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Out of Mind, Out of Sight
Alternate Title: Invisible Girl
May 19, 1997
4V11

 
Credits

Writers:
Joss Whedon (story)
Ashley Gable
Thomas A. Swyden (teleplay)


Director:
Reza Badiyi


Regulars:
Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers
Nicholas Brendon as Xander Harris
Alyson Hannigan as Willow Rosenberg
Charisma Carpenter as Cordelia Chase
Anthony Stewart Head as Rupert Giles
Guest Stars:
David Boreanaz as Angel
Armin Shimerman as Principal Snyder
Cast:
Clea DuVall as Marcie Ross
Ryan Bittle as Mitch
Denise Dowse as Ms. Miller
John Knight as Bud 1
Mercedes McNab as Harmony
Mark Phelan as Agent Doyle
Skip Stellrecht as Agent Manetti
Julie Fulton as FBI teacher

 
Synopsis

Cordelia's friends are being attacked by an invisible force and nobody is sure what is happening; Buffy hears laughing but finds nothing when she follows it. The gang concludes that it may be an invisible person, and the prime suspect is Marcie Ross — a girl whom no one seems to remember, even though she was in everyone's classes. Giles, Willow and Xander follow music they think is Marcie, only to find themselves trapped in the boiler room with a gas leak; they are rescued by Angel. Meanwhile, Buffy and Cordelia are kidnapped by Marcie and taken to the Bronze, where Buffy luckily manages to escape and stop Marcie before she disfigures Cordelia. After she has caught Marcie, two government officials enter, taking Marcie away to be 'rehabilitated'. — Short synopsis by angel_star.

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Monstervision

The obvious influence here is H.G. Wells' 1897 novel The Invisible Man (made into a classic horror movie starring Claude Rains by Universal Studios in 1933), in which a brilliant scientist finds a formula which can turn him invisible, but which also makes him insane. Believe it or not, the assertion that Marcie turned invisible because no one paid attention to her has a precedent in speculative fiction. Sci-Fi author Orson Scott Card considered the question of the extent to which human will can affect the body's physical reality in his novels Xenocide (1992) and Children of the Mind (1996).

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Dialogue to Die For

Principal Snyder: "There are no dead students here. This week."

Xander: "Research Boy comes through with the knowledge."

Giles: "A vampire in love with a Slayer. It's rather poetic... in a maudlin sort of way."

Giles: "Once again I teeter at the precipice of the generation gap."

Cordelia: "This is all about me! Me, me, me!"
Xander: "Wow! For once she's right!"

Cordelia: "If I'm not crowned tonight then, then Marcie's won! And that would be bad. She's evil, okay? Way eviler than me."

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References

  • "My eyes are hazel, Helen Keller."  Helen Adams Keller (1880-1968) lost both her hearing and her sight to a fever when she was two. With the help of a remarkable teacher named Anne Sullivan, she learned to communicate and even speak, graduated from Radcliffe College with honors in 1904, and went on to be a lecturer and activist, crusading for women's rights and the rights of the disabled. A famous movie about her and Anne Sullivan, called The Miracle Worker, was released in 1962, starring Patty Duke as Helen Keller. (Duke played Anne Sullivan in the 1979 TV remake of the film which starred Melissa Gilbert as Helen.)
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Notes

  • Giles and Angel meet for the first time in this episode.

  • The Tiberius Manifesto and the Pergamum Codex are among the more important volumes of Slayer-related lore which have been or are believed to be lost, though Angel is able to find the Codex and give it to Giles.
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Comments

Brian:
Maybe it's just me, but I don't think that Charisma Carpenter is a very good actress. Thus, any episode centering on Cordelia, as this one does, is going to suffer in my opinion. The story is good, and the inclusion of Angel as a pre-cursor to the season finale which follows is done nicely. But for all the nice touches, I couldn't get away from my dislike of Charisma Carpenter, and so this competes with "The Pack" in my opinion for the rank of the first season's least-favorite episode. (5/10)
Will:
Cordelia becomes human... well, only for a little while. All of the people around her were being bumped off and I found myself wondering if she would meet her untimely end. As evil a person as she is, I was ultimately glad she was not killed off. On the whole I found this episode to be fun and interesting, but it lacked that "punch" that many other episodes have had. (7/10)
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Nielsens
Air Date Rating Ranking
May 19, 1997 2.4 NA
July 27, 1997 NA NA
October 20, 1997 3.1 97 of 109 (tie)
July 27, 1998 2.3 96 of 112 (tie)

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