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The Race to Tuliza is the sixty-third episode of The Lion Guard, and the eighth episode of Season 3.

Synopsis

Fuli gets lost in the territory of a male cheetah, Azaad, who refuses to show her the way out until she races him; Kion's patience is tested by a group of raucous flamingos

Plot

On the outskirts of the desert, the Lion Guard is shown struggling against the sun. Pained by his scar and blinded by the intense heat, Kion soon falls down a little hill. As Makini rushes over to help him, Kion coldly brushes her off, claiming to be fine as Fuli starts to wonder if Kion needs some tuliza. Noticing the Guard staring at him, Kion once again lashes in anger. Her fears confirmed, Fuli asks Makini for the Tuliza,  who realizes that her stash has run out. Realizing this, Anga flies ahead to scout as Fuli hopes that Kion doesn't decide to use the Roar of the Elders before getting tuliza.

Ono notes the journey through the desert has been hard on everyone, while Beshte's

Kion apologizes for growling at Bunga

glad that nobody has gotten thirsty. Hearing this, Bunga begins acting overdramatically, collapsing as he compares the thirst to have a desert in his mouth. Running ahead, Bunga shows his tongue to a disgusted Fuli, claiming it's dry as a sand dune. He then runs ahead to show Kion, who suddenly snaps at Bunga in his anger, scaring him. Fuli then runs up to Kion and calms him down, saying that Bunga was just fooling around. Kion apologizes to Bunga, who forgives him, admitting he is good at being annoying. After the close call, Fuli looks to the skies, hoping that Anga finds some tuliza soon. Above the skies, Anga spo

Seeing Flamingo Beach

ts some tuliza and reports her findings back to the Guard, noting that the tuliza is very far away, far beyond a sea up ahead. Realizing that the sea has water, Bunga rushes ahead, coming across a small beach as the rest of the Guard catches up with him. Bunga jumps into the waters despite Ono's objections, only to find out too late that the water is salty, much to Bunga's disgust. Unable to drink the water, Kion suggests moving on to the tuliza, though Anga doubts he could make the trip.

Bunga laments that the "Bunga Sea" turned out to be so salty, explaining to Ono that he named the sea after himself since he was the first one in it. Makini then recalls Rafiki once teaching her that saltwater has very relaxing qualities, telling Kion to soak in the water. Ono agrees with Makini, believing it should soothe Kion's scar. Willing to give it a try, Kion enters the sea as the Guard watches in anticipation. Soon enough, Kion starts feeling better and relaxes, much to everyone's relief. As Kion wades deeper into the sea, Bunga praises the "Great Bunga Sea" again, with Fuli noticing the longer name change.

Anga tells Fuli where the Tuliza is

At that moment, Kion beings floating in the water, with Ono explaining how easy it is to float in salty water. Seeing Kion enjoy himself, the rest of the Guard but Fuli and Anga jump in as well. Bunga asks Fuli to join them, though she refuses, claiming that someone has to get the tuliza for Kion. As Anga prepares to leave, however, Fuli stops her, needing Anga to keep a lookout for danger while she goes to get the tuliza herself. While Bunga laughs off the idea of danger at the Great Bunga Sea, Fuli tells Bunga that Kion is starting to float away in his bliss, causing Bunga to go and get him back. Fuli then turns to Anga, asking her how to find the tuliza, who says it's below a tree on top of the mesa just beyond the rock formations. As a result of lacking Anga's strong eyesight, Fuli is unable to find th

Relaxing at Flamingo Beach

e tree before Anga tells her its the only tree around.  Fuli then runs ahead to explore the canyons. However, she ends up getting lost, running into a series of dead-ends before suddenly hearing a strange voice. Back at the beach, the Guard is still relaxing in the waters. Soon after, Anga notices a huge flamboyance of flamingos nearby, which then lands on the beach and starts squawking up a storm.  Back at the canyons, Fuli meets a male cheetah named Azaad, who tells Fuli she is invading his territory. Fuli brushes off Azaad, only wanting to get tuliza for her friend, though Azaad claims that, being cheetahs, they don't have friends. Fuli then begs Azaad

Fuli meets Azaad

for help in finding the tuliza. Noting she has the "flame of a cheetah" in heart, Azaad agrees to help Fuli if she beats him in a race, prompting her to accept the challenge. At the beach, Anga tells Makini to keep Kion away from the flamingos, who cover his eyes with a leaf, telling him everything is fine before dragging him away.  Hoping to keep Kion calm until Fuli's return, Ono tries talking to the pink birds. After getting two female flamingos to notice him, the girls explain how they're on migration, making their yearly stop at Flamingo Beach (though Bunga tries to correct them with

"Flamingo Dance Party!"

his own name). When asked to lower the noise, the girls refuse since it would ruin the Flamingo Dance Party. As the flamingos start to party, Bunga joins in the fun while the rest of the Guard keeps a resting Kion away from the flamingos. Meanwhile, at the top of the mesa, Fuli and Azaad prepare for their race, the winner being the first to reach the rock up ahead. Soon after starting the race, Fuli overtakes Azaad and passes him. Before reaching the rock, however, the trail suddenly falls, dropping Fuli and allowing Azaad to win the

