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Set-Up | Nikita Wiki
Season 4, Episode 03
December 6, 2013.
Marc David Alpert
previousDead or Alive
Set-Up is the third episode of Season Four and the seventieth episode overall.
2. 1 Main Cast
2. 2 Recurring cast
2. 3 Guest cast
4. 1 Pictures
4. 2 Videos
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ALEX IS CAPTURED — Tensions continue to escalate between the United States and Pakistan after Amanda plants evidence that Pakistan hired Nikita to kill the President. Ryan becomes suspicious of Birkhoff’s increasingly odd behavior and tells Nikita and Michael that he thinks Amanda may have kidnapped Birkhoff and planted a double on the plane. Meanwhile, the CIA captures Alex and questions her about her involvement with Nikita.
Maggie Q as Nikita Mears
Shane West as Michael
Lyndsy Fonseca as Alexandra Udinov
Aaron Stanford as Seymour Birkhoff
Noah Bean as Ryan Fletcher
Devon Sawa as Sam Matthews
Melinda Clarke as Amanda
Lyndie Greenwood as Sonya
David S. Lee as Mr. Jones
Danny MacDonald as Josephson
Rose Rollins as Ellen Crawford
Judd Nelson as Ronald Peller/His double
Stephan Dubeau as Mr. Braga
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Nikita – Set-Up TrailerPromoNikita – Set-Up ClipClipNikita – Set-Up Producer’s PreviewProducer’s PreviewNikita – Devon Sawa InterviewInterview with Devon Sawa
This episode serves as a sequel to “Fair Trade”, also written by Coto. 
This episode marks 70th appearances of 3 characters: Nikita, Michael and Alex.
It also marks Amanda’s 50th appearance.
Season One”Pilot” • “2. 0” • “Kill Jill” • “Rough Trade” • “The Guardian” • “Resistance” • “The Recruit” • “Phoenix” • “One Way” • “Dark Matter” • “All The Way” • “Free” • “Coup de Grâce” • “The Next Seduction” • “Alexandra” • “Echoes” • “Covenant” • “Into the Dark” • “Girl’s Best Friend” • “Glass Houses” • “Betrayals” • “Pandora”
Season Two”Game Change” • “Falling Ash” • “Knightfall” • “Partners” • “Looking Glass” • “343 Walnut Lane” • “Clawback” • “London Calling” • “Fair Trade” • “Guardians” • “Pale Fire” • “Sanctuary” • “Clean Sweep” • “Rogue” • “Origins” • “Doublecross” • “Arising” • “Power” • “Wrath” • “Shadow Walker” • “Dead Drop” • “Crossbow” • “Homecoming”
Season Three”3. 0″ • “Innocence” • “True Believer” • “Consequences” • “The Sword’s Edge” • “Sideswipe” • “Intersection” • “Aftermath” • “Survival Instincts” • “Brave New World” • “Black Badge” • “With Fire” • “Reunion” • “The Life We’ve Chosen” • “Inevitability” • “Tipping Point” • “Masks” • “Broken Home” • “Self-Destruct” • “High-Value Target” • “Invisible Hand” • “Til Death Do Us Part”
Season Four”Wanted” • “Dead or Alive” • “Set-Up” • “Pay-Off” • “Bubble” • “Canceled”
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“Nikita” Set-Up (TV Episode 2013) – IMDb
Tensions continue to escalate between the United States and Pakistan after Amanda plants evidence that Pakistan hired Nikita to kill the President. Ryan becomes suspicious of Birkhoff’s increasingly odd behavior and tells Nikita and Michael that he thinks Amanda may have kidnapped Birkhoff and planted a double on the plane. An NSA official, Ronald Peller, gets under Birkhoff’s skin. Meanwhile, the CIA captures Alex and questions her about her involvement with Nikita. —AnonymousPlot summaryAdd synopsisGenresActionCrimeDramaMysteryThrillerCertificateTV-14Parents guideAdd content advisoryRecently viewedYou have no recently viewed pages
Nikita: “Set-Up” Review – IGN
“What you run from, you run into. ” Warning: Full spoilers from the episode to, the episode’s called “Set-Up” and next week is “Pay-Off”, but even though there was a lot of theorizing and moving pieces (quickly) around the board, this was yet another terrific hour of television from Team Nikita thanks to strong performances and an emotional and witty script. The use of the term “la femme Nikita” during French coverage of the escalating tensions between Pakistan and the U. S. was a sweet little wink to the of the strengths of Nikita has always been the friendships between Nikita and her little makeshift family. The emotion between these people is what drives the action, as opposed to something that slows it down. Much of this episode had to do with Nikita’s trying to help Birkhoff help his estranged father (Judd Nelson! ), and