|"No Brain, No Pain": The Script Post Part I
||[Apr. 17th, 2016|09:30 am]
In which (for possibly the last time) I re-watch an Eerie, Indiana episode with script in hand and compare the two.
So I have one more script:
There are a couple of differences in the opening scene...
The guy with the thing moving in the bag in the establishing shot is not here in the script. Also, in the episode, Syndi doesn't turn to wave to anybody.
Marshall's V.O. is a bit different. "[T]he egg rolls are twitchen"?? I do not remember that ever being slang and Google is being no help here. Is this Mars' version of trying to make "fetch" happen?
Marilyn's fortune is cut from the final episode.
On page 2, she says, "What a tremendous smell he has" right before "That poor man" in reference to Chappy, which seems OOC for Marilyn and is also cut.
Then Syndi has this line:
Another reference to Normal, IL. (Well, it is their sister city, so I suppose they would be concerned with what goes on there.)
Also, we never do get to meet Wayne (maybe the person she was waving to in the restaurant?), but Marshall is not very impressed with him:
Simon is actively scared of liberals, and I'm sorry the Brain Invaders bit was cut, because we miss getting to see Marshall make "an expression neither Marilyn or Edgar could say "no" too."
The action and dialogue when we first meet Eunice are a little different:
Also, on the next page, Simon has a cut line: "Please, oh please, oh please, can we play "Brain Invaders" now?"
Things stay pretty much as scripted right about up to the point where they approach the guy and Marshall and Dash argue:
I am kind of sorry we didn't get Dash's inevitable reaction to "...what if it was me lying there?"
And "I wasn't trying to be a point of light"? There's a reference that would be extremely dated on all future rewatches.
Also, note the cut part of the V.O. where Marshall uses Dash's name! This is set before LOoC. Continuity error, or is there another scene missing from another script?
There are a couple of lines cut from the bathroom scene here:
Also, the script is mean to Simon! Stop dissing his haircutting abilities, script.
At the end of this scene, Marshall has a V.O. (also in the script) that starts "Chappy didn't seem like the kind of guy that someone would want to kidnap..." which is odd, because up until this point, nobody's called the guy by that name. There is also no cut line in the script that explains this.
In the script it's "...he didn't seem like an axe murderer or all that liberal either" instead of just "a liberal" and Chappy's "Ha!" is unscripted.
On the Canceled podcast last week, the hosts pointed out just how white Eerie is, and there's a bit in the script on Page 12 where Eunice is showing Charles' picture around which is notable for being the first time in any of the scripts I've seen where any character's race is specifically mentioned: "She stops a BLACK COUPLE before they enter the World 'O Stuff." [They did actually cast black actors to play the couple, which makes Eerie unlike certain major movies I could mention.]
Some minor dialogue differences when Dash and Eunice have their first proper conversation:
"We can see that this will be a relationship devoid of small talk."
Eunice's slap and Dash's reaction are unscripted.
Some slight differences here--with some cut dialogue and some that appears later in the final cut--and the use of Dash's name again:
On the next page, where they're looking through the shopping cart, Simon has a line that's cut: "Well, I would say he's a big time recycler."
Also, in lines that made it to screen, Marshall uses Chappy's nickname in the dialogue twice here:
"Didn't Chappy say he had "The Knack"? and "I've heard of getting a song stuck in your head, but Chappy's got it bad."
So even if we handwave the voiceovers were from things Marshall wrote down later...
From the script as Dash enters the Teller house: "Dash slides past Syndi, oiler than a vaccum [sic] salesman."
Marshall has an expository VO cut from the final episode as when we cut back to the shopping cart: "My hunch was right. We were slowly getting an idea who this guy really was."
Also in the script, it's a Reagan/Bush bumper sticker they find, not Bush/Quayle.
There's also an extended scene with Syndi, Dash and Chappy over the next few pages that doesn't make it to the final episode:
The fact that Marshall, at least, does grab the box before they run back to the Teller house in a panic is called out here.
Meanwhile, in the Teller house:
In this version, Dash somehow manages to get away improbably fast without anybody noticing.
Meanwhile, Eunice is practicing her Robert De Niro impression:
After this bit, things go pretty much as scripted with minor differences.
In the script, it's "My hair itches" instead of "My hair hurts! Yeow!"
This bit is missing from Eunice's monologue about Charles: "They cheered him in Vienna; at the Sorbonne they called him Le Brain."
Dash prompts, "What happened then?" before Eunice's "I had the world at my fingertips."
And after "...Charles is like this" she zaps Charles again for no reason!
Dash says, "Geez!" in reaction to this.
Simon has a cut line in the Secret Spot scene: "No wonder they don't make eight-tracks anymore. CD's are way easier." [Would he be buying vinyl in "Broken Record" if he had a CD player, though?]
Also in this scene, Simon is the one who flips the switch. While wearing the helmet. [I like this better as aired, as Simon has more common sense than that.]
The Brainalyzer settings as described in the script: "There's one large power switch and gauge with three [sic] settings: DOWNLOAD, UPLOAD, SAVE, AND POTPOURRI."
Simon's last line, as scripted: "Who's Simon? My name is Charles "Chappy" Furnell, and I'd like a cigarette." [Continuity? What continuity?]
I'll be back with the next part in a bit.