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.