The Strange Strife of the Smelly Socktopus is ninth episode of season 1 of The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants.


George and Harold ​​​​​try to get suspended on purpose.​​


Erica uses her suspension as a chance to prank George and Harold by comparing it to a vacation, something that causes jealousy for the two boys and they soon try to get suspended. But that doesn't mean they don't have to hurry if the want to stop the Socktopus (brought to life by the evil portion of Krupp's evil cologne).


  • Moral: Don't believe everything you're told.
  • Both Nat Faxon and John DiMaggio star together in Matt Geroging's Disenchantment, another Netflix orginal series that debuted in 2018.
  • When Socktopus is defeated he says "what a world," which was the last thing that the Wicked Witch from the Wizard of Oz said before she melted.
  •  The scene where we go inside Krupp's mind and see his humanoid emotions might be a parody of the Pixar film Inside Out.
  • Besides George and Harold, Melvin and Erica are the only characters to not be kidnapped by Socktopus
  • At the end of the episode, the boys get suspended, only to mow the lawn, with their hands.
  • The title of chapter 2, "Pranks But No Pranks," is a parody of the phrase "thanks, but no thanks."
  • The title of chapter 3, "Pulling Out All The Socks," is a parody of the phrase "pulling out all the stops."
  • The title for the 5th chapter, "It's a Hard Knock Spice," is a parody of the song "It's a Hard Knock Life" from the musical/movie/school play Annie.
  • The title of chapter 7, "Hook, Line, And Stinker," is a parody of the phrase "hook, line, and sinker."
  • The title of chapter 8, "Day of Reekening," is a parody of the phrase "day of reckoning."



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