Here we are at the end of CLIMAX TWO! We’ve already resolved one plot thread with “George punches Biff so George is now Tuff Stuff” and now this is the combined multiclimax resolution of “George kisses Lorraine / timeline gets restored / Marty says goodbye to his parents”.
First Lorraine tells Marty that George is going to take her home, and Marty says that’s great and that he’s got a feeling about her and George, and Lorraine says that she’s got a feeling too and OMG YOU GUYS SHE’S TALKING ABOUT LOVE, I THINK SHE’S TALKING ABOUT LOVE!! But in the book we remove all mystery and have Lorraine say “I sort of have a feeling, too. I think George could really make me happy.” soooooooo yeah, no mystery there anymore! Good luck you kids!
In the movie Marty says he has to go but here he lies for no reason and conveys a more questionable story about how he to… leave town… tonight, which George and Lorraine accept without any questions. George says goodnight and goodbye, thanks him for all his good advice, and says he hopes he can do the same for him someday.
Marty laughed. ”You’ll probably give me more advice than I can possibly handle.”
Because he’s his dad! Marty leaves with his “by the way, if you ever have a kid and when he’s eight he sets fire to the living room rug… go easy on him” line which I like because it’s cute and it’s the one explicit example of Marty trying to set things up in his home life so things go better for him, and you want that in a movie where a teen goes back in time! And with that, Marty’s gone.
Alone with George, Lorraine says “Marty… Such a nice name.” like in the movie and OMG YOU GUYS SHE’S TALKING ABOUT NAMING ONE OF HER KIDS MARTY, I THINK SHE’S TALKING ABOUT NAMING ONE OF HER KIDS MARTY!!
BUT LET’S NOT TAKE ANY CHANCES OKAY
“Marty,” she breathed. ”It’s such a nice name. When I have kids, I’m going to name one of them Marty.”
And I just realized now that it’s a little unusual that even though she likes this name this much she… saves it for kid number three? And “Dave” wins out as the #1 First Baby Name? But to be fair it would be pretty confusing to have Marty return to 1985 and meet his brother Marty, his sister Martyella, and suddenly everyone’s calling him “Dave” so good call I guess!!
Finally, the book (having been the only place where we get the George Goes To College But Is Chicken, And Everybody Can Go Ahead And Call Him That If They Want subplot) also resolves that here:
“Aren’t you rushing things a little?” George laughed.
“Well, maybe a little. I was thinking I’d like to go to college next year.”
“Me, too,” George said. ”In fact, I’m gonna go no matter what my father says.”
So yay, closure! Though from a storytelling perspective it’s awkward because now we know that with this new college plan Marty has changed things more than he realizes, so we won’t be shocked at all when Marty goes back to the future and finds that he’s… totally changed things more than he realizes??
Whenever I get back from Uni for the break, my mother crowds me a little.