The Chicken Ranch has for generations been known as the best whorehouse in Texas for its fun, strict moral code and cleanliness, all perpetuated by its original owner, Miss Wulla Jean. Seven years ago, Miss Wulla Jean passed on, leaving the Chicken Ranch to, Miss Mona Stangley(Dolly Parton). The Chicken Ranch has always had the unofficial blessing of the local authorities, who see the ranch providing an important community service In fact, Miss Mona and Lanville County Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd(Burt Reynolds) have been in a relationship for years. That blessing may change when television personality and consumer watchdog, Melvin P. Thorpe(Dom DeLuise), one of the most powerful men in the state, starts an on-air expos? of the illegal activities at the Chicken Ranch, the expos? which includes Ed Earl's role in letting it happen. Ed Earl and Miss Mona's relationship goes through some difficult times on how to deal with this issue, especially with the upcoming annual party night with the players following the Thanksgiving Day football game between the University of Texas and Texas A&M, this party which is arguably the Chicken Ranch's busiest night of the year and one filled with tradition for the ranch and the participating schools. Will the Chicken Ranch be able to remain open especially in light of a spineless Governor who sways to the direction of polls, and will Ed Earl and Miss Mona's relationship be able to withstand the pressure?