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Airdate: November 3, 2002

"Class Act" is the tenth episode of the second (internet) season of Happy Tree Friends.

The Happy Tree Friends put on a Christmas play that eventually goes haywire starting from Nutty biting off a chunk of Sniffles's body, Sniffles running into a rope that causes a sandbag to fall onto Giggles's costume (cutting her face off), Giggles slipping over her own face that distracts Mole, Lifty and Shifty dropping Flaky (skinning her alive) due to Mole's light being shone on them, to Toothy running away with the candle dropped on stage, setting the school theater on fire. Cuddles tries to escape, but his costume blocks his and other critters' way out. His head soon ends up being squeezed through the hole of his costume before the rest of his body gets trampled over by the rest of the Happy Tree Friends. Outside, many of the critters suffer from various injuries in one way or another. A shooting star flies by, and Toothy decides that the show must go on. He begins singing again, calming the friends (except Fliqpy) down, and they soon join hands (or what is left of it) and sing together around the burning school theater. An explosion occurs, killing everyone.

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"Class Act" contains examples of:

  • Absurd Phobia: Obviously Played for Laughs by the BlurB!.
    Face-a-phobia is the irrational fear of severed faces
    It affects thousands of beavers and turtles every year
  • Ambidextrous Sprite: Mole's mole position, Nutty's candy accessory, and Lumpy's antlers.
  • And I Must Scream: Handy's injury involves both of his legs being chopped off, effectively making him immobile.
  • An Arm and a Leg: See above. Also, Petunia lost most of her right arm.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Giggles's face is left with nothing but a blank red layer after it gets cut off.
  • Captain Obvious: Two of the BlurB! captions.
    Fire is HOT!note 
    Snow is COLD!note 
  • Caption Humor: One of the episodes with a BlurB! version.
  • Christmas Episode
  • Christmas Songs: "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" is heard at the beginning of the episode, while "O Christmas Tree" is sung by Toothy (together near the end of the episode).
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  • A Day In The Lime Light: One of the few episodes to star Toothy.
  • Disaster Dominoes: The school theater's fire starts from Nutty taking a bite out of Sniffles...
  • Downer Ending: Double Subverted. Despite mostly everyone suffering horrible injuries, they're all moved by Toothy's singing and join hands to sing along with him. As the camera pans up to a single star in the sky, the burning school explodes, killing them all.
  • Everything Explodes Ending: The episode ends with the school theater exploding.
  • Eye Scream:
  • Faceless Masses: Anyone not the main characters in the crowd.
  • Fingore: One of Cub's hands has its fingers cut off.
  • Flaying Alive: Flaky gets skinned after she falls down the chimney.
  • Fold-Spindle Mutilation: Cuddles suffers from this thanks to the combination of his costume's hole and the crowd forcefully pushing him in an effort to escape. Nicknamed "Slinky Face" by the show's crew.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: As Flaky is falling, the cursed idol can be seen tucked into the rafters.
  • Funny Background Event: During the scene where the school burns down several events are shown such as:
    • Disco Bear's hair being burned up.
    • Cub's head being pierced by a Christmas tree star.
      • If one looks closely while everybody's squeezing Cuddles through his costume, they can see Pop slipping on one of the former's ears, causing him to drop Cub, who falls on the star.
    • The Mole is impaled through the eye with his own walking stick.
    • Flippy/Fliqpy is killing a generic tree friend.
    • Nutty crying after being burned up.
    • Mime trying to cheer up a generic tree friend with balloon animals.
    • Handy somehow has his legs chopped off.
    • Flaky shivering in the cold after having her skin ripped off.
    • Cro-Marmot staring at everyone in the distance.
    • Shifty trying to help Lifty after having half of his body removed.
    • Sniffles looking at his half-bitten torso.
    • Giggles looking at her sliced off face.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Lifty lost his lower half.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Nutty taking a bite out of Sniffles.
  • Kill ’Em All: Every single character in the show (even Splendid and Cro-Marmot) dies in this episode.
  • Lampshade Hanging: One of the BlurB! captions lampshades Lumpy suddenly regaining his hat outside despite dropping it earlier in the school theater.
  • Limited Sound Effects:
    • Cub's scream is reused from "It's a Snap".
    • Flaky's moan when she is shivering outside is reused from Giggles's in "Happy Trails Pt. 2: Jumping the Shark".
  • Made of Explodium: The school rather inexplicably explodes spectacularly at the end.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: The Mole, being the Mole, does not seem too phased by having his walking stick stabbed into his eye and through his head. He mostly just seems to be trying to dislodge it.
  • Man on Fire: Seen on the Faceless Masses after the fire.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: Lumpy is a school play director in this episode.
  • Off-Model:
    • Toothy spends most of his screentime depicted with normal buckteeth.
    • The positions of the ornaments on Cuddles's costume are inconsistent between shots.
    • Sniffles's candy cane costume turns the other way after he is bitten by Nutty.
    • Giggles loses her eyelashes during the "Pizza Face" scene.
    • Toothy's candle's cup briefly disappears after Flaky falls through the chimney prop.
    • Due to the silhouette designs, Handy ends up having hands and Giggles (who is supposed to be to the right of Russell) is missing her bow.
    • The school theater normally has three steps. It ends up having two at the end of the episode.
  • Oh, Crap!: Every time something in the play goes wrong. Culminates on Lumpy fleeing the scene.
  • "Pan Up to the Sky" Ending: At first played like this, but then...
  • School Play: The premise of the episode. Which goes haywire, predictably.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Lumpy does this after realizing how bad the Christmas Play has become.
  • Serious Business: This episode is infamously subject to much debate among fans regarding who was/were responsible for the whole ordeal and whether everyone is actually killed. It took a few instances of Word of God to confirm many of the debates. note note 
  • Shake Someone, Objects Fall: Lifty and Shifty do this to Flaky to make her dandruff look like falling snow for the play.
  • Shout-Out: The scene where everybody joins hands and sings around the burning school is likely a reference to How the Grinch Stole Christmas!.
  • The Show Must Go On: Lumpy refuses to end the Christmas Play even though several of the characters are getting brutally injured.
    • Toothy does this near the end when he starts to sing again to cheer everyone up.
  • Special Edition Title: The first episode to have a Christmas-themed intro.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: The school theater explodes at the end of the episode.
  • Sugar Apocalypse: Easily the most notable one yet in the series, especially with the involvement of all main characters at the time. As a Christmas Episode, no less.
  • Tear Off Your Face: Giggles's face ends up being cut by her own costume. Nicknamed "Pizza Face" by the show's crew.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: See Kill ’Em All.
  • Unexplained Recovery: When the bitten Sniffles is first shown, he appears to have lost his left arm. He suddenly regains it once outside.
    • Pretty much everyone somehow ends up looking fine regardless of their injuries during the final shot due to their silhouetted looks depicting them as if they have no missing body parts (Particularly Cuddles, who was beheaded on-screen but somehow managed to survive long enough to die with the others).
  • Updated Re-release: One of the early episodes to be part of "Classics Remastered" releases, which rereleases early HTF episodes in HD.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Played for Laughs yet again.
    Pizza Face and Slinky Face later teamed up and now run a detective agency that go around the country solving crime
    They also have a successful off-broadway production and a comic book featured at the back of the "Weekly Shopper's Paradise".
    All proceeds from their businesses benefit the "Animals without Faces" foundation
  • You Taste Delicious: Nutty eating a chunk of Sniffles's body, thanks to the former mistaking the latter's costume for an actual candy cane.
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