Remember how Marty wrote that note to Doc warning him about “the terrorists”? Wait - was there even a note? I mean, I kinda think I remember one, but man, why’d Marty write that note in the first place? I for one can’t keep simple plot details straight in my frigging head, but luckily Gipe’s here to stop everything and remind us both of the note and Marty’s motivations in writing it, which is a relief!
Once again Marty thought of Doc Brown’s date with the terrorists and hoped that the letter he planted would help bring about a happier ending to his friend’s life.
Conveniently, right after Gipe reminds us of the note, Doc pats himself down, discovers that very note, and asks Marty what it is.
“Just a note, from me to you.” Marty says, which is such a bad explanation that I actually kind of like it. Like in the movie, Doc says “It’s about the future, isn’t it?” but instead of Marty yelling to Doc over the storm that his life depends on this note, he instead lies and says “No. It’s just a thank-you note. It’s kind of gushy.” and again: hilariously terrible. Doc quite logically points out that people don’t write thank-you notes to be opened in thirty years, Marty now says Doc’s life depends on it, and Doc and tears up the note while screaming “I refuse to accept the responsibility!”
I mean, in the MOVIE Doc screams “I refuse to accept the responsibility!” while thunder rumbles and wind whips around them in these few minutes before the storm finally breaks. But why have a dramatic confrontation in a storm when you can mutter your way through it?
“Well, I’m not going to accept the responsibility,” Brown muttered.
With that, he tore up the letter and tossed the pieces into the ashtray of his Packard.
SUCH GREAT DRAMA
SUCH GREAT CAR BRAND-NAME POSITIONING
The scene switches to evening, where Doc in the town square setting up the equipment necessary to send the DeLorean Back To The… time frame that Marty is used to. And Gipe, again taking every opportunity to drop in a brand name, explicitly tells us what kind of car Doc drove to the town square - it’s a Packard! Be sure to remember this information because it will never ever come up again!
Next to it is the DeLorean, covered in another tarpaulin. Doc whistles and looks over his work: “a very expensive 500 feet of triple-strength wire from the lightning rod atop the courthouse to the connection he had just made” and hah hah I guess that big speech Doc made earlier about killing the future President of the United States by buying something that wouldn’t otherwise be bought is out the window!
Doc turns to Marty and tells him he’s going to miss him when he’s gone:
“I… well… I’m gonna be sad to see you go. You’ve really made a difference in my life. You’ve given me something to shoot for. Just knowing that I’m going to live to see 1985… that I’ll succeed in this… that I’ll get a chance to travel through time… well, it’s gonna be hard for me to wait thirty years before we can talk about everything that happened in the past few days. I’m gonna really miss you…”
And hah hah I guess that big bit where Doc shouldn’t know too much about his own future is out the window too! But I’m glad the “it’ll be hard not to talk about this for 30 years” line from the movie is there, because it blew my mind as a kid to imagine Doc meeting Marty for the first time after this, having to act like they’re strangers, but knowing what great friends they’ll become. YAY PALS! PALS FOREVER!!