Michael finds out that the terrorist who killed his family is meeting with a money launderer in Uzbekistan. He asks Percy for permission to take a team. Percy's all, "Ooh, too sensitive! I can't have Division involved! But why don't you take a couple of 'personal days' off?" Wink, wink. When Michael arrives in Uzbekistan, he finds Nikita waiting for him. Naturally, he assumes she's there to stop him, but she's actually there to help him. She knows what this means to him, and, thanks to a series of flashbacks to 2001, so do we. Kasim, this informant he trusted in Yemen, gave him a case full of explosives instead of terrorist intel. Michael survived, but his wife and young daughter were killed. That's when Percy steps in and offers Michael a job with Division, and a chance at revenge someday.
Back to the present: Nikita eventually convinces Michael she really wants to help him, and, since he needs the backup, he agrees to a temporary truce and secret team-up. For a brief while, it's like a fun, sexy, buddy flick. Unfortunately, Percy gets wind of the arrangement, and suddenly he's no longer squeamish about sending a team to Uzbekistan. Division agents interfere with Nikita and Michael's plans. Kasim's men kidnap Michael and torture him. Nikita rescues him, but Kasim gets away. When Michael pursues him in what will surely be a suicide mission, Nikita is forced to betray him in order to save him. She calls the Uzbek police, alerts them to Michael's plans, and he's taken in before he can exact his revenge. Division gets him back to the U.S., but Michael is furious at Nikita. Or at least that's what he tells Percy. He may actually be mad at Percy for sending in agents. It's all very interesting and exciting.
In the subplot, Alex is caught snooping around the medical files while helping Nikita. The doctor wants sex in exchange for his silence, so Alex knocks him right the hell out. She enlists Jaden's help (through blackmail) in testifying against the pervy doc so that Amanda and Percy discount his accusations of snoopery.
We start things off with an aerial view of Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Our location thus established, we join Michael inside an airport, where an official-looking man asks him if he's there for business or pleasure. He's there for pleasure, he says, looking pretty shifty. The man checks his passport, which identifies Michael as "Daniel Pope" born sometime in the 1970s. The accompanying photo is so dramatic it's almost come all the way around to funny. Michael goes next to his spacious, well-appointed hotel room. His special otter senses (it's in the whiskers) alert him to danger, so he whips out a gun and spins to face... Nikita. "Hello, Michael," she says from the doorway. He keeps his gun aimed at her. "You picked the wrong mission to mess with," he tells her. "Relax," she says. "I'm not here to stop you.
We flash back to 24 hours earlier. Nikita gets info from a contact. "The person you're interested in is coming out of hiding for a meeting," her contact says, identifying the target as one Kasim Tariq. At the same time, Percy is giving Michael similar information in his Division office. An Uzbek money launderer is meeting with Kasim, who is Al-Qaeda's "main bagman." Michael is visibly shaken and struggles to compose himself. Percy says, "Uzbekistan is a touchy subject for the State Department." He talks about the red tape involved in putting together an op. Michael protests. Percy cuts him off by recommending Michael take an "administrative leave" that happens to last exactly as long as Kasim will be in Uzbekistan. "Thank you," Michael whispers.
In her fabulous loft, Nikita is messaging Alex. She needs Alex to look up the individual frequency of Michael's tracker. She tells Alex to get back into medical and look it up on the doctor's computer. Does Division not network their computers? Dumb! Meanwhile, Michael is packing his favorite guns for his "administrative leave" and making his most serious baby otter face. This leads us to a flashback-within-a-flashback. The time is 2001, the place is Yemen. A whiskerless Michael meets with Kasim at an abandoned shipyard. Kasim gives Michael a satchel full of receipts and ledgers. "Somewhere in those numbers are the people who killed your soldiers," Kasim says. Michael worries what will happen to Kasim once his people find out he handed over information to a US Naval Intelligence officer. He tells Kasim to go to the base for protection. They kid and talk like friends. Kasim leaves on his motorcycle as a young woman pulls up in a car. Michael gets into the passenger seat, all smiles. A little girl pops up from the back seat and throws her arms around his neck. "Daddy!" It's all hugs and kisses and then we join Michael back in the present (minus 24 hours).