'Nikita' Recap: 'Sideswipe' (3.06)
December 8th, 2012 7:45am EST
Nikita's midseason finale is one with a bang. Arms dealer Cyrus (Old Spice commercial star Isaiah Mustafa) is surprised to see Nikita wak into his business deal. He congratulates her and Michael on their engagement but gets uncomfortable when she says she wants Amanda as a wedding present.
Amanda is watching the news reports of the death of the President of Uzbekistan with Anne in their new lair. The pair get a message from their mole in Division - and Birkhoff and Sonia watch it happen.
During his interrogation, Cyrus tells Michael and Nikita that life as a rogue agent is a lot better than "the underground bunker in New Jersey" and that he deals mostly with Amanda's boyfriend, Ari Tasarov (guest star Peter Outerbridge). Cyrus suggests that Michael and Nikita crash his meeting with Ari, where he's supposed to be selling him a major piece of technology called 'Sideswipe' that Ari wants to give to his friends back in Russia. Nikita convinces Ryan to let her make a deal with Cyrus if it means capturing Ari and getting to Amanda.
Cyrus gets a new tracker put into him - one that zaps him if he decides to run - while Alex takes out her anger on a punching bag in the Division gym. A flashback shows Amanda talking to her about her drug addiction and how "sometimes that need will become rage." Back in the present time, Michael tells her that "you don't look fine" and asks her if she's heard from Sean. Alex avoids the question and pops another pill as soon as Michael is out of her sight.
The whole gang travels to St. Lucia, where Cyrus and Nikita wait to acquire Sideswipe while Michael and Alex observe the impending deal. Alex is obviously edgy, and resists Michael's second inquiry about her well-being. Cyrus tells Nikita that she should let him vanish after they capture Ari because she's not the only person who can track someone through their weapons. Thanks to one gun she bought, he's known where she was for a long time and never told anyone. She asks why, but before he can answer it's time to meet their contact.
Cyrus gets his hands on Sideswipe and when he activates it, it jams everyone's trackers and earpieces. He then tells his contact that Nikita is an Interpol agent and takes off running while she, Michael and Alex have to dispatch all the foreign thugs. Alex takes this a bit too far and nearly beats someone's face in before Michael restrains her. By the time the two of them catch up with Nikita, Cyrus is gone.
He eventually meets with Ari and Amanda, the latter of whom wants to know about the "trouble in St. Lucia," but he brushes it off. When Amanda's mole tells her that Nikita has returned from the Caribbean, though, she grows suspicious. As Ari walks off with Sideswipe, she glares at Cyrus.
Back at Division, Nikita retrieves the gun Cyrus left behind in St. Lucia and finds a napkin stuffed inside of it, with a handy note from the arms dealer telling her exactly where Ari is headed: Krilov Industries. That tip-off proves to be an unwise decision on his part, as Anne knocks Cyrus out and Amanda decides to torture him for what he knows about Nikita. Under that kind of duress, he tells her that Nikita knows about Ari's deal. She then sends a video call to Nikita herself. showing her a bleeding Cyrus. Nikita decides to rescue Cyrus, and entrusts Alex with the job of catching Ari.
Meanwhile, Birkhoff continues his mole hunt and is shocked to see that the mole's messages are coming from Sonya's terminal. This, of course, does not go over well with him. Birkhoff takes Sonya downstairs and confronts her with a gun, demanding to know how long she's been betraying Division. "Is that why we were together?" he asks her. "Was any of it real, what happened between us? Any of it?" Tearfully, she tells him that Amanda reactivated her kill chip, that there's someone else inside, and that the gas-bombing of Medical was a warning to her. He relents and offers her help.
Nikita and Michael find Cyrus, who tells them that Amanda is gone and reveals that he's sitting on a bomb. "There's no way to disarm the bomb on-site," Amanda taunts Nikita via video, while Cyrus apologizes for telling her about their plan to catch Ari. Cyrus begs Nikita to leave him there, but she decides to press her luck by standing right in front of the bomb, betting that Amanda won't detonate it with her in the blast radius. Amanda relents, and Nikita and Michael rescue Cyrus.
When Alex and her team arrive at the Krilov factory, they lose their communication with Division and a massive gunfight breaks out. Even as bodies fall al around her, Alex refuses to back down, and is saved at the last moment by an arriving Sean as Ari escapes into the night. "Michael said you might need some backup," Sean tells Alex, and they share an embrace. The next day, however, their relationship is still cold.
Meanwhile, Nikita tells Cyrus that she knows she hasn't seen the last of Amanda: "She's not done with me yet."
Ryan asks Cyrus if he can still operate his business after everything that's happened. When he replies in the affirmative, Ryan reinstates him, hoping that he'll get them what they need for operations and come over to their side. "I like a challenge," Cyrus replies, and Ryan informs him that they will be in touch. As she leaves, Nikita asks Cyrus again why he never gave her up, and he replies that "You were doing the right thing. Let's just say that you remind me of someone."
At another team meeting, Nikita tells everyone that "I am her plan," going on to say that she's realized that Amanda is out to see her suffer and doesn't want her dead - she wants all of them dead.
If you've missed any Nikita episodes so far in Season 3, you can catch up with recaps at the links below. Nikita returns on Friday, January 18.
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