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Airdate: April 27, 2003

"I Get a Trick Out of You" is the thirteenth episode of the second (internet) season of Happy Tree Friends.

Lumpy's split-in-half magic trick goes terribly wrong for poor Cuddles as the latter ends up literally being split in half at the waist. Cuddles (accompanied by Lumpy) is taken by the ambulance. After the bunny wakes up, Lumpy is relieved, but he ends up leaning against the ambulance's back door, causing it to open and Lumpy to fall out. He grabs onto one half of the box Cuddles is (still) in to stop himself from falling, making the rabbit scream in pain. Lumpy then tries to pull Cuddles's intestines in an effort to get him back into the ambulance, but this results in the other half to fall out as well. Fortunately, the two end up at the hospital. The next time Cuddles opens his eyes, he is now at the hospital room and his body is stitch-covered. The nervous Lumpy happens to visit him and tries to entertain him by pulling a bunch of roses from his hat. Lumpy then tries a "dry newspaper" trick, but he does not see any liquid except the blood in Cuddles's IV, so he uses it instead. Little does he know that Cuddles really needs that blood, as the bunny ends up flatlining. Lumpy panics and tries to escape with a smoke trick, but this results in him being burned.

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"I Get a Trick Out of You" contains examples of:

  • Accidental Murder: Lumpy's stupidity results in Cuddles's death for good. See My God, What Have I Done? below.
  • Ambidextrous Sprite: Lumpy's antlers.
  • Ambulance Cut: After Lumpy's Saw a Woman in Half gone wrong.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Cuddles's intestines appear to come out from his spine when Lumpy pulls his lower half to stop his fall from the ambulance's back door.
  • Ash Face: Cuddles, Giggles, and Toothy end up with this after Lumpy appears to the group in a puff of smoke.
  • The Atoner: After splitting Cuddles in half by accident, Lumpy spends the rest of the episode trying to make it up for Cuddles.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Two nods to "Giggles's Valentine Smoochie" released earlier in February: Giggles's sneezing animation and the roses pulled out from Lumpy's hat.
    • Cuddles ends up in the same hospital room as the one in "Mime and Mime Again", albeit lacking windows, with different bed position, and the room itself being wider.
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  • Delayed Reaction: Cuddles does not show any pained reaction when he is being sawed by Lumpy, only after his body gets separated.
  • Downer Ending: Cuddles dies due to Lumpy's negligence and a smoke bomb kills Lumpy.
  • Easily Forgiven: Cuddles seems to be very okay with Lumpy despite the latter splitting him in half.
  • Faceless Masses: The silhouetted bears in the crowd.
  • Flatline: Cuddles at first recovers from this when he is being carried by the ambulance. He finally flatlines for real thanks to Lumpy's stupidity.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Cuddles's body is split in half from Lumpy's lethal Saw a Woman in Half trick.
  • Lethally Stupid: Deconstructed. Lumpy's role as a lethal ditz is fairly common in the series. However here we see the rammifications of it. With Cuddles being sent to the hospital due to his antics and Lumpy feeling genuine guilt for his accident.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Lumpy after realizing that his foolish trick involving Cuddles's blood pack results in the bunny dying.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: Lumpy is a Stage Magician in this episode.
  • Odd Friendship: Lumpy tries to form one with Cuddles throughout the episode to cheer him up.
  • Off-Model:
    • Toothy with normal buckteeth.
    • The mouth model used during one frame Cuddles is being cut in half is the "crazed open mouth smile" model, but upside-down to make it look like a pained expression. Unfortunately, this results in the tongue being placed at the top of the mouth.
  • Oh, Crap!: Pretty much everyone at the party when Lumpy's Saw a Woman in Half trick goes wrong.
  • Pun-Based Title: "I get a kick out of you"
  • Saw a Woman in Half: Cuddles volunteers for this trick. His intestines stay fine, but his body does not.
  • Shout-Out: The episode's title might be a pun of Cole Porter's song I Get a Kick Out of You.
  • Smoke Out: Lumpy attempts this at the end via smoke bomb. It kills him.
  • Stage Magician: Lumpy.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Cuddles and Lumpy die.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Giggles, Toothy, Mole, Cub, and Nutty survive.
  • Tightrope Walking: Originally, after falling out from the ambulance, Lumpy was supposed to do this on Cuddles's intestines instead of pulling them.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Things just do not work well for poor ol' Cuddles.
  • Updated Re-release: One of the early episodes to be part of "Classics Remastered" releases, which rereleases early HTF episodes in HD.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Inside the ambulance, when it seems like Cuddles is finally getting the medical he treatment he deserves, Lumpy accidentally opens the ambulance doors and Cuddles slides off the vehicle.
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