- A Take That! to LA right off the bat
Quite possibly the laziest in all of Los Angeles County, which would place him high in the runnin' for laziest worldwide.
- The story starts with poor Dude having his head forcefully flushed through his toilet at the behest of two random thugs...
Goon: WHERE'S THE MONEY, LEBOWSKI?! (shoves Dude's head in the toilet again) WHERE'S THE FUCKIN' MONEY, SHITHEEEAAD?!
Dude: (legitimately confused) It's... it's... it's down there somewhere; let me take another look.
- It very slowly dawns on them that they don't have the right place. "Isn't this guy supposed to be a millionaire, or something?"
: (discovers Dude's bowling ball)
...What the fuck is this
: Obviously, you're not a golfer
. (Goon drops the bowling ball, cracking one of the tiles in the floor)
- Inexplicably, the goons have switched outfits with each other when they return to The Dude's house.
- When they leave, one of them snaps "Thanks for nothing, loser!" as if the Dude is the one who has inconvenienced them.
- "YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENS LARRY!? YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENS LARRY!? DO YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENS, LARRY, WHEN YOU FUCK A STRANGER IN THE ASS!?!"
- Made even funnier in the TV edits, which turn the scene into a surreal Non Sequitur. The Coens had fun with self-censorship; they knew it would be altered so they did it themselves.
"DO YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU FIND A STRANGER IN THE ALPS?! DO YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENS LARRY?! THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU FEED A STONER SCRAMBLED EGGS!!"
- Even better is the fact that that isn't Larry's car.
- The mere fact that Walter, a giant and alleged war veteran feels bested and "stonewalled" by Larry, a boy who doesn't even say a word.
- "We're gonna cut your dick off, Larry."
- Walter, trying to play detective: "Is this your homework, Larry?"
- (see Spit Take at the main page): "What is that, yoga?", "It increases the chances of conception"...
- The Jesus. That is all.
- The Dude barricades his door to prevent another breaking-and-entering. He forgot that the door opens the other way.
- Even better later on, when the Dude trips over the barricade.
- Walter "commends" Donny's remains to the Pacific Ocean. But the wind commends them all the way into the Dude's face. With the Dude's facial expression not changing at all for a few seconds.
- The one and only line Walter delivers calmly: "And, I would like my undies back."
- Walter enjoying his coffee... that is, making a scene at a family restaurant and being called out on it
Oh please, dear? For your information, the Supreme Court has roundly rejected prior restraint!!!
Lady, I GOT BUDDIES WHO DIED FACE DOWN IN THE MUCK SO YOU AND I CAN ENJOY THIS FAMILY RESTAURANT! (The Dude promptly leaves)
) "I'm staying. I'm finishing my coffee... Enjoyin' my coffee."
- The Dude gets fed up with Walter and his bloody Simple Plan.
- When The Dude's car gets stolen (and his phone has been ringing for the past ten minutes of the movie):
- "Yeah, well, y'know that's just like uhh...your opinion, man." scene
- Donny's concentration as he tries to keep visual contact with the Jesus through The Dude's bent arms.
- The nihilists light Dude's car on fire. "Well, they finally did it. They killed my fucking car."
- The entire scene with "OVER THE LINE!!!" Smokey.
- The Dude arguing with Walter after the fact as they leave, just as the cops are showing up to the bowling alley.
Walter: "Dude, I'm perfectly calm!"
The Dude: "Wha— Wavin' the fuckin' GUN around?!"
Walter: "I'm calmer than you are."
The Dude: "Will you just take it easy?!"
Walter: "...I'm calmer'n you are."
- The police chief in Malibu (combined with Nausea Fuel, because he makes you so sick) throwing the coffee mug right in Dude's face after he replies "Sorry, I wasn't listening" to his long and cautionary "The Reason You Suck" Speech (in a way, the irritating indifference makes it look even funnier while being almost justified, nevertheless). Enhanced by Dude's reaction ("Ow, fucking fascist!").
- As The Dude is being hustled into Mr. Lebowski's limo, he yells out, "Hey, careful, man, there's a beverage here, man!"
- "Also, Dude, Chinaman is not the preferred nomenclature. Asian-American, please."
- The Dude trying to throw a lit joint out the (closed) window of his car, the hot embers burning his crotch. While trying to douse the burning (with beer) he swerves and crashes into a garbage bin.
- Donny's out of his element questions never cease to entertain.
The Dude: I don't need your fucking sympathy, man [Walter]. I need my fucking johnson.
: What do you need that for?
- Walter giving a damn about possession of wildlife inside a city when The Dude's johnson is on the line:
The Dude: What are you, a fucking park ranger now?"
- The Dude does not particularly abide Treehorn's adult software, he still jerks manually.
- The thug who defaces the rug pronouncing "Ever thus to deadbeats" in the process, as if making a political point a la "Sic Semper Tyrannis" in the assassinations of Julius Caesar and Abraham Lincoln.
- Given the significant rewriting the film got to become Two Gentlemen of Lebowski, the fact that "Ever thus to deadbeats" is only slightly rearranged (it becomes "to deadbeats, ever thus") speaks volumes about what a needlessly pretentious thing it is to say while urinating on someone's floor.
- The Dude, Man of The Year◊.
- The Dude, possibly the least likely person in existence to ever use the Royal "We" on purpose, trying to pull a Royal "We" with Big Lebowski when he realizes he inadvertently mentioned Walter came along.
- The Dude thinking the boys in the picture are Big Lebowski's literal children from different mothers,
Racially he's pretty cool huh?
- Many of the gratuitous echoes and words one character borrows from another, "parlance of our times", unchecked aggression which will not stand, coitus, johnson etc...
- "He fixes the cable?", even funnier if it's taken as more clueless than snarky.
- Walter thinking the manipulative bastard Big Lebowski is Obfuscating Disability immediately becomes—rather unsurprisingly—Comedic Sociopathy.
Walter: Never been so sure of anything in my life.
- The Dude, in good ol' Philip Marlowe mode, shades a notepad with a pencil to highlight the impression made on the next sheet of paper, only to discover Treehorn just drew a man with a big phallus.
- Made doubly hilarious by the fact that the man is shaped like a giant phallus himself from torso upwards. In other words, a giant anthropomorphic penis with a long erect penis of his own.
- Better still, this is the Dude's only real attempt at detective work in the film. It gets him dick.
- If you're mostly familiar with Philip Seymour Hoffman's serious roles, every one of his lines as The Comically Serious Large Ham Brandt becomes hysterical. Special mention goes to the limo scene:
Lebowski: They did not receive the money, you nitwit! They did not receive the money! Her life was in your hands!
Brandt: (adjusts glasses) This is our concern, Dude.
- "But I hate the fucking Eagles, man..." Followed by the angry cab driver kicking the Dude out of his car.
- This line by the Dude:
"Let me explain something to you. Um, I am not "Mr. Lebowski". You're Mr. Lebowski. I'm the Dude. So that's what you call me. You know, that or, uh, His Dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino if you're not into the whole brevity thing."
- Walter automatically assumes that All Germans Are Nazis, only to praise them in comparison to being a nihilists a moment later.
Walter: Say what you want about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it's an ethos.
- For Black Comedy, the Dude holding in his contempt for Walter's eulogy for Donny drifting into a rant about the Vietnam War.
- Naturally, Walter completely botches the scattering. He doesn't account for the wind and the ashes end up blowing into the rather unamused Dude's face◊.