Last night was "True Believer."
"Are you wiling to die for Division? Are you?" a Division agent in prison asks Nikita that when Nikita and Alex go into the prison to break the woman out.
At first, the woman, Mia, thinks Nikita and Alex are there to kill her. Then she realizes they are there to break her out.
But she's not willing to go with them and when a guard pops up out of nowhere, Mia grabs his gun and shoots Alex. While Nikita's rushing to Alex and using the telecom to note "Alex is down," Mia runs off.
If I'm right about Ryan -- former minor CIA analyst that helped Nikita first season so Percy killed him but really Percy imprisoned him and season two found him alive and helping Nikita again and now he's running the 'new' division -- and this season will see him becoming darker and darker, then Division corrupts everything it touches.
In which case, Mia's question, "Are you willing to die for Division?" is one that may haunt Nikita throughout season three.
Brikhoff and Sonya are fighting -- both because each wants to be in charge of the computer work and because they've got the hots for each other but won't admit it -- and arguing over who made the mistake that let the guard show up? Birkhoff points out that she should have seen him and she points out that he was monitoring the prison's communications so he should have known.
Nikita walks in as everyone watches a huge, loud argument between the two. Because Nikita's there, they go back to work.
Later, when Alex arrives, Birkhoff will try to blame Sonya and Alex will tell him all she knwos is she got shot.
Mia runs from the prison to a man named Joshua who is a revolutionary and a terrorist. Birkhoff describes him as "a cross-between Che and Charles Manson."
He wants to kill a senator. Mia was working with him for Division. She was supposed to take him out. That's not stated but that's what Division did: Kill people.
She tells Joshua the truth about her and how she's killed a lot of people but she's part of his cause now and wants to be the one to wear the explosive vest.
He says 'we'll see' but we quickly do because when Nikita and Michael show up, Mia's wearing the vest. Joshua manages to run while Mia threatens Nikita and Michael's fired on.
Mia: You were supposed to tear that place down! You keep it running.
Nikita: Division is different now.
They fight and Nikita is thrown ot of the window and falls several stories down (one huge warehouse story, actually).
She survives and she and Michael go to the senator who will not cancel his appearance. So Nikita and Michael are there to try to prevent things from going wrong while Birkhoff monitors it all via the computers, cameras and coms.
Sean finally gets his first real scene of the season. Sean is the Navy Seal who tried to take Nikita out, remember? And then we learned he was a senator's son, the senator who was briefed on Division. And then Sean came over to their side and his mother was helping them and Percy killed her just as Division was going to be shut down.
So Sean's still on the show but hasn't had much to do.
This time he got a scene with Alex and it's clear that he thinks Division should be closed and also that Alex is risking far too much.
He points out that she has her life back.
Alex's backstory: She was the daughter of a wealthy Russian businessman. Percy had Division kill her father so that a bad guy could take over. The bad guy was a colleague of Percy's. Later, as an adult, Alex would find out that her mother didn't die. She thought the bad guy was holding her mother hostage but really the woman was in love with the bad guy. Alex has reclaimed her name and her family's business. She is wealthy and could have a life. That was Sean's point.
He asks her what she believes in and Alex tells him that Nikita was just thrown out of a building by a woman and even now Nikita is fighting to save that woman.
Alex: You want to know what I believe in? Nikita. What about you, you were never realy Division in the first place. Are you still here?
Sean: I guess some things are worth fighting for.
And everyone watching grasped what Alex didn't, Sean was talking about Alex.
At the speech, Nikita grabs Mia but Mia's not wearing the vest of plastic explosives.
We see a man in a hoodie. The security runs the metal detecting wand over him and then waves him through. Like most of us when we're carrying explosives, as soon as he starts to step away, he lifts his jacket to reveal the plastic explosives, then slides it down.
We all knew the man in the hoodie had the explosives. Why did he lift it? It just made everyone present -- spectators, police -- look really stupid that no one saw it.
Sean looks through the files (military) and finds Joshua served with the guy who heads the senator's security. Michael confronts the guy who begins shooting at him.
He escapes. Birkhoff thinks he's gone. Sonya knows how to find him. And does. And he ends up getting caught on feed that Nikita shows Mia which reveals Joshua is a cut-throat out for money. He's willing to kill Mia and instead of killing the senator they'll kidnap him and secure a security contract by rescuing him and killing everyone who was holding him.
Okay but who is the bomber?
"Mia, you made it!" that's a little short guy. He'll also shoot at Michael early on to allow Joshua to escape.
He's the only character with lines so far in the episode so of course we know he's got the bomb.
His name is Salvador.
Mia knows Joshua is a fake she says they have to save Salvador.
While Sean and Michael take out Joshua and guy he served with, Mia and Nikita go after Salvador. Yet again, his hoodie goes up. This time the senator's security detail sees it.
As Mia screams no, they shoot her. Then Nikita has to take out Salvador who wants to explode the bomb. Mia thanks her ("Thank you, thank you") with her dying breath for stopping the operation.
As Alex has said earlier in the episode, Mia "really got to Nikita." And as Nikita told Alex, "She asked me if I was willing to die for Division and I didn't have an answer."
Again, I think Ryan's going to be the new Percy this season and we're going to see the realization that Division should have been shut down, that it cannot be reformed, that it's too much power not to corrupt anyone put in charge of it.
The episode ended with Nikita going into Ryan's office.
Nikita: Look, I know you're under a lot of pressure to deliver, but you've got to promise me one thing, Fletch, no more active missions. Okay?
Ryan: No more. Promise.
But he's lying and it's obvious he's lying.
So I'm standing by the call I made when the season debuted: Ryan's becoming a bad guy, corrupted by the power of Division.
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