In Pulp Fiction (1994), Jules starts laughing at Vincent’s answer when asked if he met Mia.

Why does he start laughing?

I never really understood the joke or what made it so funny.

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    – Raj
    Apr 19, 2021 at 16:30
  • Not sure why you are getting down votes, I wondered about this for a long time too.
    – magarnicle
    Apr 19, 2021 at 23:09
  • When you watch the rest of the movie you understand why he was laughing. It's one of these "ah, that makes sense in retrospect" moments.
    – Luciano
    Apr 20, 2021 at 9:28

2 Answers 2


As A.bakker explained, Marsellus is known to be jealous. But the main issue is that Vincent thinks it will be a straightforward assignment, and he would have no problem avoiding anything that would make Marsellus jealous.

But he hasn't met Mia, who is, well, not exactly boring, is she?

His plan to "sit across a table, chew [his] food with [his] mouth closed, laugh at her jokes, and that's all [he's] gonna do" is not as easy as he thinks.


He's laughing because Mia is Marsellus' wife, and he is known to be jealous.

In a previous conversation between Vincent and Jules (While driving to get the briefcase) they discussed his jealousy, allegedly throwing a man off a balcony for giving his wife a foot massage. Vincent dismisses it as an urban legend/exaggeration stating that he isn't nervous and nothing special will happen. While Jules implies that him taking out Mia might be a suicide mission due to the jealous nature of Marsellus.

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