|Season:||TV Season 1|
|Aired:||October 9, 2006|
|Writers:|| Kenn Navarro|
Nutty (Cameo Appearance - Unseen, but his shriek was heard)
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|Previous Episode||Don't Yank My Chain|
|Next Episode||Concrete Solution|
Doggone It is episode number 3.1 of the Happy Tree Friends television series.
HTF Episode Description
This episode is foaming at the mouth! Watch Lumpy tame the beast!
Lumpy tries to catch a dog that goes crazy when it hears whistling. (DVD)
The episode begins with Lifty and Shifty driving away from a pet store in their van. At that moment, Pop and Cub go into the pet store to buy a pet. Pop sees and falls in love with a cute puppy named Whistle, while Cub has his heart set on a vicious dog that is locked up in a steel cage. Pop denies Cub's wishes, but Cub soon grows to like Whistle as much as Pop.
Elsewhere, Lumpy, an animal catcher, is contacted via radio in his truck to attend to an urgent issue. As Lumpy arrives at the scene, he finds a hysterical Cuddles covered in purple bruises. Cuddles explains to Lumpy what happened and then runs away in fear. Lumpy opens the door to a nearby house, when suddenly, tentacles pop out the door and windows of the house. He looks in to see a giant squid clutching Sniffles, Handy, Petunia, and Toothy in its grasp. The tentacle holding Petunia repeatedly slams her onto the floor, killing her. Lumpy readies a mouse trap, enters the house, and single-handedly disables the squid, dragging it behind him to his truck, with Petunia and Sniffles still in its tentacles.
At Pop's house, Cub happily plays with Whistle in his bedroom. Pop leaves the room, whistling as he goes, but returns to the room upon hearing Cub screaming. He enters the room to find blood everywhere, furniture destroyed and Whistle attacking Cub. As Lumpy finishes tying the squid to the back of his truck, he gets a call from Pop, himself now being attacked by Whistle, asking him to come help. Lumpy arrives and sees Pop carefully dangling Whistle on a leash, trying to make him calm down. Lumpy slowly puts his net under Whistle and picks him up, and walks away. But before Lumpy gets the chance to put him in a cage, it is revealed that Whistle has escaped by chewing through his net.
Meanwhile, at Giggles' house, Giggles puts a tea kettle on her stove and takes a basket of laundry outside. As she begins hanging her laundry on a clothes line, a bird flies down and Whistle approaches. Giggles begins hugging and playing with him, but when the bird whistles, Whistle begins viciously attacking Giggles by biting on her buttocks, ripping the skin off and exposing the nerves. She shrieks as Whistle continues biting the skin off her butt. Giggles attempts to flee, screaming. Lumpy hears Giggles' screams of distress and rushes to her aid. Meanwhile, Giggles is shrieking while holding onto a tree branch as Whistle continues biting on the skin of her butt, holding on. Giggles' wrists begin to peel, exposing her flesh, and as a result the skin on her body (minus her head and hands) falls loose completely, making Giggles scream loudly in extreme pain.
Giggles, losing her grip, falls into a washtub filled with water. Whistles growls and leaps into the water, violently mauling and skinning Giggles. Her muffled screams become faint as the water turns red. Lumpy arrives, but is too late. He spots the dead Giggles, who is missing all the skin on her body except for her head, and Whistle, who is sitting there happily wagging his tail.
Lumpy is confused and thinks about the situation when Giggles' tea kettle begins to whistle. Whistle suddenly gets aggressive and begins biting Lumpy's chest. Lumpy pulls Whistle off him and throws Whistle into the streets near Mime. Mime sees The Mole driving down the road, about to hit Whistle. As Lumpy hops over a fence, Mime blows on a whistle to warn The Mole, causing Whistle to grow aggressive and attack The Mole in his car. The Mole's car swerves near Disco Bear, who is strutting down the sidewalk. Mime blows his whistle again to warn Disco Bear of the approaching vehicle, but this only causes Whistle to start attacking Disco Bear.
Lumpy begins thinking about the connection between Whistle's attacks, slowly connecting the dots in his head. By now, Whistle has begun tearing out Disco Bear's intestines and runs away with them as Disco Bear falls dead. Mime once more blows his whistle, causing Whistle to turn his sights on Mime. Lumpy has finally figured out that whistles are what trigger Whistle's aggression, and he tackles Mime just as Whistle is about to attack him. While Lumpy accidentally swallows the whistle, Mime is knocked halfway into the road, where his head is run over by a passing car.
As Lumpy struggles to breathe with the whistle in his throat, he lets out whistling noises, which cause Whistle to chase after him. Lumpy is brutally attacked by Whistle, but is able to escape and hide. He successfully coughs up the whistle, but when he lets out a whistle of relief, Whistle appears and chases Lumpy up a tree. Whistle then attempts to climb up the tree, repeatedly scraping the wood away. Later that day, during night, now with half of the tree stump scraped away, Whistle has snapped out of his feral state and fallen asleep. Lumpy picks up the sleeping Whistle. But as Lumpy begins walking back to his truck, it is revealed that the squid he caught has regained consciousness, and is now standing on its tentacles.
Down the road, Lifty and Shifty are seen fighting over a dollar in their van. This distracts them until they realize that they are driving towards the squid. As the two brothers begin screaming, the squid releases ink onto their van. Unable to see through the ink-covered windshield, they activate the windshield wipers, but it is not enough to wipe off the ink. As a result, Lifty and Shifty crash into a tree close to the one Lumpy was hiding in. They slam onto the tree with so much force, they fly right through their windshield and get crushed like soda cans when they fly into the tree at high speed.
