'Nikita' Recap: Nikita Is Torn Between Michael and the President in 'Invisible Hand'
This week's Nikita has a title that sounds like a low-budget horror movie. Thankfully, this is Nikita, which means it's of much better quality than a low-budget horror movie. Unsurprisingly, it sets up a major finale that aims to be a springboard for things bigger, badder and more breathtaking.
Ominous music swells as Nikita walks across a mostly abandoned parking lot and retrieves the keys to a car. Once she gets inside, she has a video conference with an associate named Henry, who tells her that he can't identify the hitman who was with Amanda previously. This does not make Nikita happy - but her mood gets worse when she watches her friend being shot and killed by the same hitman, who identifies himself only as Smith. He takes control of her car remotely, and Nikita leaps free of the vehicle just before it goes up in a fireball.
She goes back to not-Division and breaks the news to Michael, who informs her that the President is signing their pardons as they speak and they could just walk away. Nikita doesn't like the idea of letting Amanda and her new allies at The Shop run free. Michael would rather start living the rest of his life. "She'll come after me. She'll come after us. And she'll keep coming unless we stop her," Nikita insists, but that line's not good enough for Michael anymore. Awkward conversation is truncated by Birkhoff saying they're going to dismantle what's left of the car to look for evidence.
Once he and Sonya do just that, they find a handy little network card that Birkhoff uses to access The Shop's satellite network. Once he's in, he taps into a conversation between Smith and Amanda's new partner, who orders him to New York for another planned assassination: that of a human rights activist named Hasan (played by Raven Dauda). Michael reminds the audience that The Shop tests on human subjects, so Hasan is messing with their business. Nikita swears saving Hasan is the last mission, but nobody really believes her.
Off everyone goes to make contact with Hasan, with Alex getting more use out of her celebrity status. When Hasan calls Alex a hero and offers her a gig as a special envoy to the United Nations, Alex looks really uncomfortable. Her moment of surprise gives Smith the opportunity to stab Hasan, luckily only wounding her. Nikita pursues the assassin into the alley and a brawl ensues that ends with Nikita introducing him to his own knife. She steals his phone and sends a text message back to Amanda before running away from the cops.
Birkhoff traces Amanda's response back to her new secret HQ and intends on storming the gates, but Michael is not on board with that idea. However, she insists that he come with her "in case I stop being myself," and he follows like a good fiance.
Their break-in attempt doesn't go smoothly, with Nikita horrified at the interior of the facility, which includes cages for test subjects and one poor dude being injected with something against his will. That last part prompts her and Michael to spring into action, but it's too late for the guy, who begins coughing up gross amounts of blood. As if that's not bad enough, the computers are too fast for Birkhoff and a bunch of automated turrets open fire, one of them wounding Michael.
After our heroes make a narrow escape, Michael gets patched up while Nikita interrogates the doctor, who claims to be "just a biologist" and have no idea who Amanda is. Nikita isn't impressed by his "don't pretend to understand what I'm doing spiel," so she injects him with his own nanotoxin. He promptly dies in the same disgusting way, but at least he tells Nikita that the nanotoxin is not just a virus, but the nanites inside are intended to be an upgrade on Division's kill chip - they can be activated remotely. Michael puts two and two together and realizes that Hasan's stabbing was meant not to kill her, but to infect her, so that she could die a very public death.
Nikita decides on two operations: Michael can get the antidote to the nanotoxin to Alex, and she's going to Philadelphia to stop whoever has the trigger, presumably Amanda. Again Michael does not want, but he eventually caves when Nikita promises that if he reaches Hasan before she gets to the trigger, she'll stand down or at least wait for backup. Surprising no one, Nikita loses contact with Birkhoff just before she has another face-to-face with Amanda, who tells her, "My target is, and always has been, you." Yes, Amanda, we've all noticed.