The Calm Before the Storm is the twelfth episode of the first season of Meerkat Manor.
A storm passes over the Kalahari, bringing rain and abundant food to the desert. The Whiskers go foraging, leaving the four pups behind with Sophie. The group have a successful day of forgaing. However, lone female Tosca struggles to sustain herself. She tails the Whiskers, hoping to join them. From a distance she sees her son McMurphy approaching a horned adder. Since she is still banished Tosca can't do anything to protect her son. But McMurphy wisely leaves the predator alone. While Flower is preoccupied eating a beetle the Whiskers spot Tosca. Tosca leaves the area before they alert Flower to her presence.
Some distance away Big Si is seen leading the Lazuli into Whiskers territory. They spend the night in a Whiskers' burrow. The next morning a Lazuli rover, Carlos, finds Tosca on her own. The pair mate and stay together, seemingly with the intention to form their own mob. At the Whiskers the teenagers engage in some play-fighting. Youssarian tries to join in but is shunned. Put off, Youssarian leaves the group. The Whiskers head off from their burrow to go foraging, leaving Shakespeare behind to look after the pups. While the family is away the Lazuli advance onto the babysitting burrow. Shakespeare takes the pups below ground but is hotly pursued by the Lazuli.