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Groundhog Day Scene 5

Scene 5

Scene 5

  • Phil arrives at the Punxsutawney Groundhog Festival in a brutal mood. He meets Rita, who talks about how great all the groundhog festivities have been. It sounds like she loves herself some old-fashioned wholesome fun. Phil basically just rolls his eyes and says that the people of this town are just a bunch of hicks.
  • Phil gets up in front of the camera and gives a little spiel about Groundhog Day. When the camera cuts out he explains to Rita the dumb ritual of having the groundhog come out and trying to figure out whether it sees its shadow.
  • The main ceremony guy of Punxsutawney (played by Bill Murray's brother!) pretends to speak to the groundhog for a moment and informs the crowd that unfortunately, they're in for six more weeks of winter. The crowd boos.
  • Phil goes back on camera to sarcastically say how exciting his day has been. Rita his producer asks him to try it again more sincerely. Phil refuses and walks away.