Out of Mind, Out of Sight (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
|"Out of Mind, Out of Sight"|
|Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode|
Buffy listens intently for Marcie's movements
|Episode no.||Season 1|
|Directed by||Reza Badiyi|
|Story by||Joss Whedon|
|Teleplay by||Ashley Gable|
Thomas A. Swyden
|Original air date||May 19, 1997|
"Out of Mind, Out of Sight", also known as "Invisible Girl", is the 11th episode of Season One of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In the episode, an invisible force is attacking people at the local school and Cordelia may be in danger. The relationship between Buffy and Cordelia grows closer.
After her English class, Cordelia arranges to meet with the teacher the next day to talk about her paper. In the boys' locker room, Cordelia's boyfriend is attacked by an invisible assailant with a baseball bat and taken to hospital. Buffy enters the boys' locker room and finds the word "LOOK" spray-painted on the lockers. As Buffy approaches her, Harmony is pushed down the stairs by an invisible force and injures her ankle. The invisible thing bumps into Buffy before escaping.
As the Scooby Gang disperse, Buffy follows the sound of a flute. Looking over Willow's list of missing children, Buffy suspects Marcie when she sees she played the flute. Buffy finds Marcie's hideout. While Buffy is looking at Marcie's yearbook, Marcie—who is invisible—is standing behind her with a knife. Marcie then finds Mrs. Miller, Cordelia's English teacher, and suffocates her with a plastic bag. Cordelia arrives a short while afterwards and saves Mrs. Miller. An invisible hand writes "LISTEN" on the blackboard.
In a flashback, Marcie is sitting in her literature class as she attempts to answer a question posed by the teacher and is looked over in favor of her classmates, even though she had her hand up. Her hand then starts to fade away. Giles realizes that Marcie did not willingly become invisible, but was made invisible due to people never noticing her existence. As the Scoobies think back to Harmony and Mitch, and flick through Marcie's yearbook, they find Cordelia's picture, horribly defaced. They realize that Marcie is after Cordelia, whom she resented for constantly being the center of attention; suddenly the latter walks into the library asking Buffy for protection. They explain to Cordelia who is following her and decide to use her as bait and to have Buffy bodyguard her.
Using recorded flute music, Marcie lures Willow, Xander and Giles into the boiler room where she closes the door and opens the gas, then grabs Cordelia as she is changing. Buffy follows Cordelia and finds her unconscious. Marcie injects Buffy with a sedative and renders her unconscious
Buffy and Cordelia wake up; they are tied to some chairs. They see the word "LEARN" written on a curtain, and Marcie says that Cordelia is the lesson—or will be after Marcie surgically disfigures her face. Buffy kicks the instrument tray at Marcie and frees herself from the ropes. In the boiler room, Angel rescues the Scooby Gang and closes the gas valve. Buffy realizes that she must use her other senses to fight an invisible enemy; she concentrates, listening to Marcie, and knocks her into a curtain before knocking her out. After Buffy frees Cordelia, two mysterious FBI agents arrive to haul Marcie away.
Marcie is taken by the FBI to a school of invisible students. She sits down in class and opens her textbook, called Assassination and Infiltration, of which she approves.
Broadcast and reception
"Out of Mind, Out of Sight" was first broadcast on The WB. It received a Nielsen rating of 2.3 on its initial airing. Noel Murray of The A.V. Club rated the episode B, writing that it "comes awfully close to being a classic, but can't quite overcome ... some erratic performances and a plot that's more busy than necessary". He praised the more subtle scenes but said that it was "a little too blunt about its metaphor". DVD Talk's Phillip Duncan called "Out of Mind, Out of Sight" "[a]n ingenious combination of monster and social commentary [that] make this another standout episode". A review from the BBC was also positive, describing it as a "clever script" with "a carefully polished plot".
- This episode marks the first meeting of Giles and Angel.
- In this episode, Angel retrieves the Pergamum Codex for Giles, which has a major impact on Buffy in the final episode of the season, "Prophecy Girl".
- This is the first episode of the series and its spin-off Angel in which the protagonists encounter a paranormal phenomenon that is not connected to any supernatural event, but rather a scientific one.
- This episode is referenced in the Season 7 episode "Storyteller" when Buffy stops a shy girl from turning invisible.
- BBC episode guide
- "Nielsen Ratings for Buffy's First Season". Archived from the original on 23 August 2006. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
- Murray, Noel (26 June 2008). ""Nightmares", etc". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
- Duncan, Phillip (21 January 2002). "Buffy the Vampire Slayer — Season 1". DVD Talk. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
- "Out of Mind, Out of Sight: Review". BBC. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
- Golden, Christopher & Holder, Nancy. Buffy the Vampire Slayer : The Watcher Guide Volume 1. New York: Pocket Books, 1998. Print.