According to Birkoff's briefing for the A.I., Operations is level nine, accountable only to Oversight. Madeline is also level nine, Michael is a field operative level five, and Nikita is level two, though she is likely due for a promotion. Birkoff is a comm operative level four.
A.I.: I was programmed to intercede in your absence.
Birkoff: I'm right here!
A.I.: Not all of you, Seymour.
A.I.: Tell me about Section One.
Birkoff: Rule number one, don't ask any questions.
A.I.: What is rule number two?
Birkoff: Don't question rule number one.
A.I.: I don't understand.
Birkoff: That's the point. Look, all you need to know about this place is that there doesn't need to be a rationale. Here we make up our own rules and then we break them.
A.I.: How do you account for consistency?
Birkoff: The only thing that stays consistent is that we get the job done. Everything else, the people, the politics, they're secondary.
Birkoff: What's this all about?
A.I.: It's about what we wish for, for as long as we can remember.
Birkoff: We? What are you talking about? You are not me.
A.I.: Of course I am, Seymour.
Birkoff: No. We're not the same.
A.I.: That's true. I'm not afraid to show how we feel.
Birkoff: You don't know the first thing about feeling.
A.I.: That's something like the pot calling the kettle black. You know I'm right and I can make it happen for you.
Birkoff: Make what happen? What are you talking about?
A.I.: Freedom, Seymour.
Birkoff: It's impossible. They'll come after me.
A.I.: I'm taking care of that. (the A.I. locks down Section) You're free to go now.
Operations: (about Birkoff) And locking us in here and taking over Systems? You think he is capable of that?
Madeline: He is. I'm just not sure he knows that yet.
AI: Nikita, talk to me.
Nikita: What is it you want to talk to me about?
Nikita: There is no us. You're a machine.
AI: Perhaps, but we have more in common than you might think.
Nikita: We have nothing in common.
AI: You can't believe that?
Nikita: I do. You were created in a laboratory.
AI: And you? Where were you created?
Nikita: Not in a laboratory.
Walter: I'm just a little shaken, a little stirred.
This is a nod to another spy classic, James Bond.