|Season 1, Episode 8|
|Air date||November 4, 2010.|
|Written by||Jim Barnes|
|Directed by||David Barrett|
Phoenix is the eighth episode of Season One and the series.
Division sends Thom to eliminate Anna, a woman who was having a secret affair with a U.S. Senator. Division agrees to cover up any trace of the affair as long as the Senator agrees to help pass a bill that will continue to fund the agency. Nikita, with Alex's help, attempts to reach out to Anna's parents, but the conversation doesn't go as she expected.
|Nikita arrives too late to save Anna Harcourt, a low-level from being assassinated by Thom, earning his graduation to field agent. Curious as to why Division would kill someone so insignificant, Nikita looks up Anna's ex-boyfriend Oliver, posing as a member of the Justice Department and getting him to confess that Anna he had only dated her for a while and felt that she had something to hide. He eventually trailed her to fancy estate by Capital Hill. Nikita later infiltrates the Regal House, and eavesdrops on a conversation between Percy and Senator Jack Kerrigan plotting to convince Congress to lend more funding for Division in exchange for covering up his illicit affair with Anna. Nikita is then able to get before Roan could find her.
Nikita locates Anna's office using her ID, which is traceable by Division looking up her files before calling Anna's doctor by posing as her, learning that Anna was pregnant. However, Division sends Michael after her and building security has been alerted to her identity. Nikita gives them the slip, slipping her traceable ID on a clueless worker and grabbing idle items and clothing to disguise herself, while she alerts the police to Anna's dead body lying in her house. However, Percy, knowing that the police would autopsy her body and link the dead child to Kerrigan, sends Roan to clean up the area, hiding the body in a trash bin before the police arrive.
Nikita tracks down Anna's parents, but suspects that something is up when she notices that the family photos look the same. The Harcourts then start attacking her viciously but she defends herself, killing Mrs. Harcourt, but is knocked out by Mr. Harcourt. Regaining consciousness, Nikita finds herself bond as another man enters the house, speaking with Mr. Harcourt in Russian. As Mr. Harcourt explains to the man, he thought Nikita was FBI but something was up with the way she fights. Nikita identifies the man as Ari Tasarov, the head of the Russian criminal organization Gogol. When she was with Division, she came close to assassinating him, but refrained upon seeing him with his son. She then guesses that Anna's "parents" are actually her handlers and she was the spy. She then smugly tells Ari that Mr. Harcourt made his call to him on an unsecured line, which Division will pick up on. Impressed, Ari injects Nikita with a Division poison Gogol reverse-engineering that will liquify her stomach in 12 hours. He promises the cure if she assassinate Kerrigan, even though he'd be starting a war with Division. And she'd be the scapegoat for the kill.
Nikita contacts Alex, telling her to get the antidote from Division. However, since the med bay is guarded, Alex manages to get in by purposely breaking her wrist while sparring with a recruit. She then plants the antidote on Thom before he ships out, kissing him to disguise her maneuver.
Meeting up with Mr. Harcourt, who was assigned as her handler, Nikita infiltrates the Regal house again while being monitored. However, she shuts off her recording equipment and forces a guard to direct the Division bodyguards to Mr. Harcourt to kill him. She then gets inside, knocks out Thom, takes the antidote, before recording Kerrigan's confession about his affair. With Michael and his men coming back, Nikita slips out of her spy outfit into her dress underneath to blend in the crowd of Senators as her hostage's escort. She then delays Michael by telling the other Senators that he's a patriot, before making her way to the Gogol van and drive away with the recorded confession.
The confession is soon leaked to the media, causing a scandal that forces Kerrigan to retire. While watching the newscast at Oliver's bar, Nikita passes him Anna's dog.
Outside, Nikita notices Ari sitting outside in a parked car and walks up to confront him. He remarks on her cleverness and ask Nikita to join Gogol to take down Division, promising funding, aid and safe houses, even revealing his knowledge of the black boxes. Nikita refuses, knowing that if Gogol wins, then they will become the next espionage power over Division.