One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest

by Ken Kesey

Part One:

Chapter One: The black boys are up, committing sex acts and mopping them up before Chief Bromden, the narrator, can catch them. They hand "Chief Broom" a mop and motion to a spot they want him to clean. The black boys think that he is deaf and dumb; everybody thinks so. The lock is heard; it is the distinctive turn of Nurse Ratched (Big Nurse). Her lips and fingernails are painted a funny orange- a color that seems either really hot or really cold. She’s carrying her wovfen wicker bag, which contains no woman stull, but wheels and gears, cogs, pills, needles, forceps, etc. She heads towards the Nurses’ Station where she’ll spend the day. She sights the black boys, and glares down on them. She becomes furious at them and begins to yell, until the patients come out; she becomes calm again. Big Nurse’s movements are precise, and automatic. her face is smooth, calculated, and precision-made. The only part of her that seems strange is her large breasts. She orders the black boys to go shave Chief Bromden. Before they can begin looking for him, he ducks back into the mop closet. He wants to shave after breakfast, when he has something in him. He tries to think back about his father and the big Columbia River, when his father and he were hunting birds near The Dalles. The least black boy and one of the bigger ones catch him and drag him into the shaving room. He doesn’t fight or make noise. Big Nurse starts the fog machine again, and nobody can see far in front of them.

Chapter Two: Bromden is sitting in the day room when the fog clears. Nobody took him tot he Shock Shop this time. They locked him in Seclusion instead- he doesn’t remember whether he got breakfast or not. The ward door opens, unlocked by Big Nurse. There’s not much to do, except play jiigsaw puzzles, unless a young resident is watching to see what they are like Before Medication, or a group of grade school teachers. An Escort Man brings a new admission. Bromden immediately knows that he is no ordinary Admission. he doesn’t slide scared along the wall, and when they tell him about the shower, he says that he is clean enough, thank you. The new admission, Randle Patrick McMurphy, greets everybody, talking the way that Bromden’s Papa once did. Papa was a full-blood Columbia Indian chief. McMurphy has a bold laugh, not like the way that Public Relation laughs. He greets them, saying "I’m a gambling fool." He sys that he is there to provide entertainment. Cheswick gathers his cards and McMurphy greets him. McMurphy has work-farm pants and shirt. His walk and walk remind Bromden of a car salesman or a stock auctioneer. McMurphy tells them that he got into a couple of hassles at the work farm, and the court ruled that he was a psychopath.

Chapter Three: McMurphy eyes up the day room. On one side the younger patients, the Acutes (who are still sick enough to be fixed) practice arm wrestling and card tricks. Billy Bibbit tries to learn to roll a tailormade cigarette, and Martini walks around, discovering things under the tables and chairs. The Acutes spy on each other and write down comments in the big log book by the Nurses’ Station. The Chronics are on the other side. They are in for good, divided into Walkers, like Bromden, and Wheelers and Vegetables. Chronics are machines with flaws inside that can’t be repaired. There are some misdiagnosed Chronics and some misdiagnosed Acutes. Ellis is a former Acute, now Chronic after a visit to the Shock Shop. He is now nailed to the wall. Ruckly is a Chronic who had a lobotomy- his last words before it were "You’ll pay for this, you damn tarbabies." The only thing Ruckly says now is "Fffuck da wife!" Colonel Matterson is the oldest Chronic, a petrified calvary soldier from the Great War who is given to lifting the skirts of passing nurses with his cane. Bromden has been there the longest, since World War II, but Big Nurse has been there longer. Big Nurse uses the threat of ‘becoming a Chronic’ to scare Acutes. McMurphy comes in and tries to loosen everybody up. He asks Billy Bibbit who the ‘bull goose loony’ is, for he wants to know who the leader is. Billy refers him to Harding, the president of the Patient’s Council. Harding is a flat, nervous man with a recognizable face. He graduated from college. McMurphy tells him that the ‘hospital ain’t big enough for the two of us." Harding speaks to McMurphy, imitating his drawl. They compete to see who is more crazy: McMurphy claims that he voted for Eisenhower, Harding claims he voted for him twice, and McMurphy says that he plans to vote for Eisenhower again in November. Harding accepts defeat. McMurphy says how he is a habitual hassler who fights often. McMurphy shakes everybody’s hands. Big Nurse comes in to speak to McMurphy, whom she calls ‘McMurry." She says that Aide Williams has informed her that he is reluctant about the shower. She says that it is the rules. McMurphy remarks that everybody always says that when they figure he is going to disobey.

