I saw it twice in the theater and came to that same conclusion. And I actually saw a lot of films this year (at least for me). I think that was pretty much the point of that scene: the whole movie goes in one direction, but then takes a hard left turn when Cliff visits the Manson Family out in Chatsworth. And every single oddball story point in the film -- Cliff's extreme fighting ability, the LSD-contaminated cigarette, the killer trained dog, the flamethrower, the cans of dog food, the seemingly random meetings of certain characters -- every one of these random things ultimately had a deliberate story point that made sense at the end. And the fact that there was so little violence in the film until the last 10 minutes made it hit that much harder. I thought the tension of Cliff's visit to elderly George Spahn in the back room was scary as hell, too. That's an amazing scene, and little touches like the source music on the constantly-playing TVs add a lot to it. This is a very, very skillfully-made film and anybody who thinks it's boring or doesn't catch the little interesting details that fly by every so often just isn't paying attention. And I also thought the final shot of the film was very sad, touching, and poignant in many ways. Tarantino's films sometimes move at a breakneck pace, but I was amazed that he had the courage to hang on a single shot for a solid 2 or 3 minutes before the ending credits, just to let that moment sink in. And it did, at least for me and my friends who saw the film together.