The Mission is the second episode of the third season of Meerkat Manor.
In a burrow in the heart of Zappa territory, Whiskers babysitters Sophie, Jogu and Mitch are stranded with Flower's pups. Mitch sets off to find the Whiskers while Jogu and Sophie stay behind to protect the pups. Far away Flower and the rest of the family start their own search for the missing members. Both parties are unaware that the Zappa mob are unwittingly heading in the direction of the babysitters. During their separate searches Mitch is chased by plovers and loses his family's scent, and the Whiskers are alarmed by a bird of prey which traps them under vegetation. An evicted Zappa female called Melanie appears at the babysitters' den. Jogu becomes infatuated with her and follows her when she leaves, leaving Sophie to watch over the pups alone. The rest of the Zappa pick up on the babysitter's scent and begin heading in the direction of Sophie and the pups in earnest.
Meanwhile Mitch discovers the Starsky mob, which includes his long lost sisters Mozart and Kinkaju. Carlos is seen to be the dominant male of the seven-strong group, but the position of dominant female is unfulfilled. The Starsky only see Mitch as a threat and quickly chase him off. Back in Zappa territory Sophie begins to make contact calls for her missing brothers. Instead it attracts the attention of the Zappa, who charge in her direction. Sophie takes the pups below ground and prepares to defend them. However, not far away the Whiskers spot the Zappa war dancing and immediately challenge them. The Zappa retreat without a fight and the Whiskers have a surprise reunion with Sophie and the pups. Mitch and Jogu later both return safely to the group and Flower is announced as being pregnant again.