SYNOPSIS BY GUEST WRITER KACKIE L. SAUNDERS
Setting: Hill Valley, California; USA
The scene opens on a cluttered house with lots and lots of clocks. A TV is on, and the anchorwoman is talking about some missing plutonium that appears to have been stolen. The house’s front door opens , and a young man with a skateboard walks in, calling “Doc? Hello, anybody home?” He puts the skateboard down and it rolls under a table and bumps into a crate that says “caution” and a radiation symbol.
The young man plugs his electric guitar into a huge amplifier and turns the amp up as loud as it will go. He touches the strings of the guitar and there’s a small explosion that knocks him back into a shelf. Books and paint cans fall around him as he slowly sits up. The phone rings and he stumbles through the mess to answer it. Doc tells the young man, Marty McFly, that he needs to meet with him in the mall parking lot at one in the morning. Marty agrees. Doc asks what time it is, and when Marty looks around at all the clocks and tells him that it‘s 8:00, Doc smugly says that’s just what he wanted to hear. All the clocks are 25 minutes slow. Marty realizes this means he’s late for school and hurriedly hangs up and runs outside.
He rides his skateboard to school, listening to “The Power of Love” on his headphones and waving at girls as he goes. When he gets to school, a teenage girl runs out to him, warning him to come around the back, because he’s late to school and she doesn’t want him to get caught again. Even as they come in the back way, though, a bald man stops them and gives Marty his tardy slip. The man hears Marty mention to his girlfriend, Jennifer, that he was late to work because of Doc’s clocks being wrong. The bald man, Mr. Strickland, asks Marty if he’s still hanging out with Doc. Strickland quite obviously thinks Doc is a maniac. Marty says he is and Strickland takes him by the lapels of his jacket.
“You’ve got a real attitude, McFly. You’re a slacker,” the man says. He gets right into Marty’s face as he says, “You’re too much like your old man. No McFly ever amounted to anything in the history of Hill Valley!”
Marty coolly answers, “Well, history’s gonna change.”
In the next scene, Marty and some of his friends are playing rock music in front of some of their teachers for auditions. One teacher with big glasses and slicked back hair (who is actually Huey Lewis in a cameo role) stands and says they’re just too darn loud. Marty is very upset, since they had barely gotten started, and were already being disqualified.
He and Jennifer are walking home and Marty’s complaining about what happened and saying maybe he’s just not good enough and should give up. He then says he’s starting to sound just like his father. Jennifer reminds him that he’s always quoting Doc, “If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.”
Marty and Jennifer sit down and are talking about their plans to go to the lake together. Marty says his mother doesn’t know about it, and that she would freak out if she did find out. “She goes on about how she never did that kind of stuff when she was my age. I swear the woman was born a nun.” Just as Marty’s about to kiss Jennifer, a lady shoves a jar of change in their faces, shouting at them to “save the clock tower!”
Marty gives her a quarter and tries to get her to go away. She goes on about how that clock tower was struck by lightning thirty years before, and gives Marty a flier about the “save the clock tower” project. Jennifer writes her number on the flier so Marty folds it up and keeps it, and then heads home.
When he gets home, he finds the family car being brought into the driveway on a tow truck. The car is totaled. Marty comes inside and hears an older guy named Biff complaining that when the accident happened, he spilled beer on his shirt. Marty’s dad, who owns the car, just says he’s sorry. Biff helps himself to a beer out of the McFly’s refrigerator. “I have your car towed all the way here and all you got for me is light beer?!” Before Biff leaves, he tells Marty to say hello to his mom for him.
Marty looks at his dad in disgust. “He totaled the car, Dad! I needed that car!” George says he knows, but Biff is his boss.
At dinner that night, Marty, his older brother, his older sister, his mom and his dad are talking about Marty’s Uncle Joey who didn’t make parole again. Marty’s sister changes the subject by saying that Jennifer called for Marty while he was outside moping about the car being wrecked.
Marty’s mother, Lorraine, acts horrified. “I never called boys! I never chased boys!” she tells her kids. She starts to tell her kids, again, how she met their father.
“That’s so stupid! Grandpa hit him with the car!” Marty’s sister exclaims.
“If that hadn’t happened, none of you would have ever been born!” Lorraine says. She tells them that when George got hit with the car, her father brought him inside and she felt so sorry for him.
“We know, we know, you’ve told us this story a hundred times… he took you to the Fish Under the Sea Dance,” Marty’s sister interjects, rolling her eyes.
“Enchantment Under the Sea Dance!” Lorraine corrects sternly. She then gets a faraway look in her eyes as she says that was the first time he kissed her… and when she knew she would spend the rest of her life with him. Just then, George bursts out laughing, and everyone else at the table sighs.
