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Loved this episode! After a few rather lackluster episodes we've had of late (although featuring some awesome Mikita), it's great to see some brilliant writing being showcased again.

I think Percy just stole the crown of master manipulator from Amanda here. He certainly stole the show. He's the ultimate puppet master, and nothing is more disconcerting for us and Team Nikita than to learn he's been pulling the strings all along. Dana Winters, wow, I didn't see that one coming. At least it explains how Michael and Nikita got away with being out together in public when Division is supposed to have eyes everywhere. If anything, we learned that Percy is a dangerous guy. And that's kind of an understatement.

The chess analogy was great if a tad predictable, although admittedly, if Percy had to compare his current stand-off with Nikita (and, more broadly, the government itself) to any game, he could hardly suggest checkers. I wonder if calling Alex a pawn, Michael a knight, and Ryan as a bishop gives us a little insight into how the writers themselves see elements of these characters. Possibly quite an interesting thing to consider.

Speaking of Ryan, I always got the impression that he had a little crush on Nikita, especially since she kissed him once before and what with all his "I'll protect you" talk, so perhaps it's just my imagination, but I thought he looked a little disappointed when she mentioned that she's essentially off the market now ("I have someone to live for and he's on that box too."). Poor guy, better luck next time.

We know Nikita's not dead, but it was a thrilling cliffhanger either way. One theory could be that Alex's gun was loaded with a tranquilising dart (we did see her slip something into her pocket whilst in Nikita's lair) instead of a bullet, since she knows that Percy is watching through that necklace-camera thing - perhaps she hopes that Percy would see Nikita go down and believe Alex had shot her, and then with Percy off her back, she can swing into some big escape plan. Who knows. One thing I'm pretty sure about is that Alex wouldn't turn on/possibly kill Nikita without getting some answers and explanations first; anything less than that would seem a little out of character.

Some great lines in this episode. I loved Nikita's nonchalant, "We just sleep together." And Percy's, "You're the girl with a bomb in her brain," was also memorable. All in all, it looks like the adrenaline is back and we're going to be in for a heck of a ride next week. Can't wait. Also, hopefully this show see's another season too. Fingers crossed.

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