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Home is Where the Hurt is
The Happy Tree Friends
have a lot of work to do.
Season: TV Season 1
Episode: 9.2
Title Reference/Pun: Home is where the heart is
Aired: November 27, 2006
Writers: Kenn Navarro
Warren Graff
Ken Pontac
David Winn
Jeff Biancalana
Director: Kenn Navarro
Starring Roles
Featuring Roles
The Mole
Part 1
Home Is Where the Hurt Is Part 103:45

Home Is Where the Hurt Is Part 1

Part 2
Home Is Where the Hurt Is Part 203:43

Home Is Where the Hurt Is Part 2

Previous Episode Idol Curiosity
Next Episode Aw, Shucks!

Home Is Where the Hurt Is is episode number 9.2 of the Happy Tree Friends television series.

HTF Episode Description

With Lumpy as the architect, Giggles’ new home is not so sweet! The deconstruction team punches in Giggles’ house of horrors and makes home bodies of everyone!

Lumpy messes up the blueprints for Giggles' new home, turning it into a death-house. (DVD)


Handy, somehow, finishes single-handedly building a house for Giggles. She gratefully hugs Handy and walks up to her new house, but falls backwards as she avoids stepping on a loose nail sticking up through the porch. Handy turns around, and suddenly the house collapses. Giggles runs to her destroyed home in distress, while Handy thinks of how to rectify the situation. With a triumphant, "Aha!" he has his answer.

The scene cuts to Handy giving orders to Giggles, Lumpy, Petunia, The Mole, Mime, and Cuddles as they all stand around a blueprint, ready to help rebuild the house. Lumpy is the exception to this, as he is happily playing with an origami crane he made nearby. When the tail of the crane breaks, a saddened Lumpy uses the blueprint of the house to make a new one. Meanwhile, Petunia's task is to put together pipes (dealing with two kinds of pipes: water and electrical). When she begins screwing two pipes together, a tiny splotch of bacteria lands on her chest. Because of this one small stain, Petunia begins panicking due to her OCD kicking in. She immediately asks Lumpy to do her task while she runs to the cooler and repeatedly splashes water at the the bacteria in hopes of cleaning it off. However, Lumpy begins to mix water pipes with electrical pipes.

Lumpy turns his attention to Mime, who is standing behind a wall of bricks he just laid down. Mime begins walking forward and slowly lowers his body, performing the invisible staircase routine. Lumpy is very much amused and impressed by this as he begins clapping and laughing, with Mime clapping along. Elsewhere, The Mole hands Cuddles logs while the latter feeds them into a wood cutting machine that cuts the logs into boards. Unfortunately, The Mole goes too fast for Cuddles and ends up knocking him into the wood-slicer, chopping up his body.

Later, inside the newly finished and decorated house, Giggles marvels and thanks everyone for their help. When she tries to open what she thinks is the front door, however, she comes face to face with a brick wall. Everyone else sheepishly walks away. The characters spot numerous design flaws in the house, including a window leading to another room and a door that leads to the refrigerator. Handy tries to open a door but has difficulty, while The Mole unknowingly finds the back door but closes it, thinking it just leads to another room in the house.

Giggles, meanwhile, walks into a room where she begins falling, discovering that somehow, she has been walking sideways through the house. She lands on the banister of a staircase and begins sliding down. Elsewhere, Mime walks behind a couch and tries to perform the invisible staircase routine once more for Lumpy. This time, however, Mime begins falling, prompting Lumpy to laugh at what he thinks is a change in the act. The viewer, however, sees that Mime fell down an actual staircase leading to the basement, breaking his back and limbs, killing him.

While Petunia walks through a hallway, she completely stops in her tracks when she sees some slime on the floor. She looks up, realizing that it is falling from a grate in the ceiling. She begins hyperventilating due to her OCD, but she manages to compose herself. She pulls out a handkerchief and a bottle of cleaner and gets to work on cleaning the mess (which further reveals that her OCD takes effect no matter where she is). Back with Giggles, she continues to slide down the banister. She hits her head on a wooden beam, which gives her a black eye, a mounted moose head, where its eyes land in her mouth, and a chandelier, where beads wrap around her face. To make Giggles' suffering more grueling, her body begins to slide over hundreds of protruding nails, which cut up her body as she slides over them.

