“Set-Up” , 12/06
ALEX IS CAPTURED " Tensions continue to escalate between the United States and Pakistan after Amanda (Melinda Clarke) plants evidence that Pakistan hired Nikita (Maggie Q) to kill the President. Ryan (Noah Bean) becomes suspicious of Birkhoffs increasingly odd behavior and tells Nikita and Michael that he thinks Amanda may have kidnapped Birkhoff and planted a double on the plane. Meanwhile, the CIA captures Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca) and questions her about her involvement with Nikita. Marc David Alpert directed the episode written by Carlos Coto (#403).
THE SHOP OFFERS NIKITA THE DEAL OF A LIFETIME " Jones (guest star David S. Lee) benches Amanda (Melinda Clake) and takes back the reigns of the operation. He calls Nikita (Maggie Q) and offers her and the entire team complete freedom by wiping away their identities and faking their deaths if they walk away from their mission. The team lands the plane on a secluded Pakistan air strip, but when the local drug czar and his men storm the plane and demand ten million dollars, so Nikita calls Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca) for the money. After Alex pulls diamonds out of a safe deposit box to pay the insurgents, Sam (Devon Sawa) sees an opportunity to recoup his losses and contemplates stealing the diamonds. Meanwhile, Michael (Shane West) comes face-to-face with an old adversary, Ramon (guest star Simon Kassianides), who hits Michael with some hard truths. Dwight Little directed the episode written by Terry Matalas & Travis Fickett (#404).
NIKITAS WORLD UNRAVELS "" Just as Nikita (Maggie Q) is finally starting to see an end to the long war with The Shop, Ryan (Noah Bean) confesses a secret that could unravel it all. Meanwhile, Michael (Shane West) tries to get Nikita to accept their new circumstances as he contemplates what comes next for the two of them. Realizing Sam (Devon Sawa) was planning to steal her diamonds, Alex (Lyndsy Fonseca) gives him a suitcase of fake diamonds to deliver to her contact in France. Alex is surprised when he upholds his end of the bargain and doesnt take off with the jewels. However, things get messy when Sam is jumped by the loan shark he owes money to, and Alex must step in to save him. Nick Copus directed the episode written by Oliver Grigsby (#405).