|This article is about the episode in the second season. You may be looking for Pale Fire, a Division mission.|
|Season 2, Episode 11|
|Air date||January 6, 2012|
|Written by||Kristen Reidel|
|Directed by||Deran Sarafian|
Pale Fire is the eleventh episode of Season Two and the thirty-third episode overall.
Alex’s mission to take down Gogol comes to a head as she infiltrates her childhood home and faces ghosts from her past. On a completely separate mission, Nikita also ends up at the mansion to steal Semak’s black box. Nikita and Alex run into each other and decide to join forces, but they run into a major roadblock. Meanwhile, Michael and Owen work together to figure out Percy’s secret plan with the Guardians.
|Alex and her mother Katya are astounded to see each other alive. They embrace before Alex hears footsteps. She conceals herself, pleading to mother not to expose her. The unknown person is Semak, who orders Katya to take a pill. After he leaves, Alex regrets not having killed Semak when she had the chance.
Nikita approaches the Udinov mansion, and has a flashback.
Nikita is about to cut the mansion's power, when she is stopped by Alex, who doesn't want to botch her mother's rescue. After taking out a perimeter guard, Nikita agrees to help rescue Katya.
Upstairs, the Gogol technicians have cracked through the biometric lock on the black box, though it is estimated that it would take years to break the encryption. In the meantime, Ari gets suspicious of certain happenings around the mansion. He then catches Alex about to rescue her mother. Taking her to another room, he and Semak ask how Percy's doing. Alex realizes that the story Yuri told her about Division kidnapping and brainwashing her to take control of Zetrov wasn't a lie, but Semak actually believed it. She states that Nikita rescued her and that her only goal is revenge. Ari believes her.
As Alex is about to be moved to an unknown location, Nikita rescues her and goes back for Katya. However, Katya but she refused, stating Nikita will put Alex in danger, and she is the one that told Semak about Alex; stating that Semak trying to help Alex whom she believes to be brainwashed. When Nikita tried to explain the truth about Semak, that he had done all he had against her husband Nikolai to gain all he had, including Katya, Katya revealed Semak already had her - Katya and Semak were lovers having an affair before and after Pale Fire; and that is why she survived the whole ordeal. Alex, hearing every word over an open phone line, burst into tears, after hearing this Nikita, became angered and tried forcefully to take Katya with her at gunpoint, but Katya screamed for help, resulting in another shooting to start, with Alex and Nikita eventually escaped the estate.
Katya weeps that her daughter will never come back. Semak openly said he hoped so, and Katya reminded him that he promised her not to hurt her daughter. Semak was sympathetic, but responded that Alex and Nikita had killed half of his men during their escape, and he couldn't let it slide; and even went so far as to claim Alex wasn't the same child she knew and loved. This resulted in Katya to slap him, and stating that she is "I see many things now" (implying she is coming around to the truth slowly; and realizing how manipulated she has been by Semak).
Returning to their safehouse, Alex wonders whether or not she can trust her own memories and if her mother ever loved her. Nikita assures her that she does.
In Division, Ryan Fletcher requests more information from Amanda to help her take down Oversight. She then sedates him and throws him in Percy's cell so they can brainstorm together. In the process, Ryan learns why Percy chose to go rogue. Everything was fine, until Semak reneged on their deal to use Zetrov to advance American interests. However, Ryan suspects that the real cause of Percy's downfall was Nikita sparing Alex. Percy then gives the former CIA agent cryptic hints that he will escape soon.
In Amsterdam, Michael and Owen start searching for the Guardians. They manage to spot one but with this Guardian still on the Regimen, he was tough to beat until his neck is snapped. They then take his black box and blood to get past its biometric scanner. They then finds the Guardians' rendezvous at a dry cleaners. Using a bug, they overhear Patrick Miller telling the clerk a secret code, causing a parcel to be slipped to him. Michael goes in, pretending to be a Guardian, using the blood from the deceased one as proof. They then get a call from Roan, who gives them new instructions to travel to the States. The Guardians then open their parcels, showing travel itinerary. However, Michael doesn't have a matching ID, forcing him to destroy the black boxes and escape. Once he and Owen are safe in Brussels, the latter speculates that perhaps the Guardians are going to free Percy.
- This episode marks the last appearance Eliana Jones (Young Alex) and Vieslav Krystyan (Nikolai Udinov).