In Nyani Grove. Ono exclaims that a rhino is headed for the baboons' tree. The Lion Guard approach Kifaru and notices that he doesn't have his tickbird Mwenzi with him. Kifaru explains that Mwenzi just left while they were late to Tamasha. Bunga claims that he will be his new tick bird while the guard goes find his real tick bird. Bunga walks Kifaru to a cliff and Ono stops him. Kion suggests the Ono should be his tick bird so Ono and Kifaru go on their way. Kion and Fuli continue tracking the scent. With Bunga's observation, the Guard conclude that they've been in circles. But Kion then finds Mwenzi's scent on a tree, and Fuli confirms that it's recent. Bunga leaps into the tree in the hopes of finding him but to no avail. But soon, they see a bird whizz past them, which matches Beshte's description of Mwenzi but he flies too fast. Soon Mwenzi explains his side of the story to the guard but he goes back to talk to Kifaru. When they get their they find out that Kifaru likes Ono better but the egret goes after the tick bird and claims that Makuu and his float are usually hanging out there. Makuu comes to eat Mwenzi but is saved by the guard and Kifaru.
When Muhimu's Herd is being chaised by Reirei's Pack Dogo and his sister Kijana seperate Hamu from the rest of the herd. Ono and Bunga go and help him while Fuli, Beshte and Kion take care of the other zebras. When the kids return Kion kicks the jackles out of the Pride lands. Muhimu feels scared because they were attacked and asks Bunga to watch her son. Bunga and Hamu go to Hakuna Matat Falls. In the Liar of the Lion Guard Ono is worried that Bunga is away the guard decides to practice climbing rocks. At the Watering Hole, Twiga desperately tries to control her daughter, Juhudi with minimal success. She finally gives up, and joins Muhimu and Young Rhino's Mother for a drink. She notices Muhimu's blissful expression, and questions where her son is. Muhimu explains how Bunga is taking care of Hamu for her, while she relaxes. With Juhudi chasing a porcupine, Twiga wonders out loud if he would consider taking Juhudi as well. Other parents start to gather around her, having overheard the conversation. At Hakuna Matata Falls, Bunga is explaining to Hamu how to dive into the water even better. The two take a dive and start laughing, when Twiga softly calls for his attention. When he peers around, Twiga, Juhudi, Young Rhino, his mother, a serval, her son and a monkey and her son are all waiting at the water's edge. Twiga asks if he could possibly take their children as well. Bunga considers her offer, and although Twiga understands if he doesn't wish to take on more children, she is pleased to hear that he is happy to accept them. They leave, promising to be back before sunset. Bunga teaches them how to Teke Ruka Teleza in order for the kids to defend themselfs. Later the jackles go back to the Pridelands and Reirei orders Goigoi to distract the Lion Guard. Goigoi predents to be chasing anantelope but ends up upside down. He claims that his family is at Hakuna Matata Falls. The guard quickly rushes over their to help Bunga and Hamu. With the kids still enjoying themselves at the falls, Reirei and her family finally step in to spoil the cheerful atmosphere. Bunga is certain he can defend them all against the family, but Reirei pins him to the ground. The honey badger calls for the kids to run, but it turns out they are surrounded. Bunga then cries "Teke" to them, and the kids react by kicking the jackals away. Bunga briefly gets away, but is caught again by Reirei. He orders them to scatter and they obey. Reirei is positive that their training will secure their victory, but Bunga has his doubts. He turns to see Juhudi and the young serval rushing past some trees. He calls "Teke" again, and they kick the bush, which unleashes pollen. Kijana and one of her siblings catch the pollen in their eyes, and struggle to see. Juhudi calls them over, but she and the serval part which causes the jackals to run over and into the water. Bunga briefly gets away again to congratulate them, before Reirei pins him again. She once again asserts that they have been training, but Bunga doesn't believe it to be very well. He then notices another jackal chasing the little monkey, and calls "Teleza" to him. The monkey does as instructed and slides down a hill. When the jackal follows, he hits his head against a large rock. The little monkey blows a raspberry at the jackal, and Bunga applauds his young charge. He then notices Hamu being chased by Dogo in the water, but Hamu assures him that he knows what he's doing. He lures Dogo onto a see-saw rock in the water and, when Dogo gets on, yells "Ruka". From above, Young Rhino leaps down, sending the young pup flying into the air and into a bush. Still holding Reirei back, Bunga declares victory over Reirei's pups. She halts her attack in disbelief, and Bunga joins the children just before they charge the jackal family one last time. The Lion Guard arrive just in time to see the jackals' defeat. Fuli comments on the increase in children that have been left with Bunga, who is confident that word just spread about how good he was at babysitting. Reirei grabs Kion's attention, complaining about how her family have been treated and asking for his help. Kion is sure they can help, provided that they leave and never try to attack the kids again. When freed, Reirei claims that she doesn't wish to stay where she's not wanted, and the kids warn her away. She and her family then run back home. Just then, the parents arrive to pick up their children. Bunga proudly tells them of how they bravely defended themselves against the jackals, which initially horrifies the parents. But when they learn that Bunga taught them how to defend themselves, Muhimu declares him to be the best babysitter ever, much to Fuli's surprise. The young charges then gather around Bunga for a final cuddle, as Bunga claims that he knew it all along.
