Times Square: Deleted Scene

Since its release, many critics and readers have noted that the narrative of Times Square is somewhat disjointed. This is generally attributed to studio-ordered scene deletions. In a review at Teleport City, Todd writes that after they escape from the hospital, Nicky and Pammy “begin the business of creating a surrogate family of two — a bonding process that, thanks to much of it succumbing to the editor’s blade, takes place in startlingly compressed fashion”. On the Anchor Bay DVD release (2000) commentary track, Robin Johnson states that the deletion of a crucial scene — the infamous Jersey Shore “henna scene” in which Nicky and Pammy cut and henna each other’s hair — was not only an aesthetic mistake, but a grave continuity error. Johnson says the scene was “incredibly beautiful. . . . I really convince her to come with me.”

Although i) Todd’s is probably my favourite Times Square review on the Internet, and ii) Robin Johnson is ROBIN FREAKIN’ JOHNSON, I have to disagree. “Compressed bonding”? Pammy, needing further persuasion to go with Nicky? Please! Nicky and Pammy are baby dykes. Here’s your crucial missing scene:


Frankly, I’m only surprised it takes them so long.

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6 Responses to Times Square: Deleted Scene

  1. Joseph Wegesa (Kitale) says:

    Thanks for your wonderful blog. I read all the old stuff too. Very informative as well as amusing. As far as the lesbian theme in the movie is concerned, I don’t think we needed to see them kissing or making love to feel the strong attraction between the two. Furthermore they were young and didn’t have to explore sex yet but the attraction was there. The poems, Nicky urging Pammy to dance at the Cleo club, the bloodletting, the jealousy when Johnny comes calling, Pammy pulling all the stops out for Nicky to perform in Times Square, and one of the most seductive scenes ever – Nicky blasting I Wanna Be Sedated and stopping cold in her tracks at the sight of Pammy as if her heart missed a beat, then walking slowly to the stair door and, without words, convincing Pammy to join her on the run. Did I forget them spooning in bed?

    • And thank you for your wonderful comment, Joseph! I agree that we don’t need to see Pammy and Nicky kissing or having sex in order to establish that this is a relationship in which they they desire, as well as admire each other. For abbreviation’s sake, I call that a “lesbian relationship” — as I would “in real life” — because it is patently obvious that they are in love with each other. As you outline in beautiful detail, the film contains numerous signifiers of Nicky and Pammy’s mutual desire. And I also agree: that scene is simply breathtaking, and there is nothing else like it in cinema.

  2. Joseph Wegesa (Kitale) says:

    Nicky walks out of the bathroom and turn the volume on the ghetto blaster up. She points the speakers to the left, then right to see if anyone hears it and comes after her. All is empty. She walks down the hall with a limping motion – only it’s not a limp but a swagger that says ‘cool’.

    She turn around the corner then stops cold in her tracks as she spots Pammy standing in the doorway at the end of the hall. Her heart skips a beat. She feels tremors like cold fingers crawling down her spine. Pammy stands there surprised yet joyous. She didn’t expect Nicky to come back though she hoped she would.

    Nicky starts walking slowly towards her. She exudes coolness and thinks ‘don’t lose it. You’re the Fonz. You’re on top of your game’. As she gets closer to Pammy, she so badly wants to grab her and hold her in her arms but she doesn’t. She walks past her to the fire exit, opens the door and puts the blasting stereo on the floor. With a seductive smile, she does a little dance motioning Pammy to follow her. After a couple of tries, Pammy’s face lights up and she follows Nicky down the stairs and into the free world.

  3. sleez_sister_4ever says:

    To me, the scene that explains it all is when Nicky goes to the radio station, her heart is broken, and she’s trying to get a message out to Pammy, and she says something like “I couldn’t tell you everything” and I think what she’s trying to say is “I love you.”

  4. Joseph Wegesa (Kitale) says:

    I think Pammy understood that message at the radio station because after that she came out full force for Nicky. She no longer had that notion of ‘you do your rock thing and I’ll go back to school’. She wanted to help make Nicky’s dream come true because now there was a bond there that went beyond mere friendship.

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