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Airdate: October 20, 2001

"Happy Trails Pt. 2: Jumping the Shark" is the first episode of the second (internet) season of Happy Tree Friends.

Castaway on a deserted island, the gang mourn the loss of their friends. The next morning, Giggles is hunting for some fish using a stick. A jellyfish stings her foot, which Giggles is left confused at first. Cut to Giggles shivering horribly with a badly swelling foot. Sadly, she dies. Flippy is then suddenly approached by Lifty and Shifty, who offer the gang a ride on their inflatable raft. At first, everything goes well, until Flaky sits back and unknowingly pops the raft thanks to her quills. After the raft sinks, the friends begin to swim back to the island in panic as the sea is infested with sharks. Lifty and Shifty, however, get eaten. The rest of the gang turns on Flaky for destroying their hope of escape. Cut to a new grave being made with no respect of her. The next day, the gang succeed in building a rocket thanks to Sniffles's help. After they take off, however, it turns out that the rocket is hindered by too many items inside. To solve this, they throw away various items, including Lumpy. Unfortunately, this causes the rocket to fly way too fast, to the point where it approaches the sun. Back on Earth, Lumpy is now resting on a chair while roasting a sock. A flash of explosion is seen on the sun. In response, Lumpy just applies some sunscreen on his arm.

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"Happy Trails Pt. 2: Jumping the Shark" contains examples of:

  • Ambidextrous Sprite: Flippy's crest on his beret, Lumpy's antlers, and Handy's tool belt.
  • Artistic License – Astronomy:
    • Stars are drawn over the shaded part of the moon, which is impossible.
    • The rocket passes by six planets before flying straight into the sun.
  • Artistic License – Physics: All hat-wearing characters keep their hats on when they sink. Consider that no one holds their respective hat to keep it from floating up.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Despite all the gruesome deaths in this episode, only one (Sniffles) actually has any on-screen blood.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Sniffles's head explodes as the rocket flies closer to the sun. Flippy and Handy, meanwhile, die from the sun itself.
  • Death Glare: Flippy, Handy, Sniffles and Lumpy quite literally drop these on Flaky after she popped their raft.
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  • Establishing Character Moment: Sniffles's knack for inventing starts from this episode.
  • "Far Side" Island: The main location for this episode.
  • Hope Spot: Lifty and Shifty's raft. Cue Flaky's quills...
  • Killed Offscreen: Done rather infamously with Flaky.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Handy, Flippy, and Sniffles all get this in the end after murdering Flaky. Lumpy does not, though one could make the case that he is stuck on the island with limited resources to escape or survive.
  • Licensed Game: The HTML5 game Strandead is based on an alternate scenario of this episode.
  • The Load: Lumpy appears to be this for Sniffles, Handy, and Flippy when they throw him out of the rocket.
  • MacGyvering: The gang, with Sniffles's help, manage to build a rocket out of the wrecked school bus and the island's tree.
  • The Millstone: Flaky.
  • Multi-Part Episode: This episode is a continuation of "Happy Trails".
  • No Ending: The episode ends with Lumpy, still stranded in the island applying sun screen to his arm unaware that he's the last survivor of the group.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: For once, Lifty and Shifty don't do anything immoral and actually try to help the others get off the island. This results in them being eaten by sharks.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: How the gang killed Flaky remains a mystery. Word of God stated that this is intentional.
  • Off-Model:
    • Everyone except Lumpy is given identical silhouettes when they are seen swimming back to the island.
    • Sniffles is tailless when the first shot of the finished rocket is shown.
    • Sniffles is missing his pocket protector when he is shown sitting next to Handy inside the rocket.
    • Flippy's left hand (on-screen) is missing (notable as his arm clearly ends with a nub instead) when the rocket suddenly stops.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Lumpy, Handy, Sniffles, and Flippy (apparently as his normal, sane self) murder Flaky for accidentally popping the raft.
  • Retcon: Flippy, Lifty and Shifty did not appear with the rest of the group in the previous episode but appear in this one.
  • Running Gag: Flippy placing graves for their fallen friends.
  • Self-Deprecation: The episode's subtitle might be this, as it is not uncommon for long-running shows to jump the shark in quality.
  • Smash Cut: From Giggles being confused at her stung foot to immediate terminal illness that kills her.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": One of the writers, Paul Allan, is credited in this episode as Paul Allen, like in the previous episode.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: Flippy, Handy, and Sniffles hum the show's theme song during their flight.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Giggles, Lifty, Shifty, Flaky, Sniffles, and Handy die yet again in this episode.
  • Threatening Shark: The sea surrounding the island is infested with sharks. Lifty and Shifty are the only ones die from them.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone / Sole Survivor: Lumpy is the only character to still be alive in the end.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Flippy with Pop's voice. This is because Pop was originally going to be in the episode but the writers could not see Pop murdering characters like Flaky in cold blood and appearing without Cub. The character change occurs after the voices were recorded, with Flippy as the replacement because both characters share the same voice actor.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: There were seven friends on Lifty and Shifty's raft, yet there are six who are seen swimming back after the raft sank (unless the missing friend is swimming underwater, presumably Handy).
  • Your Head A-Splode: Sniffles's death.
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