Ted Pikul: I actually think there's an element of psychosis involved here.
Ted Pikul: Death to the demoness Allegra Geller!
Allegra Geller: The only way I can tell if everything is OK is to play eXistenZ with somebody friendly. Are you friendly, or are you not?
Ted Pikul: It's none of your business who sent us! We're here and that is all that matters. ...God, what happened? I didn't mean to say that. Allegra Geller: It's your character who said it. It's kind of a schizophrenic feeling isn't it? You'll get use to it. There are things that have to be said to advance the plot and establish the characters, and those things get said whether you want to say them or not. Don't fight it. Just avoid it.
Allegra Geller: So how does it feel? Ted Pikul: What? Allegra Geller: Your real life. The one you came back for. Ted Pikul: It feels completely unreal. Allegra Geller: You're stuck now, aren't ya? You want to go back to the Chinese restaurant because there's nothing happening here. We're safe. It's boring. Ted Pikul: It's worse than that. I'm not sure... I'm not sure here, where we are, is real at all. This feels like a game to me. And you, you're beginning to feel a bit like a game character.
Ted Pikul: Allegra, what if we're not in the game anymore? Allegra Geller: If... we're not...? Ted Pikul: If we're not, then you just killed someone real.
Allegra Geller: Oh God! Ted Pikul: What happened? Allegra Geller: The whole pod just disappeared into your back. Ted Pikul: It disappeared into my back? It's in my spine? It's working its way around my spinal cord?! Allegra Geller: Don't panic, it's just a game.
Chinese Waiter: Hey, tell me the truth... are we still in the game?