In the next scene, Marty is asleep on top of his bed in a most uncomfortable-looking position, with the lights on in his room. The phone rings and he wakes up quickly and answers it. It’s Doc, asking him if he fell asleep.
“No, no, of course not. Don’t be silly,” Marty sleepily answers. He skateboards to the Twin Pines Mall, wearing several layers of clothes and still looking a little cold, holding a video camera. He sees Doc’s big van, and skateboards to it. Doc’s dog, Einstein, is sitting by the van, so Marty goes to him. He pats the dog. “Where’s the Doc, Einie?”
Just then, the back of the van opens and a DeLorean rolls down from it, with a lot of smoke surrounding it. The left door swings up and an older man with long, messy white hair steps out of the car. Marty is staring open-mouthed at it. “It’s a DeLorean!” he gasps. Doc has Marty turn his camera on, straps his dog into the driver’s side seat of the car, and takes out a large hand-held control. He backs the car up with the control, and then has it drive right towards himself and Marty. Marty tries to jump out of the way, but Doc reaches out and pulls him back, making him keep the camera on the car. When the car hits 88 miles an hour, the car disappears, leaving fire trails. The license plate comes off in the small explosion. Marty tries to pick it up, his mouth hanging open. “You disintegrated Einstein!” he tells Doc.
“No I didn’t!” Doc promises, and starts trying to explain to him that Einstein is the world’s first time traveler. Just then, he hears a beeping noise and shoves Marty out of the way. The car appears right where they’d been standing a second before. Einstein gets out, unharmed.
Doc explains to Marty that Einstein just traveled one minute into the future, and to the dog, it was instantaneous. Marty can’t help spluttering, “Wait a minute… you built a time machine out of a DeLorean?!” Doc just replies that he thought he ought to make his time machine with some style. Doc then tells Marty to turn his camera on and start filming. Doc shows him the inside of the car, where there’s a lit-up display panel of dates and times. He says that all you have to do is punch a certain date in, get the car up to 88 miles an hour, and then you’ll go to the date you set it at. He then reminisces to Marty about the date of November 5, 1955, after typing the date into the machine, when he was hanging up a clock and slipped on his toilet seat and blacked out. When he woke up, he had had a vision of the Flux Capacitor…what makes time travel possible.
Doc throws his things into the car, telling Marty the car runs on regular gas, but that the Flux Capacitor needs Plutonium. He tells Marty he’s going to the future, and promises to look Marty up and see what he’s up to, some time in the future.
“I almost forgot the Plutonium!” Doc laughs, just before he gets in the car to leave. He starts to go get the Plutonium, when he sees a van approaching. “They’ve found me,” he whispers. “I don’t know how, but they’ve found me. Run for it Marty!”
Marty turns around and sees some Libyan men in a van, holding all kinds of guns. Marty runs behind a car and Doc goes out to meet the Libyans, pointing a tiny gun at them. As Marty watches, the Libyans shoot Doc repeatedly, and he falls to the ground. A very terrified but angry Marty runs into view, shouting at them. The man with the machine gun points it at Marty, and Marty closes his eyes… but the Libyan’s gun is jammed. Marty takes his chance to run to the DeLorean and jump inside. He throws the camera onto the seat next to him, and pulls the car away as fast as he can.
The Libyans drive after him, chasing him around the parking lot. Marty gets the car up to 88 miles an hour, and with a small explosion, it disappears… and the Libyans are left behind. Their van crashes into a shed and the screen goes black. It comes up with Marty driving through a corn field, running into a scarecrow that gets stuck on his windshield and finally crashing into a barn.
A man, his wife, his son and daughter come out of their home and run over to the barn. They peek inside, seeing the crashed DeLorean. The boy holds up a comic book with a picture of a alien spaceship and something standing beside it in a yellow suit. Just then, Marty opens the door of the car and steps out in a yellow radiation suit he’d put on when Doc had been handling the Plutonium.
The family starts freaking out, thinking he’s an alien, and run back into the house. Marty stumbles outside, saying, “Sorry about your barn.” The man that owns the barn comes back outside, but this time with a gun. He nearly shoots Marty, who trips and falls back into the barn, then gets up and gets back in the car. He drives out of the barn and away from the house as fast as he can, running over a pine tree as he goes and uprooting it.
As Marty drives, he keeps mumbling, “This is just a dream. A really intense… dream.” He drives to where his home should be, and instead sees a billboard saying the neighborhood will soon be built. Since the car is having a starter problem and dies, Marty takes off the radiation suit and pushes the car behind a billboard. He gets out of the car, leaving his camera and headphones behind, and starts walking along the road. He sees a sign saying that town is two miles away, and sets in for a pretty long walk.
