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So Sumo Me
So Sumo Me
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Attribution information

Brad Neave


• Jeff Abel
• Michael Keyes

Production information

The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa





Air date

January 29, 1999

Episode guide



"Now Museum, Now You Don't"

Pumbaa: What exactly is a sumo, exactly?
Timon: I hear that in Japan, sumos get anything they want, they get treated like royalty!
Pumbaa: Royalty?
Timon: The ultimate Hakuna Matata!
Timon and Pumbaa[src]

"So Sumo Me" is the first segment of the fifth episode of Season 3 of The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa. It aired on January 29, 1999, alongside "Now Museum, Now You Don't".

Official synopsis

"Timon and Pumbaa train to be sumo wrestlers while visiting Japan."[1]

Plot summary

Timon and Pumbaa are visiting Japan. Timon tells Pumbaa that the reason they are in the said country is that they're going to become sumo wrestlers, as he believes that sumos get treated with royalty. The two friends arrive at a building run by a man named Yagu, who is said to be very wise.

Yagu teaches Pumbaa how to be a sumo

When Timon and Pumbaa find Yagu, Timon explains that they would like to be sumos as they have been partners for a very long time. Yagu first makes Timon and Pumbaa wear Mawashis and then he fixes Pumbaa's hair to make it more sumo-like. Timon decides to go to a spa and when he enters, he finds food and other royal treatments.

Pumbaa's first test revealed to fight the mightiest sumo wrestler

Meanwhile, Yagu teaches Pumbaa how to catch a fly flying around them. When Pumbaa succeeds, the master states that the warthog is ready for his first test. Pumbaa then goes to Timon, who just had a massage, to let him know that they are ready to do the first test together as a team. But Timon suggests that they can start without him as he wants to continue relaxing.

Timon fights off the sumo wrestler

The first test Yagu reveals to Pumbaa is to become a sumo wrestler, where he has to fight the mightiest sumo, which the warthog feels uncomfortable with. While the sumo wrestler fights Pumbaa, the warthog repeatedly goes to Timon to wonder if it is his turn to be trained to be a sumo, but Timon continues to relax. Later, Yagu scolds the meerkat for enjoying the pleasures while Pumbaa is on his punishment. By hearing the master's words, Timon becomes worried and he attempts to save his friend.

After Timon and Pumbaa fight off the sumo wrestler and defeat him, Yagu tells Timon that now that he has proven himself, he and Pumbaa are ready for the next challenge, which is to fight off a giant monster. This makes Timon and Pumbaa swiftly decide to leave the building to go to Borneo to become volcano jumpers, while Yagu proudly bows to the audience.



Guest Starring





  • Japan

Organizations and Titles

  • Sumo


  • The episode's title is a combination of the phrase, "So sue me!", and the word, "sumo."



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