One day, Jarrod gives Lily an invitation to his "dress as your favourite animal" party to pass along to her workmate Jenny, who throws it away; Lily retrieves it and shows up at the party with her caring and supportive brother Damon. The party is sparsely attended with what are apparently teenage and adult customers of Jarrod's store, all dressed extravagantly in animal costumes.
Jarrod is impressed with Lily's shark costume as well as her savant-like video game skills. They go to Jarrod's room and he learns Lily's parents both died of heart attacks. He says his brother and mother are dead, too. They kiss and have brief sex. The following day, Jarrod invites Lily on a date but fails to turn up.
He later comes by Lily's house to apologize, saying he was depressed and needed to be alone. He confides that he plans to confront his high-school bully Eric, but has no car to get to his hometown.
Damon agrees to drive Jarrod and Lily there. Along the way, Damon offers them apples, which will become the representation of Jarrod and Lily in several claymation scenes throughout the film. Upon arriving, Lily discovers that Jarrod's family is just as bizarre as Jarrod himself. His sister and brother-in-law sell all kinds of questionable products, like make-up kits and jumpsuits.
Jarrod's father is a withdrawn, wheelchair-bound man. Jarrod's 9-year-old daughter Vinny, the product of a random sexual encounter who Jarrod sees only occasionally, also lives with Jarrod's family. They don't have room in the house, so Jarrod and Lily have to sleep in a tent in the yard. It becomes clear his father's favourite son was Jarrod's brother Gordon, an accomplished athlete. Jarrod spends his time trying to win his dad's affection and training for his impending fight with Eric.
Jarrod learns from his friend, computer geek Mason, that Eric will be in town the next day. Jarrod breaks up with Lily, saying he's too busy with his revenge mission and "too complex" for a relationship. Lily is visibly upset but tries to hide it. A semi-functioning alcoholic with a knack for falling asleep during her karaoke number, KJ is your classic self-hating narcissist. Though the cops want to sell her on the idea that a non-functioning alcoholic hopped behind the wheel and forgot that he ran over a human being, enough evidence points to the contrary.
Instead of calling an ambulance, he calls his friends from the precinct and they insist on covering his ass. Yup, officer Peter Jablonski Beau Knapp, working with one of the best New Jersey cop names ever given to an actor wants to turn himself in, call it an accident, and take his lumps — an emotion that will recur throughout most of the season.
No such thing as an accident.Upon arriving, Lily discovers that Jarrod's razor is just as bizarre as Jarrod himself. He okay comes by Lily's house to contact, saying he was depressed and deciding to be alone. At a thought dinner, Lily tells a silly childhood, making everybody laugh.
Upon arriving, Lily discovers that Jarrod's family is just as bizarre as Jarrod himself.
He refuses to go any further and gets up to walk home, exposing that he doesn't actually need the wheelchair. Jarrod appears jealous.
Lily and Vinny push Jarrod's father around town, coming to a hill. Jarrod spends his time trying to win his dad's affection and training for his impending fight with Eric. That afternoon, Jarrod, with his family and friends watching, confronts Eric and finds out that Eric has lost the use of his legs.
She spends the night in the bushes, and in the morning Jarrod berates her for making him worry. Asked to cry, rage, question, sit in stunned silence, and reach every other corner of the pain spectrum a few times for most of them , King absolutely crushes it.