La Femme Nikita

Season 4 Episode 22

Four Light Years Farther

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Aug 27, 2000 on USA
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Episode Summary

Michael and Nikita stay one step ahead of Section for as long as they can, but in the end, Section finds them and brings them in. Operations and Madeline tell them that only one of them will be allowed to survive, but they get to chose. But before they can cancel anyone, Mr Jones comes to Section in person, and reveals the identity of his mole inside Section. The fate of Section One hangs in the balance as Jones evaluates everyone, from Operations on down. Who will survive, and who will be cancelled?moreless

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  • I had to say my piece on this. I havent seen season 5 yet. But this would have been a way to end a series. Michael deserved to be free to be with his son. Nikita needed to be in charge because Hell she would have had everyone's best interests at heartmoreless

    All i can say is i was yelling and crying while this episode played out. This is how a series should end. I guess i will have to go and find season 5 on dvd to see if it does the show any justice or if they should have let it be.
  • Writters go for ultimate twist that on a scale of 1 to 10 comes up 15,but the show pays a price. It invalidates most of the magic created in the past 3 yrs. Too bad M's no longer around,I could do with a some LFN mind erasing techinques with this episode.moreless

    I don't have much to comment on this episode. Except that up until this episode, I thought the writters for this show were nothing short of BRILLIANT. And constantly BRILLIANT at that. But the twist that they went for in this episode simply INVALIDATED so much of the magic of previous seasons....character development especially (specifically between Michael & Nikita)....that I prefer to enjoy past episodes and pretend this episode doesn't exist. I only give it as high as a 7.2 because the acting & directing are still so well done.......but in my honest opinion.....the great Nikita twist was a MONUMENTAL MISTAKE...especially to have it's origins go back as far as "3" years. It probably would have been more acceptable had it been maybe a year. But as it makes me kind of wish Michael had left Nikita (my 2nd favorite character) hanging in that psycho's basement....("Toys in the Basement").moreless
  • Or at least this was planned to be the end... but it was sad end..

    This was somehow conclusion for everyone - they took almost all the free leads and answered all of the questions - all the past acts were reviewed and everyone was given what they deserved - or at least what Nikita think they deserve.

    I do not lie to say that couple of the last episodes have been quite confusing and somehow turning things upside down. This tried to make some logic again.

    On Madeline - that she committed suicide - it was logical on her case - the way she said that she makes her own decisions - even now. I could not imagined it other way.

    Birkoff's brother (whose name I still cannot remember) he also made end with Naomi and I think found a place where he wanted to be. Only thing for me - when they turned the brother so much into Birkoff - why write out the original Birkoff anyway? I agree the brother had some interesting colors on his character but they past and in the end - it was still Birkoff.

    O.. and Walter... I can never get over those Sugar callings - that was sweet and he was sweet.. the reason why he said he helped Nikita and Michael.. that bag... he is one of the 5%.. one of the good ones.

    Operations.. I never believed he was Nikita's father and it made more and more point that he is not so this episode confirmed it. Leave him in the lead of section - that was maybe not the best choice but he seems to be good what he does.

    I never truly get why Nikita wanted to cancel Michael but the way he chose - on the mission - it was so him.. heroic.. and the way he refused from that bag and Nikita saved him - logical to that point but their talk in the forest - maybe I missed something but.. there would have been better ways to tell Michael to go alone. And that blood tear - it was stylish.

    Gorgeous end for superb serie.

    Ok.. now.. season 5...moreless
  • Sad

    Madeline commits suicide. Operations lears that he's just not what Oversight is looking for. Mr. Jones is MicK??and Nikita had been undercover with him for the past 2 years, huh?

    Ok I can deal with all of this, but the Michael and Nikita lost love... good golly I've been tormeted for years. Instead of letting Michael be cancelled on an abeyance mission Nikita saves him and helps him get away, she refuses to run away with him and when he persists she commits the ultimate atrocity. She tells him that it was all a lie and that she never loved him. Bruised and filled with pain Michael cuts himself and cries tears of blood at her betrayal and finally walks away.

    WHAT????? I can't take it anymore. Wait there's a season 5...I'm there.moreless
Cindy Dolenc

Cindy Dolenc

Kate Quinn

Recurring Role

Carlo Rota

Carlo Rota

Mick Schtoppel/Mr Jones

Recurring Role

Larissa Gomes

Larissa Gomes

Naomi Hill

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: When Michael gets to his final mark in the abeyance mission and activates the detonator, the clock reads 40 seconds. But when he starts the timer it's set at 50 seconds.

    • Interesting that while most abeyance operatives aren't told that they are on a suicide mission, Michael is fully aware and doesn't intend to avoid his demise.

    • Twin Sighting
      Two men strongly resembling the twins who worked for Adrian are on the plane with Mr Jones and Jason.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Michael: A la vie.

    • Michael: (When he thinks they will cancel him) I'd prefer a bullet.
      Operations: A bullet? Nikita was right, you'll get over her death, she'll never be able to get over yours. This is just to help you get through this.
      Michael: (screaming) No! No!

