Bruce Tucker (Tim Robbins), AKA Mother, and Joe Gillespie (Cameron Dye) are college men off to sample the delights of Palm Springs, especially the tanned female variety. Their only problem - Wendell! Wendell Tvedt (Stephen Geoffreys) is a new member of their college fraternity. Hes also the ultimate nerd
and hes going with them! However, Wendells parents are picking up the tab, so theyve agreed to show him the ropes.
Once in town, they meet up with Charles Lawlor III (Leigh McCloskey) and J.C. Springer (Matt McCoy), member of the rival fraternity, theyre all after the same thing - but the object of their attentions, beautiful Ashley Taylor (Sheree Wilson), couldnt be more disinterested.
Joe and Chris strike a bet - the first to score with Ashley wins $1,000. The competition is fierce.
Meanwhile, Wendell, to everyones surprise, picks up Nicole (Amanda Bearse) and seems to have scored. Later however, he falls through a window into a womans bedroom and gets arrested for attempted rape. In jail he falls afoul of the police chief (John Vernon) when he befriends two hookers who give him a ride home. Have Joe and Mother created a sex maniac?
Nicoles father turns out to be the police chief. Broken-hearted over Nicole, Wendell drives off into the desert. Ashley, meanwhile, finds out about the bet and also takes off to the desert. When the police chief wont help them find Wendell, Joe and Mother drive their car into his backyard and right through an elegant party. The police chief immediately incarcerates them and announces over the radio that hes closing the town.