Examing Sarah Connor's body
T1 omitted scene
Everytime the Terminator kills a Sarah Connor, he checks her tibia, because he knows from future autopsies by the disposal machines that the Sarah he was looking for had steel screws set in her tibia.
A little more mystery added to the Sarah Connor murders, before it is explained by Kyle Reese.
The interesting fact in this omitted scene, is that in the treatment the wound is because of some skating incident. Sarah did indeed have the wound. But in the novelization, Sarah does not have such a wound in her leg. The cause of the wound will come up later as the explosion that fractures the Terminator, also blows a piece of metal in Sarah's leg. The Terminator was searching for a wound that she did not have at the moment, but in fact, it was the Terminator that ultimately caused the wound.
Scripted, but not filmed.
The Terminator treatment, July, 1982:
Treatment part 1 - first wrong Sarah
Installed on her bed for an afternoon of 'soaps' is the wrong Sarah Connor. Electrode pads exercise her doughy thighs as the 35 year old divorcee watches General Hospital. "What's wrong, Mom?" she calls out distractedly. The door bangs open and she stares in dumb amazement as the good-looking, intense-eyed man in the ill-fitting clothes raises a pistol and aims it at her face. It all seems less real than General Hospital in that half-second before he fires. Downstairs, her mother is fumbling with the telephone when she hears the shots. She shrieks with renewed terror as the ceiling above her erupts with five exit holes in rapid succession, followed by a dribble of blood. In the bedroom, seen in a low angle shot, Terminator stands with the .45 aimed down at the dead woman out of frame below. He unhurriedly drops the clip, reloads the weapon and replaces it under his jacket. Then, crouching down, he removes a plastic-handled razor- knife from his pocket and extends the five inch blade slowly with his thumb. It is the type with numerous break-off sections for renewing the point, and it extends with a quietly ominous clicking. In the foyer the old woman stands paralyzed as Terminator reappears on the landing and walks down toward her, knife in hand. He wipes the bloody blade clean on her apron, clicks it shut and goes out the door. She sags to the floor in a faint.
Treatment part 2 - second wrong Sarah
An unmarked car with a clamp-on light flashing and siren blaring screeches to the curb behind three black-and- whites in front of a Venice apartment building. LIEUTENANT ED VUKOVICK, Homicide Division, strides through the crowd gathered patiently for their ten-second glimpse of something under a sheet, and wends his way up to the scene, a third floor apartment. On the floor is the crumpled body of a young woman, her blue jeans and sweater bloodsoaked. Two bags of groceries lie split open on the floor in front of her. Detectives and photographers bustle about, taking evidence. Vukovick is quickly briefed by DETECTIVE SGT. BUCKMAN: The woman was shot repeatedly at close range. Large caliber weapon. Got her just inside the door, so killer was probably waiting in the apartment. One witness saw a guy holding a pistol walk out like he was walking a poodle for a piss in the park... his words. He's making a statement. The deceased's name is Sarah Louise Connor... Vukovick stops the report. Did he hear correctly? Two homicides in one day with the same name? "That's not all that's the same," Buckman says, lifting one of the girl's pant-legs which has been slit up past the knee. Also slit, from ankle to knee, is the skin and muscle of her calf, peeled back like a hotdog bun to expose the shin-bone. Vukovick scowls. The same mutilation as the Encino housewife, left leg only. Too fucking weird. The news guys'll have a field day with this... the first one-day pattern killer. Vukovick's lamentations are justified when he returns to division headquarters and finds himself running a gauntlet of reporters and minicam crews to get to his office. It hasn't taken them long to figure out that the killings took place in the same order in which they are listed in the phone book, and they want to know if he can offer anything beside the idea that a maniac is working his way through the L.A. directory starting with the C's.
Treatment part 3 - Sarah's wound
Sarah enters the apartment, alone, and trudges to the refrigerator, taking out a pint of ice-cream. She sits down beside Pugsley, lets him out and plunges the spoon into the ice-cream. "Rum raisin," she sighs, "It ain't love but nine out of ten doctors surveyed recommend it as a substitute for orgasm." She begins massaging the muscle of her left calf and we see that a long-healed surgery scar runs downward across her shin from just below the knee. "Old war wound acting up," she confides to Pugsley, who is draped comfortably across her shoulders.
Treatment part 4 - third wrong Sarah; Ginger
Ginger is returning to the bedroom with a plate of celery stalks and a glass of milk. As she approaches the closed door a shape smashes through it in an explosion of splinters right in front of her... Matt's lacerated body propelled halfway through the door by enormous force. Ginger screams hysterically as the door is wrenched open and Terminator steps through with that massive .45 drawn. She makes it down the hall before the bullet punches into her back, pitching her on her face just outside the open bathroom door. In low wide-angle Ginger crawls forward, gasping, drowning. The implacable figure looms behind her. Her expression is agony and reeling, nauseating terror and incomprehension rolled together. Why am I suddenly dying? Her eyes roll, showing the whites, like a horse tethered in a burning stable. She scrabbles for a grip, pulling herself pathetically into the bathroom, clutching the rim of the toilet. Pan up as Terminator stands over her, takes aim, and empties the clip. In the silence that follows, the ring of the phone seems deafening. Terminator ignores the girl's recorded message as he calmly inserts a new blade into the razor knife and bends down. However his head snaps around when he hears the incoming call: "Ginger, this is Sarah. I'm in this sleazy bar called Stokers on Olympic but I'm too scared to leave. I'm really scared, kiddo... I think somebody's after me and I sure hope you play this soon 'cause I need you and Matt to come pick me up. The police keep transferring me around but I'm going to try them again."
Treatment part 5 - Reese explanation of the mutilation
Silberman is fascinated. According to Reese, due to loss of records during the nuclear devastation, little information about the mother of John Connor was available to the computer: only her name, age, and the city in which she lived up until 1982, after which she was known to have gone into hiding. There was only one piece of information which would have allowed the cyborg to identify her positively. In Reese's future, Sarah Connor is known to have died in a raid at the age of 36 and been routinely autopsied by the disposal machines. This revealed to the computer the two steel screws set in her tibia for a compound fracture suffered in a figure skating accident in her teens. Silberman nods, noting that this would explain the curious mutilation of the previous victims. But he questions why neither Reese nor the other fellow are using anything but present-day weapons, when presumably they would have advanced weaponry and other items of future technology at their disposal.
The Terminator novelization, November, 1985
Novel part 1 - Silberman interrogation
"Most records were damaged or lost in the war," Reese said. "Skynet knew almost nothing about Connor's mother, because her file was incomplete. It knew here name and where she lived--just the city, not the address. Terminator was being systematic." "What about the incisions in their legs?" "It was the only physical identification left in her records. Sarah had a metal pin surgically implanted in her leg. What Skynet didn't know, what Terminator doesn't know, is that she doesn't have it yet. That's supposed to happen later." "How do you know?" "John told me." "John Connor?" Silberman asked. "Yes."
Novel part 2 - the accident
She sat up and screamed. Pain shot through her leg, and she reached blindly for it. It as twisted beneath her, the calf punctured, oozing thick blood. Something had buried itself in her leg. She dragged the limp appendage out from under herself and saw that it was a sharp piece of Terminator that had been blown directly into her calf muscle about halfway between ankle and knee. Even in death the cyborg had tried to kill her. It was in her now, invading her flesh, in a kind of cold rape. She wanted it out and pulled. That hurt worse, but she doubled the pressure, and in a sudden sucking pop, the chunk of steel came free. She dropped it and gasped. When the pain began to subside a little, she opened her eyes and saw Reese.
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