La Femme Nikita

Season 3 Episode 13

Beyond the Pale

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jun 13, 1999 on USA
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Operations passes over Michael for Chief Strategist in favor of a smarmy Section operative by the name of Zalman, and Michael is so furious that he plots with Nikita to escape from Section One. Indeed, after stealing a Section One "Field Router," Michael and Nikita successfully disrupt a mission against new Red Cell leader Vincent Tomas, and make their escape. Zalman is going to take the fall for Michael's and Nikita's escape, and he will stop at nothing to find them.moreless

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  • Who wants to get out now?

    Not long ago it was, when Nikita was so desperate to get out, then she gave up as the life outside was not what she dreamt of but now, Michael sneaks in into her home and announces that they are going to leave. Surprising? Definitely.

    The story of this episode is really catching, very cleverly plotted, leaves many possibilities to end, has so many unexpected turn in story. We have some really promising scenes between Nikita and Michael - what else would we want?

    The story starts and everything seems to be in order... Michael is left down in promotion and he seems to take it out by escaping the section. It might first look little suspicious and I think Nikita is not first believing him too (as she should have learned that he is not to be trusted. he does what he is told) but when the get to that lovely farm house in the middle of nowhere... That changes. And when I say lovely farmhouse, I so mean it. That look like super perfect place - that rural atmosphere, smell of old things. Really romantic.

    But their happiness do not last long as Michael is caught - by that man who took the position he wanted. It seemed for a while that their escape will bring him down but he did not stopped and found them. Interrogation. Even now I believed that he did wanted to get out and it looked logical that he broke when Adam was brought in (clever, clever.. he has more than one weakness)... but how things started to work out after that - it was all too clear - Michael again played, did what he was told, but I am sure he enjoyed it.

    It was fantastic episode, with lot of action, different perspective than usual. One of my favorites.moreless
Jamie Harris

Jamie Harris


Guest Star

Michael Cram

Michael Cram


Guest Star

Malcolm Xerxes

Malcolm Xerxes

Owen Tell (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Lindsay Collins

Lindsay Collins

female Devo (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Josh Holliday

Josh Holliday

male Devo (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Zalman is working for Red Cell.

    • Nitpick: Zalman must not know much about the Devos' interrogation techniques. Their work always leaves scars under the eyes of the subject, but Michael has no such scars, because he was not tortured by them!

    • In the teaser when Nikita is asleep in bed, you can see Michael's reflection in the glass room divider as he approaches her from off camera.

    • Nitpick: When Nikita and Michael get to the farm house, Nikita puts on vinyl player (which logically requires electricity) but later in the same farm house, they need to use candles as there seems to be no power. Then again, maybe the candles are just to make the mood more romantic!

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Zalman: Oh listen, Madeline, you can assure Operations, I will find Michael and Nikita.
      Madeline: That's not a good sign.
      Zalman: Sorry, what?
      Madeline: Using a third party to mediate communications. It's an indication of instability.

    • Zalman: (when he discovers the field router is missing) Just so you fully understand how I work here, I do not tolerate mistakes!
      Walter: (unimpressed) Then don't make one bigger than you already have.

    • Walter: What you looking at, sugar?
      Nikita: Just the best part of my day.
      Walter: Keep on talking like that, I'll forget how old I am!

    • Nikita: You know it can't be casual between you and me. I can't do that.
      Michael: I know. (he raises his glass to her, and she returns his salute)

    • Nikita: How is this going to work?
      Michael: We can be careful, take things slowly.
      Nikita: There's another option, I mean, we can live the day like its our last.
      Michael: It very well could be.

    • Nikita: How long do you think we'll stay here?
      Michael: Not long enough.
      Nikita: I'm so glad you brought me here. I wish we could stay.
      Michael: Let's not think about the future. Let's just enjoy this while it lasts.

    • Nikita: I didn't realize you had such talent in the kitchen, Michael.
      Michael: There's still a lot of things that you don't know about me. Maybe it's time you learned.

    • Nikita: Michael, are you running away because you lost a post to Zalman?
      Michael: In Section, you either move up or move out.
      Nikita: I understand that, I just don't understand why you need me!
      Michael: I don't need you. I want you.

    • Nikita: (when she finds Michael in her apartment) Michael. What's wrong?
      Michael: (referring to Section) We're getting out.
      Nikita: How? It's impossible.
      Michael: I'll explain. Get dressed.

  • NOTES (2)

    • There was a deleted scene from this episode included with the season 3 DVD set. Birkoff shows Walter a tape of Michael's interrogation, in which, rather than being tortured, Michael is made up to look like he's been tortured by Section operatives. They now know that Michael is fooling Zalman. The scene was deleted in order to build suspense for the final confrontation at the cabin.

    • Music Used In This Episode:
      "Ma Jeunesse Fout le Camp" - Francoise Hardy (at Michael's cabin, and later at Nikita's apartment as they have dinner)


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