When Marty finally comes into town, he stares around in utter confusion. Hill Valley is clean and all of the girls are wearing dresses, boys are carrying books for the girls, there are full-service gas stations with guys in nice uniforms, new record albums are being advertised, and the movie on the marquee stars Ronald Reagan. Marty slowly walks across the street to a trash can where a man has just thrown his newspaper away. Marty picks up the newspaper and looks at the date… November 5, 1955. He throws the newspaper down, muttering to himself that it can’t be true.
He decides to call Doc, if he even can, and finds a small diner. The owner of the diner laughs when he sees Marty’s red vest. “You jump ship, kid?” Marty gives him a confused look and asks where the phone is. The man points him in the right direction, and Marty hurries off to make his phone call. He takes out a phone book and searches for Doc’s name. He finds it, and tries calling him, but gets no answer. The owner of the diner walks by Marty just as Marty’s 1985 wrist watch starts chirping. He quickly hides his wrist behind his back and smiles at the man. The diner owner walks away finally, and Marty rips the page with Doc’s number out of the phone book.
He carries it to the front of the diner, asking if the owner knows where Doc’s street is. “You gonna buy something, kid?” the man interrupts.
“Can I have a Pepsi Free?” Marty asks.
“You want a Pepsi, you’re gonna have to pay for it!”
“Well, can I have a Tab then?” Marty asks next, still confused and not sure what to say in this strange place.
“You gotta order something to have a tab!”
“Okay, just give me something without any sugar,” Marty says finally, and sits down next to a teen boy.
The door to the diner opens, and a small group of teen boys swagger in. “Hey McFly! I thought I told you never to come in here!” the leader exclaims. Marty turns around, recognizing the voice. The boy next to him also turns around, and the group of punks walk straight to him. One of them sees Marty’s vest and says, “Look at this. The dork thinks he’s gonna drown.” Even the boy next to Marty laughs at that. Then, he turns his attention back to the leader of the punks, who wants to know if this kid, George, has his homework done for him yet. Marty has a scary realization; the kid sitting next to him is his dad, just younger, and the leader of the punks is Biff!
Biff and his gang leave, and Marty stares at his future father until George gets upset and asks him why he’s staring. “You’re George McFly!” Marty whispers in amazement.
Just then a young black man who works at the diner walks up to George and tells him to stand tall, and stop taking abuse from Biff.
“But he’s bigger then me,” George replies.
“Have some respect for yourself! Why if I could–”
“You’re gonna be mayor!” Marty realizes.
“Mayor!” the black man says, perking up.
“A colored mayor. That’ll be the day,” someone comments.
“You wait and see… I will be mayor. And when I am, I’m gonna clean up this town!” the future mayor promises earnestly.
“Good. You can start by sweeping the floor,” the owner of the diner says, handing him a broom.
“Mayor Goldie Wilson. I like the sound of that!” the someday mayor says to himself, walking away. Marty turns his attention back to where George was sitting, but finds him gone. He looks outside and sees George riding away on a bicycle. He runs outside and shouts, “Dad!… George!… Hey, you with the bike!”
The next scene shows George on a tree limb, holding binoculars and looking into a girl’s bedroom. Marty has just caught up to him and sees what he’s doing. He’s displeased to see that his father is a peeping tom, but before he can do anything, George slips and falls out of the tree, landing in the road. A car is approaching, and Marty shoves George out of the street, and gets hit by the car. Marty is thrown back onto the pavement, hitting his head and blacking out.
A middle-aged man gets out and sees him lying there. “Stella!” he shouts. “Another damn kid ran in front of my car. Get out here and help me bring him inside.” The scene swirls slowly out and blackens.
The next thing you hear is Marty’s mother’s voice. Marty hears his mother, and doesn’t open his eyes. He’s in a dark room, in bed, with the covers pulled up. He tells his mom he had a nightmare about going back in time.
“Well, you’re awake now. Back in good old 1955,” his mother replies.
“1955?!” Marty demands, opening his eyes and sitting up as a lamp is turned on. He sees his mother all right, but she’s much younger. “You’re my mo–you’re my mo–my mo–”
“My name’s Lorraine,” she tells him, “Lorraine Baines.” He starts to get up buts realizes his jeans are missing.
“Where are my pants?” he demands. She points and says they’re on her hope chest. She calls him Calvin, and he asks why she called him that. She says it must be his name; it’s written all over his underwear… “Calvin Klein.” She asks if people call him Cal. He says that people actually call him Marty. She moves closer to him, and he is becoming uncomfortable as she looks at him. She tries to touch the bruise on his face, and he tries to avoid her hand. He falls off the bed in the process, and Lorraine’s mother calls for her. Lorraine jumps up and throws Marty his pants, and then runs downstairs.
Marty comes downstairs, too, to find the man who hit him with the car is working on a TV, several kids are sitting at the dinner table, his pregnant future grandmother is sitting down to eat, and his jailbird Uncle Joey is a baby, in his crib. “He cries whenever we take him out, so we just leave him in there all the time,” Marty’s grandmother tells him about Joey. Marty quietly says to the baby, “Better get used to these bars, kid.”
