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Airdate: May 3, 2000

"Chip Off the Ol' Block" is the twelfth episode of the first (internet) season of Happy Tree Friends.

Pop is relaxing on his hammock while he lets his son, Cub, do the mowing. Cub soon runs into a brick, which gets stuck in the lawnmower. When he tries to remove it, Pop notices this and naturally panics. He quickly grabs his son before something worse happens to him. He then places Cub on the hammock, telling the bear cub not to go anywhere. After that, he removes the brick before resuming the work. Little did he know that the yard has more than just the brick, as it has various sharp garbage hidden beneath the tall grass. When he mows that part, the shards and syringes get caught and then flung out. These end up injuring Cub horribly before a broken bottle destroys his head. Cub's dead body then falls backwards into the pile of leaves nearby. Not much later, Pop is seen raking some dry leaves into the pile, which he burns with a match, unknowingly burning Cub's body in the process.

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"Chip Off the Ol' Block" contains the following:

  • Accidental Murder: Pop unknowingly causes his own son's death when he is mowing.
  • Bumbling Dad: Pop is depicted in this episode as being lazy and lets his son do the chores until the latter gets into a risky situation which snaps him out from his laziness. Even then, he is still oblivious to the dangers he caused himself, as shown when he finally takes over mowing the yard.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Cub's head is destroyed after getting sharp objects launched into him.
  • Ear Ache: One of the razor sharp items ends up cutting one of Cub's ears.
  • Establishing Character Moment: While "Havin' a Ball" marks the debut of the father-son duo, it was not until this episode that Pop's Bumbling Dad trait is shown and how this affects poor Cub.
  • Eye Scream: A glass shard hits one of Cub's eyes.
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  • Fingore: Cub's right hand fingers end up being cut off by one of the razor sharp items.
  • Meaningful Name: "Chip off the old block" means someone who closely resembles their parent. This episode happens to star the father-and-son duo Pop and Cub, who are both tan bears with mostly similar physical HTF features.
  • Off-Model:
    • Ambidextrous Sprite applies to Cub's diaper pin as well as the lawnmower's ejection port.
    • After Pop drops his smoking pipe, subsequent shots with him are inconsistent on whether he keeps the pipe in his mouth or not.
  • Oh, Crap!: Pop when he notices Cub trying to remove the brick from the lawnmower.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Cub dies.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Pop survives.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Due to the animators forgetting that Cub suffered from Fingore in an earlier scene, when the reveal of his body underneath the pile of leaves is shown, his right hand's fingers are shown undamaged.
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