when she (seemingly) ends up failing, it hurts Nikita because it hurts Birkhoff. Who I’m going to keep calling Birkhoff, by the way. It’s hard enough that I’ve started calling Owen “Sam”, I’m not going make things more confusing by calling Birkhoff “Lionel. “The other friend in need was Alex who, as Nikita reminded the team, is not an American citizen. Capture by the CIA could mean rendition to some hellhole country for the rest of her probably short life. Alex’s back and forth with the “accountant” from the CIA was pure gold, thanks to guest star Rose Rollins holding her own with Lyndsy Fonseca. “The only thing I know about Nikita is she wears too much black, ” Alex quipped, but Agent Crawford had pictures of Nikita and Alex together at the G20 Summit, a callback to last season’s “High-Value Target. “Even though Agent Crawford was needling her by tweaking her useless dilettante cover, she only thought she knew who she was dealing with. She knows Alex is more than just someone on Maxim’s “richest hotties” list, but she has her pegged as a thuggish Zetrov oligarch like her dad, not realizing that Alex is more like Bruce Wayne/Batman at this point, an analogy Birkhoff made earlier this season. Loved her asking Crawford to turn the torture rock up on her way out. I’m hoping we’ll see more of Crawford down the road. “How ’bout we call it the Big Board of I don’t hear anyone else coming up with any bright ideas!? “I’ve always liked Owen, and though Sam is fun in his current “in deep to Jabba” hustling mode, I don’t care for him as much as I did when he was tortured and trying to atone for his sins. I do think it’s funny that he referred to Alex as an ex-girlfriend to his deadly creditors, and is telling perhaps that he opted to help Alex even after learning that he assets have been frozen, but I’m really hoping he makes his final decision soon. I’m getting really tired of him reminding people to call him hoped, while Birkhoff’s squirrelly behavior did raise Ryan’s suspicions, but the idea that he was more than just emotionally compromised was quickly dispelled. The reveal that Birkhoff is really Lionel Peller, the son of a highly placed NSA agent who Amanda has had doubled and replaced makes the meat puppet story personal and Birkhoff’s backstory was fittingly full of daddy issues and angst (and murdered pet spiders named Lovecraft). I do wish we got to hear what Birkhoff was playing on guitar. I’m guessing something by you had told me during Season 1 that Birkhoff would become one of my favorite characters I wouldn’t have believed you, but ever since he grudgingly joined Team Nikita in Season 2 I have been Team Nerd, and it’s always great when Aaron Stanford gets a chance to shine. Birkhoff is still angry at his dad but he loves him, and still craves his approval on some level (which he doesn’t really get). Of course dad’s double didn’t recognize him, but as a metaphor for the distance between Birkhoff and the real Robert Peller, it was just brutal. When the real reunion occurred secretly in code land, daddy just had to call him out on being a criminal, only praising his son behind his back, to Amanda. I know they’re really short on time, but Peller’s revealing himself as Birkhoff’s father by muttering “Why did you do it? ” to the picture of Birkhoff that Amanda apparently carries around with her at all times was just exceedingly lame. I know they had to get their fast but, ugh, so clumsy. It was quickly made up for by the devastating moment when Nikita has to shoot the double in order to save Birkhoff. There he is, splattered with the guy’s blood, knowing that somewhere, there was a matching dead body for him to! Amanda has been put on administrative leave by Mr. Jones for, well, being Amanda, and that’s fine with her because she wants to crack open Peller’s brain like a walnut because she could never get Birkhoff to crack back in the day. It just gets messier and messier for our heroes, and that’s just the way we like it.
Christine Seghers is a writer at IGN TV. She lives in her own little world and rarely interacts with people, but you can still attempt to follow her on Twitter at @CMSeghers and IGN at this article informative? great’Set-Up” lifted the veil on Birkhoff’s secret past, deepening his already close friendship with Nikita.