...but maybe I could have shown a modicum of self-control
In other party news: Will "Skywalker" Lichter bonds with other ragers as he gets more and more delightfully drunk, while Mike strikes out with the Zoe from Zoe . . . and her friend because they cleverly remember him calling them "skanky" a few years ago. The band, The Loveburgers, manages to break up before the first song of their first set over dissensions concerning band tee-shirts and the drummer (Murray/Tracy from Clueless and Felicity) wanting to wear a cowboy hat. Great line by Murray/Tracey to the lead singer: "Look at you coming in here looking like The White Artist Formerly Known as Prince." The Party Girl spends her whole night putting out fires and smelling people's shoes to find out who tracked poop into the house.
Preston drives aimlessly around until he hears that it's Barry Manilow's birthday, thus explaining the reasoning for playing "Mandy" every hour, on the hour. Preston decides to call the radio station to ask Barry -- who somehow manages to be live from his sold-out concert in Tokyo -- if Mandy is a dog or not. In one of those crazy mix-ups that only happens in the movies, Dharma shows up as a stripping angel and gives Pres sound advice about pursuing his romantic dreams, just as she once pursued her teenage dreams of Scott Baio. See, it's very amusing, because Dharma thinks that Preston is really obsessed with Manilow and she gets into a cab before Preston can explain. But hey, no worries -- Preston takes her advice anyway and goes back to the party to look for Amanda, who has already found the letter, read it, and now is asking everyone who Preston is. She doesn't find Preston, but she finds out what a lot of people think of her Homecoming Queen ass. By the by, one of the people she asks turns out to be Carmen from Popular -- just to keep everyone apprised of what WB/FOX players got screen time in this movie.
In the storyline I actually care about, Denise says to Kenny, "why don't you take a look in the mirror, you're white." Kenny "Wolf in Sheep's Clothing" Fisher tells her that she acts anti-social so she can think she's better than everyone else. Denise tells him he's the same little boy who had sleepovers at her house, played Miami Vice in her backyard, and gave her Valentines every year, but that when they got to junior high, being popular was more important to him than being friends with her (see: Can't Buy Me Love). Still, it's kinda sweet. After grousing about old wounds -- he called her a tampon, she called him a dendrophiliac (someone who has sex with trees) -- they make fun of each other's clothes, which results in them taking said clothes off and having sex.