Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)
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The I in Team 

Buffy teams with Riley after she is allowed access to the Initiative; Spike is targeted by commandos.


James A. Contner


Joss Whedon (created by), David Fury | 1 more credit »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon ... Xander Harris
Alyson Hannigan ... Willow Rosenberg
Marc Blucas ... Riley Finn
James Marsters ... Spike
Anthony Head ... Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Amber Benson ... Tara Maclay
George Hertzberg ... Adam
Leonard Roberts ... Forrest Gates
Bailey Chase ... Graham Miller
Jack Stehlin ... Dr. Angelman
Emma Caulfield Ford ... Anya (as Emma Caulfield)
Lindsay Crouse ... Professor Maggie Walsh
Neil Daly Neil Daly ... Mason


Buffy is working within the Initiative, excited by the military equipment and collaboration with her lover Riley, with whom she finally shares love to the full, but who proves trained as a selected soldier to follow orders without too many questions. Meanwhile, Professor Walsh hides from them a secret project, assembling 'Adam' from parts of various monster races. Xander hopes to become Anya's big spender by starting a business in 'Booster' bars, but nobody seems to like any of the flavors, at all. Spike just moved out to his crypt and told Giles he wanted nothing more to do with the gang, but has to rush back begging for their help after being shot by the commandos -now equipped with command cameras- with a dart, which Xander identifies as a tracer. Willow performs an ionization spell as camouflage during surgical removal. Professor Walsh feels inquisitive Buffy has become a liability with too much influence on Riley, and sets her up to be cornered in the sewers with two slasher ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

8 February 2000 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode marks the first appearance of Adam, who will become the season's Big Bad. See more »


When being integrated into the Initiative, Professor Walsh hands a pager to Buffy. Buffy then insinuates that she has never had one before and that she has meant to get one. However, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Never Kill a Boy on the First Date, when she is about to go on her date with Owen she says to Giles "If the apocalypse comes, beep me." as she holds up a pager. See more »


[first lines]
Willow Rosenberg: I implore you, Neisa, blessed goddess of chance and fortune, heed my call. Send to me the heart I desire.
Xander Harris: [the camera pulls back to show she is holding five cards] You know, magic at the poker table qualifies as cheating.
Willow Rosenberg: That wasn't magic. I was praying. Two, please.
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References Private Benjamin (1980) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Performed by Nerf Herder
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Buffy teams up with The Initiative
19 June 2019 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

After showing how tough she is Buffy is invited into The Initiative. She is impressed by the scale of their operation and its apparent professionalism but they aren't so keen on the questions she keeps asking. She accompanies Riley on a mission and they capture a demon; afterwards they enjoy a night of passion unaware that they are being observed. Meanwhile Spike has been shot with an Initiative tracker; something he will need help removing. The next day, as Riley joins the search for spike, Buffy is sent to tackle a low-level demon which puts her in grave danger. Away from the action Willow's friendship with Tara is deepening.

This was a solid episode; it provided some enjoyable Buffy verses demon action, solid character development and a good twist. After all we've seen of The Initiative it was good to see Buffy finally get inside; this suggested a change of dynamic between our protagonists was likely. Something that appears to be confirmed when Buffy leaves her friends at the Bronze to hunt a demon with The Initiative. The love scene between Buffy and Riley starts off sexy, the way it is interwoven with then fighting a demon strangely adds to this, and suddenly turns creepy when we learn that they are being observed... something that later leads to Buffy being put in danger. The development of Willow and Tara's relationship is taking place at a gentle pace although there are hints that they are becoming more than friends... it will be interesting to see how things turn out for them. Spikes story leads to some decent laughs as Giles turns the tables on him after being made to pay for Spike's help following the events of the previous episode. Finally there is a shock ending which gives a solid introduction to 'Adam'; the creation that looks set to play a major role in upcoming episodes.

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