Magnolia Easter Egg - Foreshadowing the Ending (Spoiler)

Look for the numbers 8 and 2 throughout the movie (cables on the roof of the scene with the jumper, "82 degrees and partly cloudy" etc.

Exodus 8:2 is about the threat of a plague of frogs.

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Contributed By: Rich on 01-18-2000
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Jessie writes:
Here is a little more about the 8 & 2 references: *Exodus 8:2 is about the threat of a plague of frogs *weather forecast: 82% chance of rain *a gambler needs a 2 in blackjack but gets an 8 *the coil of rope when the boy commits suicide *the first temperature reading *the poster in the TV show audience *the movie poster at the bus stop on Magnolia Ave *the placard on the hanged convicts *Jim Kurring's box number at the date hot-line *Sydney Barringer's mother and father's apartment number is 682 *the forensic science convention starts at 8:20 *Delmer Darion flips over a stack of cards to reveal the 8 through 2 of diamonds *right after Jim Kurring sees Donnie Smith climbing up the building, you can see a flash of a sign on the side of the road that says "Exodus 8:2" (it's visible again when the frogs gall and hit Kurring's car) ---One of Stanley Spector's books on the table in the library is "Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women" written by Ricky Jay, who narrates and stars in the film. ---Claudia Wilson Gator snorts cocaine off of a CD jewel case. The CD is "I'm With Stupid" by Aimee Mann, who wrote and performed several songs for the film. ---The credits for the "What Do Kids Know?" game show give the web address "www.wdkk.com". This is the official Magnolia movie website. ---The web address "www.seduceanddestroy.com" leads to the film's official site. ---The phone number that Phil (mis)dials looking for Frank, (818)775-3993, is later revealed to be the number to Linda's pharmacy (printed on the prescription bag). ---In every living-room there is a picture of a flower on the wall. ---One of the books Stanley is reading at the library is about scientist Charles Fort, who is noted for his work expanding the boundaries of scientific research to include strange phenomena such as those featured in the film. ---During the game show scene, a lot of talk is about a movie audition, with Alan Thicke and Corey Haim, about destroying a high school. This refers to the actual film Demolition High (1996). ---Musician Fiona Apple contributed some music to the film and is also responsible for many of the paintings seen throughout. ---Directors Cameo (Paul Thomas Anderson): What Do Kids Know stage hand who says, "You're on in 3, 2,..." ---Jimmy comments that the show is "PTA approved." Does he mean director Paul Thomas Anderson?
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Another interesting frog foreshadowing: The movie poster (and the CD cover and the video cover) all showcase a large magnolia. Look closely, the entire center of the flower is comprised of hundreds of frogs.
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Parachute07 writes:
First of all, please read the other comments posted before you post yours. I must have red the blackjack 82 reference 3 or 4 times, and the original post mentioned it. There were quite a few references people posted over and over as if they were new . . . But, as for one no one has mentioned yet, I read somewhere about this interesting "coincidence": There are several references to the Masons in this movie (the Free Masons -- if you're not familiar with the organization, look it up). When the producer of the show puts his hand on Jimmy Gator's shoulder just before the curtain comes up, he has a Mason ring on, and there is a poster on the wall during the game show with the Masons symbol. And, interestingly enough, you may ask where the Masonic Temple Lodge #82 is located. The answer? Magnolia, Arkansas. I quote, "these strange things happen, all the time . . . "
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SarahLou writes:
I just watched this film last night, and towards the end I thought it was getting a bit tedious and I was actually expecting a huge twist in events, like all the charcters were actually the same two people at different stages of their lives (I know unfeasible) etc. However, I realise now that there was so much more to it than meets the eye, I didn't notice any of the 8:2 refs (and it is 8:2) but am now going to rent the movie again to try and pick up on everything. I went to Paul Thomas Andersons website (www.ptanderson.com)and there is a huge section about the meaning of frogs and other things in the film. The best bit is that Mr Anderson himself states that part of the idea for the timing of the frog rain is that at that point in the film the cast are so depressed and amazed at the misfortune and problems in their lives that they do not see falling frogs as something shocking, and I was exactly the same when I watched it, by then it seem sort of apt.....and not the slightest bit strange, that frogs would fall from the sky!
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NamelessOne writes:
Hey, that one is funny... Did you notice that the average amount of points this easteregg got is actually 8.2 ??? That can't be any coincidence... *fg* This is NOT making fun of the egg, which in fact, is real, but no true egg, because it must be due to the film editing and is quite essential to understand the movie...which i didn't though till now :)
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Nik P. Mulb writes:
I don't know how I caught this, but when Bill Macy's character is entering his code to get into his office (I believe it's the part when he's breaking in), he presses the buttons marked "5" and "3" at the same time, then presses "2." Is that a stretch? It's there.
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Jimboree writes:
Yes, it even balantly states Exodus 8:2 (or is it 8:6?) in a couple of places if I'm not mistaken. 1) In the quiz game show, one of the audience members holds up a message board with Exodus 8:2(6?) on it, who is then removed by some security bloke. 2) Just before it starts raining frogs, there is a long still of the moistened street with a Exodus billboard on a bus shelter type thing.
