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Airdate: June 8, 2003

"Keepin' it Reel" is the seventeenth episode of the second (internet) season of Happy Tree Friends.

Flippy takes a seat at a movie theater. The nearby Mime is "eating" loudly, bothering him. Meanwhile, Lumpy walks into the theater with a lot of snacks. This causes him to accidentally bump into the projector. The theater screen begins to flash, triggering Flippy's PTSD. Mime, who is now "drinking" (also loudly), ends up as his first victim as the deer ends up being ripped apart by the seat. Petunia is next as her head is shoved into the popcorn machine where her head is heated to produce popcorn-sized pieces of her brain. After that, Fliqpy chases Flaky. Between flashes, the whole ordeal goes from Cuddles noticing Fliqpy's attack, to getting clubbed by Flaky's body, to finally being left as a corpse alongside the decapitated Flaky. A scared Toothy backs up near the projector, not knowing that Fliqpy is behind it. The poor beaver ends up having his head impaled by said projectile thanks to Fliqpy, with one of his eyes stuck on the lens, giving the audience a view of Toothy's eye which ends up burning away. Lumpy boos at the "movie", not knowing that he is the next victim of Fliqpy.

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"Keepin' it Reel" contains examples of:

  • Ambidextrous Sprite: Flippy's beret's crest and Lumpy's antlers.
  • Caption Humor: One of the episodes with a BlurB! version.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: All caused by Fliqpy, of course.
    • Mime gets ripped apart by the theater seat.
    • Petunia's head bursts from heat, turning her brain into popcorn pieces.
    • Cuddles gets clubbed by Flaky's quills.
    • Flaky ends up being decapitated.
    • Toothy suffers from brain damage after having his head impaled by a projector.
  • Enemy Rising Behind: Fliqpy does this quite often in this episode.
  • Everyone Hates Mimes: Mimes and movie theaters apparently do not go well together according to the BlurB!.
    Mimes cost the theater companies millions of dollars in lost revenue due to sneaking in snacks.
    They're impossible to stop.
  • Eye Scream: Toothy's eye, meet projector.
  • Faceless Masses: The featureless bear-like audience in the theater.
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  • Foregone Conclusion: Lampshaded in the BlurB!.
    Oh, Flippy is there? Everybody is going to die.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Fliqpy uses Flaky's body as a spiky club to kill Cuddles.
  • Killed Offscreen: After the Iris Out, a Sickening "Crunch!" is heard, indicating that Lumpy is killed.
  • Movie-Theater Episode: The episode takes place at a movie theater.
  • Neck Snap: It can be assumed that this is what Fliqpy did to Lumpy after the Iris Out.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Lumpy's death, as it happens after the Iris Out, is left up to the viewer's imagination.
  • Off-Model:
    • Despite the Recycled Animation, Mime is depicted without ears after he is killed. The animators also forgot to switch out the red nose from "Out of Sight, Out of Mime".
    • Like in "I Get a Trick Out of You", the "crazed smile" mouth model is used upside-down to depict a different expression, at the cost of the tongue being placed on the upper part of the mouth as a result.
    • Mime is tailless in this episode.
    • A layering error causes Petunia's left arm to appear as if it is attached to her head when she is looking at the popcorn machine.
    • Probably the most notorious is during the brief act of Fliqpy shoving Petunia into the popcorn machine. The in-betweens end up appearing as if Fliqpy is grabbing Petunia's head while at the same time his arms are about to reach her head.
    • Toothy ends up with normal buckteeth when he begins screaming after having his head impaled on the projector.
  • Off with His Head!: Flaky's fate.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: One of the very few times Fliqpy ever kills Lumpy, and it happens offscreen.
  • Pun-Based Title: "Keepin' it real"
  • Recycled Animation: After Mime gets ripped apart, the animation of his head dropping down is reused from "Out of Sight, Out of Mime", red nose and all.
  • Recycled Soundtrack: The music at the beginning of the episode is reused from "Crazy Ant-ics", "Tongue Twister Trouble", and "The Way You Make Me Wheel".
  • Running Gag: Toothy's eye injury.
  • Show Within a Show: The movie playing in this episode is Buddhist Monkey's "Enter the Garden". Keep in mind that at the time, said short in its entirety could only be watched as a Bonus Episode in the Second Serving DVD released about four months later.
  • Sickening "Crunch!": Heard after the Iris Out, indicating that Fliqpy has killed Lumpy.
  • Suddenly Voiced: One of the very few episodes where Mime makes an audible sound.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Toothy, Lumpy, Cuddles, Flaky, Mime, and Petunia die.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Flippy survives.
  • Updated Re-release: One of the early episodes to be part of "Classics Remastered" releases, which rereleases early HTF episodes in HD.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The Faceless Masses are basically out of this episode once Fliqpy begins to awaken.
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