This episode is very topsy turvy, where everything seems quite...backwards. That is, until Nikita realizes her new job isn't ALL about power...
The episode starts off in Debriefing. All is well until one op decides that he don't feel like discussing today - he whips out a gun and shoots Operations in the chest instead. This causes a chain reaction - Walter shoots the op dead, Nikita looks like she may be in need on Medlab too soon, for by the looks of her bulging eyes and slacked jaw, she looks prepared for a heart attack, Michael stands but stares (blankly, as if I had to add that) and Madeline runs to Ops to make sure he is still alive. Just Barely.
As if Ops getting shot isn't enough to throw you through a loop, what happens next will.
In comes Petrosian, the new number one, and he makes everyone then feel like it's a different reality when he starts changing everything, including degrading Michael in to a regular op and upgrading Nikita to be in charge of the mission at hand, despite Madeline's persistant "she's not ready for this yet." But Petrosian is desperate to feel in command, so everything sets forth as he said.
Michael's life is on the line when the alarm goes off early, and Nikita goes against Birkoff's judgement to pull Michael out of the building. Instead, she orders him to keep searching for their disk, and nearly faints with relief when he makes it out alive. Petrosian is impressed with her work, and decides to give her a promotion again - this time, she can be Section's number two, aka, Madeline's job. Of course, Madeline is ticked about this and decides to let Nikita know that Nikita just doesn't have what it takes to be in that position. But it's power and it's safe from missions and all that Nikita could grow to love very quickly. And so, against Madeline's strong suggestions, she takes the job and basks in the power.
"Everyone has a weakness." Petrosian insists. And he knows hers - Michael. But instead of destroying her with it, he builds her up. Promising if she stays with him, she'll have the life she wants - to be protected from missions, to rule over others...and a love life with Michael. He even sets up their first date.
And that first date would have been quite lovely, with both of them looking very classy. Yet Nikita can't seem to resist, and has to rub Michael's nose in the fact that she is above him, even asks him a few times if it bothers him. Clearly, something about this situation does in fact bother him. And who can blame him? But Nikita then switches gears, trying to blossom the idea in his head about how they could finally be openly together and not have to worry about Madeline and Operations. Yet he's not looking to buy tonight, making them both fill with unease. So finally Nikita tells him to sit and have a drink, just a drink, and absolutely no strings attached.
Meanwhile, Medlab confronts Madeline, claiming that Operations wont be making it. To which Madeline insists that he is wrong - with a gun pressed to the informer's neck. "By the time this is done, there will either be four men alive in there, or there will be four men dead." Or something along those lines, is what she offers him. And shockingly, Operations starts to pull through!
Back to Nikita again - everything is just peachy and swell - until Petrosian tells her to cancel an op that messed up on the mission. Nikita never was too good on persuasion when it came to people higher up (besides Michael, of course), so when she couldn't talk him out of it, she went to go do the task in hand.
The Op (name is something that begins with a S!) trys to make her pull the trigger after she starts to break down, the tears coming and all. A shot rings out, but not from her. Madeline walks forth, and Nikita admits that she can't do that, but then decides that Madeline is tricking her.
Switches to Nikita's next task - killing Operations for good this time. She goes, and she is unsuccessful. So Petrosian decides to stick Ops himself. With Vitiam B. Gasp - it was a trick! Nikita and Madeline had teamed together to take out Petrosian - who's actually NOT the good guy! Okay, so this was a bit predictable, but it was still good.
Ends with Madeline having a talk with Nikita. "You had you're first taste of power." She says. Nikita retorts with how she didn't like it, and her superior insists that she'll be back for more, though she is sure that she never will. We'll see about that...
Debriefing: It was good. Not the greatest, mainly because I hated seeing what the power was doing to Nikita, but it was good. Two out of four stars.