* Scenes between Donnie and Gretchen are surprisingly sweet considering how creepy the rest of the movie is.
* "So how does it feel having a wacko for a son?" "It feels wonderful."
** In deleted scenes, Elizabeth and Donnie's father share similar moments.
* When Donnie kisses Elizabeth goodbye while she is asleep, before he goes off to meet his fate.
* During the Mad World montage, everyone looks emotionally disturbed except for [[spoiler:Cherita]], to whom Donnie promised that "One day, everything's going to be better".