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    Hi all,

    I'm currently re-watching Buffy and reading the scripts alongside. I did the same a few years ago with Star Trek (TNG and DS9) and found it a very rewarding experience, especially when it comes to comparing body-language-type stage instructions to the directors' and/or actors' interpretations of same.

    I'm using the versions of the scripts freely available online (e.g. here), which are a bit of a mixed bag - some are actually the final shooting scripts, while others are early-ish drafts. Both have their charms, though, so I don't mind.

    Figured it might be interesting to discuss the things that didn't make it into the screened episodes, in those cases in which the omissions are more than just cosmetic. Do you think these scenes would have contributed to the storyline and character development? Or, contrariwise, do you find the decision to not include them a good thing beyond mere considerations of running time restrictions?



    Format
    Cut scenes (posted bold) will usually be bracketed by the preceding and succeeding scenes (posted non-bold) to provide context.
    Table of Contents
    [B]Cutting Room Floor: Angel[/B]

    [B]Buffyverse Scripts[/B]
    Last edited by kassyopeia; 18-08-08, 11:39 PM.

  • #2
    Cutting Room Floor: 1x12 - Prophecy Girl

    Code:
    EXT. FOUNTAIN QUAD - DAY
    
    Buffy, Xander and Willow all head out and down the steps.
    
    BUFFY
    Wow, that was... boring.
    
    XANDER
    I don't feel that boring covers it.
    
    BUFFY
    No, "boring" falls short.
    
    WILLOW
    Even I was bored. And I'm a
    science nerd.
    
    BUFFY
    Don't say that.
    
    WILLOW
    I'm not ashamed. It's the computer
    age; nerds are in.
    (worried)
    They're still in, right?
    
    XANDER
    Willow, don't you have a thing?
    
    WILLOW
    A thing?
    (off his look)
    The thing! That I have! Which is a
    thing. I have to go to it. See
    you later!
    
    She goes off quickly, Buffy watching.
    
    BUFFY
    What on earth is her deal?
    
    XANDER
    She's Willow. So Buffy! I wanted
    to -- there was a thing I wanted to
    ask you. To talk to you about.
    
    BUFFY
    Okay. What's up?
    
    XANDER
    Why don't we sit down. Over here.
    
    He steers her toward the bench by the fountain.
    
    BUFFY
    Okay, now you're making me nervous.
    
    XANDER
    There's nothing to be nervous
    about, silly. Ha.
    
    There's a kid sitting near where Xander parks Buffy. He greets the kid thus:
    
    XANDER
    (a greeting:)
    Hey.
    (a command:)
    Leave.
    
    The kid does, as Xander sits by Buffy.
    
    BUFFY
    Well?
    
    XANDER
    You know, Buffy, Spring Fling is a
    time for students to gather and --
    oh, God.
    (loosens up, and:)
    Buffy, I want you to go to the
    dance with me. You and me. On a
    date.
    
    A moment, as this sinks in.
    
    BUFFY
    Xander, I don't know what to say...
    
    XANDER
    Well, you're not laughing, so
    that's a good start. Buffy, I like
    you. A lot. I mean, we're
    friends, and we've shared
    experiences, we've fought blood
    sucking fiends together, and that's
    a good time, but... I want more
    than that. I wanna dance with you.
    
    BUFFY
    Xander... You're one of my best
    friends. The best friends I've
    ever had. You and Willow, I mean,
    I love you guys so much --
    
    XANDER
    Well, Willow's not looking to date
    you. Or if she is she's playing it
    really close to the chest.
    
    BUFFY
    I don't want to spoil the
    friendship we have.
    
    XANDER
    I don't want to spoil it either.
    But that's not the point, is it?
    You either feel a thing or you
    don't.
    
    He waits, knowing the answer already.
    
    BUFFY
    I don't.
    (off his reaction)
    I'm sorry. I just don't think of
    you that way.
    
    XANDER
    Well, try. I'll wait.
    
    BUFFY
    Xander...
    
    XANDER
    No. Forget it. I'm not him. I
    guess a guy's gotta be undead to
    make time with you.
    
    BUFFY
    That's really harsh.
    
    XANDER
    I'm sorry. I don't handle
    rejection well. Funny, considering
    how much practice I've had.
    
    BUFFY
    I never meant to --
    
    XANDER
    You know what? Let's just not.
    
    He bails, wandering off under the archway. Buffy sits by herself on the 
    bench, bummed.
    Code:
    [b]Which is when the hail of pebbles starts.
    
    The first few get Buffy's attention, tiny hard pellets hitting the ground 
    around her. She stands as more start coming down.
    
    People -- including Buffy -- all run for cover as the real shower starts.
    Buffy stands under the archway, watching the hail come down.
    
    ANGLE: XANDER
    
    Walking away, not near Buffy. He hears:
    
    STUDENT (O.S.)
    Check it out! It's raining
    stones!
    
    Xander looks back over his shoulder.
    
    XANDER
    Figures.
    
    And turns and goes.[/b]
    Code:
    INT. GILES' OFFICE - DAY
    
    Giles is on the phone, waiting for it to be picked up.
    
    GILES
    Hello?... Yes, this is Rupert
    Giles. -- Yes I have. It's, um --
    I need to talk to you. Here. --
    No, I realize that. Come after
    sundown.
    
    He hangs up. Looks up to see Ms. Calendar standing in the doorway.
    
    MS. CALENDAR
    Hey. Bad time?
    
    GILES
    Not the best.
    
    MS. CALENDAR
    You know, that outfit looks just
    like the one you wore yesterday,
    only wrinklier. Were you here all
    night?
    
    GILES
    I'm sorry, but I'm really not up to
    socializing right now.
    
    MS. CALENDAR
    Something's going on, Rupert. And
    I'm guessing you already know what
    it is.
    
    GILES
    What do you know?
    
    MS. CALENDAR
    I've been surfing the net, looking
    for unexplained incidents. People
    are always sending stuff my way;
    they know the occult's my turf.
    Here's the latest.
    (reading from papers)
    A cat last week gave birth to a
    litter of snakes. Which promptly
    ate her.
    (another)
    Family was swimming in Whisper Lake
    when the lake suddenly began to
    boil. Two deaths.
    (another)
    Mercy hospital, last night. A boy
    was born with his eyes facing
    inward.
    
    GILES
    Where did these take place? What
    countries?
    
    MS. CALENDAR
    That's the great thing about the
    net. You're connected to the whole
    wide world. Except these things
    all happened within three miles of
    here.
    
    She tosses the papers onto his desk.
    
    MS. CALENDAR
    I'm not stupid. This is apocalypse
    stuff. You throw in last night's
    earthquake and today's impromptu
    rendition of "Singing in the
    Gravel" and I'd say we've got a
    problem. I'd say the end is pretty
    seriously nigh.
    
    He studies her for a moment.
    
    GILES
    I don't know if I can trust you.
    
    MS. CALENDAR
    I helped you cast that demon out of
    the internet, I think that merits
    some trust. I'm scared, okay?
    Plus I got this crazy monk in
    Cortona E-mailing me about some
    Anointed One.
    
    GILES
    The Anointed One? But he's dead...
    
    MS. CALENDAR
    Someone's dead?
    
    GILES
    Who is this Monk?
    
    MS. CALENDAR
    Brother Luca something. Keeps
    sending out global mailings about a
    prophecy.
    
    GILES
    I need you to talk to him. Find
    out everything he knows.
    
    MS. CALENDAR
    Rupert, you haven't told me jack,
    so what's with the orders?
    
    GILES
    Just do it. And then I'll explain.
    
    MS. CALENDAR
    You better.
    
    GILES
    I will.
    Last edited by kassyopeia; 27-07-08, 08:10 AM.

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    • #3
      Code:
      INT. BUFFY'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
      
      Buffy sits on her bed, looking through old pictures and letters. JOYCE steps 
      in.
      
      JOYCE
      Hey, honey. You all right?
      
      BUFFY
      I guess.
      
      JOYCE
      You're probably just full from that
      bite of dinner you nearly had. Feel
      like telling me what's on your mind?
      
      A beat, as Buffy considers doing just that. Instead:
      
      BUFFY
      Mom, let's go away.
      
