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Special Defects
Special Defects
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Attribution information

Brad Neave


Jim Markovich

Production information

The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa





Air date

July 16, 1999

Episode guide

"The Running of the Bullies"


"Wishy Washy"

We all have flaws and peculiarities, that's what makes us interesting! We should try to be tolerant of everybody!

"Special Defects" is the second segment of the twenty-ninth episode of Season 3 of The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa. It aired on July 16, 1999, alongside "The Running of the Bullies".

Official synopsis

"Timon and Pumbaa seek Rafiki's help with one another, but it only seems to get worse!"[1]

Plot summary

As the sun is setting, Timon scolds Pumbaa for not waking him up at noon, which the warthog replies that he forgot. Timon then confronts his friend about his bad scent, which he denies but soon admits that it does smell. Pumbaa then scolds Timon for being obnoxious, which the meerkat denies.

Timon and Pumbaa ask for Rafiki's help to fix their problems

Timon comes up with a way for himself and Pumbaa to put up with each other, which is to ask Rafiki to cast one of his magic spells to remove their bad habits once and for all. However, Rafiki tells them that casting personality spells is dangerous, but decides to so as the duo insists he gives it a try.

Rafiki casts the personality spell

Rafiki is now about to cast the spell on Timon and Pumbaa and he tells them not to move while he does so. While the baboon casts the spell, a grasshopper lands on Pumbaa’s snout, making Timon and Pumbaa fight over it. This resulted in Timon and Pumbaa having each other’s personalities.

Rafiki tries to cast the spell once again without Timon and Pumbaa moving, but the duo starts fighting, resulting in them having each other’s bodies, much to Rafiki’s annoyance in them disobeying him. The baboon suggests that they need to get closer to the lightning to cast the spell. While they are on their way, Timon and Pumbaa get laughed at by some other animals.

Rafiki chastises Timon and Pumbaa for their behaviors

After Timon confronts a giraffe and an ostrich for making fun of them, the meerkat admits that he can be obnoxious. Rafiki then makes Timon realize that he tends to compensate for his size by being mean to Pumbaa and makes Pumbaa realize that he tends to let Timon get away with it. The two friends then feel guilty for their behaviors.

The pals learn that they need to stop trying to change each other

Timon, Pumbaa, and Rafiki are now at the top of a hill, with Rafiki once again trying to cast the spell without Timon and Pumbaa moving. As the spell progresses, Timon promises to Pumbaa that he’ll never be mean to him again, leading to the duo to hug. Their hug makes the spell result in Timon becoming headless while his head is on Pumbaa’s.

After catching Timon’s body, Rafiki reverses the spell, resulting in Timon and Pumbaa turning back to their normal selves. They learn that they should stop trying to change each other, with Rafiki telling them that everyone has flaws and peculiarities, which is what makes them interesting and they should try to be tolerant of everybody. Timon, however, doesn’t believe that he has anything to be put up with, making Pumbaa sarcastically tell his friend that he’s perfect, much to the meerkat’s happiness.



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Organizations and Titles


  • The episode's title is a combination of the phrase, "special effects," and the word, "defects."



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