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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Initiative

Spike awakens to find himself being held in a government facility. He soon stages an escape to target Buffy, unaware of what this governmental operation is up to and what it means for him.

Meanwhile, Riley realises that he's fallen for Buffy and tries to woo her. Little do either know of the secret life the other is hiding.

Episode Info
Episode number: 4x7
Production Number: 4ABB07
Airdate: Tuesday November 16th, 1999
Network: WB

Guest Stars
Marc BlucasMarc Blucas
As Riley Finn
Mercedes McNabMercedes McNab
As Harmony
Adam KaufmanAdam Kaufman
As Parker Abrams
Bailey ChaseBailey Chase
As Graham Miller
Leonard RobertsLeonard Roberts
As Forrest Gates
Lindsay CrouseLindsay Crouse
As Maggie Walsh

Co-Guest Stars
Mace LombardMace Lombard
As Tom
Scott BeckerScott Becker
As Lost Freshman
Main Cast
Sarah Michelle GellarSarah Michelle Gellar
As Buffy Anne Summers
Nicholas BrendonNicholas Brendon
As Alexander "Xander" Harris
Alyson HanniganAlyson Hannigan
As Willow Rosenberg
Anthony Stewart HeadAnthony Stewart Head
As Rupert Giles
Episode Notes
This episode scored a 5.7/8 in the ratings.

This episode ranked 4th out of 15 WB shows for the week.

This episode scored a 3.5 in the national rating.

Ranked 97 out of 139 prime time shows.

Seth Green has been removed from the opening titles sequence. James Marsters now takes his place in the credits as he is upgraded to a starring role starting with this episode.

This episode introduces the behavioural modification chip Spike has implanted in his brain. This becomes a plot device all the way through to Season 7.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
DeadstarLights Go Down 
Four Star MaryFate 
Jake Lee RauWelcome 
That DogNever Say Never 

Episode Quotes
Xander: No studying? Damn! Next thing you'll tell is I have to eat jelly doughnuts or sleep with a supermodel to get things done around here. I ask you, how much can one man give?

Spike: (in Initiative cell; about Buffy) I always worried what would happen when that bitch got some funding.

Buffy: You know, for someone who teaches human behavior, you might try showing some.
Walsh: It's not my job to coddle my students.
Buffy: You're right. A human being in pain has nothing to do with your job. (Buffy leaves)
Walsh: (to Riley) I like her.

Harmony: Spikey. Let's leave the Slayer alone. You know she'll only slap you around, and I can do that.

Xander: Every man faces this moment. Here, now. Watching, waiting for an unseen enemy that has no face. Nerve endings screaming in silence, never knowing which thought might be your last...
Giles: Oh, shut up.

Willow: (to Riley) If you hurt her, I will beat you to death with a shovel. A vague disclaimer's nobody's friend. Have fun!

Episode Goofs
When Spike has Willow against the wall in her dorm room and vamps out, the camera repeatedly cuts between two shots. In the shots with Spike's back to the camera, his collar is up; it's down when facing him.

It's not made clear how Spike is able to toss around the scientists during his escape from the Initiative lab and later the soldiers in the dorm without the neurological pain from his implant that he experiences at other times.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoss Whedon
Executive ProducerKaz Kuzui  |  Fran Rubel Kuzui  |  Gail Berman  |  Sandy Gallin  |  Joss Whedon
Supervising ProducerMarti Noxon
ProducerGareth Davies  |  David Fury
Co-ProducerJane Espenson  |  James A. Contner  |  David Solomon
Consulting ProducerDavid Greenwalt
Production DesignerCarey Meyer
EditorRegis Kimble
CastingJennifer Fishman  |  Amy McIntyre Britt  |  Anya Colloff
Unit Production ManagerJohn F. Perry
First Assistant DirectorBrenda Kalosh
Second Assistant DirectorAthena Alexander
Music EditorFernand Bos
Costume DesignerCynthia Bergstrom
HairstylistLisa Marie Rosenberg
Key GripTom Keefer
Camera OperatorAllen D. Easton
Set DecoratorDavid A. Koneff
Location ManagerEd Duffy
Transportation CoordinatorRobert Ellis (2)
Property MasterRandy Eriksen
Construction CoordinatorSteve West
Production Sound MixerDavid Yaffe
Script SupervisorRhonda Hyde
Production CoordinatorCathy Carr (2)
Script CoordinatorDavid H. Goodman
Assistant EditorMarilyn McMahon Adams
Supervising Sound EditorCindy Rabideau
Re-Recording MixerRon Evans  |  Adam Sawelson  |  Tom Perry
LeadmanGustav Gustafson
Director of PhotographyMichael Gershman
Stunt CoordinatorJeff Pruitt
Production SupervisorMarc D. Alpert
Art DirectorCaroline Quinn-Decker
Post Production CoordinatorBrian Wankum
Executive Story EditorDouglas Petrie
Visual Effects SupervisorLoni Peristere
Main Title DesignMontgomery/cobb
Chief Lighting TechnicianChristopher C. Strong
ScoreChristophe Beck
AssistantDiego Gutierrez (1)  |  Charles Murray (4)
Casting AssociateLonnie Hamerman
Key HairstylistMichael Moore (3)
Original CastingMarcia Shulman
Special Effects CoordinatorBruce Minkus
Stunt DoubleSophia Crawford
Makeup ArtistBrigette A. Myre  |  Robin Beauchesne
Paint ForemanLisa Gamel
Make-up SupervisorTodd McIntosh
Theme ByNerf Herder
Production AuditorEdwin L. Perez
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