Nikita Review: A Boy Scout and a Bitch

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Wow. What an amazing episode of Nikita. I was worried that "Fair Trade" would be lacking with Michael still presumably in London, but no Michael was no problem! Okay, I did miss him the first few minutes, but after that the non-stop action held my attention. Plus, there was the phone call.

Nikita may be determined in her mission as Birkhoff mentioned, but she rarely has gotten emotional. Her outburst on the phone to Michael was shocking to see, but a relief as well. Even though she was the one who told him to stay with his son, she still clearly cares about him. She needs him and that outburst clearly showed more than just to save Birkhoff.

Birkhoff in Pain

Throughout this season, some readers have left comments that they were tired of the black box. Well, it's gone ... for now anyway. I didn't really like or dislike Nikita's use of the box. But, now that it has been destroyed I have to say I'm relieved. I've preferred her quest to bring down Oversight to the box-related missions.

Now that she knows the faces of two more members of Oversight, it should make it easier for her to bring them down. It is worrisome though that her first thought after saving Birkhoff was to go after Owen to find another black box. I'd love to see Owen again, but not to chase after another elusive box.

Now that the box is destroyed, what will Amanda do? She chased Nikita to get the box, but also says she wants to bring down Oversight. Wouldn't it make more sense for Amanda to support Nikita, even if covertly? Or, is Amanda now supporting Oversight? Her motives and allegiance seems to change every week. And, where is Ryan?

If nothing else, we now know that Amanda is absolutely ruthless with her torture of Birkhoff. We can clearly say she may think she wanted to clean up Division after ousting Percy, but if that's the case, she is fooling herself. She is no better than Percy.

Amanda doesn't seem to be redeemable at all at this point, is Sean? Now that he has met Nikita face-to-face, she is a real person and she was passionate in her comments to him. When his mother asked him to activate the Alex operation, he had a look of regret or hesitancy for just a moment. He did plant the seed in Alex's head to call Amanda or Nikita if she needed help. Was that strictly for the operation or for her protection?

Sean needs to realize his mother is the bitch that Nikita said she is and decide to do right by his government and himself. Whether he realizes it or not yet, he does care about Alex and will hopefully realize it before it is too late.

Overall, this episode moved the story forward and propelled it in the right direction. Unfortunately, there is only one more episode before the winter hiatus.

Share your thoughts in the comments! Did you miss Michael? Are you glad the black box was destroyed? What do you want to see next?

Odds and Ends

  • If Nikita stole $80 million from Oversight, why is Birkhoff still buying her clothes? Could someone else have stolen the money?
  • The chase scene with Nikita ... wow. That girl can run. And, barefoot!
  • Nikita showed emotions that we've never seen before this week. I liked seeing her vulnerable side, both with Michael and Birkhoff.
  • "Boy Scout" -- perfect name for Sean.
  • Nice use of the real world Occupy movement and the 99%ers in the story. I appreciate when a show is up-to-date enough to include current events. It brings authencity to the story.
  • Alex is annoying me. Does she really trust Sean and Division enough to not question the watch? As soon as he gave it to her, I knew it had a tracker. She is smarter than that! Is she just naive or blinded by her desire for vengeance.
  • She did have a decent and successful plan to get into Russia undetected though. What happens now?
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Birkhoff to Amanda: "you're a psychopath!"
is she?
I love this.
I'm a bit pissed off with Michael. Nikita would've not screwed it up.


Nikita can run...when she was goin on when birkhoff got caught it was amazing cuz it showed how she really feels it like birkhoff is a brother to nikita on the other hand bout michael it was fine he was of the scene for a while but if he left with nikita birkhoff would have never got caught.


the episode 'fair trade was an amazing episode. it showed the viewers another side of nikita. in the episode 'london calling', cassandra saids:in our world families are a liability...our loved ones are our weaknesses. you get to see how true this statement is on 'fair trade' with nikita. michael,alex and birkoff are nikita's family.the three people that she truly loved,i think more then herself. like superman,they are nikita's kryptonite. as i said before amazing episode,excellent acting by all! hope the CW know what kind of show they have on their hand,and do justice by it!


I think Nikita stole Oversight's $80 million but I don't think she kept it for herself. My guess is found a way to send it back where it belongs...the African Relief Fund. I love how Nikita calls Sean 'Boy Scout' although I like my name for him too. "Mamma's Boy".


OH my God!this episode was SO good,I loved EVERYTHING about,I just hope Alex succeeds!


loved this episode it was amazing there was alot of action and alot of funny parts it was also nice seeing more birkoff.cant wait fot the next episode it looks amazing.


I hope Boy scout is sticking around. Love him and love him and Alex together.


Amanda's character is now pretty much defined. Despite her elegance, charm and poise, the woman is a serious masochist, as we saw by her intense frustration when she was interrupted during her torture of Berkhoff. Amazing. I kind of expect that we'll see Michael's kid and the boy's mother both killed while he escapes, making him that much more dangerous. That episode will also affect his relationship with Nikita, and not in a good way, because their deaths will push him over the edge (remember: he lost close family members before). Alex will succeed and in the process become the very same kind of person she despises. Much to her chagrin, she is becoming more like Percy than she would care to admit.


Can someone help me? After the midseason finale, when does this show come back on? The date? thansk in advance


The episode was amazing. Truly great show.

Nikita Season 2 Episode 9 Quotes

Look, Nikki, you're allowed to miss him. But he's coming back. You guys are ... you're meant to be. You're like Bonnie and Clyde, except without the last scene.


It's okay to be scared, nerd.