      JOYCE
      What?
      
      BUFFY
      Anywhere. Just for a while.
      A weekend.
      
      JOYCE
      Honey...
      
      BUFFY
      (rising)
      It'll be great. You and me. A
      mother daughter thing. We'll talk
      about all that embarrassing stuff
      you like to bring up.
      
      JOYCE
      You know the gallery's open on
      weekends.
      
      BUFFY
      Mom... please?
      
      JOYCE
      Isn't the prom tomorrow night? Or
      Spring Fling, or whatever they're
      calling it?
      
      BUFFY
      I guess so.
      
      JOYCE
      Nobody asked you?
      
      BUFFY
      Someone, but...
      
      JOYCE
      Not the right someone. See?
      Sometimes I actually do know what
      you're thinking. Well, I suppose
      then this isn't the best time for
      this, but...
      
      She swings open the closet door. Hanging up inside is a genuinely stunning 
      gown. Buffy stares at it.
      
      JOYCE
      I saw you eying it at the store.
      I figured...
      
      BUFFY
      (going to it)
      Mom, we can't afford this.
      
      JOYCE
      The way you've been eating?
      We can afford it.
      
      BUFFY
      It's beautiful.
      
      JOYCE
      I think you should wear it.
      To the dance.
      
      BUFFY
      I can't go to the dance.
      
      JOYCE
      Says who? Is it written somewhere?
      You should do what you want.
      Homecoming, my freshman year at
      college, I didn't have a date. So
      I got dressed up and I went anyway.
      
      BUFFY
      Was it awful?
      
      JOYCE
      It was awful. For about an hour.
      
      BUFFY
      Then what happened?
      
      JOYCE
      I met your father.
      
      BUFFY
      (charmed)
      And he didn't have a date either?
      
      JOYCE
      He did, and that's a much funnier
      story that you will not get to
      hear. But it was a beautiful night.
      
      Buffy turns back to the dress, running her hand along it.
      
      BUFFY
      You had your whole life ahead of
      you.
      
      JOYCE
      (remembering)
      Yeah.
      
      BUFFY
      (quietly)
      That must be nice.
      Code:
      [b]INT. ANGEL'S APT - NIGHT.
      
      CLOSE ON: ANGEL:
      
      as he wakes suddenly from a nightmare, lying in his bed. He looks around, 
      disoriented. Then he looks down.
      
      Collin is sitting at the foot of his bed. Cross-legged, staring quietly at 
      him.
      
      Angel pulls himself slowly into a sitting position, never taking his eyes off 
      the boy.
      
      COLLIN
      He said you lived like one of them.
      I don't understand it.
      
      ANGEL
      Maybe when you're older.
      
      COLLIN
      People are weak. They're stupid.
      Why would you want to be one?
      
      ANGEL
      Did he send you?
      
      The boy nods.
      
      COLLIN
      He's coming. Soon. Stay out of
      his way.
      
      ANGEL
      Why should I?
      
      COLLIN
      Because he doesn't like you
      anymore.
      
      The boy slides off the bed, starts to leave. Turns back to Angel.
      
      COLLIN
      You know what he could do to
      you...
      
      ANGEL
      (a trace of fear)
      Yes...
      
      COLLIN
      No you don't.
      
      He leaves. Angel doesn't move.
      [/b]
      Code:
      EXT. THE SCHOOL - DAY
      
      No one is here on a Saturday.
      
      INT. HALL OUTSIDE AV ROOM - DAY
      
      Cordelia enters with Willow.
      
      CORDELIA
      Kevin said he'd bring everything to
      the Bronze last night. He promised!
      We'll never get everything ready
      in time.
      
      WILLOW
      He probably forgot. It's not that
      big a deal.
      
      CORDELIA
      You don't understand. I'm not
      mad. He totally flaked on me -
      on me - and I don't even mind.
      God help me, I think it's cute.
      
      They reach the door, look in the window.
      
      CORDELIA
      There they are.
      
      ANGLE: THEIR POV THROUGH THE WINDOW
      
      We see the AV room. The TV is on (facing us), blaring Saturday morning 
      cartoons. Two people sit on the couch in front of it.
      
      CORDELIA
      They're watching cartoons. That's
      so -
      (stopping herself)
      it's not cute. It's annoying. I'm
      annoyed.
      
      WILLOW
      Right. I'm furious.
      
      She tries the door but it's locked. Starts rummaging for a key as she says:
      
      CORDELIA
      Men. I don't know why we put up
      with them.
      
      WILLOW
      I hear you.
      
      CORDELIA
      Well Kevin has underestimated the
      power of my icy stare.
      
      As she natters on, unlocking the door, we cut to:
      
      INT. AV ROOM - CONTINUOUS
      
      The tableau. The camera is by the TV. From here we can see the whole 
      room, and Cordelia and Willow can be seen through the window at the back.
      
      The boys on the couch are horribly dead. In the foreground lies a girl's body, 
      just as dead. The place has been trashed. In the back, leaning awkwardly 
      against the door, is dead Kevin.
      
      Cordelia gets the door open.
      
      Kevin falls back at her feet.
      
      Cordelia screams. Willow stares, first at Kevin, then into the room. The 
      cartoon music blares.
      
      ANGLE: THE TV
      
      The happy cartoon animals romp and play. There is a bloody hand print on 
      the screen.

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      • #4
        imo, that angel scene was needed for so many reasons. namely, to give angel's fear of the master/collin some understandability beyond guessing. prophecy girl, imo, i feel needed to be a two-parter. the episode feels very rushed and short.

        COLLIN
        He said you lived like one of them. I don't understand it.
        ANGEL
        Maybe when you're older.
        COLLIN
        People are weak. They're stupid. Why would you want to be one?
        perhaps if joss had known that ats was going to run on this very plotline, he'd have left the scene in.

        i'd very much to get my hands on an earlier script of "angel", which seems to have a plothole where buffy asked angel back to her house that night AFTER she knew what he was. he came back to find darla with joyce after buffy asking him to come back to her house. seems like a missing scene where dialog refers to the missing scene.

        if season 1 were a full season, angel's relationships with darla, the master and collin at the time needed more explaining. we know the master had jealousy over angelus for taking darla away from him. we also get the vibe that angel, at this point, believes prophecies very literally.

        my theory is this has to do with angelus' past history around darla and darla's influence from the master. angel is extremely scared of the master, despite having walked away from the master when he was angry before. the master needed a lot more fleshing out. to insert more backstory with angel/darla/the master jealousy and explanation of how angel or angelus became afraid of the master would have been an excellent opportunity to expand the master as a threat. obviously the jealousy stuff hadn't really been written yet, as the master at some point thought angelus would eventually be worthy of sitting beside him, but that jealousy arc would have added so much more to the master in that season. we also get a tiny glimpse of the jealousy from angelus' side when darla runs off to the master after the spat about darla getting called "grandmum".

        another reason the buffy animated series not getting the go-ahead is such a shame. "episode 7.5" might have been able to fill in season 1--beyond motw concepts like espensen's "teeny".

        and the dialog that went missing from the harsh light of day about buffy sleeping with parker because of angel was also desperately necessary. it would have added another level to the episode, imo. it is talked about in the commentary and was cut for time-purposes. it shows what was going through buffy's mind and why she really was so quick to sleep with parker.

