La Femme Nikita

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 5 : Ep 8

    A Time for Every Purpose

    Aired 3/4/01

  • S 5 : Ep 7

    Let No Man Put Asunder

    Aired 2/25/01

  • S 5 : Ep 6

    The Evil That Men Do

    Aired 2/18/01

  • S 5 : Ep 5

    The Man Behind the Curtain

    Aired 2/11/01

  • S 5 : Ep 4

    All the World's a Stage

    Aired 2/4/01

  • Cast & Crew
  • Peta Wilson

    Nikita

  • Roy Dupuis

    Michael Samuelle

  • Eugene Robert Glazer

    Paul "Operations" Wolfe

  • Alberta Watson

    Madeline

  • Matthew Ferguson

    Seymour Birkoff

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  • Based on the cult motion picture of the same name, La Femme Nikita is a sexy, stylish spy series following a deadly secret agent. Peta Wilson stars as Nikita, a young woman framed for murder and faced with life imprisonment, until an ultimatum arises which involves working for a clandestine anti-terrorism organization known as Section One. Nikita chooses a life of espionage, but soon discovers that she is just the latest pawn in Section's games...La Femme Nikita was broadcast on USA Network, and produced by Baton, CTV Television Network, Fireworks Entertainment and LPN Productions. The series ran for four seasons before being canceled, until a fan campaign successfully brought it back for one final run of new episodes in 2001.moreless

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  • Quotes (855)

    • Nikita: (About the wrong information she was given) You knew?
      Michael: We had to see if you could improvise. Did you get the PDA?
      Nikita: Why didn't you tell me this was a job, instead of pretending?
      Michael: No matter what state of mind you're in, you have to be able to perform.
      Nikita: You're sick. You don't want a person, you want a machine. I can't do that.
      Michael: You just did.

    • Operations: (to Michael, who wants to give Nikita more time) If she fails, you fail.

    • Madeline: (To Nikita) We're family now, Nikita.

    • Operations: Michael, about Nikita.
      Michael: What about her?
      Operations: I've been watching her. She lacks discipline.
      Michael: She needs a little more time.
      Operations: It's been two years, that's our policy. We start making exceptions we're no better than the CIA.

    • Nikita: I can't do what you want me to do.
      Michael: Mistakes are not an option.
      Nikita: I can't pull the trigger.
      Michael: Why not?
      Nikita: Because I'm not who you think I am. I'm not a killer.
      Michael: The moment I believe that, Nikita, you're canceled.

    • Michael: (fending off Nikita's attack easily) When you attack someone from behind, go for the kidneys. It disables, and they can't fight back. Consider that your first lesson.

    • Madeline: Look at yourself. Admire yourself. See your beauty. You can learn to shoot. You can learn to fight. But there's no weapon as powerful as your femininity.

    • Michael: Section One is the most clandestine organization on the planet. It's our job to bring down the criminals and terrorists that no one else can get.

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    Notes (190)

    • In first season the title of each episode consist of one word. Respectively titles of episodes from second season have 2 words, from third season - 3 words, etc.

    • This was in fact the third episode filmed, because Joel Surnow wanted the actors to feel comfortable with one another right from the beginning.

    • This episode actually follows the plot of the movie La Femme Nikita in several aspects, such as the first visit by Michael to Nikita in the white room, and her mission in the restaurant. In fact, some of the footage from the restaurant scene was reused from the American remake of the film, The Point of No Return.

    • Music Used In This Episode: "Revenge" - Thrive (Nikita on the street) "Big Mistake" - Chainsuck (Nikita training montage) "3AM" - Tristan Psionic (shootout by the ambulance) "All to Myself" - Philosopher Kings (as Nikita decorates her apartment) "Blood Red" - Rose Chronicles (as Nikita burns the photo of her funeral)

    • Alberta Watson (Madeline) does not appear in this episode.

    • Music Used In This Episode "Night of the Iguana" - Huevos Rancheros (when Julie finds Nikita in the bar) "Last Playboy Interview" - Merlin (when Julie and Nikita play dress up)

    • Peta Wilson's brother Rob briefly appears in this episode. He is the tall operative who gets out of the same limo as Nikita at the airport toward the end.

    • Alberta Watson (Madeline) does not appear in this episode.

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    Trivia (210)

    • The enemy in this episode is a group known as The Legion.

