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Happy Trails Pt. 2: Jumping the Shark

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The aftermath of the bus crash.
Season: Internet Season 2
Episode: 28
Title Reference/Pun: Jumping the shark
Aired: October 20, 2001
Production Number: 201
Writers: Mark Fiorenza
Warren Graff
Rhode Montijo
Kenn Navarro
Paul Allan
Director: Rhode Montijo
Starring Roles
Featuring Roles
The Sharks
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Happy Trails Part 2 Jumping the Shark

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Happy Trails Pt. 2: Jumping the Shark (more commonly referred to as Jumping the Shark) is an episode of the Happy Tree Friends internet series. This is the first episode of the second season, and the twenty-eighth episode overall, and also the continuation and conclusion of the previous season's cliffhanger finale. Despite the character being introduced long before, this episode introduces Sniffles' ability to build high-technology objects, that usually backfire with deadly results.

HTF Episode Description

Castaway on a deserted island, the gang must figure out how to get home. They battle sharks, sinking life boats and out-of-control rockets just to make it back to their favorite forest. Do they succeed? Tune in to Part Two to find out!


After the events of the previous episode, the survivors are stranded on a deserted island. The bus is in shambles, the ocean is shark-infested, and many have died in the accident. Flippy creates small graves for those who died in the crash, while the others look on mournfully. Once the task is done, they silently walk away.

The next day, Giggles catches a fish in the ocean for food, using a long pointed stick as a makeshift spear. Unbeknownst to her, a jellyfish swims by and zaps her left foot, causing her to shriek in pain. Later that day; during night, Giggles is suffering from extreme chills, and her stung foot is incredibly swollen. The scene cuts to Flippy sadly pounding down another grave with Giggles' bow tied around it, indicating she died of hypothermia.

When Flippy is done pounding in Giggles' grave, Lifty and Shifty reveal they have an inflatable raft the group can escape on. As the group sails away from the island, everyone is relieved and in good spirits. Unfortunately, as Flaky sits down, her quills pop the raft, causing the raft to start sinking as a shark swims along. The group hurriedly swims back to the island, but Lifty and Shifty are taken by the shark. As everybody catches their breath, Flaky looks on nervously at her fellow members, who are obviously angry at her for popping their only ride home. As the scene changes to night, Flippy laughs evilly as he pounds Flaky's grave into the sand, while the others watch on the background with evil expressions.

The next day, the school bus and the tree on the island are gone and in their place stands a rocket ship made up of the bus parts. The group boards their creation with makeshift helmets made of coconuts, and they lift-off, singing the theme song as they go. Eventually, the rocket stops moving upwards. They throw several weighty objects out of the rocket, one of which being Lumpy, and the rocket continues upwards.

Sadly, now the rocket moves too fast and it is headed towards the sun. Sniffles' head explodes as they get closer to the sun. Back on Earth, Lumpy makes the best of his situation by relaxing in a chair and holding his sock over a fire. A "puff!" suddenly appears in the sun, indicating that the rocket ship made contact with the sun, but Lumpy pays little heed. As the episode ends, Lumpy begins applying sunscreen to his arm.


"Give but never Give up!"


  1. A fish is impaled by Giggles with a makeshift spear..
  2. Giggles is stung by a jellyfish, causing her leg to swell and giving her hypothermia (while the friends have no injection to recover her). She eventually dies because of the extreme chills.
  3. Lifty and Shifty are eaten by a shark after Flaky deflates their raft with her quills.
  4. Flaky is killed by Flippy, Lumpy, Handy, and Sniffles for deflating the raft (Death not shown).
  5. Sniffles' head explodes from the heat of the sun.
  6. Flippy and Handy are killed when their rocket flies into the sun, burning them.


  1. Giggles' (before her leg gets swollen) gets stung on the foot by a jellyfish.
  2. Flippy, Handy, Sniffles, Flaky, and Lumpy hurriedly swim back to the island after their raft pops, all out of breath and tattered.
  3. Lumpy is thrown out of a rocket ship.


