Nikita brings Owen to her loft. He tells her the black box is safe, but she gives him an annoyed look. While he stands there looking kind of dumb, she explains why she hasn't released any Division information to the press: "First there is chaos and then there is a cover-up. Someone will get framed for this!" She accuses him of not thinking, but he tells her he has a plan. The info he released came from a thumb drive, not the black box. There's an engineer who designed the whole system. He released the video hoping that Percy would call in the engineer to fix the flawed system and then they could track down the other boxes, with the help of Nikita's inside person. There was a lot more exposition than that, but that's the meat of it.
Charm School. Percy's in his office when he gets a call from that Chris Parnell guy, whose name turns out to be John. "Oversight is not happy about this," he fumes. He reminds him that Percy and Division are "tools of Oversight." Percy assures him that Division will stay hidden, but John tells him about Fletcher wanting to go to Santiago. Percy says to send him: "He's not your problem, he's your patsy." Division will create an "electronic paper trail" exposing Fletcher as a political zealot. "You're gonna frame him for the assassination?" John asks incredulously. "No, John, you are," Percy says. "Remember, I'm just a tool." He hangs up and gets a black box out of a safe in the wall. He stands there glowering for a while, looking like Emperor Palpatine's understudy. In the computer lab, Birkhoff is already assigning the recruits to create that paper trail.
Back at the Loft of Fabulousness, Nikita is pissed that Owen started this, knowing he would need her help to finish. He says he didn't think she would help if he asked, not after what he did. He says he wouldn't blame her if she wanted to kill him. Nikita turns away and whispers for him to stop, but he goes on. "Division made me what I am and Percy put me in a cage to guard his secrets," he says. "I had no idea what I was helping him do, until you came along." She makes him stop. She agrees to help him, but she'll set the rules. She gets a message from Alex about their "assignment." Owen is stunned. He never considered the consequences. Why is he suddenly kind of dumb? Nikita tells Alex to keep an eye for the engineer, who Owen describes for her as "weird" with glasses. Alex closes the window just as Jaden walks by to give her some shit. Alex reminds Jaden that she has a picture of her trying to escape. That just makes Jaden even pissier than usual. Man, Alex has some crazy drawn-on eyebrows and neon pink lipstick. She manages to see through her pounds of makeup long enough to send Nikita the IP address of their phony paper trail. This leads her and Owen to Ryan and Ryan's obviously phony job listing as an importer/exporter leads them to realize he works for the CIA.