It’s pages 183-184! And we’re back in Doc’s lab / garage!
In the movie Doc shows Marty the model he’s quickly built of the town, and there’s the nice character moment where Doc sincerely apologizes for its crudity and scale and how it’s unpainted even though what the heck, the dude just whipped together a mini Hill Valley.
In the book, Doc’s spent hours and hours working on it, and he’s so proud of it that he’s planning to save it till Christmas! Then he’s gonna - put plants in it I guess?
The candles masquerading as lamp posts were the nicest touch, Doc Brown thought, moving several steps backwards to admire his work.
“Very good,” he murmured, smiling. “Maybe I’ll keep it up until Christmas and use it as a garden.”
He had spent most of the afternoon planning and constructing his own replica of Hill Valley’s Town Square.
And I feel like the Writing there deserves at least a few tiny props, because rather than just saying “We are back in Doc’s lab”, Gipe at least let us puzzle things out for a bit before doing the reveal. That’s something!
Marty shows up and Doc’s greeting to him is a dickweedish “Good. Now I can explain this to you.” but don’t get mad at me for saying “dickweedish” because in the book everyone starts cursing a lot too!
“So what was the final outcome of the run-in?” [Doc asked.]
“The four guys ended up in a pile of shit. I have to admit, I handled myself and them pretty well.”
“Of course, you have thirty years of advanced technology to draw from,” Doc Brown rejoined.
“Just pulling your leg,” Doc smiled. “Step over here and take a look at this.”
“Sure. What the hell is it?”
“It’s my own clever-as-hell method of getting you back to 1985.”
Doc runs through the plan (drive a car past the clock tower just as lightning strikes, which runs down a cable we set up across the street, which gets channeled into the flux capacitor via a metal hook that will be making contact with the wire at just that moment) and tries to show Marty with a model car, and like in the movie the car catches on fire as Doc electrocutes it! But instead of the great reaction face at the top of the page, Doc calmly grabs the fire extinguisher and “has the blaze under control in less than a minute.”
Oh well, no Doc Brown rage comic faces for us in this timeline