Chapter Four: Miss Flinn asks Big Nurse her opinion of McMurphy. Big Nurse says that McMurphy is a manipulator, perhaps there for the easy life and merely to disrupt the ward. Big Nurse reminds her it is an insane asylum. The "Combine" is a huge organization that aims to adjust the Outside world. Bromden was an electrician’s assistant in training camp before the Army shipped him to Germany. Nurse Ratched exerts a type of control on the patients, nurses, and doctors. She decides who works there and who does not. She acquired the three black boys after testing thousands. The first one was the dwarf. His mother was raped in Georgia while his papa stood tied. The second and third came a month apart, and looked rather alike. They were all white. Some Monday mornings Bromden tries to buck the schedulle. Mr. Max Taber complains that he doesn’t know what medication he is taking. Big Nurse threatens to give him the medication a different way than orally. The black boys catch Taber and darg him to the mattress room, where they give him the medicine. Later, Tab is wheeled out on a Gurney; the technician suggests Electro-Shock Therapy. At ten thirty Public Relation comes in with a ladies’ club. Bromden thinks about a time on the outside when he met a girl.

Chapter Five: Before noon the fog machine is on thick. At the meeting, Pete Bancini sways and wheezes that he is tired. Billy Bibbit quiets him. Big Nurse begins by discussing Harding. She brings up how he was paranoid about his young wife. McMurphy makes a lewd joke, so Big Nurse brings up his record: thirty-five, never married, Distinguished Service in Korea, dishonorable discharge, a serious of arrests, statutory rape. Dr. Spivey becomes interested upon mention of the statutory rape. Big Nurse seems to doubt that McMurphy is crazy. McMurphy says that his diagnosis as a psychopath means that they think he fights and fucks too much. Dr. Spivey brings up Big Nurse’s allegation, so McMurphy asks him if he looks sane. Big Nurse has a way of eliciting information from people. Once, she got everybody to admit something except for Pete Bancini. All he would say was "Tired!" Finally one of the black boys was sent to take him by force. Pete had always been a Chronic- even before coming to the asylum. He was injured during birth. When the black boy grabbed him, Pete opened his eyes and began swinging with his fist. He struck one black boy, and said that he was born dead. Finally he started to cry. Big Nurse got him with a hypodermic. Pete will never speak again. Later, McMurphy asks if the meetings always go like that. He compares it to a ‘pecking party.’ Harding defends the meetings. McMurphy says that the Big Nurse is the chicken that starts everything. McMurphy says that Big Nurse is pecking at their balls- she’s a ball cutter. Harding denies everything. Harding calls her an angel of mercy and talks about her community service- then begins to laugh. Harding finally agrees. Harding says that they are a victim of a matriarchy. She can get a doctor fired by insinuating that he is addicted to Demerol. Harding compares the men to rabbits, even McMurphy. McMurphy agrees, only because of his fucking tendencies. Harding believes that McMurphy may actually be a wolf to protect them. Harding explains about the Shock Shop. McMurphy says that their problem is that they have lost their ability to laugh. Harding challenges McMurphy to take on Big Nurse.

Chapter Six: One Christmas at midnight a fat old man with a beard came in throug the ward door. The black boys moved in on him, and kept him there six years, discharging him clean-shaven and skinny as a pole. Big nurse can set the clock to whatever speed she wishes. They sometimes get lost in the fog. Old Blastic, the oldest Vegetable, is holding his stomach and moaning. George (Rub-a-dub) is washing his hands in the fountain. The speakers are playing music loudly. McMurphy isn’t used to the music yet. McMurphy asks about the music, for he is the only one who notices it, since he is new. McMurphy gets up and goes into the Nurses’ Station. Miss Pilbow, a nurse, backs away; Big Nurse probably told her that McMurphy is a sex maniac. She screams "stay back, I’m Catholic." McMurphy has tattoos on each shoulder; one says "Fighting Leathernecks" and has a devil with red horns and an M-1 Rifle, the other is a poker hand with aces and eights.

