Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 1, Episode 11

Out of Mind, Out of Sight (19 May 1997)

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As the queen election approaches, an invisible force attacks Cordelia's closest friends.

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Cordelia's date for the may queen election, hunky jock Mitch, is beaten black and blue in the locker-room by a 'floating' baseball bat. Angel tells Giles he can get the Pargamon Codex, the best of the missing prophecy books concerning the vampire Master. The next victim of the invisible batterer is Harmony, a close friend of Cordelia; while the gang looks into missing teenagers, presuming one has turned into a spitefully aggressive ghost as the words 'look' and 'listen' are written near the victims, English teacher Miller is nearly asphyxiated. The gang finds the 'ghostified' girl is Marcie Ross, who became invisible because she felt nobody ever noticed her, and is after vengeance on pupils who ignored her... Written by KGF Vissers

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When in class discussing Skylock, Cordelia says "That is such a Twinkie defense," she is referring to a derisive label for an improbable legal defense. It was a term coined by reporters during their coverage of the trial of defendant Dan White for the murders of San Francisco city supervisor Harvey Milk and mayor George Moscone. White's defense was that he suffered diminished capacity as a result of his depression. His change in diet from healthy food to Twinkies and other sugary food was said to be a symptom of depression. Their consumption was symptomatic of his underlying depression and led to this actions which resulted in the murder of Milk. White was convicted of voluntary manslaughter. The story of this murder was portrayed in Milk (2008), an American biographical film based on the life of gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk. See more »

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When Mitch is getting dressed in the locker room, he pulls his jeans on under the towel. When the angle changes, the towel is gone. See more »

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Willow: [looking at Marcie Ross' yearbook] 'Have a nice summer', 'Have a nice summer'. This girl had no friends at all.
Giles: Once again I teeter at the precipice of the generation gap.
Buffy: 'Have a nice summer' is what you write when you have nothing to say.
Xander: It's the kiss of death.
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References Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (1969) See more »

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An invisible girl's after Cordy
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Everyone feels like a nobody from time to time, ignored and overlooked by the people around them. But at Sunnydale High being unpopular can lead to the on-set of actual invisibility. Marcy, the school's least noticed student, has become transparent and is determined to get her revenge on the cool kids in class. Harmony is shoved down the stairs, Cordelia's new boyfriend gets a baseball bat massage and as for Cordy herself... Well, things don't look so good for our newly elected May Queen. Desperate enough to risk social leprosy, Cordy goes to the Scoobies for help in dealing with Marcy's wrath.

This isn't my favorite episode, mostly because it relies so heavily on Marcy, a character who we've never seen before. (No pun intended.) It does have some good parts, though. Hearing Cordy's take on the "Merchant of Venice" is pretty funny. Especially, her own traumatic experience running over a selfish bicycler, who just wanted to whine about her leg, instead of focusing on poor Cordy's problems. And for everyone who's ever written "Have a nice summer!" in a yearbook, this is an episode that will make you smile and wince at the same time.

On the down side, I don't really like the end of the episode, with Marcy being recruited by the government. It seems a little too X-File-y. Also, the Scoobies spend so much time trying to figure out what's going on and who's behind the invisible attacks that the episode takes a while to really get going. As for Marcy, I started out feeling a little sorry for her, but after she attacked several people, tried to kill Giles, Willow & Xander and kidnapped Buffy and Cordelia, I ended up seeing her a nut job. No wonder people ignored her. Students becoming invisible at Sunnydale High will be referenced again in season seven, but all in all, this is another episode you could skip and not miss much.

My favorite part of the episode: Cordelia talking to Buffy about popularity. "Sometimes people are so busy agreeing with me, that they don't even hear what I'm saying." It's really our first glimpse of the bright, insightful Cordelia lurking behind her snobby cheerleader facade.


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