Mtoto and the guard are playing baobab ball. Their game soon has a pause when The elephant halts suddenly, and starts to listen to a muffled voice calling for him which is his mother saying to come home before sunset. Mtoto explains that his mother wants him to return before sundown. He hears Ma Tembo and Twiga heading towards Pride Rock. Kion says that they're heading to the Savannah Summit, an event which calls for animals of different species to make arrangements ahead of the dry season. Than Mtoto hears Makuu going to Pride Rock the guard goes to stop him when Simba explains that he invited Makuu. Zazu arrives just in time to see what has happened, and shares the King's notion. Makuu then informs the cub that he was invited, and Simba confirms it. Makuu expresses his appreciation, but his tone worries the other animals. Kion then asks to speak with his father alone. Kion gets worried but Simba explains that crocodiles have always been invited to the summit. Zazu announces that it's time to depart for Mizimu Grove where Simba remind them that they're all welcome at the summit. Just before the summit begins, the animals start to talk and the event seems to be going smoothly, as the Lion Guard comment about how well the animals are getting along. Kion, however, is still certain that Makuu cannot be trusted, and that he needs to be watched. Bunga then notices that he's missing, and Mtoto arrives to warn them that he heard an angry Makuu down by the Watering Hole. Kion leads the Lion Guard away. At the watering hole, Makuu tries to make a deal with Bupu to allow his float to sleep there during the dry season. Bupu, untrusting of the croc, refuses, and takes a strike at Makuu. In retaliation, Makuu strikes back, only for the Lion Guard to witness his attack. Kion sends Beshte in to stop the fight, and the hippo warns both sides. Makuu explains how he was trying to reason with him, and Bupu strikes again, prompting another bite from Makuu in retaliation. Once more, Kion warns Makuu. The crocodile slinks away with disappointment in his voice, while Bupu proudly walks away having shown what Makuu is up against with him. The Guard are glad they got there in time, and Kion asks Mtoto to keep his ears open for anymore suspicious activity. Mtoto then starts to listen, and overhears Twiga talking to Vuruga Vuruga about Makuu. He hurries back to find the Lion Guard, who are certain that they're in trouble. They rush to find the pair in a clearing, but Makuu is nowhere to be seen. Mtoto then tells them exactly what he heard, and Twiga promptly drops the branch she has been munching on to deny such a thing, turning to Vuruga Vuruga. The buffalo also denies having spoken of Makuu. Twiga picks up her branch again, claiming to be eating branches as normal. Vuruga Vuruga also claims the same thing, stealing her branch away and chewing on it. Ono points out that she usually eats grass, which offends her. Twiga then suggests that they have better things to attend to, and the Lion Guard reluctantly leave. The guard soon hear Zazu being in trouble and they go to save him. Rafiki is painting a portrait of Big Baboon and Mbeya. Rafiki tells Mbeya to stand up so he can finish the painting, but the Lion Guard arrive and ask where Zazu is, with Bunga fearing that Makuu has eaten him. Rafiki then reveals that Zazu is actually under Mbeya's backside, and Mbeya is demanding an apology from him for calling him clumsy. But Big Baboon informs them that he was the one who called Mbeya clumsy, and Rafiki tells the Lion Guard that they must get to the 'bottom' of things. They discover that Mbeya bumped into Big Baboon, who retaliated by calling him clumsy. Later Makuu is yelling at Bupu again but he claims that they were just talking Simba gets mad at Kion for runing the summit. Kion goes to talk to Mufasa about this problem as soon as he's done Bunga He worriedly informs him Mtoto has heard that Makuu is on the attack. Kion asks for more information, and the calf confesses that he heard something about an attack, but he's not sure who with. Bunga is certain that it's Makuu, but Kion asks for Mtoto to listen again. Mtoto hears a female voice say that they'll do it after sunset, and relays the message to Kion. Although he is unable to determine who it is, the rest of the Guard believe it to be Makuu. But Kion, remembering his grandfather's words, starts to examine all of the evidence. He comes to the conclusion that Makuu isn't planning anything, and that the other animals are targeting Makuu, prompting a rescue mission for Makuu instead. The Lion Guard locate Makuu in a clearing, who angrily warns them away. Although they explain that they're trying to protect him, Makuu scoffs at their attempt, asking what they could possibly save him from since he's a crocodile. He then crosses over some leaves and branches that were concealing a hole, and almost falls in. Beshte grabs him by the tail, and the rest of the Guard soon assist Beshte in getting Makuu back up. Makuu thanks Kion while Bunga investigates the trap, questioning who would actually fall in. But the rocks around the rim give way, and Bunga tumbles in, landing on some rotten fruit at the bottom. With Bunga claiming the fruit to be not that bad (whilst eating some), Makuu wonders out loud who would do such a thing. Kion then devises a plan to find out. At the summit, Kion stands before the other animals with his father watching nearby. He announces that Makuu fell into the pit but struggled to get out and has passed away. With the animals starting to feel bad at how they treated Makuu, Twiga turns to Vuruga Vuruga and states out loud that they never meant for him to get hurt, and how they just wanted him to fall into the pit of rotten fruit. Just after Bunga affirms that the fruit aren't that rotten, Makuu turns up. Twiga and Vuruga Vuruga admit that they never meant to hurt him, just to make him smell bad due to the way he was strutting around. Makuu then states that he joined the summit to be a good leader and to help his float, plus the Pride Lands. The animals hold their breath as Makuu mentions how badly he was treated, with even Kion bowing his head in shame. Much to their relief, Makuu finds the plot amusing, and worthy of a crocodile. He then declares that the summit will go on. Simba congratulates his son, though Kion is aware that he nearly ruined it. Nearby, Bupu offers Makuu the chance for him and his crocs to sleep near his watering hole, but Vuruga Vuruga believes they should sleep near her mud wallow, causing them to butt heads. Simba excuses himself with the intention of keeping the situation under control, while Kion wanders over to Mtoto and the Guard. Mtoto then hears his mother calling him and says goodbye, leaving Bunga glad that he doesn't have Mtoto's ability. Fuli then comments that he would pretty silly with ears that big, causing the Guard to laugh.
