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Library Brouhaha
Library Brouhaha
Attribution information

Eddy Houchins


Mirith J. Colao

Production information

The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa


2 (CBS)



Air date

October 5, 1996

Episode guide

"Shopping Mauled"


"Monster Massachusetts"

Pumbaa: I thought you said books were for mooks.
Timon: It's pronounced "books", and I didn't mean it. Books are grand, in fact, starting tomorrow, I'm going to read a book every day, cover to cover.
Timon and Pumbaa[src]

"Library Brouhaha" is the second segment of the ninth episode of Season 2 of The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa. It is the fourth episode of Season 2 to air on the CBS Saturday morning lineup. It aired on October 5, 1996, along with "Shopping Mauled".

Official synopsis

"Timon and Pumbaa go to the library in search of a bookworm."[1]

Plot summary

At the "Don B. Loud Library", while Rita Book, an elderly librarian, is at her desk reading a book, Timon and Pumbaa enter the library, with Pumbaa carelessly knocking down the "Quiet" signs, and Rita tells them to be quiet. Pumbaa is surprised by all the books and says that they are "a new world full of adventure." But Timon says that they're just here to catch a bookworm, which is hiding behind a book overhearing the two friends talking. Pumbaa tells Timon that a bookworm is not a bug, it's a person who loves reading books, but Timon shows Pumbaa an actual bookworm. When Timon and Pumbaa are getting ready to catch and eat the bookworm, Timon blows a horn and he is stopped by Rita, who warns them that if they make one more sound, "they will be history." The bookworm hits Pumbaa's foot with a mallet and Pumbaa flies across the room and lands on Rita's desk. Rita kicks Timon and Pumbaa out.

Rita warns Timon and Pumbaa about making one more sound

Timon and Pumbaa sneak back in and tie pillows on their feet in order to not be too loud while trying to catch the bookworm. When they find the bug on one of the book shelves, they blindly run into the shelf and several books fall on them. The bookworm replaces the pillows with horns and he makes Timon and Pumbaa go after him in order for the two to make noises with the horns. Rita catches them and hits them (offscreen) with a baseball bat.

Timon and Pumbaa pursue the bookworm

Timon and Pumbaa sneak back in and put earmuffs on Rita. Timon shouts to check if the librarian can hear them, which it turns out she can't, meaning that Timon and Pumbaa can now make all the noise they want. The two start going after the bookworm. After the pursuit, Timon catches the bookworm, yet accidentally knocks a book shelf, which knocks every other book shelves, with Rita being oblivious to the chaos going on around her as she is so engrossed with her book. A book falls on Timon, Pumbaa, and the bookworm and the three get sucked into the world of books. The stories the three go to are Treasure Island, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Last of the Mohicans, A Christmas Carol, Tarzan, Gulliver's Travel, Peter Pan, War and Peace, Crime and Punishment, The Great Escape, Of Mice and Men, and Moby Dick.

Timon, Pumbaa, and the bookworm get sucked into the world of books

When the three arrive at "Moby Dick," Timon finally catches the bookworm. When Captain Ahab tells them "Land will appear where there be no land," Timon becomes curious in knowing what Ahab is talking about and how the story ends, but Pumbaa says he never finished "Moby Dick" because of how long the story is. Moby Dick then comes out of the water and crashes the boat.

While in Moby Dick, Timon becomes curious to know the ending of the story, while also gaining interest in books

Timon, Pumbaa, and the bookworm are back in the real world and they find themselves in a hospital. The bookworm hops on a wheelchair and runs off and Timon and Pumbaa chase him. The three then run into Rita, who is now a nurse. Rita tells them to be quiet and the three quickly go back to their beds shaking. As the screen irises out halfway, the bookworm giggles, but Timon catches it and he and Pumbaa finally manage to eat it.

Voice cast


Guest Starring





  • Don B. Loud Library
  • Hospital
  • World of Books

Organizations and Titles

  • Librarian
  • Nurse


  • When Timon and Pumbaa sneak back in the library disguised as books, Timon is labeled "Uncle Timon's Cabin" while Pumbaa is labeled "Winnie the Pumbaa". These are references to Uncle Tom's Cabin and Winnie the Pooh respectively.
  • When Timon, Pumbaa, and the bookworm are in Peter Pan, Timon and Pumbaa are dressed as the Disney versions of the titular character and Tinker Bell.[2]



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