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After constant badgering from his persistent 33-year-old secretary/girl friend Joyce, Harold Fine, a successful Los Angeles Jewish lawyer who suffers from asthma, finally consents to set a wedding date. On that day his car gets banged up in a parking lot mishap and he borrows a psychedelically-painted station wagon from a garage. At the insistence of his mother, he agrees to attend the local butcher's funeral, and he stops by for his hippie brother Herbie, who has in tow a beautiful flower child named Nancy. A hearse drivers' strike results in Harold's loading the butcher's casket into the psychedelic wagon and delivering it--after much delay--to the cemetery. Later that day Harold encounters Nancy a second time and lets her stay the night in his apartment. By way of thanks, she uses a recipe from the Alice B. Toklas Cook Book and bakes him some marijuana-filled brownies which subsequently intoxicate Joyce, Harold, and his parents. Later, when Harold finds Nancy working in a dress shop, he decides he loves both her and her way of life, and he literally walks out on Joyce during their wedding ceremony. He then quits his job, lets his hair grow, and turns his apartment into a crash pad for about 40 assorted hippies. Eventually, however, as his asthma returns, he tires of communal living, as well as Nancy's attentions to others, clears out his pad, cuts his hair, and returns to Joyce. But upon entering the marriage hall where the wedding guests have assembled for the second time, Harold again balks and races from the scene.