The back of their van opens up and dozens of dogs identical to Whistle fall out of the back, knocking Whistle out of Lumpy's hands. Not knowing which is the real Whistle, Lumpy connects the dots in his head again, grabs Mime's whistle, and blows it. One of the dogs arches its back and snarls, leading Lumpy to believe he has found the right one, when suddenly all of the other dogs do likewise. The dogs then jump onto Lumpy and begin to maul him to death.
The final scene shows all the dogs back in their normal state, except for two, who are seen fighting over one of Lumpy's severed antlers, the only thing that remains of him.
"Let sleeping dogs lie!"
- Sniffles, Petunia, Handy, Toothy and Nutty (not seen, but scream heard) die from being attacked by a giant squid. Petunia was the only one shown getting slammed against the floor, and Sniffles, Toothy, and Handy's deaths are not seen. Toothy and Handy can be heard screaming for a long time, but after Lumpy sets up his mousetrap they slowly stop. Sniffles' body can be seen in the squid's tentacles when Lumpy drags it to his van, so he may have died. Nutty can be heard screaming in the background, but is not seen in the attack. (Debatable)
- Cub may have died from being attacked by Whistle. This is debatable however, as he suffered similar injuries in And the Kitchen Sink and survived; it is possible that Pop took him to a hospital before Whistle did fatal damage. For more information, see Cub's Death
- Giggles is skinned alive and mauled by Whistle.
- The Mole is mauled by Whistle inside his car.
- Disco Bear's intestines are torn out by Whistle, and he dies from the wounds.
- Mime's head is run over by a car.
- Lifty and Shifty crash their van into a tree and are crushed to death when they fly into the tree at high speed.
- Lumpy is torn to pieces by numerous dogs resembling Whistle.
- Cuddles is covered in bruises all over his body from a squid.
- The squid gets knocked out when Lumpy contains it.
- Pop gets attacked by Whistle, but survives.
- Giggles has the skin on her body torn off by Whistle.
- Lumpy has a portion of his skin ripped off by Whistle.
- Lumpy tackles Mime to prevent him from blowing his whistle.
- Mime's whistle lands in Lumpy's throat, choking him.
- Whistle attacks Lumpy, giving him various wounds.
- In the featuring roles, Lifty and Shifty have pac-man pupils instead of their usual ones.
- The directions of Lumpy's antlers change numerous times throughout the episode.
- As Giggles is hanging on a branch, her clothes disappear from the clothesline.
- The washtub Giggles falls into does not appear until she lets go of the tree branch.
- When Giggles slips from the branch after Whistle tears off her skin, there is skin on her hands, but when she falls into the tub in the next scene, the skin on her hands is gone.
- Though Whistle mauls Giggles, there are no visible wounds (aside from her missing skin) on her body.
- The distance between The Mole's car and Whistle changes dramatically between shots.
- When Lumpy dive-tackles Mime, they both move to right while the whistle flies to the left. When they hit the ground, however, the whistle lands in Lumpy's mouth.
- Mime's entire head splatters on the street before the car completely runs him over.
- The distance Lumpy is from Lifty and Shifty's van changes between the time they crash into the tree and when their back doors fly open.
- Even though Pop and Cub are starring characters, they only appear in the beginning of the episode. (However, they could be considered starring characters because they started the events of this episode by adopting Whistle.)
- Lifty, Shifty, and Cuddles are listed as featuring characters, but only make short appearances.
- When Lumpy "catches" Whistle in a net the first time, Whistle's pattern(s) change.
- When Lumpy sets up his mousetrap, Nutty's screaming can be heard, despite him not being in the house with the Giant Squid, or in the episode period.
- The title of this episode is a common phrase said when you realize a mistake you made.
- Whistle tearing Giggles' skin off her buttocks is a parody of the Coppertone sunscreen logo.
- This is the only episode of the TV series that Pop stars in without causing the death of any characters (he may have indirectly killed Cub when he started whistling, though Cub may have just been injured).
- This is the first episode in which Cuddles survives.
- This is one of four episodes in the TV series where Lumpy is killed by animals (the other three are Take a Hike, Mime to Five and Letter Late Than Never).
- When Sniffles is being attacked by the Giant Squid, he screams the same way he does in Party Animal.
- This is one of the few episodes where The Mole does not kill or harm anybody despite being killed himself.
- Whistle is based on Ken Pontac's dog of the same name, who also provides Whistle's voice.
- When this episode aired along with Concrete Solution and Sea What I Found on YouTube, the alternate title for the conglomeration of the segments was named "The Third Degree." Lifty, Shifty, Pop, Cub, Cuddles, and Lumpy, appear in all three episodes. Lumpy (and possibly Cub) die in all three episodes they appear in, Lifty & Shifty die twice, Cuddles dies once and Pop survives in all three episodes.
- When Lumpy realizes his net is destroyed, he says "What the f*ck?"
- This is one of the few episodes where one of the starring characters (Cub) dies early (debatable).
- Pop and Cuddles are (debatably) the only survivors of the episode, and are also the only survivors of Sea What I Found and Letter Late Than Never.
- Although he does not live long enough to make use of the information, Lumpy's plan to identify Whistle by whistling actually works; of all the dogs in the van, Whistle is the only one who gets a bulging left eye. All the others have bulging right eyes.
- When Giggles giggles at Whistle, she sounds exactly like Petunia when she makes the same giggle in I Heart U.
- The moral of the episode, "Let sleeping dogs lie", means to not disturb.
- The YouTube thumbnail for Part 1 spoils one of Giggles' injuries before death.
- Lumpy would later endure a similar injury and death in Pet Peeve.