In the first back to the future, Einstein, the dog, gets sent forward in time by 1 minute. If you have to reach 88 miles per hour, how did he get back? He can't drive a car, he's a dog.

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    Einstein? In Back to the Future? – Edlothiad Nov 24 '17 at 9:43
  • TIL there’s a dog in Back to the Future. I swear I’ve seen each film at least twice... – Edlothiad Nov 24 '17 at 10:14
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    How did Laika, the first dog to be sent to space get there? She can't fly the damn space shuttle. – Varun Nair Nov 24 '17 at 10:58
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    @Edlothiad, Doc has the same breed of dog (presumably played by the same dog) in the 1955 timeline, but he's called Copernicus. – Darren Nov 24 '17 at 12:34

The Doc is very clearly seen driving the car with a remote control.

The car is sent one minute into the future. Doc and Marty chat for a minute, and then the car reappears. From the perspective of Einstein, no time at all has passed between the Delorean disappearing and reappearing (in fact, I think Doc says as much in the film).

So it seems like even after all these years, people don’t get this so here is a diagram of what happens;

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Just before point A, Doc, Marty and Einstein are all together. Doc controls the car with Einstein in and accelerates it to 88mph. At point A, the car disappears 1 minute into the future. At that point in time, Einstein does not exist. One minute passes, and at point B, the car from one minute ago appears. Einstein then continues to exist in the timeline. To Einstein, the time between points A and B did not happen. He went instantaneously from A to B. There was no “going back”. He continues on as if nothing happens, although physically he is one minute younger than he should be, having not existed between points A and B.

  • Don't think this answers the question. How did he get BACK. Doc used remote to get him a minute ahead. But the Delorean has to reach 88mph to get back. Otherwise Einstein will always be 1 minute ahead. It can't "catch up" as Doc described in the movie. I think this is a plot hole. – Ken Powers Jul 28 at 6:48
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    @KenPowers Back where? Car is sent one minute into the future by Doc, with remote control. Doc and Marty wait one minute, car appears. It’s really very simple. – Darren Jul 28 at 7:43
  • @KenPowers I added some more info that will hopefully explain it more clearly. – Darren Jul 28 at 12:29

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