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Overview


A Hard Act to Swallow
Sniffles' decision to eat one
of the ants got him "grounded."
Internet Season: 2
Episode: 45
Production Number: 218
Writers: Rhode Montijo
Kenn Navarro
Warren Graff
Ken Pontac
Director: Kenn Navarro
Episode List: Internet Season 2
Cast
Starring Roles
Sniffles
The Ants
Featuring Roles
None
Appearances
None
Video
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A Hard Act to Swallow

Previous Episode Keepin' it Reel
Next Episode Let it Slide

"A Hard Act to Swallow" is an episode of the Happy Tree Friends internet series, the eighteenth of the second season, and forty-fifth overall.

HTF's Episode Description

The ants strike again! Poor, poor Sniffles. He can't help that he eats ants, but they do their best to make him regret it. For those of you that like children's fables, see if you can pick up on the reference used in this episode.

Plot

Sniffles sits under a tree in the park, looking at a book of math equations and eating a piece of bread. He looks up to find an ant picking up crumbs from the plate. Upon realizing that Sniffles sees him, the ant sheepishly replaces the bread crumbs. Despite this, he gets eaten by Sniffles who then decides to take a nap.

Inside Sniffles' stomach, the ant lights a match and looks around. He fires off a flare gun, lighting up Sniffles' chest and alerting the mother ant where he is. Sniffles wakes up in horror to find himself nailed to the tree with the three ants he didn't eat standing around him. They use a battering ram to break Sniffles' teeth and, tying a rope around his uvula, climb down his throat. They rescue the ant Sniffles ate and the four ants begin climbing back up the rope.

Unfortunately, Sniffles' uvula breaks off, so as a back up plan, the ants tie Sniffles' arteries shut. Blood starts building up in Sniffles' heart, causing his chest to expand and burst. A yellow, inflatable slide exits Sniffles' chest and the ants happily slide out of Sniffles' dead body, then the episode irises out.

Moral

"Follow your Heart!"

Deaths

  1. Sniffles' chest expands and bursts when the ants tie his arteries closed, preventing blood from leaving his heart.
  2. The son ant gets crushed by Sniffles' heart, since there were four and the end only shows three escaping (debatable, as it could have escaped later).

Injuries

  1. Sniffles gets nailed down to a tree by the Ants.
  2. The Ants jack up Sniffles' teeth by smashing them with a battering ram.
  3. Sniffles' uvula rips off from the Ants' weight.
  4. Sniffles' uvula crushes the sister ant.

Goofs

  1. In the beginning of the episode, Sniffles eats from his slice bread but there is no bite taken from the slice of bread.
  2. When Sniffles dies his teeth aren't broken, even though they were bashed in by a mini battering ram earlier.
  3. There's no way the ants could have reached Sniffles' heart through his esophagus.
  4. With Sniffles' artery being blocked, there is no way for the blood to leave his heart, thus it couldn't leak out of his eyes and mouth while his heart was expanding.
  5. When Sniffles dies, the nail holding down his tail vanishes.
  6. When the Ants were seen climbing up the rope before Sniffles' uvula breaks off, the single strand of hair on the Baby Ant's head is missing.
  7. When Sniffles first realizes the Ants have nailed him down to the tree, his pocket protector disappears. One would have to look closely because  it only appears in a few frames.

Trivia

  • Sniffles waking up to find himself pinned down by smaller beings is a reference to Gulliver's Travels.
  • This is one of the episodes, where it shows an object that has digits.
  • If one looks closely when Sniffles' chest bursts, the piece of bread from before flies away from the pressure of the explosion.
  • This episode, along with his character description and the Collect-Them-All section, reveals that Sniffles loves calculating long divisions.
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