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La Femme Nikita

Season 5 Episode 5

The Man Behind the Curtain

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Feb 11, 2001 on USA
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Episode Summary

Nikita finally comes face to face with her father, the real Mr. Jones, but rather than being an "emotional" reunion, Mr. Jones is all business, and immediately sets Nikita out on a new mission: finding The Collective's "mole" in Section One! Mr. Jones' two candidates are Operations and Marco O'Brien. Mr. Jones thinks it's the latter, but Nikita suspects the former. Meanwhile, the two co-heads of The Collective, Graff and Haled clash over tactics, and whether to trust their "mole's" intel about Section One. Then they discover the identity of the mole, and it doesn't look good for Nikita or Section.moreless

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  • Action.. more action and the mule..

    Nikita finally meats the real Mr. Jones only to find out that someone in section is giving out the information. there are two people they think may do it - Paul or O'Brian. The logical choice seems to be O'Brian so they send Nikita to find out if it is he. They will have a dinner and on his place Nikita confronts him - he tells that he did used some info but not for them. She believes him but to make mr. Jones to believe the same, it is hard. But he goes with her word, they arrest Operations and change the mission but it does not help - they are trapped and take hard causalities. The are ordered to retreat but O'Brian does not listen and gets killed - oh.. and I just started to like him.

    Anyway... Michael comes out from hiding, looking like someone who have lived in forest or some wasteland for last years... and he's guessing is better than the intel of the bad ones... He is ready to help them... Exciting :Dmoreless
  • The Real Mr. Jones

    Section has a mole and the real Mr. Jones charges Nikita with discovering who. Although Quinn's machinations have been showen, Nikita believes the mole to be OBrien and attempts to seduce him to find out if he is the mole. Eventually she and Mr Jones believe it to be Operations and have him arrested, but when a mission goes terrinly wrong and OBrien dies, they realize they have made a grave mistake.

    Eventually the mole is revealed to be none other than...Michael! With a completely terrible wig on. Please say it's a wig because for anyone to grow their hair like that should be an international crime.moreless
Aidan Devine

Aidan Devine


Guest Star

Polly Shannon

Polly Shannon


Guest Star

Conrad Coates

Conrad Coates


Guest Star

Edward Woodward

Edward Woodward

Mr. Jones

Recurring Role

Stephen Shellen

Stephen Shellen

Marco O\'Brien

Recurring Role

Roy Dupuis

Roy Dupuis

Michael Samuelle

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Black Moon is said to have no connection to The Collective, but Black Moon's representative, Mr Piket was the man being guarded by O'Brien and Nikita. It must be that the Black Moon delegate at the real meeting refused to join The Collective.

    • The cover mission when Nikita retrieves the shadow disc is against Black Moon, who have no connection to The Collective. But the mission in Vilnius is against The Collective.

    • Goof: In the previous episode, which ends just where this episode begins, Mr Jones was listening to opera. When Nikita walks into the room, there is no longer any music playing, and Jones is too deeply absorbed in his book to have shut it off in a split second with a remote.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Mr Jones: (after Operations and O'Brien are both cleared) When is a mole in Section not a mole in Section?
      Nikita: A riddle?
      Mr Jones: No, no, no. It's just a new approach, I haven't worked if out yet.

    • Graff: So, you're really here to join us. (extends his hand to shake)
      Michael: There's a condition.
      Graff: Yes?
      Michael: There's a Section operative named Nikita. She's not to be harmed. If you want my help, that's the price.
      Graff: All right, Michael Samuelle. Nikita will live, and Section will die. (they shake)

    • Graff: I thought they cancelled you.
      Michael: They failed.
      Graff: How did you get your information?
      Michael: I know them better than they know themselves- protocols, procedures, contingencies. I helped create them.
      Haled: So, it's all been guess work. What you thought they would do.
      Michael: Yes. My guess work is better than your intel.

    • Nikita: (referring to O'Brien) He's not the mole.
      Mr Jones: Why, because he says so?
      Nikita: Because I believe him.
      Mr Jones: Nikita, we already know the next strike will be the most ambitious yet. We cannot afford another mistake.
      Nikita: You ask me to trust you. How can I when you will not trust me?

    • Nikita: Seven years ago, you had me framed for murder and brought into Section.
      Mr. Jones: Yes.
      Nikita: Why?
      Mr. Jones: I'll call it genetics. It's quite clear that you had the ability to succeed. You belonged in Section.
      Nikita: Nobody belongs in Section.
      Mr. Jones: Nobody wants to be in Section. There is a difference.

    • Mr. Jones: At last we meet.
      Nikita: And you are?
      Mr. Jones: Well, just call me the real Mr. Jones.
      Nikita: I need more than a name.
      Mr. Jones: Very well. I'm the big cheese, the man behind the curtain, King Tut whatever you want. Now, if we have both finished gawking, perhaps it's time we got down to some work.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Title
      The episode's title is a reference to the Wizard of Oz, who tells Dorothy to pay no attention to the man behind the curtain after she sees through his illusion of powerful magic.