Jimmy's dad loses his job at the now defunct automotive plant which means that the Neutrons may have to move to a new town. As a last-ditch effort to keep the family in Retroville, Hugh applies for a job as a toy inventor.
Jimmy is recruited by the most prestigious science college in the country to be their new superstar student. But when he gets there, Jimmy becomes the unwitting target of rival student, Seymour Nimmelfarb.
The Neutron family has gathered to celebrate Aunt Maybelline's birthday. When Jimmy's present explodes, everyone suspects him of fowl./On a trip to Planet Schmengy, a strange alien substance attaches itself to Carl's face.