Five Easy Pieces is a 1970 Academy Award nominated drama directed by Bob Rafelson. The movie centers on a terribly unhappy concert pianist named Robert Dupea (Jack Nicholson). Robert has given up his music and is working as an oil rigger when he learns that his father has suffered two strokes. Together with his pregnant girlfriend Rayette (Karen Black), Robert heads back home to be with his family in Seattle. On the trip home, Robert, embarrassed by Rayette's lack of polish and refinement, gets her a motel room and asks her to stay there until he is done visiting with his family. When Robert gets home he is introduced to Catherine Van Oost (Susan Anspach), a young pianist engaged to his brother, Carl (Ralph Waite), a violinist. Robert is instantly drawn to Catherine and there is obvious sexual chemistry between them. Five Easy Pieces is notable for featuring Jack Nicholson's famous "chicken salad sandwich" restaurant argument with a surly waitress.