Chapter Seven: For the first time in a while, Bromden is in bed without taking a little red capsule. When one takes the red pill he is paralyzed with sleep. He hears a wailing from up on Disturbed. The odrm floor moves,, and all are sliding away from the walls and door. The floor reaches some kind of solid bottom far down and stops. The workers all move at the same smooth sprint. A trestle like in a meat house apears. A worker grabs Blastic by the heel and lifts him straight up. One of the guys takes a scalpel and slices up Blastic. There’s no blood, just a shower of rust and ashes. Bromden thinks about waking up McMurhpy and Harding. Mr. Turkle pulls Bromden out of the fog by the arm and tells him that he is having a bad dream. The black boy walks away from hiim to help two aides and a young doctor lift old Blastic onto a stretcher and carry him out, covered with a sheet.

Chapter Eight: McMurphy is up before Bromden, the first time anybody has since Uncle Jules the Wallwalker, who was a white-haired Negro witha theory the world was being tipped over on its side by the black boys. Bromden hears McMurphy singing. Bromden realizes that the Combine never got to McMurphy. McMurphy looks for toothpaste, and a black boy says that it is in the cabinet, which will not be unlocked until six forty-five. McMurphy thinks that it is silly, but the black boy says that it is ward policy. McMurphy uses soap powder for toothpaste. Bromden reminisces about how his father could annoy the government agents. The Big nurse comes in and the black boy complains about McMurphy. Big Nurse listens to him sing for a while and then becomes enraged. McMurphy steps out of the latrine door, holding his towel around her hips, completely naked. Nurse Ratched tells him that he can’t run around in a towel. He says that somebody stole his clothes during the night. She calls for Williams, then Aide Washington, who was on laundry duty. She threatens Washington, saying that she could send him to Geriatrics. McMurphy had his shorts on the whole time. They were boxers with pictures of white whales leaping.

Chapter Nine: McMurphy tells a false, humorous story about Billy Bibbit and the famous fourteen inches. He asks for seconds, but is turned down- it’s against ward policy. He brags about his sharpshooting abiliy- ‘Dead Eye’ McMurphy- and makes a (losing) bet that he can hit the clock with butter. Colonel Matterson mumbles that "the butter is the Republican party." McMurphy sees Big Nurse about the radio, but she refuses to turn it down because it is all that the older patients have. He suggests opening up another room, but she says that it would require more personnel. Dr. Spivey comes to interview McMurphy. Later, at the meeting, Dr. Spivey suggests that the ward have a carnival after reminiscing with McMurphy about their high school. Everybody agrees it would be a good idea. Dr. Spivey then proposes opening up the tub room as a game room for the Acutes. Bromden thought that Big Nurse might be whipped at this moment, but there was actually no difference in her. Sshe’s too big to be beaten.

Chapter Ten: There’s a Monopoly game in the day room. McMurphy is making the game interesting by playing with actual money- one penny for each Monopoly dollar.

Chapter Eleven: McMurphy remained calm around Big Nurse and the black boys, except for once. he got mad at the men for acting too cagey- too chicken-shit. He wanted to shift the schedule for a week so that they could watch the World Series. They vote on changing the schedule. Cheswick and McMurphy vote yes. Billy Bibbit talks to McMurphy after the meeting, but makes no point. The nurses limit the men to a pack a day- just to keep McMurphy from betting with cigarettes. There is a noise: "looo." Scanlon tells McMurphy that it is Rawler the Squawler, who came through the ward a few years ago, but wouldn’t keep still enough for Miss Ratched. McMurphy brings up the World Series again without Miss Ratched around. Harding refuses to vote yes out of fear. McMurphy says that he and Cheswick are going to bust out of the asylum by knocking the mesh out of one of the windows with a chair (although that wouldn’t break it). McMurphy says that he’ll use the control panel. McMurphy tries to lift it- betting five bucks that he can. He can’t.

