The Three Geeks mistakenly turn Buffy invisible. The Slayer takes some advantage from going unseen. Willow has to do the detective without using magic, while Xander finds Spike doing some weird physical training.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Social Services Supervisor
Kelly Parver ...
Girl in Park
Jeffrey Jacquin ...
Meter Man
Dwight Bacquie ...
Security Guard


The Geek Trio have built an invisibility ray and accidentally hit Buffy with it. But since everything in Buffy's life is a mess right now, she decides she likes the invisible life. But Xander and Anya discover the invisibility comes with a toll. Meanwhile, Willow tries to live life without magic. Written by Alex

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8 January 2002 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


As Buffy is leaving the social services office, she can be heard whistling "Going through the Motions," the opening song from episode 7, "Once More with Feeling." See more »


When Dawn enters the kitchen to discover an invisible Buffy, the pizza box on the counter changes places and several new items appear from one shot to another. See more »


Xander: So, what have we found out so far?
Willow Rosenberg: Take a look at that! Something sped outta here pretty damn quick to make that kind of a tread mark.
Xander: This could have been made any time.
Willow Rosenberg: Yeah, but this wasn't.
[Willow gives Xander a little bottle]
Xander: What is it?
Willow Rosenberg: Paint that I scraped off the fire hydrant.
Xander: What fire hydrant?
[clashes his foot at something solid]
Xander: OW!
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References The Shining (1980) See more »


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
Performed by Nerf Herder
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Now you see her,....
29 April 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Good; Love all the Invisible Buffy stuff it's just great. Also like Nancy Drew Willow and Buffy's new hair. Love Joanthon standing up to Warren too.

The Bad; You rather think that Buffy's Slayer healing would take care of whatever the Geeks have done to her, it never seems that much of a threat "She's pudding"?

Best line; Buffy (as the social worker looks at the bag of grass) "It's not what you think, it's magic weed"

Women good/men bad; The Geeks again being their sleazy selves. Amazingly it's Spike who kicks Buffy out because she's using him. The girls seem mightily fascinated with Buffy's new hairstyle.

Jeez!; Naked Spike under the sheets

Kinky dinky; The Geeks plan to turn themselves invisible and sneak into a beauty parlour to watch women get bikini waxes (which hardly seems very erotic to me). Buffy and Spike at it again, especially love the 'Hey that's cheating!' gag. Dawn loves her mother's African fertility statue Kokopelli (jeepers!) and is sorry to throw him out. Buffy appears to have an erogenous zone in her left jean pocket to judge from her reaction when Spike retrieves his lighter. Xander appears to accidentally grab invisible Buffy's breasts in the Magic Shop. She is pretty damn aggressive when she goes to Spike's crypt, almost Angel/Darla style.

Captain Subtext; Jonathon refers to Warren as 'You penis'. Xander thinks Spike should get a girlfriend. The social worker observes that Buffy lives with another woman but Buffy denies it's a 'gay' thing. Andrew remarks on the Geeks' plans 'Naked women and... all the naked women'.

Apocalypses; 6

Scoobies in bondage: Buffy: 8 Giles: 4 Cordy: 5 Will: 3 Jenny: 1 Angel: 4 Oz: 1 Faith: 3 Joyce: 1 Wes: 1 Xander; 1 Dawn; 3

Scoobies knocked out: Willow knocked out by Warren at the arcade. Buffy: 17 Giles: 12 Cordy: 6 Xander: 11 Will: 8 Jenny: 2 Angel: 6 Oz: 3 Faith: 1 Joyce: 3 Wes: 1 Anya;3 Dawn; 2

Kills: Buffy: 103 vamps, 41 demons, 6 monsters, 3 humans, 1 werewolf, 1 spirit warrior & a robot Giles: 8 vamps, 2 demon, 1 human, 1 god. Cordy: 3 vamps, a demon Will: 6 vamps + 2 demons +1 fawn. Angel: 3 vamps, 1 demon, 1 human Oz: 3 vamps, 1 zombie Faith: 16 vamps, 5 demons, 3 humans Xander: 6 vamps, 2 zombies, 1 a demon, Anya: 1 vamp and 1 a demon Riley; 18 vamps + 7 demons Spike; 8 vamps and 2 demon Buffybot; 2 vamps Tara; 1 demon Dawn; 1 vamp

Scoobies go evil: Giles: 1 Cordy: 1 Will: 2 Jenny: 1 Angel: 1 Oz: 1 Joyce: 1 Xander: 4 Anya; 1 Dawn; 1

Alternate scoobies: Buffy: 7 Giles: 4 Cordy: 1 Will: 3 Jenny: 2 Angel: 3 Oz: 2 Joyce: 2 Xander: 4 Tara; 1 Dawn;1 Spike; 1

Recurring characters killed: 10 Jesse, Flutie, Jenny, Kendra, Larry, Snyder, Professor Walsh, Forrest, McNamara, Joyce

Sunnydale deaths; 93

Total number of scoobies: Xander, Willow, Buffy, Anya, Spike,

Xander demon magnet: 5(6?) Preying Mantis Lady, Inca Mummy Girl, Drusilla, VampWillow, Anya (arguably Buffy & Faith with their demon essences?), Dracula?

Scoobies shot: Giles: 2 Angel: 3 Oz: 4 Riley; 1

Notches on Scooby bedpost: Giles: 2; Joyce & Olivia, possibly Jenny and 3xDraccy babes? Cordy: 1? Buffy: 4 confirmed; Angel, Parker, Riley, Spike. 1 possible, Dracula(?) Angel: 1;Buffy Joyce: 1;Giles, 2 possible, Ted and Dracula(?) Oz: 3; Groupie, Willow & Verucca Faith:2 ;Xander, Riley Xander: 2; Faith, Anya Willow: 2;Oz and Tara Riley; 3; Buffy, Sandy and unnamed vampwhore Spike; 1 Buffy

Spike; good or bad? Spike does try to support Buffy's interview with the social services but really comes across as the worst boyfriend ever. Spike goes to help Dawn and Willow.

Dawn in peril; 8

Dawn the bashful virgin; 6

What the fanficcers thought; Invisible Xander is a common theme

Questions and observations; Why is Buffy so broke when she has this great big diamond in her possession? Surely she can return it for the reward? What happens to the Invisible Ray? I know in fanfic it's often stashed in the Summers' house cellar in order to save the day in a future episode. Xander and Buffy recall Invisible Marcie from season 1 (whatever happened to her?) Love Buffy's puma t-shirt, her spirit guide? Whilst we often observe that Warren is prepared to sacrifice the other Geeks here he suddenly turns around to find that they've deserted him and taken the Invisible Ray with them. A lot of people find fault with invisible Buffy's hijinks but she's had such a hard time lately I think she deserves some carefree fun. Buffy taking on the invisible geeks must make her thankful for Giles' blindfolded training.

Marks out of 10; 7/10, no masterpiece but enjoyable enough

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