La Femme Nikita

Season 3 Episode 10

Under the Influence

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Apr 25, 1999 on USA
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Episode Summary

Brothers Karl and Simon Peruze are responsible for some of the most vicious attacks on civilians ever recorded. Eliminating both of them proves difficult, since neither brother would ever give up the other. Section One kidnaps Karl, wipes clean his short-term memory, and places Nikita with him when he comes to, so she can pose as his fiancee and lead Section to Simon. Strangely, the more Nikita learns about Karl's cruel history, the more she is drawn to him, falling in love with him. However, Nikita's slowly dawning realization that her mind is being controlled by Section threatens to unravel the entire mission.moreless

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  • An emotional episode that reveals much about various characters...

    This episode further enhances the character of Operations, humanizing him by revealing the depth of his grief over his son's death. Madeline's actions to protect Operations could be interpreted in two ways. She either protects him out of true feelings or as a way of protecting her own position. The programming of Nikita using Michael's image was also very revealing, proving that Section is fully aware of the feelings between them. It was inconclusive whether or not Michael actually knew what was being done for he never defends himself one way or the other.

    The show also opens up the possibility that all of Nikita's feelings about Michael may be the result of subliminal programming from the beginning. However, it is difficult to believe that Michael's feelings in return are fake, even though he does an excellent job of pretending at times.moreless
  • How easy it is for them to make Nikita do exactly what they want

    A very good example of how is it is to manipulate people and she did not even understand it. The story is intriguing and the start, even if I missed the most important thing (that the man was Operations' son), was really promising, and after the opening, the story gets just more and more speed. Nikita, who is forced to play a finance of a man she despite and on one point she feels like falling for him, is just to discover what the Section can do with people - they not only changed that man memory, they made her cover to look more real. Locigal choice from their side, but for one human being - feeling like used - it is hard for her to accept it but the outcome - she does her part well, do well - and the scene, when he remembers everything after killing his brother.. moving

    Loved the speed, the emotional struggle in this episode.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Simon and Karl operate under the name Black Sun.

    • We see the first hint of back channel communications and maneuvering between Madeline and George in this episode.

    • In this episode, Operations learns that his son, Steven Wolfe, was killed by one of the terrorists Section has one their green list.

    • The words Nikita saw in the picture on her wall in the end of the episode are 'execute', 'trust' and 'obey'. In the first version of the script, there were also 'good', 'restore', 'humanity' and 'us', but they were from the final cut removed.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Simon: Welcome to the family.
      Nikita: Thanks.
      Simon: Double cross us, and I'll kill you.

    • Madeline: (when Nikita learns she's being conditioned to love Karl) You'll have your own emotions back when this is over. In the meantime, don't fight it.

    • Karl: (being interrogated in the White Room) You're wasting your time.
      Madeline: Don't worry, we have plenty of it.

    • Madeline: I read the Martelli report, I know about Steven. If you take unilateral action on this...
      Operations: When I want your advice on that matter, I'll ask for it. In the meantime, you have more then enough to do.
      Madeline: Let me help you.
      Operations: Can you bring him back to life? Can you? (Madeline stares at him blankly) Then there's no help you can offer.

    • Madeline: (entering the White Room smiling) Hello.
      Karl: (sneering) No thanks, I prefer younger.

    • Nikita: You knew it all along, didn't you? Don't you ever get tired of being their errand boy, Michael? (Nikita slaps him) That's courtesy of my own free will.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The appearance of wrestler Val Venis (also known as Sean Morley) in this episode was part of a cross-promotion with USA Network, which was also the home of WWF Superstars of Wrestling.

    • There are three deleted scenes from this episode included in the season three DVD set. The first shows Operations killing Martelli, but they use a different actor, and a piece of communications equipment. In the second, the Devos come in to work on Karl, and he laughs hysterically at them. The third is a love scene between Nikita and Karl.

    • Music Used In This Episode:
      "Eden" - Hooverphonic (when Nikita wakes in the night next to Karl)