As we make our way through this period of reruns, here are some cut scenes for your reading pleasure. Some help clarify plot points. Some are just cute. These are scenes that were in the final shooting script, but never aired. Whether or not they were ever filmed is unclear.
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This is the scene where Liz is preparing Maria for her meeting with Valenti, but in the shooting script the scene started earlier, and went on much longer. The part that aired is in
yellow [blue], the cut sections are in white. Check out Liz’s meltdown, and more on the colored charts! And it has a great last line.
INT. CRASHDOWN CAFE - KITCHEN/BACK ROOM - MORNING Liz prepares a glass of Alka-Seltzer for Maria who looks about twelve years old in the conservative clothes and hairstyle that Liz has made her wear. No make-up either. LIZ Okay, one more time. MARIA I feel like a nauseated nun. She drains the glass. LIZ Exactly the image we want to portray. Here. Liz hands her some papers. MARIA What's this? LIZ Your script. I thought you might need some help with the questions Valenti might ask you. MARIA How about, "Is your best friend a couple sandwiches short of a picnic?" LIZ Please, just stick to the story we came up with the night of the Crash Festival, and I know you'll get through this. You got tapped by that car, blacked out and didn't see a thing that happened after. Now let's pretend I'm Valenti. What did you see in the parking lot that night? MARIA (reading) Nothing, just headlights. She burps, hands the glass back to Liz. LIZ Perfect. And how did that handprint get on you? MARIA (reading) I don't know, I was unconscious. LIZ Right. MARIA Wrong. This is ludicrous. The sheriff's smart, Liz. He's going to find out the truth. (beat) And maybe that wouldn't be so bad. He's Kyle's dad. He said he was here to protect us. LIZ Do you really think we need protection from Max and Isabel and Michael? MARIA (serious now) Yes. Maybe. I don't know. . . I just wish you'd stop trying to control the way I feel. I'm not you, Liz. (beat) I have to do what I think is right. Off Liz as she suddenly realizes that Maria might tell Valenti everything. MARIA (cont'd) I have to go. Maria stops at the schedule board on her way out and erases her name. LIZ What are you doing? She writes her name in another slot, changing things around. MARIA Patty and I switches shifts in case I end up in prison for the rest of my life. Liz grabs the pen and eraser from her, a little more upset than she ought to be. LIZ The schedule is here to keep things under control. If people just go around changing the schedule whenever they feel like it, then we've lost control. (she starts erasing) I mean, we might as well all go through life blindly, never knowing what's going to come next, just waiting to have the rug pulled out from under us any second. One minute, everything's fine and the next minute, I've put everyone I care about in danger and I can't do anything to help them and their whole lives could just disappear, just like that, because I couldn't keep everything under control! She looks at the empty board, realizing what she's just done. Maria is suddenly calm after watching her friend lose it. MARIA You're just as scared as I am, aren't you? Liz finally realizes it herself. LIZ You're my best friend, Maria. And look what I've done to you. (beat) You're right. I can't control what you do. But if I thought for one second that Isabel or Michael or even Max could hurt you, I would march into Valenti's office myself and turn them in. (beat) They're not monsters, Maria. They're kids. And they're just as scared as we are. Off Maria, the decision before her.