Section One operative Eric Webber offers to help Nikita escape from Section One with him, but Nikita does not know whether she can trust him. While mulling over Webber's offer, Nikita goes on a mission to help rescue two U.S. Marines held hostage by a South American terrorist. During the mission, Michael and Nikita act on their unspoken attraction to each other by kissing passionately. Nikita refuses to join Eric when he escapes, and she learns later that Michael was aware of Eric's plans all along. Eric will be eliminated. Michael reverts to his former businesslike self, and Nikita realizes that he manipulated her emotions to keep her from escaping. Michael saved her life, but at what cost?