        BUFFY
        So what I'm wondering is, does this always happen? Sleep with a guy and he goes all evil?
        WILLOW
        Well, from what I understand, pretty much. But it won't always be like that. You've just had some really bad luck.
        BUFFY
        I don't know, Will. Bad luck just happens. I made this happen.
        WILLOW
        Well, why shouldn't you, if it's what you want? I mean, as long as it's safe. Oh, Buffy, it was safe, wasn't it?
        BUFFY
        It was safe. It's not that. It's that the whole time, I kept thinking, hey, look at me with someone who isn't Angel. Look how much I'm not hung up on Angel anymore. Look how this is not all about Angel. God, how come I didn't see it?
        well, i found this deleted scene from the angel episode (joyce heard mice--lol):

        JOYCE
        I have to call the exterminator, I heard mice or something upstairs today . . .
        BUFFY
        I bet they'll go away in a day or so -- are those new curtains? (Joyce turns to look. Buffy empties most of her chicken, etc. into a large plastic baggie in her lap. Joyce turns back.)
        JOYCE
        Aunt Lolly made those when you were five.
        BUFFY
        What am I thinking? I know what I'm thinking, more protein. Your chicken rocks, Mom. (Buffy gets up, serves herself some more.)
        JOYCE
        We have an appetite tonight. So tell me about this young man Angel. When are you going to see him again?
        BUFFY
        (small glance upwards) Soon . . .
        JOYCE
        He's doing more than helping you with your history, isn't he? (nothing from Buffy) I mean you've got Willow for that, plus I saw the way you looked at each other. We've talked about taking these things slowly. You know how a glacier moves a few feet every year? That kind of slowly.
        BUFFY
        Okay, so slower than you and Dad took it.
        JOYCE
        Touch?. Do you want to hear the lecture or do you know it by heart?
        BUFFY
        You were young, you were in love, what you weren't was through with college, focused on a career and . . . no help from the audience, please, in possession of your own identity.
        JOYCE
        That pretty much covers it. (notes Buffy's plate) You cleaned your plate again?

        --------------------------------------------------

        BUFFY
        And we think we have problems. (A BELL rings.)
        WILLOW
        Oh boy, time for geometry. (off Xander and Buffy's looks) It's fun if you make it fun. (They move off.)
        INT. SCHOOL HALL - DAY
        The last of several KIDS enter rooms and the hall is quiet. Except . . . for Xander at a drinking fountain. Drinking up a storm. A nearby CLASS DOOR opens, Willow exits.
        WILLOW
        Geometry's starting.
        XANDER
        Yup.
        WILLOW
        But you're out here drinking.
        XANDER
        Again I say, yup.
        WILLOW
        Something's bothering you. Buffy.
        XANDER
        Buffy? Why would Buffy be bothering me?
        WILLOW
        Cause you kinda got a thing there and she kinda has a thing . . . elsewhere.
        XANDER
        It's just . . . this guy Angel, the research is in, he's a vampire -- still she likes him better than me.
        WILLOW
        She doesn't like him 'cause he's a vampire, I know she's not down with that part.
        XANDER
        Love sucks. Ever since I was in grammar school it's the same old dance . . . you dig someone, they dig someone else. And then that someone else digs someone else.
        WILLOW
        That's the dance.
        XANDER
        I mean, I'm right for her. I'm the guy. I know it. She's so stupid! She's not stupid. But . . . it's too much. We're such good buds, I'm this close to her, and she doesn't have a clue how I feel. And wouldn't care if she did. It's killing me. (He exits into class. She stands alone a moment.)
        WILLOW
        Gee, what's that like?

        --------------------------------------------------

        EXT. BUFFY'S HOUSE - DAY - ESTABLISHING
        EXT. BUFFY'S HOUSE - BACKYARD - DAY
        Buffy dishes up a plate of healthy vegetables (including broccoli and beets) and carries it to Joyce (who looks fully recovered) at the table.
        BUFFY
        Here Mom, you gotta eat this. It's what the doctor said, to build up your iron. How are you feeling?
        JOYCE
        I'm thinking I should say not so good so you'll continue to wait on me hand and foot but I cannot tell a lie: I feel fine.
        BUFFY
        Good. I was so worried about you, I mean it actually made me feel sick. If anything happened to you . . . (Buffy looks at her mom who puts her hand on Buffy's.)
        JOYCE
        Now you know how I feel about you every minute of every day.
        BUFFY
        (beat) I guess I do. Ouch, and now I am so sorry for about a kazillion things I've put you through. (Joyce smiles, they hug.) Now eat your vegetables.
        JOYCE
        I did!
        BUFFY
        Mom . . .
        JOYCE
        I had two big bites.
        all these scenes that were SHOT and cut for time need to be edited back into the episodes, imo, and released when btvs and ats come out on the next best format (preferably in widescreen like europe did for seasons 4-7 of btvs and that exists for the rest). there's even a scene were gunn for some unexplained reason walks into the hyperion one day with blood on his lip--it was a deleted scene where he confuses angel's refrigerated blood for v-8 juice. those scenes need to be cut back in, imo. without the scene, it doesn't explain why you very clearly see blood on his lip.
        Last edited by NileQT87; 18-07-08, 04:44 PM.

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        "Nothing in the world is the way it ought to be. It's harsh and cruel. But that's why there's us. Champions."

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        • #5
          Cutting Room Floor: 2x05 - Reptile Boy

          Code:
          INT. FRAT HOUSE – BASEMENT – NIGHT
          
          Buffy scrambles away from Tom and his attacking sword.
          
          TOM
          You… bitch. I’ll serve you to him in pieces!
          
          He swings hard. Buffy ducks and counters with the chain, wraps it 
          around the sword, rips it out of Tom’s hands.
          
          BUFFY
          Tom…
          
          And Buffy hits him with a right, then a left, then she spin-kicks him in 
          the side of the head – he flies back, trips on the alter, falls on his ass. 
          Down and out.
          
          BUFFY (cont’d)
          You talk too much.
          
          Angel, Xander, Willow and Giles tear downstairs as Machida gatheres 
          Cordelia in his arms.
          
          CORDELIA
          Hellllppppp!!!
          
          Buffy suddenly looms up with the sword.
          
          BUFFY
          Back off, wormy!
          
          Machida ROARS at her. Buffy raises the sword and brings it down hard 
          and fast on the middle of Machida’s snake body, cutting him in half.
          
          XANDER, GILES, WILLOW
          
          And Angel react.
          
          CORDELIA
          
          Falls to the floor, safe.
          
          THE PIT
          
          As what’s left of the severed snake jiggles and lies still a couple of feet 
          from the upper torso.
          
          BUFFY
          
          Helps Cordelia up. Willow and Xander un-chain a very freaked out Callie.
          
          CORDELIA
          You did it, you saved us.
          
          Cordelia walks right past Buffy and hurls herself into Angel’s arms.
          
          CORDELIA (cont’d)
          I’ve never been so happy to see anyone
          in my whole…
          (fights the tears)
          You guys, I just really… hate you guys, the
          weirdest things always happen around you!
          Code:
          [b]Tom comes to near the alter. And, unbeknownst to any of our heroes, 
          the snake body begins slowly moving. Until it joins up with the torso. 
          A squooshy sound of flesh and protoplasm meeting and the two halves 
          re-join!
          
          CORDELIA (cont’d)
          (to Tom)
          You’re going to jail for about fifteen
          thousand years. Oh god, it’s over…
          it’s really…
          
          That’s when Machida, re-joined, suddenly pops up again.
          
          Angel takes a threatening step forward next to Buffy and growls.
          
          Machida towers over Tom:
          
          MACHIDA
          For a hundred years I have given your forebearers
          wealth and power. And this is how you repay me.
          From this day forth you are alone in the world.
          
          Machida slides back down. Cordelia is afraid to breathe. With good 
          reason. Machida pops back up, grabs Tom.
          
          MACHIDA (cont’d)
          Lil’ somethin’ for the road.
          
          Machida disappears into the pit with Tom. We hear Tom’s screams, a 
          quick couple of chomps and then silence.[/b]
          Code:
          Willow and Xander help Callie toward the stairs.
          
          Buffy moves to Giles.
          
          BUFFY
          I told one lie, I had one drink…
          
          GILES
          And you nearly got devoured by a giant
          demon-snake. I think the words “let that be
          a lesson” are a tad redundant at this juncture.
          
          BUFFY
          Sorry, Giles.
          
          GILES
          I am, too. I drive you too hard, because I
          know what you have to face… from now
          on no more pushing, no more prodding…
          
          Buffy smiles.
          
          GILES (cont’d)
          Just… an extraordinary amount of nudging.
          
          Off them,
          
          DISSOLVE TO:
          
          INT. BRONZE – NIGHT
          
          A high school freshman, a real young looking one, moves up to 
          Cordelia, hands her a coffee and a muffin. He looks up at her (being so 
          much shorter and all) adoringly.
          
          CORDELIA
          Thank you, Leslie. Did we forget the
          extra foam?
          
