Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Season 6 Episode 11


Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jan 08, 2002 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Buffy and Dawn clear the house of magick items and supplies to help Willow, and Buffy has a surprise visit from a social worker checking on Dawn's home life. The meeting doesn't go well and in a fit of rage afterwards, Buffy cuts off her hair. Meanwhile, the Geek Trio have built an invisibility ray and accidentally hit Buffy with it.moreless

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  • "Gone" is an episode that tries to juggle comedy and character growth in the middle of a season who's tone is decidedly not funny.

    I don't have a huge problem with the writers attempting to inject a little fun in here, but this episode is often not actually very funny. With that said, there's still some value to be salvaged from it. This value includes some solid character development, a few entertaining scenes, some nice realizations, and a few hints of what's to come.

    At the beginning of the episode, Buffy's going off about not giving into temptation right as she stumbles upon Spike's lighter. Although a little convenient in timing, the reminder here of how dependent Buffy is of Spike now is still appropiate. Even though Buffy appears to have thrown the lighter into the "magic clearance" box, we find out very soon that the lighter ends up in her pocket, a clear symbol that Buffy is still failing at overcoming her temptation and overall rut.

    Very soon after this, Spike hilariously comes running into the house with a blanket over his head while proceeding to lightly push himself onto Buffy, and she continues to let him. At this point comments like Xander's "Only a complete loser would ever hook up with you [Spike]. Well, unless she's a simpleton like Harmony, or a, or a nut sack like Drusilla-" only unknowingly make Buffy crawl further away from being open with her friends, which thereby draws her even closer to Spike. This is some solid character development for Buffy that really sets up the brilliant psychological look at their relationship in "Dead Things".

    When the social services lady arrives, the picture of Buffy's life that's viewable from the outside world is not exactly a thrilling one. Doris is not particularly portrayed as a good guy here, but what's interesting is that, in reality, she really isn't that bad. Although we know and love Buffy and her friends and can sympathize with them when they're having a really hard time, imagine things from more of an outsider perspective. If I were Dorris, I'm not sure I would come to much of a different first impression than she had. Think about it: no full-on adults around, Buffy has no job, there's some other girl living in the house that's "not feeling well," there's a shady British guy in a big black leather coat hanging around, and there's some magic weed lying around in the open. That doesn't add up to a meal fit for healthy a teenage girl to me either. Although we know the situation more intimately and know Buffy just needs some time to pull her life together before having Dawn taken away from her, I can certainly also sympathize with the job of a social service worker to look out for teens in bad situations.

    With her life continuing to push inward on her, Buffy tries to change herself in the hopes that maybe it'll help snap her out of her post-resurrection funk. At first she thinks cutting her hair will make a difference. It turns out that, no surprise, that's just a physical change and doesn't really help matters. Then Buffy gets accidentally shot by the Trio's invisibility ray, which eventually leads to the sequence where Inviso-Buffy has fun with Doris. This oddly works for me, is pretty funny, and fits with Buffy feeling like she can do whatever she wants without feeling guilty over it. This will soon spill over into having fun sex with Spike... and not beating herself up over it for a change. However, this leads to something interesting that happens.

    This scene, in Spike's crypt, really gets at the point of the episode which, as I pointed out, is pretty decent in of itself. Buffy says "What's the matter? Ashamed to be seen with me? Come on. He had no idea I was here. This is Spike aptly replies, "Perfect for you ... This vanishing act's right liberating for you, innit? Go anywhere you want. Do anything you want. Or anyone ... The only reason you're here, is that you're not He goes on to point out that she's not too put off by the fact she's invisible, to which she replies with, "No! Maybe because for the first time since ... I'm free. Free of rules and reports ... free of this Summing up my response to that comment, Spike says, "Free of life? Got another name for that.

