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    The IDW comic book 
  • In issue 5, after Emmett tells Clara about the horrors he encountered in 1985-A, she cheers him up by telling him that she's pregnant with their first child, and they're going to become a family. The look of joy on Emmett's face really sells it.
  • "When Marty Met Emmett": the long-awaited story of how Doc and Marty originally met.
  • In the "Who is Marty McFly?" arc:
    • Marty takes Jennifer to the Lone Pine Mall and explains that he saw a Marty — one who grew up with a successful father — fleeing the Libyans and disappearing in the DeLorean. Marty sadly says that he's different from this other Marty, who she'd known before October 26, 1985. Jennifer shuts this down.
      Marty: He was the guy you grew up with — the guy you fell for, the guy who Doc hired to help him out, the guy who—
      Jennifer: MARTY! That guy is you!
      [She kisses him]
      Jennifer: That's all the proof I need. I know you're the same Marty. I can see it in your eyes. The Marty who vanished, that was you! You just—I don't know. It's some weird time thing. That's all it is.
    • Later, Marty is haunted by Professor Irving's insinuation that the current Doc wouldn't care if he faded out of existence and might even be deliberately allowing nature to take its course, since the Marty from the Lone Pine timeline was that Doc's original friend and assistant. (It bothers Marty enough to induce a full-blown Nightmare Sequence.) When Doc, who knows nothing of this aspect of the situation, realizes that the supposed alternate timeline Martys are actually lifelike animatronics and starts gunning them down to defend Twin Pines Marty, he inadvertently clears the air:
      Doc: This isn't what it looks like, Marty. You know I'd never hurt you, whatever timeline you came from.
  • Marty is ultimately able to sympathize with Professor Irving because he's had to deal with the more traumatic side of time travel all by himself, unlike Marty and Doc, who have always been able to depend on each other. The implication is that Irving is a demonstration of the negative effects that all this time traveling might have had on Marty or Doc if they weren't in it together.
  • "Continuum Conundrum" ends by depicting the moment that Doc introduced Einstein to his family after picking him up from the 80s. The dog is instantly smitten with Clara and knocks her right onto the ground.
    Doc: Clara, boys, meet Einstein. I do believe he likes you.

    The Animated Series 
  • The fact that Doc and his family have come back to present-day Hill Valley in this story, and thus see Marty regularly. Whether or not one likes the series in general, it's sweet that the "Partners in Time" on whom the original films focused have not been split apart.
  • The easy acceptance between the other Browns and Marty. Both of them are used to having Doc's full attention but they seem to have bonded easily enough once they got to the same part of the time stream.

A Family Vacation

  • Despite her current frustration with her husband, Clara responds to the local Tannen's proposal with the statement that she's already Happily Married.

Forward to the Past

  • Doc refers to Clara, Marty, and Einstein using the words "the people we love" when he's explaining to the boys how much damage their destroying the meteor caused. The spontaneous words are a third romantic, two thirds platonic, and all heartwarming.
  • After returning from their near-disastrous trip to the Cretaceous period, Jules runs to hug Einstein and Verne jumps into Marty's arms. Verne tells Marty how happy he is to see him, and Marty, despite having seen Verne only two seconds ago (from his perspective), returns the sentiment.
  • Verne is grieving the loss of Donnie, a Pteranodon whom Doc forced Verne to leave behind to be presumably killed by a meteor. Then a parrot that resembles Donnie lands on Verne's shoulder which comforts and excites Verne.


  • Marty apologizes to Jennifer for accusing her of cheating on him.

Gone Fishin'

  • Even though Marty and Verne are enjoying the wealth Emmett’s stunts as Daredevil Brown brought them, their primary concern is Emmett’s happiness in doing those stunts. The two point out to Uncle Oliver multiple times that his nephew doesn't seem to like his new life.
  • A small but meaningful moment occurs when D.W. Tannen is trying to reassure the reluctant Emmett about going over the falls. After he says they'll use a "dummy" in the barrel for the risky part, Marty makes a crack at him. When Tannen turns around to threaten him for the jibe, Marty isn't showing any sign that he just told a joke; he's glaring at the man putting his future best friend in danger.
  • Uncle Ollie finally comes to his senses when he realizes D.W. Tannen has no problem with endangering his nephew's life. He redeems himself for exploiting four-year-old Emmett's newfound fame as a stuntman by diving into the falls to save him, only escaping death himself thanks to Marty's quick action. He then tears up D.W. Tannen’s contract to make Emmett famous, retiring Daredevil Brown and apologizes to Emmett for not taking him fishing like he originally wanted. At the end, Uncle Ollie and Emmett fish together.
  • While Uncle Ollie and Emmett fish, Marty and Jules have a splash fight. It’s cute to see the two acting like brothers.


  • After failing to snap Doc out of his Heroic BSoD, Clara says she's going to call in Marty. Clara doesn't hold any jealousy or suspicion about the pair's close friendship and is totally accepting of Marty possibly being able to help when she isn't, just as long as her husband recovers.
  • Clara, wanting to be sure they can catch Doc and tell him the truth, asks Marty if he's sure Doc will attend the Pinheads' big concert. Marty has absolute faith that Doc will come, because Doc promised he would and he has never broken a promise to him before.