          Leslie grabs the coffee and hurries out of frame. Cordelia turns to
          
          BUFFY, WILLOW, XANDER
          
          Sitting at a nearby table. Xander studies a newspaper.
          
          CORDELIA
          Young men. The only way to go.
          
          CLOSE ON NEWSPAPER – We see a picture of the Delta Zeta house and 
          the headline: FRATERNITY ARRESTED.
          
          XANDER
          Says here they’ll all get consecutive life
          sentences: investigators found bones of the
          missing girls in a huge cavern beneath the
          D.Z house… and other bones dating back
          fifty years…
          Code:
          [b]WILLOW
          They didn’t find the snake? (Xander shakes his head)
          Which means we probably will some
          day. Oh goody.[/b]
          Code:
          XANDER
          (reads)
          “A surprising number of corporations whose
          Chairmen and Founders are former Delta
          Zetas are suffering falling profits, I.R.S raids
          and suicides in the board room…“
          (to Buffy and Willow)
          Starve a snake, lose a fortune. Boy, the rich
          really are different.
          
          WILLOW
          (to Buffy)
          Have you heard from Angel?
          
          She shakes her head.
          
          WILLOW (cont’d)
          When he got so mad about you being in
          danger and changed into…
          (makes a face)
          …grrrr… it was the most amazing thing
          I ever saw. I mean how many guys can –
          
          XANDER
          Angel, Angel, Angel. Does every
          conversation always have to come
          around to that freak?
          
          Xander notices Angel standing right next to him. Doesn’t skip a beat.
          
          XANDER (cont’d)
          Hey man, how ya’ doin’?
          
          ANGEL
          Buffy.
          
          Beat.
          
          BUFFY
          Angel.
          
          Beat.
          
          XANDER
          Xander…
          
          ANGEL
          I hear this place serves coffee. Thought
          maybe you and I should get some…
          (nothing from Buffy)
          …sometime.
          (nothing from Buffy)
          If you want.
          
          Buffy considers him for a long moment, then:
          
          BUFFY
          Yeah.
          
          Angel brightens.
          
          BUFFY (cont’d)
          Sometime. I’ll let you know.
          
          And she gets up and goes. Xander, Willow, Angel stare at her 
          departing back. Xander kind of respects what she just did. So does 
          Angel.
          
          ANGLE – BUFFY – WALKING AWAY
          
          Tracking backwards with her. Letting her grow into a tight close-up. So 
          we can see how pleased she is. Then she walks out of frame and we –
          
          FADE OUT
          Last edited by kassyopeia; 25-07-08, 04:06 PM.

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          • #6
            Quirky. Not sure if that'd have been funny or just idiotic on screen. It does explain why Xander says "Starve a snake, lose a fortune" at the end, rather than "Slay a snake" - not that I ever wondered about that until reading the script, admittedly.

            I guess they could have recycled Machida for "Band Candy" if they had wanted to, with this ending. Never realized how similar the two demons are until just now: snakey, underground, bestow power in exchange for regular human sacrifices...

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            • #7
              That'll sound very bad on screen.. As if The Mayor's last line in Graduation Day, Part Two wasn't bad enough. This scene in this episode will crush it.. It's a good thing they decided not to go with it.. Although I don't remember what happens to Tom in the final version of the episode... Did he die? Or did he go to jail?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by fitri View Post
                Although I don't remember what happens to Tom in the final version of the episode... Did he die? Or did he go to jail?
                From what we can tell from the episode, he goes to jail. The last we see of him is being marched up the stairs, closely followed by Xander's "Says here they’ll all get consecutive life sentences" quote.

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                • #9
                  Oh okay. Thanks for the info!

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                  • #10
                    Cutting Room Floor: 2x13 - Surprise

                    Code:
                    INT. SCHOOL LOUNGE
                    
                    Xander moves to him.
                    
                    GILES
                    Good morning. I trust that everything
                    is in order for the party.
                    
                    XANDER
                    Absolutely. Ready to get down,
                    you funky party weasel?
                    
                    Giles sees BUFFY and MS. CALENDAR approaching.
                    
                    GILES
                    Ah. Here comes Buffy. Remember -
                    discretion is the better part of valor...
                    
                    XANDER
                    You could have just gone - "shhhh."
                    Are all you Brits such drama queens?
                    
                    Giles would respond, but Buffy and Ms. Calendar have now joined 
                    them. Xander turns to Buffy
                    
                    XANDER
                    Buffy! I feel a pre-birthday spanking coming on.
                    
                    Buffy gives Xander a look that would melt steel.
                    
                    JENNY
                    I'd - curb that impulse, Xander.
                    
                    XANDER
                    Check. Cancel spanking.
                    
                    GILES
                    What's the matter, Buffy? You look fatigued.
                    
                    BUFFY
                    Rough night. I had a dream that
                    Drusilla was alive - and she killed
                    Angel. It really spun me. I even
                    went by Angel's on the way to
                    school to make sure he was okay.
                    
                    XANDER
                    There's a line I haven't tried.
                    "I just dropped by to see if you're
                    dead." It says caring. Concerned.
                    Smootchies guaranteed.
                    
                    BUFFY
                    Please. I didn't go over there for smootchies -
                    (then)
                    Well. When I found out he was okay
                    I was relieved, and so, naturally...
                    (then)
                    Someone stop me.
                    
                    JENNY
                    (obliging)
                    So, Angel's alright?
                    
                    BUFFY
                    Yeah, but... I've just got this bad feeling.
                    This wasn't a normal dream.
                    
                    GILES
                    You feel it was more of a portent?
                    
                    BUFFY
                    I don't know. I don't want to start
                    a big freak-out over nothing.
                    
                    GILES
                    Still. We should be on alert. If Drusilla
                    is alive then we may be facing
                    a cataclysmic state of affairs-
                    
                    XANDER
                    (to Giles)
                    Again. So many words.
                    Can't you just say we'd be in trouble?
                    
                    GILES
                    Go to class, Xander.
                    
                    XANDER
                    Gone.
                    
                    He starts to move away. Stops.
                    
                    XANDER
                    Notice the economy of phrasing.
                    "Gone." It's simple. Direct.
                    
                    And he's off.
                    
                    BUFFY
                    I guess I should get gone, too.
                    
                    GILES
                    Don't worry yourself unduly, Buffy.
                    This could be nothing.
                    
                    BUFFY
                    I know. I should keep my Slayer cool
                    and all, but, it's Angel. Which automatically
                    equals maxi-wig.
                    Code:
                    [b]And she heads to class. Calendar and Giles watch her go -then 
                    move down the hall toward the library. Giles' expression now betrays the 
                    fact that he is more concerned than he let on.
                    
                    JENNY
                    What? You really think Buffy's
                    having premonitions?
                    
                    GILES
                    It's possible-
                    
                    INT. LIBRARY - DAY
                    
                    Calendar and Giles enter - continuing their talk.
                    
                    JENNY
                    I guess it makes sense. I mean,
                    all of Buffy's senses are heightened.
                    Why should her intuition be different?
                    
                    GILES
                    Precisely. It's not unheard of for the
                    Slayer to start having prophetic dreams
                    and visions as she approaches adulthood-
                    
                    JENNY
                    Adulthood? Buffy's seventeen tomorrow,
                    Giles. Don't rush her.
                    
                    GILES
                    I'm not the one rushing her. While
                    I'm loathe to say it, the fact is -
                    the Slayer rarely lives into her
                    mid-twenties. It follows that she'd
                    exhibit signs of maturity early on.
                    Her whole life-cycle is accelerated.
                    
                    JENNY
                    Still, you should be careful about
                    treating her like a grown-up. Like -
                    this thing with Angel. Have you
                    even talked to her about it?
                    
                    GILES
                    I - I suppose I try not to pry.
                    
                    JENNY
                    Maybe you should, a little. The
                    way she talks - it's clear she has
                    intense feelings for him
                    
                    GILES
                    Well, yes. They're friends-
                    
                    JENNY
                    They're more than friends and you know it.
                    
                    A beat as this sinks in.
                    
                    GILES
                    I'm not her father, Jenny.
                    