The guard is on patrol when they see a whole bunch of animals in a hurry so they go to see what it is. Suddenly, a third baboon appears, introducing the latter two as Mweviand Mwizi. He then introduces himself as Uroho, and his group as The Traveling Baboon Show. He jokes with the animals, and finally shows a magic trick to Ma Tembo which amazes them. At the end of the performance, the baboons thank the animals for coming. Bunga is left yearning to be part of the group and dashes away to see if they would consider it, prompting Kion to introduce himself and welcome them to the Pride Lands. Bunga approaches them first, hinting towards a place on the show, but he's told there are no openings. Kion then welcomes them, suggesting that they visit Pride Rock and perform for his mother and father. Soon the guard over hears that someone has stolen food from the tree. The guard wondered who would have done this maybe a giraffe or a elephant or a zebra. Ono points out that Zebras are scared of bugs. Suddenly, they hear a loud commotion. Ono checks, and states that it's just another baboon show. Bunga and Beshte are eager to watch it again, but Kion wishes to find out the culprit first. Hearing a lot of animals over there, Bunga tries to persuade Kion into investigating in case their culprit is there. Despite Ono's disinterest in the show, the leader believes it to be a good idea, and they start to make their way over. Still wary of what happened last time, Ono patrols from the air. The Lion Guard settle, with Bunga actually managing to perform a skit with them. With Uroho promising that Mwevi and Mwizi will return after a short rest. While he performs some magic tricks, Ono scours the skies, only to bump into the pair of absent baboons in a tree, stealing the fruit from it. Although unable to catch them, he does see them making their way back to Uroho, and Ono lands in front of Kion to inform him of his findings whilst the two baboons inform their leader about Ono. But before he can tell them, he is swept away by the baboons, who start throwing him around. Beshte and Bunga are too engaged to realize what is happening, until Ono finally manages to break free and tell his friends the news. Bunga is distraught by what he hears, and tries to make excuses for the baboons by asking where the food was. Kion asks Beshte to shake the tree and he does so, causing a large pile of food to fall to the ground. With their true intentions uncovered, the baboons start to run. The guard soon chases them into the Outlands but find out that they are being chaised by hyenas. After saving the baboons they were amazed that the Lion Guard came all the way to save them, and admit that they felt bad over what they had done, asking if they could make it up to them. Kion has an idea of how they can do just that, and soon, back in the Pride Lands, Uroho is handing out food to a queue of Pride Landers with the promise of a show as well. With even Fuli joining in on their antics, Kion asks Ono how he feels about the baboons now. After Uroho throws an insect to the egret, he decides they're okay, before being swept up by the baboons, who start throwing him around again.
A harrier hawk named Mpishi tries to eat something delicious but the guard keeps stopping her. Soon they retrun to Ono's Nest where he finds an egg in it which it's the Hamerkops egg. The guard goes to find her while Ono sits on the egg to make sure it's warm. As Mphishi is looking for something to eat Mwoga starts following her . The pair then sing about their personal favorite meals when Mpishi then offers Mwoga a deal. Kulinda and the Lion Guard have made their way over to Ono's nest. Kulinda is horrified to find that the egg has hatched, but the baby is missing. She starts crying out, getting the attention of the baby hamerkop, who starts to hop away at her call. Ono wakes up shortly after, worried that she's gone. When the baby hamerkop finds her mother, Kulinda recognises her instantly, and the two start to dance. Ono enters the area, crying out for 'his' baby. After correcting his words to 'the' baby, he starts to soften at the sight of the pair dancing together. Mwoga catches the baby Ono and Kulinda chases after him. Below, the rest of the Guard feels helpless, until Bunga has an idea. He quickly climbs a tree and, when Mwoga is close enough, leaps onto his back, weighing him down. When Mpishi passes, he throws the hatchling to her, and she flies away. Refusing to let a hawk take her baby, Kulinda is about to charge, but Ono instructs her to work together with him. Just below, Mwoga orders Bunga to get off. He does so, just in time for Mwoga to slam into the ground. The Lion Guard surround him and, without them even needing to say a word, Mwoga suggests that he himself goes back to the Outlands. At the end when the baby is saved Kulinda decides to name her Ona.
In the Pride Lands, the dry season has started, after a hard day of saving animals (and inadvertently stepping on Ushari in the process), the Lion Guard are called to fight off Janja's Clan, who are chasing elephants. When they arrive, Bunga urges Kion to Roar at the hyenas, but Kion refuses, not wanting to harm the elephants. He devises another plan, and leads the Guard towards the scene. With the hyenas defeated, Kion orders the hyenas to leave, and they do so. when they leave, they trample over Ushari once again, who reacts angrily. The Guard learn that Ma Tembo is now in charge of finding a water source, which she has been having trouble with. They leave, unable to help her with her quest. Kion decides to speak with his grandfather, but Makini, Rafiki's new apprentice, watches him nearby from a bush. After he finishes speaking with Mufasa, Kion is startled when she reveals and introduces herself to him, and she speaks about Kion's grandfather, catching a passing Ushari's attention and giving him an idea. Ono then calls Kion, with the hyenas back for another shot at the elephants, and this time, the baboons as well. Kion bids farewell to Makini, and takes off with Ono. When he arrives, the Lion Guard conjure up a plan to take out the hyenas using the Roar, by luring them to a dead end where Kion can overlook the other animals. With the other Guard members holding off the hyenas, Kion climbs up to a cliff, and prepares to use the Roar. Before he can, Fuli draws his attention to the darkening storm clouds above them, Kion calms down, and uses the Roar, sending the hyenas flying. He questions the baboons, and Ono explains that the baboons always follow the elephants to new water sources in the dry season. With the elephant understanding her own responsibilities in the Circle of Life, Kion wishes Ma Tembo luck on finding water, and the Guard leaves. Although they wish they could help, they understand that they have other responsibilities of their own. Kion decides to inform his father of the situation. Meanwhile, in Rafiki's Tree, Rafiki tries to calm Makini in order to continue with her training, but to no avail. Unable to settle the hyperactive young mandrill with shwari, he suggests that she finds her own Bakora Staff before she becomes a Royal Mjuzi. He leaves the apprentice to work on her