The Dude figures out that he was used by the "other" Lebowski for many reasons: his wife took a long trip without telling him and so he wanted to get rid of her, and by using a fake suitcase and deal, could get the Dude killed too so they'd both be out of Lebowski's hair. The painted toe was from one of the assassins. Donnie dies of a heart attack while The Dude and Walter are fighting in the parking lot of the Bowling Alley with the assassins, who've come to collect the money. They spread Donnie's ashes at the beach and then go bowling....in the words of the Dude,"The Dude abides..."
Continuity mistake: When the Dude is in Jackie Treehorn's estate, he pencils over a pad of paper to see what Jackie wrote down while he was on the phone. He then hurriedly crumples up the piece of paper and shoves it in his wallet. Then, when we see the Chief of Police of Malibu looking through the contents of The Dude's wallet, the paper is there, neatly folded in fourths.
Trivia: At the beginning of the movie, when The Dude is writing a check for the cream at the grocery, look at the date on the check. Sept 11, 1991. A few seconds later we see George Bush Sr. talking about Iraq. So here we have a scene containing Sept. 11th, George Bush and references to the Middle East in a movie that takes place in 1991. (00:03:00)esiegel76
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