Here we have the last of the season one episodes that sets something up that is never followed up on. In this story by Joss Whedon that was written by Ashley Gable & Thomas A. Swyden, we meet a girl named Marcie who turns invisible and gets recruited by the FBI but we never see her again, not even in the initiative season. It is a damn shame.
Cordy is telling Harmony and her boyfriend about what kind of dress she is going to wear to the dance and Buffy runs into her. Cordy and Harm mock Buffy as they leave her behind looking like a fool. Cordy then jumps into talking about the time in the first episode when Buffy attacked her.
Cordy actually knows what she is talking about in her English lit class. This is one of the first times we see that Cordy is smart as well as beautiful. Her boyfriend brags to his friends that he is going hook up with Cordy. His friends take off and a floating bat with a girl's laugh beats the hell out of him.
The next day Cordy is bribing people with food to get them to vote for her and Willow and Xander fall into inside jokes about how stupid Cordy use to be. They see that Buffy isn't into it so they mock the idea of winning the title queen at a dance and Buffy says at her old school that was important to her. Xander tries to back track but they are interrupted by news that Cordy's boyfriend was beat by a floating bat. Buffy goes to investigate but Snyder stops them, at least until Willow and Xander start talking about a lawsuit.
Once in the locker room Buffy sees that someone wrote Look on the lockers Giles finds the Scooby's in the caf and tells them that he is worried about all of this. It doesn't seem like anything he has ever heard before. One of his guesses is an invisible creature, that was almost on the mark. His other guess, that of it being a ghost is what everyone thinks is the answer. Xander is asked to help Giles but wants to switch with Buffy, at least until he is told he has to talk to Cordy, aw if he only knew what is to come.
Cordy isn't worried about her boyfriend being beat up, she is instead worried about how she will look standing next to him. Buffy tries to talk to Cordy when Harmony is pushed down the stairs. The girl laughing is heard this time by Buffy, she takes off to follow it as Snyder tells Harmony not to sue. Buffy is attacked by the invisible girl. Buffy bumps into her and figures out that it isn't a ghost but a real girl who can turn invisible.
The Scooby's try to figure out who it is, the only thing they have to go on is that it has something to do with Cordy. Buffy stays late to protect Cordy and we can see just how jealous she is as she watches Cordy get ready. She misses the limelight.
As Giles looks up invisible girls he runs into Angel who came to talk to Giles and says that it is too hard to be around Buffy because of how he feels about her. Angel wanted to talk about the Master. He warns that something big is on the way. It turns out that Angel has the book that Giles is missing about slayer lore.
We keep seeing flashbacks of this girl, Marcie trying and failing to be friends with Cordy. Meanwhile in the here and now Cordy is named queen. While Cordy is talking we see two men in suits watching her. Later that day Buffy finds Marcie's yearbook and figures that she must be the ghost girl. The teacher who was helping Cordy is attacked by Marcie, she puts a bag over her head and chokes her out. Cordy shows up and saves her life. On the board, writing itself is the word Listen.
It turns out that they all knew her but none of them remember her. They also learn that Marcie really is out to hurt Cordy runs into the library to ask Buffy for help. Buffy agrees to help her out. None of them have ever heard of look, listen and learn so they are all confused about the last word. Buffy and Cordy talk about what it is to feel alone. Cordy says that she feels alone all the time, that most of her friends just want to be around her so that they can feel popular but don't really care about her or what she thinks.
The Scooby's hear her playing the flute and go to find her. Buffy stands guard outside the closet while Cordy gets changed. Marcie leads the Scooby's into the boiler room where it turns out she was playing a tape to trick them into going down there and locking them in. Buffy starts talking about when she use to be popular and Cordy mocks her until she stops talking. Buffy goes inside only to find Marcie has captured her. Meanwhile the gas is on full down in the boiler room. The Scooby's don't have much time left. Buffy takes a hard fall and is put to sleep with drugs.
Buffy and Cordy wake up tied to chairs where the word Learn is written for all to see. Cordy's face is numb and Marcie gets ready to cut into it while the Scooby's try to escape the boiler room. It all seems hopeless. The Scooby's pass out and Marcie cuts Cordy. Buffy breaks free and knocks Marcie back while Angel saves the Scooby's and shuts off the gas. Buffy tries to fight Marcie but it is hard when you can't see who you are fighting. She tells Cordy to shut up and she starts listening for Marcie, it works and she knocks her down, just as Buffy starts winning the men in suits show up and tell everyone that they are FBI. They take Marcie and leaves.
Everything seems to be back to normal, but Giles lies to Buffy about Angel saving them and Cordy tells the gang thank you. Willow invites Cordy to lunch but her boyfriend shows up and she falls back into form. Marcie is sent to a school full of invisible kids who are being trained to become assassins. Something that could have been called back to later on even in the comics but never was. This one bothers me the most out of all of them because it is such a cool idea. Bring back Marcie!