Chapter Twelve: Bromden reminds himself of the way it was at the old hospital- not as good as this place.

Chatper Thirteen: It’s getting hard for Bromen to locate his bed at night.

Chapter Fourteen: There’s a shipment of frozen parts downstairs- hearts and kidneys, etc. Rawler committed suicide; he gut both of his testicles off and bled to death.

Chapter Fifteen: The fog machine is similar to one that Bromden saw during the war. It is an ordinary compressor. Bromden always tried never to get lost too deep, for fear he’d end up at the Shock Shop. The fog has been on more and more because of McMurphy. Big Nurse considers shipping McMurphy to disturbed. Billy flunked out of college because he quit ROTC. His stutter began when he first spoke "mama." Colonel Matterson speaks about the flag, America, the peach, the watermelon, gumdrop, pumpkin seed, and television. Billy recounts how he proposed to a girl. Nurse Ratched says that the girl was quite a bit beneath her. Being a Vegetable is like losing oneself in the fog. Big Nurse brings up in the meeting how McMurphy may be bringing his personal desires upon the patients. They propose the World Series vote again. Every Acute votes yes- but the motion does not pass because none of the Chronics vote at all. McMurphy blows up at Big Nurse, and tries to get each Chronic to vote. Nobody will. He finally comes to Chief Bromden, who reluctantly raises his hand. But it is too late. When the game is supposed to come on, McMurphy sits in front of the television, though it is not on. Everybody joins him. Big Nurse is enraged by the revolt.

Part Two:

Chapter One: The patients are acting as if they can see nothing but the blank television. Everybody is watching Big Nurse. There is no more fog. A black boy comes to bring Bromden to do his duties, but he does not move. Finally, the black boy tugs enough and he goes. Bromden cleans the staff room. They let him at the staff meetings because he will clean up. Big Nurse watches Bromden while the staff watches her. The doctor starts off the meeting about McMurphy. He concludes that McMurphy is a disturbance, but cannot say why yet. They discuss how he could just be a con man. Spivey diagnoses McMurphy as a Potential Assaultive- a Napoleon, Genghis Khan, etc. They discuss the possibility of McMurphy becoming violent during Individual Therapy. They diagnose him as Negative Oedipal. Mr. Gideon says that McMurphy is no ordinary man, yet Big Nurse says that he is wrong. She says not to send him to Disturbed for being some ‘super psychopath.’ He is much less. Big Nurse says that it may take time to fix him- but they have time.

Chapter Two: Big Nurse’s confidence worried Bromden for a while, but it made no difference to McMurphy. She gave him latrine duty; he would not clean them well. She never lost control. Bromden would find McMurphy doing uncharacteristic things, such as painting or writing letters. The fog machine broke down. One night, Bromden woke up to dead quiet. Bromden got up and went to the wall with windows. He realized that fall is coming. He sees a dog outside. Geever and a nurse came up to Bromden and put him back in bed.

Chapter Three: McMurphy caused the others to bring up long forgotten grievances during the group meetings. Big Nurse remained so calm during these meetings, despite the appearance of loss of control. On Wednesday the group was moved to the swimming pool. The men were herded naked into the pool, which was warm. The lifeguard was an old pro-footballer with cleat marks in his forehead. He was on Disturbed because of violent tendencies. The lifeguard told McMurphy that he had been committed. A group from another ward came just as they left. There was one with a big spongy pink head and bulgy hips and legs. He has hydrocephalus. He had fallen in the footbath. Harding asked McMurphy to help him, but he refused. McMurphy did his chores from that point. Later, Cheswick tried to demand cigarettes. He ranted that he wanted something done. They dragged him up to disturbed. Bromden could see that McMurphy was giving up; that was why he talked to the footballer from Disturbed. Cheswick returned from Disturbed that day. Cheswick got his fingers caught in the drain the next time they went in the pool and he drowned.

Chapter Four: Sefelt is jittering in and out of the lunch line. Fredrickson and Scanlon make a jump to help, but he big black boy shoves them back. Sefelt is an epileptic; he did not take his medication. Sefelt had been giving his medication to Fredrickson. Sefelt felt that Dilantin, the medicine, caused baldness. Dilantin is an anti-convulsant.

