So, I was rewatching part 3, and something occurred to me. In most situations, Marty is a pretty private guy when it comes to his clothing situation. And that makes sense! He’s a teenager, he’s self-conscious, and you can argue about whether he and Jen have ever gotten that far but I tend to fall on the side of ‘probably not’. And that’s some intimidating shit! Sure, plenty of teens are eager for sex in the abstract because their hormones are telling them so, but when it comes down to the actual logistics of hey, you kind of need to take off your clothes, shed all that armor that you had to build up just to survive the social meat grinder that is the public school system, let this person see you completely–the vulnerability of that kind of exposure is TERRIFYING at first.
But I’m digressing a little. Point is, Marty’s kind of shy about who gets to see him with his pants off.
Dude sleeps in his clothes, like fully, totally dressed, in goddamn tight-ass jeans, on a regular basis. Dave asks him at the end of part 1, “Did you sleep in your clothes again?” So we know it’s a common thing for him–not just something that happens when he’s exhausted from spending a week in the past–and we also know it’s considered a little weird by the fam, so it’s not like he was raised pointedly to do this. Undies make much more comfy sleepwear than jeans! But hey, then someone might walk in and see.
Which brings us to exhibit B:
WHERE ARE HIS PANTS, LORRAINE?
It’s a pretty pertinent question. Yeah, part of it’s because hey, this is his mom, and she’s hitting on him and– well, no, wait. At this point she actually hasn’t done much except give her name and say that he’s got a bruise on his head. Sure, her demeanor is pretty flirtatious, but he’s still processing her existence as a teenager at this point. Is it just because she’s his mom, and god forbid your mom see you in your underwear? Maybe, sure. But wait.
PANTS CHECK ON AISLE 3
No, really, he’s checking to make sure his pants are there before he gets up, because the above scene with Lorraine is still so fresh in his mind (it’s only been a few weeks, which, ugh, Marty’s poor brain). The people in the house are categorically not his parents. They’re relatives, but distant; he’s never known them. And he STILL has to make sure his pants are properly in place before getting up.
“Well,” you say, “they’re prim and proper and he’s trying not to offend them.”
“Sure,” I say, “but if they took his pants off in the first place, it’s not like there’s much grounds for offense.”
And anyway, just picture the Lorraine pants scene with another random character that he isn’t related to, who he doesn’t even know, and tell me what his reaction is to realizing his pants are gone.
Exactly the same? Yeah, same here. He does not like it when people see him without pants! Who it is that’s seeing him in that state is mostly immaterial.
Come on, you knew this was coming.
What’s this? Marty is in the midst of getting dressed, still washing up with that towel or whatever it is, right out in the open in front of Doc?
Yeah, he is. You can even see in the lower picture where the cowboy clown suit has been discarded onto the couch, meaning he took the shirt and pants off RIGHT THERE. And this is not a big deal, for either of them.
Then of course there’s this:
Because what dissertation on Marty’s modesty would be complete without a gratuitous shot of him WALKING AROUND DOC’S HOUSE, CALLING OUT FOR/ACTIVELY SEEKING DOC, WITH HIS BUTT HANGING OUT???
Like, I’m sorry, but there’s no way you don’t notice a draft like that. And he doesn’t even try to fix it! He just does his cowboy-in-the-mirror gag, WITH HIS BUTT STILL HANGING OUT.
asdghasfdghfsajhfgjkasdhfjkljhsd I’M DONE, I CAN’T BE MAKING SMART THINKY THOUGHTS ANYMORE, MARTY DOESN’T LET ANYONE SEE HIS PURPLE UNDERWEAR BUT DOC APPARENTLY DOESN’T EVEN RATE THE TWO SECONDS IT WOULD TAKE TO COVER HIS LITERAL BARE ASS, AND I DON’T CARE IF YOU SHIP THEM OR NOT JUST, THE COMFORT LEVEL AND TRUST AND SOCIAL INTIMACY AND CASUAL DISCARDING OF BOUNDARIES AND
I’m done, I’m dead.