So y'all probably guessed that I wouldn't pose the question just for the sake of it, right?
I think GL should have left the scene in the theatrical release. I remember wondering why Qui-Gon was running to the Queen's transport and leaving Anakin in the dust when I first watched the movie. Obviously I knew that Darth Maul was on Tatooine and hunting them but I didn't think Qui-Gon was aware of that. And sure Qui-Gon was in a hurry to get back to the ship so they could get to Coruscant. But in the movie we see the scene where Anakin leaves his mother in Mos Eisley and walks off with Qui-Gon then the next thing we see is Anakin eating Qui-Gon's dust as they both are running towards the Queen's transport. It didn't make much sense to me until I saw this deleted scene after buying TPM on DVD. So while I'm glad GL included this deleted scene on the DVD release I think he would have done better to have left the scene in the movie.