After King Julien interrupts the penguins' mission to destroy classified files with an undisclosed problem, Skipper dispatches Rico to take care of the matter. At the lemur habitat, Julien complains to Rico about a nearby billboard which he finds bothersome, which Rico enthusiastically destroys with lots of dynamite. Having been denied the usage of dynamite in the destruction of the files earlier, Rico greatly enjoys his work, even after the other penguins come over to investigate the blast.
Julien then desires more things blown up, finding Rico's destructive qualities 'awesome' but when Skipper warns of the consequences of an uncontrolled, wild Rico, Julien and Rico agree not to continue. However, the two soon act to the contrary and engage in an almost romantic montage of blowing things up. Most notably Julien gets Rico to wire his throne so that it causes explosions every time anyone says the word 'Julien'.
Eventually, dynamite-happy Rico reaches his breaking point due to all the "psychotic pressure" built up inside of him in consequence to his frenzy of creating explosions, and he begins to use his own body as a walking wrecking ball. To protect the zoo from Rico's destruction, the penguins and the lemurs trap Rico underneath Julien's bounce house, which Kowalski believes will serve as an "ideal lunacy absorber." The plan works, and soon Rico falls asleep, tired out by his "48 hours of uncontrolled mayhem."