own, directing her to a large pile of sticks just outside his home. Elsewhere Kion speaks with his father. Still a bit upset that he isn't able to help Ma Tembo, Simba assures his son that it's her own responsibility as a new leader. With Kion knowing the feeling of being a new leader, Simba comments that it's something they share in common, and that it's their own Path of Honor, with Kion remembering what it was like to take his first steps into the world, and how his parents were there for him. Ushari locates Makini, who is searching for her own staff. He introduces himself as a dear friend of Kion's and the Lion Guard's, and tries to find out more. He asks if they're able to hear the bad lions of the past, and Makini replies that she's uncertain. Just then, she feels drawn to one stick on the ground. As she picks it up, a strong wind blows past her, and she knows that she's found her bakora staff. She turns to find Ushari, who has left. She returns to Rafiki, and the two make their way to Pride Rock to welcome her officially. Along the way, Makini starts to question Rafiki, who plans on answering her questions a bit later. Ushari returns to Janja hiding nearby, who heard everything. Stunned, he agrees to seek out more information. With Janja still wary of Ushari, the snake brings him some friends of his, a group of skinks. After hearing what is at stake, Shupavu sends out Nyeusi, the stealthiest skink to see where Makini and Rafiki are going. He follows them to the entrance of the Lair of the Lion Guard, and slithers back to tell the others of his findings. In the Lair, Rafiki introduces Makini to the Guard. She is overjoyed at meeting them, particularly Fuli, for being the first female in the Lion Guard in their history. Rafiki explains how the Great Lions of the Past chose Makini for him to raise as his successor, and asks Kion to get the Royal Family ready. When he leaves, Ushari expresses his thanks to the skinks and slithers into the lair, listening above. Rafiki then tests Makini's staff out, by getting her to animate the paintings. Afterwards, she asks Rafiki about contacting the bad lions of the past as well, and Rafiki explains how they can be summoned using her staff and the Roar, although they will appear in fire. Having heard this, Ushari vanishes. On Pride Rock, Simba's Pride have gathered awaitng to meet Makini. Having heard of Ma Tembo's situation, Kiara wishes to help. Although she probably can't do much, her parents decide that it could be good for her to work with Ma Tembo and gives her their blessing. Makini arrives and expresses her desire to go with her, and introduces herself. Rafiki is a bit agitated at this, and officially introduces her himself. Kiara agrees to let her come along, much to the annoyance of her friends, and they leave together. With even more animals depending on Ma Tembo, Kiara and Makini try looking elsewhere for the water source. But when Makini is unable to keep quiet, the hyenas pounce on them, stealing Makini's staff and Kiara away, but leaving Makini behind, knowing that she cannot take all of them by herself. After they leave, Makini quickly races back to the Lair, and explains what happened. Ono flies above and uses his sight to see Kiara being dragged into the Outlands, and the Lion Guard leave. Later Ma Tembo is still unable to find a source, and with many animals chanting 'water water water' all around makes it more difficult. Makini then remembers shwari, and asks for everyone to be quiet. With the noise gone, Ma Tembo is able to find the water source. The animals all join together to dig, unleashing a new watering hole. Makini is overjoyed to have found the meaning of silence, but remembers that her staff is missing. Rafiki tells her not to worry, and that they can get her a new one. Kion congratulates Ma Tembo, and as the animals enjoy their new found watering hole, the volcano in the Outlands bubbles in the far distance.
The guard tries to stop a herd of sable antelope Ono guides them to a den where Makuu's float happens to be sleeping. The crocodiles are mad at the guard espically Kiburi who wants to make an example of Ono's mistake. Kion suggets that they should talk to his dad when the crocodile leaves Kiburi decides to take over the Flood Plains. While Makuu speaks with Simba, Ono feels guilt over his actions. Kion suggests that Ono looks for a watering hole for the awake crocs to make up for it, but instead notices the crocodiles already inhabiting various watering holes. He reports back to Simba, who angrily looks to Makuu. Makuu assures him that they are defying a direct order, and since they are close to coming up with a solution, Simba asks the Lion Guard to take care of the stray crocs while he and Makuu finish negotiating. As the guard attacks Kiburi and the other crocodile Makuu gets mad at him and asks them to leave his float. Instead Kiburi calls for a Mashindano. While Kiburi talks to Ushari and gets ready to fight he orders Tamka and Nduli to ambush Simba. Soon Ono sees the crocs leaving and worns Kion. The Lion Guard stops them hearing the commotion behind him, Simba wanders over, and soon realizes what they were up to. With Simba absent from the audience, Kiburi taps out, before proudly announcing that his crocodiles took down King Simba, and that the Pride Lands now belongs to the crocodiles. But when Simba appears, Makuu assures him that he had no knowledge of such a plan. Simba believes Makuu, and states that it's up to him what punishment they receive. But Makuu passes this task to Simba, since Kiburi and his followers were now banished from the float. Simba approaches Kiburi and announces that he and his followers are now exiled from the Pride Lands. Kiburi tries to protest but is denied any reasoning, and leaves the Pride Lands, promising that they haven't heard the last of him. The next day Ono, still feeling guilty, approaches Makuu and issues a formal apology for waking them in the first place. He flinches when Makuu tells him that he needs to make an example of him, only for the crocodile leader to say "I forgive ya". Astounded, Ono asks what he just said, and Makuu replies that he heard what he said. When Simba asks if this is the new crocodile way, Makuu tells them that maybe it is, and Kion states that he could get used to this new way.
Thurston's Herd are stuck in the mud and the guard tries to get them out. Fuli points out that it's due to the Dry Season. Beshte reminds Kion that they need to get the zebras out quickly, before the sun dries up the mud too much and they become even more stuck. The lion cub decides that all they need is a dark cloud and, upon locating one, he uses the Roar of the Elders to make it rain. The rain loosens the mud, and Thurston is able to get loose. But it fails to cease raining, and the other zebras struggle to get loose. With the water starting to build and a small flood imminent, Kion orders Beshte to block the water while he and the rest of the Guard free the other zebras. Beshte does as commanded, but just as the last zebras make their escape, the hippo is swept away by the fast flowing current. Although he is able to escape injury, Beshte is swept into the Outlands.
