|Episode 4: Double Visions|
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Episode 4: Double Visions is the fourth episode of Back to the Future: The Game.
The episode opens up with Marty waking up in the Citizen Plus facility in 1986-B, awaiting brainwashing by Edna Strickland, who was discovered to be the true perpetrator of these events at the end of the previous episode. By tricking a guard, and with assistance from Marty's father whom is communicating with Marty through the security cameras, Marty is able to retrieve his personal belongings from a cage in the waiting room. Marty discovers that Jennifer is in the next room over, having already been partially brainwashed by the Citizen Plus program.
Despite this, this doesn't deter Marty from utilizing his guitar, which restores Jennifer to her previous mental state. Once Jennifer has been freed from the effects of the Citizen Plus program, she knocks a guard out and gets Marty to dress up in the guard's clothing. Even with Jennifer's assistance, her father comes to pick her up, forcing Marty to save Citizen Brown alone. The disguise manages to work in Marty's favor, as he is able to steal a pacification pill from the re-imprisoned Biff and slip it into the Citizen Plus Overseer's coffee, knocking him out.
After messing around with the controls, Marty frees Citizen Brown and he's able to escape to his secret lab in Clayton Ravine where he had the DeLorean towed to. In the meantime Edna Strickland, confronts Marty who is able to stall her a few minutes by telling her of the proper timeline. First Citizen Brown arrives from six months from the future having successfully repaired the DeLorean. Brown coldly regrets Edna's attempts at affection and Marty and Brown, now asking to be called Doc, escape back to 1931 in the DeLorean while Edna swears revenge.
Marty discovers that he and Doc have arrived far too late in the past, a day before the Hill Valley Science Expo instead of several months earlier. Emmett is still head over heels for Edna in the worst way possible, but the young Brown is soon planning to propose to her. Citizen Brown discovers that the DeLorean's time circuits are malfunctioning. Using Emmett's experiment entry for the expo, a good Citizen meter designed to work by charting electrical responses to images and other physical responses (with Kid Tannen and Emmett as control examples), Marty has to find out some way to make Emmett look like a deplorable scumbag on the level of Kid himself.
Marty and Doc have a falling out when Doc asks Marty what becomes of Edna. Upon hearing that she becomes old and lonely, he feels a bit of compassion for her despite what she did to him. Doc wants to explore the possibility of a third option where "everybody wins", while Marty rightly insists that in order to restore the timeline properly, Edna must be forced into a life of solitude. Doc parts with Marty angrily and drives off in the DeLorean, permanently ending their friendship.
In order to help repair the timeline, Marty is able to convince Trixie Trotter to help make it look like Emmett and her have been having an affair behind Edna's back. This, along with making his mind map like Kid's and using the rapidly aged clothing enzyme to destroy the suit Edna gave him, causes Edna to break up with Emmett, ending their relationship and making Emmett completely give up on science. Through reverse psychology, Marty is able to get Emmett angry enough to reignite his love for science. Unfortunately for him, a lightning storm dislodges a statue of Einstein that was being installed on the court house that precariously puts young Emmett's life on the line.
Marty is able to narrowly rescue Emmett, making him realize what he did wrong with his flying car. With his life no longer threatened, he and Marty goes off to repair and complete it in time for the expo. On the highway leading out of Hill Valley, Doc, now having turned traitor to Marty, picks up the young Edna and instructs her to tell him everything she knows about Marty, intent on thwarting his former friend's plan and protecting the woman destined to hold a terrified Hill Valley in her unforgiving grip.
Released on April 29, 2011.
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- When Citizen Brown returns with the repaired time machine, he says he worked on it in his lab near Clayton Ravine; in the timeline depicted, Marty and Doc never saved Clara, hence the ravine retains her name.
- If Marty examines the dinosaur in the Hill Valley of the Past diorama, he remarks "If that thing's called a 'Tannenosaurus', I'll...ugh." This can be seen as a double reference to the animated series, both the episode "Forward to the Past", where an actual Tannensaurus is the version of Biff Tannen that appears in an altered timeline where dinosaurs ruled the Earth. It could also be seen as a reference to a line Marty spoke in another episode, asking "Is there a Tannen in every time period?"
- A crate marked "Peabody Farms" is found in the back of the truck young Emmett is using to transport his entry into the Science Fair.
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