Things pick up where they left off last week. Michael has brought Alex back to Division after Vlad the wee Russian shot her full of heroin and coke. Unfortunately, Amanda's idea of rehab involves shooting Alex up with other drugs that supposedly ease her withdrawal symptoms, but also make her hallucinate and freak out a lot while in a waking dream. Amanda interrogates Alex, trying to find out what Alex has been hiding from her. From Alex's perspective, she's not dreaming but trying to escape Division while rescuing her younger self. Also, she totally knows there's some crazy heat between Nikita and Michael, based on how she imagines them making out. Amanda can hear everything she says while in her dream state, including murmurings about Nikita, Nathan, Thom and her dear old Papa. The whole time, some evil, unseen presence is hunting her down. Alex only says "she's coming" or "it's her" in identifying her enemy. She doesn't say anything too incriminating, at least as far as her working with Nikita, but Amanda recommends to Percy that they "cancel" her anyway.
Meanwhile, Nikita and Michael are both concerned about Alex. Nikita's concern leads her to making plans for Alex's escape from Division. Michael's leads him to work some CSI-level audio magic on a phone call Alex once made from Nikita's Loft of Fabulousness. He matches the sound quality to a call he got from Nikita years earlier, which leads him straight to the loft she inherited from an assassination target she once helped escape. It's all very complex and complicated; we'll get into it more in the weecap. The important thing to know is that Michael shows up at Nikita's and he's got a really, really big gun to show her.
Alex's final hallucination reveals her enemy. The "she" she fears is herself, some years in the future after she's taken back Zetrov and become a scary business czarina. Her future self kills Nathan and the baby that Alex imagines having as part of a normal life. This bleak future was Nikita's concern, as well.
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The episode starts with Alex and Nikita sparring in a disheveled mansion. Is this what's below the Loft of Fabulousness? For some reason, there are a lot of chairs all over the place. Given the nature of the episode, are the chairs symbolic? All these places to rest and Alex can't stop for a second. Or maybe the props department just had a lot of extra chairs. As they spar, Nikita quizzes her on info she'll need inside Division, like the location of the secret exit and how to access the shell program. Then Nikita holds up a picture of something that looks like a red 45 adapter. Alex freaks out. "Where did you get that?" she demands. Nikita doesn't answer. The sparring continues. Finally, Alex is too exhausted to keep going, saying she feels like she's been drugged. Nikita tells her that Division will kill her if they find out she's a mole or that she's Alexandra Udinov. Alex asks about Nikita's own secrets, like Michael or Owen or some guy named Whitfield who apparently gave her the LoF. Nikita calmly asks her why she's brought up Whitfield. Things start to go wonky. Amanda's voice comes through Nikita's computer. "You have secrets, Alex." Amanda wants to know those secrets. Alex is confused. Nikita says, "You're starting to remember." Alex breathes hard, turns toward a wall of windows. A storm is approaching. She realizes she really was drugged. She's terrified when she remembers that Michael brought her to Amanda. "She's trying to find out who I am." Nikita tells her to wake up. The storm explodes through the window, hurling shards of glass at Alex.
She wakes up in the medical lab at Division. She's awake insofar as her eyes are open, but she has about the same pep level as a zombie. She's strapped into something that looks like the dental exam chair of your nightmares. A doctor tells Amanda that Alex is awake and under the influence of ibogaine. Michael's standing in the doorway. He's worried about Amanda using drugs on Alex, but Amanda gives him the short version of the Wikipedia entry. Basically, ibogaine is used to treat opiate addiction. It's also a hallucinogen that has put Alex into a "waking dream state." She'll be able to access her deepest fears, with Amanda's nudging. "So you're using rehab to run an interrogation," Michael says. "I'm multitasking," Amanda says. Heh. Amanda's miffed that Alex has been keeping secrets and plans to find out what they are. Alex is muttering. "Wake up... remember... Whitfield... not a secret." Michael glares as he is wont to do and leaves the room.