Episode Title: Phoenix
Episode Aired: November 4th 2010
Viewing Figures: 2.41m
Directed by: David M. Barrett
Written by: Jim Barnes
Nikita begins by failing to prevent the assassination of intern and mistress to a U.S. Senator, Anna Harcourt, killed by Thom, his initiation for his graduation to full agent. Upon investigating, Nikita offers Harcourt’s parents help to gain justice for their daughter’s death, however they reveal themselves as both Russian spies and Harcourt’s handlers and engage her in close combat. Nikita wakes up, tied to a chair, to find that the female handler is dead and that Harcourt’s death may have been justified due to her working for Gogol, an organization more dangerous than Division. Nikita is infected with a toxin that will liquify her stomach in 12 hours unless she assassinates the Senator, however, Alex steals the anti-toxin and plants it on Thom, who is on the Senator’s protection detail. Nikita knocks Thom out and takes the pill. The Gogol leader, Ari Tasarov, who ordered Nikita’s poisoning and assassination mission, asks her to join them and stop Division together, but she refuses.