Mickey is a cartoonist with a year of college still to go, and has feelings for their friend Chelsea but is too shy to reciprocate her affections.
Josh, aka "Slosh", had a promising academic future but failed out of college in favor of a life of drinking and working a series of menial jobs.
He shares a house called "El Rancho" with four friends: Rob is also graduating, and preparing to move to Los Angeles with his girlfriend Joanie, though he is worried about settling down and living so close to Joani's mother.Dennis is a perpetual student with three degrees who, after six years at UCSC, is moving on to an MBA program in Michigan.The Vandals performed original music for the film score, including the "Theme from Glory Daze" which plays during the opening credits."It's a Fact", from their then-upcoming album The Quickening, was included, and a music video was later released for the song featuring clips from the film.Art professor Luther criticizes Jack's final sculpture project for expressing an uninteresting, suburban, middle-class worldview, but praises Dennis' thesis—a photo-essay of Slosh getting drunk and working at dead-end jobs—and offers him an apprenticeship; Jack suggests that this is only because Luther has a homosexual attraction toward Dennis, a notion Dennis dismisses.
Not wanting their college days to end, Jack convinces his friends to postpone their respective plans and stay at El Rancho for another year.
Tatiana Maslany is no longer attached after her role was reimagined during production on the pilot.
22 year-old Jack Freeman is graduating from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in art, and is hurting from a recent breakup with his ex-girlfriend Dina.
Other small roles were played by Sean Whalen as a flunky, Jay Lacopo as the bus driver, and Alfred Sole as a fisherman.
Warren Fitgerald (left) of The Vandals composed the score for Glory Daze.
At a beach bonfire that night, Slosh tells Jack that it was Jack's carefree attitude that inspired him to give up on college, and that he does not regret his decision because he no longer fears what the future may hold.