In Rafiki's Tree, Rafiki is teaching Makini how to paint. After hushing his apprentice, he listens to the Great Lions of the Past to hear what they want him to paint. After listening for a while, she starts to paint but a commotion causes her to drop the bowl onto the tree instead. Rafiki drops down to investigate, and discovers an elephant named Chama, a monkey named Furaha and a sable antelope named Mzaha messing around. . After introducing themselves, they tell Rafiki that they're moving in downstairs, but Rafiki insists they leave. Makini, noticing how friendly they are, persuades her mentor to let them stay, provided they stay quiet enough for Makini to practise. After revealing to her that she will be painting for the royal family, the group agree to be quiet, but not before Chama belches as they leave. He apologizes, and the trio burst out laughing. The guard soon calms down the zebras from runing when they heard lighting. Soon the guard finds Rafiki sitting in a tree and he asks the guard to take the animals to their herds. When they arrive, they see Makini, Chama and Mzaha cheering Furaha as he beats his bug eating record. Bunga gets excited and races over to show them his own skills in the field, and Fuli comments that he has "three Bungas". When Rafiki approaches Makini, she tells him she needed a break for inspiration, before quickly crawling back up the tree. Beshte approaches and greets the three animals, asking why they aren't with their herds. Chama states that they were kicked out, belching along with Mzaha and Furaha (followed by Bunga who wanted to join in). The Guard offer to take them home and Rafiki insists, telling them that it's their part in the Circle of Life, which prompts them to return. After Ono lands, the Guard are given an animal to return home. The three friends chant their names together in sorrow before leaving. Beshte and Ono take Furaha home, assuring him that his troopprobably misses him, though the monkey wonders if they'll be happier than when they saw him leave. Ono calls out that he can see his troop, and Furaha runs on ahead. His leader, Tumbili, is less than impressed to see his return, and his cousins are no happier. When Beshte and Ono arrive, Tumbili tries to explain the monkey way to him, but he is unable to let Beshte down. He thanks him for bringing Furaha back with a sigh. Beshte and Ono make their leave, unaware that Furaha is already agitating his fellow troop members. Fuli takes Mzaha home, and speaks with Bupu, who is adamant that he doesn't want him back, and that they sent him away for a good reason. While Fuli agrees that he's a little different, she also mentions that he should be with his family. When Bupu still refuses, she adds 'please' to her words, and Bupu finally gives in. He calls to Mzaha that he's back with the herd, and the youngster reacts with joy. Fuli thanks Bupu, before quickly rushing away. After she leaves, Mzaha tries to play tag with a few herd members, including Boboka, by charging into them. Kion and Bunga take Chama home, with Kion speaking with Ma Tembo about letting him back into the herd. She explains that he was kicked out because he was being a disruption to the herd, while watching Chama and Bunga mess around nearby. After Chama inhales some sand in his trunk, Kion asks her to give him one more chance and she does so, but only because it is he who is asking it of her. She informs Chama that he is welcome back if he promises to behave himself as part of the herd, but it is his last chance. He agrees, and Kion and Bunga take their leave. As they head off, Bunga belches, causing Chama to burst out laughing and disperse the sand he had stored in his trunk all over Ma Tembo. Kion suggests just one more chance. Soon the three friends relizes that they need each other Mzaha meets up with Furaha, and the two speak of how they left. They find Chama feasting on some tree leaves, and discover that he too was unable to fit in. They decide that they need to stick together, and utter their chant. After, the Three of a Kind friends start running across the Pride Lands, playing together and performing pranks on several unsuspecting Pride Landers along the way. They then make the decision to return to Rafiki's Tree.As Makini starts to paint, her bowl is knocked out of her hands by a familiar commotion. With Rafiki startled, he peers down to see the three animals have returned, discussing their new living quarters. They tell Rafiki that they just don't belong in their herds, which Makini states is 'sad' with mild upset in her voice. However, Rafiki orders them to find their own home, and the disappointed group eventually leave. Meanwhile , Zito and two hippos are stuck because fire has crashed onto the ground. The guard saves them by using Kion's roar soon Ono notices that Rafiki's tree is on fire. As the two mandrills call out for help, Chama, Mzaha and Furaha return to help out. Chama starts by inhaling dirt, and sprays it along the path leading to the tree. Mzaha then uses his short horns to create a trench leading there while Furaha keeps digging more for the trench. After calling to them, Rafiki lands on Chama and Makini lands on Mzaha, dropping her Bakora Staff. Rafiki refuses her to go back for it, since another staff can be found, but she is unique. After the mandrills express their gratitude away from the fire, the three animals return to save the tree. Soon the guard comes to help the three friends save Rafiki's tree. He suggets that the friends stay but they found a home near Big Springs where they can be as loud as they want. At Pride Rock Simba makes an announcement about Makini's duties. After listening to the Lions of the Past, she paints an image of Simba, Nala, Kiara and Kion, which amazes the surrounding animals.
The guard is trying to stop a herd of buffaloes from stampeding. But Tsetse Fliespester them continuously, making their efforts difficult. When Ono mentions that they dislike the water, Kion orders him to find the nearest watering hole. He does so, and they lead them there, forcing Thurston's Herd to move. Shortly after landing in the water, they hear a cry for help from Mbyea, who has become the flies' latest victim. The Lion Guard race off to deal with them. the Lion Guard have found Mbeya stuck in a ditch, upside down. After Beshte helps him get out, he reveals that he was rolling in the dirt to get the flies off, but instead rolled into the stream bed by accident. The Lion Guard escort Mbeya back to the watering hole, with Bunga snacking on some of the flies along the way. Later Madoa comes to the Pride Lands and asks the Lion guard to help save Jasiri, Wema and Tunu.
