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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Scene 3

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Scene 3

Scene 3

  • The clock on the nightstand says it's 2 o'clock in the morning. Next to it sits a framed photo of Harvey, the family dog. And next to that, we see Harvey asleep in the bottom bunk. What a narcissist.
  • In the top bunk, we see Elliott. He's wide awake.
  • Pajama-clad Elliott returns to the backyard with a flashlight. He shines his light around the yard and finds footprints leading into the cornfield.
  • He follows them and finds E.T., who screams and shields his face from the flashlight. Then Elliott screams, drops the flashlight, and falls down. He screams again. And again.
  • Elliott jogs into the backyard. Something has just run up the hill and out the back gate, knocking over garbage cans in the process. Elliott stares after it dreamily, holding on to the swing set.
  • The next day, Elliott sets out on his trusty bike with a bag of Reese's Pieces. He walks his bike through the forest, scattering the candy. He calls out "Hello?" channeling his inner Lionel Richie and trying to lure E.T. with candy. Hopefully that whole "strangers with candy" thing isn't actually a thing on whatever planet E.T. hails from.
  • Coming around a tree, Elliott spots Keys kicking at the ground with his foot, like he's looking for something, or just has an unbearably itchy big toe. The music gets menacing. Elliott gets back on his bike and pedals away, unwittingly passing E.T., whose breath we hear and whose fingers we see coming up from behind a tree.

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