Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 4 Episode 7

The Initiative

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 16, 1999 on The WB

Episode Recap

Spike, after being captured by the commandos, is being held hostage by them in a high-tech facility underneath the University. Riley, who has a crush on Buffy, is a member of this military-like demon-hunting crusade (called The Initiative). It also turns out that Professor Maggie Walsh is in charge of the unit, which performs experiments on the demons the commandos capture. Spike manages to escape and heads to find Buffy, whom he assumes is behind this. Instead, he finds Willow, but is unable to bite her - the Initiative has put a chip in his head that renders him unable to hurt humans; if he tries, he experiences severe neurological pain. Riley and his commandos, undercover, find Spike at Willow's dorm and attack, but Buffy shows up, and they all fight. However, circumstances have led to everyone being unable to see, so Buffy and Riley don't recognize each other, and Spike gets away.