Chapter Five: The calculated movement is coming back to the ward.

Chapter Six: Bromden is taken with the Acutes sometimes over to the library’s technical section. He is scared to look at the books. Harding’s wife comes to visit him. He introduces his wife, Vera, to the ward. McMurphy introduces himself; Harding tells her how he got th best of Big Nurse. Vera complains about Harding’s laugh. She complains how Harding never has enough (cigarettes). He corrects her grammar. After she leaves, McMurphy compliments her breasts. McMurphy then complains about the others coming to him with their problems. McMurphy complains about bad dreams in which he sees just faces. Martini is behind the control panel in the tub room, playing like he is a pilot. He has hallucinations of people.

Chapter Seven: Everybody was herded into Building One for chest X-rays for TB. McMurphy is shown the Shock Shop. Harding explains it to him: psychiatrists realized that electricity can induce a fit in cows upon a visit to a cattle farm, then decided to apply the principle to humans. However, it is painless. They also mention lobotomies, which Big Nurse does have control over. McMurphy complains about the patients passing the buck. The patients discuss McMurphy’s change, probably due to Big Nurse’s control of discharges. There are not many people there who are committed; Scanlon is and the Chronics generally are. McMurphy can’t understand why some people choose to stay there if they hate it.

Chapter Eight: Bromden wanted to tell McMurphy to sic Big Nurse and not to fret about it. McMurphy had a strange look on his face. Big Nurse decides to impose certain regulations because of their belligerent behavior weeks ago. She takes away the card roomMcMurphy got up and punched out the window in front of the Nurses’ Station.

Part Three

Chapter One: McMurphy had things his way for a good while after that, but Big Nurse was biding her time until she thought of another scheme. McMurphy took part in every meeting, every discussion, and got together a basketball team. McMurphy asked for an Unaccompanied Leave, but was turned down. So he asked for a pass to be accompanied by Candy Starr. This was turned down. Afterwards, McMurphy broke the glass again. McMurphy's basketball team would always lose to the black boys. McMurphy requested another pass after telling the doctor he had some friends at the Siuslaw Bay at Florence who wold like to take eight or nine of the patients deep-sea fishing accompanied by two sweet old aunts from a little place outside of Oregon City. After he brought this up to the patients, Big Nurse began putting up clippings about the dangers of the sea. Bromden kept getting a nation that he wanted to sign the list, but he couldn't because people would know he wasn't deaf. Bromden thought about a time in which two white men completely ignored him. People found out about gum which was stuck under his bed- chewed over one thousand times, probably. McMurphy got up and talked to Bromden. He said about how he worked at a farm in Willamette Valley where nobody would talk to him. So, he kept silent and people began talking about others around him. Finally, on his last day he told everybody everything that he had heard. Bromden began to speak about the Combine and how his father drank. Bromden had a desire to touch McMurphy just because of who he is. McMurphy asked Bromden to try to move the control panel in the tub room.

