George and Harold, and their doubles, Yesterday George and Yesterday Harold, have a good thing going. Two of them go to school, while the other two hide in the tree house and play video games all day- then they switch! But it turns out there's something rotten in the state of Ohio, and it's smellier than a pile of putrid gym socks. The boys' malicious gym teacher, Mr. Meaner, has created a method of mind control that transforms their fellow students into attentive, obedient, perfect children. Now the future of all humanity is in George and Harold and Yesterday George and Yesterday Harold's hands!
Continuing from where the last book left off, George and Harold and their doubles from the day before, Yesterday George and Yesterday Harold, are in big trouble once again. A few weeks from their last adventure, in which there were many loose ends, the city has been rebuilt and things are getting back to normal. Unfortunately, all their teachers including Mr. Krupp are still in jail, and they still have to take care of three bionic hamster/pterosaurs, Tony, Orlando, and Dawn. Meanwhile, in a different universe where a planet called Smart Earth orbits around the center star in Orion's Belt, everyone who lives their is highly intelligent due to the planet being made from a slightly radioactive element named Zygo-Gogozizzle 24 that can be mixed with mayonnaise and dill-pickle relish to create a clean-burning fuel source to light up an entire city and serve as a tasty salad dressing.
Even though Smart Earth is inhabited with geniuses, it has many similarities to our planet, having McDonald's, smartphones and the Huffington Post (which on Smart Earth are called Smart McDonald's, smart smartphones and the Huffington Post). One day, one of the smartest scientists at Smart Harvard University (a parody of Harvard) decided to do an experiment mixing Smart Diet Coke with Smart Pop Rocks and a third ingredient to the highly volatile concoction: Smart Mentos. The conduction of the experiment caused Smart Earth to explode, sending chunks of Zygo-Gogozizzle 24 throughout the galaxy, some landing in a pond on Badpun, a grape vineyard, on Pinot, and one piece that approached our own planet's atmosphere, in a small midwestern town of Piqua, Ohio. The tiny chunk crashed through the roof of the Piqua Valley Home for the Reality-Challenged, where George and Harold's elementary school teachers are being held.
Ms. Ribble thinks the piece of Zygo-Gogozizzle 24 is a meteorite, and the doctor warns them not to approach it. Unfortunately, Mr. Meaner, the gym teacher, doesn't listen and eats the chunk. He then becomes highly intelligent after the Zygo-Gogozizzle reaches his mind and supercharges all his brain cells. Mr. Meaner then speaks in a standard British accent and decides to leave the insipid infirmary, but the psychologists block the doors. Mr. Meaner immediately comes up with a plan to trick them, and tells them they should take his advice not to follow his advice. The two distracted doctors begin to argue if following his advice not to follow his advice is following his advice, Mr. Meaner slips out the open doors. Ms. Ribble notices her chance to escape, and she, along with all the other teachers, dart past the increasingly frustrated and confused doctors.
Outside, the teachers and staff follow Mr. Meaner up to the hilltop and watch in awe as he looks over the horizon, and announces that it occurred to him that all their recent problems were caused by willful and disobedient children. He tells the teachers to follow his every command and to return to school and act normal. School restarts and it appears everything is back to normal and nothing unusual has happened such as crime happening at the school or Mr. Krupp being snapped into a trance becoming Captain Underpants. Everything was just normal but meanwhile overnight Mr Meaner goes to an old, abandoned factory near Franz Pond and turns it into a makeshift laboratory. Inside, he creates Rid-O-Kid 2000™, a mind-control potion which turns even the most unruly child into a well-behaved child who follows the instructions of adults. He makes it from a base mixture of sodium thiopental containing liberal doses of butyric acid, tryptophan and Clamato juice and filters the solution through a pile of old, dirty gym socks.
The next day, Mr. Meaner arrives at school with two large spray tanks on his back and a metallic belt with buttons around his waist. After gym class, Mr. Meaner excuses all of the children except for Yesterday George and Yesterday Harold. He orders them into his office and locks the door after them. Inside his office, he sprays Yesterday George and Yesterday Harold with Rid-O-Kid 2000™ from the nozzles of his spray tanks. Yesterday George and Yesterday Harold go to their maths class and are well-behaved. Their maths teacher, Miss Calculator, is pleased with their behavior. For the rest of the day, the other teachers notice how well the boys are behaving and after school finishes, they go to all their teachers and collect extra-credit homework.
Yesterday George and Yesterday Harold return to the tree house, where George and Harold are horrified at the amount of homework they have brought home. The four of them start completing their assignments, but George and Harold keep getting distracted. They work until bedtime. While Yesterday George and Yesterday Harold complete their half of the work, George and Harold barely do any of their half. Yesterday George suggests he and Yesterday Harold should go to school the following day while George and Harold stay up until 5:00am completing their work.
The following morning at school, Mr. Meaner also has robot arms and hands, having been building a giant mechanical ape suit named 'The Stinky-Kong 2000'. He sprays all of the children in his classes with Rid-O-Kid 2000™, giving them all 'Attention Superfluous Lethargy Syndrome (ASLS). Mr Krupp is delighted that Mr Meaner has transformed all the children. Ms Ribble asks if Rid-O-Kid 2000™ is dangerous and Mr Meaner explains to her that it only affects children and that adults are immune to it.
