The movie takes place a day before Clerks (April 14th, 1994). T.S. Quint is preparing for a trip to Universal Studios Florida with his girlfriend Brandi Svenning, during which he plans to propose to her; however, the two have an argument and break up after Brandi tells him she can't go because she's volunteered to fill in as a contestant on Truth or Date, her dad's "cheesy Dating Game rip-off" TV show. T.S. turns to his comic book-loving best friend Brodie Bruce, who has also broken up with his girlfriend, Rene Mosier, and Brodie suggests the two might find solace at the local mall.