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Living in De Nile
Living in De Nile
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Attribution information

Brad Neave


Michael J. Prescott

Production information

The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa





Air date

May 28, 1999

Episode guide

"No-Good Samaritan"


"One Tough Bug"

Timon, you think you know everything. But you're living in denial over the fact that I know lots of important things, too.

"Living in De Nile" is the second segment of the twenty-second episode of Season 3 of The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa. It aired on May 28, 1999, alongside "No-Good Samaritan".

Official synopsis

"Timon and Pumbaa are thrown in a pyramid for all eternity after eating a Scarab Beetle."[1]

Plot summary

Timon and Pumbaa visit Ancient Egypt, with Pumbaa bringing his Handy Travel Guide Book to have their entire trip all planned out. While Pumbaa is excited to visit the different places Egypt has such as the ruins, casmas, and ancient civilizations, Timon states that he only came for the scarab beetles. Pumbaa, however, wants to frolic in the sand, but Timon tells him that they can do so after eating the beetle.

The Scarab Beetle picture in Pumbaa's guide book

Later, Timon and Pumbaa, dressed in Egyptian clothes, search for scarab beetles. While they do so, Pumbaa finds something important in his guide book which Timon should know, but the meerkat ignores his friend's words and finds the beetle, which he catches and eats. Pumbaa tells the meerkat that eating a Scarab Beetle is illegal and they can be thrown in the pyramid for all eternity. A man named Tutun Pharaoh appears and throws Timon and Pumbaa in the pyramid.

The pals discover a chamber in the pyramid

A few minutes later, Pumbaa finds a way for him and Timon to escape the chamber Pharaoh threw them into, which is hitting a lever with his guide book. Timon and Pumbaa, dressed as archaeologist, come across a chamber. Pumbaa reads his guide book, which says that the chamber is cursed with mummies. Timon, however, doesn't believe the guide book and accidentally opens the chamber.

Tutun Pharaoh captures Timon and Pumbaa

When Timon and Pumbaa enter, they run into a group of mummies who attempt to curse them. When Timon and Pumbaa get to a dead end, Pumbaa opens a window with the bright light and fresh air causing the mummies to go away. After getting out of the pyramid, Timon and Pumbaa find themselves in Tutun Pharaoh's throne room. Pharaoh finds the duo and chases them. Timon accidentally causes a column to fall and destroy the temple.

Timon, Pumbaa, and Tutun Pharaoh are now at the top of a Sphinx, with an enraged Pharaoh continuing to chase them. While Timon and Pumbaa are mountain climbing down the Sphinx, they slip and fall, but land on a camel, who runs off, causing Timon and Pumbaa to eventually escape Tutan Pharaoh. Later, it gets really hot, and Timon finds an oasis. Pumbaa says that the oasis is not mentioned in his guide book and therefore, it might be a trap. But Timon ignores Pumbaa's advice and goes to the oasis. But then, they get caught by Tutun Pharaoh, who sends throws them back into the pyramid and sets up some obstacles that would prevent them from escaping.

Timon finally takes Pumbaa's advice

While in the pyramid, Timon tries to come up with an idea on how to escape. But an angry Pumbaa gets annoyed on how Timon never listens to his idea and he already has a plan on how to get out of the pyramid, which is to take an elevator to a secret escape patch. Timon goes along with Pumbaa's idea.

When Timon and Pumbaa get to the secret escape patch with the elevator, they realize that they are to high. Pumbaa then reveals that he brought a sled to Egypt, which they use to slide down. Pumbaa suggests that Timon could have his advice on what to bring for their next vacation and the meerkat agrees.



Guest Starring





  • Ancient Egypt
  • Pyramid
  • Sphinx
  • Tutun Pharaoh's throne room


  • The episode's title is a combination of the phrase, "living in denial," and the Nile River, a river in Northern Africa.



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