A few days later, George and Harold have caught colds due to staying up late to complete the homework Yesterday George and Yesterday Harold have brought home during the week. They decide to watch TV and come across a TV advert for Rid-O-Kid 2000™ featuring Mr. Meaner, which says:
"Are your kids annoying? Do they fight and whine and complain all the time? Do they refuse to eat anything but macaroni and cheese? Are they sucking the LIFE out of you? Well, Rid-O-Kid 2000™ is here to help. Our scientifically proven formula will transform even the most wilful child into an obedient, respectful and hardworking slave– er, I mean, angel. And Rid-O-Kid 2000™ has a full day's supply of Vitamin C, so you can feel GOOD about dosing your child with a narcotic that has never been tested for long term effects. So turn your brat into a brown-noser... with Rid-O-Kid 2000™. Rid-O-Kid 2000™ - the cure for childhood."
George and Harold dress up as an adult and go to school to find out what's going on. They see all the students acting as slaves for the teachers by doing their work for them, giving them massages, shaving their beards, plucking their eyebrows, giving them haircuts, filling our their tax forms and washing their cars. Harold exclaims that the teachers must have turned all the students into mindless slaves.
The disguised George and Harold then manipulate the children into doing the opposite of what they have been told to do, such as washing the windows wrong, filling their cars with cottage cheese and humiliating the teachers. When the teachers and staff noticed this They along with Mr Krupp try to find out who is responsible for this but all the children in a trance could tell them that it was a grown up. Mr Krupp then tells Mr. Meaner about what has happened and this angers him to go out and get to the bottom of whats going on and to find who caused the prank so he rushed to his car that was filled with cottage cheese and drove off the school premises to find the gown up who caused this. He came across a group of kids in the trance who were watering the inside of the house, mowing the garden and painting the lawn. He asks them who told them to do all those things and all the children could say was a grown up but didn't say who the grown up was. Mr meaner rushes back to the car angry and drive off back to the factory going to his invention with new modifications. He feels that a kid has caused this but he doesn't know who the kid is.
Later he returns in his ape suit causing havoc in the town of Piqua unleashing the foul odor everywhere. Present Harold and George who are still sick witnessed what was Mr. Meaner was doing however they couldn't smell so the stench have no effect on them however Harold and George were almost better and that wasn't a good thing so they went to their parents who were having dinner with their yesterday counterparts. The Present counterparts left in a deep depression. Present George then had an idea. So he and present Harold rushed to Melvin's house which the garage was open and they took off with the Glow in the Dark Time Traveling Robo Squid.
Later After Present Harold and George were in the future meeting their future counterparts and meeting the family they return with their future counterparts in the present time line meeting Crackers and Sulu's children. Adult George and Harold tells their younger selves to stay in the clubhouse and rest up for they have already been through a lot.
Adult George and Harold rush to Mr. Krupp's house needing help. As they snapped their fingers several times, Mr Krupp however wasn't coming to his trance into becoming his alter ego "Captain Underpants due to his face and head being wet at the time" Mr. Krupp wanted them to go away because to him he assumed they were acting like kids but as this was happening Mr. Meaner overheard what Mr. Krupp said and he grabbed the two adults and he beat them using his ape suit. Mr. Krupp demanded him not to kill them cause he didn't want any blood on his lawn. Adult George and Harold were nearly in a lot of pain but as they finally noticed that Mr. Krupp's Face was dried up and they saw that their could be their final opportunity so they quickly snapped their fingers at Mr. Krupp and he finally came into his trance becoming the amazing Captain Underpants to save his friends. Captain Underpants charged after and battled Mr. Meaner in his ape suit and Mr. Meaner was defeated for now and taken to jail.
The next day after eating an egg salad sandwich with pickle relish, Mr. Meaner aka Sir Stinks-A-Lot turns into a blob (because the egg salad contains mayonnaise and he added pickle relish; this would create Zygo-Gogozizzle 24). He then causes havoc downtown wanting revenge on Captain Underpants for being locked up. Captain Underpants returns to fight him back, but when Old George and Old Harold are captured, Captain Underpants couldn’t save them, as Sir Stinks-A-Lot turns him back into Mr. Krupp with a lot of water, therefore falling down (he was still unharmed because of his super powers). Sir Stinks-A-Lot then extracts the super powers as well as the effects from the 3D Hypno Ring ceasing the existence of Captain Underpants from Mr Krupp. Mr Krupp (dressed as the fallen hero Captain Underpants) then runs off screaming in terror as Old George and Harold telepathically calls for younger George and Harold who were sleeping but Tony, Orlando, and Dawn, who are completely awake caught onto the call and arrived to their rescue. They find Mentos, Diet Coke, and Pop Rocks, making Sir Stinks-A-Lot explode. Luckily, the three hamsterdactyls and Old George and Old Harold are unharmed, as well as Mr. Meaner.
