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Out of Mind, Out of Sight 

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



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Rupert Giles (as Anthony Stewart Head)
John Knight ...
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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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19 May 1997 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Willow wears a Scooby-Doo t-shirt in this episode. Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy) goes on to portray Daphne in Scooby-Doo (2002) and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004). There are also numerous references throughout the series to Buffy and the gang being called the Scoobies. See more »


During the fight scene in The Bronze, when Buffy frees herself from her ropes she starts to untie Cordelia and loosens the ropes on her left hand significantly, loose enough for Cordelia to remove her hand. At the end of the scene, the ropes are tight again. See more »


Cordelia: You think I'm never lonely because I'm so cute and popular? I can be surrounded by people and be completely alone. It's not like any of them really know me. I don't even know if they like me half the time. People just want to be in a popular zone. Sometimes when I talk, everyone's so busy agreeing with me, they don't hear a word I say.
Buffy: Well, if you feel so alone, then why do you work so hard at being popular?
Cordelia: Well, it beats being alone all by yourself.
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Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Band Candy (1998) See more »


Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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An invisible girl's after Cordy
14 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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