                    JENNY
                    She looks up to you. She'll never
                    actually say that, but she does.
                    And I just think, at her age, it's
                    easy to get in. over your head.
                    She could make some bad choices
                    here. Trust me on this one.
                    
                    GILES
                    I'll keep an eye to it. Right now
                    I'm worried enough trying to
                    think of the right birthday present.[/b]
                    Code:
                    INT. FACTORY - NIGHT
                    
                    CLOSE ON: A LARGE AND ORNATE CAST IRON BOX.
                    
                    DALTON, the vampire transcriber, arrives at the door under the balcony 
                    laden down with the box. It is rectangle shaped, but has an odd peg 
                    and groove device at one end - as though it is meant to fit with 
                    another piece.
                    
                    DALTON
                    I have your package.
                    
                    A voice emerges from the shadows.
                    
                    SPIKE (O.C.)
                    Just put it on the table. Near the other gifts.
                    
                    Dalton moves away as SPIKE ROLLS out of a dark corner of the 
                    factory. He's IN A WHEELCHAIR, disabled from the accident at the 
                    church - deathly pale and scarred from burns.
                    
                    SPIKE
                    Are you dead set on this, pet?
                    Wouldn't you rather have
                    your party in Vienna?
                    
                    Now we REVEAL DRUSILLA, brimming with vitality, who pushes Spike into 
                    the main room of the factory for a PARTY. It is being decorated by 
                    two VAMPS. Creepy Drusilla style, natch. Two boxes similar in look 
                    but different sizes are on the table. Dalton adds his to the pile.
                    
                    DRUSILLA
                    (pouty)
                    But - the invitations are sent.
                    
                    Spike knows this is true - although he doesn't like it.
                    
                    SPIKE
                    It's just, I've had it with this place.
                    Nothing goes off the way its supposed to.
                    
                    DRUSILLA
                    -until my celebration. My gatherings are
                    always perfect. Remember Spain? The bulls?
                    
                    SPIKE
                    I remember, sweet. But Sunnydale is
                    friggin' cursed for us. Angel and the
                    Slayer see to that.
                    
                    DRUSILLA
                    Shhhh. I have good games for everyone. You'll see.
                    
                    She sees some flowers woven about two of the chairs. Stops, 
                    suddenly shaking.
                    
                    DRUSILLA
                    These flowers are wrong.
                    They're all wrong - I can't abide them!
                    
                    She screams with genuine horror and tears them off the chairs - then
                    stops, as suddenly as she begun. Spike looks wearily at the two vamps.
                    
                    SPIKE
                    Let's try something different with the flowers, then.
                    
                    DRUSILLA
                    (suddenly excited)
                    Can I open one? Can I? Can I?
                    
                    SPIKE
                    Just a peek, love. They're for the party.
                    
                    She goes to the boxes.
                    
                    POV FROM BOX
                    
                    We see Dru open it, look inside with rapturous glee.
                    
                    SPIKE
                    You like it, baby?
                    
                    DRUSILLA
                    Oh, it reaks of death. This will
                    be the best party ever.
                    
                    SPIKE
                    Why's that?
                    
                    DRUSILLA
                    Because it will be the last.
                    
                    She SLAMS the box closed.
                    
                    BLACK OUT.
                    Last edited by kassyopeia; 25-07-08, 04:07 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Code:
                      INT. MS. CALENDAR'S CLASSROOM - DAY
                      
                      Calendar enters, Loaded down with her bag, books, cup of coffee, etc. 
                      She sets some stuff down near a terminal. Turns the computer on-
                      
                      GYPSY MAN (O.C.)
                      Jenny. Jenny Calendar...
                      
                      Calendar spins - sees THE OLD MAN we saw earlier outside the school. 
                      He's standing at her desk, reading her nameplate -speaks with a 
                      DISTINCT YUGOSLAVIAN ACCENT.
                      
                      A beat as Jenny comprehends his presence in her classroom.
                      
                      JENNY
                      You startled me.
                      
                      GYPSY MAN
                      You look well. Comfortable.
                      
                      Jenny becomes increasingly uncomfortable.
                      
                      JENNY
                      Yes. I'm fine. I - I know I haven't written
                      as much lately. I've been busy-
                      
                      GYPSY MAN
                      I cannot imagine what is so important that
                      you ignore your responsibility to your people.
                      
                      JENNY
                      I've been working. And... distracted. I'm sorry.
                      
                      GYPSY MAN
                      The elder woman has been reading signs.
                      Something is different.
                      
                      JENNY
                      Nothing's changed. The curse still holds.
                      He's still tortured by all that he's done-
                      
                      GYPSY MAN
                      No. The elder woman is never wrong.
                      She says his pain is lessening. She feels it.
                      
                      JENNY
                      There is...
                      
                      GYPSY MAN
                      There is - what?
                      
                      JENNY
                      (with difficulty)
                      A girl.
                      
                      The old man's eyes fill with fire. He cannot believe what he is hearing.
                      
                      GYPSY MAN
                      What? How could you let this happen?
                      
                      JENNY
                      I promise you. Angel still suffers. And he
                      makes amends for his evil. He even saved my life.
                      
                      GYPSY MAN
                      So you just forget? That he destroyed
                      the most beloved daughter of your
                      tribe? That he killed every man,
                      woman and child who touched her life?
                      (then)
                      Vengeance demands that his pain be
                      eternal, as ours is. If this - this girl -
                      brings him even one minute of happiness.
                      That is one minute too many.
                      
                      JENNY
                      I'm sorry. I thought-
                      
                      GYPSY MAN
                      What? That you are Jenny Calendar now?
                      You are still Janna, of the Kalderash people.
                      A gypsy.
                      
                      JENNY
                      I know, Uncle. I know...
                      
                      GYPSY MAN
                      Then prove it. Your time for watching
                      is past. The girl and him - it ends now.
                      No matter what you must do, take her from him.
                      
                      JENNY
                      I - I will see to it.
                      
                      GYPSY MAN
                      Good.
                      
                      He moves off, exits. Leaving Calendar a total mess.
                      Code:
                      [b]INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY - DAY
                      
                      Cordy and HARMONY stroll to class. See XANDER and WILLOW hanging in 
                      the LOUNGE in the BG.
                      
                      CORDELIA
                      (too casual)
                      Hello. I'm having, like, a totally
                      random thought...
                      (then)
                      Xander Harris. Is it just me, or
                      does his shirt almost match his pants?
                      
                      Harmony looks. Shrugs.
                      
                      HARMONY
                      Almost. Why do I care?
                      
                      CORDELIA
                      Well. If you look at him a certain way -
                      is he vaguely.., cute?
                      
                      THEIR POV
                      
                      As XANDER does some spazzy dance for Willow's amusement.
                      
                      RESUME
                      
                      HARMONY
                      Oh yeah. I'm hot for spaz boy.
                      Are you tripping, Cordelia?
                      
                      A beat. Cordelia laughs a little too loud.
                      
                      CORDELIA
                      You thought I was serious? Please.
                      I was just testing you! Ha.
                      (sighs)
                      I'm hot for spaz boy. Good one.
                      
                      INT. SCHOOL LOUNGE - DAY
                      
                      Xander and Willow are at the snack machine.
                      
                      WILLOW
                      So we're all set. I've got all the decorations.
                      And I think Cordelia's bringing snacks and stuff.
                      
                      XANDER
                      Yeah. She said she was. Which was
                      thoughtful. Don't you think?
                      (takes the leap)
                      Hey. Cordelia: not as horrible a person
                      as we once thought? I mean, she's
                      obviously trying to be helpful.
                      
                      WILLOW
                      True.
                      (considers)
                      Maybe...
                      
                      XANDER
                      But, you wouldn't ever, like, be able
                      to be friends with her or something.
                      
                      WILLOW
                      You mean, like hang out and
                      take Cosmo tests together?
                      
                      XANDER
                      I mean - actually elect to be in her presence.
                      
                      WILLOW
                      I don't know. She's better -
                      but she's still Cordelia.
                      (nods to the hall)
                      Just... look.
                      
                      THEIR POV
                      
                      CORDELIA and HARMONY are joined by a few other Cordettes. They 
                      all SQUEAL in greeting. Jump up and down.
                      