Chapter Two: McMurphy signed up Bromden for the fishing trip. Billy Bibbit and Harding and Fredrickson and others signed up. McMurphy was excited about going. Bromden was the only Chronic to go on the trip. McMurphy needed one more person to go. He talked to Rub-a-dub George, who had an obsession about cleanliness. He worked for twenty-five years as a fisherman. McMurphy offered to make him captain, but George was too afraid that it would be dirty. McMurphy told him that the boat would be specially sterilized. McMurphy allows him to come along for five dollars, half of the normal fee. The whores were late. One of them was younger and prettier than any of them figured. Candy told them that the other, Sandy, got married to Artie Gilfillian from Beaverton, who loved animals. Billy Bibbit was the first one to say something to Candy, but it was onl a whistle. Candy shook everybody's hand. Big Nurse almost stopped the trip, because they needed one supervisor for every five people, and there were ten. McMurphy complained that the men would lose their money (to him) and Big Nurse said that it would merely be payback for the many IOU's that they had written him. McMurphy invited Dr. Spivey, who accepted. They could then go. At a gas station, the service-station man asked them if they were from the asylum because of their uniforms. Dr. Spivey said that they were a work crew there, not inmates. McMurphy then corrected him, saying that they were inmates- the criminally insane ones. Dr. Spivey realized the power that insanit had over people; the more insane a person seemed, the more powerful they were. They reached the docks, where the captain who was supposed to take them out told them that he can't go out if they don't have a signed waiver clearing him with the proper authorities. Some of the sea men yelled disparaging comments at Candy for being around the insane. McMurphy handled everything, supposedly. They took the boat without the man, Captain Block. George captained the boat. Sefelt got a fish, but didn't want to pull it in, concerned about having a seizure. They go to where birds are hovering overhead, because fish are likely to be around. They caught a tremendous fish which bit Chief Bromden's finger. Candy finally catches one with Billy Bibbit's help. They saw a flounder which the doctor caught. They were three lifejackets short, so Billy Bibbit, Harding and George went without them. They hit the bar and dropped into a canyon of water. When they left teh boat, the captain was waiting with two cops at the water's edge. The doctor told the cops that they didn't have any jurisdiction over them because they were a legal, government-sponsored expedition and that they could bring up how there were not enough life jackets on board. The cops took some names and left. McMurphy was drunk. They found out that George was also captain of a PT boat in the Pacific and got the Navy Cross and told him he should have gone into public office. "Too dirty," he said. The men who had mocked them earlier had a greater sense of respect. McMurphy planned for Candy to visit again: two o'clock Saturday night. She was to be slipped in the window in the morning. McMurphy looked beaten after the day, while the others looked refreshed. While going back, McMurphy pointed out a shack where he spent his misspent youth. He went there to visit his parents after returning from Korea. McMurphy reminisced about the first girl who drug him to bed- he was ten and she was probably less. Her name was Judy. They 'got engaged' and she gave him his dress, which he hung up outside as a reminder. McMurphy blames her for his troubles.

Part Four:

Chapter One: Big Nurse had her next maneuver under way the day after the fishing trip. She decided to make insinuations about how McMurphy was doing good things for them, for people don't trust Santa Claus figures. She pasted a statement of the patients' financial doings; McMurphy was the only one to have made money. McMurphy had lifted the 'group-of-eight' therapeutic role and gotten subscriptions to Playboy and Nugget and Man and getting rid of all the old McCall's. When he was not around, Nurse Ratched had a meeting about him. She brought out suspicions of him within everybody. She calls him "Crazy like a fox." Harding finally said that Big Nurse was right, but that they should congratulate McMurphy for his capitalistic talent, because he makes no pretenses about his motives. Billy and Chief Bromden were the only ones who retained complete faith in McMurphy. Billy swung over when McMurphy told Billy that the date with Candy was on for certain and it might be a good idea to send her a little money for the trip. McMurphy remarked to Chief Bromden about how he had gotten bigger. McMurphy gave Chief Bromden chewing gum money. He asked Chief Bromden why everybody had been so cold to him. Bromden said it was because he was always winning things. Big Nurse arranged a cautionary cleansing. They were lined up naked in the shower room to be cleaned by the black boys. They try to scare George, who resists, with stories about bugs. McMurphy told the black boy, Washington, to stop. The black boys attack McMurphy. The fight reaches everybody. Bromden attacks a black boy who is hurting McMurphy.

Chapter Two: There is an everlasting clatter on Disturbed, a singed smell of men scared berserk and out of control. A tall bony old guy met McMurphy and Bromden at the door when the aides brought them in. The nurse who helps them talks abut Nurse Ratched. She says that Big Nurse was an Army nurse, and that combined with her age and single status have made her a bit crazy as well. During the night at Disturbed, a hungry-looking guy woke up Chief Bromden yelling "I'm starting to spin, Indian." They have an alarm to wake up Disturbed patients. The nurse gives them each pills. Big Nurse talks to McMurphy about how he should be ashamed, and says that if he will receive shock treatment unless he realizes his mistakes. He compares her to a Chinese Communist. They put a condutant salve on their head, and McMurphy asks if he gets a crown of thorns. Bromden's father was Tee Ah Millatoona, the Pine-That-Stands-Tallest-On-The-Mountain. His mother was Mary Louise Bromden. Bromden and his grandmother would play a game, Tingle Tingle Tangle Toes. After Grandma's funeral, Bromden and Papa and Uncle Running-and-Jumping-Wolf dug her up. They hung the corpse in a tree.

