So we learned that Doc (or maybe… George Gipe/Bob Gale/Robert Zemeckis themselves?) has no idea how conception works, and Doc’s just finished telling Marty that when he gets back to 1985 he could well be 12 years old:
Marty shook his head in awe. What his friend and mentor said definitely made sense.
This is AMAZING. It’s like Gipe realized his “you will be five years younger when you arrive back in 1985” explanation is sucky, so he AGAIN has his characters suddenly get obsessed about how much they agree with him. It’s amazing. I love it.
And yes, I’m saying this writing is so bad it’s good! WE HAVE LOOPED AROUND, everybody! It finally happened!!
Anyway Marty starts telling Doc that George coldcocked Biff and how crazy it was and Doc totally doesn’t care about anything this teen has to say, which is hilarious:
“Fine,” Doc Brown nodded. ”Now get in there and set your destination time. We’re rushed as hell.”
Doc pounds in the exact time Marty left 1985 (to the nearest minute, anyway) and explains that he’s done the calculations and painted a white line on the road and as long as Marty floors it when the alarm clock goes of, he’ll be fine.
In the movie there’s that really sweet scene I put up top where these two friends thank each other and then they hug and say “see you in about thirty years” and oh my gosh you guys it’s such a good hug! In the book, they just… shake hands. That’s all they do! Doc says “it’s been a pleasure” and then “the two men shook hands” and that’s it.
That’s it! Come on Gipe, I want to see FRIENDS HUG, damn it!! Did you know: CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF HUGS IS THE ENTIRE REASON I EVER ENGAGE IN ANY NARRATIVE, FICTIONAL OR OTHERWISE??