The episode starts off with Randy expressing his boredom since he was unable to go Ninja because of the lack of evil activity happening, but is excited for the game that Norrisville High is competing in. Howard adds to this that even though they're excited, they have no clue what game they are competing it. It is revealed to be chess, which shocks them, but adds to their boredom.
The Sorcerer is seen to appear bored as well since everyone seems to be an a cheery mood and no one is there to stank, but assures himself (and the rat) that McFist had the idea to make the mood worsen. While Randy seems to get more bored by the second, he noticed Viceroy and McFist are acting suspiciously, but he soon dismisses it when he sees them cheering for Norrisville High and laments on how even his enemies are boring. Howard, on the other hand, seems to interested in the game, even to the point of predicting the next Chess move that Bucky was supposed to do, to which Randy is shocked and assumingly impressed. Randy decides to go into the NinjaNomicon(disguised as his Math Textbook).
In the Nomicon, Randy expresses his joy when the Nomicon shows him new weapons to play with, which excites him. He starts throwing new Ninja Elemental Balls at statues which the Nomicon had produced for him to use as a target. The Nomicon warned Randy that he should not underestimate the enemy, otherwise that could lead to defeat. Randy quickly calls it off and starts testing his new weapons again.
Meanwhile, in the real world, Randy is shown to knocked out and seemingly sleeping next to Howard. Dominator Debbie Kang, a master chess player in the chess club who was seemingly unbeatable, is beaten by a robot made by Viceroy that knows every advanced chess move known to man. One by one, each chess player from Norrisville High is beaten and eventually they lose. Everyone starts to get upset, leaving the opportunity for the Sorcerer to stank them into monsters.
In the Nomcion, Randy had a vision of the school being taken over by the Sorcerer, and the Sorcerer was trapping him then eating him. Randy wakes up and is told by Howard that his vision was starting to come true and is seen to slightly panic. He clams himself and goes Ninja while Howard laments that he should of come out of the Nomicon a long time ago. Randy appears and is quickly attacked by Stanked-Bucky and Stanked-Theresa, but he manages to evade them. Not long after, he is attacked by the Stanked Dancing Fish and manages to fight them off by using the new weapons(Ninja Ice Ball) the Nomcion gave him. He decides that the Trophy that the rival school chess players possess was the reason why and goes over to break it.
Howard, on the other hand, figures out what was the reason Norrisville lost was the Chess Player Bot that Viceroy had created. Randy breaks the trophy, but realizes it wasn't the object stanked. Howard calls Randy and tells him that the McFist has purposely replaced a chess player with a robot in order to make Norrisvile upset. Randy soon figures out that they needed to beat the Chess Player Bot and he attempt to find someone to play, despite Howard claiming he knew the game. Randy is attacked by Stanked-Bucky and Howard challenges Chess Player Bot to chess. Slowly, the stanked monsters gather around to watch him play, with Randy joining in soon after (even he does not understand how the game worked). From outside, McFist and Viceroy is seen spying Howard. Viceroy exclaims that Howard was playing crazy-chess and that the Chess Player Bot was not programmed to play it. Howard eventually beats the Chess Player Bot, which de-stanks all of the people.
Enraged, Chess Player Bot turns into a full-out destroy bot and attempts to kill Howard, but Randy intervenes and saved the day. Howard exclaims his sadness that he only got two seconds of fame while Randy got the rest. Randy comforted him and smoke-bombs off. Meanwhile the Sorcerer expresses his anger since he was so close to becoming free, scaring his rat in the process. Randy congratulates Howard for saving the day. Howard, though, shares the trophy he had broken earlier with Randy, giving Randy the head and himself the bigger piece. They exclaim their happiness since they saved the day together.
- The title is an allusion to Nirvana's song "Smells Like Teen Spirit".
- At one point in the episode, a character resembling Waldo from Where's Waldo? can be seen in the audience.
- Debbie Kang's stanked form, a hedgehog-like creature, appears for the first time.
- Debbie's Stanked form may be a reference to Sonic the Hedgehog.
- Two identical students became stanked alligator-like monsters, but it is unknown who they are when destanked.
- Howard is revealed to be a skilled chess player, though he isn't a member of the Chess Club.
- This is the closest time the Sorcerer has been able to break out so far.
- This is the second episode where Randy sees the Sorcerer in the NinjaNomicon.
- When Howard says, "Aww, you took my pointy diagonal guy", there are two white bishops seen on the board.
- Running Gag: Everybody shushing to Randy during the Chess Tournament two times.
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