Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 4 Episode 7

The Initiative

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



  • Trivia

    • Nitpick: If Spike has had a chip in his head since before he woke up, a chip that prevents him from harming humans, how was he able to fight his way out of the Initiative? Throughout the episode, Spike actually does a good deal of fighting without the chip going off, not just when he escapes the lab, but also when the soldier boys try to bag him in the dorm and he tosses them around. It only really goes off when he tries to bite people. A possible, albeit weak, explanation is offered near the end of the episode, when Riley is reporting in. He says that "Hostile 17 can't harm any living creature...". The key word there being "harm". The possibility of at least hurting someone seems to be confirmed as expected behaviour, when Riley continues with "...can't hardly even hit any more." If he couldn't hurt any living creature, then hitting would be unexpected; but if the limitation is harm, then hitting would still be possible.

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