Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Out of Mind, Out of Sight

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Out of Mind, Out of Sight
Out of Mind, Out of Sight
Season 1, Episode 11
Airdate May 19, 1997
Production Number 4V11
Teleplay by Ashley Gable &
Thomas A. Swyden
Story by Joss Whedon
Directed by Reza Badiyi
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Buffy the Vampire SlayerSeason One

Out of Mind, Out of Sight is the eleventh episode of the first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Ignore her at your own risk - Cordelia campaigns for the May Queen crown, but the supernatural force of an unpopular girl conspires against her with dangerous consequences for Buffy and her friends.

Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy Summers), Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris), Alyson Hannigan (Willow Rosenberg), Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia Chase)

and Anthony Stewart Head (Giles)

Guest Starring: David Boreanaz (Angel), Clea DuVall (Marcie Ross)

and Armin Shimerman (Principal Snyder)

Co-Starring: Ryan Bittle (Mitch), Denise Dowse (Ms. Miller), John Knight (Bud #1), Mercedes McNab (Harmony), Mark Phelan (Agent Doyle), Skip Stellrecht (Agent Manetti), Julie Fulton (FBI Teacher)


Plot Overview

As Cordelia prepares to become May Queen, she is distracted by an assault on those close to her. Discovering the culprit is an invisible girl whose condition came from being ignored by those around her, Buffy and friends must set aside their differences with Cordelia in order to protect her from a revenge plot.


Monster of the Week

  • Marcie Ross: Marcie is an unpopular girl who attended Sunnydale High and was ignored by everyone, teachers and students alike. Because Marcie was never noticed, she ceased to exist in visible space. Apparently this happens fairly often because the FBI has an entire classroom full of invisible children being trained as assassins.

Body Count

There were no deaths in this episode.

Arc Advancement


  • Vampire Lore: Another bit of vampire information, borrowed from traditional vampire lore, is displayed in this episode. Vampires do not cast a reflection, which is why Giles could not see Angel in the bookcase glass.
  • Prophecy: Angel gives Giles the Pergamum Codex in this episode after saving Giles, Willow and Xander from dying in the boiler room. The Codex contains prophecies and other information about the slayer and has been lost from the Watcher archives for a very long time.




The Show

  • FBI Textbook: In the final scene where Marcie enters the invisible children classroom and opens her textbook, she opens it to a chapter entitled "Assassination and Infiltration." The body of the case study presented is actually the lyrics to "Happiness is a Warm Gun" by The Beatles.

Behind the Scenes

  • International Titles: Because Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an international phenomenon, the title of this episode has been translated into several different episodes to go along with the redubbed show. Some of these names are listed below:
    • French: "Portée disparue" ("Gone Missing")
    • German: "Aus den Augen, aus dem Sinn" ("Out of Sight, Out of Mind")
    • Italian: "Lontano dagli occhi" ("Out of Sight" (literally "Far from the Eyes"))
    • Japanese: "去る者日々に疎し" ("Sarumono Hibi ni Utoshi" - "Missing Person, Unknown Days")

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


  • During the scene where Giles talks with the others when they're eating lunch, Xander is seen with and without a sandwich between shots.


  • Principal Snyder: There are no dead students here... this week.
  • Giles: It's a bit of a puzzle, really. I've never actually heard of anyone attacked by a lone baseball bat before.
Xander: Maybe it's a vampire bat. (everyone just stares at him) I'm alone with that one, huh?
  • Xander: I would give anything to be able to turn invisible! Well, I wouldn't use my powers to beat people up. I'd use my powers to protect to the girls' locker room.
  • Willow: "Have a nice summer." "Have a nice summer." This girl had no friends at all.
Giles: Uh, once again I teeter at the precipice of the generation gap.
Buffy: "Have a nice summer" is what you write when you have nothing to say.
Xander: It's the kiss of death.
  • Cordelia: (to Buffy) I know that you share this feeling that we have for each other, deep down...
Willow: Nausea?
  • Cordelia: This is all about me! Me, me, me!
Xander: Wow. For once, she's right.
  • Cordelia: (to Buffy) 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.
  • Giles: (about Cordelia being in the library) You know, I... I don't recall ever seeing you here before.
Cordelia: Oh, no, I have a life.