Before the first race

race. Angered, Fuli accuses Azaad of knowing about the ditch drop​​​​​, who doesn't deny the accusation, pointing out they are on his territory. As Azaad begins to leave, Fuli stops him, challenging him to a rematch which he accepts. Back at the beach, the Lion Guard continues to protect Kion from the flamingos, with the two flamingo girls at one point mimicking Anga after mistaking her cawing for a cool dance, frustrating her. At the top of the mesa, Fuli impatiently stops Azaad's gloating speech, now in a hurry to get the Tuliza. Soon after, the two started racing again,  Fuli will win. Unwilling to lose in his own territory, Azaad tries to take a shortcut by jumping across the canyons, barely reaching the edge. Seeing this, Fuli returns and pulls Azaad back up. Surprised,

Fuli saves Azaad

Azaad asks Fuli why she came back for him, pointing out that she could have won the race, leading Fuli to answer that friends help friends. Delighted to have Fuli as a friend, Azaad calls her a remarkable cheetah, agreeing to help her find the tuliza for Kion. At the beach, the Lion Guard still hasn't broken up the Flamingo Dance Party. Hearing  Bunga scream, they rush over to him, accidentally leaving Kion behind, only to find Bunga partying with the birds. Reminding him they're trying to keep Kion calm, Bunga joins them before noticing Kion's absence. Nearby, the flamingo girls find Kion asleep and start fawning over him with other bir

Kion almost uses the roar

ds. Waking to find himself surrounded by pink birds, Kion freaks out and yells at the flamingos as dark storm clouds form in the sky in preparation of the Roar of the Elders, alerting the Guard who runs towards him. Barely in control of himself, Kion threatens the birds to leave before he sends them flying, though they don't take him seriously. The Guard manages to reach Kion before he loses his cool, telling him the Tuliza is coming. Anga spots Fuli and Azaad nearby, telling the others that Fuli's brought a friend, much to Bunga's amusement. Arriving at the beach,

Kion suggests leaving the flamingos in peace

Fuli briefly hesitates near the sea, though she swallows her hatred of water at Anga's urging, with a surprised Azaad following shortly. Both cheetahs then reach Makini, who quickly grabs the Tuliza and gives it to Kion, instantly calming him down. Fuli begins asking about the pink birds as Bunga asks about Azaad, who calls himself a friend of Fuli's. Kion apologizes to the flamingos for

Fuli and Azaad say goodbye

scaring them, while Makini notes that they have enough Tuliza to last them for days. Kion then deciding to head on the road to the Tree of Life to leave the flamingos in peace. As the Guard leaves, Fuli and Azaad bid each other farewell, with Azaad glad to be Fuli's friend and voicing the hope that they may meet again. The two then have a small race before parting ways, with Azaad heading back to his territory while Fuli returns to the Lion Guard.

Appearances

Characters

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Kion
 
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Bunga
 
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Fuli
 
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Ono
 
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Beshte
 
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Makini
 
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Anga
 
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Azaad
(debut)
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Flamingo #1
(debut)
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Rafiki
(mention)
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Flamingo #2
(debut)

Groups

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The Lion Guard
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Flamingo Girls' Flamboyance
(debut)

Locations

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Flamingo Beach
(debut)
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Azaad's Canyon
(debut)
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Desert
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Tree of Life
(mention)
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Pride Lands
(Mention)

Animals

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Lions
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Honey Badgers
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Cheetahs
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Hippos
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Egrets
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Eagles
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Mandrills
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Flamingos
(final appearance)
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Shrimps
(debut)
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Elephants
(mention)
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Snakes
(mention)

References

The Lion Guard Episodes
Special Episodes
Return of the RoarThe Rise of ScarBattle for the Pride Lands
Season One
Never Judge a Hyena by Its SpotsThe Rise of MakuuBunga the WiseCan't Wait to be QueenEye of the BeholderThe Kupatana CelebrationFuli's New FamilyThe Search for UtamuFollow That Hippo!The Call of the DrongoPaintings and PredictionsThe Mbali Fields MigrationBunga and the KingThe Imaginary OkapiToo Many TermitesThe Trouble With GalagosJanja's New CrewBaboons!Beware the ZimwiLions of the OutlandsNever Roar AgainThe Lost GorillasThe Trail to UduguOno's IdolBeshte and the Hippo LanesOno the Tickbird
Season Two
Babysitter BungaThe Savannah SummitThe Traveling Baboon ShowOno and the EggLet Sleeping Crocs LieSwept AwayRafiki's New NeighborsRescue in the OutlandsThe Ukumbusho TraditionThe Bite of KengeTimon and Pumbaa's ChristmasThe Morning ReportThe Golden ZebraThe Little GuyDivide and ConquerThe Scorpion's StingThe Wisdom of KongweThe Kilio Valley FireUndercover KinyongaCave of SecretsThe Zebra MastermindThe Hyena ResistanceThe Underground AdventureBeshte and the BeastPride Landers Unite!The Queen's VisitThe Fall of Mizimu GroveFire from the Sky
Season Three
The HarmattanThe Accidental AvalancheGhost of the MountainMarsh of MysteryDragon IslandJourney of MemoriesThe Race to TulizaMama BinturongFriends to the EndThe Tree of LifeThe River of PatienceLittle Old GinterbongPoa the DestroyerLong Live the QueenThe Lake of ReflectionTriumph of the RoarJourney to the Pride LandsReturn to the Pride Lands
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