He sits down with the family, who is very excited to have a TV on while they’re eating dinner. One of the kids says that it’s their first TV, and Marty says his family has two. The boy’s face lights up and he says to Marty, “Wow, you must be rich!” Marty’s grandmother scolds her son. “He’s teasing you, dear. No one has two television sets.” As Marty watches the TV, he recognizes the episode of the show that’s on, and says that he’s seen it before. “How could you have seen it?” one of the kids asks. “It’s brand new.”
Marty says he saw it on a rerun, and they all stare at him blankly, asking what a rerun is. Marty’s grandmother looks at him. “You look so familiar, Marty. Do I know your mother?” she asks. He looks at Lorraine.
“You know, I think maybe you do.”
“Well, maybe I should give her a call…”
“You can’t,” Marty says quickly. Lorraine suggests that Marty stays for the night, since he did get hit by her father’s car. She reaches under the table and squeezes his knee and Marty jumps up. He says he has to leave, and gets out of the house as soon as he possibly can. Lorraine’s mother comments on what a strange young man he was.
“He’s an idiot; comes from upbringing. His parents were probably idiots, too. Lorraine, if you ever have a kid like that, I’ll disown you,” Lorraine’s father said. Lorraine is staring at the door that Marty just left out of, looking dreamy-eyed.
Marty finds Doc’s house, and it’s getting dark outside. He runs to the door and knocks, impatiently waiting. The door opens, and a much-younger Doc is standing there, wearing some huge humming thing on his head, and he has a bruise. He grabs Marty’s arm and yanks him into the house. He says he’s going to try to read Marty’s mind about what he’s there for. He keeps guessing wrong, so Marty finally pulls the thing off of his forehead and says that he has come from the future in a time machine that Doc would invent.
“Do you have any idea what this means?” Doc whispers. “It means this damn thing doesn’t work at all!” he shouts, paying attention to his mind-reading thing and not Marty. Marty keeps trying to convince Doc that he’s telling the truth. He even shows Doc his driver’s license and a picture of his brother and sister and him. His sister has a shirt with the year she graduated printed on the front. Doc still doesn’t believe him. “So who’s the President in 1985?”
“Ronald Reagan? The actor?” Doc starts laughing and asks if Jerry Lewis is the Vice President. Doc laughs as he runs over to the building next to his home with all of his gadgets and gizmos in a box. Marty chases after him and gets the door slammed in his face.
“I know how you got that bruise on your head. You were standing on your toilet seat, straightening a clock and you fell off and hit your head. When you woke up, you got the idea for the flux capacitor… which is what makes time travel possible.” The door opens and Doc stares at him wide-eyed.
Marty takes Doc to the DeLorean, and shows him the Flux Capacitor. Doc holds up a drawing of it that he’d just made. “It works!” Doc shouts, and Marty mutters something about “you bet your ass it works.”
In the next scene, Doc and Marty are back at Doc’s house, and Marty is hooking his video camera up to Doc’s TV. He plays the tape he’d made with the 1985 Doc explaining time travel and how it’s possible. 1955 Doc hears the words “5.21 Gigowatts” and panics.
“5.21 Gigowatts?!” he shouts, pulling on his hair. “5.21 Gigowatts!” Doc runs from the room, and Marty follows him, asking what is a Gigowatt?!
Doc tells Marty that there’s no way for them to get Plutonium, and that he can’t think of any other way to harness enough energy… except maybe a bolt of lightning. Marty thinks of Jennifer and how much he’d miss her if he was stuck in the past. He takes out the love note she’d written him on the paper from the clock-tower lady, and gives it to Doc. “I’m so sorry, Marty,” Doc says, but there’s never anyway to know when lightning would strike. As Marty thinks about that paper Jennifer had scribbled the note on, though, he gets an idea.
“Yes we do,” he tells Doc, turning the paper over and showing the printed side talking about the clock tower and when it had been struck by lightning. Doc grins, saying that it just might work. The important thing, though, is to get prepared for it quickly. Marty thinks it’s a great idea, and besides, he adds, it’ll give him a chance to get to look around a little. Doc takes him by the shoulders, and tells him he absolutely can’t interact with the people there, since he could be in danger of causing a paradox. Doc asks him if he’s bumped into anyone yet.
“Well… I sorta bumped into my parents,” Marty says, shrugging. He says that he got hit with the car that his dad was supposed to get hit with. Doc tells him he could mess up his parents’ meeting, and cause a huge paradox.
Doc takes Marty to the high school. Marty is impressed with how nice and clean it looks. They look around for his dad, and while they look for him, they hear a big commotion. George is walking towards them with a “kick me” sign on his back, and a bunch of bullies kicking him. He drops his books as a younger Mr. Strickland walks up and the bullies hurry away.