Things were back to the way they were, and as young George and Harold return their older counterparts to their own time, they find that Mr. Krupp didn’t turn into Captain Underpants at the snap of a finger, because Mr. Meaner erased Captain Underpants from existence. as as a woman was passing by jogging listening to music and snapping her fingers, Mr. Krupp was still as mean as usual yelling at the woman passing by. George and Harold and their older counterparts decided that they were not going to contribute to the plot and fix the problem which indicated that they were going to move on without Captain Underpants. George and Harold with Melvin's invention "Glow in the Dark Time Traveling Robo Squid." return their older selves back to their future timeline with Tony, Orlando and Dawn. George, Harold and the 3 offspring of Crackers and Sulu take off once more with the Time Traveling Robo Squid going on a new adventure back in time to save Crackers and Sulu to meet their children.
Yesterday George and Yesterday Harold were back to normal now that Mr Meaner has been defeated. They wake up going back to their tree house come to find out that Tony, Orlando, and Dawn are gone. Seeing that they feel that everything is going to be okay, Harold feels that he and George should make another Captain Underpants comic book, but George decides that he and Harold should do a comic book featuring Dog Man instead and move on without Captain Underpants Comics as well as Mr. Krupp being Captain Underpants himself. The book and series end here, and unlike all those other Captain Underpants adventures, George and Harold did NOT shout their titular cries of "OH, NO!" and "Here we go again!". However, George and Harold's comic book The Adventures of Dog Man: World's Greatest Cop (later renamed just Dog Man) would be another Captain Underpants spin-off book, released on August 30, 2016.
- This book is the the final book because at the end, it doesn't show a preview of Captain Underpants 13. The story doesn't end with "Oh, no! Here we go again!" either. And the most reasonable reason of all is that Mr. Krupp didn't turn back into you-know-who before the last chapter for some reason. Due to the series ending here, there are still some loose ends, with the main one being that back in book 10, Mr Krupp was still able to transform into Captain Underpants, but by the end of this book he cannot, this could be here to hint that a 13th book idea by Dav or fans is open. Another loose end is that Ms. Ribble is back to her original personality, as seen in Book 12, despite the effects of the 3D Hypno-Ring working differently on females.
- Due to the Super Power Juice being extracted from Mr. Krupp's body to Sir Stinks-A-Lot in Chapter 32, it pretty much took the effects of the 3D Hypno ring along with it by the electro magnetic pulse which means Mr Krupp can no longer become Captain Underpants by the snap of a finger unless George and Harold can hypnotize him again and feed him the Extra Strength Super Power Juice or move the DNA from Melvin's body into Captain Underpants. When Adult and Kid George and Adult and kid Harold noticed this they didn't even bother to try to fix the problem. Indicating that they were going to move on without Captain Underpants.
- Its likely unknown if Captain Underpants will return again in the books but not counting the movie.
- This book also reveals that Harold is, apparently, gay or bisexual.
- In this book we learn that in the future George and his wife have kids named Meena and Nik (they are mixed-race, as their mother is white but their father is black) and Harold and his husband, Billy, have twins named Owen and Kei.
- Yesterday George and Yesterday Harold also decided to move on without Captain Underpants by making a new comic about dog man at the end but its unknown if they know that Mr. Krupp is no longer Captain Underpants himself.
- The Dog Man graphic novel that yesterday George and yesterday Harold grab randomly from the bookshelf is titled "The Bark Knight Cometh".
- The back cover it is also shown that the book was commented on by New York Times and George's mom, though his mom's comment has a typo in it (The greatest graphic novel of the century).
- The back cover also shows a Flip-O-Rama notice, similar to all other Captain Underpants novels.
- The George and Harold that went with their future selves went back in time to save Crackers and Sulu so they they can meet their children, but Yesterday George and Harold never went on the adventure. That means George and Harold from the future were Yesterday George and Harold so that mean they won't remember the events because they never went on the adventure. This is explained by the Dog Man Comic the yesterday boys were working on instead of Captain Underpants.
- This is the only book without "action" "laffs" and "Flip-O-Rama" on the front cover
- Dog Man is mentioned at the end and is the spin off to Captain Underpants the book is called Dog Man Released 30th August 2016. 2 Other books (also another one coming) Were published in 2017.
- It is stated in this novel that the entire staff of Jerome Horwitz Elementary School were sentenced to the Piqua Valley Home for the Reality Challenged. This, however, is false, as it is stated in the previous book that only Mr. Krupp was sentenced there, and the rest went to the Piqua State Penitentiary. Then, Mr. Krupp goes there, as well. At the end of the last book, none of the staff were in the Piqua Valley Home for the Reality Challenged.
Breaking the fourth wall
- When Old George asks the two boys how come he and Old Harold have no memory of doing anything like this when they were kids, Harold says "I don't know." and George says "Probably bad writing." It is later revealed that the actual reason the grown-up versions of the boys do not retain their memory is because they are, in fact, the Yesterday versions of the boys, who never time-traveled to the future due to being under the thrall of Sir Stinks-A-Lot's Rid-O-Kid 2000 spray.