    • As Michael searches Nikita's apartment looking for Julie, he picks up a pillow off the sofa. Michael never does anything without a reason - what was his reason this time? Obviously he didn't think Julie was hidden beneath it herself, but perhaps some sign of her presence, such as some long red hairs would be on it, or an article of her clothing could have been hidden by it.

    • The terrorist group Section is fighting in this episode is Glass Curtain.

    • Nitpick: When the timer is running down and Nikita is attempting to hack it, the timer should have run out 50 seconds before she succeeded.

    • GOOF: When Michael breaks into the computer, he is seen typing very fast. However, when the screen shows the password being entered, it much slower than how Michael is typing.

    • Nitpick: When Madeline tells Michael "Graystone, all caps," she should also have specified the spelling as graystone because of the alternate spelling, greystone. However, it's possible that Chandler used "GRAYSTONE" because it was a significant part of his history, an address, a school, etc, and Michael would have recognized the word from the man's dossier.

    • Goof: Madeline tells the man she's interrogating that Wicke killed four of her men, but during the initial briefing by Michael and when they are trying to disarm the bomb, there are only three operatives shown. Unless the bomb was large enough to take out the driver in the van, this is a mistake.

    • This episode marks the first time Madeline has given an operations order in a mission. In the previous episodes, Madeline's role was limited to training and assisting operatives in using their appearance as an asset against the enemy. She's also shown participating in prisoner interrogations for the first time.

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    Allusions (30)

    • Chandler's boat is the Captain Matthew Flinders. Captain Flinders was in the British Royal Navy in the late 18th to early 19th century, and was one of the most successful navigators and cartographers of the age. He wrote the primary work on the exploration of the Australian continent, titled A Voyage To Terra Australis.

    • Madeline: Some of us continue to walk around with a sword of Damocles over our heads. Damocles was a courtier of the Syracusan Tyrant Dionysius II, who thought that it must be wonderful to be so powerful. Dionysius allowed Damocles to take his place, but every moment Dionysius had a sword hung by a thread dangling over Damocles' head, representing the constant danger that a Tyrant is in from others. Damocles quickly broke under the strain of fear.

    • Gray: Mr Mom, that's me.
      Gray is referring to the 1983 movie Mr Mom, which starred Michael Keaton as a man who stays home to raise his child after he loses his job, while his wife continues to work.

    • Nikita's infiltration scene into the Rosewood facility is very similar to a scene in the 1996 movie Mission: Impossible.

    • Petrosian: If you understand Rambo, you understand the West.
      Rambo: First Blood, Part II, a movie starring Sylvester Stallone, told the story of a soldier who returned to Vietnam to rescue his fellow American POWs still being held there.

    • Birkoff: Has Rain Man seen anyone yet?
      Birkoff is comparing Rudy to the "idiot savant" of the movie Rain Man played by Dustin Hoffman.

    • The way that Kessler is masked to prevent him from biting and immobilized is strongly reminiscent of the incarceration of Dr Hannibal Lecter in the movie The Silence of the Lambs. Like Kessler, Lecter was able to escape from his bonds, but while Kessler was allowed to go free in order for Section to get the necessary information from him, Lecter truly freed himself and returned to his life as a serial killer.

    • Kessler: Yesterday I saw upon a star, a little girl who was not there. She was not there again today, gee, I wish she'd go away...
      This line of dialogue contains elements of a poem by Hughes Mearns, which was also made famous by Ogden Nash. The poem is later used in the fifth season episode title "A Girl Who Wasn't There", which includes a hologram of Madeline.

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  • Fan Reviews (32)
  • La Femme Nikita not a simple show

    By dodayotahahkwane, Jan 30, 2014

  • A true "Guilty Pleasure". No matter how off the director got in an episode, no matter how bad the source script... The cast (perhaps the executive producers) always preserved the true integrity of the characters.

    By dejunai, Jun 23, 2008

  • Nikita was an original show that was ahead of its time. Nikita was picked up by section one, an secret orginisation fighting terrorism and other crime. But that same organisation wasn't all that good for its employees. Best ever spy show. it deserves 8.9.

    By baskok, Apr 29, 2008

  • Something very special - lot of excitement, unpredictable plot turns and mysterious, challenging, hard and complex characters.

    By Parricida, Nov 18, 2007

  • Good show with good actors and good ideas

    By Niniane, Nov 08, 2007

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