Mr. Strickland shouts at George that he’s a slacker, as Doc and Marty watch. “Maybe you were adopted,” Doc finally suggests. Marty knows that’s not true, though, so he runs after George.
“Remember me? The guy who saved your life the other day,” Marty tells him. Marty then says he has someone he wants George to meet. Marty brings him to where a cluster of girls are standing by the lockers–Lorraine with them. She sees Marty.
“Calvin!” she exclaims. She tries to touch his face, and she asks him how it feels. He tells her it feels better, and tries to get her attention on George, but Lorraine can’t tear her eyes from Marty. The bell rings and all of the girls run off together. “Isn’t he a dreamboat?” Lorraine sighs to her friends as they leave. By then, George has left too, and Doc catches up with Marty. He starts trying to explain to Marty in a very complicated way that his mother is now “enamored” with him.
“Wait, wait, Doc… are you saying that my mom… has got the hots for me?” Marty asks him, trying to cut through all the big words. Doc’s pretty sure they mean the same thing. “This is heavy.”
“There’s that word again! ‘Heavy’! Why are things so heavy in the future? Is there a problem with the Earth’s gravitational pull?” Doc demands. Marty just stares at him blankly and they let it drop.
Doc tells Marty they need to get his parents together to do something. He asks what they like to do together.
“Nothing,” Marty answers after thinking about it. Doc leans on a wall that has a poster on it, saying that they need to think of some kind of social function that they could set his parents up at. “Of course! The Enchantment Under the Sea Dance! This is where they kiss!” Marty exclaims, pointing at the poster on the wall. They both know they have to convince George to ask Lorraine to the dance.
Marty finds George in the lunchroom, scribbling in a little notebook instead of eating. Marty sits down across from him. “Remember that girl I introduced you to? Lorraine? She told me to tell you that she really wants you to ask her to the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance,” Marty tells him. He asks what George is writing.
“Science fiction stories… about aliens coming down from other planets.”
“Get out of town… I didn’t know you did anything creative,” Marty says, grinning. “Here, let me read some of it.” As he reaches for the notebook though, George pulls it away.
“Oh, no, I couldn’t let anyone read it. They might not like it and tell me I’m no good. I just don’t think I could take that kind of rejection. But, you wouldn’t probably understand that, would you?”
Marty sighs. “Yeah. Yeah I would,” he admits. “Anyway… about Lorraine.”
George says he doesn’t think Lorraine wants to go with him; she wants to go with someone else. Marty asks who, and George points over his shoulder. “Biff.”
Marty turns around to see Biff holding onto his mom’s arm. She slaps him, and tells him to let go of her. He just squeezes harder, and Marty jumps up. He takes a handful of Biff’s collar and pulls him away from Lorraine. “She said get your meat hooks off–” Marty starts to say, but Biff stands all the way up, (and seems to tower over Marty), and takes Marty’s collar in his own huge hand. It looks like there’s going to be a fight, but Mr. Strickland walks up to them, and Biff lets go of Marty.
“Since you’re new here, I’m gonna cut you a break,” Biff says, straightening Marty’s shirt. “So make like a tree… and get out of here.” When Marty gets away from Biff, he looks around for George, but he’s gone.
Marty finds George on his way home, and tells him that Lorraine really wants to go to the dance with him, he just needs to get up the courage to ask her. George tells him he can’t go to the dance anyway, because he doesn’t want to miss his favorite show, “Science Fiction Theater.” George runs inside his house and Marty stands on the driveway, thinking.
In the next scene, Marty is standing in George’s bedroom, wearing his yellow radiation suit, holding his Walkman. He puts the headphones on George’s head and pushes “Play.” Loud rock music blasts from the headphones, and George wakes up and nearly panics when he sees Marty.
“Who–who are you?” he gasps.
“My name is Darth Vader [insert heavy breathing] I‘m from the Planet Vulcan,” Marty announces, holding his hand up in a Vulcan salute.
In the next scene, it’s the afternoon and Marty’s standing by a diner and gas station. George sees him, and runs. George’s clothes and hair are disheveled, and he’s gasping. Marty asks him where he was. “You weren’t at school today.”
“Last night, Darth Vader from the planet Vulcan came down and said he’d melt my brains if I didn’t ask Lorraine to the dance,” George tells him, taking the whole thing very seriously.
“Okay, but let’s keep all of this brain-melting stuff to ourselves, okay?” Marty asks, trying to straighten George’s clothes a little. He says that Lorraine is in the diner, and George asks what he should say. Marty starts giving him some suggestions, and George takes out his notepad so he can write the stuff down. “It’s a wonder I was ever born,” Marty mutters.
