Cultural References

The Big Lebowski (Movies)

"She's not my old lady. She's my special lady friend."

THE DUDE: She's not my special lady, she's my f****** lady friend.

One of several memorable quotes from this 1998 movie, the Keith Mars version, void of all profanity and hostility, is arguably the funnier of the two.

2.04 "Green-Eyed Monster"

"Look, let me explain something to you. Uh, I am not Mr. Lebowski; you're Mr. Lebowski. I'm the Dude. So that's what you call me. You know, uh, that, or, uh, His Dudeness. Or, uh, Duder, or, uh, you know, El Duderino, if you're not into the whole brevity thing—"
"Veronica. You need to stop being the Dude."
...
"Hey, you're watching The Big Lebowski. Why didn't you wait for me?"

In 1998, the Coen brothers followed their hit movie Fargo with this anarchic tale of mistaken identity, kidnapping, bowling, and a soiled rug. The characters are eccentric, the plot is, um, loose, and the comedy is bizarre, so of course the film is a cult classic. Logan pouts at missing the beginning, and Veronica is more inclined to recite the dialogue than make out with Duncan, a preference that makes one go "Hmmm."

2.07 "Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner"

"Vinnie! This is not 'Nam; this is bowling. There are rules."

When Mr. Van Lowe, obviously not a golfer given the size of his balls, offers the underaged Veronica beer at the bowling alley, she resorts to quoting directly from her favorite movie which isn't South Park. It's not such a surprise that Veronica knows by heart the script of the Coen Brothers 1998 anarchic comedy of dudes, rugs, and bowling buddies, for even the sleepy UPN CW censors will not let slip past them four-letter words of the F variety. This means Veronica only has to have memorized the six lines that are usable.

2.15 "The Quick and the Wed"

"Where's the playbook, Larry?"
"Get off me, you dumb goon!"
"Where's the playbook, Larry? Where's the playbook? You're entering a world of pain, Larry."

Did you see Veronica's lips move when Kurt laid into Larry, the playbook-thieving artist? She knows every line of dialogue; we can't but think that she recognized the scene, albeit football isn't bowling. There have been so many references to this movie on this show, that there remains little more to do than just give you the goods:

The scene: the bowling alley.

The Dude: Walter, ya know, it's Smokey, so his toe slipped over the line a little, big deal. It's just a game, man.

Walter Sobchak: Dude, this is a league game, this determines who enters the next round robin. Am I wrong? Am I wrong?

Smokey: Yeah, but I wasn't over. Gimme the marker, Dude, I'm marking it 8.

Walter Sobchak pulls out a gun.

Walter Sobchak: Smokey, my friend, you are entering a world of pain.

The Dude: Walter...

Walter Sobchak: You mark that frame an 8, and you're entering a world of pain.

Smokey: I'm not...

Walter Sobchak: A world of pain.

The Dude: Dude, he's your partner...

Walter Sobchak: Has the whole world gone crazy? Am I the only one around here who gives a shit about the rules? Mark it zero!

The Dude: They're calling the cops, put the piece away.

Walter Sobchak: Mark it zero!

Walter Sobchak points the gun in Smokey's face.

The Dude: Walter...

Walter Sobchak: You think I'm fucking around here? Mark it zero!

Smokey: All right, it's fucking zero. Are you happy, you crazy fuck?

Walter Sobchak: ...It's a league game, Smokey.

3.03 "Wichita Linebacker"

"Hey! Careful, man, there's a beverage here."

Did you think it was odd that Veronica used the term "beverage" to describe her bottled water? I mean, really, who even uses that word anymore? You know who? That's right: The Dude. Yes, this is yet another Big Lebowski reference. Since The Dude is drinking White Russians throughout the entire movie, it's only natural for him to be protective of his...beverage. Veronica is drinking bottled water. Veronica, you do realize water is...free, right?

3.04 "Charlie Don't Surf"

We're not sure if you noticed, but Rob and the gang REALLY love The Big Lebowski, the Coen Brothers' 1998 cult fave about mistaken identity, bowling, White Russians, and the value of a really good rug. It figures, then, that a character dresses up as The Dude for Halloween, recognizable because of his imitation of Jeff Bridges' flowing locks and a telltale bathrobe. No, that's not Jesus, though Jesus was probably an awesome bowler.

3.05 "President Evil"

The creators of this show clearly have a fetish for The Big Lebowski. Seriously, they might need to look into a 12-step program or something. "Hi, my name is Rob Thomas, and I wish I was The Dude." "Hi, Rob."

3.06 "Hi, Infidelity"

"Mr. Mars. Sorry to keep you waiting."
"What is that? Is that a goldfish?"
"It's a carp, a golden carp awarded—"
"Please don't touch it. My name is Brant. I am Mr. Rose's personal assistant. Unfortunately, Mr. Mars, my employer won't be able to see you at the moment. He's resting."

This week's Big Lebowski reference is no dinky little line quotage: It's an entire scene. Fans of the movie immediately recognize the homage to the scene in which Jeff Lebowski's assistant, Brandt, meticulously points out the various awards and commendations on the wall. And when The Dude finally meets the man he's come to meet, he discovers that he is in a wheelchair...just like Budd Rose. Yes, these writers just can't get enough of this damn movie, even though they can't spell Brandt's name right. Seriously, though, if the next big mystery is "Who peed on Veronica's rug?" we're going to have to put a stop to this business.

3.08 "Lord of the Pi's"

"Yes, I know exactly who stole him. It was those damn fat kids."
"Because, I take it, monkeys are delicious? And, dude, "girth-challenged" is the preferred nomenclature."

Yes, again.

3.10 "Show Me the Monkey"

"'The Dude abides.' I don't know about you, but I take comfort in that."

The multiple-episode mysteries might have stopped, but the The Big Lebowski references keep on comin'. This pithy phrase is oft-repeated by The Dude throughout the movie as an existential self-confirmation and platitudinous advice. It's "Qué será, será" filtered through a dozen White Russians.

3.16 "Un-American Graffiti"
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