Season 1, Episode 11 - “Out of Mind, Out of Sight”
Original airdate: May 19, 1997
Project 310 re-watch date: Jan. 1, 2009
This episode is a good episode. Not great, not bad, just good. It’s also the last real “Season 1” episode.
What I mean by that is it’s the last episode that follows the Season 1 format -- demon of the week reveals itself, Buffy and her friends research demon of the week, Buffy defeats demon of the week. The season 1 finale is much more like a later season episode. There are a couple of episodes at the beginning of Season 2 that are kind of like this, but they have one big difference. Cordelia.
The plot of this episode centers around a girl who becomes invisible because she essentially was invisible to her classmates, and vows revenge on Cordelia (another one of those “only on the Hellmouth” type things). The impact on Cordelia is pretty profound. She goes from being a fringe player and comic relief to an integral part of the gang (it’s sort of a mini-version of the epiphany she has at the end of Season 1 of “Angel”).
It’s also worth noting that despite her clinical ability to ignore everything around her and focus all attention on herself, Cordelia is actually the first person to really acknowledge how Buffy is always around the bad things that are happening in Sunnydale (of course, Cordelia’s semi-discovery is only because she wants help so she can live her self-centered life, but she does still stumble upon Buffy’s secrets).
One of the subplots I’d kind of forgotten was Angel’s reappearance in this episode and him working with Giles on defeating The Master. He didn’t appear in any of the previous 3 episodes, so his reemergence was definitely welcomed, and finally advanced the Big Bad plot, which, aside from a brief appearance in Nightmares, had been pretty much ignored.
The villain of this episode was Marcie Ross, played by Clea DuVall. The entire run of the series had some really good one-time appearance guest stars. Amber Tamblyn (of “Joan of Arcadia”) was on one episode in Season 6 and Wentworth Miller of “Prison Break” actually made his acting debut in Season 2’s episode “Go Fish.”
Next up: The Master finally gets to do something, then dies shortly thereafter! Good times!