La Femme Nikita

Season 4 Episode 8

No One Lives Forever

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Mar 12, 2000 on USA
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The unbelievable happens- Nikita is called before Operations and Madeline and is given fantastic news, she's free! As part of a "pilot program," Nikita is granted her freedom and a normal life, as long as she never contacts anyone from Section again, and as long as she agrees to be regularly evaluated. Nikita is skeptical at first, but after 6 weeks on "the outside," she starts to believe that maybe this is for real. Sure enough, George from Oversight shows up with the strings. In exchange for her freedom, Nikita must do one thing- return to Section One to kill Operations, the man whom George claims killed Nikita's father. Will Nikita do it?moreless

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  • It seems we get answers but in truth so many new questions...

    First it looks unbelievable - Nikita has given change to leave with one condition - she can never contact noone inside. For six month it works then oneday George appears and says - Nikita has to kill Operations in order to have this freedom. So, it is her decision now but it becomes easier when he tells her that Operations is the man who killed her father and some hints why Nikita was recruited. So, Nikita makes an easy step to get back by contacting Michael - easy way in but it makes Madeline suspicious. Still, Nikita manages to find a way to continue her mission. But again Madeline is there in the right moment to stop her but they all are sure - there is someone inside helping. Nikita suspects it is Michael and Madeline thinks the same. But no matter of that, Nikita gets to Operation's office and threatens to kill him. Then Madeline comes up with story that Operations is Nikita's father and that is the only reason why she is still alive after all the things, why they tolerate her relationships. But was it true or Madeline made it up? We never know.

    Exciting episode with so many new questions.moreless
Stewart Bick

Stewart Bick


Guest Star

David Hemblen

David Hemblen


Recurring Role

Malcolm Xerxes

Malcolm Xerxes

Owen Tell (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Madeline: (as Nikita prepares to shoot Operations) He's your guardian angel, Nikita. He's your father.

    • Nikita: This place, you think you hate it. Then you get used to it. Spend enough time here, you depend on it.
      Birkoff: We were depending on you.

    • Madeline: Don't let this distract you. Maybe that's what George wants.
      Operations: What he wants is a war.
      Madeline: Are you prepared to fight?
      Operations: To the death.

    • Henri: What are you afraid of, Nikita?
      Nikita: What do you think I'm afraid of?!
      Henri: You're waiting for the other shoe to drop. Well, I'm afraid you'll grow old waiting. This is your life, now.

    • George: Operations' drive is what brought you to Section.
      Nikita: I don't understand.
      George: What do you know about your father?
      Nikita: My father died when I was very young.
      George: How?
      Nikita: I don't know. He was very sick.
      George: He belonged to Section. He was recruited around the same time as Operations came in. The two of them were always competitive. Your father was clearly the rising star and Operations knew it.
      Nikita: He killed my father?!
      George: Yes. And when your mother started asking questions, he introduced her to drugs and destroyed her life. You were his trophy, Nikita. He recruited you to prove his strength. His willingness to do whatever was necessary.

    • Michael: He wanted to know why you contacted me.
      Nikita: What did you say?
      Michael: I didn't have the answer.
      Nikita: I don't want to be free if I can't be with you.
      Michael: They won't make it easy on us.
      Nikita: What else is new?

    • Madeline: ... So you two are using Nikita to kill Operations.
      Michael: Why would I do that?
      Madeline: Because you'll inherit his post.
      Michael: My time will come.
      Madeline: Oh yes. But the question is, when?

  • NOTES (2)

    • There is an extended version of the scene where Andy asks Nikita out on a date included with the season four DVD set. There is also a deleted scene, in which Nikita runs Andy's ID through the computer to see who he really is, and is surprised and pleased to discover that he's a real person, then calls him to agree to having coffee.

    • Music Featured in this Episode
      "Unglued" - Melissa Gibson (as Nikita clears out of her apartment)