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The downward spiral continues on this week’s Nikita. In “Broken Home,” Alex pays the ultimate price for her betrayal. After releasing the hounds, her plan to peacefully close Division ends in violence. With Nikita still at Amanda’s mercy and Owen as Sam, nobody’s safe.

The Players:

  • Director: John Badham
  • Writers: Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett
  • Cast: Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca, Aaron Stanford, Dillon Casey, Melinda Clarke, Devon Sawa, Noah Bean, Lyndie Greenwood

Episode Title: “Broken Home”:

Amanda reveals her biggest secret to Nikita. Thanks to mental conditioning, Nikita visits Amanda’s childhood home. She  learns of Amanda’s father and twin sister Helen. It’s there that her obsession with experimentation began. Meanwhile, the Division revolt takes a turn for the worse as lives are lost.

The Good:

  • Amanda/Helen: We knew Amanda’s origin story was going to be a doozy. We learned that her father (guest star Christopher Heyerdahl) was a neuropsychologist, who experimented on his own daughter. Helen was his test subject, while Amanda was the protected princess. They were twins born a mere eight minutes apart. Their father used Helen as a lab rat for PTSD trials. Apparently, her entire existence was a secret. She had no birth certificate or I.D. It was a fact that would come in handy for later (the So-So section).
  • You Can’t Save Everyone: This was the theme for the entire episode. You could argue that it’s been Amanda’s M.O. from day one. It doesn’t matter how hard you try, there are always casualties. This proved to be true with both Alex and Amanda’s stories. It was a wonderful parallel.

The So-So:

  • Owen/Sam: How long are they gonna let Sam run free? We were huge fans of Owen, but Sam not so much. He’s cartoonishly evil. Can’t they hit him in the head and recalibrate his old personality? It worked for Hawkeye in The Avengers. One of the reasons we love Owen is because of his friendship with Nikita. They completely destroyed it when he turned her over to Amanda as the self-serving Sam.
  • Amanda’s Twist: At the end of Amanda’s tale we learn that she’s not Amanda at all. She’s really Helen. She was the one tortured on a daily basis. Before her escape, she stabbed her father and sister and assumed Amanda’s identity. Since they were twins and Helen didn’t exist on paper, she got away with it. Our problem is this: If Amanda was on the receiving end of experiments all her life, why would she do the same to others? She knows how horrible it is. One could argue that it’s all she knows. Or that this is a classic case of the victim becoming the perpetrator. In a strange way she continued her father’s work.

The Bad:

  • Sean’s Death: Who didn’t see this coming? At the end of the episode, they made it seem as if he was mildly injured. But he kept holding his side as if it was much worse — and it was. During the shootout in Ops, Sean took a bullet, which hit a major artery. He suffered internal bleeding and died on the floor. The promos promised a death and we assumed either Sean or Owen. Considering Owen’s recent behavior we would have been fine with him taking a dirt nap.

Overall:

Thanks to all the plot twists “Broke Home” left us emotionally drained. It wasn’t perfect but for the most part it was a solid episode. If only they could nip that Owen/Sam thing in the bud.

Rating: 8/10

Nikita airs Fridays at 8 p.m. on The CW.

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