We are at the scene of a drug deal. Money and drugs exchange hands - a guard outside gives the "all clear". Oh, but it's not all clear, far from it ... suddenly, there are guys with automated weapons everywhere, and a man in a tie orders the guy who bought the heroine to hand it over to him; and the guy who has the money to do so as well. As soon as they have complied, the guys up on the roof open fire ... and kill everybody not in their team.
***Juicy ... Nikita is in bed with Gray, snuggling. Naked. They discuss whether it's too early or not for her to meet his daughter. Nikita is reluctant. He isn't. She explains: "I don't wanna start something I can't finish". He asks what is holding her back and she is about to answer when somebody starts knocking at the door. Persistently.
"It's not a good time, Michael", she whispers.
"Since when do you decide when it's a good time", he says, and puts on one of his bright smiles.
"I missed you", he says loud and kisses Nikita on the cheeks.
"See? It's disconnected", says Michael dangerously, plugging the phone back in, "I wonder how that happened".
Nikita says she unplugged it. So what about her cell phone? That is broken, she claims.
How nice, says false-Michael with his creepy-false smile, and looks at Nikita. Who wishes him far, far away ...
So ... what is cousin Michael doing here? Nikita wants to know.
Oh, it's her aunt Josephine, Michael says - she is still not doing well. So he told her Nikita would drop by in the morning.
Oh well, that's one spoilt evening for our Nikita ...
Michael: "You don't unplug the phone EVER."
Nikita: "All I wanted was one hour to myself. Is that too much to ask?"
The Mission (Impossible) is on. They will use EMF to knock out the power. Nikita, who is to go inside, has 4 seconds until auxiliary power kicks back in. Is that enough time? she asks Michael. It will have to be, he says.
Nikita enters the building through the roof, crawls along an air duct, descends into a laser-secured room with a rope and pulley, and gets her four seconds, during which she falls past the now disabled lasers onto the floor. The auxiliary power comes on, the lasers are back, and she has to lie still for eight hours until the people return to work and switch off the alarms. Ouch. That looks uncomfortable. And I do hope she went to the toilet before going in.
No, he says, she will do it now, like everybody else. She begs him, because it is very important to her, but he says: "the sooner you get started, the sooner you will be out of here".
"Gray doesn't exist ... not really."
Nikita: "Isn't it enough that I do what you ask?"
Madeline: "You will do what we ask. You miss my point. You can't hide who you are from the people that you care about".
So ... she can't see him? Can't care about him?
Oh, but it's simple: it's one or the other. "Your choice".
And when Nikita walks out, Madeline adds: "The world outside these walls is an illusion; it's not really there for us. We're ghosts".
Nikita and Gray are at a hotel! It's a romantic getaway, and he got the biggest suite for them. D'awwwwwwwz. And they start making out immediately on the big bed (cause: what else). Clothes come off. And ... the phone rings. She tries to get it while he tries to hold her back, but then, she answers. Oh f***. It's Michael. And he says: "Josephine". She immediately snaps to attention. There is a head-set under the sink; she'll get instructions once she put it on.
She turns the shower on and starts frantically searching under the sink. There is the headset. Michael tells her there's a removable panel behind the towels. There's a sniper rifle. She assembles it. There are six trank darts - she is to put in two. She has to go to the window and open it. But it doesn't. Michael's voice takes on a new urgency when he tells her "now, Nikita!". So she breaks the glass, wrapping her hand in the bathroom curtain to do it. Gray, hearing the sound of breaking glass, asks whether everything is alright, stepping closer - yes, of course! she answers. She is pointing the gun outside, Michael tells her the target will be out in seconds. Gray starts talking to her about dinner plans, she thinks his idea is marvellous. The "target" walks out (it's Vallery), Gray now talks about art exhibitions. Nikita shoots, he goes down. Sirens starts howling outside, she puts the gun back. Gray starts knocking more persistently, asking whether something is wrong, but then, Nikita steps out, toweling her wet hair, smiling innocently.
Be still my heart! This, by the way, is a sequence from the original film by Luc Besson.
Inside, Nikita is in tears … she isn't feeling very well, she tells Gray. He, frustrated, because this is not the first time she completely spaces out on him, would like to help her, but she cannot tell him anything.
Why did they come here? she finally asks him.
What does she mean? He sighs heavily. To be together of course.
But why this particular hotel?
Is that why she is upset? Did Michael tell her?
Uhm … wut?! So Michael called Gray, heard they were planning a get-away trip and suggested that hotel, because Nikita likes it so much.
When they're back, Nikita goes to see Michael in his office. He doesn't even look up.
Is there a reason why he had to involve Gray into their business?
"There's a reason for everything we do" (still typing)
But when she doesn't say anything, he finally looks up and asks: "Is there a problem?"
No, nothing she can't handle.
