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La Femme Nikita

Season 3 Episode 3

Opening Night Jitters

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jan 17, 1999 on USA
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Episode Summary

To flush out Vacek, Operations and Madeline order Michael to poison Elena, but Michael can't bring himself to do it. So Section poisons Elena anyway, while Michael is out on a mission, and her survival will depend on whether Vacek has enough conscience to visit his daughter in her time of need. Meanwhile, Section moves sleazy informant Mick Shtoppel in as Nikita's neighbor.moreless

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  • Ever wonder just how unprincipled the self-appointed "defenders of our national security" are?

    Ever wonder just how unprincipled the self-appointed "defenders of our national security" are? La Femme Nikita may be just a TV show. But it does suggest how our own high officials think and operate.

    High officials such as Operations demand "individual sacrifices for the greater good." But only from others, never themselves. In S01E18 Operations selfishly coerces Nikita into saving his good for nothing son. Then later, in S03E03, he "altruistically" forces Michael to sacrifice his own wife, by poisoning her.

    Dick Cheney questioned John Kerry's commitment to "national security." He said "[T]he Senator from Massachusetts has given us ample doubts about his judgment and the attitude he brings to bear on vital issues of national security."

    The irony is the dovish John Kerry saw combat in Vietnam while the hawkish Cheney took advantage of a series of student and family-related draft deferments. As Cheney told George C. Wilson of the Washington Post, "I had other priorities in the '60s than military service."

    To people like Operations and Dick Cheney, "sacrifices must be made for national security," But only by others, never themselves.

    How unprincipled are the self-appointed "defenders of our national security?" Even more unprincipled than you imagined.moreless
  • Superb ending for Elena storyline

    Fantastic episode, so moving and so much happens - top of the show.

    The episode begins when Michael invites Nikita to dinner in their house as Operations need witness as he is asked to poison Elena. The dinner ends up being a miserable postponing of unavoidable. When Nikita gives him a moment, he puts the poison into Elena's wine but pushes it over before she drinks it.

    So, Operations is not impressed and they send Michael to mission only to poison her themselves. He runs home and founds his wive ok, but not for long.

    So, now we end up in hospital. Nikita comes and in some way, I am not sure if she did not poison Elena - how else could they have made it so close to her? But I am not sure if it was her as she deeply cared about that family. The story continues even more moving way, Elena is dying, Michael does not get the antidote, he mets Elena's father but he is not coming and so Section is letting her die. But he comes and it only makes things worser - Elena is happy as now Adam will have a grandpa. But the end is bloody - an agent kills Elena's father and also Michael's dead is staged.

    Very moving, deep and surprising plot turns - one of the best episodesmoreless
John Bourgeois

John Bourgeois


Guest Star

Henry Alessandroni

Henry Alessandroni


Guest Star

Hrant Alianak

Hrant Alianak

Salla Vacek

Guest Star

Evan Caravela

Evan Caravela

Adam Samuelle

Recurring Role

Carlo Rota

Carlo Rota

Mick Schtoppel

Recurring Role

Lindsay Collins

Lindsay Collins

Operative (Female Devo)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Mick: (to Nikita, depressed about a mission he did for Section) They told me they were just going to move a guy from A to B. I didn't know they would blow up the car. If I had known that, I never would have let the girl go with them. I mean, she had nothing to do with it. Now, why didn't they tell me that?

    • Michael: Send the antidote for Elena; Vacek's not coming.
      Madeline: I'm sure that's what he conveyed. He doesn't know it himself yet but he will come.
      Michael: The symptoms are killing her.
      Madeline: That's a chance we'll have to take.

    • Michael: You'll have to learn to accept the loss of your daughter just like she had to learn to accept the loss of her father.
      Vacek: You know, I wish I had the choice to live a different life. No one else can do what needs to be done?
      Michael: What are you talking about? Who are you?
      Vacek: Apparently someone who is powerless to even help his own daughter.

    • Mick: Hello, hello! You are looking very Dolce Gabbana.
      Nikita: Well, you're looking very... Mick Schtoppel.

    • Madeline: You are in this city to do work for a man. What is his name?
      Beckman: Salla Vacek. He has brown hair. I am afraid of him. I once noticed his shoes.
      Madeline: I'm not interested in his shoes.

    • Madeline: (After Michael did not poisoned Elena) Unfortunately I can't say I was surprised. So it wasn't a singularity?
      Michael: No.
      Madeline: Under normal circumstances, I would strip you of your class five status and take you out from your cover. However, the situation with Vacek is too volatile. We can't make any ripples for the time being. You've left us now with few alternatives. We're going to try a new approach. There's a briefing in ten minutes. Michael? Operations was very disappointed.

    • Michael: (about Vacek) We can't wait any longer. We have to draw him out.
      Nikita: By poisoning his daughter?
      Michael: Madeline thinks he's most vulnerable in that area.
      Nikita: Would you kill her to get to him?
      Michael: The drug will only simulate fatal illness.
      Nikita: Maybe for a couple of days. After that, she'll die.

    • Michael: You're having dinner at my place tonight.
      Nikita: Why?
      Michael: Operations wants a confirm. You'll provide visual.
      Nikita: Confirm what?
      Michael: They've asked me to poison Elena.

    • Nikita: (referring to Michael's marriage to Elena) Has Section ever done this before?
      Birkoff: Develop a blood cover? No, Vacek's a special case.

    • Nikita: How long have you known Michael was married to his daughter?
      Birkoff: Not long. I've been monitoring Vacek for years. I just found out about Michael a few weeks ago, same time as you did.

    • Operations: (To Michael) Congratulations. You carried off what everyone at Oversight considered an impossible task.
      Madeline: Elena has been released from the hospital. Physically, she's fine.
      Operations: And of course, she and Adam will be provided for. Full package.
      Madeline: Would you like us to copy you on their progress reports? I think we should acknowledge the personal sacrifice Michael has made and give him some time alone.
      Operations: Absolutely.
      Madeline: You can go, Michael.

    • Michael: If she dies, they die.

    • Adam: (as Michael pours some wine) I want some.
      Michael: You do? How old are you?
      Adam: Hmm... Thirty.
      Michael: Show me your ID.
      (Adam hands him a napkin and Michael examines it, then hands it back)
      Michael: Everything is in order. You can have some.

  • NOTES (3)

    • There was a deleted scene included with the season 3 DVD set from this episode. Nikita sees Mick having an argument with a girl, who storms off. Mick then asks Nikita for a small favor- model a set of lingerie so Mick can take photos (to help out a friend of Mick's). Needless to say, Nikita tells him to "stay out of [her] face", though Mick keeps trying via her security camera. It was cut for time, since it didn't serve the episode's main plot.

    • Carlo Rota is listed in the credits as "Shtoppel". Previously, he has been listed as "Stoppel" and "Schtoppel".

    • Music Used In This Episode:
      "Chanson Sans Issue" - Autour de Lucie (when Nikita is relaxing in her apartment)
      "Is Jesus Your Pal" - Gus Gus (when Michael is mourning the loss of his family)