Madeline: "There's been entirely too much externalizing of emotion lately."
Let's see. Nikita asked Michael out, and he said he was busy. Jurgen asked Nikita out and she said no, and then she changed her mind. Michael, realizing he was losing her, finally asked Nikita out again, and she said no. It was practically the Section version of "Dawson's Creek."
Nikita was easy to psych out, but it was so hard to tell what was going on with Jurgen and Michael. Did Michael really sacrifice Jurgen's people unnecessarily in the raid, or did Jurgen just lose his temper because it resembled the incident that landed him in prison? The latter, I think. At one point, Jurgen told Nikita, "Michael loves you, Nikita. I could grow to love you. But I could also live without you. I'm not sure if he can." This was an interesting thing to say about a possible romantic rival. It sounded like he cared about Michael as well as Nikita. Maybe he was also being realistic about his chances with her.
Walter was firmly established here as Nikita's confidant, and talked about Jurgen being in his "five percent" club. "Ninety-five percent of the recruits get their souls sucked out of them in the first year. For some reason, this place doesn't get everybody. He's one of us." "Where does Michael fit in?" Nikita asked. "Good question," Walter replied. It certainly is a good question. Although we know a lot more about Michael now, he's still an enigma.
Walter is the only one without an agenda. He had no reason to lie. If Jurgen is what he said he is, then he is actually a damned good guy. Plus, Michael saved Jurgen's life in the end. Why would he do that if Jurgen were evil? The obvious conclusion is that Michael lied to Nikita in order to keep her away from Jurgen, and it had the exact opposite effect. By the end of the episode, Nikita was ready to move on and leave Michael behind for a promising relationship with someone who wouldn't lie to her and manipulate her like he does.
Bits and pieces:
-- Gotta love Michael and Jurgen in the white room, beating the crap out of each other, with Nikita outside the door having kittens.
-- Nikita actually got a pat on the back from Operations, and a return to full status.
-- Operations mentioned that it was Madeline's birthday. This sort of personal touch felt odd, a bit like him asking her if she liked her new office in last week's episode.
-- Madeline acquired a new hobby: clipping bonsai trees. Very Madeline.
-- In the scene in Michael's office, Michael's mild accent was stronger than usual. Was that because he was upset?
-- Michael had "mission hair" again. And Nikita wore some strange-looking pigtails in her apartment. But then again, no one needs to dress up to "redecorate" an apartment with a sledgehammer.
-- Speaking of silly hair, Bruce Payne's was a bit odd. And his accent sometimes reminded of me of the Corleones. But for him, it worked.
-- Carla moved away.
-- Nearly everyone in Section wore black. Nikita came in to see Jurgen wearing blue, with a big, brown floppy hat.
Jurgen: "People on the outside... they're not freer than we are."
Maybe to Jurgen. Maybe not to Michael and Nikita.
Nikita: "So, whose material am I?"
Plus, at one point he said, "They want me to take you to completion." I dunno. Does all that sound sexual, or what?
Nikita to Michael: "That night we had together... did it happen? Or was it just a dream?"
Jurgen: "Don't even tell me. Who was I? A serial killer? A subway bomber? Or did I rape my sister?"
Walter: "Sometimes it's better to keep things primal."
Very good. Three out of four stars,
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