Solar Sailors

  • Verne gives his parents a badly painted portrait of his parents for their anniversary gift, but Jules gives his parents his invention that can print headlines from any era including the future in addition to to tickets for a solar cruise to Mars. Verne is left feeling upstaged, but Doc assures him it's the thought that counts.
  • Thinking it's Marty entertaining the passengers on the MSC Marty, Clara and Doc happily greet him with Doc even about to embrace Marty until Marty reveals himself to be a Celebrity Impersonator.
  • After his gift almost gets his parents killed, Jules apologizes while Clara assures him it's the thought that counts.

Put On Your Thinking Caps, Kids! It's Time For Mr. Wisdom!

  • Verne admires Mr. Wisdom, to the point that he drops in to see him and even brings him into his father's lab when Wisdom claims Doc is an old, dear friend. Yet when Doc tells him the truth (that Wisdom is a fraud and a thief), Verne immediately believes him, rather than assuming his father is lying or mistaken.
  • After spending the whole episode hero-worshipping Mr. Wisdom, Verne calls his father "the coolest scientist of all time."

Hill Valley Brown-Out

  • When the entire town, including Clara and the boys, is angry at Doc for causing a blackout, Marty is the only one who isn’t angry at Doc and helps him disguise himself from the Sheriff who told Doc not to show his face around town. He even offers to get the materials Doc needs to fix things so he won't have to go out.
  • When a couple of boys are tormenting Verne about being Doc's son, spinning him on the merry-go-round very fast at the same time, Jules arrives and tells them to let his brother go.
  • All of the citizens immediately chant a cheer for Doc every time he solves Hill Valley’s electricity problem after spending days jeering at Doc for causing said problem.
  • At the end of the episode, everyone is mad at Doc because they can’t celebrate Founder’s Day without electricity. Clara secretly brings one of the founders to 1991 to remind the townsfolk that the original founders celebrated without electricity. The townsfolk are cheered up and celebrate Founder’s Day like the original founders did. In fact they loved it so much they almost kept the power shut down forever.

  • Bob Gale telling us the story he and Bob Zemeckis came up with behind Doc and Marty's friendship.
    Bob Gale: For years, Marty was told that Doc Brown was dangerous, a crackpot, a lunatic. So, being a red-blooded American teenage boy, age 13 or 14, he decided to find out just why this guy was so dangerous. Marty snuck into Doc's lab, and was fascinated by all the cool stuff that was there. When Doc found him there, he was delighted to find that Marty thought he was cool and accepted him for what he was. Both of them were the black sheep in their respective environments. Doc gave Marty a part-time job to help with experiments, tend to the lab, tend to the dog, etc.
    • The 2015 IDW comic book, co-written by Gale himself, makes this canon. Apparently Marty was playing his guitar in the garage one day in 1982, and Needles showed up with his punk friends and insisted on "borrowing" the interocitor tube for his amp, in preparation for their show that night. They broke Marty's, and then dared him to steal one (using the old "chicken" trick). The rest is history.
    • Even if their first meeting didn't make it into the films, the Bobs felt it still worked because they imagined a kid like Marty would naturally be interested in a quirky guy like Doc, and Doc would just be happy to have a friend who's so interested in his work. And they were right.
  • Everything that is Hilarious in Hindsight regarding the second movie's events in 2015. One would think that everyone would laugh so hard at seeing it today or past it, when it is 2015, and make fun of the movie. But because the Back To The Future trilogy is still considered a classic and adored by many even today, they instead embrace the sequel warmly and some companies plan to make the self-automatic-lacing shoes and hoverboards like seen in the movie, so their prediction won't be that off mark.
    • Part II, is usually regarded as the weakest in the trilogy, but in the months preceding 2015, there were probably more jokes and memes related to it than any other year as well as more people watching it, and discussing it more.
    • When October 21, 2015 finally arrived, Christopher Lloyd reprised the role of Doc to deliver this message.
    • USA Today published a "Hill Valley Edition" on October 22, 2015, which Part II noted as the day on which Doc Brown purchased a USA Today reporting on the arrest of Marty McFly Jr. To pad out the front page, it added some stories about other going-ons in 2015 Hill Valley, including one announcing that Robert Zemeckis would direct a Truer to the Text movie adaptation of George McFly's A Match Made in Space.
    • Jimmy Kimmel hosted Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox, who showed up in-character in their Part I costumes and in the DeLorean. The two actors immediately receive a standing ovation that lasts for a minute at least; Christopher Lloyd's big smile of appreciation really sells it.
      • In the middle of the segment, Huey Lewis shows up dressed as his Part I cameo character (to the audience's delight), and uses a megaphone to tell the three on stage that they're "too darn loud". Huey later ends the segment by singing "Back in Time" with the show's house band.
  • This documentary is about how Back to the Future fans, Universal Studios, actors that worked on the film, and many more people teamed up to save and restore an original DeLorean used in the movies.