We never find out what is glowing gold in the briefcase. The plot unfolds in a non-linear fashion, so the resolution of each character's arc occurs at different points in the film. Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) retires from his career as a hitman after he and fellow hitman Vincent Vega (John Travolta) survive unscathed after one of the targets of their hit fires a large caliber weapon at point blank range six times without hitting either of them. Jules interprets this as divine intervention and decides to walk the earth like Kane in Kung Fu. Since Jules is in a transitional period, he decides not to kill a pair of lovers, Yolanda "Honey Bunny" and Pumpkin (Amanda Plummer and Tim Roth) who hold up the restaurant where Jules and Vincent are having breakfast. Jules and Vincent are having breakfast after Vincent accidentally shoots Marvin (Phil Lamarr), a punk, in the head in the back seat of the car that the three are riding in after retrieving the briefcase for Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames). Winston Wolf (Harvey Keitel) helps the two get out of the jam after Jules and Vincent hide the blood-soaked car in Jimmy's (Quentin Tarentino's) garage. Vincent entertains Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) when Marsellus goes out of town, but Mia accidentally overdoses on heroin. Vincent takes her to drug dealer Lance (Eric Stoltz), where Vincent must give her a cardiac adrenaline shot through the chest to revive her. Vincent and Mia agree never to tell Marsellus about what happened. (Look for Steve Buscemi as the Buddy Holly waiter in Jack rabbit Slim's) Marsellus loses a bunch of money when a palooka, Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) refuses to throw a fight. In attempting to flee L.A., Butch goes back to his apartment to retrieve a watch that his father, literally, passed onto him. He finds a machine gun with a silencer on the kitchen counter and surprises Vincent coming out of the bathroom. Butch shoots Vincent to death. Butch then happens to come across Marsellus and tries to run Marsellus over with his car, crashing it in the process. In the ensuing chase, Marsellus and Butch wind up being captured by two sado-masochists, Zed (Peter Greene) and Maynard (Duane Whitaker). Marsellus is raped, but Butch escapes and helps Marsellus do away with the rapists. Butch and his lover Fabienne (Maria de Medeiros) skip town.
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