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Does Mia mistake Vincent's heroin for cocaine because it's in a baggie rather than a balloon?

Yes, what Vince buys is absolutely heroin. Yes, Mia absolutely believes what Vince has is cocaine. But wait. Do they really look the same? I thought heroin was brown (as in, "Mr. Brownstone", the ...
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Why does Lance consider cell phones unsafe?

Cell phones at the time were unencrypted analog signals and could be picked up by any number of modified and unmodified radio systems. Scanner radios were easy to modify to pick them up. Even a UHF tv ...
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Why is Pulp Fiction told in a non-linear manner?

I don't think Tarantino has ever explained, so all you'll find are attempts at an explanation, like this one: But after reading the script several times, I have come to the conclusion that ...
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Does Mia mistake Vincent's heroin for cocaine because it's in a baggie rather than a balloon?

It seems so. The script indicates that she thinks it's cocaine... But wait, her fingers touch something else. Those fingers bring out a plastic bag with white powder inside, the madman that ...
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Why don't Jules & Vincent immediately kill everyone in the apartment except Marvin?

Pulp Fiction is expressly about the supporting characters in the background of classic gangster pulp stories - the henchmen, the moll, the boxer who is supposed to throw the fight, etc. It explores ...
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What is the meaning behind the "all shapes and sizes" dialogue in Pulp Fiction?

The idea is that the two hitmen were miraculously saved when the bullets from the "hand cannon" mysteriously didn't hit them (though there were bullet holes in the wall directly behind them.) Jules ...
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Why would Marsellus forgive Butch in Pulp Fiction?

Marsellus was just sodomized by two racist rapists. He's traumatized. Butch stopped that and saved him, instead of leaving him there, when he didn't have to. His anger at the time was towards the ...
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Why did the police not show up at Brett's apartment during the shootout?

I don't have anything to back this up, but it probably can be written off as the apartment being in some stereotypical bad neighbourhood, where no one calls the police even if there's a shooting. Or ...
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Were the bullet holes already in the wall?

Yes, this is a mistake. Saw the video below as a suggestion after the one you linked for what to watch next. #7 on the list calls out the bullet holes as a production error. They seem to have done ...
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Why did the police not show up at Brett's apartment during the shootout?

Who's to say the cops didn't arrive moments after they left? Given that the average response time is 18 minutes to mass shootings, I don't think there is an issue in the movie's reality.
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Why was Vincent alone in Butch's apartment?

He didn't go alone...he went with Marsellus but Marsellus left to get coffee while they waited. Meanwhile Butch has since betrayed Marsellus, who vows to kill him. While Marsellus and Vincent are ...
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Why is Pulp Fiction told in a non-linear manner?

From Quora (bolded is mine): The chronology of the film is structured to prevent audiences from realizing that the end of the film is really the middle and near the middle is really the end. By ...
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Why did Jules mention music band name here?

Jules is just being deliberately lighthearted in order to try to calm Jimmie down. He's being blamed for bringing the whole messy situation to Jimmie's house. Saying "Kool and the Gang" is ...
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Did Jules Winfield know Vincent Vega before the Royale with Cheese scene?

There's a passage in the Bible that Jules has memorized: Ezekiel 25:17. He's been saying that shit for years, and if you heard it, that meant yo' ass. Vincent knows ...
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Is there a deeper meaning to Fabienne's pot belly talk?

I'd always wondered exactly why we got so much of the little relationship details between Butch and Fabienne. I decided that the subtext of the scenes was that she was pregnant. It explains a lot, ...
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Why wasn't Vincent more furtive in the bathroom?

Quoting directly from fandom as there is nothing much to explain here, While Marsellus and Vincent are staking out Butch's apartment, Marsellus leaves to get them some coffee and Vincent goes into ...
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Why did Jules and Vincent go to the diner?

They wanted breakfast It's a simple as that. After they dump the body with Mr Wolf's help he takes Racquel out for breakfast which obviously puts the idea in Vincent's mind and he suggests breakfast ...
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Was the radio announcement an innuendo that Vincent would be at Butch's apartment?

I cannot find anything confirming that this advert was placed here to foreshadow Vincent's death. However An advert for Jack Rabbit Slims also appears in Reservoir Dogs when Mr Orange shoots Mr ...
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Why different footage was used for "Garcon, coffee" callback

As well, as the difference in shots, there is also, at first glance, the apparent continuity error regarding Yolanda's dialogue, as in the opening scene she says... "Any of you fucking pricks move, I ...
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Where is Mr. Wolf seen to be present in his introduction scene in Pulp Fiction?

The precise location isn't given but the implication from the script is that it's a hotel room hosting a, presumably illegal, floating crap game (or at least gambling activity). INT. HOTEL ...
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Vinnie Vega’s syringe kit

Why would Tarantino include it in the movie? Because it looks cooler to have your own drug paraphernalia. Vinny is not a very social person, so the idea that he has his own kit makes it seem like ...
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Why was the deadly boxing match between Butch & Willis not shown on screen?

Because it's not needed for the story for the match to be shown. Also a boxing match would break the "initimacy" of showing only few people on the screen. There is no need to show the match ...
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Why don't Jules & Vincent immediately kill everyone in the apartment except Marvin?

In addition to tbrookside's answer a logical in universe answer is that Jules and Vincent wouldn't kill anyone (important) until they have what they came for. You never know if the case is in the ...
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Pulp Fiction’s theme of redemption

"The whole movie isn't about redemption," says Quentin Tarantino, "but redemption does keep working itself into the movie." Quoting Pulp Fiction ...
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Are the "My name is Pitt / My name is Paul" rhymes in Pulp Fiction a real-world reference?

One reason is Tarantino like rhymes. Thanks to non sequitur for collecting theseTarantino rhymes: My name's Paul, and this is between y'all (Paul, the bartender in Pulp Fiction) My name's ...
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Why would Marsellus forgive Butch in Pulp Fiction?

Explaining shortly, It was a square deal. Marsellus didn't forgive him, they were square. Butch defied Marsellus in the boxing fight, Marsellus turned against Butch, they had a fight and eventually ...
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Why did Esmeralda jump into the garbage container?

As pointed out in the comments, Esmeralda is listening to her radio in her taxicab. She sees Butch jump out of the window of his dressing room after Butch throws some of his belongings out of the same ...
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Why does Jules laugh in the Pulp Fiction bar scene?

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 ...
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In Pulp Fiction, how was the "Catch up!" joke translated into other languages?

In french, it works with citron (lemon) and orange (orange): "Papa Citron (orange), Maman Citron (orange), Bébé Citron (orange) traversent une rue de Paris (sic) où la circulation est ...
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Who was Brett in Pulp Fiction?

Like MattD said, Brett and his friends are only there as a plot device. They apparently double-crossed Marcellus in some way, but their purpose for being in the film is to show how brutally and ...
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