    Essentially being this liberated from herself and her responsibilities is like another form of suicide. She's acting out a life that's not real so she doesn't have to face the other, more painful, one. This desire is something she doesn't actually deal with until "Normal Again", which takes the idea brought up in this episode and runs with it to astounding emotional heights. This shows more solid thought put into Buffy's character arc than the season hardly ever gets credit for. Also, kudos to Spike for recognizing that having sexual fun with an invisible Buffy isn't much different than playing with the empty BuffyBot which, by the way, is not the same as recognizing that Buffy's completely using him as a glorified sex toy. That he won't fully understand until S7.

    The ending Buffy/Willow conversation is good as well. Buffy admits that she -- in the middle of her "no see me" fest -- actually got scared at the thought of dying. I'd call that a good step in the right direction. It's just a shame there wasn't an overall better episode to support this realization.

    While Buffy's development in this episode is pretty intriguing, I can't say the same for Willow's. This episode furthers the idea that Willow's big problem is a drug addiction. The opening scene re-inforces this. I continue to feel this is the wrong direction for the character. When Xander suspects Willow might be accidentally responsible for making Buffy invisible, he says "who'd be messing with that kind of That's the direction they should be going in here, but instead we cut to Willow sucking down water bottles and physically struggling to control herself from using casual magic.

    As I mentioned in my "Wrecked" review, this aspect -- so heavily represented in that episode -- is rather unfortunately carried over into subsequent episodes. So here it is in This makes the vast majority of the episode's development for Willow fairly uninteresting to watch, although thankfully it's not a large focus of this episode. With all that said, I really do enjoy that Xander immediately thought of Willow when something magically wacky happened to Buffy -- that's simply great continuity.

    The Trio finally gets some decent yet subtle development as well. I really appreciate, in retrospect, the Trio more than I ever did before when first seeing S6. The fact that they're the only external threat to the Scoobies at this point is understandably baffling when first seeing the season, but in reality they're really not the real villains, although Warren's descent into true villainry is made all the more powerful and shocking by the contrasting setup. For example, Andrew brings up the point that the Slayer could be watching them as they speak. The way they all buy into Andrew's further ridiculousness for a second is actually pretty funny. This bit of innocent humor actually works here, where it clearly won't after Warren's actions in "Dead Things".

    When first watching the season, I was pretty tired of the Trio's goofy antics at this point. But knowing where they're headed makes these earlier, goofier moments feel a lot more necessary. Without this kind of innocent humor, what's to come wouldn't be nearly as shocking and interesting. "Dead Things" then demonstrates how much of a real effect they can have on Buffy in her emotionally unstable state and "Normal Again" uses the Trio to highlight the fact that Buffy's life is truly screwed up right now. All in all, solid setup and nice follow-through for the Trio. In addition to the humor here, we begin to see how Warren is morally separating himself from the rest of the group when he makes it clear that he doesn't care if Buffy dies and then, later, even tries to facilitate her death.

    Unfortunately, "Gone" really starts to go awry when the Trio's silly plan intersects with Buffy's troubles. The writers try to somehow get a light, funny episode while simultaneously tackling Buffy's problems... and it just doesn't mix together in a satisfying way. Frankly, the episode's just too silly for it's own good. I kind of like the concept in theory: Buffy becomes invisible and completely lets out her inhibitions with the thinking that it doesn't matter if no one can see her. The problem is that I don't think Buffy would be quite as non-chalant and almost uncharacteristically goofy and chipper about it -- at the very least, not to this extent.

    I think using the same basic outline while taking a more serious approach with more subtle humor, and removing the Trio out of the main plot entirely, would have worked a whole lot better. I still like a couple of the ideas brought up and it's genuinely funny on occasion, but the overall taste when these aspects mix together is pretty lacking. A good example is how the skirmish between all the invisible people at the end of the episode is supposed to be funny, but it really isn't; mostly, I'm just kind of bored. Fortunately it doesn't last too long and the Trio's failed exit is pretty amusing.