                      ON WILLOW AND XANDER
                      
                      WILLOW
                      Example: what is the shrieking thing?
                      They just saw each other yesterday...
                      And now, watch - Cordelia's going to
                      model her new outfit-
                      
                      ON CORDELIA, ET AL
                      
                      Sure enough - Cordelia spins around, showing off her mini-dress. More 
                      shrieks.
                      
                      ON WILLOW AND XANDER
                      
                      WILLOW
                      Note the reaction -
                      like Cordelia invented clothes.
                      (then)
                      They're not bad people, Xander.
                      It's just - we are of two worlds.
                      (can't help herself)
                      And theirs is bad.
                      
                      Xander lets this sinks in.
                      
                      XANDER
                      Right. Of course you're right.
                      What was I thinking?
                      
                      Now OZ approaches. Willow immediately gets shy, happy.
                      
                      OZ
                      Hey.
                      
                      WILLOW
                      Hey. So - tonight?
                      
                      OZ
                      I'm there. Feeling surprise-y.
                      (then)
                      Can I pick you up?
                      
                      Xander's watching them, unsure what to make of all this.
                      
                      WILLOW
                      Yeah. That would be... Here-
                      
                      
                      She writes it on her pad - tears it off and gives it to Oz.
                      
                      OZ
                      (pleased)
                      I have your address.
                      
                      WILLOW
                      You do.
                      
                      OZ
                      Excellent.
                      
                      He moves off. Xander looks at Willow - a little shocked.
                      
                      XANDER
                      Is this a date?
                      
                      WILLOW
                      (distracted)
                      Hmmm...?
                      (then)
                      Yeah. It's a date.
                      
                      XANDER
                      Shouldn't you meet him or something?
                      Are you sure you should be giving
                      some stranger your address?
                      
                      WILLOW
                      He's not just some stranger, Xander.
                      He's a friend. He took a bullet for me.
                      
                      XANDER
                      So? I would've taken a bullet for you.
                      Nobody offered me one.
                      
                      Off Willow - enjoying Xander's discomfort.[/b]
                      Code:
                      INT. LIBRARY - DAY
                      
                      Buffy and Giles are in mid-conversation. Very intense.
                      
                      BUFFY
                      -and then my mom broke the plate.
                      It was exactly like I saw it in my
                      dream, Giles. Every gesture. Every
                      word. Beyond creepy.
                      
                      GILES
                      Yes. I'd imagine-
                      
                      Now Willow and Xander enter the library. See Buffy.
                      
                      XANDER
                      Hey! The woman of the hour.
                      
                      WILLOW
                      It's happy birthday Buffy!
                      
                      They move to her to give her a hug - but sense her mood.
                      
                      WILLOW
                      Not - happy birthday Buffy?
                      
                      GILES
                      It's just... A piece of the nightmare
                      Buffy had the other night
                      actually came to pass.
                      
                      XANDER
                      Something happen to Angel?
                      
                      BUFFY
                      He's fine. For now. But if part of what
                      I had a dream about came true-
                      
                      WILLOW
                      Then all of it may come true.
                      
                      BUFFY
                      And Drusilla might be alive.
                      (then/to Giles)
                      In the dream, I couldn't stop her.
                      She blind-sided me, Giles. Angel
                      was dead before I knew what happened
                      
                      GILES
                      Even if she is alive, we can still protect
                      Angel. Dreams are not prophecies, Buffy.
                      You dreamt the Master had risen, but you
                      stopped it from happening.
                      
                      XANDER
                      You ground his bones to make your bread.
                      
                      BUFFY
                      That's true, except for the bread part.
                      I guess we're one step ahead. But Giles,
                      I'd like to stay that way.
                      
                      GILES
                      Absolutely. Let me read up on Drusilla,
                      see if she has any particular patterns.
                      Why don't you meet me here at 7:00?
                      Map out a strategy.
                      
                      BUFFY
                      Okay. What do I do till then?
                      
                      GILES
                      Go to class.., do your homework...
                      Have supper...
                      
                      BUFFY
                      Oh, right. Be that Buffy.
                      
                      She grabs her book bag, heads out. The others watch her go.
                      
                      XANDER
                      That is not a perky birthday puppy.
                      
                      WILLOW
                      So much for our surprise party.
                      
                      XANDER
                      Man. This Slayer gig is 24/7. Can't even
                      stop for a little pinata-bashing.
                      
                      Bummed, Willow starts to get up, collect her things.
                      
                      WILLOW
                      I bought little hats and everything.
                      Oh well, I'll tell Cordelia.
                      
                      GILES
                      No, you won't. We're having a party tonight.
                      
                      XANDER
                      It looks like Mr. Caution Man talking,
                      but the sound he makes is funny.
                      
                      GILES
                      Buffy's surprise party is going
                      to go exactly as we've planned.
                      (to Willow)
                      Except I won't be wearing the little hat.
                      
                      XANDER
                      He has dignity.
                      
                      WILLOW
                      But Buffy and Angel -
                      
                      GILES
                      -May well be in danger. As they have
                      been before, and, I imagine, will be again.
                      One thing I have learned in my tenure here
                      on the Hellmouth is that there is never a
                      good time to relax. But Buffy is only
                      turning 17 this once. She deserves a party.
                      
                      XANDER
                      You're a great man of our time.
                      
                      WILLOW
                      And anyway, Angel's coming . So she'll be
                      able to protect him and have cake.
                      
                      GILES
                      Precisely.

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                      • #12
                        Excluding Jenny's conversation with Giles was a very bad call. It makes the character development she gets in this arc a lot less sudden, and it shows that she's actually trying (in a roundabout way) to fulfill her mission.

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                        • #13
                          Cutting Room Floor: 2x15 - Phases

                          Code:
                          INT. GYMNASIUM - DAY
                          
                          MISS LITTO (a formidable-looking woman) speaks to STUDENTS who 
                          stand on MATS. A number of the students have BODY PADS, GLOVES, etc.
                          
                          MISS LITTO
                          But with some simple basics of self-
                          defense, each of you can learn how to
                          protect yourself…
                          
                          She CONTINUES TO TALK as we:
                          
                          ANGLE: BUFFY, WILLOW AND OZ
                          
                          BUFFY
                          Here's a suggestion: move away from
                          the Hellmouth.
                          
                          Oz REACHES for the collar on the back of Willow's shirt and fixes 
                          something. Willow turns to him.
                          
                          OZ
                          (explaining)
                          Tag.
                          
                          Xander, who is with Cordelia, SEES this.
                          
                          XANDER
                          Would you look at that? He's all
                          over her!
                          (whispers over)
                          Hey, buddy, you're in a public
                          forum here!
                          
                          CORDELIA
                          (to Xander)
                          I think you splashed on a little too much
                          'Obsession for Dorks.'
                          
                          MISS LITTO
                          …Okay, everyone get into your assigned groups.
                          
                          The students separate into GROUPS. Larry removes his jacket to reveal 
                          a large BANDAGE on his arm.
                          
                          XANDER
                          What happened to you?
                          
                          LARRY
                          Ah, last week some huge dog jumped
                          out of the bushes and bit me. Thirty-nine
                          stitches. They ought to shoot those strays.
                          
                          OZ
                          I been there, man.
                          
                          He holds up a finger.
                          
                          OZ (cont'd)
                          My cousin Jordy. Just got his grown-up
                          teeth in. Does not like to be tickled.
                          
                          WILLOW
                          (leaning in)
                          Looks like it healed already.
                          
                          OZ
                          The emotional scar is still there.
                          
                          Larry approaches THERESA, a small, timid-looking girl.
                          
                          LARRY
                          Theresa, be still my shorts. We're in
                          the same group.
                          (smiling cruelly)
                          I may have to attack you.
                          
                          THERESA
                          (anxious)
                          No, I think, actually, in our group,
                          there're a few of us-
                          
                          Buffy STEPS BETWEEN Larry and Theresa.
                          
                          BUFFY
                          (to Larry)
                          Yeah. And I'm one of the few.
                          
                          Theresa back away to safety as Willow pulls Buffy aside.
                          
                          WILLOW
                          Don't forget, you're supposed to be
                          a meek little girlie-girl like the rest
                          of us.
                          