In Mizimu Grove Ma Tembo's herd is getting ready for the Ukumbusho celebration.The mandrill apologizes to Ma Tembo for her tardiness, and she is directed to a pile of fruits to be used for the peace paint. Mtoto is with his mother and explaining how they will be in the performace as well. As Makini tries to decide which paints to use, Zito and Johari arrive for their paint. Makini overworks herself, unsure of which color she should choose. After reminding herself of shwari, she calms herself and concludes that if there's no wrong place to start, then there cannot be a right place to start either, allowing her to pick a color of her own choice to begin with. When the guard practices Timon and Pumbaa arrive to coach them. Suddenly, she remembers that previous Lion Guards have always been lions. Although the Guard can't do anything about this, Makini offers to paint them to look like lions. Ma Tembo is happy for this, though reminds her that she must finish painting the sunbursts on the elephants. Since this is Simba's first Ukumbusho, she is adamant that it must be perfect. Makini gets to work, and is soon finished with the job. The Lion Guard have mixed feelings towards their new appearance, but as Timon and Pumbaa reveal Fuli, she in particular believes her appearance to be 'ridiculous'. After pushing Timon away after he tries to snuggle her soft fur, Kion assures his team that they all look terrific. Makini, noticing the sun, quickly leaves to paint the rest of the elephants. The guard soon begins to practice again. Makini continues to paint the elephants, though runs out of yellow paint halfway through Zito's sunburst due to painting the Lion Guard. As tensions rise, Kion and Ma Tembo arrive to see what all the fuss is about. With Kion trying to find a solution that will work for both sides, Makini is then given some extra time to locate some more yellow paint and she does so, finding some yellow flowers. She shoos the bees surrounding them, and returns to finish her job. With several elephants and Simba's Pride all waiting anxiously around Mizimu Grove, the event begins, with the Guard singing "May There Be Peace", and telling the tale of Askari, the first Lion Guard leader, and how he brought peace between the elephants and lions, agreeing to protect each other and everyone who obeys the Circle of Life. The event runs smoothly, until a swarm of bees suddenly arrive, chasing the elephants away. With everyone trying to avoid being stomped on, Kion leads the Lion Guard away to stop the elephants from causing accidental damage. Unable to calm them, they question another group of elephants who have stopped stampeding along the way. Fuli is quick to notice that the elephants that aren't being harassed by the bees are those that were not in the show, and Kion exclaims that they need to wash the paint off the elephants, since the bees are after the pollen from it. Soon they discover Vuruga Vuruga's Herd Fuli races to warn them. When the buffaloes refuse to move, Fuli pretends to be an unknown creature, feigning an attack on the herd. Scared, they run away, leaving Fuli feeling a little bit better about her costume.
She returns to the Guard, and they notice Mtoto spraying dirt onto the bees. Kion suggests getting Fuli to direct Mtoto's spurts onto his paint and she does so. As the paint is removed, the bees disperse. Mtoto thanks Beshte for saving him (much to Fuli's chagrin), and Ono quickly locates the elephants heading towards Sehemu Pass. Since the elephants will get stuck there, the Guard follow Ono's shortcut to beat the herd to the pass. When Ma Tembo gets stuck as expected, Mtoto spurts dust onto her head, removing the paint and the bees in the process. After Beshte moves her out of the way, Mtoto and Ma Tembo repeat the process on Zito and Johari. Noticing that his mother is still missing, Ono locates her on Mapango Cliffs. The Lion Guard (and Mtoto) quickly race away to save her. When they arrive, Kion prevents Mtoto from heading up, fearing the weight will bring the cliff down. Instead, Bunga bounds up, and leaps onto the rampaging elephant's head. He eats the bees, which causes her to become aware of her surroundings. As she panics, Bunga soothingly reminds her of her lines, and that they're the bravest. This calms her, and they head back, narrowly avoiding the cliff falling down. Back at Mizimu Grove, Ma Tembo apologizes to Simba, explaining how bee stings in the trunk are very painful. She assures Makini that it wasn't their fault, and Makini suggests finding more yellow paint to try again. But Kion suggests trying it without anymore paint. Ma Tembo is hesitant to break with tradition, so Simba suggests looking at it as starting a new tradition. Ma Tembo agrees, Mtoto removes the paint from his mother, and the new Ukumbusho begins.
Janja, Cheezi and Chungu are in the Pride Lands, trying to steal a supply of Tikiti Melons intended for the elephants through the Dry Season. Soon the Lion Guard comes and stops them. Soon some animals are being attacked at Watering Hole by Kenge a monitor lizard. With the danger gone, Ono realizes that Kenge must be a monitor lizard, who is capable of causing paralysis with one of his bites. In an attempt to heal themselves faster, they suggest that Ono check with Rafiki for a remedy that can heal their legs faster. He flies to Rafiki's Tree, where he discovers from Makini that Rafiki is away for the day. She offers to help instead, and, although she is still learning herself, she is brought back to the Lion Guard. She remembers that Ponya Flowersmight be able to help heal, but has no idea what they look like. Since Ono does, he quickly locates a patch nearby, but also notices Kenge and the hyenas returning to the melons. Kion soon realizes why they were bitten, and sends Bunga and Ono to deal with them while Makini collects the flowers. Bunga and Ono go to stop the hyenas and Kenge but Kenge bites Ono and he can't fly. Meanwhile, Makini has found the flowers, and adorned the Lion Guard with a flower crown on their heads. Since she is not entirely certain how they work, she decides to try wearing, smelling and eating the flowers, when Bunga arrives with Ono. He admits that the hyenas got away and, when the rest of the Guard fret, assures them that he can take them down himself. But since he is outnumbered, the Lion Guard ask Makini to help him. When the stakes are given to her, she agrees to try her best. After establishing their path, Kion comes up with a plan. Makini and Bunga find the group heading through Embamba Canyon, and start to put the plan in motion. While Bunga distracts Kenge and the hyenas, Makini sneaks away and starts to reclaim the melons, hiding them behind some rocks. While she does so, Bunga continues upsetting Kenge, infuriating him by calling him little. Kenge enters a frenzy and starts chasing Bunga around the narrow space. Bunga then tricks Kenge into biting Cheezi and Chungu. But just before he accidentally bites Janja, a melon is thrown, drawing attention to Makini. She throws her Bakora Staff towards him in an attempt to keep him away, and he breaks it in his mouth. Later the rest of the guard comes and Kion uses the roar to blow the hyenas and Kenge away.
