Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Gone

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Season 6, Episode 11
Airdate January 8, 2002
Production Number 6ABB11
Written by David Fury
Directed by David Fury
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Buffy the Vampire SlayerSeason Six

Gone is the eleventh episode of the sixth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the one-hundred and eleventh episode overall.

'Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy Summers), Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris), Emma Caulfield (Anya), Michelle Trachtenberg (Dawn Summers), James Marsters (Spike)

and Alyson Hannigan (Willow)

Guest Starring: Danny Strong (Jonathan Levinson), Adam Busch (Warren Meers), Tom Lenk (Andrew Wells), Daniel Hagen (Frank (Social Services Supervisor))

and Susan Ruttan (Doris Kroeger)

Co-Starring: Jessa French (Cleo), Kelly Parver (Girl in Park), Jeffrey Jacquin (Meter Man), Dwight Bacquie (Security Guard), Lyndon Smith (Little Boy), Melina Webberley (Little Girl), Elin Hampton (Co-Worker)


Plot Overview

With Spike’s continuing advances and a Social Services worker watching her back, Buffy is all too happy to disappear after the Trio accidentally hits her with their invisibility gun. Unfortunately, Willow gets suspected, as she tries to go cold turkey on magick.


Monster of the Week

  • There was no monster of the week. This episode deals with the trio and Buffy turning invisible.

Body Count

  • There were no deaths in this episode.

Arc Advancement


  • The Trio: The trio finally come face to face with Buffy after Willow finds their lair.



  • Out of Mind, Out of Sight: When Xander asks Invisible Buffy if she has been ignored lately, he refers to Marci, the invisible girl from season one who attempted to see revenge on the popular.


The Show

  • Whistling: When Invisible Buffy walks out of the social services office, she whistles a few bars of "Going Through the Motions," her main theme from "Once More, With Feeling".

Behind the Scenes

  • Production Time: Due to the ongoing aspects of invisibility, it took nearly a month to produce, film and edit this episode.
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar had cut her hair before this episode was shot. During the scene where she cut off her own hair, she was actually wearing a wig.

Allusions and References

  • Kokopelli: In many Native American cultures, Kokopelli is known as the spirit of music. He is often depicted as a mischievous trickster or Minstrel and is distinguished by his mid-dance pose, a hunchback and a flute. Kokopelli is most prominently seen in the Anazasi culture.
Dawn: Kokopelli?! No! I love him! And he was Mom's. Why do we have to get rid of so many things I like?
  • Industrial Light and Magic: Industrial Light and Magic (commonly abbreviated as ILM) is a division of LucasArts, George Lucas's production company. The company specializes in special effects for films and was founded in order to create the effects used in the Star Wars movies.
Andrew: I pictured something cooler. More ILM, less Ed Wood.
  • Ed Wood: Edward D. Wood Jr. is Hollywood's most infamous b-movie director. During the 1950s and 1960s, Ed Wood created some of the worst science fiction movies ever made including Plan 9 from Outer Space. His life was immortalised in the 1994 film Ed Wood starring Johnny Depp and directed by Tim Burton.
Andrew: I pictured something cooler. More ILM, less Ed Wood.
  • The Shining: In Stephen King's suspense horror novel The Shining, Jack Torrence and his family move into a secluded hotel for the winter in order to keep an eye on the grounds. But the hotel slowly drives Jack insane from isolation and causes him to attempt to kill his family. The breaking point in the novel is when Jack's wife finds a stack of papers saying "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" in various formats.
Frank: What is this, 'all work and no play makes Doris a dull girl"?
Buffy: Xander and Anya are working on it. Muldering out what happened.

Memorable Moments


  • Dawn: Candles? We can't have candles?
Buffy: Dawn, it's a magic clearance. Everything must go.
Dawn: But they're just candles!
Buffy: Well, yeah, you know, to you and me they're just candles, but to witches they're... like bongs.
  • Spike: Buffy's a great mum. She takes good care of her little sis. Like, um, when Dawn was hanging out too much in my crypt, Buffy put a right stop to it.
Doris Kroger: I'm sorry, did you say --
Buffy: Crib. Crib. He said crib. You know kids today and their buggin' street slang.
  • Buffy: I know what that looks like but I - I swear it's not what it looks like. It's magic weed. It's not mine.
  • Buffy: So you three have, what, banded together to be pains in my ass?