“Nothing, nothing,” Marty says, and pushes George inside. George walks slowly to Lorraine, who’s sitting with a few of her friends. She sees him and asks if she knows him from somewhere.
“I’m George…George McFly, and I’m your density… I mean… your destiny,” George tells her. Lorraine smiles–but then Biff comes in with his gang, shouting at George that he told him never to come in there. Marty waits until Biff is about to pass by him, and then sticks his foot out and trips the bully. Biff lands on the ground, and then angrily stands up to tower over Marty again.
“What’s that?” Marty asks, pointing over Biff’s shoulder. Biff turns and Marty punches him, then runs outside. When he sees Biff and his gang following him, Marty stops a couple of kids and takes one of their old-fashioned scooters from them. He hurries away on it, while Biff and his gang jump into a car. They try chasing him down, but Marty’s good on the skateboard. He gets out onto the street, holding onto the back of a car, when Biff nearly runs him over with their car. Marty jumps off of the skateboard, walks up and over Biff’s car, and jumps off the back onto his waiting skateboard. A distracted Biff then crashes into a truck of manure.
Lorraine has seen all of this, and is even more convinced that Marty is her dream come true. She follows him back to Doc’s house.
Doc has set up a model Hill Valley to demonstrate to Marty how the lightning will hit the car and how Marty will be sent forward in time. Doc puts a model car on the model street and has Marty wind it up and let it go. When the fake lightning hits it, there’s a small explosion and the car flies off the table, on fire. It hits a pile of rags and starts it on fire. Doc gasps and grabs a fire extinguisher. “You’re instilling a lot of confidence in me, Doc,” Marty jokes, looking at the smoking car. There’s a knock at the door; it’s Lorraine. Doc moves aside and lets Marty try to convince Lorraine to go to the dance with George.
“Oh, he’s cute and all,” she says. “But I think a man should be strong and stand up for the woman he loves. Don’t you?”
Marty agrees yes, and Lorraine asks him to take her to the dance.
Well, Marty goes to George’s house and starts coming up with a plan. Marty will drive Lorraine there, George will waltz up and find them struggling in the car, punch Marty, and look like a hero. He’ll then victoriously take Lorraine inside the school to dance. Marty mentions that Lorraine will be very mad at him.
“Why will she be mad at you?” George asks, knowing how much Lorraine likes Marty. Marty says because nice girls don’t like it when guys take advantage of them. He then tries to make George stop thinking about that and concentrate on the rest of the plan. “So, I’ll walk up to the car… do you think I should swear?” Marty says yes.
“So you’ll punch me. I’m down for the count,” Marty adds. It sounds like a perfect plan that will work great. Marty’s got a lot on his mind, though, because he not only has to get his parents back together, but he also has to get back to his own time.
The night of the dance, Doc has the time machine covered by a huge tarp, and is setting up wires and cables to catch the power from the lightning. A policeman comes along and asks him if he has a permit. Doc says that he does, and reaches into his pocket. Instead of getting a permit, though, he takes money out and gives it to the man, who takes it and leaves him alone.
Marty is about to pick Lorraine up for the dance, but before he goes, he sits down to write Doc a letter. He doesn’t know how else to tell his friend that in 1985, he will be shot and killed by terrorists. He asks Doc to take whatever precautions are necessary to keep it from happening. He signs the letter and slips it into Doc’s coat pocket.
Marty drives Lorraine up to the school, and asks nervously if she minds if they park. She grins and says, “I’m seventeen years old. It’s not like I’ve never parked before.” Marty gasps, remembering how she always acted like such a saint. She shocks him even more by taking out a small bottle.
“You drink?” Marty asks. She says she stole it from her mom. Marty tells her that she may regret drinking so much, later in life. She lights a cigarette next. “You smoke too?!”
“Don’t be such a square,” Lorraine tells him. “You sound just like my mother.” Marty’s eyes get big when she says that. She tells him he seems nervous, and asks him what’s wrong. He asks her if there was ever something that she had to do, that she didn’t want to do. She says yes.
“You know what I do?” she whispers. “I don’t think about it.” She leans over and kisses him, making Marty’s eyes get even bigger. He tries to move away from her and ends up leaned completely against his door, looking thoroughly terrified and freaked out. Lorraine pulls away from him, a strange look on her face. She says she knows it’s strange, but, “when I kiss you… it’s like… I’m kissing my brother.” She wrinkles her nose up at the thought. A very relieved and slightly shaky Marty sits up and says that’s not weird at all. They hear someone coming.
Instead of it being George, though, it’s Biff. He yanks Marty out of the car then pushes Marty to his bullies, who hold him while Biff gets into the car with Lorraine. Lorraine tries to get away from him, but can’t. One of Biff’s gang members punches Marty in the stomach, and they carry him off. They throw him into the trunk of a car, and close the trunk. There are people in the car, though–the band that’s performing at the dance. They all get out of the car and the bullies run off.
