Arthur, a New York writer, comes to Los Angeles to research a book on hating L.A. He stays with his college roommate Robbie, now fabulously rich and staying in the guest house of the even richer Shrug, who lives off his trust fund and feels guilty about it.
Robbie's gift to Arthur of a Lauren massage horrifies him; he wants to be a boyfriend, not a client. Jennifer's new date impresses her by performing CPR on an accident victim. Shrug opens a detective agency to find out solutions to life's little mysteries.