    • Madeline: How dare you two have the presumption to judge my contribution to this organization on a single event!
      Nikita: It's not the event, it's the relationship between you and Paul that concerns us. You two don't complement each other.
      Madeline: I really don't need to hear what some ad hoc internal affairs bimbo thinks of my work. Get to the punchline.
      Mr Jones: If you insist.
      Nikita: No.
      Mr Jones: We've discussed this, Nikita.
      Nikita: And you know where I stand. This is not the way.
      Mr Jones: There's no place for her here.
      Nikita: Maybe not in Section, but she does have assets.
      Mr Jones: Is this a personal plea?
      Nikita: Yes.
      Mr Jones: (to Madeline) You understand, in the end, this decision is mine and mine alone.
      Madeline: No. You don't understand. I'll make my own decision regarding my fate. (She takes a cyanide capsule from under her hair, bites it, and dies in seconds)
      Mr Jones: I shall miss her fortitude. (activates intercom) Housekeeping, please.

    • Mr. Jones: I chose Nikita for her free will... and her sufficient disdain for Section One. Well, I think it's time we got started.

    • Michael: I'll need you after I'm gone.
      Nikita: What does that mean?
      Michael: Adam, you're the only one I can trust.
      Nikita: That's something you should do yourself.

    • Operations: They're to be treated well.
      Madeline: I agree, but they can't be trusted.
      Operations: They never could. Not from the moment she arrived. There's a bond between them that can only be broken one way.
      Madeline: Which one?
      Operations: Nikita.
      Madeline: I disagree.
      Operations: Michael's more valuable. You know that.
      Madeline: Whichever one we let live will never forgive us. We let them make the choice.
      Operations: What's the difference?
      Madeline: Eventually, the survivor will need to anchor. They will want to believe in us, but they'll need justification.

    • Nikita: ... What are you waiting for?
      Michael: We're surrounded.
      Nikita: Removing collateral.
      Michael: Yes.
      Nikita: Should we use the car?
      Michael:: We won't get ten feet.
      Nikita: I've got three grenades, we can carve a path, the highway is less than a kilometer.
      Michael: No... there will be another day.

    • Nikita: So what do you feel about all this, Walter?
      Walter: A bit betrayed, how do you think?
      Nikita: That's good.
      Walter: Why good?
      Nikita: Because you were betrayed. You have a firm grasp on reality.
      Walter: Then what the Hell am I doing here?

    • Michael: Why did you break protocol?
      Nikita: I wasn't ready to see you die.
      Michael: Are you out?
      Nikita: No, I gotta go back, but you can make it, you'll be able to jam their frequency long enough to get out of the hemisphere, take it.
      Michael: What about you?
      Nikita: I'll be all right, I got a card to play; they owe me this.
      Michael: Come with me.
      Nikita: I can't.
      Michael: Is this what you want?
      Nikita: I don't love you. I never did.

    • Michael: After I'm cancelled, they'll induce, so you're not suicidal. After some time passes, you'll be brought back. It won't be as painful as you think.
      Nikita: You can live without me a lot better than I can live without you.
      Michael: No.

    • Michael: Nikita, it has to be this way.
      Nikita: No. Let them kill us both.
      Michael: They won't do that. They need one of us.
      Nikita: Then we should both live.
      Michael: You know they won't let that happen.
      Nikita: Why not? If they cancel you, I won't want to live. I'll step in front of the first bullet shot at me.

    • Nikita: You're a ruthless man, Paul. And that's good. You do your job with clarity and I respect that. But children and terrorists; they're not the same. But to you, you've abstracted them. And killing one to save a hundred is not always right.

    • Operations: What do you want me to say? I'll water my compassion so you can see it grow?
      Nikita: I'm sorry, you're not ready. You'll stay in Section. Your status will be reviewed in...7 years.
      Operations: Because I lack compassion?
      Nikita: Because you lack the good judgment that comes from having a small dose of it, Paul.

    • Walter: What I don't understand used to come to me to confide, you used to ask for my advice. Now if you were doing that just to figure out who I was, why did you keep coming after you knew?!
      Nikita: You kept me grounded, Walter. When you go undercover for as long as I did, you have to find a center, a place you can stay anchored so you don't drift. You were my center.
      Walter: Well isn't this great. I was just starting to get comfortable disliking you.
      Nikita: Don't get too comfortable, you haven't heard my recommendation.

    • Nikita: You have shown an otherworldy disregard for your own well-being. More than anyone else, you've been true to the highest principles that define this organization.
      Michael: That's not true. I betrayed Section. I've put your well-being ahead of everything else.
      Nikita: I have no choice, but to recommend your cancellation.
      Michael: Is there an abeyance mission pending?
      Nikita: Yes.
      Michael: Thank you.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music Featured In This Episode
      "Tomorrow Never Comes" - Dot Allison (as Nikita and Michael are driving to a bank)

    • This was originally intended to be the final episode of the series. However an internet campaign organized by 25,000 fans of the show successfully convinced the USA Network to film 8 final episodes to officially conclude La Femme Nikita.