                          BUFFY
                          Spoil my fun.
                          Code:
                          [b]Willow JOINS Xander and Cordelia in their group. Xander is pulling a 
                          large PADDED HELMET over his head.
                          
                          XANDER
                          Be gentle with me.
                          
                          CORDELIA
                          (to Willow)
                          You first. I wouldn't want to be
                          accused to taking your place in line.
                          
                          WILLOW
                          Oh, I think you pushed your way to
                          the front long before this.
                          
                          CORDELIA
                          Hey, I can't help it if I get the spotlight
                          just because some people blend into the
                          background.
                          
                          WILLOW
                          Well, maybe some people could see
                          better if you weren't standing on the
                          auction block, shaking your wares.
                          
                          CORDELIA
                          Sorry, we haven't all perfected that
                          phony 'girl next door' bit.
                          
                          WILLOW
                          You could be the girl next door, too. If
                          Xander lived next to a brothel!
                          
                          They BORE INTO EACH OTHER, breathing heavily. Xander, completely 
                          suited up, calls out to them.
                          
                          XANDER
                          (innocently)
                          Okay, who wants a piece of me?
                          
                          Cordelia and Willow look at one another.
                          
                          SMASH CUT TO:
                          
                          BAM!
                          
                          Xander reels from a PUNCH thrown by Cordelia.
                          
                          OOF!
                          
                          He buckles over from a KICK, administered by Willow.
                          
                          The girls WORK TOGETHER, eventually taking Xander to the ground. He 
                          looks up at them, confused and pleading:
                          
                          XANDER
                          Why…?[/b]
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                          ANGLE: MISS LITTO.
                          
                          MISS LITTO
                          Okay, everyone, listen up. I want to
                          show you what to do should you be
                          attacked from behind.
                          
                          Larry puts his arms around Buffy from behind. The students watch as 
                          Miss Litto explains the procedure.
                          
                          MISS LITTO (cont'd)
                          In this situation, bend forward, using
                          your back and shoulders to flip your
                          assailant over and to the ground.
                          
                          Buffy 'tries' to flip him.
                          
                          BUFFY
                          Unh! Mnh!
                          
                          LARRY
                          You're turning me on, Summers.
                          
                          Larry reaches down and GRABS A HANDFUL of Buffy's butt. No more 
                          girlie-girl. In the blink of an eye, Buffy GRABS hold of Larry, LIFTS him, 
                          and SLAMS him into the mat. Oz looks down at Larry.
                          
                          OZ
                          That works, too.
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                          • #14
                            Code:
                            INT. OZ'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                            
                            Oz pulls some SHACKLES and CHAINS out of a box. He closes a metal 
                            shackle around his wrist, reaches for a PADLOCK, when:
                            
                            There is a KNOCK at the door. Oz looks over. The KNOCKING 
                            continues, sounding somewhat IMPATIENT.
                            
                            Oz leaves the shackles on a table and goes to the door. He OPENS it a 
                            crack.
                            
                            OZ
                            Willow, what are you doing--?
                            
                            Willow BARGES RIGHT IN.
                            
                            WILLOW
                            Okay, I had this whole thing worked
                            out and I had written it down, but then
                            it didn't make any sense when I was
                            reading it back.
                            
                            OZ
                            This really isn't a good time.
                            
                            She plows ahead.
                            
                            WILLOW
                            I mean, what am I supposed to think?
                            First you buy me popcorn, then you put
                            the tag in my shirt, and then you're all
                            glad I didn't get bit. But I guess none
                            of that means anything, because instead
                            of looking up names with me, here you
                            are all alone in your house doing nothing
                            by yourself.
                            
                            OZ
                            Willow, we will talk about this tomorrow.
                            I promise.
                            
                            WILLOW
                            No, darn it, we will talk about this now!
                            Buffy told me that sometimes what the
                            girl makes has to be the first move and
                            now that I'm saying this I'm starting to
                            think that the written version sounded
                            pretty good but you know what I mean!
                            
                            Oz delicately tries to escort her out.
                            
                            OZ
                            I know. It's me. I'm going though some… changes.
                            
                            She breaks his grasp and moves further into the house.
                            
                            WILLOW
                            Well, welcome to the world! Things happen.
                            You don't think I'm going through a lot?
                            
                            OZ
                            Not like I am.
                            
                            WILLOW
                            Oh, so now you're special! You're
                            special boy-
                            
                            Willow notices the chains and shackles on the table.
                            
                            WILLOW (cont'd)
                            --with chains and stuff.
                            (then, confused)
                            Why do you have chains and stuff?
                            
                            OZ
                            Willow, please-
                            
                            He doubles over in pain.
                            
                            OZ (cont'd)
                            (shouting)
                            Get out!
                            
                            WILLOW
                            Oz?
                            
                            She moves towards him to see if he's okay.
                            
                            WILLOW (cont'd)
                            Oz, what is it? What's wrong?
                            
                            When Oz looks back up at Willow, she sees what's wrong: HE'S 
                            THE WEREWOLF.
                            
                            The werewolf BARES its teeth and GROWLS at Willow.
                            
                            Willow tries to scream. And then does.
                            
                            WILLOW (cont'd)
                            Dyaaeehhhhh!
                            
                            BLACK OUT.
                            
                            INT. OZ'S HOUSE - A MOMENT LATER - NIGHT
                            
                            There's a werewolf SNARLING at Willow, remember?
                            
                            Willow tries to get to the door, but the werewolf LEAPS into her path. 
                            She looks around for an escape and HEADS FOR:
                            
                            CUT TO:
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                            [b]INT. ANOTHER PART OF THE HOUSE - CONTINUOUS - NIGHT
                            
                            Willow runs in, the werewolf, close behind. She SCRAMBLES over 
                            a couch, just as the werewolf SWIPES at her legs. It's a near 
                            miss - the werewolf's claws TEAR THROUGH the cushions on the couch.
                            
                            Willow ROLLS AWAY on the ground and gets to her feet. She tries to 
                            RUN out, but the werewolf GRABS her from behind. Willow BENDS forward 
                            and FLIPS the werewolf over.
                            
                            It CRASHES hard to the floor.
                            
                            WILLOW
                            Wow. It worked.
                            
                            Maybe too well. The werewolf isn't moving. Willow moves to it, concerned.
                            
                            WILLOW (cont'd)
                            Oz?
                            
                            The werewolf LEAPS up and SNAPS at her. Willow SCREAMS and RUNS 
                            FOR HER LIFE, pushing a COAT RACK, CHAIRS and anything else she can 
                            find into the werewolf's path.
                            
                            She's gone.
                            
                            CUT TO:[/b]
                            Code:
                            EXT. SUNNYDALE - NIGHT
                            
                            Willow RUNS FOR HER LIFE, down the street and through the 
                            neighborhood.
                            
                            The WEREWOLF is on her heels.
                            
                            CUT TO:
                            
                            EXT. PARK - NIGHT
                            
                            Willow SPRINTS across the grass, hurtles over a BENCH, and gets to 
                            a BACKYARD FENCE.
                            
                            She looks behind her. The werewolf keeps coming.
                            
                            She JUMPS UP, grabs the fence, and with GREAT EFFORT manages to 
                            get over.
                            
                            As she lands on the other side the werewolf LEAPS…
                            
                            … has its claws on the TOP OF THE FENCE, begins to PULL ITS WAY UP.
                            
                            Willow grabs a trash can sitting in the yard, throws it, KNOCKING 
                            the werewolf back to its side of the fence.
                            
                            Willow TAKES OFF AGAIN.
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                            • #15
                              Very annoying that they didn't use the full gym scene. It's the perfect transition from Willow's "1-800-I'm-Dating-A-Skanky-Ho" comment at the beginning of the episode and Willow and Cordelia seeming to have a real understanding during their conversation at the Bronze later on.

                              I like the second cut scene, too. And, knowing that it exists, the cut creates a slight plot hole in the screened episode: Willow runs away from the werewolf into the house (away from the front door), and is then seen coming out of the front door in the next scene. Tsk.

