Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Out of My Mind

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Out of My Mind
Out of My Mind
Season 5, Episode 4
Airdate October 17, 2000
Production Number 5ABB04
Written by Rebecca Rand Kirshner
Directed by David Grossman
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Buffy the Vampire SlayerSeason Five

Out of My Mind is the fourth episode of the fifth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the eighty-second episode overall, and brings Riley's superhuman abilities to an end. After discovering that his pulse is much more than it should be, the Initiative is brought back in to try to fix the problem. Meanwhile, Spike plans to use the doctor they've brought in to take the chip out of his head.

Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy Summers), Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris), Alyson Hannigan (Willow Rosenberg), Marc Blucas (Riley Finn), Emma Caulfield (Anya), Michelle Trachtenberg (Dawn Summers), James Marsters (Spike)

and Anthony Stewart Head (Giles)

Guest Starring: Mercedes McNab (Harmony Kendall), Bailey Chase (Graham Miller), Charlie Weber (Ben), Time Winters (Initiative Doctor), Amber Benson (Tara)

and Kristine Sutherland (Joyce Summers)

Co-Starring: Dierdre Holder (Hospital Doctor)

Uncredited: Christopher Leps (Agent Goodman), Erik Betts (Agent Brown)


Plot Overview

When Joyce suffers a brief episode that puts her in the hospital, it's discovered that Riley is in danger because of the medication he was given during his time with the Initiative.

When Spike hears that an Initiative doctor has been called in, he takes it as an opportunity to get his inhibitor chip out of his head so he can finally be rid of the Slayer.


Monster of the Week

  • Because this episode mainly deals with Riley and Joyce being ill, no monster of the week was introduced.

Body Count

# Whom By Whom How Where
1 Vampire Riley Staked Graveyard
2 Vampire Buffy Staked Graveyard


  • Nickelback - "Breath"

Arc Advancement



  • Spike: Spike has a steamy dream about Buffy and wakes up in a shock. This marks the beginning of his love for her.
  • Riley: Riley is significantly weakened from this episode on now that his heart has been fixed to work like a normal person's.



The Show

  • First Appearance: Ben the intern makes his first appearance in this episode. He will go on to play a major role towards the end of the season.
  • Cast & Crew Magic: The jars behind the counter in the magic shop are named after members of the cast and crew, this includes: Tony's Heads, Charisma Charms and Boreanaz Beads.

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

  • Dawson's Creek: Dawson's Creek was a fairly popular series which was one of the programs which The WB used to get on its feet with. The teen drama starred rising stars like Katie Holmes and Joshua Jackson in a suburban setting. Spike's reference is to the character Pacey chasing after Katie Holmes's character, Joey, despite her disinterest in him.
Spike: Oh, Pacey! You blind idiot. Can't you see she doesn't love you?
  • 1984: The dystopian novel 1984 by George Orwell was written in 1949 about a future where the government is watching everything that its people does in hopes of creating a peaceful society through fear. Big Brother is the leader of Oceania and is at the forefront of the system's propaganda.
Buffy: It's so unfair. It's like Big Brother can spy on you all the time, and the second I have something to say, no one will listen.

Memorable Moments

  • Joyce growing ill and being forced to go to the hospital.
  • The doctor operating on Spike's brain, only pretending to take the chip out of his brain.


  • Buffy: Spike, I just saw you taste your own nose blood. You know what? I'm too grossed out to hear anything you have to say. Go home.
Spike: It's blood! It's what I do!
  • Spike: Taking up smoking, are you?
Harmony: I am a villain, Spike. Hello.
  • Spike: Okay. Is it bigger than a bread box?
Harmony: No. Four left.
Spike: So it's smaller than a bread box.
Harmony: No. Only three.
Spike: Harmony, is it a sodding bread box?
Harmony: Yes! Oh my God! Someone's blondie bear is a 20 Question genius!
  • Buffy: I've got a proposition for you.
Spike: Funny. I've got a proposition for you. What about knocking? Seems only fair since we vamps can't enter your flat without an invite, you could at least - (seeing Buffy taking out some money) Say, look at those pretty pieces of paper.