Lookin' Out My Backdoor
October 2, 2012 7:44 PM Subscribe
What's the deal with the doctor in The Big Lebowski
posted by hermitosis to media & arts (13 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
He asks the Dude to drop his trousers, the Dude hesitates, but then it's implied he follows the instructions. Then the film cuts away to the Dude driving with an inscrutable expression on his face, he is sort of pepped up. Just how thorough was this doctor?
Later we learn that Maude was screening the Dude as a viable biodad for her baby.
The last couple times I've screened it, it's seemed painfully obvious to me that there is some sort of sexual encounter in the doctor's office, for the purpose of gathering a sperm sample? The Dude doesn't strike me as being interested in men, but he certainly has that relaxed stoner thing going on, and you know, this is open-minded Los Angeles, and encounters between two consenting men just "happen," ya know? It seems like something that he could just put out of his mind relatively easily.
Couldn't help but notice that the song playing in the car immediately afterward is Creedence singing "Lookin' Out My Backdoor," which I thought might be some sort of quirky audio pun for gay sex?
If the doctor wasn't gathering a sperm sample, what else could he have been checking for? Signs of disease? Seems like that would be a blood test.
Anyhow I've seen that other people have mused about this odd moment elsewhere, but I haven't seen anyone explain it with any particular clarity. Thought I'd see what you all think.