Title: Someone Else’s Shadow
Air Date: January 10, 1999
Synopsis: Michael’s ongoing mission for the past three years involved marrying and having a child with Elana, the daughter of an elusive terrorist.
Michael’s ongoing mission for the past three years involved marrying and having a child with Elana, the daughter of an elusive terrorist. Simone, Michael’s deceased real wife, knew of the mission but they didn’t discuss it. Elana hasn’t spoken to her father since she was six, and the Section’s goal was to have her reconcile with her father, Sala Valchek, so he would be vulnerable.
Michael gets Madeline’s permission to bring Nikita into the mission to help convince Elana to contact her father; Madeline was aware that Nikita already visited him. Madeline interrogates two bombers from an embassy bombing. Leading to information tying him to a faction of Red Cell and a link to a former friend Dave Williams.
Nikita brings Williams in by infiltrating an office complex and jumping, with him, from the eighteenth floor on to an airbag.
Section produces a letter sent to Elana from her father. This along with Nikita’s visits, prompts her to write back. Section manipulates the letter and has it delivered to Valchek through a now cooperative, after his interrogation, Williams. Section provides a verifiable origin for the letter, and Valchek’s man initiates contact.
After several visits Elana asks Nikita to move in; Section moves quickly to strengthen her background since they are now under Valchek’s observation. Nikita dreams of Michael the first night in the house. Operations wants Valchek at all cost, and designs an elaborate plan to eliminate him after Elana receives directions to a meeting spot. Nikita feels heart broken for Michael since, while Elana and Adam will be safe, he will never see them after the mission is complete. Nikita babysits Adam when Michael and Alan go to a park to meet her father. However, he only sends an assistant to give her a gift for Adam. Operations and Madeline decide Valchek is not in a hurry to see his daughter so they plan to give him an urgent reason.