La Femme Nikita

Season 3 Episode 18

Third Party Ripoff

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Aug 01, 1999 on USA
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Madeline has decided that Michael's romantic involvement with Nikita is affecting his performance, and so she sets about putting pressure on Michael to halt the relationship. Soon enough, Michael is no longer in charge of Tactical Oversight and loses his office, as well as no longer leading missions. He's replaced by Davenport, a decent guy but not as skilled. Can Michael give up all the power he's earned in Section One for Nikita? And will Nikita let him give it all up, even if he wants to? Meanwhile, a sultry operative by the name of Valerie is putting heavy moves on both Walter and Birkoff, which puts a heavy strain on their friendship.moreless

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  • The tension is rising and everything they two have earned is in threat when Madeline decides - it has to end.

    It seems that everything is going fine until the moment when Madeline has a problem - why, I am not sure. Maybe she tell truth and it was because he left his position in mission to help Nikita. Maybe there is something else, as usually, when it is Madeline.

    So, Davenport gets promotion, Michael level 5 is taken, he lose all he had. First it seems like they are even planing to take off Michael, but he will be fine. He just cannot accept that he does not have the privileges he used to. And some team members see it as possibility to revenge.

    On the main mission, where Davenport is on the lead, things seems not to work out. He is ready to stop and leave it but Michael insist going on. They make clever plot and work it out. And in the end, Davenport says that he really admires the way he worked - Michael is good at his job. And that all leads him to say Operations and Madeline that their relationship is over, only to go back to Nikita and say it is not. They are playing with fire..moreless
Mark Lutz

Mark Lutz


Guest Star

Colombe Demers

Colombe Demers


Guest Star

Andrew Gillies

Andrew Gillies

Jean-Marc Lesaux

Guest Star

Lawrence Bayne

Lawrence Bayne


Recurring Role

Kris Lemche

Kris Lemche

Greg Hillinger

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • This is the first appearance of Davenport, who takes on an important role as a team leader for Section in seasons three and four.

  • QUOTES (28)

    • Walter: (after he and Birkhoff fight over a woman) Look, Birkoff. Don't worry about me, okay? I mean if you want to see her, see her, it's no big thing.
      Birkoff: I don't think so. I don't have a lot of friends. I didn't like the way it felt, not being able to talk to you.
      Walter: You can talk to me anytime you want.
      Birkoff: Thanks, Walter. (he leaves, and Walter goes back to his new, different girlfriend)

    • Operations: Yes, Michael?
      Michael: I want my status reinstated.
      Operations: What about you and Nikita?
      Michael: It's over.
      Operations: You know that it will be pointless for you to deceive me on this.

    • Operations: Was McDaniel your idea?
      Madeline: Yes. Michael was degenerating but not fast enough.
      Operations: I don't expect Nikita's been much help.
      Madeline: I spoke with her. She won't be proactive but my instinct is she won't interfere.
      Operations: Don't we need more than that?

    • McDaniel: (Acting against Michael) You know I'm just giving a little back. For five years I've been doing his grunt work and not once do I get a 'Thank you! Nice job, McDaniel!'

    • McDaniel: (When Michael tries to use his com) You're third team now. You shouldn't even be in prep 'til we're done.
      Nikita: Forget it, Michael. You can use mine.
      McDaniel: I would listen to her, Michael. Listen to her, listen to me, pretty much everybody. We're all above you now!

    • Valerie: I have a confession to make. I was sort of seeing someone else for some time. But it, it meant nothing.
      Birkoff: Anyone I know?
      Valerie: No. It was a touchy-feely guy. A loser.
      Birkoff: Yeah, sure.
      Valerie: What? What's the matter?
      Birkoff: Walter's not a loser just because he has feelings. But if you think he is, I guess I'm one too, because one day I hope to turn out half as good as him.

    • Nikita: (About her relationship with Michael) What are you asking from me?
      Madeline: That he stops loving you.
      Nikita: And how do I do that?
      Madeline: You have to want it to happen.

    • Nikita: Well, you've determined that my relationship with Michael is affecting his performance. By how much? 10%? 12%?
      Madeline: Actually, just under one and one half percent. Which is unacceptable.
      Nikita: And for that you're willing to sacrifice him altogether? Lose everything?
      Madeline: An operative in Michael's position can cause damage if he's off even by a fraction.
      Nikita: Whatever. It's like I said, he's yours. You win.

    • Nikita: I want it to stop.
      Madeline: I assume you're speaking of Michael?
      Nikita: Yes.
      Madeline: Well, that's a step. You're seeing things from a different perspective and that's good.
      Nikita: You've created a situation where everyone loses, Madeline.
      Madeline: Have I?

    • Walter: Look, don't talk down to me Birkoff. I was sourcing triggers when you were still in short pants, and that wasn't very long ago.
      Birkoff: Long enough for the world to change and leave you behind.
      Walter: Just solve the problem, okay? Never mind the flapping of the lips.
      Birkoff: If you'd just come to me in the first place, you wouldn't be in this mess!

    • Walter: (About Valerie) You should feel sorry for yourself because you haven't got the chops to hang on to her.
      Birkoff: What the hell does that mean?!
      Walter: Look, save yourself the letdown and just take it like a gentleman, okay?
      Birkoff: Oh, you think she's going to dump me for you?
      Walter: Let me let you in on a little secret.
      Birkoff: Okay...?
      Walter: You're not even there for the dumping... Seymour!