Bunga and some of the Pridelanders put on a show for Timon and Pumbaa so Dandy Claws will come. They have to put on The Twelve Ways of Christmas. The guard asks Ma Tembo's herd, Thurstan's herd, Basi's Pod, Ono's flock, Big Baboon Troops and The Traveling Baboon Show. After the performance, both Timon and Pumbaa break down in tears. Despite Bunga's fears, they announce that they're crying out of joy. Timon thanks everyone for making his vision come true, but Bunga is upset that Dandy Claws never came. Suddenly, Pumbaa re-appears donning a white beard made of flowers, some leaves and a fruit hat. Pumbaa explains that he knew how much Timon wanted him to appear, so he would portray him that year. But unfortunately, he took so long to put the costume together that he forgot to get Timon and presents. Timon explains that they have a lot of friends which is the best gift of all. The two friends agree that this is the best Christmas ever.
After Bubpu gets his horns stuck in a tree the guard tries to get him out when Nyuni comes and starts to complain. Zazu comes by to see what's going on and claims that he will be putting this in his Morning Report to the king. Soon Bunga pulls the branch out of the tree with Nyuni riding on top. Fuli comments on how Zazu enjoys getting into the business of others, and Kion tells her that it's job, asking if she remembers the time he told her to slow down as a cub, when he and Bunga were with the crocodiles. When Fuli won't slow down for the hornbill, he takes off after her, allowing Kion and Bunga to continue. When Zazu turns around, the pair have left. The pair of friends run into a lake, where Pua's float are resting. Kion is cautious, but Bunga proves to Kion that he's not afraid, by stepping forward and ordering the crocodiles to move aside for them. Makuu and Pua wonder who the cubs are, and, when even Kion warns the float against messing with them, Pua orders them to leave. Makuu asks if they meant to challenge him and Bunga replies that he will, and straight after asks what 'challenge' means. The crocodiles surround the cubs, but Zazu arrives just in time. In the present Ono and Beshte are amazed that Zazu went in Makuu's mouth Kion claims that Zazu was brave to do that. Soon the hyenas take Zazu into the Outlands. At Pride Rock Simba claims that Zazu hasn't showed up and he missed the morning reprot. Kion and the guard goes to find him.
When a drought hits the Pride Lands, the Lion Guard try to settle Twiga's Herd and Vuruga Vuruga's Herd, with the two animal groups showing concern at the dwindling watering hole. in The Lair of the Lion Guard, Simba speaks with Rafiki about the water shortage, asking if any of the previous Kings ever found a solution. Although Rafiki is doubtful, one his paintings depicts an earlier King leading his animals to a large, unknown watering hole. Makini pipes up to inform Simba that she has seen the same watering hole in the Back Lands, and that it is owned by a herd of zebras. Simba quickly concludes that the watering hole belongs to Dhahabu. When the Guard arrive, Simba asks them to locate her and request that she share her water, urging them to offer something in return.
Makuu is training his float while the Lion Guard notice and start to intervene, believing them to be fighting without cause. A gecko named Hodari halts their actions, explaining how the crocodiles are merely training to improve their techniques. Hodari explains to his friend Beshte that he always wanted to be a crocodile he asks to join Makuu's float and starts to sing Give a Little Guy a Chance, but Makuu laughs him away. Rejected, Hodari runs away before Beshte can catch up to him. In a nearby tree, Shupavu and Njano have overheard the whole thing, and conjure up a plot they know Scar would love. When Beshte is called away by Ono to help save Laini and two other galagos, they approach Hodari and invite him to meet Kiburi, who they claim would love to let him be a member of his float. The Lion Guard are at the tree where the galagos are trapped. Beshte lifts the tree up, while Bunga reaches in and grabs two of the galagos from an opening in the trunk. He grabs a bug next, so Fuli reaches in to save Laini. Having done their duty, the Lion Guard continue their patrol, with Bunga warning the galagos to watch out for falling trees. Beshte is still feeling sad over Hodari's disappointment. When Ono notices Kiburi's float in the distance, the Lion Guard promptly approach him, asking why he has returned. Kiburi states that he's just visiting, introducing them to to their newest member, Hodari. He tries to use this to his advantage, since he is friends with both his float and the Lion Guard, but Kion still orders them to leave. Kiburi succumbs to his order, and leads his float away. While the rest of the Lion Guard make sure that they leave, Beshte confronts Hodari, who is oblivious to Kiburi's past misdeeds. Despite his best efforts, he is unable to get Hodari to see how bad he truly is, with the gecko making the assumption that Beshte is saying that he too is bad for following his dreams. Hodari says that maybe he isn't really his friend after all, which devastates Beshte. When the Guard leave, Beshte voices his concerns over Hodari's friendship with Kiburi. Kion sends Ono to find Hodari. Soon they see Makuu and Kiburi's float fighting Hodari jumps on Kiburi to stop the fight but Kion uses the Roar of the Elders to blow Kiburi's float away. Makuu thought that Hodari was very brave and asks him to join his float.
