Nikita recap: News Kid in Town

A journalist with a shocking story is targeted by Division; guess who rushes to her rescue?
Ep. 03 | Aired Sep 23, 2010

LEFT HAND, YELLOW! Nikita and Michael's Twister competition was all fun and games till one of them got knocked unconscious.

Ben Mark Holzberg/The CW

Nobody said being a journalist was a safe profession. Sure, there may not be the same obvious risks involved as there are for police officers, firefighters, or even Elephant trainers, but there is the possibility you can be tailed by a secret government organization, thrown into a covert black-ops cover-up, and forced to leave your life in the hands of some strange woman named "Nikita" who lets you sleep in her bed and wakes you up to the warm aroma of "java" in the morning. (Be wary, nobody calls it “java” anymore.)

The Division's target this week was just that: a freelance journalist named Jill Morelli, who had access to incriminating video footage about an AirMerica plane crash in the Appalachian Mountains, which thanks to a convenient forest fire, mysteriously resulted in no casualties and no wreckage. (If a plane falls in a forest fire... ) Morelli pitched the video to The Guardian Post, hoping to expose the reality of the situation: AirAmerica was using passenger planes to smuggle and transport cocaine. Jill, the ambitious reporter looking for her big break, was a messenger of sorts, and thus needed to be destroyed.

Division framed Jill for the murder of The Post's editor, whom they shot in cold blood right in front of her. Thanks to her well-trained Double Agent Alex, Nikita was able to hustle to Jill's rescue, then committed to protecting Jill from that moment forward.

But this was the third time Nikita had interfered with one of Division's missions, so there had to be a mole feeding her information from the inside, yes? Because of his recent interaction (kidnapping) Birkhoff (aka the resident tech geek -- which is obvious because he wears a hoodie and drinks Red Bull and is basically a walking billboard for tech-geek cliches!) was pegged as a possibility. So off to Interrogation By Amanda (the awesome Melinda Clarke) he went.

Amanda: Ever since she held you hostage, Nikita has had access to highly confidential information.
Birkhoff: She told me she wanted to burn down Division. I told her she was insane.

But did he have feelings for Nikita, Amanda asked? Was he jealous that he didn’t get to spar with her himself, and instead was stuck looking on from the bleachers his computer chair? Nope, it turns out he just had a tiny wireless transmitter planted in his tooth (don't you hate it when that happens?), courtesy of Nikita. “I’m not the mole, genius, it’s my molar,” he cracked. “Second bicuspid, actually, lower left” Again, Melinda Clarke is awesome.

Nikita kept Jill safe, and helped her get in touch with her mysterious video source Benjamin, the "hipster-cute" college student from at a Virginia university. The ladies traveled south together to secure the footage, while Michael had his recruits (Alex, Jaden, Thom) work to crack their target's location. (Wait they were doing this for real? They were actually locating Nikita and Jill? Look this situation up on Twitter: #DoubleAgentFAIL). Of course, Benjamin ended up being a lame duck (we hardly knew ye, hipster cutie). Jill looked terrified, as if she were thinking about what her future with Nikita would entail (or how long it would last before the crazy chica set her up on a blind date with death.)

NEXT: "We have to check out that new wine bar this weekend!"

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