The following day, he meets Nikita in an alleyway. She fills him in about the chip and the Korean cabinet member who was killed four years ago. Ryan hems and haws about helping, so Nikita reminds him she saved his life. He's still not on board, but Nikita insists that getting into Birkhoff's laptop is the only way she can get into Division. Ryan's worried that Percy will find out, which is really a sensible worry to have, but the way it's coming across is less sensible and more... sniveling. Nikita says some crap about why Percy won't connect the dots. It's a boring, talky scene. I wish she would just punch him a few times and make him bow to her will.
Alex returns home, arms laden with shopping bags, but has a flashback before she gets through the door. She thinks back to six years ago, when she and her father were hiking through the Russian wilderness. "I want to go home," young Alex says in Russian. Her dad says, "Home is where you find yourself," and hands her a flint and steel. She kneels down in the leaves and tries to start a fire. Her father encourages her to practice her English so that we don't have to read as many subtitles. He also tells her that "comfort is an illusion" and can be taken away at any time. He says she has a destiny different from other girls and that she can only depend on herself. In the present day, Alex is still trying to get through her front door when her handsome neighbor happens by. "I saw you moving in with your boyfriend yesterday," he says and introduces himself as Nathan. He helps bring her groceries inside and she tells him that wasn't her boyfriend. She proceeds to take six jars of marshmallow fluff out of her bags, calling herself "the worst shopper." Nah, I'm sure the sugar rush will come in handy during your next high-octane fight. Nathan invites her to a party at his place. His neck is crazy long. He could reach acacia leaves with that thing. Alex sputters about being busy. They smile cutely at each other for a while.