Fun-loving Balki, an immigrant from the island of Mypos, and his straitlaced American cousin, Larry, somehow manage to survive culture clash while living together. At the Chicago Chronicle newspaper where both Larry and Balki work, Larry's major exposé is ruined by Balki's overly lenient baby-sitting skills with a neighbor's child. But Balki helps Larry when they travel to Los Angeles to cover the wedding of a soap opera star and get involved in a murder mystery. When Larry files a story implicating the actress for drug trafficking, he and Balki are promoted to investigative reporters. On another assignment from his editor, Mr. Wainwright, Larry nervously accompanies a reckless Korean War pilot. As part of a crazy promotion, Larry and Balki must live on top of a billboard in the middle of the freezing Chicago winter. And when Larry accidentally shoots Mr. Wainwright in the buttocks during a hunting trip, he almost gets fired.