At Hollister Hummelforth High, better known as Ho Hum High, the geeky trigonometry teacher carries around a rubber chicken, the science teacher talks to her pet shrimp, and the principal is straight from Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. No wonder the kids only show signs of life when they're placing bets on who will fall asleep first. So when Hal, the slowest, most naive student in school, assumes Pete's flat 7-UP is really "smart juice," Pete plays along. When the principal sees the "effects" of the juice on Hal and other students, he thinks the spark of learning has been lit and enters them in the National High School Wits competition. Meanwhile, the overly ambitious assistant principal wants HHH to look as bad as possible to be named the neediest school in America and get $5 million from Princess Acranium visiting from Mongootia. Laughs come faster than answers in an explosive ending as the kids match wits on TV against two other schools.