The two talk about Dante's stuck-in-a-rut lifestyle with no motivation to change before having an argument about her past sexual partners.
Learning that he is stuck working the store all day, as his boss went to Vermont, Dante convinces his friends to play hockey on the store roof, though the game is short; twelve minutes in, an enraged customer shoots their only ball off the roof and into a sewer.
An ambulance takes a catatonic Caitlin away along with the man's body.
Jay and Silent Bob, a pair of slackers who have spent all day loitering (and dealing marijuana) outside RST Video, enter the Quick Stop to shoplift. Aware of Dante's problem, Silent Bob pauses before following Jay outside and offers the following wisdom: "You know, there's a million fine-looking women in the world, dude. Most of 'em just cheat on you." Dante then realizes that he loves Veronica.
When she returns to the Quick Stop, however, Randal complicates things by revealing that Dante asked Caitlin out.
Veronica angrily breaks up with Dante, telling him that Randal informed her of the planned date with Caitlin.
Starring Brian O'Halloran as Dante Hicks and Jeff Anderson as Randal Graves, it presents a day in the lives of two store clerks and their acquaintances.
Shot entirely in black-and-white, Clerks is the first of Smith's View Askewniverse films, and introduces several recurring characters, notably Jay and Silent Bob, the latter played by Smith himself.
He claims Dante thinks he is more advanced than the customers and storms off with "if we're so fucking advanced, what are we doing working here? They reconcile and Dante says he will try to talk to Veronica, visit Caitlin, and possibly get some direction in his life.When Randal enters the Quick Stop after closing RST, Dante attacks him and the two fight, making a mess of the store. Dante claims that Randal does nothing for him but make his life miserable by getting him fined, offending his customers, and ruining his relationship.Randal loses his temper and verbally explodes, saying that Dante deserves the blame, as Dante, closed the store to play hockey, closed it again to go to the wake, and closed it yet again to try to hook up with his ex-girlfriend, cheating on his current one in the process.The film was shot in black-and-white and roughly edited due to a very modest budget of ,575.To acquire the funds for the film, Kevin Smith sold a large portion of his extensive comic book collection in 1993, maxed out eight to ten credit cards with ,000 limits, dipped into a portion of funds set aside for his college education and spent insurance money awarded for a car he and Jason Mewes lost in a flood.