|Directed by||David Solomon|
|Written by||Albert Kim|
|Original air date||October 7, 2010|
"The Guardian" is the fifth episode of the first season of Nikita.
Division's secrets are at risk of being revealed to the world when Owen, a Division operative, escapes from a bank robbery and becomes a fugitive. Percy decides to search for Owen himself, which makes Michael suspicious of his motives. Nikita and Owen go head-to-head until Percy joins them for a tense standoff. Alex sneaks into Percy's office to warn Nikita but is busted by Thom, and the two share an intimate moment.
In a bank, a Division operative named Owen is uploading some information into what seems to be one of Percy's special black boxes. Suddenly, he finds himself in the middle of a bank heist. He takes down the robbers and escapes with the box. Later, Percy receives a phone call from Owen saying that the box's security has been compromised. Even though Percy is in the middle of another operation, he hops on a plane headed for Montreal, which makes Michael suspicious.
Michael and Birkhoff find out about the bank robbery and figure out Owen's identity. Michael attempts to track him down, however, Nikita gets to the man first. She recognizes the black box as belonging to Percy. They fight, but Nikita escapes without the box. Nikita then tracks down Owen's girlfriend, Emily, and tries to convince her to call him. She does, and when Owen finds out that Nikita is with her, he heads over to Emily's apartment instead of meeting with Percy.
Percy, however, has already planned to have Owen killed as soon as the box is handed over.
At the apartment, Owen admits that the black box contains lists of names and information that Percy uses for blackmail. Nikita figures that if she destroys the black box, that will take Percy down as well. The pair are suddenly interrupted by gunfire. Emily is shot, Owen is taken by Division, and Nikita escapes.
Meanwhile, Alex breaks into Percy's office and listens in on Michael and Birkhoff talking. They've also been digging up information on Percy and are frustrated that Percy hasn't kept them in the loop about Owen. Alex contacts Nikita with this info, and then Nikita gets in touch with Percy. She claims that she has the box and that she'll hand it over if Owen is released. Owen frees himself from custody and tries to take down Percy, but is interrupted by Nikita before he kills him.
Nikita and Owen escape together. Has she acquired another ally?
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