Study Guide

The Big Lebowski Scene 9

Scene 9

Scene 9

  • Back at the bowling alley, a man in a purple polyester suit with a bizarre bowling glove and giant pinkie nail is licking his bowling ball before sending it down the lane.
  • It turns out that this man is Jesus Quintana, who calls himself The Jesus. He hates The Dude, Donny, and Walter.
  • The Dude laments The Jesus's ability to roll, but Walter "comforts" The Dude with the knowledge that The Jesus is a sex offender and that he had to inform all his neighbors about it.
  • There's a brief cut to The Jesus walking around residential Hollywood, ringing people's doorbells and telling them this unpleasant fact about himself.
  • One really scary guy opens the door, and The Jesus freezes like, I'm gonna die now, aren't I?
  • Walter asks The Dude how the meeting with the Big Lebowski went. The Dude, chilled out and happy, explains that the Big Lebowski is going to give him $20,000 to do the ransom money hand-off.
  • The Dude actually thinks Bunny Lebowski probably kidnapped herself and that the whole thing is gonna be a cakewalk. He's also excited because the Big Lebowski gave him a beeper in order to stay in touch.
  • A beeper is a cultural artifact that looks like this.
  • The Jesus taunts them and tells them he's going to crush them in the league tournament.
  • Actually, he expresses it a little more strongly, but like most of the movie's dialogue, it's unrepeatable.
  • The Dude responds with a classic comeback: "Yeah? Well that's just, like, your opinion, man."