  1. As everyone is swimming back to the island after their raft deflates, there are six figures in the water. There should be seven (assuming one of them wasn't underwater).
  2. In the same scene, the characters' silhouettes (except Lumpy's) are Generic Tree Friends instead of themselves.
  3. When Lumpy is thrown out of the rocket, he is still holding the steering wheel. The next time we see the inside of the rocket, however, Sniffles is the one holding the steering wheel.
    1. It could be possible they had a replacement wheel.
  4. Lifty and Shifty arrive on the island randomly (though they could've traveled there via their raft or been on the bus in Part 1, just unseen), along with Flippy.
  5. When the rocket stopped in the air, Flippy's hand is missing.
  6. In the credits, writer Paul Allan's name is misspelled "Paul Allen".
  7. Even though Handy has no hands, he managed to swim back to the island with the other Tree Friends - then again, he seems capable of doing just about anything hand-related without hands as long it's off-screen or barely seen at a distance, although he could have been the one underwater as mentioned in Goof #1.
  8. The rocket goes past Mars but if they hit the sun they would have went in the other direction.
  9. Everyone except Lumpy looks exactly the same when they swim back to the island.
  10. Although five characters (Cuddles, Mime, Petunia, Toothy, and The Mole) died on the bus, there are eight graves on the island. The extra graves were probably for Generic Tree Friends. However, considering the fact that Toothy's body flew out of the bus, he most likely wasn't buried along with the other characters.
  11. While the Tree Friends are on the raft, there's a Giggles' giggling sound, even though she's already dead from the previous scene. Also, the giggle is in sync with Flippy's mouth movement, as if he's the one who giggled. (it was Sniffles who giggled, if you look closely, you will see that Sniffles was the one that giggled, Flippy just opened his mouth at the time that happened).
  12. When the finished rocket is shown, Sniffles' tail is missing.
  13. Lumpy is missing at the start, when Lifty and Shifty blow up a raft, Lumpy appears.
  14. Flippy had Fliqpy's voice when pounding in Flaky's grave and when the rocket was dangerously heading towards the sun.
  15. When Flippy was pounding in Flaky's grave, there were stars in the shaded part of the moon. This is impossible for obvious reasons.
  16. It should be impossible for Lumpy to put on his makeshift helmet because of his antlers.


  • The phrase: "Jumping The Shark" was an internet phenomenon made from the '70s TV show "Happy Days", where, in the beach episode, The Fonz (Henry Winkler) dares to jump a shark on a jet ski.
  • This is the last episode to air in 2001.
  • Lumpy, Handy, Sniffles, and Flippy all have out of character moments in this episode. None of them would purposefully kill a character just for making a mistake (Flippy wasn't flipped out at the time). Its also against Sniffles, Handy and Flippy's character to throw Lumpy out of the rocket like that instead of more objects. Though Handy has shown to not care if a character has died.
  • This is the only episode Lifty and Shifty star in without killing another character.
    • It is also the only episode they star in without doing something antagonistic.
  • This episode makes Giggles the first character to die in the second internet season.
  • Throughout the episode, Flippy has Pop's voice. This is because Pop was originally supposed to star in this episode, but the writers thought that it would be too 'out of character' for Pop to kill Flaky, and for Pop to appear without Cub. They replaced him with Flippy (since both characters are voiced by Aubrey Ankrum, even though Pop has a much deeper voice) at the last moment, after all the voices were recorded. As a result, this is the only episode where Flippy doesn't 'flip-out' in any capacity.
  • This is the first time ever that Sniffles invents.
  • If one looks closely at the back of the bus in the first shot of the episode, the window was broken, and there was blood around it. It could be possible that was how Toothy was flung out of the bus in the first part.
  • Despite the numerous deaths in the series, this is one of the few times where the consequence of death is explored.
  • When Flippy, Handy, and Sniffles are in the rocket heading towards space, they are humming the theme song again.
  • All of the deaths in this episode are either bloodless or off-screen (Though Lifty and Shifty's deaths are onscreen only their silhouettes are seen), except at the end when Sniffles' head explodes - this is a good example of how Sniffles tends to die more gruesome deaths compared to most of the other characters.
  • Since Cuddles-Giggles and Handy-Petunia are confirmed couples on the show, it makes sense that Giggles and Handy would be mourning Petunia and Cuddles' deaths together.
  • In a deleted scene, the gang killed Flaky onscreen. This was cut as it was considered too gruesome. Flaky's off-screen death is often discussed by fans - some say she was buried alive or hung among other possibilities.
    • According to a tweet made by Kenn Navarro, he stated that Flaky's unseen death was intended to be a mystery.
  • Flippy didn't 'flip out' - his eyes were their normal black color, and not his crazed green color. This is the only time to date when Flippy has intentionally killed somebody. It's also the only time Flippy got help from someone else (Lumpy, Handy, and Sniffles) to kill someone.
  • This episode marks the first time that Flippy dies.
  • This is one of the few occurrences where Lifty and Shifty do a selfless deed by offering the others a chance to escape on their life raft. Although, they could have made people pay off-screen.
  • Giggles practically put her head on Handy's shoulder, indicating they are good friends.
  • This is the first time that Lumpy, Handy, and Sniffles have intentionally killed a main character - Flaky.
  • When the four are in the rocket, Flippy sported Flaky's frown.
  • A HTF HTML5 game named Strandead is based on this episode.
  • This is one of the only episodes where Lifty and Shifty died and they didn't do anything antagonistic.
  • If one looks close enough, the water was moving during the credits.
  • This episode has the highest amount of starring characters, with eight starring characters.

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