La Femme Nikita

Season 1 Episode 10


Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Apr 07, 1997 on USA
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Episode Summary

The CIA believes that a rogue element of their agency is responsible for a recent massacre of heroin dealers, performed in order to steal money and drugs as part of an embezzlement scheme. Section One is brought in to clean house quietly, but Nikita's continued involvement with architect Gray Wellman is hampering her ability to be a reliable operative. As Section One's operation reaches a fever pitch, Nikita is unable to balance both sides of her life, and is forced to make a choice between the organization that controls her life and the one man that she's ever loved.moreless

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  • There are worse and better times and this is defenetly the hardest and worst time for Nikita, as she has to chose between Section and the man he loves, but the problem is - she does not have the change to choose.moreless

    This episode more concentrates to the emotional matters of Nikita rather than the mission - but the mission is always there, making Nikita struggle more just to understand - she cannot do both.

    Nikita is growing more and more found with Gray and his little daughter (who, btw, got very lovely toy lion. I wish I had ever got something like that), wanting to have a normal life, to take Section 1 as a job and then go home and play a family, but it is harder than she expect.

    The episode begins with rather interesting scene, when in the morning, Michael knocks on Nikita's door, marches in and plays very friendly but annoying, for Nikita, cousin and he interferes more and more into their business - it only drives Nikita more out of her mind and makes her feelings toward Michael rather angry.

    The conclusion to her doubts, as everyone trough out the episode try to tell her and warn her - she cannot have a life she wants. She lives in lies. She has a mission, but loses Grey's daughter on the mall, and when she gets back, the mission is already in action without her but she jeopardize the success of the mission. So, they tell her to let him go. She is going to do it, but still having doubts but when he comes and says that a car almost run him over, Nikita takes what she needs and tells - only to broke his and her heart, ends up in Michael's office enraged, just to call him jealous. But he let his change go. And to make the end even more catching, he says - they wanted to kill him...moreless
  • A Simple Kind of Life

    This episode answers one question which probably should have been brought up a while back. Can Nikita have a steady relationship or a normal life outside of Section? The answer is, unsurprisingly, no.

    Choice sees Nikita slowly realizing that she can't balance Section One and her growing relationship with Gray. When a personal matter causes a Section mission to go awry, Nikita comes to terms with the fact that she can't lead an ordinary life and must break off all ties with those close to her...

    This is an average episode with some major problems. The main mission of the week involving the drug lords isn't interesting and the characters involved are too stereotypical to be enjoyed. Choice sees the last time the series relied on elements from the original Nikita movie and it was a good decision. Despite some awesome scenes (the restaurant shootout in the pilot and the bathroom sniper session here), the writers should begin to be more creative with their action scenes. When they pull them off well it really works. For example, the Mission: Impossible-style fall into the computer room, which looks excellent, in particular the wirework and security rays.

    Despite having problems, including the weird lack of budget which makes the teaser shootings look really corny and only hearing the massacre at the end, Choice features some more excellent acting work from Peta Wilson and Callum Keith Rennie. Wilson is amazing as she searches for the missing Casey through the mall and is very believable as she desperately searches for Gray's daughter. Guest star Rennie is also good throughout and it's sad to see him leave at the end. Though inevitable, the break-up between him and Nikita doesn't even soften the blow as Nikita just rips into him, knowing she has to make him hate her.

    When the emotional issues begin to overshadow the action it's usually a sign of trouble but this episode pulls it off effortlessly. Excellent acting (from Alberta Watson in particular), some awesome stunts and a dark and slightly depressing message at the end save Choice from being a complete bomb.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The organization that Section is after in this episode is a rogue faction in the CIA called Operation Rosewood.

    • Goof: Madeline seems unconcerned that it will take a few hours for Valery to get his feeling back in his legs, but Valery is supposed to meet his contact Oliver Price in two hours, and Section wouldn't want Valery to miss that meeting!

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Nikita: This place, the Section, is full of lies! They talk about all the innocent people they save, well what about the innocent people we hurt? Like the four year old girls who are left just wondering why they've been abandoned?
      Michael: You were warned. You should have never gotten involved. You still believe in free will. In here there's no such thing.
      Nikita: You keep telling me that, Michael, but I don't believe you anymore. You couldn't handle it, could you? You got jealous of Gray because I love him and not you.
      Michael: You don't love me?

    • Valery: Just remember, I'm not the target!
      Michael: Duck.

    • Walter: You can't dwell on what you can't have. Hey look, if you lost an arm, you could spend the rest of your life depressed because you can't play the piano, or, or, you could learn to sing. Do this guy a favor, sugar, learn to sing!

    • Nikita: (referring to Gray) What are you telling me? I can't see him, I can't care about him?!
      Madeline: One or the other. Your choice.
      Nikita: Can I go now?
      Madeline: The world outside these walls is an illusion. It's not really there for us. We're ghosts.

    • Nikita: (when Michael comes to her apartment while she's with Gray) It's not a good time, Michael.
      Michael: Since when do you decide when it's a good time?

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