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#1 “I Have Evil Inside of Me, Michael”: This is, arguably, the best episode of the series, in large part thanks to Maggie Q’s mesmerizing performance. Nikita’s palpable anger that Michael would sacrifice himself just so they could be together faded into devastation as she confessed that he would not love her if he knew what she was capable of. The raw anguish in Q’s delivery made this scene almost painful to watch. And Shane West’s earnestness as Michael told Nikita that he loved even the darkest parts of her was equally devastating. Their performances elevated the material and helped to make this the quintessential Michael/Nikita scene.  

The 15 Most Pivotal Moments of Michael and Nikita’s Relationship.

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#5 “Give Me the Damn Glock!”: In the midst of a rescue mission, Michael had to go back for Nikita’s engagement ring, yelling as much at her when Nikita questioned why he was running back into the fray. The look on Nikita’s face when she realized Michael had just spontaneously proposed was priceless. I debated whether or not to include the more traditional proposal scene at the end of this episode, but this one just felt more fitting for our spy couple.  

The 15 Most Pivotal Moments of Michael and Nikita’s Relationship.

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#4 “I Don’t Need You as My Partner in the Field. I Need You as My Partner in My Life.”: To break Michael out of his funk, Nikita challenged him to spar the way they used to back in their Division days. Michael took the bait and it gave Nikita a chance to get through to him. After losing his hand, Michael just wanted to put the past behind him and move forward with his life. While Nikita understood that, she would not let their love be something he left behind and she vowed to never stop fighting for him. One of the best things about these two was that when one of them fell, the other refused to let them stay down.  

The 15 Most Pivotal Moments of Michael and Nikita’s Relationship.

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#7 “If You Want to Save Me, Save Yourself.”: In order to survive the nano-toxin he had been dosed with, Michael had to die. When Sonya’s attempts to resuscitate him failed, Nikita begged Michael to come back to her and Michael followed Nikita’s voice back to the land of the living. Nikita’s words managed to make Michael’s heart beat again when nothing else could, a sure sign of the strength of their love.   

The 15 Most Pivotal Moments of Michael and Nikita’s Relationship.

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#9 “You’re the Strongest Person I’ve Ever Met”: Michael was distraught when he learned the truth about Percy’s role in the deaths of his wife and daughter. He told Nikita about the future he planned for his family and how he intended to kill Percy for taking that away from him. Nikita promised Michael his revenge, as soon as they found the rest of Percy’s black boxes. Shane West’s devastating performance, combined with Nikita’s instant forgiveness of Michael’s planned double-cross, made this one of the most memorable Michael/Nikita scenes.  

The 15 Most Pivotal Moments of Michael and Nikita’s Relationship.