Holy crap I finally fixed the scene!
This damn scene was what was stymieing me for WEEKS but I finally got it to work. I finished it and the alternative scene at the junction point. This was what I was banging my head on for seemingly forever, and hopefully it will mean the road to the ending of the script will be more relatively smooth. I don’t want to jinx myself and say I can now finish the script before the end of the month, but it’s a helluva a lot more likely with this giant mess sorted out.