Soldiers share a joint. (0:03)
Vietnam veteran Jake appears to reexperience combat. (0:08, 0:16, 0:25, 1:18)
Jake asks dog Chester, "Got insomnia again?" (0:14)
Jake cries after seeing a picture of his dead son Gabe. (0:19)
Jake appears to experience hallucination. (0:27)
Jake sees an apparently hallucinated skinless animal head in the refrigerator. (0:34)
Jake sees "demons" and falls to the floor screaming. (0:38)
Funeral for Paul in the cemetery. (1:01)
Jake tells his other soldier friends, referring to Paul, "He was seeing things coming out of the woodwork."
Another soldier tells Jake, "You should find yourself a shrink... going paranoid... bad grass..." (1:03)
Geary tells Jake, "You were all discharged on psychological grounds." (1:11)
Jake hallucinates a voice: "Dream on." (1:21)
Jake recalls the death of his son Gabe, sees another "demon." First postal worker Jezze, then a ringing telephone, startle him. (1:29)
Chemist Michael tells Jake about the "best LSD I ever made."
"I'm... synthesizing mind altering drugs, not the street stuff... wanted a drug that increased aggressive tendencies... even a bad trip... did not compare to the fury of the Ladder."
Jake: "The Ladder?"
Michael: "We fed him huge doses of the stuff... So, a couple days later they decided to use the Ladder... infinitesimal dose..."
Jake: "No one can remember that night." Blackout?
Michael: "The Ladder was my baby."(1:33)
Jake sees Gabe. (1:45)
Did Jake and the other veterans suffer from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder, or a combination of the two? Were the drug effects depicted consistent with those of BZ or perhaps closer to those expected from BZP?
Reference in The Dialogue: Bruce Joel Rubin