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The Mission

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Narrator
Bill Nighy/Sean Austin
Writer
Caroline Hawkins
Producer
Lucinda Axelsson
Executive Producer
Mick Kaczorowski
Season
3
Length
30 Minutes
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The Mission is the second episode of the third season of Meerkat Manor.

Summary

In a burrow, in the heart of Zappa territory, Sophie is caring for Flower's pups. Above ground, Jogu and Mitch anxiously survey their surroundings, wondering where they are. At the Whiskers burrow, there's a sombre mood amongst the meerkats. Losing Flower's first litter of the year, and three prime adult members, has been a devasting blow. In an attempt to calm Flower's nerves, Rocket Dog grooms her mother. But Flower isn't interested and moves away. Her only interest is the whereabouts of her precious pups.

Back at the small refuge, Sophie has surfaced to scan the area with her brothers. With so few to watch over Izzy, Busta and Suggs, they can't risk moving them. Mitch, the oldest of the three, leaves to try and find the Whiskers and lead them back to the pups. Just over a mile away, the Zappa are out forgaing. Lola is giving her partner, Frank a hard time by displacing him from his freshly dug hole to steal his meal. Unwittingly, the bad tempered and hungry Zappa are heading towards the Whiskers' babysitters.

Meanwhile, Flower is desperately trying to find her pups. Having searched their own territory, they've now ventured into their rival's land. Unaware of the dangers, Izzy, Busta and Suggs have finally emerged from their hiding place and enjoy the moment playfighting and watching harmless birds fly overhead. Mitch, meanwhile, has managed to pick up the Whiskers scent. At every oppotunity, he climbs to a high vantage point to try and spot his family. But as he concentrates on the trail, he accidently walks into the nesting grounds of displeased plover bird parents, who believe the meerkat is after their eggs and chase him off immediately. The distraction has put Mitch off the Whisker's scent. But with the lives of the pups at stake, he won't give up.The Whiskers are having bird problems of their own. They've been pinned down by an eagle and are stuck in the shadows of a tree. They dare not move until the danger passes.

A stranger has showed up at the babysitter's burrow. Melanie, an evicted female from the Zappa, has come in search of her family. Unaware of who she is, Sophie and Jogu send the frightened pups below ground and quickly set about scent-marking the area. After a moment, they realise she's not a threat. Jogu starts to show an interest in Melanie. Jogu follows the female, leaving Sophie to care for the three pups, alone. Izzy, Busta and Suggs return to the surface. They're starving and, after the shock of Melanie, are less playful. Sophie is also hungry, but won't abandon her duty to the pups.

Meanwhile, the Zappa have discovered the babysitter's scent. Angered, they race ahead in the direction of Sophie and the pups. Mitch has also made a discovery; he's spotted a family in the distance, but it's not the Whiskers. Instead, it's Mozart, his long lost sister. Her group's sentry spots Mitch and quickly sends him off. It becomes clear that Mozart had made her own group with the ex-rover Carlos, who has a large wound on his face, which he recieved from the Commando dominant male, Hannibal. He has given up his life as a rover to start a family; The Starsky. With Carlos as dominant male, the position of dominant female is within Mozart's grasp. But she is not without competition. Kinkaju, Mozart's half sister, is also pregnant and in the running for the position of top-kat.

Back at the burrow, Sophie is anxiously making contact calls for her brothers to return. But her desperate calls attract the Zappa. Immediately, Sophie takes the pups below ground. Meanwhile, the Whiskers have escaped the attention of the eagle and are continuing their search for the litter. Suddenly, Flower spots something in the distance. An aggresive charging group; the Zappa. Believing they're under attack for trespassing, the Whiskers gather together and create a ferocious war dance. Below ground, Sophie has no idea she's in the middle of an inevidable battle. Focused on getting at the pups, the Zappa continue charging and are oblivious to the Whiskers coming at them at full speed. When they finally see the Whiskers, they make a quick retreat.

Unsure of what just happened, Sophie cautiously leads the pups above ground and finds the Whiskers. Finally reunited, Flower scent-marks her pups to reassure them. As night falls over the Kalahari, the Whiskers are still at the Zappa burrow. Flower has decided to claim this as their own. Mitch managed to make it back and didn't recieve his Hero's Welcome, but his efforts didn't go unnoticed; he recieved some affection from other members. And Jogu also made it back after apparently having his way with Melanie. The day ends for the Whiskers with an added bonus; Flower is announced as being pregnant again.

Meanwhile, the mood at the Zappa couldn't be any different. Frank has been beaten two days in a row and now the Whiskers are camped right at his doorstep. His family must fight back if they're to stand any chance of survival. And at the Starsky, Mozart must act fast if she wants to claim the position of dominant female.

Meerkat Manor
Season 1 A Family AffairLove Thy NeighborSome Like It HotRevolutionChildhood's EndBoys Will Be BoysDivided LoyaltiesThe Good, The Bad, And The DesperateDaisy's ChoiceFlower PowerAn Awfully Big AdventureThe Calm Before the StormMoving On
Season 2 Cold ComfortThe Three AmigosYoung BloodIron LadyNo Place Like HomeWhen Flower Met HannibalUnited We StandThe Enemy WithinThe Art of LeadershipBalance Of PowerGrowing PainsThe GodmotherThe Quiet Fields
Season 3 On Dangerous GroundThe MissionSister ActThe Death of RomanceTale of Len and SquiggySibling RivalryHeavy the CrownJourney's EndA New DayFarewell My LovelyThree Degrees of SeparationThe GraduateA Family at War
Season 4 To Have and to Have NotAll Manor of LoveRising StarThe Family WayThe Mark of ZorroGreat ExpectationsThe BodyguardDivided We FallTo The Manor BornThe BirdsThe Rovers ReturnHome AloneThe Darkest Day
Movies Meerkat Manor The Story Begins
Books Flower of the Kalahari
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