|"No Brain, No Pain": The Script Post Part II
||[Apr. 17th, 2016|11:38 am]
So when last we left Our Heroes, Simon had just become Charles Furnell.
Most of the beginning of Act II appears exactly as scripted, but it's show much funnier onscreen, because Justin Shenkarow is brilliant.
In the script, after acknowledging he's the smartest man in the world, Simon/Charles checks himself out in the mirror and adds: "And I've aged rather nicely, as well."
Marshall checks Simon's answer to 42 * 106 on a calculator.
A couple of minor differences here:
In the final episode, the boys try to sneak out of the house with no advance warning, and Marshall's VO here is missing.
Also, this bit is cut:
"Dash" again. And, honestly, would Simon's parents really notice?
And another line cut from the same VO on the next page: "But before we got to the mill, we had one little obstacle."
And that's when we see Eunice having tea with Marshall's parents.
A couple of minor differences here:
Simon's "tiddley winks" and the last scene with the Teller parents are missing in the final episode.
From the script, at the car: "Marshall hops in as Simon/Chappy fiddles with the "hot wires" more confidently than Alexander Monday [I think they meant Mundy here] himself."
Marshall's VO is completely different as the car pulls away:
As scripted, it sounds like Dash is in the habit of kidnapping people. Which is totally unfair! This is the first time we've seen him do it. (Also, "brain of a toaster"?)
As aired, "If there was a buck to be made by kidnapping Charles Furnell, the grey-haired kid was sure to be in on it. Even though we weren't friends, it still bugged me that all he cared about was money."
(Still somewhat unfair, but for different reasons.)
In the script, brainless!Charles is mumbling "Motor run -- motor run -- motor run" when they find him tied up.
Also, the upload/dowload process is slightly more complicated in that it involves a second 8-track: "Now let me see if I got this straight. I down-load your brain onto this tape, "The Village People", then put the head set... (re: Chappy) ...on him, switch to "upload" and then hit the power."
Because of this, brainless!Simon has a bit where he mumbles "It's fun to stay at the YMCA" later in the scene.
Cut Charles line after Dash reveals the story Eunice told him: "Behind every great man, there's a great woman. Is that it? She probably told you that I was nothing until she met me as well."
Slight line changes as Eunice comes in:
Charles, as scripted: "Eunice. After all these years." In final cut, it's "Why, Eunice."
As scripted, Eunice tells Dash "Looks like I owe you a little something" instead of "Here's your Christmas bonus" and hands him an envelope instead of pulling money from her top.
A couple of differences here:
Dash doesn't make it as far as the tree before the change of heart.
Eunice and Charles have some added lines in the final episode. Also, here Eunice deliberately switches the Brainalyzer to the Potpourri setting. [Not sure if she meant for the body swap to happen, or if it was supposed to do something else.]
The lines in the next bit are scripted. The body language isn't:
And in the original script, Dash has a whole stunt! (Also, a longer line.)
In the final episode "I knew you'd do the right thing" [Aww, Marshall. Really?] is changed to "Way to go."
And some more changes:
As aired, Dash doesn't wonder if he's done the right thing here. Also, Marshall's VO is different: "You can't underestimate anyone. The guy everybody else thought was a bum turned out to be the smartest man in the world. And that homeless kid showed that he had a heart after all. Still it wouldn't be over until we re-united everyone with their proper brain, a process that took a while."
The background dialogue/action in this scene is unscripted.
The "It's you!" dialogue between Marshall and Dash in the final episode is not in this draft. (Although, as scripted, Dash does say a couple of those lines to Eunice/Mars earlier.)
Instead there's some more math:
And at some point, Dash possibly gets Brainalyzed? At any rate, someone is touching his hair on the next page, and he doesn't like it.
Also, in the episode, Eunice has a sudden change of heart, and she and Charles wind up moving to the country to work things out. [I always wondered how that was going to work out, and years later would write fic about it.] Anyway, the original script had a very different ending:
Of course, as a result, Marshall's end VO is completely different in the script. Notably missing: "...Dash showed that despite whatever he'd been through in the past he was actually quite human..." [But we really don't know he's human, do we? In fact, by the next episode, we have good reasons to doubt that.]
I like that, as scripted, Charles also thanks Simon for helping him out instead of just Marshall. Poor, unsung sidekick.