'Nikita' Recap: 'Survival Instincts'
Meanwhile, while Ray plays Johnny Cash in his SUV, he tries to explain to Kate how he's not dead, and how he's changed from the control freak he used to be, but it doesn't go over well. When he stops the car to pick up a few things, she uses her credit card at a nearby vending machine, which immediately alerts Birkhoff as to where they are.
Also back at Division, Sean attempts another conversation with Alex, who thinks he bailed on everyone. "I've never run from a fight in my life," he retorts. "Until you left Division," she replies, unimpressed.
Michael tells Nikita and Owen to pursue Ray, but she doesn't think they'll catch up to him in time on their own, and turns to Jason to set up a roadblock. When they do catch up with the SUV, along with a chopper and a bunch of new friends, they find it empty and realize that he's fled into the nearby woods. There's an ominous shot of just how big an area they have to cover before the commercial blackout.
It's spread across two states, and when Birkhoff tries to joke about that, he gets Owen's seriously angry face. "Owen versus bear would be pretty sweet," Birkhoff quips anyway. Owen gets another scolding from Michael, who then has to listen to Alex talk about how she should be out in the field. She's even less thrilled when she finds out that Sean is on Nikita's backup team.
Nikita asks Michael what his problem with Owen is, and Michael retorts that it's about making sure Owen is ready, because he's not going back into the field. He doesn't think Robo-Hand is good enough for him to be a field operative. "Things have changed, and I accept that," he tells her. "But it is why I need to make sure Owen is ready for this job. He's your partner now." Sad piano music accompanies his walking away.
Ray takes Kate to his hideout in the woods and chloroforms her so she doesn't get away while he's working on a few things, while Nikita tries to make Jason feel better, even though she's down after Birkhoff has told her there's nothing more that can be done for Michael. The two of them, Owen, and some nameless troopers set off while Sean and his team are already in the woods, uncovering Ray's various booby traps meant to keep them at bay.
Unfortunately, Ray spots the new arrivals, and starts taking out a few of the generic folks. He seizes a radio and makes up some nonsense that makes Jason question Nikita and Owen's presence, and he wants to take them back to HQ. When she declines his request, Owen and Nikita are forced to turn on him and his troopers, and set off on their own.
"What the hell happened?" Michael snaps, once again blaming Owen. When Owen talks about taking Michael's other hand off, Nikita reveals to him what Michael said about not returning to the field, and Owen ends up consoling her instead.
While Birkhoff gripes about how many trees he has to look at, Alex helps him compare satellite images from past and present to see what's different between the two. That leads to a possible location of Ray's hideout, and when Michael tells Nikita and Owen to meet up with Sean's team before approach, he's unenthused that Owen made a judgment call and they've already set off alone. "Bastard," he mutters after he cuts off communication with Owen.
As it turns out, Sean isn't far away, but Sean's generic team members start dropping dead from either Ray himself or some of his unpleasant surprises, including one of them that trips a land mine right in front of Sean. When Nikita and Owen turn back to save Sean, a waiting Ray shoots Owen and escapes before Nikita can return the favor.