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HBO Cut The Scene In “Big Little Lies” Where Reese Witherspoon Throws A Cone Of Ice Cream At Meryl Streep And Fans Feel Slighted

“We are not going to let this go.” —Renata Klein, but also fans.

Posted on July 8, 2019, at 10:31 a.m. ET

Viewers are feeling bereft after learning a highly anticipated scene between Oscar-winning actors Meryl Streep and Reese Witherspoon was cut from the fifth episode of Big Little Lies, titled “Kill Me.”

Last year, when audiences were ravenous for a sliver of information about the second season, they were rewarded with stills that captured Witherspoon’s character, Madeline Martha Mackenzie, throwing a huge cone of ice cream at Mary Louise Wright, played by Streep.

The scene was not cut completely, just the ice cream–throwing part.

That said, the scene was still tense, as Witherspoon’s character uses this encounter with Streep’s Mary Louise to call her out for trying to paint Celeste Wright (Nicole Kidman) as an unfit parent.

It all happens very quickly. The most discourteous thing that happens is Madeline mutters “she’s psycho” as Mary Louise walks away.


That line is a far cry from seeing one Prestige Actress™️ wallop another with a cone. People who live-tweeted the show Sunday night were vocal about their disappointment.

“THEY CUT THE ICE CREAM SCENE?!” said one viewer.


There were questions of utmost importance directed at the network, like, why?!

Me @ the people of HBO who decided to cut the scene of Reese Witherspoon throwing an ice cream cone at Meryl Streep. #BigLittleLies

Channeling true Renata Klein (Laura Dern) energy, fans demanded to see the scene in full.

where is the ice cream cone toss @hbo #BigLittleLies

And it stings, for some, because the scene was teased so long ago.

Imagine having a treat dangled in front of your face only for it to be snatched away the moment you’re about to bite. Tragic!

I have been waiting for over a year to watch Reese Witherspoon throw an ice cream at Meryl Streep and for what #BigLittleLies

HBO did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News’ request for comment.

However, according to Streep, fans may get to see the scene at a later date.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight published Sunday, Streep revealed she was only recently notified by Witherspoon, an executive producer on the show, that the scene wouldn’t be included.

“It’s [going to be] in the DVD extras,” Streep told the outlet.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.