Extra Credit: What’s Cut from The First Time Script?

Screen Shot 2013-01-28 at 8.41.23 PMWell, the Box Scene Project released the script of “The First Time,” and we’re here to share with you what was cut from the episode. Here’s the gist of what’s different:

Kurt and Blaine’s Story

  • Before the Roxy music scene, there’s a quick moment between Kurt and Finn where Finn asks, “What was it like when you and Blaine—first did it?” Kurt responds, “I have no idea. We’ve never done it. It just hasn’t happened yet.”
  • Then we cut to the Roxy music scene, then back out to Finn and Kurt. Finn says, “I hope that someday when you’re ready, you get to go all the way, or whatever you call it.” Kurt replies, “The ‘it’ you’re referring to still sort of weirds me out and is something I intend to reserve for birthdays and high holidays.”
  • In the scene where Blaine meets Sebastian, Blaine says, shaking Sebastian’s hand, “Your voice gave me chills.” In the scene that follows, where Sebastian sits with Blaine, they’re supposed to be on a couch (rather than at a table as they were in the episode). Once Sebastian asks Blaine to coffee again, Blaine’s “sure” has the following internal thought notation: “What could it hurt?”
  • At Scandals, there’s a fantasy musical number that seems to happen only in Kurt’s mind, a mash up of “You Spin Me Round” and “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” that Kurt sings to Blaine after seeing him with Sebastian on the dance floor. Blaine doesn’t notice at first, and then he does, but the script describes them as feeling far apart, and they sing over one another, Blaine singing the “You spin me round” parts and Kurt singing, “Do you really want to hurt me?” And that’s when they walk out to the car.
  • In the auditorium after West Side Story, when Kurt tells Blaine he wants to go to his house, the direction reads, “Wow. Kurt’s dead serious. Ready. Blaine’s blown away.” In the script, they walk off stage together, “shoulders touching, close.”
  • During “One Hand, One Heart,” the script describes Blaine and Rachel as kneeling, “surrounded by the dress shop set.” In the cuts to Kurt and Blaine’s bedroom, the script describes Blaine leading Kurt to the bed, then “gently” kissing him.
  • On stage as Blaine and Rachel perform, there seems to be a greater focus on how their experiences with their real lovers are manifesting on stage. The directions read, “Blaine and Rachel are becoming one before our eyes. They are caught up in a passion that seems almost private.”
  • Back in bed, “Blaine and Kurt are stripped down to their undershirts” then “lie back down on the bed” as their “embrace continues.”

Artie’s Story

  • There’s more of Artie using his director’s power to boss people around. He tells Mike he’s “not really buying” the “Asian thing.”
  • Backstage, there’s a big argument over Artie’s plan to mash up “America” with “Jai Ho.” He tells them, that he’ll “take the heat if it bombs.” He says he can “trust his instincts,” and that’s how he “takes chances.” The direction describes him as confident—”a true director.” (Remember that in the actual episode, there is a scene backstage where the cast acknowledges Artie as director. The actual episode emphasizes money issues rather than race in the “America” performance, though.)

Finn and Rachel’s Story

  • There’s a discussion between Will and Finn, where Finn tells Will about his intentions with Rachel . . . Will says, “Are you sure she’s ready?” and then, “She’ll remember it forever and you’ll only get one chance to do it right. Be a gentleman.”
  • In the same scene, there’s a flashback to Will and Emma in bed, where Will tells her that he’ll wait “forever and a day.”
  • In Rachel’s conference with the girls, Brittany says “I lost my virginity to one of the counselors at cheerleading camp. He was 19 and I was only 14. I thought it would make me feel grown up, but it just made me feel weird.”
  • At the end of the episode, the Kurt/Blaine moments end before the Finn/Rachel ones. After sex, Finn tells Rachel that she’s “the best thing in [his] life.” And she says, “That was amazing.” In fact, it’s “worthy of a standing ovation.” And then we cut to the end of West Side Story, and huge applause.
  • Cooter tells Finn he’s a leader after rejecting him for the scholarship.
  • The build-up to the final having-sex scene is also longer, like that for Kurt and Blaine.

Beiste and Cooter’s Story

  • Beiste looks into the mirror and sees “a pretty lady” after Cooter has asked her out.

Mike’s Story

  • Mike refuses his father’s money when he tells him he wants to be a professional dancer.

Please add on with other differences you noticed (there are some scenes ordered differently, for instance). And importantly, what do the cuts and other changes mean?

Sothinky, TeileDesGanzen and Multicorn

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3 thoughts on “Extra Credit: What’s Cut from The First Time Script?

  1. I find the Brittany one clarifying, I guess. Because there were a lot of people saying it was made as a joke, and I think this makes it pretty clear it wasn’t a joke, but a reworking of this into Brittany’s language.

  2. I was curious about the scenes at the end that just said “omitted.” I wondered what had been omitted. I was very happy to see the script, though. What happens with Kurt and Blaine is very similar to what aired, with the exception of the song in Scandals. I think the scene of them leaving Scandals, and that part which had them in Kurt’s car with Blaine’s “exploring” hand and Blaine wanting to have sex then gave a good idea of Kurt and Blaine really not being on the same page there, as Kurt makes clear.

    Both the script and what aired made it very clear that Kurt decided when he was ready to have sex. Blaine’s “Okay” wasn’t in the script, but the rest of the dialogue in Kurt and Blaine’s scene in the otherwise empty auditorium was as written.

    The scene with the directions: “Blaine dances at his iPod dock blasting Roxy music” included all the dialogue just as written, including, “Because of the layers?”

    “Because of the layers.” That scene had some of the best lines, in my opinion. I thought all of what made it to the show as aired got the points across as needed. As I said, I was happy to see the script, but I don’t feel like seeing it was necessary to understand what happened in the episode. What aired was quite sufficient, in my opinion.

  3. I’m disappointed that they cut the Kurt/Blaine mashup: Colfer has a beautiful voice but too few solos in season three, and Culture Club is a personal favourite of mine. But I also think that the songs in Glee are strongest when they work like songs in a traditional musical by emerging out of the emotional situations and that would have been a great use of music to express the tension, even if (unlike a traditional musical) there is also a recognition that what is sung on screen is also being sung in the real world. It would have been a great character moment, worth cutting back on other songs and dialogue.

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