Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman: Summary
Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman begins as Ms. Ribble, announces her retirement. She decides to throw a party at recess and forces the students to make her cards. Instead, Harold and George create a comic. In it, Ms. Ribble gives the students 41 book reports over the holidays, but afterwards they fall on top of her resulting in her death. When she is taken to the hospital, she is turned into a robot with a wedgie robo-claw hidden in her hair. She begins to attack, and Captain Underpants arrives to defeat her, but he fails. She hangs him on a pole, but he is eventually rescued by a group of children. He has another battle with Wedgie Woman and wins this time. As the comic ends, Captain Underpants takes her to jail.
As a result, George and Harold are sent to the principal’s office. The secretary makes them hand out the weekly memo, which they do, but not before making some hilarious changes to the schedule.
Later, the boys run into Principal Krupp and trick him into signing a blank card that they claim is for Ms. Ribble’s retirement. Principal Krupp eventually discovers the comic and places the boys in detention. Since the boys can no longer deliver the card to Ms. Ribble, Principal Krupp decides to give it to her himself.
Meanwhile, Ms. Ribble’s party is in action and is not going well. Principal Krupp delivers the care to Ms. Ribble, but unknown to him, George and Harold made it appear that he is proposing marriage. Principal Krupp is shocked, but does not say that the proposal was unintentional. George and Harold do not play any tricks during the ceremony, but Ms. Ribble announces she cannot marry Principal Krupp at the alter because has a ridiculous nose. Principle Krupp is angry and reveals that George and Harold were the ones to arrange the marriage. Ms. Ribble gets angry and goes after the boys.
When Ms. Ribble tells George and Harold that she is drastically dropping their grades, they devise a plan to hypnotize her. They tell her not to turn into Wedgie Woman. Unknown to George and Harold, the police have decided to recall the ring since it effects women differently than men. They perform the opposite of whatever they are told to do.
George and Harold return to their treehouse that night, and Ms. Ribble appears dressed as Wedgie Woman. However, she doesn’t have any super powers, so the boys easily put a stop her. She trips and accidentally spills super-power juice on her brain and hair, giving her super powered hair and intelligence. Her hair now has tiny head that can extend to give people wedgies.
Wedgie Woman captures George and Harold and proceeds to make robot versions of them --Evil George and Evil Harold. The are the exact opposite of the boys and behave perfectly. They are specifically designed to destroy Captain Underpants on sight. Wedgie Woman names the robots Robo-George and Harold 2000. When the robots meet Captain Underpants, he thinks they are the real George and Harold and is immediately defeated. Meanwhile, the boys are tied to chairs watching everything unfold on a TV. Wedgie Woman set up traps that fortunately malfunction and the boys escape.
George and Harold find all the police officers in town hung from street poles along with Captain Underpants--the work of Wedgie Woman and the robots. The boys rescue him. Captain Underpants is convinced he lost his powers, so the boys decide to write a comic about the origin of Captain Underpants. Once he reads the comic, Captain Underpants believes he has regained his powers. He proceeds to defeat the two robots. During a battle between Captain Underpants and Wedgie Woman, the boys use reverse psychology to get Wedgie Woman to use a bottle of hair remover that she thinks is starch(he secret weapon). She sprays the bottle everywhere, and once the smoke clears everyone is bald. Wedgie Woman loses her hair and her super powers.
George and Harold re-hypnotize Wedgie Woman, turning her back into Ms. Ribble. This time she is a nicer version of herself. She is kind and bakes cookies for everyone.
Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman visits themes of ant-authority, good vs. evil, and the idea that children are smarter than adults. The boys not only ridicule their teacher by creating a negative image of her in a comic book rather than making her a card for her retirement, but they also outsmart Principal Krupp and trick him into proposing marriage to Ms. Ribble. Discuss the appropriateness of the behavior with your children, and how the children may have otherwise solved their problems.