    • Walter: (About Valerie playing with them and Birkoff not noticing) Just like last weekend and the weekend before that.
      Birkoff: Walter, I didn't know that.
      Walter: No, of course not. You've been so busy with your little techie toys in there you couldn't even see that there's something between me and her right underneath your nose.

    • Birkoff: (telling Walter when he's going out with Valerie) Sunday.
      Walter: Not Saturday?
      Birkoff: No, she has plans- dinner with a girlfriend.
      Walter: Dinner with a girlfriend. That's what she said?
      Birkoff: I think so. Wh- what's the problem?
      Walter: You're the problem! Valerie's going out with me on Saturday night!

    • Nikita: What's happening?
      Michael: They've put Davenport in charge. It's started.
      Nikita: I know. Why?
      Michael: They want to take me down.

    • Michael: Why are you running the scenario?
      Davenport: The scenario? Didn't anyone tell you?
      Michael: What?
      Davenport: This is my team.
      Michael: Then why was I called in?
      Davenport: Because you're on it. I thought you knew Michael. Sorry.

    • Walter: We can't do this here.
      Valerie: What's wrong?
      Walter: Oh, nothing. I just thought we could do something romantic. Just you and me.
      Valerie: But I don't see anyone else here.
      Walter: Uh, no. I meant, I meant, maybe we could go and have dinner, huh? Huh? Tonight.
      Valerie: Tonight?
      Walter: Yeah.
      Valerie: (As she already has date with Birkoff) Tonight is, um, not so good.
      Walter: You're not on. I mean, what's the problem?
      Valerie: I'm busy. Look, Walter. I am never going to ask you for your itinerary. Please, don't ask for mine.

    • Michael: Did Madeline suggest you stay away from me?
      Nikita: She called it a Type One Directive.
      Michael: And how did you respond?
      Nikita: I didn't.
      Michael: They don't want us to be together.
      Nikita: No they don't.
      Michael: What about you?

    • Madeline: Sit down. Do you understand what just happened on your mission?
      Nikita: I haven't debriefed, but it was a contained dispersion. There was an incident at the second mark.
      Madeline: How many times do you think Michael can break position before a team goes down?
      Nikita: I didn't ask for his help. Why don't you talk to Michael?

    • Birkoff: Nikita, you've got incoming hostiles.
      Nikita: Can you back me out? I've got twenty more seconds here.
      Birkoff: No. You're going to have to go through them.
      Michael: I'll cover you.
      Birkoff: No, Michael. I need you at the front to prepare egress. Nikita can handle herself.
      Michael: Send Niles. I'm getting Nikita.
      Birkoff: Michael, what are you doing?

    • Madeline: We have an internal matter to discuss.
      Operations: What's that?
      Madeline: Michael and Nikita.
      Operations: What now?
      Madeline: It's unresolved.
      Operations: I thought she pulled back.
      Madeline: She did. But I think Michael will persist.
      Operations: These two have been dancing around this thing from day one. Maybe we should just let it go for now.

    • Madeline: (About team returned from a mission) There was an outbreak in the area.
      Operations: Our people were infected?
      Madeline: We didn't test. We just eliminated the variable.
      Operations: The whole team?
      Madeline: Yes.
      Operations: It's too bad. Still, better to lose the hand and save the body.

    • Davenport: Michael. I couldn't do what you did out there today. I learned a lot.
      Michael: Thank you.
      Nikita: So what are you going to do now?
      Michael: Let's go home.
      Nikita: You can't deny to yourself what happened today, Michael. You're a level-five operative. That's the only way you can live.
      Michael: I don't want to think about it right now.
      Nikita: You're going to have to. Because when you lead missions, we survive.

    • Madeline: Michael's self esteem is tied into how Nikita sees him. I'm sure it's very painful for him.
      Operations: Good.

    • Nikita: (after Michael is pointedly insulted on his demotion) You okay?
      Michael: Yes. If that's the game they want to play, I'll play it.
      Nikita: What are they trying to accomplish?
      Michael: Take away my authority. They think it means something to me.
      Nikita: And it doesn't?
      Michael: Not really.
      Nikita: So what does?
      Michael: Whatever I do, I need to do it well, the best I can. That means something to me. Don't worry, whatever they want me to do, I can handle it.

    • Madeline: Have you ever heard of anyone talk about a type one directive?
      Nikita: No.
      Madeline: It's an internal dictum, a decision. Once it's been made, it can't be changed and is always executed. One has been initiated regarding you and Michael. You two will extricate the personal component from your relationship.
      Nikita: If your spies had been doing their jobs properly, then you would know that the personal component of our relationship doesn't exist.
      Madeline: Michael isn't letting go. You'll have to make him.

    • Michael: We should stay together.
      Nikita: I don't think I want that anymore.
      Michael: You didn't like the way I acted when I had to take charge.
      Nikita: You became a different person.
      Michael: No, the same person, just playing a different role. Something we all have to do in here to survive.
      Nikita: It doesn't matter how you intellectualize it. I feel the way I feel.

    • Michael: Davenport's capable.
      Nikita: Capable is okay for some missions. Others it's not.
      Michael: I don't want to talk about it.
      Nikita: You're not the same. You said this wasn't going to affect you, but it has.
      Michael: I'll get over it.
      Nikita: Maybe you shouldn't try to. Maybe the job means more to you.

    • Michael: I just came by to tell you something. It's not over. We will be together.

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