I've been a fan of Buck Rogers since 1979, and this is the first I've ever heard of such a scene. The broadcast version on the DVD is exactly the way I remember it.
I hope you find it though, I'd love to see that.
I remember the scene. I don't know if it was in the broadcast version of "Awakening" or in the theatrical release. I was disappointed when it wasn't in the DVD of the episode I got (or the version on Netflix, which is the DVD version).