Title: Inside Out
Air Date: July 26, 1998
Synopsis: After a failed mission to destroy a possible Red Cell munitions site in Scotland, the returning operatives infect Section One with a deadly virus.
After a failed mission to destroy a possible Red Cell munitions site in Scotland, the returning operatives infect Section One with a deadly virus. Michael and Nikita stayed behind to observe the site and were the only operatives not at risk from the virus; an Anthrax variant.
After confirmation that a virus has infected Section, Birkhoff initiates a lock-down, sealing everyone into various chambers. Nikita and Michael find the scientist who created the virus and trick him into giving them the cure by simulating his family’s freedom, who were still held by Red Cell.
During the lock-down Operations discovers that Madeline is infected and orders Birkhoff to open his chamber. However, Birkhoff refuses since Operations designed the protocol to deny himself that option. Operations breaks out of his chamber anyhow to comfort Madeline – apparently she once saved his life.
Nikita and Michael return with the cure and enter Section, risking their own lives since the antidote hadn’t been tested. Section One recovers to near full capacity. Madeline and Operations commend a very concerned Birkhoff on his performance during the situation.
Birkhoff gets dumped by Gale early in the episode, but ends up in the same room as Gale and her new boyfriend during the lock-down. He wins her back in the end.