Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People: Summary
Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People opens just as the previous book ends. Harold and George along with their pets are transported to a universe where everything is an alternate reality. They meet Captain Blunderpants, an evil Captain Underpants and Evil George and Evil Harold.
Evil George and Evil Harold kidnap Crackers and Sulu and hypnotize them to become evil. It works on Sulu, and he attacks Harold and George, but it does not work on Crackers who saves them. The boys then assume Crackers is a female since hypnosis works differently on females.
They eventually return back to their normal world but bring along the nice version Mr. Krupp, Evil Harold and George and Evil Sulu. Evil George and Evil Harold pour water of the head of their version of Mr. Krupp, transforming him into Captain Blunderpants.
The boys plan to find Sulu and leave with a bottle of superpower juice, but first they must eat with their grandparents. Because of the delay, Evil Harold and Evil George discover the growth machine created in book four and turn Sulu into an enormous monster. As Harold and George arrive at the scene and try to consume the superpower juice, but their is none left. They summon Captain Underpants. He proceeds to defeat the evil Sulu monster. Captain Blunderpants is turned back into the nice version of Mr. Krupp. Captain Underpants ties him up, but a rain storm comes transforming nice version of Mr. Krupp back into Captain Blunderpants. Likewise, Captain Underpants into Principal Krupp. Principal Krupp walks home.
Having drank the superpower juice, Harold and George’s grandparents arrive as Great Granny Girdle and Boxer Boy. By working together, Captain Blunderpants is defeated. Evil George and Evil Harold attempt to shrink them, but instead they shrink themselves. Evil George and Evil Harold are returned to their alternate universe, and Sulu is returned to normal.
When it seems everything has returned to normal, George and Harold are arrested by the police who think the are Evil George and Evil Harold and taken to jail. As the book ends, they are being chased in jail by Professor Tinkle Trousers.
The book contains two comics, one by Evil George and Evil Harold and the other by George and Harold. Evil George and Harold’s comic is about Captain Blunderpants. In it the nice Mr. Krupp was being too kind. Evil Harold and Evil George hypnotized him, transforming him to Captain Blunderpants. As he is being chased for stealing a pizza, he gains superpowers by drinking a combination of two foods. After that, he could be turned into Captain Blunderpants by being doused with water and back into the nice version of Mr. Krupp whenever someone snaps a finger.
The real George and Harold’s comic begins as a UFO lands opening a store to trade their regular grandparents in for improved robo-grandparents. Harold and George were the only ones who did not trade their grandparents in. One day, their grandparents find out that the regular grandparents are being kept as slaves. George and Harold’s Grandparents ate candies with superpowers and turned into Great Granny Girdle and Boxer Boy. They set out on a mission to save the other grandparents. They chased the aliens back onto their UFO. When the UFO tried to attack, Boxer Boy turned it into a giant candy. As the robots tried to eat it, the fuel line explodes, killing all the villains. Boxer Boy and Great Granny Girdle freed the other grandparents.
Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People explores themes of good vs. evil, anti-authority, and the definition of right and wrong. In this book, the reader is introduced to alternate versions of George, Harold, Mr. Krupp and Captain Underpants. Each character has a different definition of what is right. Although the alternate versions of Harold and George follow the rules, they are considered evil. Discuss the actions of the characters in the book with your children. Describe your definition of right and wrong and ask them to describe theirs to you.