Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Out of Mind, Out of Sight

Season 1, Ep 11, Aired 5/19/97
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  • Episode Description
  • An invisible force is attacking the students and teachers at Sunnydale High. Buffy and the gang must find a way to stop this unseen menace, and determine why it seems to be centering its attacks on Cordelia.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar

    Buffy Anne Summers

  • Nicholas Brendon

    Alexander 'Xander' Harris

  • Alyson Hannigan

    Willow Rosenberg

  • Charisma Carpenter

    Cordelia Chase

  • Anthony Stewart Head

    Rupert Giles

  • Fan Reviews (34)
  • "Out Of Mind, Out Of Sight"

    By tarafan2, Jun 11, 2013

  • Out of Mind, Out of Sight

    By arkanitoo, Jul 09, 2012

  • The girl who wasn't there

    By joxerlives, Jan 10, 2012

  • high school can be cruel

    By Thestorysofar, May 01, 2009

  • When an unseen force starts attacking people at Sunnydale High, it turns out to be a girl who has turned invisible – and the whole thing revolves around Cordelia. Possibly the best episode of the first season...

    By Jay-Spacedust, Apr 26, 2011

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (26)

    • Giles: I'll research all the possibilities, ghosts included. But Xander, if you're not doing anything, would you like to help me? Xander: What, so there's homework now? When did that happen? Buffy: It's all part of the glamorous world of vampire slayage. Xander: Well, what part do you have? Buffy: Gonna find out what I can about Mitch. This attack wasn't random. Xander: Well, I want that part. Buffy: Fine. You can do it. Ask around, talk to his friends. Talk to Cordelia! Xander: Talk to Cordelia? (to Giles) So, research, huh?

    • Harmony: Ow! Oh, my ankle! I think it's broken. Buffy: What happened? Snyder: (to Buffy) Hey! Who's the principal here? (to Harmony) What happened?

    • Cordelia: (giving her acceptance speech) Ask not what your school can do for you, ask "Hey! What am I wearing to the Spring Fling?"

    • Buffy: You guys didn't know Marcie Ross? Xander: Never met her. Why? Buffy: 'Cause you both wrote it, too. Xander: (reading Marcie's yearbook) "Have a nice..." Yeesh! Willow: Where am I? Oh. "Have a great summer." See, I cared!

    • Buffy: So you've come to me for help. Cordelia: Because you're always around when all this weird stuff is happening. And I know you're very strong, and you've got all those weapons... I was kind of hoping you were in a gang.

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    Notes (5)

    • This episode marks the first time in the Buffy cannon where the federal government, this case the FBI, is very much aware of the existence of supernatural forces and is attempting to use them. This would later become a major plot point in the fourth season.

    • Featured Music: Siciliano by Johann Sebastian Bach - Flute melody that Marcie plays

    • This episode will affect the rest of Cordelia's life as she had her first major encounter with the paranormal, and became more involved with the Slayer and her friends.

    • Clea Duvall also appeared in 1998's Can't Hardly Wait, which also featured future Buffy stars Seth Green and Amber Benson. She also appeared in The Grudge, which stars Sarah Michelle Gellar.

    • This episode is also (erroneously) known as "Invisible Girl."

    Trivia (15)

    • Goof: Just before Harmony falls down the stairs she has a purple backpack slung over her right shoulder, but it is gone when she tumbles down the steps.

    • Goof: At the very end of the episode as the invisible girl gets taken along a corridor by FBI agents, look towards the top of the screen, you can see a boom mike creep in as the agent says his line, then is withdrawn.

    • Nitpick: Page 54 of the textbook at the end reads: Chapter 11: Infiltration and Assassination. There is a subheading below it (Case D: Radical Cult Leader as Intended Victim), but the rest of the page is irrelevant. The paragraph begins with "August 2nd, 19xx" and the rest of the page appears to consist of the lyrics to the song "Happiness is a Warm Gun" by The Beatles.

    • In this episode, Willow wears a white Scooby-Doo t-shirt. Beginning in the episode "What's My Line (1)", the Slayer and her friends start calling themselves "The Scooby Gang" or "The Scoobies".

    • We learn that vampires have no need for oxygen and cast no reflection.

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    Allusions (9)

    • Cordelia: Ask not what your school can do for you...
      Cordelia is paraphrasing a line from President John F. Kennedy's 1961 Inaugural Address.
      "And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country."

    • Visual: (written on the blackboard behind Mrs. Miller) To every man his little cross. Til he dies. And is forgotten. This comes from Samuel Beckett's play, Waiting for Godot, in which two men wait in vain for the ambiguous title (non)character.

    • Buffy: It's pretty much "Crush! Kill! Destroy!"
      An android killer in the 1960s sci-fi show Lost In Space episode "Revolt of the Androids" pursued the astronauts saying only "Crush! Kill! Destroy!", which Buffy says here, referring to the fact that monsters usually don't communicate ideas.

    • Cordelia: God, is she really wearing Laura Ashley? Laura Ashley is a home furnishings and clothing designer that is apparently below Cordelia's high standards. Laura Ashley creations are typically up-scale and often feature floral prints.

    • Buffy: Gee, it's fun that we're speaking in tongues. Buffy, not understanding Willow and Xander's inside joke, equates their conversation to the practice of speaking in tongues. Some religious groups believe that those of their number who are divinely inspired will begin to speak in strange languages. Since this usually sounds like gibberish, the term "speaking in tongues" also refers to someone saying something that cannot be made out or understood.

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