The Linguini Incident, a romantic comedy set against the background of fashionable New York, is the story of Lucy (ROSANNA ARQUETTE), Vivian (ESZTER BALINT) and Monte (DAVID BOWIE): three people looking for that big break which would enable them to escape the grind of everyday life in the big city. Lucy is a waitress in a classy restaurant who longs to become an escapologist. Her friend Vivien is an eccentric underwear designer and Monte is an English barman desperate to marry anyone in an attempt to gain a green card. Although Lucy refuses to marry him, the three become increasingly drawn together, particularly as Vivian begins to pay him a large amount of attention. Lucy comes up with the idea to rob the place where she works in order to pay for Houdini's wedding ring! The trio unite for the crime which culminates in Lucy having to escape.