Fridge: Jacob's Ladder
- Fridge Brilliance: As mentioned by Adrian Lyne, Jacob never appears in the same frame as any of the visions of demons. Because they are visions.
- After seeing the end of Jacob's Ladder, a viewer might suddenly realize that all the scenes supposedly set in "the present day" (1982) don't have any of the technology that was fairly common: the radios and stereos look somewhat old-fashioned, there's no computers at all (and even in the 1980s in offices they were becoming prevalent)...in other words, exactly what one would expect from someone imagining the whole thing from two decades earlier. The Cars are one of the other giveaways as everyone seems to drive a late 60s or earlier automobile. On that note it's worth pointing out that the cars driven by the government agents are always swerving violently and out of control; which kind of gains new meaning after we find out what killed his son.
- We hear "Lady Marmalade" at the house party, a song that didn't come out till 1974. Though, the original script called for the use of Sly and the Family Stone's "Dance to the Music".
- Louie's a chiropractor. He explains that Jacob clings to his life and his pain, of course it hurts when the demons try to take it away; but if he makes peace with it, he'll realize they're really angels freeing him from pain: That explanation can easily be linked to what one experiences when getting their bones cracked, especially if you already have a spinal deformity or other problem that needs correcting: getting your bones cracked hurts, but if you relax and let the doctor do his job, it hurts a lot less— and it's such a relief once it's done.
- Jezzie burning all of Jacob's photos of the past makes utter sense when you realize Jezzie is Jacob, and it's a part of his letting go.
- The Bad Doctor and Louie. They're both manifesting as medical professionals for the same reason, but where Louie is comforting and gentle, the Bad Doctor is cold, detached, methodical and impatient. This is shown also in their practice: Louie is a chiropractor, which depends very much on hands-on treatment, usually over a long period of time, and depends very much on the patient's trust. The Bad Doctor is a surgeon. Surgery requires steadiness, knowledge, and being desensitized to seeing blood and gore. This also informs Louie condemning the other medical staff as being barbaric and cruel. He's right. The other angels are barbaric and cruel; Jacob is resisting their treatment, but they're not trying to soothe his fears to get him to accept his death, they're trying to tear his life out of his hands.
- It also is a case of Good Cop/Bad Cop. If one doesn't convince Jacob to move on, the other will.