This news doesn't go over well with Ryan, especially when Michael suggests that they might be ex-Gogol, not unlike Amanda's boyfriend Ari Tasarov. Nikita wonders why Anne didn't kill Owen when she had the opportunity, leading her to think Amanda wants Owen alive for something. She finds Owen wandering around Division, asking himself the same question. Owen tells her that he can't remember any of his life before he came to Division. "It's blank," he says. "I realized every time I try to remember my life before Division, I get these headaches, worse than anything...Amanda did this to me and I want to know why."

Amanda and Anne arrive in Luxembourg to meet Amanda's partner in crime Ari Tasarov (the fantastic and underappreciated Peter Outerbridge). Amanda hands him the key and he tells her "this is going to make us a great deal of money." When he asks after Nikita, Amanda tells Ari she gave the other woman "a housewarming gift. She should be opening it soon." By that she means the unconscious thug who survived the cemetery shootout; when the Division medics try to wake him up, they release a biohazard agent that was hidden inside his body, killing them.

Michael, Nikita and Ryan survey the damage - eight people dead and four likely to expire - and get a not-so-friendly video message from Amanda. "This was no accident and you no longer have a safe place," she says. "Nikita murdered Percy and she forced me out." Her rant goes on for awhile, including threats to just about everyone, while Birkhoff realizes she must be using the master key. Ari deduces that Amanda went with Anne to the cemetery to make sure her human weapon ended up at Division, and does not approve of her approach, correctly noting that Amanda is letting her anger toward Nikita drive her.

While Nikita tries to placate everyone and search for Amanda, Sean returns to ask Alex why she's not returning his calls and ask her again why she's still there. "I can't tell you what to do, Alex, but I'm not going to stand by and watch this place destroy another person that I love," he says before he kisses her. "I love you, but if that's not enough of a reason for you to leave, I've got no reason to stay." After he leaves, she pops a pill and heads for the operations floor, insisting that she ought to be included in the hunt for Amanda, which Ryan names Operation Black Forest.

Nikita, Michael, Alex and Owen arrive in Luxembourg with hopes of capturing Amanda. Their cover is quickly blown thanks to Alex's altercation with a henchman and the raid becomes a free-for-all. Alex reinjures her arm, but she and Michael recover the key. Owen confronts Amanda in the basement, demanding answers. She reveals that his name used to be Sam just before Ari and Anne interrupt their conversation. Ari angrily realizes that Amanda never wanted the master key in the first place - she was after Owen. Perhaps jealous, he stabs Owen, who lies bleeding and frustrated as Ari, Amanda and Anne flee.

Everyone returns to Division, with Alex trying to call Sean but getting his answering machine, and Owen waking up bandaged on an exam table. For someone recently stabbed in the stomach, he's surprisingly okay. "After Emily died, I got up every morning thinking that today would be the day that I'd finally put an end to Percy. It's what drove me," he tells Nikita. "Now he's gone and the whole world has changed. I'm not really sure what's next. I'm not even really sure who I am." After Nikita points out that he's the first rogue agent they've brought back alive, he offers to stick around.

Birkhoff wonders how Amanda knew how to send her video taunt to Division at the right time. He and Sonya deduce that there must be a mole. Meanwhile, Amanda looks at surveillance photos of Nikita from the last three episodes, and declares "I am not done teaching her."

"Consequences" is the strongest episode of ​Nikita​ 's third season to date, because it finally brings into play everything that's been teased so far. The returns of Owen and Amanda live up to the hype, and it's a very pleasant gift to see Ari again, as Peter Outerbridge's expanded role was one of the best aspects of season two. The writers wisely continue to use Ari as an equal to Amanda rather than merely having him cameo to keep continuity.

The other major thread is the advancement of Alex and Sean's relationship, a welcome development given that she hasn't had anything in that direction since her brief and abruptly truncated involvement with Nathan in season one. With characters returning and subplots emerging, "Consequences" gives the audience their best look at the show's future course to date. Now depending on how the mole storyline plays out, with surprises like Sarin gas hidden in human bodies, this could be a wild ride of a season.

​Nikita​ now takes some time off and moves forward on the schedule: the show will be back Friday, November 30th at the earlier time of 8 PM ET/PT.

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