Study Guide

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Scene 14

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Scene 14

Scene 14

  • McMurphy, Chief, and Cheswick are taken to another ward in the hospital. A nurse comes by and gives pills to each of them. Then she asks Mr. Cheswick to follow her. Cheswick screams as some orderlies lead him away.
  • McMurphy is left alone with Chief, and he offers the guy a stick of Juicy Fruit. He thinks he hears Chief say, "Thank You," so he offers another stick.
  • The second time, Chief clearly reads out the name "Juicy Fruit."
  • At this moment, McMurphy realizes that Chief has been faking his deafness the entire time. He just does it to be invisible to people.
  • McMurphy is insanely happy to find out that Chief has fooled everyone so badly.
  • He tells Chief that the two of them need to escape. Chief thinks Canada as the place to go.
  • Some orderlies come out with a stretcher and wheel an unconscious Cheswick past them. We don't know what's happened to Cheswick, but it doesn't look good.
  • The nurse from earlier comes out and asks McMurphy to follow her.
  • A team lays McMurphy on a white table and gives him electroshock therapy.

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