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Beetle Romania
Beetle Romania
Attribution information

Eddy Houchins


Mirith J. Colao

Production information

The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa


2 (CBS)



Air date

September 21, 1996

Episode guide

"Puttin' on the Brits"


"Rumble in the Jungle"

What, the gypsy's gonna put an evil curse on me? (laughs) Please!

"Beetle Romania" is the first segment of the fifth episode of Season 2 of The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa. It is the second episode of Season 2 to air on the CBS Saturday morning lineup. It aired on September 21, 1996, along with "Rumble in the Jungle".

Official synopsis

"A Gypsy moth's curse turns Timon into a bug."[1]

Plot summary

Timon and Pumbaa are preparing to enter a trailer, where Timon is eager to eat the owner of the facility, a gypsy moth named Madame Credenza. Pumbaa, on the other hand, is more excited to hear the moth tell him his fortune. Together, the two enter the facility, where Madame Credenza tells Pumbaa that his future is uncertain. When she attempts to read Timon's future, the meerkat snatches her out of the air and shoves her into his mouth.

Horrified, Pumbaa whacks Timon's back until the meerkat spits the moth back out. Upon regaining her senses, Madame Credenza angrily bestows a curse on Timon, who laughs her off and drags a trembling Pumbaa away.

For trying to eat her, Credenza puts an evil curse on Timon

After leaving Madame Credenza behind, Timon settles down with a bowl of bugs. Horrified, Pumbaa declares that the curse is making Timon eat bugs. The meerkat is later seen sitting on a couch with a newspaper in hand while Pumbaa watches in terror, afraid that the curse is making Timon read newspapers. Annoyed at Pumbaa's premonitions, Timon shoves his newspaper on top of his friend's head, but Pumbaa only responds with a declaration that the curse is making Timon cranky. The process repeats itself when Timon attempts to take a bubble bath, and Pumbaa warns him that the curse is making him bubble. Timon, in turn, blames Pumbaa for the bubbling and then unplugs the drain, sending Pumbaa spinning away with the bathwater.

Timon horrified by his beetle transformation, realizing that the curse was real after all

Come nighttime, Timon is asleep, but Pumbaa lies awake, afraid that it is the curse that makes his friend sleep. Timon wakes up to the warthog's sobbing and angrily reprimands Pumbaa for believing in the moth's silly curse. He then plops his friend into bed and promises him a meal of "big, fat, juicy bugs" in the morning. Satisfied, Pumbaa falls asleep, and Timon does the same, finally at peace.

The next morning, Timon wakes up to find that he has turned into a beetle. Horrified, he races to Pumbaa's bedside and shakes his friend awake, screaming all the while about how the curse is real after all. When Pumbaa opens his eyes, he mistakes Timon for a real beetle and, without suspecting a thing, gobbles him right up.

Timon tries to find a way out of Pumbaa's body

Upon entering Pumbaa's stomach, Timon is ushered by a miniature Pumbaa into the digestive system. Before entering, he asks the sentry for a chance to talk to Pumbaa, but the guard grumpily reminds him that no one is allowed to enter the brain. Determined to reach Pumbaa, Timon tackles the sentry to the ground and continues on his way to Pumbaa's brain.

After escaping the stomach, Timon finds an elevator that takes him straight to the brain, minus a few stops along the way. Once he reaches his friend's brain, Timon attempts to communicate with Pumbaa via a microphone, and the warthog tells Timon that he must get his body to burp in order to be free. After following Pumbaa's instructions, Timon readies himself to be burped, and the warthog lets one loose, freeing Timon from his body. However, the moment he sees Timon on the ground, still in beetle form, Pumbaa shoves him into his mouth and eats him again.

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Organizations and Titles

  • Gypsy



  1. Watch Timon & Pumbaa Full Episodes. Disney+. Accessed 12 November 2019.