Doubt of Africa
Doubt of Africa
Attribution information

Jeff DeGrandis


Mark Saraceni

Production information

The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa


1 (CBS)



Air date

September 23, 1995

Episode guide

"Yukon Con"


"Russia Hour"

Pumbaa: It's important to help others who are in need!
Timon: Wrong! Pumbaa, she's a tigress, a girl tiger, i.e. a predator!
Timon and Pumbaa[src]

"Doubt of Africa" is the second segment of the fifth episode of Season 1 of The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa. It is the second episode of Season 1 to air on the CBS Saturday morning lineup. It aired on September 23, 1995, along with "Yukon Con".

Official synopsis

"The friends disagree over whether to help a predator on a hunt for food."[1]

Plot summary

Timon and Pumbaa are deeply sleeping, unaware of a tigress approaching them. The tigress sneezes and awakens Timon and Pumbaa from their slumber, causing them to run from her. Pumbaa realizes that since they are not being chased, they ought to stop, but Timon urges him to continue. The tigress lands directly in front of them after a launching sneeze.

Pumbaa meets the tigress

Pumbaa crashes into the tigress and resolves to help her with her sneezing. Timon tries to talk him out of it because tigers are above meerkats and warthogs on the food chain. The tiger informs them that she has never caught anything in her life. Because of her children, whom she has to feed due to the death of her husband, Pumbaa decides to help and, because Timon owes Pumbaa for saving him from Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed the previous day, Timon also agrees.

Timon and Pumbaa help the tigress hunt

Pumbaa assists the tigress in lifting a rock but find no bugs. She then tells them that she eats meat instead of bugs and the rock crushes Timon. While creeping up on a bird, the meerkat drinks a can of Bug Soda and scares the prey, a bird, away. The elephant it was resting on becomes angry, taking its wrath out on Timon.

In a full body wrap, Timon tells the tigress all she needs is a pounce. He sets up a seesaw to launch her onto her meal with a large rock. It throws her into the air but she lands back on her end and launches the rock. Timon flees from the launch site to avoid more bodily harm from the rock. The rock narrowly misses him but the elephant is waiting nearby to flail Timon around.

The jackal running away from the tigress

Due to the tigress's inability to catch food, Timon quits trying to help her. Dejected, she leaves them but they are soon attacked by a jackal. As the jackal chases the warthog, Timon begs the tigress to help them. She says she wants him to ask for help. He struggles to say it, and the tigress quickly gets to work. She sneezes at the jackal, who repeatedly collides with and is beaten by the elephant. Scared it will happen again, the jackal flees with the tigress in pursuit. Pumbaa tells his pal that they really did get something in return for helping her. Timon agrees and sneezes because he had caught her cold.

Voice cast


Guest Starring





  • Serengeti

Organizations and Titles


  • This episode's title is most likely a reference to "out of Africa", which was a lyric in the song "I Just Can't Wait to be King" in The Lion King.
    • When Timon complains to Pumbaa about the tigress' poor hunting skills and sees no point in helping her, he says "Why don't we find a lion cub we can raise? Now that's an idea, he can be on our side.", referring to the time he and Pumbaa found Simba and raised him in the original film.[2]



  1. Watch Timon & Pumbaa Full Episodes. Disney+. Accessed 12 November 2019.
  2. Revealed in Disney's The Lion King (1994). Written by Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, and Linda Woolverton, and directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff. Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Inc.

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