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Kimota writes:
Additionally, at one point the young whiz kid (Stanley?) is seen in his library reading books by or about Charles Fort, who chronicled and made the world aware of such incidents of weirdness as rains of frogs. There was also a book by Corliss, who chronicles weird atmospheric phenomena. I *almost* turned to a friend at the time I saw this and predicted the climax, but I kept my mouth shut! Finally, in some street scenes where you can see bus stops are advertisements for what looks like a perfume or something, and they also say "Exodus 8:2"
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Tinkerbell writes:
At the beginning, when the three murderers (Green, Berry & Hill) are hanged, one of them has the number 82 on his chest.
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The forensics science dinner takes place at 8:20 PM.... Just thought I'd share
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Lathe writes:
Here's another 8:2 reference The murders, Green, Berry & Hill, B=2 & H=8 in the alphabet.
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BigAO writes:
Also, in the second story at the beginning of the movie, the plane pilot at the blackjack table requests a 2 from the dealer, but is given an 8.
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movie man writes:
The police officers voice mail box is 82
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Loch writes:
Just before that teen commits suicide in the beginning of the movie, the shot on the roof reveals him standing on the very edge of the building. Look just below where he is standing to the left, and you will see some wires that say 82.
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Maria writes:
I've only seen this movie twice, but both times I was unclear about the part with the little African American boy, and his rap that he shares with the cop. It's early in the movie, and I wasn't sure if it had any significance because I really couldn't decipher what he was saying.
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MJKeenan22 writes:
I'm not sure if this should be added here or under the DVD features section, but on the DVD version of the film, on the second disc, there are eight frogs. Pretty cool.
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PAUL MAC writes:
Just another 8 2 reference: The date of "Whiz Kid Donnie Smith's" big cheque in his apartment is April 28, 19??
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tyger1147 writes:
There are so many places you could possibly see all of the 8-2 references. If you're determined to see them all and don't want to go to all these comments, here it is, straight from the director: http://www.ptanderson.com/featurefilms/magnolia/secrets.htm
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spyderbt writes:
Throughout the film, there are several other allusions to 8:2 that I cannot think of right now, but a conspicuous one occurs early in the film.....the number of the plane fighting the forest fires is 82.
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Don Quixote writes:
Lets not forget this other fun "82" references... 82% chance of rain 1-877-TAME-HER or 1-877-82-63437 And the scores of the game show at break The Adults: 1025 Kids: 2000 aka - 82 :)
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Shy Shy writes:
I would just like to say that I'm new to the eggs community and thank all of you soooo much for providing me with some insight into this movie. I am a pretty avid movie watcher, and most of the eggs, i get. But I really needed a better understanding of the meaning of this particular movie and thanks to you guys, i got it. Feel free to mail me with any other 'good stuff' on this one!!
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Arne writes:
The plane used in the "diver-pilot" story has the number 82 on the wings and body :) i guess there are loads more than we found yet...
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netmunchkin writes:
At the scene where the black kid calls 911 when he finds the girl in the car and she is being led off on a stretcher you can hear "roger, 182" over a scanner. If you cant hear it turn on your closed captions theres many more people talking of "a 182" that i couldn't even hear. (opages.org)
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Noja writes:
-The number that the black lady who has the dead body in her appartment is booked with is something like 0820820820082. -The appartment number of the couple who shot their falling son is 582. -Mackey, at one point, says "go to your blue books page 18." then says "no, go to the white book 23" Put them togeather 1 82 3
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By any chance, is Earl Partridge 82 years old? I can't remember off the top of my head.... Also, I heard somewhere, correct me if I'm wring, please!!!!! I heard the movie was based on, and written around Aimee Mann's song Wise Up. Is this true???
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Lets just say that nothing in the movie Magnolia is a coincidence. There is a reason for everything in the movie, hence why it is such a good movie to own and watch a few times, because every time you see it, you catch something new. Most of the things that you all discuss in the comments are easy to figure out if you watch the movie carefully, in fact I noticed the 8/2 thing almost immediately after watching the movie, and then I went home and looked to find where the plague of frogs was in the Bible, and lo and behold it was there. I think a main point of this movie was that there are no coincidences, just facts that are easily identifiable if you are observant enough.
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HED writes:
There is another point during the movie where a refence is made to the scripture. It is during the first shot of the crowd at the game show that you will see someone holding up a sign that says Exodus 8:2. The director put it in as a joke towards wrestling fans and sings that say Austin 3:16
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