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                              • #16
                                Actually I got to agree that the Jenny and Giles conversation would have been nice. Firstly as Kass said it would have shown Jenny subtly trying to fulfill her promise to her uncle while at the same time allowing us to see the discomfort Giles feel about his maternal-like feelings towards Buffy

                                Also I have to admit I think the Xander and Cordelia scenes are pretty cute. The way in which each character is trying to test the water by giving the other a compliment in front of their friends to see their reactions and at the exact same time without the others even realizing. I just think it would have been a really nice scene to see on screen.. Then again I always liked Xander/Cordelia lol.
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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Vampmaster View Post
                                  Also I have to admit I think the Xander and Cordelia scenes are pretty cute.
                                  Yeah, I think so too. I especially like the last bit - seeing Willow make Xander squirm is always nice. But considering that it's a pretty long scene and that the episode's running time is fixed, I'm allright with the decision to cut it too in this instance.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by NileQT87 View Post
                                    all these scenes that were SHOT and cut for time need to be edited back into the episodes
                                    I agree that that would be very nice, but I'm not sure how feasible it is. A scene being shot doesn't mean it's ready for publication, because generally post-production will be done only on the scenes that are to be screened, after this has been decided, no?

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                                    • #19
                                      Cutting Room Floor: 2x21 - Becoming, Part 1

                                      Code:
                                      INT. MANSION SIDE ROOM - NIGHT
                                      
                                      Spike is alone, pacing, thinking. We hear chanting from behind the 
                                      door. Then:
                                      
                                      DRUSILLA (O.S.)
                                      Spike?
                                      
                                      He beelines for the chair, gets in just before she enters the room.
                                      
                                      DRUSILLA
                                      Spike, sweetie, the fun's about to begin.
                                      Code:
                                      [b]SPIKE
                                      It is? Seems more to me like
                                      the fun's about to end.
                                      
                                      DRUSILLA
                                      Don't be all gloomy.
                                      
                                      SPIKE
                                      Darling, if this works, everything changes.
                                      Think about it. In this world, we can be
                                      kings. In the next. . .
                                      
                                      DRUSILLA
                                      My Spikey's getting cold feet. Don't you worry 
                                      about the next world. You'll always have me. . .
                                      
                                      SPIKE
                                      Will I?
                                      
                                      She doesn't answer. A SCREAM emerges from the main room -- that of 
                                      a young man.
                                      
                                      DRUSILLA
                                      Oh! The blood ritual! To cleanse
                                      Angel. Let's go and see.
                                      
                                      SPIKE
                                      (giving in)
                                      Well, if there's blood. . .
                                      
                                      They go out into:[/b]
                                      Code:
                                      INT. MANSION - NIGHT
                                      
                                      In the main chamber, where the statue stands free of its casing at one 
                                      end.
                                      
                                      At the other, Angel waits as two vampires bring the young man before 
                                      him. Angel looks at him, eyes glowing in reverent reverie.
                                      
                                      ANGEL
                                      I will drink. . . the blood will wash in me,
                                      over me and I will be cleansed, I will be
                                      worthy to free Acathla.
                                      (to Spike and Dru)
                                      Bear witness, as I ascend.
                                      (looking at the man)
                                      As I become.
                                      
                                      He changes to vampface. Bites.
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                                      • #20
                                        Not a cut scene, but Whistler has significantly more dialog in the script, so I'll include it here:
                                        Code:
                                        EXT. NEW YORK STREET - NIGHT (1996)
                                        
                                        A title reads: MANHATTAN, 1996
                                        
                                        It's a dark, grimy district -- not many people out, and none with too 
                                        much money.
                                        
                                        We pick up a HOMELESS MAN moving along in the shadows. He stops at 
                                        a group of garbage cans, sees:
                                        
                                        ANGLE: A RAT
                                        
                                        Scurrying among them.
                                        
                                        The man makes a dive for the rat, but it gets away and he lands in a 
                                        clatter among the cans. We see that is it Angel. He looks utterly lost 
                                        and destitute -- not entirely sane, even.
                                        
                                        He sits, defeated as another figure approaches him. WHISTLER is young 
                                        in appearance, and wearing a bad suit over a loud shirt. He looks like 
                                        a bottom-ranked mafioso. His manner, like his outfit, is loud and grating.
                                        
                                        WHISTLER
                                        God, are you disgusting.
                                        
                                        Angel starts, not used to being talked to. He starts to crawl back into 
                                        the shadows.
                                        
                                        WHISTLER
                                        This is really an unforgettable smell.
                                        This is the stench of death you're
                                        giving off here. And the look says
                                        crazy homeless guy, it's not good.
                                        
                                        ANGEL
                                        Get away from me.
                                        
                                        WHISTLER
                                        What are you gonna do, bite me?
                                        Oh, horrors! A Vampire!
                                        
                                        Angel stops, staring at him.
                                        
                                        WHISTLER
                                        Oh, but you're not gonna bite me
                                        'cause of your poor tortured soul,
                                        it's so sad, a vampire with a soul,
                                        how poignant. I may physically
                                        vomit right here.
                                        
                                        ANGEL
                                        Who are you?
                                        
                                        WHISTLER
                                        Let's take a walk. Come on.
                                        
                                        He starts to help Angel up. Angel is clearly weak. As he gets to his feet 
                                        a respectable PASSERBY stares at the pair.
                                        
                                        WHISTLER
                                        (to the passerby)
                                        What? Yes, he's my lover,
                                        you mustn't judge us!
                                        
                                        The passerby scurries off.
                                        
                                        WHISTLER
                                        God, I hate people.
                                        
                                        EXT. A NEARBY STREET - MINUTES LATER - NIGHT
                                        
                                        The two are walking together. Whistler's doing most of the talking.
                                        
                                        WHISTLER
                                        What are you eating, like a rat once
                                        a month? You're skin and bones here.
                                        Butcher shops are throwing away more
                                        blood in a day than you could stand.
                                        Good blood. You lived in the world
                                        a little bit you'd know that.
                                        
                                        ANGEL
                                        I want to know who you are.
                                        
                                        Whistler stops, faces him.
                                        
                                        WHISTLER
                                        And I want to know who you are.
                                        
                                        ANGEL
                                        You already do.
                                        
                                        WHISTLER
                                        Not yet. I'm looking to find out.
                                        'Cause you could go either way here.
                                        
                                        ANGEL
                                        I don't understand you.
                                        
                                        WHISTLER
                                        Nobody understands me. It's my curse.
                                        
                                        He walks a few feet away, to a SABRETT VENDOR.
                                        
                                        WHISTLER
                                        (to the vendor)
                                        Dog me.
                                        (to Angel)
                                        There are three kinds of people that
                                        no one understands. Geniuses,
                                        madmen, and guys that mumble.
                                        My name is Whistler. Anyway,
                                        lately it is. My real name is hard
                                        to pronounce unless you're a dolphin.
                                        
                                        He pays, takes a big bite out of his dog.
                                        
                                        ANGEL
                                        You're not a vampire.
                                        
                                        WHISTLER
                                        A demon, technically. But I'm not
                                        a bad guy -- not all demons are dedicated
                                        to the destruction of all life. Someone has
                                        to maintain balance, you know. Good and
                                        evil can't exist without each other, blah
                                        blah blah. I'm not like a good fairy or anything,
                                        I'm just trying to make it all balance -- do I
                                        come off defensive?
                                        
                                        ANGEL
                                        What did you mean, I could go either way?
                                        
                                        WHISTLER
                                        I mean you could become an even
                                        more useless rodent than you are
                                        right now, or you could become. . .
                                        someone. A person. Someone to be counted.
                                        
                                        ANGEL
                                        I just want to be left alone.
                                        
                                        WHISTLER
                                        You've been alone for what, ninety years?
                                        And what an impressive package you are.
                                        The stink guy.
                                        
                                        ANGEL
                                        You don't know what I have to
                                        deal with. What I've done.
                                        
                                        WHISTLER
                                        You're annoying me! The self pity
                                        thing is not gonna bring in the chicks.
                                        It's a bore.
                                        
                                        ANGEL
                                        What do you want from me?
                                        
                                        WHISTLER
                                        I want you to see something. It's happening
                                        very soon, we'd need to leave now. You see,
                                        and then you tell me what you want to do.
                                        
                                        ANGEL
                                        Where is it?

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