these things involve Michael and Nikita. All their scenes together were very strong. The first meaningful one in his office, where he tells her "the facts" but cannot share his emotions, and where she tells him that he might just have to trust someone to get rid of his burdens ... and why not her. And then, the very last scenes, where he indeed shares his emotions, his bitterness and hurt, but at the same time suppresses them again because of the Section. It seems he is now trusting her indeed ... and more than that. We know from Walter that she is the reason he got out of his very deep hole after Simone's "death". At this moment, there is a sincere comraderie, even friendship between those two. It is very beautiful.