An eastern European war criminal named Mirko Dadich is released from prison, thanks to Division. There are protests in the streets, but Division wants to protect him long enough to get to the enriched uranium he hid before he was locked away. Now that he's out of jail, he's got a hankering for a hooker, which Percy happily provides him in the form of Alex. Dumb, dumb plan. She seizes the opportunity to feed Nikita the details of the mission. Nikita shows up to blow Dadich away, but a group of mercenaries led by another young woman gets to him first. The mercenaries kidnap him and make him take them to the GPS device that will locate his radioactive stash. The young woman reveals she's the daughter of Dadich's former top scientist, who was killed after Dadich was deposed. Now she wants to sell the uranium because her family needs the money. Dumb plans abound! Nikita manages to track them down and destroy the GPS, much to Michael's chagrin, but at least she doesn't shoot him this time. Percy orders Michael to kill Dadich before the cops can find him and he obliges, pretty happily.
Throughout all of this, there are flashbacks to when Nikita first found a drug-addled Alex a year ago. Nikita gets her cleaned up and out, which Alex at first protests. Nikita persists, though, because she once went through much the same thing. When she saves Alex from a suicide attempt, Alex finally begins to trust her and that, we presume, is when her real training began. In her Division training, things are not as promising: Fellow recruit Jaden is still trying to start shit with her and Percy has given them just two weeks to shape up or... dot, dot, dot.
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We open on Nikita doing a bit of shopping. The boutique is very high-end, complete with museum lighting, personal service and tastefully displayed weapons of the deadly sort. She talks to a well-dressed man named Trevor while a Chopin Nocturne plays softly in the background. Trevor calls her one of his favorite customers, and Nikita coos over the beauty of some guns like they were jewelry. She notices a gun sitting by itself, but Trevor notes it's his own. She runs her hand across it thoughtfully, then she comes across a big honking sniper rifle and sighs, "Love!" She places her order on the spot, but Trevor picks up his gun and aims it at her. Now that she's gone rogue, there's a "great demand for her corpse." He pulls the trigger, but the gun doesn't fire, since Nikita turned the safety on when she touched it. He's positively aghast. Don't worry, Trev; it happens to lots of guys. Trevor is just about pooping his pants when Nikita hoists her new and very gigantic gun into position and lines him up in the crosshairs. She doesn't waste a bullet on him, though, since she has a much bigger target in mind.
That target is one Mirko Dadich. We move to a protest outside the courthouse where a reporter informs us Dadich's conviction has just been overturned. Michael meets Dadich inside, but the next thing we see is Dadich being led outside by cops, covering his head with a jacket. One of the protesters pulls it off, revealing an impostor. A young blond woman with a generic Eastern European accent notices this and says into her headset, "Hold on, that's not Dadich!" She looks across the street where the real Dadich is getting into a black SUV with Michael and realizes he's hired protection. She stomps off to a van to meet up with her unseen cohorts. Inside the SUV, Percy is there to greet Dadich. Percy promises that in six months, Dadich won't be hiding from his enemies anymore: "They'll be hiding from you."
Charm School Training Lab. The recruits are trying to hack into their computers while Birkhoff barks orders at them. Thom reaches over and types something into Alex's computer, while Jaden watches from behind. They all fail to get into their targets. Including Thom, who's been training for a year now. Birkhoff seems more disappointed in Alex, though, who explains that hacking is all hard and stuff. "Must be the drugs," Jaden snits. "You know how junkies are." Thom takes the blame for giving Alex the wrong code, but Birkhoff keeps yapping like a particularly pissy little dog and sends them all away. Except Alex, whom he orders to stay behind and keep working till she gets it right. "Scrubs who can't pass the basics don't survive in here very long," he warns. He looks like the product of a mating between a Yorkie and David Spade.