La Femme Nikita

Season 4 Episode 15

Abort, Fail, Retry, Terminate

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jul 16, 2000 on USA



  • Trivia

    • 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.

  • Quotes

    • 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?
      AI: Us.
      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.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Walter: I'm just a little shaken, a little stirred.

      This is a nod to another spy classic, James Bond.

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