La Femme Nikita

Season 2 Episode 5

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Mar 01, 1998 on USA
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Egran Petrosian, the former Section deep cover agent rescued by Section One, takes over and promotes Nikita to second in command when Operations is seriously wounded by an operative pushed over the edge. The only question is, who did the pushing?

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Petrosian: (after ordering her to personally cancel Sykes) I have told you before, Nikita, compassion is a weakness. You have to be able to kill without a moment's hesitation.
      Nikita: But I've killed so many people I've lost count!
      Petrosian: Yes, in combat. But this is different. This is a man whose one crime has been a failure to live up to the standards of Section. I have to know that you can kill him, too. For me.

    • Michael: (when Nikita says Petrosian arranged for them to be together) Am I under orders to please you?
      Nikita: Of course... not.

    • Walter: (referring to Kronen's shooting Operations) It bothers me that I didn't see it coming.
      Nikita: None of us did.
      Walter: The day before I was trying to brief him on a new laser sight, and he kept talking about his mother.
      Nikita: His mother?
      Walter: Any time anyone in this place starts talking about mom, you know he's got problems!

    • Petrosian: What I need is my own Madeline.
      Nikkita: I'm not really interested in a promotion.
      Petrosian: No? You prefer to go on living from day to day, risking your life in mission after mission until one day your luck runs out and you are blown to bits in some obscure corner of the Earth?

    • Madeline: I think it's pretty clear. Operations is a better choice than Petrosian.
      Nikita: Better for whom?
      Madeline: If you had doubts, why did you side with us?
      Nikita: Petrosian was willing to give me a life, as much as one can have inside Section. But in order to get it, I lied, I bullied, and, who knows, eventually I might have even... killed in cold blood. In other words, I found out what it's like to...to be you.
      Madeline: And you didn't like it.
      Nikita: No, I didn't.
      Madeline: Power is addictive, Nikita. You've had a taste. It's in your blood now.
      Nikita: You're wrong.
      Madeline: You'll be back. It's only a matter of time. But there'll be one difference. The next time... I'll be waiting for you.

    • Nikita: Birkoff. I need a favor.
      Birkoff: Personal favors are against regulations. Walter said we're all living by the book now, even Petrosian's little pet.
      Nikita: Wrong, Birkoff. Petrosian's little pet gets what she wants, or what they did to Walter will look like a foot massage compared with what I do to you if you mess with me.

    • Nikita: (To Michael) Okay, well, if I'm dealing with the devil, it's because sometimes the devil is the only one open for business. But that's not the problem, is it? Michael, it bothers you that I have so much more power now. You don't like it. Maybe it even makes you a little... uncomfortable.

    • Madeline: (To the doctor who said that he cannot save Operations) I've decided he's going to recover. His will to live is very strong. Your will to save him has to be strong, too. I'll help you. (threatens him) Go back inside. Tell your colleagues to do the possible, then the impossible, and then the unthinkable, until he's out of danger. Because when you're finished, doctor, that room will contain either four living men... or four corpses. Do you understand?

    • Madeline: Has Petrosian offered you my position yet?
      Nikita: Yes.
      Madeline: And what did you say?
      Nikita: If I say no, he's going to offer it to somebody else.
      Madeline: That's not the point.
      Nikita: What is the point?
      Madeline: The point is you don't have what it takes to do my job. And, if you try, you'll only end by destroying yourself.

  • NOTES (4)

    • One of the extras at the bar where Nikita and Michael meet seems to be the episode's director, Jon Cassar.

    • Special Guest Star Nigel Bennet returns to play Egran Petrosian. He previously performed in the role in the first season episode "Rescue".

    • There was a deleted scene from this episode included with the season two DVD set. Kronen, the operative who shoots Operations, had an argument and shoving match with Walter earlier that same day. The scene wasn't included because the director thought it was both unnecessary and that it was more exciting to have Kronen come out of nowhere and surprise the audience.

    • Music Used In This Episode
      "Do What You Have To Do" - Sarah McLachlan (at the bar where Michael and Nikita meet)
      "Path to the Invisible" - Pilgrimage (in Michael's first mission to the embassy)

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