I screamed, you screamed, we all screamed for Big Little Lies‘ infamous Reese Witherspoon-Mery Streep ice cream tussle… but it was all for naught.
Images from the spoiled-by-paparazzi Season 2 sequence — which found Witherspoon’s Madeline hurling an ice cream cone at Streep’s Mary Louise (see below) — sent social media into a tizzy when they went viral last summer. But, for reasons that remain a mystery (or perhaps not?), the buzzy moment ended up on the cutting room floor.
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Although HBO president Casey Bloys tells TVLine that he “was not involved in the creative decision to include it or not,” the exec has a theory as to why the dessert-themed fracas was ditched.
“My guess is it made for a funnier meme on social media than [an actual scene],” the exec muses. “Obviously, Reese Witherspoon holding an ice cream cone aimed at Meryl Streep’s head is pretty hard to beat. But a behind-the-scenes shot is much different than a scene within the narrative context of the show.”
There’s been speculation that the scene in question may be included as an “extra” on the show’s Season 2 DVD, something Bloys could neither confirm nor deny.
Oh Matt! No need to pray. I got her ! 🍦🎯 https://t.co/nMitvPXETc
— Reese Witherspoon (@ReeseW) August 1, 2018