Marty calls for someone to get him out of the trunk. “Where are the keys?” one of the men asks, searching his pockets.
“What was that?”
“I said, the keys are in here!” Marty says.
Just then, George walks up to the car that Lorraine and Biff are in, thinking that Marty is with Lorraine. He opens the door and tells Biff to get his hands off of Lorraine. As he realizes who he just said it to, though, he gets scared.
“You got the wrong car. Get out of here,” Biff says. Lorraine begs George to help her.
“No Biff, you leave her alone,” George insists. Biff climbs out of the car, towering over George and glaring at him. He takes George’s arm and twists it behind his back.
“Stop it Biff, you’ll break his arm!” Lorraine says, trying to stop Biff from hurting George. Biff turns and pushes her so hard that it knocks her down, laughing as he does it. George sees this, balls his hand into a fist, and punches Biff so hard that it knocks him out. Biff falls to the ground, and George looks down at Lorraine.
“Are you okay?” he asks, offering his hand to her. Lorraine looks into his eyes as she takes his hand and allows him to pull her to her feet. Just then, the band has gotten Marty out of the trunk, but the lead guitarist/singer cust his hand badly, while doing it. Marty runs up the car, where people are now gathered around, and sees George and Lorraine happily walking away together, arm-in-arm.
Marty goes back to the band members and tells them they’d better get inside and start playing some music. The lead guitarist/singer shakes his head and says that he cut his hand too badly, and that they can’t perform anymore unless Marty knows someone who can play guitar. Marty, of course, can.
So in the next scene, Marty’s up on the stage, strumming a guitar, with his eyes glued on his dancing future parents. As George and Lorraine are dancing, though, some dorky guy comes up to them, pushes George away from Lorraine, and starts dancing with her. Marty gasps, suddenly not able to play. He slides down to the ground, staring at his hand as it starts disappearing. The picture he has of himself, his brother and sister shows his siblings gone, and he’s disappearing, too.
Marty’s about to completely be erased from existence, when George pushes the dorky guy that’s dancing with Lorraine, and kisses her. Marty sits up, stands up, and watches as his parents kiss, and then stare into each other’s eyes as they dance.
When the song’s over, a fully recovered Marty is about to leave the stage, when the singer, Marvin Berry, says, “Let’s do another one… something that really cooks.”
Marty considers this. “Something that really cooks,” he says to himself. He steps up the microphone and tells the audience that he’s going to play an oldie. The people seem a little disappointed. “Well, it’s an oldie where I come from,” he explains. He tells the other band members what to do, and then tells them to try to keep up with him. Marty does some very excellent guitar playing and singing for the song “Johnny B. Goode,” and gets everyone in the audience feverishly dancing. Of course, they’ve never heard anything like it before, so at first they’re not even sure exactly how to dance to it.
Marvin is very excited about this song, so he runs to a phone to call his cousin, Chuck. “Chuck, you know that new sound you’re looking for? Well, listen to this!” Marvin shouts, and then holds the phone up so Chuck can hear. Marty, meanwhile, starts getting a little crazy; he wants to look like all of his favorite rock stars by kicking things off stage and doing all kinds of weird antics on stage. The audience has pretty much stopped dancing, and everyone’s staring at Marty.
He stops finally, and tells everyone he guesses they weren’t ready for it yet. “But your kids are gonna love it,” he says.
Marty tries to leave, but he runs into George and Lorraine. “That was very interesting music,” Lorraine says. She tells Marty George is going to take her home.
“Great! I had a feeling about you two!” Marty exclaims. He’s about to leave, but comes back to his future parents. He tells them that if they ever have kids, and one of them accidentally starts the living room carpet on fire, to go easy on him. George and Lorraine smile to themselves, and as Marty walks away, Lorraine says, “Marty. What a nice name.”
Marty finds Doc, and as the storm overhead starts, they prepare for Marty to take his trip into the future. At the last minute, Doc discovers Marty’s letter in his jacket pocket and asks what it is.
“You’ll find out in thirty years,” Marty answers, and Doc rips the letter up, saying that he already knows too much about his future anyway. Doc discovers that a cable has slipped loose from the clock on the clock tower, and hurries up to fix it. Once he’s up there, Marty knows it’s about time to get in the car to go the future, so he tries to shout to Doc what will happen to him in 1985 with the terrorists, but the clock starts chiming, and Marty’s voice is drowned out.
Marty gets in the car, and drives it to the place Doc had told him to, waiting for the little alarm clock Doc put in the car to go off. He sets the time machine’s date and time so that he’ll go back to the future a few minutes before he left. His plan is to warn the 1985 Doc of what’s going to happen to him, since the 1955 Doc won’t listen. Just as the clock goes off, the car’s engine dies. Marty struggles with the car, trying to get it to start again. Finally he smashes his face into the steering wheel in frustration, and the car starts.