    Overall, there's both several things to like and dislike about I think the basic outline of the plot is a fresh take on what could have been a hollow episode, but the execution of it is a bit lacking. When the Trio's plans intersect with Buffy's problems, it really loses its balance. Also, Willow's poor development from "Wrecked" shows up again here rather than being justifiably forgotten about. Faults and all, though, most of Buffy's development is quite good and interesting to watch along with some of the humor and ancillary stuff going on in the background. In the end, this is one of those episodes that is classified as troubled but with some good redeeming character value. That alone is enough to keep me interested in the material.moreless
  • Now you see her


    The Good;

    Love all the Invisible Buffy stuff it's just great. Also like Nancy Drew Willow and Buffy's new hair. Love Joanthon standing up to Warren too.

    The Bad;

    You rather think that Buffy's Slayer healing would take care of whatever the Geeks have done to her, it never seems that much of a threat "She's pudding"?

    Best line;

    Buffy (as the social worker looks at the bag of grass) "It's not what you think, it's magic weed"

    Women good/men bad;

    The Geeks again being their sleazy selves. Amazingly it's Spike who kicks Buffy out because she's using him. The girls seem mightily fascinated with Buffy's new hairstyle.


    Naked Spike under the sheets

    Kinky dinky;

    The Geeks plan to turn themselves invisible and sneak into a beauty parlour to watch women get bikini waxes (which hardly seems very erotic to me). Buffy and Spike at it again, especially love the 'Hey that's cheating gag!'. Dawn loves her mother's African fetility statue Kokopelli (jeepers!) and is sorry to throw him out. Buffy appears to have an errogenous zone in her left jean pocket to judge from her reaction when Spike retrieves his lighter. Xander appears to accidentally grab invisible Buffy's breasts in the Magic Shop. She is pretty damn aggressive when she goes to his crypt, almost Angel/Darla style.

    Captain Subtext;

    Jonathon refers to Warren as 'You penis'. Xander thinks Spike should get a girlfriend. The social worker observes that Buffy lives with another woman but Buffy denies it's a 'gay' thing. Andrew remarks on the Geeks' plans 'Naked women and... all the naked women'.

    Apocalypses; 6

    Scoobies in bondage:

    Buffy: 8

    Giles: 4

    Cordy: 5

    Will: 3

    Jenny: 1

    Angel: 4

    Oz: 1

    Faith: 3

    Joyce: 1

    Wes: 1

    Xander; 1

    Dawn; 3

    Scoobies knocked out: Willow knocked out by Warren at the arcade.

    Buffy: 17

    Giles: 12

    Cordy: 6

    Xander: 11

    Will: 8

    Jenny: 2

    Angel: 6

    Oz: 3

    Faith: 1

    Joyce: 3

    Wes: 1


    Dawn; 2


    Buffy: 103 vamps, 41 demons, 6 monsters, 3 humans, 1 werewolf, 1 spirit warrior & a robot

    Giles: 8 vamps, 2 demon, 1 human, 1 god.

    Cordy: 3 vamps, a demon

    Will: 6 vamps + 2 demons +1 fawn.

    Angel: 3 vamps, 1 demon, 1 human

    Oz: 3 vamps, 1 zombie

    Faith: 16 vamps, 5 demons, 3 humans

    Xander: 6 vamps, 2 zombies, 1 a demon,

    Anya: 1 vamp and 1 a demon

    Riley; 18 vamps + 7 demons

    Spike; 8 vamps and 2 demon

    Buffybot; 2 vamps

    Tara; 1 demon

    Dawn; 1 vamp

    Scoobies go evil:

    Giles: 1

    Cordy: 1

    Will: 2

    Jenny: 1

    Angel: 1

    Oz: 1

    Joyce: 1

    Xander: 4

    Anya; 1

    Dawn; 1

    Alternate scoobies:

    Buffy: 7

    Giles: 4

    Cordy: 1

    Will: 3

    Jenny: 2

    Angel: 3

    Oz: 2

    Joyce: 2

    Xander: 4

    Tara; 1


    Spike; 1

    Recurring characters killed: 10

    Jesse, Flutie, Jenny, Kendra, Larry, Snyder, Professor Walsh, Forrest, McNamara, Joyce

    Sunnydale deaths;


    Total number of scoobies:

    Xander, Willow, Buffy, Anya, Spike,

    Xander demon magnet: 5(6?)