Well, that's not what's on her mind: "Can I talk to you for a minute?"
"You can do anything you want to me, and it can last more than a minute."
Has he ever been involved with anyone outside of Section? Oh yes, he flirts, of course, once a week if he is lucky! But she is not in the mood to joke.
"Oh gee ...", the old man says with heartfelt sympathy, "don't tell me, you didn't fall in love, did you?"
Not a good idea, Nikita, not a good idea at all... Walter repeats what Madeline has already told her. You cannot continue lying to someone you love for every minute of every day.
Alright, what if she didn't? What if she told him the truth?
"Oh - then just take a gun and shoot him yourself!"
Don't dwell on what you can't have, is Walter's advice. If you loose an arm, don't be sad all your life you can't play the piano - learn to sing!
Nikita is having lunch with Gray and his daughter. She is putting salt on a drawing she has made. Nikita mainly talks to the girl, but Gray isn't happy. He wants to know where Nikita goes when she goes away, who aunt Josephine is. Nikita tells him "not now, please". Later. They will talk later.
At the deal. Price approaches. And he immediately gets that something "is wrong". No bimbo hanging off Vallery's arm? Price remains very cautious, but then, he hands over the money. And Michael gives the order to shoot: "Everyone but Price is expandable". Nikita comes running in, just in time to witness the bloodbath. Would it have gone down differently had she been there? Most likely, yes.
And Madeline says: "You gonna have to let him go".
Nikita says she can make it work, she can!
But Madeline adds: "I am sorry, Nikita".
Nikita: “You don’t own my soul. I’m not afraid to die.”
That does it. Nikita breaks up with him. She claims to not love him. She has no time for him or his daughter anymore. And he knows nothing about her. Nothing. Well, he isn't a man to fight, obviously, because he silently accepts what she tells him, puts the keys to her apartment on her kitchen counter, and leaves.
"I can't live like this. I'm done".
But he calls her back, closes the door - and she rants at him that Section is "full of lies". They're on and on about saving innocent people, but what about the innocent people they hurt? Like the 4 year old girl, wondering why she has been abandoned.
He steps closer: "You still believe in free will. In here, there is no such thing".
But she is over believing him. Isn't it the truth that he couldn't handle it? That he was jealous?
"Because I love him - and not you".
He turns around as whispers: "You don't love me?"
Look who's not answering ...
"Yes", he says, "it was my idea."
"You are sick", she hisses and walks away.
"I only proposed it after I heard theirs", he adds softly. "they wanted to kill him".
"Gray will heal, his daughter will grow up. And they'll have the life they deserve".
She rips the gun out of his hand, looks at him defiantly once more and storms out.
The title of this episode is "Choice". So what is the choice Nikita gets? First, the choice that Madeline refers to is to see the man, but not care for him, i.e. use someone from the outside for carnal pleasures - or care for him, but never see him. Life in Section is like living in a high security prison, only worse: no ties to the outside. None at all. Because all of them are "dead" to the outside, all of them are ghosts. Second, the choice that Walter refers to is to lie to someone every second of every day or to quasi kill them yourself. The truth about Section, about what they do: it is deadly.
It takes Nikita quite a long time to understand - I guess because she really doesn't want to. All of a sudden, there's a possibility of a family, her own family right in front of her. So close ... and yet so far. The scene in the hotel room is brilliant in this context: she obeys without a second's pause, and performs like a robot, while keeping up a conversation with the innocent civilian outside her door almost to the end. She gets the job done, and he doesn't suspect anything: but that scene embodies the "being torn" between two lives perfectly.
Finally, Michael. Was he jealous or wasn't he? He saved the man's life - but he also tells Nikita about it. He wouldn't have had to do that. It sounds like an attempt to redeem himself in her eyes, at least partially. I.e. Nikita, I may be bad - but I am still a lot less bad than the rest of them. And what he says is true: she was warned. She was warned at least three times, if not more, by different people. The message was clear: you cannot start loving someone that isn't part of our weird family. Love makes you vulnerable, and we cannot have vulnerable operatives.
I think Nikita gets it now. But this will not be the beginning of an "easy" life in Section, which is its own world. It is a world full of desperation. I think Nikita has now realized that she truly is a prisoner there - and that they may not own her soul, but everything else. I think she also realizes something else, and that has to do with her relationship to Michael. She claims to his face not to love him (giving that thing between them a name), thereby challenging his grip over her. It is a direct allusion to his seduction-attempt in "Escape" again, and a clear statement about wanting to be free from the kind of power he has (or thinks to have) over her. But when he asks “You don’t love me?”, Nikita grows a bit too quiet. As much as she might wish at that very moment that she was emotionally detached from him, she clearly isn't. She constantly runs to him to went her anger and frustration and he still seems to trust him ... at least at some level.