With the zoo sale and destruction imminent for a future road, Howard's only chance to save the zoo is to find his previous boss: Absentee owner, and hero Tommy Nookah who is hidden within the bizarrely large 'Jungle' section of the zoo.
Howard is hell-bent on a career as a serious writer in the hope that he will improve his chances with Mrs Gideon. However, when famous publisher Hamilton Cork arrives at the Zoo-niverse, he decides to publish Vince's literary efforts about a pink bubblegum character called Charlie. Meanwhile, Bob Fossil has embarked on a new breeding programme for the pandas.
Vince is convinced that The Human League invented music. According to Vince, Howard's past career as a jazz trumpeter does not measure up. When Vince is offered a chance to join a new band, 'Kraftwork Orange' with Johnny Two Hats and the Electro Girls, he's intent on leaving everything behind, including Howard.
Bob Fossil has a big problem at Zoo-niverse. Ivan the bear has developed some very anti-social habits and attacks Fossil. After Naboo saves his life, Fossil arranges a place for Ivan at an Animal Offenders' Institute. All he has to do is find a couple of idiots to drive Ivan there in the clapped-out old Zoo-niverse van. All Howard and Vince have to do is get there and back, in one piece, without falling foul of the Hitcher.