At a Detroit theater showing kung fu films, Alabama Whitman (Patricia Arquette) strikes up a conversation with Elvis Presley fanatic Clarence Worley (Christian Slater). After the triple feature show, Alabama invites Clarence for pie. They converse at a diner, where he asks her multiple questions, one of which is, "Do you have a fella?" Later that night, they have sex at Clarence's apartment in downtown Detroit. Clarence awakes to find Alabama huddled in blankets, crying on the ledge of a large billboard ad outside of his window. She tearfully confesses that she is a call girl hired by Clarence's boss as a birthday present but has fallen in love with Clarence. He takes it in stride and they marry the next day.