    Preying Mantis Lady, Inca Mummy Girl, Drusilla, VampWillow, Anya (arguably Buffy & Faith with their demon essences?), Dracula?

    Scoobies shot:

    Giles: 2

    Angel: 3

    Oz: 4

    Riley; 1

    Notches on Scooby bedpost:

    Giles: 2; Joyce & Olivia, possibly Jenny and 3xDraccy babes?

    Cordy: 1?

    Buffy: 4 confirmed; Angel, Parker, Riley, Spike. 1 possible, Dracula(?)

    Angel: 1;Buffy

    Joyce: 1;Giles, 2 possible, Ted and Dracula(?)

    Oz: 3; Groupie, Willow & Verucca

    Faith:2 ;Xander, Riley

    Xander: 2; Faith, Anya

    Willow: 2;Oz and Tara

    Riley; 3; Buffy, Sandy and unnamed vampwhore

    Spike; 1 Buffy

    Spike; good or bad?

    Spike does try to support Buffy's interview with the social services but really comes across as the worst boyfriend ever.

    Spike goes to help Dawn and Willow.

    Dawn in peril; 8

    Dawn the bashful virgin; 6

    What the fanficcers thought;

    Invisible Xander is a common theme

    Questions and observations;

    Why is Buffy so broke when she has this great big diamond in her possession? Surely she can return it for the reward? What happens to the Invisible Ray? I know in fanfic it's often stashed in the Summers' house cellar in order to save the day in a future episode. Xander and Buffy recall Invisible Marcie from season 1 (whatever happened to her?) Love Buffy's puma t-shirt, her spirit guide? Whilst we often observe that Warren is prepared to sacrifice the other Geeks here he suddenly turns around to find that they've deserted him and taken the Invisible Ray with them. A lot of people find fault with inivisible Buffy's hijinks but she's had such a hard time lately I think she deserves some carefree fun.

    Buffy taking on the invisible geeks must make her thankful for Giles' blindfolded training.

    Marks out of 10; 7/10, no masterpiece but enjoyable enough

  • Much Ado About Nothing Good

    Gone-Buffy and Dawn clear the house of magick items and supplies to help Willow, and Buffy has a surprise visit from a social worker checking on Dawn's home life. The meeting doesn't go well and in a fit of rage afterwards, Buffy cuts off her hair. Meanwhile, the Geek Trio have built an invisibility ray and accidentally hit Buffy with it.

    "Gone" is one of those rare Buffy episodes like "Wrecked" that fails in what it's trying to say. What's starts out as another episode where Buffy is dealing with real issues turns into something that plays for laughs but than just gets silly. The Trio is at it again and once again, their latestplanis little more than a gimmick! Buffy's OOC behavior when she becomes invisible doesn't help either. Sure, it's cool that we get a Marcy reference, but the story just feels over the top for the most part. I understand that Buffy becoming invisible is a temporary escape for her, from all the problems that have been plaguing her since her revival. But what should be some seriously development for her, is treated with such light fluff and her going around playing pranks on people is just beyond childlish, even if that social worker was kind of a b!tch. I also find it a bit jarring how last episode Buffy was begging Spike to get out her life, yet this episode she's all too eager to jump his bones! That sexually charged confrontation at Spike'scryptwas just wrong on so many levels! Though, Xander walking in on Spike having sex with...himself was priceless. But I got to admit the sexual jokes were pretty extreme! Wow, this really isn't the Buffy we once knew as Spike kicks Buffy out, he looks down and tells her "that's cheating".....wow, that wasn't subtle at all!

