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Grandma Lorraine observes that the McFlys' scene screen is still broken, displaying only static.

"Grandma Lorraine walked over to the window. There seemed to be something wrong with the view now. The lawn, the gardens, the gazebo — all of it was slowly rolling, like a TV screen that was losing its vertical hold. There was also snow or static or something up toward the top of the picture. / 'Oh.' Grandma spoke as if she wasn't surprised. 'This window's still broken.' / She walked back across the room and picked up a remote control unit from a bookshelf. The image in the window changed to a tropical island, then abruptly shifted to a mountain view, and just as quickly changed to a picture of a city at night, but all three flipped and were full of static. Then the city, too, blipped out of existence, replaced a moment later by a night-time view that was nowhere near as picturesque. / This, Jennifer realized, must be the real view outside, with no flip and no static. It showed the side of the building next door, complete with half a dozen garbage cans overflowing with trash."
—From Back to the Future Part II by Craig Shaw Gardner (quote, page 71)

A scene screen was a video screen that acted as a shade over a window in a residence. It could be pulled up or down as required like a window shade. The screen was operated by remote control and could display channels that would change the scenery of the 'window' — including a tropical island, a mountain view, or a city at night. One channel was the Scenery Channel.

In 2015, the McFly family's scene screen was broken, as certain scenes would shift and static would form, and needed to be either fixed or replaced. When Grandma Lorraine saw that this was indeed the case, shortly after she arrived at the McFly residence with a dehydrated pizza for the family's dinner, she switched the screen off after it filled completely with static.

In the days before October 21, Marty McFly Sr. had called a repairman to fix the screen, but the repairs were left uncompleted; the repairman had commented that Marty Sr. was a "chicken" and was thrown out.

Behind the scenes

  • One of the scenes that appears on the scene screen is the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, which in real life were destroyed in 2001 during the September 11 attacks.

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