Ok...I have always been disgusted with Section trying to interfere with Michael and Nikita simply because his performance dropped by "less than 1.5 %"...but come on..let's get a bit real.
Nikita hasn't been happy with Michael ever since his arbitrary behavior when he became the temporary Operations. She made it clear to Madeline then that it was Michael that kept insisting their relationship continue. Therefore, if Section were going to eliminate the component of emotion in an operative, why wasn't it Michael instead of Nikita?!
Otherwise, the episode was intense and suspenseful. Truly reveals the length Madeline will go to experiment with mind control.