La Femme Nikita

Season 1 Episode 9


Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Mar 10, 1997 on USA



  • Trivia

    • Nitpick: In the credits, Mick's name is spelled "Stoppel", but in future episodes it's changed to "Shtoppel" before being permanently written as "Schtoppel".

    • This is the first appearance of the character Mick Schtoppel, who becomes an important recurring character in season 2. But unlike his future appearances, Mick is all business in this episode, with no comic relief.

  • Quotes

    • Madeline: You've done a good job with Nikita. She still lacks perspective, that's all. You don't think she's formed any attachment to Wellman?
      Michael: They've only seen each other a couple of times.
      Madeline: That's not what I asked.
      Michael: I don't think she has.
      Madeline: Good! But sooner or later, she will. Whether it's with Wellman or someone else. And when that situation happens, will you be able to handle it?
      Michael: Why wouldn't I be?
      Madeline: That's a question only you can answer.

    • Madeline: Your relationship with us is the only real relationship you'll ever have. If knowing that, you still want to proceed, I just hope he's a good cook.

    • (Referring to the remote detonator to the plastique in her necklace, as she holds Benko close)
      Nikita: Come, Mr Benko, push the button.
      Michael: Nikita!
      Nikita: Neither of us has very much to lose. Go on. (Benko thinks about blowing them both up, then hands her the remote) Thank you. (to Michael) I knew he didn't have the guts.

    • Nikita: (as they are leaving Section) Madeline, where do you go when you leave here?
      Madeline: Very good. It usually takes the new ones several years to ask me that question.
      Nikita: So how many years does it take to get an answer?
      Madeline: I don't know. I haven't yet.

    • Benko: And I went to all the trouble of bringing you a present. (places a square box on top of the table) Knowing how concerned you are about your operatives, I took the opportunity of returning Mr. Lang. What's left of him...
      (Benko waits for Michael's reaction, who merely glances briefly at the box)
      Michael: Thank you.

  • Notes

    • In a deleted scene included in the Season 1 DVD set, Nikita discovers the directory inside a magazine at Gray's apartment, and she retrieves it, while Michael watches. Gray had no idea that it was there, or that it was important.

    • Music Used in This Episode
      "Tsunami" - Guru Stefan (when Michael arrives in Prague)
      "Howling" - Morcheeba (when Nikita is wired)

  • Allusions

    • Madeline: Some of us continue to walk around with a sword of Damocles over our heads.

      Damocles was a courtier of the Syracusan Tyrant Dionysius II, who thought that it must be wonderful to be so powerful. Dionysius allowed Damocles to take his place, but every moment Dionysius had a sword hung by a thread dangling over Damocles' head, representing the constant danger that a Tyrant is in from others. Damocles quickly broke under the strain of fear.

    • Gray: Mr Mom, that's me.
      Gray is referring to the 1983 movie Mr Mom, which starred Michael Keaton as a man who stays home to raise his child after he loses his job, while his wife continues to work.