The Bride (Uma Thurman) is a former assassin and lover of a man named Bill (David
Carradine), her former boss. Pregnant, and wanting to move beyond the life of an
assassin to raise the child, she left him, and was about to marry another man.
Bill and his other assassins, the four Deadly Vipers, arrive at the El
Paso wedding chapel during the
wedding rehearsal, and massacre everyone at the chapel. She attempts to tell her
would-be killer Bill that
the baby is his, but he shoots her in the side of her head, leaving her in a
She awakens in a hospital ward four years later, Bill having decided to abort a
plan to kill her in her hospital bed. She is horrified to discover she is no
longer pregnant, leading her to assume her baby is dead. She escapes from the
hospital after dispatching the sleazy orderly, named Buck, who had come into the
room with one of his "customers". He apparently has been selling sexual access
to her body as she lay comatose. After killing both men, she takes the keys to
Buck's truck (a bright yellow custom truck called the "Pussy Wagon", edited to
show "Party Wagon" for broadcast television), and, lying in the truck, she
starts to try to move her toes. She recalls the story of O-Ren Ishii, the woman
that is later first on her death list. After that, her big toe starts to move.
After practicing for 13 hours, she can move normally. She then uses the truck to
escape the hospital.