|Season 1, Episode 22|
|Air date||May 12, 2011|
|Written by||Craig Silverstein|
|Directed by||Ken Fink|
Pandora is the twenty-second episode of Season One and the series. It is also a season finale.
|The season finale begins where Betrayals left off, with a cleaner getting ready to dispose of Nikita's dead body. But it turns out Alex shot her cohort with a tranquilizer, not real buckshot. Luckily some face-melting acid is at the ready when she revives. The cleaner gets it and Nikita gets out.
She immediately runs for CIA HQ, knowing that Alex set nerve gas on the black box that the CIA was currently trying to decrypt. This is all part of Percy's plan to take out the head of the CIA with the nerve gas and then take over the agency. And of course, Percy knows saving him will be Nikita's next move, so he orders a sleeper agent on her tail immediately. After killing him, Nikita makes it into HQ just in time to save Fletcher and team. Before they can make a clean escape, an agent handcuffs Nikita. Luckily Fletcher still has the wherewithal to save her and the two make a break for it. But Nikita still has to make her getaway without being stalked by Division henchmen. Meanwhile, Berkoff still has Michael in cuffs. Feeling guilty, he cuts him loose using a remote computer. Once free, Michael goes directly to Percy's safe and grabs another Operation Sparrow black box, which he then brings to Berkoff for decrypting. Eventually the two hook up to help Nikita to safety by guiding her through a computer device, but they lose their connection with her. Nikita quickly escapes through an air vent and then hops onto a garbage truck leaving HQ. Alex, hell bent on avenging her father, finds herself back with a Division team and in the capable hands of Amanda and her torture chair. After a short interrogation, Amanda suddenly zaps Alex unconscious only to revive her with an adrenaline shot. Apparently, this deactivates the kill chip installed in Alex to make her go after Nikita. In a truly shocking move, Amanda let Alex go, telling her to stay away from Nikita. Alex goes straight to Nikita's loft. Nikita isn't sure if she can trust Alex anymore. Before they can fully clear the air, Division spooks storm Nikita's loft, which she was in the middle of rigging for explosion anyway. The two make their getaway on the roof. Nikita zip lines over to the next building, but Alex stays behind and gets herself back in Division custody. Nikita meets up with Michael, who now has a freshly decrypted black box in his possession. Michael and Nikita drive off, discussing their next move and future together. Unfortunately Alex, she's facing the same prospects she had at the beginning of the episode.
- Percy: "Covenant? Wow. I knew this was a 'come-to-Jesus' meeting, but covenant? That's old testimony."
- Michael: "You're not stupid, Birkhoff. You're just a coward."
- Percy: "Off to Oversight. Off to see the wizards."
- Percy: "There might be hope for little miss Udinov after all."
- Nikita: "The future is what I'm worried about."
- Michael: "You know, I'm really sick of people saying that you're dead."
- Nikita: "My orders were to kill your whole family. I saved you. It was the first time I defied Division."
- Michael: "Paging special agent Nikki, please proceed to the nearest phone and dial 626."
- Birkhoff: "I figure if Nikita can keep giving Division the finger I can at least cross mine behind my back."
- Amanda: "I'm not going to hold onto you like I held onto Nikita."
- Nikita: "Ah! You're useless!"
- Nikita: "You were never that far away."
- Runaway - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
- The title is a reference to Pandora, a character from Greek mythology, who opened Pandora's box, a box which contained all the evils in the world.
- George Haddad was nominated for an Emmy in the category Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series for this episode, but he lost it to "Boardwalk Empire"