- "Don't breathe under water!"
Airdate: February 11, 2000
"Water You Wading For" is the sixth episode of the first (internet) season of Happy Tree Friends.
The episode begins with a happy Cuddles who cannonballs into a lake. After swimming for a bit, he asks his porcupine friend, Flaky, to join him. However, the porcupine points out the "no swimming" sign, which is outright ignored by the bunny. Soon, piranhas attack Cuddles, a pair of sea lions play him as if he is a ball, an alligator bites down on him, then finally, a whale crushes what is left of him. All while the highly cautious porcupine being unable to properly help him. It ends with Flaky laughing nervously after using a life preserver on Cuddles's pool of blood.
"Water You Wading For" contains the following:
- Bait-and-Switch: Flaky's first attempt to help Cuddles is to reach out to him using a stick. The next shot shows her doing so from behind a tree located far away from the lake, rendering her effort pointless.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: As the iris closes in on the nervously-laughing Flaky, her eyes shift to look at the audience.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: After suffering from brutal injuries, what is left of Cuddles ends up being crushed by a whale.
- Death by Looking Up: Cuddles's death is preceded by him looking up a whale about to crush him.
- Debut Queue: Flaky makes her first debut here.
- Downer Ending: In the end, Flaky fails to save Cuddles.
- Establishing Character Moment: Flaky's highly cautious personality, as well as her nervous laugh.
- Everything Trying to Kill You: The lake, quite literally.
- Idiot Ball: The whole episode kicks off with Cuddles outright dismissing the "no swimming" sign.
- Misplaced Wildlife: We see piranhas, sea lions, alligators, and a whale, all in a lake, purely for Rule of Funny.
- Never Smile at a Crocodile: The alligator who bites down on Cuddles.
- Off-Model: Thanks to animation errors, Cuddles lapses into this often, from missing his cheek markings to missing his tail (prior to losing his bottom half).
- Piranha Problem: Cuddles's Trauma Conga Line starts with this.
- Pun-Based Title: "What are you waiting for?"
- They Killed Kenny Again: Cuddles dies.
- Too Dumb to Live: See Idiot Ball above.
- Trauma Conga Line: Cuddles gets attacked by piranhas, played by sea lions like a ball, attacked by an alligator, then crushed by a whale.
- Updated Re-release: One of the early episodes to be part of "Classics Remastered" releases, which rereleases early HTF episodes in HD.