Maddie is named captain of the girls’ basketball team just as the school principal announces he is cutting funding for the program. Determined to change his mind, Maddie voices her concern to the principal, only to realize her team has abandoned her. Frustrated with her lack of leadership skills, Maddie turns to Liv to help her earn the team’s respect. Meanwhile, Parker and Joey are challenged trying to find a bevy of tarantulas that escaped after Parker brought them home from school, unbeknownst to their mom.
The episode begins with the Rooneys in the morning sitting down to eat breakfast together. Liv announces the beginning of the rest of their lives with her. She comes over to sit down and eat with the family but does not see her normal chair of which Maddie reveals was broken over Joey's back while he and Parker were wrestling. Karen asks Joey to get Liv a chair. Liv, anxious and excited to be seated, is disappointed when Joey instead gives her a trashcan to sit on saying, "Welcome to home, Hollywood."
- Dove Cameron as Liv and Maddie Rooney
- Joey Bragg as Joey Rooney
- Tenzing Norgay Trainor as Parker Rooney
- Benjamin King as Pete Rooney
- Kali Rocha as Karen Rooney
- Jessica Marie Garcia as Willow
- Amanda Misquez as Cassie
- Bridgette Shergalis as Stains
- Emmy Buckner as Liv #2
- Shelby Wulfert as Maddie #2
Parker: Keep going until you get to cupcake!
Joey: [picks up trashcan for Liv] Welcome home, Hollywood.
Liv: Oh, I don't sleep in bags.
Maddie: Remind me what step two is again.
Joey: Wait, I am 9th grader.That was the best yearbook picture I ever taken. WAIT!
- Team-a-Rooney is the first episode about Maddie and her team.
- This episode does not have Diggie in it, even though he's captain of the boys' basketball team.
- When the tarantulas are crawling up Karen's back, there are 5. However, there were 6 and Parker had found 3 of them, so there could not have been 5 loose.
- 18 October, 2013 (Disney Channel Australia)