- Near the beginning of the film, a bunch of shepherds disrupt a public gathering by unleashing a flock of sheep on those gathered. This actually cracks up Jake Gittes.
- Jake baits Claude Mulvihill:
Gittes: Mulvihill! What are you doing here?Mulvihill: They shut my water off. What's it to you?Gittes: How'd you find out? You don't drink it. You don't take a bath in it. Maybe they sent you a letter. But then you'd have to be able to read.