Chapter Three: That was the last shock treatment that Bromden got. McMurphy got three more that week. At the end of the week Bromden was returned to the ward. Bromden told the patients everything that had happened to McMurphy. Big Nurse planned to bring McMurphy back to the ward, because he could be powerful without being seen. The nurse seemed to suggest that McMurphy be given a lobotomy for his violent tendencies. McMurphy made a crude joke to her. Nobody realized that Billy Bibbit was actually in his thirties. At midnight, Mr. Turkle went on duty. McMurphy and Billy Bibbit talked to Turkle, whom they asked to unlock the Seclusion Room and to keep the lights out. Turkle wanted a little more than just booze which would be brought in- he wanted a piece of Candy. Billy panicked, but McMurphy said that by the time Turkle would have a chance, he would be too drunk to want it. Candy came along with Sandy, whose marriage didn't work out. The supervisor was wandering around, so they hid the girls. Everybody went around the ward after the supervisor was gone, looking through the files in teh Nurses' Station. They find a bottle of thick cherry-colored liquid- ten percent codeine and habit forming. They drink it like alcohol. Colonel Matterson yelled out "The pillow is a horse." Harding called the event a collaboration of Kafka and Mark Twain and Martini. Harding sprinkled pills over Sefelt and one girl. Harding made everybody realize the ramifications of everything they were doing. Billy Bibbit and Candy got the Seclusion Room unlocked. Bromden was drunk. Harding thought that McMurphy should escape. Harding said that he would be ready to leave himself soon. Harding realized that they were no longer rabbits. McMurphy wanted to leave around six. He didn't. The black boy found him and the girl asleep, snuggled into each other's shoulders, the next morning at six-thirty.

Chapter Four: What happened that night became legend. Everybody was laughing about what happened each time Big Nurse turned up something new. Harding noticed that Turkle never locked up the window, so he urged McMurphy to leave immediately. Finally everybody realized that Billy Bibbit was gone. They reached the Seclusion Room where Big Nurse found Billy and Candy in bed together. She said how ashamed he was that he would be with a cheap, low, etc. Harding gave a couple more synonyms. Billy looked somewhat pleased until Nurse Ratched told him how worried she was about how his mother would take the news. He reverted to his stutter as he said that she didn't have to tell his mother. He said that he was forced to do this by McMurphy and Harding. She led him to the doctor's office. When Dr. Spivey arrived, Big Nurse sent him in to see Billy. Scanlon said that nobody blamed McMurphy. Spivey went in and was shocked. Billy Bibbit cut his throat with some instruments in the doctor's desk. Big Nurse blamed McMurphy. McMurphy tried to strangle Big Nurse. The black boys did nothing to help her; only officials were able to break him off of Nurse Ratched. He gave a cry. Bromden hung around for another couple of weeks to see what was to come. Sefelt and Fredrickson left, as well as another three, and six more transferred. Big Nurse was over in Medical for a week. Harding had gotten the tub room back in that time. Nobody truly knew what had happened to McMurphy yet. There were rumors that he had escaped. Big Nurse said that he will be back. Harding told her that she was full of shit. Harding signed out and George transferred. Only Martini and Scanlon remained with Chief Bromden. McMurphy was returned, having given a lobotomy. Scanlon and Martini didn't believe that it was he. They thought that they had somebody imitating him. Big Nurse wanted the lobotomized McMurphy to remain on the ward as a warning to all. Chief Bromden smothered him with a pillow to put him out of his misery. Scanlon knew, and knew that Big Nurse would know what happened. Scanlon reminded Bromden how he could get out. Bromden took McMurphy's cap, then gave it to Scanlon. He picked up the control panel and threw it through the window. He left, caught a ride with a Mexican guy, and gave him a good story about being a professional Indian wrestler the syndicate had tried to lock up in a nuthouse. He hitchhiked to Canada. He's been away a long time.