    I did enjoy Willow's struggle to not do make, it's really the little moments that continue to make this arc of hers succeed. It isn't easy but Willow pulls through, which honestly shows how strong she's trying to be. Alyson really excels here! I did love Dawn's reaction to Buffy's lack of concern over her situation as well as when she hears the message of her possible death. But I also can't stand that this is the third episode in a row that features little to no involvement with Xander and Anya continuing to reach nothing! You know there has to be problems in the writing when characters are reduce to almost nothing for a couple of episodes back-to-back. Anyway, the conclusion of the episode isdefinitelythe only real highlight. The whole invisible fight was so ridiculous, it kinda worked. At least Buffy finally knows whose been behind her recent annoying attempts at threatening her life. Gotta love Jonathan failing to mask his voice, Warren's "archnemesis..ses" and Buffy and Willow completely lost as to who Andrew is. The episode ends with some nice reflection, but it's a bit late. It's nice to know Buffy "wants" to live a life now but it's a shame the rest of the episode couldn't be that insightful. "Gone" is pretty bad stuff, with OOC characterization and lagging plot.

  • "I'm free, free of rules and reports: free of life" - Buffy

    So Buffy is getting rid of all of Willow's magic/drugs paraphernalia whilst, yet again, relating Willow's problems to her own. "Any reminder could make her give into temptation," she says as she tosses Spike's lighter into the bin. Buffy blames herself for Willow's demise, she was too wrapped up in her own problems, but nobody notices Buffy's affair with Spike, even when he's, um, pleasuring her in the kitchen or in his crypt. Xander reminds us why Buffy can't tell her friends about the dalliance, saying that only a "nutsack" or a "loser" would sleep with Spike. Even the social worker notices the relationship between Buffy and her vampire lover, but Spike is the epitome of the bad boyfriend, unemployed and leather clad, yet he attempts to stick up for Buffy with Doris even if he does get it wrong. His need for his blanket when leaving the house shows his connection to Buffy – neither can fit into this normal world of guardianship and social services and bureaucracy. She takes out her frustration about this on him, showing once again that she is merely using him, disrespecting his feelings, but when he's gone she turns her anger onto herself, her hair cutting is like self harm and, when she goes to the hairdresser, she pleads: "Make me different."

    Meanwhile, we finally find out what the diamond as big as the Ritz was for: "We've got an invisibility ray and that makes us pretty much unstoppable". The trio's evil plan is to go into a women's spa, without paying! When their squabbles ruin the scheme, they worry about Buffy finding them, spying on them: "An invisible slayer means a whole world of trouble" – forgetting that she does not yet know that the boys are her "arch nemesises", and she is more interested in Bruce Almighty antics, including terrorising Doris the Social Worker. This time, invisibility isn't a metaphor for being ignored, it's analogous to being a teenager again. Buffy, as an adult, is expected to live in an adult's world, reporting to authority and providing parenting to her little sis. Instead, she's stealing traffic carts and partaking in afternoon delight with her secret sex-buddy. Dawn and Spike want Buffy to be a grown up, she wants to be a kid, hidden to the world of adults. Spike, as ever, sees the crux of her delight in her invisibility: "This vanishing act's right liberating for you. Go anywhere you want. Do anything you want. Or anyone". Buffy thinks being imperceptible is "perfect", she can have her cake and eat it: have sex with Spike with nobody knowing or judging her. Spike understands all of this: "The only reason you're here is because you're not here."

