La Femme Nikita

Season 1 Episode 5


Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Feb 09, 1997 on USA
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Episode Summary

A nuclear trigger is stolen by the Wickes, a cold-blooded terrorist couple also responsible for killing an entire team of Section One operatives. In a final attempt to retrieve the trigger, Nikita poses as the a long-lost daughter of Helen Wicke, who was given up for adoption years ago. However, this leads to unexpected connection for both "mother" and "daughter."moreless

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  • Very moving and touching storyline.

    When the episode before it left me somehow colder, than this one - it moved me deeply. A mother's try to find her taken baby - trough all those years and now Nikita is put on that place to replace the child for her. I just adore the way this show has something so emotional, so deep and so inflicting - after every episode I just feel that it rise so many interesting questions, so many dilemmas. And all the time, it is done so emotional and on feeling basic. Just adore that.

    And the another great plus - everything looks to be so real. That is thanks for the fantastic cast - and this episode just proved once more - they are ready to take challenges and work them out - that scene on the forest. One of the bests so far.

    Super episodemoreless
  • Mommie Dearest

    This episode continues to evolve on how ruthless Section One really is, with Michael happy to get two Section operatives to beat up Nikita in order to get answers from a terrorist.

    Mother sees Nikita going undercover as the long-lost daughter of Helen Wicke, a terrorist who, with her husband John, are in possession of a nuclear trigger.

    Sherry Miller gives an excellent performance as Helen, a woman trapped by circumstance and desperately searching for the daughter taken away just after she was born.

    The shocking scene in which Nikita is beaten up by Section One operatives is difficult to watch and very disturbing.

    Supposedly this episode went through several different drafts and it shows. Though it's an all-round good episode, it sometimes feels as if there wasn't enough material to fill up 45 minutes and some scenes drag on for a while.

    Despite some story problems, Mother is still massively enjoyable and the scene in which Nikita shoots John Wicke dead is shocking and furthers the evolution of her character.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: Madeline tells the man she's interrogating that Wicke killed four of her men, but during the initial briefing by Michael and when they are trying to disarm the bomb, there are only three operatives shown. Unless the bomb was large enough to take out the driver in the van, this is a mistake.

    • This episode marks the first time Madeline has given an operations order in a mission. In the previous episodes, Madeline's role was limited to training and assisting operatives in using their appearance as an asset against the enemy. She's also shown participating in prisoner interrogations for the first time.

    • The Wicke's mansion home was used again in the episodes "Man In the Middle" and "Love Honor and Cherish", among others.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Nikita: Where's the trigger?
      Wicke: (sneering) Now you know I'll never tell you that.
      Nikita: If you love Helen, you will.
      Wicke: I don't love anyone that much. (he goes for his gun)
      Nikita: That's too bad. (they both make their move, but Nikita gets him first) That's for Chuck!

    • Madeline: (to Nikita, who was badly beaten by Section operatives) You did your job. Thank you.

    • Madeline: (Interrogating a suspect in the White Room) Do you think there's anything I won't do to get this information from you?
      Brodsky: I can't tell you what I don't know! You can torture me all day and that won't change!
      Madeline: It's a deal.

    • Helen: Are you a prostitute?
      Nikita: No. (Looking around the Wickes' mansion) Are you?

    • Michael: Hey Chuck. What's with the hair?
      Chuck: I had to do something. I was starting to look like you.

    • Nikita: Crazy!
      Helen: I may be. But I'm also your mother.

    • Operations: If Helen Wicke believes she's Nikita's mother, she may not be able to tolerate the pain we inflict on her daughter.

    • Nikita: You know, my real mother would have let them keep beating me. She would have let me die.
      Michael: (he strokes her brow, then starts to leave) Get some rest.
      Nikita: Michael, however long she's got... let her believe.

  • NOTES (2)