Picking up where last week's episode left off, we further probe Nikita's backstory and that of Division in this week's Nikita. There's a lot going on in both past and present...
We start in 1998, when Division is just an old missile silo with Percy giving Carla (Erica Gimpel) a tour of the place like a bad realtor. Yet we're only there for about thirty seconds before we go back to the present day, where Nikita tells Carla "I only survived because of my memories of you. And now all of my memories are a lie." Ouch. Carla says that Division was a good idea until Amanda "corrupted" it.
Speaking of Amanda, she's meeting Ari (Peter Outerbridge) in New York. "It's over," he tells her. "It won't be long until Nikita learns your secret, and we know what happens then." He thinks the only way out of the situation is to sacrifice Alex, who is with Sonya trying to primp for her public debut. Seems Zetrov has decided to buy a New York hockey team, which pretty much ensures a huge scene for her to crash. "God, I hate that guy," Alex says of Ari, who tells Amanda he thinks that Alex needs to die so that Sergei Semak can be framed for her death. Even though Amanda likes Alex, that doesn't stop her from choosing her new boyfriend over her psuedo-protege.
Flash back again, this time to 1996, when Percy approaches Carla outside of the prison where she's working as a counselor. He offers her a chance to expand her efforts. Two years later, he introduces her to Amanda (who has a different and kind of odd haircut), and the two immediately begin to disagree on how to do things. Amanda later tells Percy that Carla is going to betray them, so Percy approves Carla's assassination, except that she sends someone partial to Carla to do it, and the guy decides not to.
We get to see Nikita's first meeting with Amanda, which consists pretty much of Amanda asking questions about Carla. Right after that, Amanda goes to beat up the guy that didn't kill Carla, except for that she's stopped by Percy and Michael. Percy tells Amanda that Michael has "proven to be a top-notch operative, so I'm putting him in charge of agent operations." Not really interested in that, Amanda just takes Michael's gun and shoots the other guy. And to borrow a phrase, it all makes sense now...pretty much.
There would be some discussion of this, but it's time for Semak's press conference, which Alex promptly crashes. She announces to the international press that she is Alexandra Udinov, with a well-deserved smirk on her face as she does it. We learn that Birkhoff refers to Ari as "Lord Voldemort," and while I'm still laughing, Carla says that she knows Ari, because everyone knows everyone else on this show. Seems Carla was introduced to Ari by Amanda in 1999, when he was pretending to be a Southern guy named Bill. Me personally, I can't look at Ari the same way anymore after seeing how different Peter Outerbridge looked in ReGenesis.
They all look on as Alex gives a speech and says she's ready to come back to her family, while Ari has the very definition of a flat look on his face. Off-stage, Alex tells Semak that she wants an offshore bank account - and her mother. Ari's response to this is to send a random guy to take care of her, but as this guy isn't even important enough to have a name, it's no surprise that Alex subdues him and then gets the jump on Ari just as he's calling his girlfriend. This forces Amanda to reveal to Alex (and therefore everyone else) that she and Ari are collaborating. It's one of those "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" scenarios, folks.