    Xander is concerned about Willow, thinking that she was the one who caused Buffy's invisibility, but her magic inclinations are toward speed, rather than entertainment. She, who doesn't want to be the old Willow, is the go-get girl in this ep, using her ingenuity to find the troika lair, her science acumen to figure out the ray-gun, and good old fashioned detective skills in locating the spot where Buffy disappeared; all the while the Slayer is harassing strangers and tweaking Spike's ear. It's only when the gang discover that Buffy could turn into "pudding" – that she can't be a teenager forever, that she becomes worried about her state. We saw in S2 that when Buffy's unsolicited chosen calling was threatened by Kendra, it motivated Buffy into accepting her role, and here we see the life she doesn't want become precious to her when it's almost taken away from her. Fortunately, the boys have carried out the traditional, indeed, classic Willow-kidnapping (they are crime lords after all), for their next evil plan: re-visibling Buffy. We're starting to see the gap between Jonathan and Andrew, who, like Buffy, just want to have some fun, and Warren, who takes it so much more seriously and sees no harm in killing Buffy. "We're villains! When are you gonna get that through your thick skulls!?" At the arcade, Warren re-sets the ray gun to increase the invisibility/molecular deterioration, whilst Jonathan and Andrew are distracted by the computer games. After the very silly invisible fight, the boys can't even get out the door to escape. Yet Buffy, their arch-adversary, is as lost and confused as they are. She understands that she can't take a vacation from her life. Again, relating to Willow, she realises that she has to do things the hard way. They both sit, knowing that they're merely dealing with life, rather than enjoying it. With adorable hair.moreless
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    Spike's abs! Spike's side of his a$$! ha he hi ho hu! that's me going crazy! I spent two weeks trying to clean my drool from the carpet, spike is gorgeous! This is a hilarious episode with The Trio in it. They have designed a weapon to turn themselves invisible to go watch chicks getting a bikini wax (!) and while are fighting over the Invisible ray gun, Buffy accidently gets shot with it, becoming invisible. What she gets up to is just hilarious! The greatest part has got to be when she goes to Spike's. God, he looks hot when he thinks Buffy is a ghost a turns his head around...! Of course they have a little fun, the only way they know how! Oh, and Buffy gets a haircut! Gr8 ep, if u havent seen it, go and watch it right now!moreless
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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (17)

    • When invisible Buffy is moving the coffee mug at the social worker's office the first time, one can see the shadow of the arm placing the mug outside the screen and than retreating.

    • When invisible Buffy is going through the files at the social worker's office, one can briefly see her fingers grabbing her sister's file.

    • Spike's bedroom is in a cave under his crypt. Yet when Xander walks away from Spike's bedside and leaves the crypt the crypt door can be heard closing almost immediately. To do this Xander would have had to walk several feet, go up a ladder, then walk nearly the length of the crypt to reach the door. Xander would have to be impossibly fast to do this, as there is no door between Spike's bed and the main crypt entrance.

    • The keys on Doris' typewriter are being pushed at random, some keys simultaneously. The printout the supervisor reads should have had nothing but gibberish on it.

    • Every time that the invisible trio grabs or holds Willow the sleeves of her sweater are smooth. The fabric should still crease or rumple, invisible hands or not.

    • When Buffy is cutting her hair the bra strap on her right shoulder keeps moving back and forth.

    • Invisible Warren is knocked into the tub filled with colored balls yet you still can't tell he's there until he becomes visible again. He still has a body that takes up space,invisible or not, so there should have been a hole or gap in the balls.

    • Xander is looking down at the sidewalk when he bumps into the invisible fire hydrant. Even though the hydrant itself is invisible, the hole in the sidewalk and the water pipe under the hydrant should still be visible.

    • In the scene with Willow and Xander on the street the tire track from the van has a perfect mark of the tire tread in the middle. The entire track should be streaked as a tire spinning on pavement would obliterate any tread mark.

    • The sign in the window of the store the Trio are about to enter says "Bikini Wax Wednesdays" which is the day that this episode takes place.

    • Willow is trying desperately to quit magic in this episode, and we see her straining not to use it to move a book or to speed up a computer search. But when she sneaks into the Trio's lair and gets taken hostage she makes no attempt to use it at all. I know it's a plot point that the Trio has Willow at the arcade, but it seems highly unlikely that a powerful and magic-addicted witch like Willow would not try to use her power to defend herself.

    • After Buffy throws the second air hockey mallet at Warren another mallet can be seen still on the table near where Buffy was standing, but when we see the table again during the fight it's disappeared.

    • When Buffy types on Doris' keyboard you can clearly see the wires used to pull the keys down if you look to the left of the keyboard.

    • In the scene where Anya and Xander discover that the pylon is turning into a 'pudding' like substance, what looks like the edge of a light reflector can be seen on the right hand side of the screen.

