T2 deleted scene
After the Terminator says that he can't learn, because SKYNET switches the chips to read-only when it send Terminators back through time, John and Sarah 'operate' on the Terminator and get the chip. Sarah wants to destroy the chip, beacause she doesn't trust the Terminator. John shows some authority and says that they need the Terminator.
Van Ling (Creative Supervisor), in T2, the Book of the Film, An Illustrated Screenplay:
One of the major lifts from the film was the entire head operation scene. The scene had been shot in its entirety and edited in, but was ultimately deemed unnecessary to the plot and was cut for time. To explain Terminator's ability to use human expressions later in the film, a bridging line of dialogue for Terminator was added in postproduction: "The more contact I have with humans, the more I learn."
Terminator 2 script, revised final shooting script:
JOHN Can you learn? So you can be... you know. More human. Not such a dork all the time. Terminator turns towards him. TERMINATOR My CPU is a neural-net processor... a learning computer. But Skynet presets the switch to "read-only" when we are sent out alone. SARAH (cynical) Doesn't want you thinking too much, huh? TERMINATOR No. JOHN Can we reset the switch? CUT TO: 88 E.C.U. OF AN X-ACTO KNIFE cutting into Terminator's scalp at the base of his skull. His voice calmly directs Sarah as she spreads the bloody incision and locates the maintenance port for the CPU in the chrome skull beneath. TERMINATOR Now open the port cover. She wipes away the blood and uses the garage-mechanic's air tools to unscrew the port cover. 88A TERMINATOR POV (DIGITIZED) as he watches her work in a mirror they've taken from the washroom. Sarah and John are standing behind him. Her hands are covered with blood, like a surgeon's. TERMINATOR Hold the CPU by its base tab. Pull. Following the instructions, she reaches in with a pair of tweezers and PULLS -- there is a BURST OF STATIC and the screen goes BLACK. CUT TO: 89 TIGHT ON JOHN AND SARAH looking at what she has removed. A reddish- brown ceramic rectangle with a connector on one end. About the size and shape of a domino. On close inspection it appears to be made up of small cubes connected together. It is identical to the shattered one in the vault at Cyberdyne Systems. Now we know it is that that Miles Dyson values so highly. The brain of a terminator. 89A WIDER. John walks around Terminator and looks at his face. Eyes open, he is completely inert. Dead. John lifts his huge hand. The dead servos whine sullenly as he forces them. It's like rigor mortis. He releases the hand and it stays in the lifted position. Sarah examines the CPU chip. JOHN Can you see the pin switch? She ignores him. See looks at Terminator. The back at the chip. Then she sets it on the work table and picks up a small sledge hammer. John realizes what she is about to do. Dives at her as the sledge is whistling down. JOHN No!!!! He slaps his hand down over the chip. Sarah barely stops the sledge before smashing his fingers. SARAH Out of the way, John! JOHN No! Don't kill him! SARAH It, John. Not him. It. JOHN Alright, it! We need it! John keeps his hand right where it is. SARAH We're better off by ourselves. JOHN But it's the only proof we have to the future... about the war and all that. SARAH I don't trust it! These things are hard to kill, John, believe me, I know. We may never have this opportunity again. JOHN Look, Mom, if I'm supposed to ever be this great leader, you should start listening to my leadership ideas once in a while. 'Cause if you won't, nobody else will. Smart kid. He's got her. She nods, reluctantly. He palms the chip and studies it minutely. 89B John takes a pin and moves the almost invisible switch to the other position. It is now in "write" mode. Then he grimaces as he inserts the wafer back into the slot in Terminator's skull. 89C TERMINATOR VISION flares back to life in a burst of static. The image forms. Sarah and John stands behind him in the mirror. TERMINATOR Was there a problem? John glances sheepishly at Sarah, Then smiles at Terminator. JOHN No problem. None whatsoever. CUT TO:
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