Janja's clan are in the Pride Lands, chasing Twiga and Juhudi with the Lion guard chasing them. Reirei's Pack pursuing some pangolins at Chakula Plains, and the Guard are forced to split up. Kion sends Fuli and Bunga to deal with the jackals with Ono leading them whilst he and Beshte take on the hyenas. Janja notices the pair gaining on them and orders Nne and Tano to deal with them. Soon the giraffes save themselfs and the hyenas go away. Meanwhile, Reirei and her pack chase the pangolins to a cliff edge, forcing them to curl up in balls. After scolding her youngsters for playing with them, Fuli and Ono arrive. Reirei calmly commands her family to scatter, rendering Fuli and Ono unable to catch any of them. Reirei then disregards her former advice to her kids, and the jackals attack Fuli by throwing the pangolins at her. The Lion Guard regroup, and watch as the jackals flee into the Outlands. Kion is especially concerned at the events, admitting that they are weaker when split up. When he learns that the jackals surrendered as quickly as the hyenas, his concern grows larger. While Beshte tries to get him to consider the possibility that it was a coincidence, Ono witnesses the hyenas meeting up with the jackals in the Outlands. Bunga does not share Kion's concern, and comments that they need to be in two places at once. His words give Kion an idea. Tamaa is presenting a show, impersonating Thurston and Twiga. When the Lion Guard interrupt, he explains to them how the animals give him food for making them laugh, reminding them that his life of crime is over. Kion informs him that they're not checking up on him, and that they need his help. Tamaa announces that the show is finished to focus on the Lion Guard, where Kion explains that it's for a serious situation. Although Tamaa is a little cautious, since he usually dabbles strictly in comedy, he is willing to give it a go. He leaves with the Lion Guard, who explain the plan more thoroughly. When Tamaa expresses worry, Beshte assures him that they'll keep him safe, and Fuli also states that neither jackals or hyenas are that smart anyway. , Ono discovers the jackals chasing some gazelles. Not wishing to take any chances, Kion orders Ono to keep an eye out for the absent hyenas, while the rest of the Guard and Tamaa take on the jackals. Shortly after Ono leaves, he locates the hyenas stalking Rafiki. He reports back to the Guard, and Kion calls for Tamaa to distract the jackals until they get back. When Reirei's pack cross a dense opening, Tamaa starts to impersonate the Lion Guard just outside, flying across give the false impression that they are surrounding the jackals. Although Reirei takes comfort in the fact that none of the Lion Guard members are with Janja's clan, Goigoi reminds her how bad it is for them. As Rafiki meditates, Janja's clan start to move in. When a fireball starts a blaze nearby, Cheezi begins to panic, only for Janja to tell him that it's all part of Scar's plan. When the hyenas surround the mandrill, Rafiki performs some martial art tricks on the hyenas, defeating them with ease. In the distance, Janja notices the entire Lion Guard approaching, and comments on how their mission is not going as planned. Back with Reirei's pack, Tamaa continues to frighten the jackals into submission. When he proceeds to imitate Kion's Roar, the jackals are shocked to find themselves still standing. During this time, Reirei notices Tamaa's tail feathers just outside the clearing, and pins him down. It doesn't take long for Reirei to realise that Kion has tricked them, and the pack leave to assist Janja's clan. Tamaa leaves to warn the Lion Guard. Kion soon chasises Janja as Ono sees him leave when Janja talks to Scar Kion sees him for the very first time. With the guard working together with Rafiki and Tamma they win the battle. Tamma flys away and the guard notices a burn marked.
Makini and the guard are talking about how Simba saved the Pridelands. Bunga claims that his uncles acutally saved the Pride lands because they distracted the hyenas with a dance. Later at Pride rock the Kumbuka celebration begins when a scorpion named Sumu stings Simba's tail. Everyone starts to worried and Rafiki orders the guard and Makini to find a Volcanic Ash to help the cure.
Simba and Kion are talking to Mufasa about Scar's return. Later at Pride Rock Fuli and Makini are asked to go find a wise tortoise named Kongwe. While the rest of the Lion guard goes on patroll.
Scar's army takes over Kilo Valley after being destroy in a fire. Kion trys to find the elephants a new home but the other animals don't want them living with them. Later Ono notices that Ndefu Grove is on fire Kion asks if Scar is behind this but the army is just fighting about who will run the dump. The guard and the elephants save Galagos home. Laini says that the elephants are welecomed to stay with them.
When Thurston the zebra is shouting the Lion Guard swiftly leap into action and calm the herd down, questioning his behavior. Thurston reveals that a nearby rock was the problem. Soon Twiga is shouting and says that the tree spoke to her. The Lion Guard investigates the tree. When Ono lands on a nearby trunk, he is startled when something runs over his foot. At first Fuli comments that she can't see anything, when a chameleon accidentally reveals herself to them. She disappears and runs away, but Fuli is able to track her by scent. When she locates her, the chameleon brushes Fuli's nose with some grass to take away her scent. Bunga follows the chameleon up a tree, but she uses her tongue to grab a tree branch and smack him away from her. She lands on Beshte and skitters off his back, still running from the Guard. Kion wonders why she is running and she said it's because they chaised her. Kinyonga explains how her special ability works. She suggets that she goes to the Outlands to spy on Scar. At Hakuna Matata Falls Janja's clan push rocks into the river to stop the water. Cheezi and Chungu gets scared and run away. Soon they find out that the guard is hiding behind trees and rocks and the hyenas run away. The next morning, Ono reports that he was unable to find Kinyonga. Kion still wishes to thank her, and hopes they'll find her. Noticing Thurston's herd by the rock from yesterday, the Guard approach it, and discover Kinyonga there, pretending to be the rock and speaking with Thurston. When asked why she left, she explains that she broke her promise not to scare anyone, having sent Janja's clan into the river by mistake. Bunga assures her that, when it comes to Janja and his hyenas, it doesn't matter, relieving her. She promises again not to scare anyone, but when Thurston notices her, he and his herd panic and run. Kion tells her that it's not her fault, and the Guard leave to sort out the herd, while Kinyonga vanishes into the grass.