Arriving at the store, he finds that the locks to the security shutters are jammed closed with chewing gum, so he hangs a sheet over them with a message written in shoe polish: "I ASSURE YOU; WE'RE OPEN." Dante's day is spent in the purgatory of serving a succession of customers while repeating the fact that he is "not even supposed to be here today".
Reopening the store, Dante finds another of his ex-girlfriends has died and her wake is today.
Randal talks him into closing the store again and going to the wake.
He then says that Dante came to work of his own free will and "overcompensates for having a monkey's job".
He claims Dante thinks he is more advanced than the customers and storms off with "if we're so fucking advanced, what are we doing working here? They reconcile and Dante says he will try to talk to Veronica, visit Caitlin, and possibly get some direction in his life.
The visit is catastrophic, with Randal and Dante running out to escape in their car.
What happened in the wake is not shown, but a subsequent conversation between the two reveals that Randal accidentally knocked over the casket by leaning on it. After she assures Dante that the engagement announcement was premature and arranged by her mother, the two trade banter and Dante becomes torn between her and Veronica.Upon its theatrical release, the film grossed over million in theaters, launching Smith's career.Dante Hicks, a 22-year-old retail clerk at the Quick Stop convenience store in Leonardo, New Jersey, is called into work on his day off by his boss to cover a few hours for another employee who is sick.Randal is an irresponsible slacker who works in the next-door video store, RST Video, although he spends most of the entire day at the Quick Stop.They converse about many things to pass time, such as whether or not the contractors working on the second Death Star when it was destroyed at the end of Return of the Jedi were innocent victims.An ambulance takes a catatonic Caitlin away along with the man's body.