July 12, 1985
are excerpts and annotations outlining the differences between
the First Draft Script and this Revised Second Draft.
The date has now been changed
to 2686 A.D.
Rufus' first encounter with
the Most Important People now include this exchange:
Rufus addresses the Three Most
It is time.
The fate of history rests in your hands, Rufus.
You will have 18 hours to do what you must do.
So the time frame has been
changed to one day (as opposed to several days, as in the original script.)
Bill and Ted are now
described this way: Both wear jeans with boxers pulled out the back and rock and
roll T-shirts. Bill is shorter and darker, with a more angular jaw and a
more serious demeanor. He is the "thinker" of the two. He
has the ability to contemplate the abstract and the long term. He is more
logical and more intent. He must spend a lot of his time trying to get Ted
back on track. This is because Ted is a dreamer. Taller and
blondish, and with a wide-eyed, romantic look, Ted is more inclined to
tangential meandering, and will usually just blurt out the first thing that
comes to his mind. Less focused than Bill, he is more into the immediate,
whether it is food, fun, or, especially, girls. Of the two, Ted is the
The scene in which Bill and
Ted ask Jodie and Buffy to the prom now plays out like this:
EXT. LOCKER AREA
Bill and Ted are at their
respective lockers, which are adorned with lots of Heavy Metal posters and
stickers. Although neither locker is very neat, Billís is a lot more
organized. Bill looks through some old, crumpled notes while Ted gazes at
Buffy and Jodie, the two cheerleader types we say earlier, who now approach,
chatting. They kneel down to their lockers, which are between and below
Bill & Tedís. Ted swallows, and then turns to the girls.
Buffy. Excuse me. I would like to know if you would
be my date for the San Dimas High Prom this weekend.
("are you kidding")
Thank you. No.
Jodie. Excuse me. I would like to know if you would
be my date for the San Dimas High Prom this weekend.
Well . . . would either of you like to be Billís date?
BUFFY / JODIE
And the two pretty girls shut
their lockers and walk away, giggling.
Bill. Are there any other possible
combinations I may have missed?
Mr. Ryan is not nearly the
villain he was in the first draft. Classroom scene much closer to final
version, with Ryan asking questions. Napoleon bit and Noahís wife bit
the same as final.
Scene of them coming out of
library the same as in final, except Tedís dad comes and picks them up after
school. He drops them off at Billís house, warns Ted that heís going
to call Colonel Oats. Dialogue the same as in movie except takes place in
They first meet Missy in the
kitchen of Billís house. Mr. Smith goes for her in the kitchen. Mr.
Smith described as "forty-five, carrying a pipe and newspaper."
Bill's bedroom is described as
Lots of Heavy Metal
posters. IRON MAIDEN PLAYS on the stereo. Books strewn everywhere .
. . the guys have been studying hard. Bill looks over a large checklist,
which includes the guysí four basic time periods, as well as all the others
covered in the class.
Okay . . . Egypt.
Moses. Charlton Heston.
Donít know Ďem.
Donít gotta know Ďem!
AIR GUITAR. Ted,
distracted, flips through some Trivial Pursuit game cards. Bill looks back
at the checklist and gets them back on track.
Description of outside the
Junk food everywhere:
Ding Dongs, Ho-Hos, Pudding Cups . . . Bill stands by the door eating a
microwave burrito and thumbing through a history book. Ted eats barbequed
The old mean man is no longer
in the script. Woman who works there is asked if sheíll buy them a
beer. When she says she works there Bill asks if sheíll give them a
beer. Ted offers
Bill a HoHo.
Want some dessert?
Bill shakes his head no.
Bill and Ted's first
conversation with Rufus now goes like this:
Rufus nods at Bill and Ted,
who stares at him, utterly silent. Finally Ė
Will you buy us a beer?
Rufus ignores Tedís
Bill S. Smith, Esquire?
Bill blinks and nods.
Ted "Theodore" Williams?
Ted gulps and nods. Then, both
react, amazed, as Rufus flips down his shades, sinks to one knee, and bows his
head to them.
Gentlemen. I am most honored to be in your presence.
Bill and Ted are
Because I know everything about you two.
A beat. Bill and Ted
stare at Rufus, who continues to kneel before them. Finally:
What do you want, dude?
Bill. Ted. It is my singular privilege Ė
(flipping down his shades)
Ė to help you guys pass the history report.
Rufus smiles. Bill and
Ted shift uncomfortably. Then Ė
Letís blow, dude.
After New Bill and Ted
disappear in van, Rufus has a line:
Well, gentlemen. Looks like things are under control.
Dialogue about whether or not
they should trust this guy the same as movie (except they comment on the music
playing in the van first) . . . at end this exchange:
Can you really help us?
Rufus nods. Beat.
Bill looks at Ted.
BILL / TED
Go for it, dude!
They leave in the van.
Ted eats a HoHo as they leave.
Itís party time, gentlemen!
Rock music plays
whenever the van is time traveling. Time travel is now described as
driving through a heavy greyish mist.
The MUSIC continues to
blast. Bill and Ted peer through the window into the onrushing murk.
Where are we, dude?
Rufus looks at the guys.
Behold, gentlemen. The doors of time crack open for an instant
revealing their most bodacious mysteries Ė their most
triumphant secrets. William. Theodore. Behold. THIS IS
Rufus cranks the music up as
the mist suddenly clears and Bill and Ted react,
BILL / TED
OF HISTORY begins
to rush past the van! Thousands of years of life pass by in mere
seconds; FLEETING IMAGES of great civilizations, movements, and
individuals. We SEE Egyptian pyramids, Greek Temples, Roman villas, and
Medieval castles Ė battlefields, shipyards, cities, and palaces Ė wars,
peoples, places, and events. In the back of the van, Bill is totally blown
This is most unprecedented, Rufus!
Check it out, Ted! ó Ted?
But Ted is sitting on the
wheel well, holding his stomach.
I think Iím gonna ralph, dude.
Ted. We are in the middle of history.
Where are you gonna ralph?
I dunno but Iím gonna ralph now.
Okay. Hang on.
This is when they stop
in France where Napoleon is fighting. Ted jumps out of the van to be sick
and Bill notices the two opposing armies on opposite hills ready to charge with
the van sitting between them. The "Weíre in the middle of a
war!" line is added, and Ted says "Excellent" in mid-ralph.
Rufus can tell where they are by obscure meters on the dashboard. A
gunshot ricochets off the van and they decide itís time to go. The
Generalís horse is shot out from under him and then thereís an explosion
which catapults him onto the roof.
Traveling through the
time-void. Unaware of their new guest, Rufus turns to the guys.
The history reportís at 2:45 tomorrow?
Bill and Ted
nod. Rufus looks at the dashboard.
That gives us exactly 18 hours to go anyplace
you gentlemen wish. So . . . where first amigos? Egypt?
(to Ted; sotto)
Whereís the checklist?
Donít look at me, dude. I thought we were going
to the 7-11, not all throughout history.
Rufus, can we go back and get the
checklist to find out who we need?
Certainly can, gentlemen. But remember one thing Ė
Rufus takes his watch off
and hands it to Ted.
Ė The clock in San Dimas
is always running.
Ted looks at the watch. It
reads "7:45 p.m."
They arrive back at the 7/11
and Napoleon flies off the roof against the windshield, where he hangs scowling
for a moment, then goes unconscious and slips to the ground.
. . .