Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The I In Team

Season 4, Ep 13, Aired 2/8/00
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  • Episode Description
  • When Riley tells his superiors about Buffy, they invite her to join the Initiative. It soon becomes apparent, however, that her independent attitude and need to question orders may not be what the Initiative is looking for.

  • Cast & Crew
  • James Marsters

    Spike

  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy Anne Summers

  • Marc Blucas

    Riley Finn

  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Fan Reviews (16)
  • The I in Team

    By arkanitoo, Aug 14, 2014

  • It's been too long since the Initiative arc has been directly touched upon and, while solid, this episode does not make up for the wait.

    By tarafan2, Jun 19, 2013

  • Buffy and Riley are finally a couple

    By joxerlives, Jan 20, 2012

  • The I In Team

    By TrueTvWatcher, Oct 22, 2010

  • Season 4, Episode 13.

    By Wanted23, Jul 02, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (22)

    • Forrest: I've always been Riley's second-in-command. Instead he picks a girl. Graham: His girl. Forrest: Whatever. Three guesses on what that boy's thinking with.

    • Buffy: Anya seems a bit edgy. Willow: She's a little antsy around commando-types. Ex-demon issues.

    • Riley: Hope you don't mind us tagging along. Willow: No, no, of course not. The more, the... more.

    • Anya: Xander, you haven't been paying any attention to me tonight. Just peddling those processed food bricks. I don't know why. Xander: Well, let me put it in a way you'll understand. Sell bars, make money, take Anya nice places, buy pretty things. Anya: That does make sense. All right, I support you. Go sell more.

    • Willow: I've been trying to find a dolcite crystal my entire life. Well, since June, anyway.

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    Notes (7)

    • The crypt which Spike moves into appears to be the same crypt which the Gang visited in the last episode, "A New Man", the one in which the Demon Prince Barvain was supposed to rise.

    • The music that is played while Buffy and Riley have sex is Delerium's "Window to your soul."

    • The area of the Initiative Headquarters where hands-on research is done on the demons is called "The Pit."

    • In this episode, Buffy tells Maggie that she was thinking about getting a pager. Apparently she lost the one she had in season 1's "Never Kill a Boy on the First Date".

    • This seems to mark the first time that Buffy and Riley have sex, and the first time Buffy awakes to the man she fell asleep next to.

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    Trivia (11)

    • Nitpick: When Spike gets shot by the Initiative soldiers with the tracer, he's wearing his coat, but when he goes to Giles and the gang for help, there's no hole or damage to his coat.
      In fact, he has to partially remove his coat to show them the tracer (which did leave a hole in his shirt).

    • Nitpick: Somehow, near the end of the episode Buffy gets into Giles' apartment without anyone noticing her until she speaks up. Even if she did so as quietly as possible it's bright sunshine outside, the room should have lit up when Buffy opened the door.

    • Nitpick: When Anya is seen in closeup while playing poker a small round clock can be seen on a table next to the phone. Although the scene lasts about two minutes, the time on the clock stays at 8:40.

    • Goof: In the poker scene the amount of potato chips in the blue bowl keeps changing, even though no one eats any of them.

    • Goof: Xander and Anya are trying to sell Giles some Boost Bars. When all three are seen together Anya is sitting with her legs tucked under her. When just Xander and Anya are shown Anya hasn't moved, yet her skirt has moved and her right arm is resting on a pillow that isn't in the other shot.

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    Allusions (7)

    • Visual
      After Buffy and Riley capture the Polgara demon, they have sex. In "Faith, Hope and Trick" (3x03), Faith said that slaying makes her horny and hungry. Buffy awkwardly responds saying yes to the hungry part. Apparently slaying does make her horny.

    • Title: The I in Team
      The title of the episode comes from the expression "There's no I in team" - meaning that in a team sport there's no room an individual who wants to do everything by themselves. This is perhaps how Professor Walsh feels about Buffy being part of the Initiative.

    • Spike: I don't care if it's playing "Rock the Casbah" on the bloody Jew's harp just get it out of me.
      Spike refers to the song "Rock the Casbah" by the British band The Clash.

    • Buffy: You mean the cammo and stuff? I thought about it but, I mean, it's gonna look all Private Benjamin.
      Buffy talks about a woman in camouflage with reference to the movie (and later television show) Private Benjamin. The movie (and TV show) was about a woman in the Army.

    • Willow: I mean, okay, yeah, they neuter vampires and demons. But then what? Get them jobs as bag-boys at Wal-Mart?
      Wal-Mart is the huge discount retailer that as far as I know does not have bag-boys.

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