Doc’s having his own troubles, getting the cables all connected. Every time he gets one connected, another one seems to come apart somewhere down the line. It finally all comes together as the DeLorean hits 88 miles an hour, and Marty squeezes his eyes shut, not sure what’s going to happen. The lightning strikes, the energy going down through the cable and into the car. With a small explosion, Marty disappears. 1955 Doc looks around in amazement at the fire trails that are all that’s left of Marty and the DeLorean. Doc starts cheering, glad that the whole thing actually worked.
The scene switches to Marty appearing in 1985, waking up a drunk homeless guy in the process. Marty gets out of the car, and tells the drunk that it’s great to see him again. “Everything looks great,” he exclaims. He notices a clock, though, and remembers he has to get to Doc to stop him from being shot by the terrorists. Marty jumps back into the car, only to find it wont start again.
The Libyans drive by Marty, on their way to the mall, so he decides to just leave the DeLorean. He runs as fast as he can to the Lone Pine Mall, but still arrives too late. He watches “himself” drive off in the DeLorean and disappear. He watches the Libyan van crash, and everything becomes quiet. Marty walks down to where Doc is lying on the ground, appearing to be dead. Marty sits next to him, crying because he didn’t make it in time.
Doc sits up, though. Marty jumps when he sees Doc moving. Doc opens his radiation suit to reveal a bulletproof vest.
“A bulletproof vest. How did you know?” Marty asks. Doc takes out Marty’s letter, which is very old and yellowed, and taped together.
Doc drives Marty home, and says he’s going to the future. “When you get there, look me up,” Marty requests. It’s the middle of the night, so after Doc leaves, Marty climbs through his bedroom window and goes right to sleep.
In the morning, Marty walks out of his room yawning. He nearly passes out when he sees the kitchen and dining room, though. The kitchen looks beautiful, and his siblings are sitting at the dining room table, wearing expensive clothes. His brother’s reading a newspaper.
“What are you wearing?” Marty asks, looking at his brother’s suit.
“I always wear a suit to the office.” His brother says, laughing. Just then, Marty’s parents come inside. They both look much younger then they had at the beginning of the movie, and seem much more in love with each other. Marty falls off the of bar stool he’s sitting on when he sees them.
“Marty, are you okay?” his mother worriedly asks. Marty says he’s fine, but continues to stare in happy bewilderment at his new home…his new family!
“Oh, Jennifer Parker called,” his sister says. Lorraine smiles.
“I really like that girl, Marty,” she tells him with a smile. She says she thinks Marty’s going to have a great time going to the lake with Jennifer.
“Mom, I can’t go the lake. The car’s totaled,” Marty reminds his mom. His whole family seems shocked, demanding what he means.
“What? Why am I always the last one to know about these things?” Dave asks.
“Calm down, I’m sure the car’s fine,” George tells everyone. Marty follows his dad to the door, and looks out to see Biff putting wax on a very nice, new car. “See, the car’s fine. Now, Biff, I said two coats of wax!”
“I’m just putting the second one on,” Biff promises. George smiles and walks away, but Marty stays in the doorway, staring at Biff.
In a few minutes, Biff carries in a box. “I think it’s your new book!” Biff says. George opens the box and pulls out of a copy of a thick book he wrote. The picture on the front shows a man and woman facing each other with a person in a yellow radiation suit between them.
Biff tells Marty that his truck is all washed and waxed, ready for tonight. Marty takes the keys from Biff, perplexed. He walks to the garage to find the black truck he’d wanted, waiting for him.
“Hey, how about a ride, Mister?” Jennifer calls, walking up to him. Marty takes her by the shoulders.
“Are you a sight for sore eyes.”
“Marty, you act like you haven’t seen me in a week!”
“Is everything okay, Marty?” Jennifer asks worriedly, touching his face. Marty looks back at his house, and sees his parents in the doorway, smiling and hugging.
“Everything’s great,” he says. He kisses Jennifer, but their kiss is interrupted by the DeLorean appearing in the driveway. Doc jumps out , wearing weird clothes, and tells Marty he has to come with him immediately.
“To the future!” Doc shouts. He says that Marty and Jennifer turn out all right, but their kids have some kind of problem.
Marty and Jennifer get in the DeLorean with Doc. Jennifer is sitting on Marty’s lap, very confused about what’s going on.
“You need to back up, Doc. You don’t have enough road to make it 88 miles an hour,” Marty says.
“Roads…where we’re going, we don’t need…roads,” Doc answers with a smile.
The car rises from the ground, the tires folding flat. The car goes forward, banks to the left, turns around and takes off…for the future!
–Kackie L. Saunders
All original text © Copyright by Kackie L. Saunders