Senator Jack Kerrigan (played by Spencer Garrett) and Nikita (played by Maggie Q)

Rewatching ‘Nikita’: “Phoenix”

As a newer segment on WhatSamWatches, I’ll be rewatching shows and movies just because I feel like it. The first time I watched Nikita, it’d already gone off the air. But I distinctly remember seeing the promos when I watched Smallville. So when I saw it in my Netflix recommendations, I knew I had to watch it. It’s been a while since then so I decided why not rewatch it? So now I’m binging the show from the beginning all over again. Last time, I watched the seventh episode so now I’m onto the eighth episode of Nikita.


Nikita (played by Maggie Q) talking to the dog, Yoshi
  • I don’t remember what’s going on in this episode but I’m already worried for this woman.
  • If only Nikita got there before Division did.
  • I’m already wondering if Michael knows the real story behind whoever this woman is. Because Thom clearly doesn’t. But maybe it’s better that he doesn’t know the truth. At least he’s an agent now.
  • Anna Harcourt. So that’s what that woman’s name was.
  • At this point, all recruits (except the newbies) know that “graduating” means they have to kill someone. No wonder Alex isn’t just congratulating Thom.
  • Knowing how big of an animal person Maggie Q is, especially when it comes to dogs, makes this scene of Nikita playing with Anna’s dog even sweeter.
  • Looks like Anna had a boyfriend. Or an ex-boyfriend apparently.

The Senator’s Involvement

Senator Jack Kerrigan (played by Spencer Garrett) talking to Percy (played by Xander Berkeley)
  • Why am I not surprised that the senator’s involved? Or that he’s apparently old friends with Percy.
  • Looks like Roan caught her. Or at least caught onto the fact that someone was listening to their conversation.
  • Nikita really cut it close with Percy and Roan here. Especially Roan.
  • Of course, Percy wants a bigger budget for Division. Which is essentially what this bill will do that he wants the senator to pass.
  • Whoever Anna’s desk neighbor is seems annoying. And a terrible flirt, in my opinion.
  • So, Anna was pregnant? That won’t be good for Division or the senator if it comes out in the press. Having an affair with an intern is already bad, but getting one pregnant is just worse.
  • He also clearly didn’t get the message that Nikita’s uninterested. So, of course, he falls for it when she pretends she’s interested all of a sudden.
  • Nikita’s fast at getting a new disguise. That’s for sure.
  • I’m also not surprised that Roan’s there right when the police show up.

Nikita Meets Anna’s “Parents”

Mr. Harcourt, who we later learn is actually Vladimir (played by Stephen Bogaert) holding a phone near his face
  • I think I’m starting to remember what this episode was about now. She was some kind of Russian spy, wasn’t she?
  • Anna’s “parents” aren’t terrible actors (by that, I mean, actors who are pretending to be Anna’s parents. If that makes sense. The whole situation is kind of meta, in all honesty).
  • Oh, I see what Nikita sees now. They’re all wearing the same clothes in all their family pictures. You’d think spies would know better than that.
  • It’s interesting that Nikita suspected something after seeing the pictures but kept talking about Anna’s situation anyway. She may not have known exactly why but she knew something was off.
  • Anna’s parents are pretty good fighters considering they took Nikita down. Then again, I’d expect Russian spies to be good fighters.
  • I forgot that they introduced Ari Tasarov this early on in the show. He also made for a pretty good villain overall.
  • So, I’m guessing this is where Nikita tries to convince Ari that an enemy of my enemy is my friend. Actually, I think it’s Ari that proposes they work together. Maybe not in this particular episode, but I do distinctly remember that happening.
  • It is not a good idea to call Nikita’s dead fiance a weak and easily-manipulated man right now. She may be tied up but she’s not going to just let something like that go either.

Alex Helps Nikita From the Inside

Alex (played by Lyndsy Foneseca) sparring with another recruit inside Divison
  • That is definitely a manipulative move to inject Nikita with a toxin to get her to do Gogul’s (AKA, Ari’s company) dirty work of killing the senator. While this episode is technically Nikita and Ari working together, I do believe he formally proposes they work together (but not under duress) in a future episode.
  • It’s a good thing Nikita’s got Alex on the inside. Alex just needs to get the antitoxin and plant it on Michael to get it to her.
  • I guess that’s one way to get the antitoxin. Then again, possibly fracturing your wrist to save Nikita’s life is worth it.
  • At least Thom feels a little…justified now? I don’t know if that’s the right word but he doesn’t feel as guilty for feeling Anna now that he knows she was a Russian spy.
  • It would’ve been interesting if the show explored the romance between Thom and Alex more.

Nikita Confronts the Senator

Nikita (played by Maggie Q) pointing a gun at Senator Jack Kerrigan (played by Spencer Garrett)
  • Nikita wastes no time before taking someone out.
  • That’s smart. She got rid of Vladimir, AKA Anna’s fake father.
  • But now Division knows she’s there.
  • Now, she has no reason to kill the senator anymore considering she got the antitoxin from Thom’s pocket. But that doesn’t mean she’s not still angry at him for getting Anna killed.
  • So…Nikita didn’t kill the senator but stripped down into a nice dress and took him hostage? I don’t remember where she goes with this. Oh, she just used him as a body shield to get away.
  • It’s nice that Nikita went back to the bartender. And that he got the dog! It would’ve been cute if Nikita kept him as a pet for the rest of the show though.
  • Looks like Ari does offer a partnership with Nikita in this episode.
  • Evil or not, Ari makes a good point. If getting rid of Division isn’t the end goal, what is?

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