    • In the beginning of this episode, Buffy throws Spike's lighter in the box with Willow's magic accessories. Later on, Spike reaches into Buffy's pocket and pulls the lighter out... how did it get there?

    • When Buffy goes gets the pizza box, she places it on the counter. In the next cut, you don't see it on the counter anymore.

    • When Spike and Buffy are talking in the kitchen there are rays of sunlight in there. It looks like its beaming not only on Buffy, but Spike too.

  • QUOTES (3)

  • NOTES (6)

    • At the end of the episode, with Buffy and Willow sitting on the curb talking, the music playing softly in the background is Trespassers William song "I Know". The song begins "I know I'll never see you..." which can refer to the invisibility theme and to Buffy's love life.

    • This is David Fury's directorial debut in which he also wrote, as it must be fitting that he actually directed his wife Elin Hampton in one scene at the Social Services Office. He and Elin co-wrote Season 2's "Go Fish" together as well.

    • When Invisible Buffy is leaving the social services center she whistles a few bars of Going Through The Motions, her "theme" music from the musical episode Once More, With Feeling.

    • This is the first episode without Amber Benson (Tara) since last season's 'Into The Woods'. In fact, this marks only the sixth episode without the character since she was introduced in season 4's 'Hush'.

    • Xander asks Invisible Buffy if she has been ignored lately, referring to the causes of Marcie's invisibility in season 1's 'Out of Mind, Out of Sight'.

    • It took nearly a month to wrap up this episode, due to the ongoing aspects of Invisibility.


    • Invisible Buffy (at the Social Services office): Yahtzee!

      Yahtzee is a popular dice game where players roll 5 dice and get points for different combinations. The highest roll (50 points) is called a "Yahtzee" and players shout it when they roll that combination.

    • Invisible Buffy (to Xander, in the Magic Box): S'Alright

      Reference to the tag line of Senor Wences, a Spanish ventriloquist popular in the US during the 1950s and 60s.

    • Dawn: Kokopelli?! No! I love him! And he was Mom's. Why do we have to get rid of so many things I like?
      Kokopelli is found in a number of Native American cultures, being especially prominent in the Anasazi culture of the "Four Corners" area. The figure represents a mischievous trickster or the Minstrel, spirit of music. Kokopelli is distinguished by his dancing pose, a hunchback and flute.

    • Warren: Oh, cheer up, Frodo.
      Frodo Baggins is the hero of the epic fantasy novel, Lord of the Rings. Frodo is a Hobbit, which are known for being short, like Jonathan (they are called Halflings by most of Middle-Earth). Frodo is somewhere around 3 feet tall, reminiscent of Buffy's comment in 'Earshot': "He's like, three feet tall!".

    • Andrew: I pictured something cooler. More ILM, less Ed Wood.
      ILM stands for Industrial Light and Magic, a division of George Lucas' production company LucasArts. The company is arguably the most prestigious visual effects company in the world. Its current incarnation dates back to work on The Empire Strikes Back in 1980, although the group that worked on the original Star Wars used the name as well.

      Ed Wood (Edward D. Wood Jr. 1924-1978) was a sci-fi writer/director/actor from the 1950's and 60's who cluelessly made some remarkably bad films, including 1958's Plan 9 from Outer Space, often called the worst movie ever made.
      The making of the movie was immortalized in the 1994 film Ed Wood, directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp. The film also features Juliet Landau, who plays Drusilla on Buffy, in a small role, and won her father, Martin Landau, an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

    • Buffy: Xander and Anya are working on it.. 'Mulder-ing' out what happened.
      Fox Mulder is one of the main characters on the FOX sci-fi drama show The X-Files who, if you don't know, solves cases involving paranormal phenomena.

    • Visual: "All work and no play makes Doris a dull girl".
      The way Invisible Buffy messes with the social worker is reminiscent of the Stephen King novel and Stanley Kubrick film The Shining. Jack Torrance writes the words "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" when he starts to go crazy from cabin fever; and the ghosts of the hotel encourage him to "Kill. Kill. You know you want to".

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