Fred Dews is (again) driving his old clunker to the repair shop in his rural hometown, when he suddenly gets a phone call from a childhood friend. Lord Kies, as he is nowadays called, has to be in the parliament the same day, and needs a ride there, since the train workers are on strike, and the question of line 30 legislation is going to be handled that very afternoon. Lord Kies is an important figure in the leftist movement, and since road trips with old friends are always fun, they agree to meet at Gordy's Fiesta restaurant for lunch, and start the trip from there. Fred Dews realises, that his car isn't only making funny noises, but it's also very dirty, so he turns into the automatic car wash, which unfortunately malfunctions, only leaving his 1979 Escort waxier than before. Tom Rin, the car wash owner, offers an inside-and-out cleanup as an apology, but it has to be interrupted since it took too long: if the trip to the capital begins a couple of hours late, it will be completely meaningless to go at all. "Gifford Fuddies", their favourite band, blazing away on the 8-track car stereo, Fred Dews then picks up his friend (no time for lunch anymore, unfortunately), and off into the distance they go.
Soon after, an unfortunate, but not totally unexpected mishap stops their journey.