Meanwhile, Handy finally manages to open the door, only to be saddened when he discovers another door he has to open. At the bottom of the staircase, Lumpy walks by as Giggles' now mutilated body reaches the bottom, immediately splitting upon stopping. Lumpy gets scared and runs into a bedroom, where he raises a wall bed back into the wall. He also sees a Dutch door, a door that splits into two halves. He quickly opens the top half of the door, accidentally decapitating The Mole, who is walking by on the other side. Not knowing that he killed The Mole, he closes the door again and then looks down a grate in the floor, seeing Petunia beneath him, still cleaning the mess. As he says hello to her, the wall bed falls down, crushing him and forcing his body through the holes in the grate.

The bloody chunks of Lumpy land on Petunia's head and she begins panicking due to the amount of filth on her. She runs into a bathroom and hops into the shower to clean herself off. Unfortunately, because Lumpy earlier mixed electrical pipes with water pipes, Petunia gets electrocuted to death. The lights in the room Handy is in begin flickering. Handy, out of breath from having having opened eight doors, only has one more between him and the outside. He runs full speed at the door and manages to knock it open. He hops over a loose nail in the porch and turns around to look at the house. To his shock, the house is in the shape of an origami crane, indicating that the group took the blueprints a little too literally. As Handy begins walking forward, he steps on a loose floorboard, with Cuddles' remains stuck to the bottom. The board flies up and sends a nail into his face, piercing his eye and killing him. The episode then irises in on Handy's eye, which drools some blood.


"Charity begins at home"


  1. Cuddles is accidentally knocked into a wood-slicer by The Mole.
  2. Mime falls down a staircase and breaks numerous bones and dies by the wounds.
  3. Giggles is cut in half as she slides down a staircase with nails poking out of it.
  4. The Mole is accidentally decapitated by Lumpy when the latter opens a Dutch door.
  5. Lumpy is crushed by a wall bed and his body is cut into bloody squares through the holes in a grate.
  6. Petunia is electrocuted when she takes a shower in a tub with electrical pipes mixed with water pipes.
  7. Handy is hit in the face with a nail, piercing one of his eyes and his brain.


  1. Giggles falls on her crotch on a banister.
  2. Giggles hits a wooden beam and she gets a black eye.


  1. The house Handy built for Giggles crumbles into pieces.
  2. A hole in the large house breaks loose when Mime is walking on it.
  3. The eyeballs inside of a fake moose and the decorations in a chandelier are removed by Giggles.


  1. Even though the starring characters are Handy and Giggles, Lumpy receives more screen time than the both of them. Additionally, Petunia receives about the same amount of screen time as the starring characters in this episode.
  2. The locations of the tools on Handy's tool belt change numerous times, sometimes in continuous shots.
  3. The directions of Lumpy's antlers change numerous times, sometimes in continuous shots.
  4. The mole on The Mole's face changes place several times.
  5. An origami crane cannot flap its wings when its tail is pulled back and forth, it is the origami flapping bird that does that.
  6. The bacteria splatter on Petunia changes place a few times.
  7. The Happy Tree Friends should have realized that something was wrong when they entered the house.
  8. The color of the first door that Handy opens is orange when he first tries to open it, and green when he opens it.
  9. When Giggles starts sliding down the banister, she is on the left side. When she starts getting battered with objects, however, she is on the right. When she reaches the bottom, she is again on the left.
  10. It is unknown why Giggles did not jump off the banister when she realized that the objects were coming towards her.
  11. The Dutch door that Lumpy opens changes colors after he closes it. It returns to its original color when the wall bed crushes him.
  12. Considering the size of the room Handy is in where he opens all the doors, the doors do not appear to connect between the two walls. In other words, he probably could have simply walked around all the doors.
  13. When Handy exits the house, he leaves the front door open. After he dies, the front door is closed.
  14. Handy's Pac-Man pupils change directions a few times near the end.
  15. Handy's death involves his being impaled through his head, however, when he is hit, he is hit in the face. When he is dead and the plank lowers, however, the nail has gone through the back of his head, not through his face.


  • As Giggles slides down the banister, she passes by a mounted moose head. Lumpy apparently had no reservations about decorating the house with it.
  • When this episode aired along with Idol Curiosity and Aw, Shucks! on YouTube, the alternate title for the trio was "Nine Lives". Lumpy, Giggles and The Mole appear in all three episodes. Giggles and The Mole die in all three episodes while Lumpy dies twice.
  • This is one of the few episodes where everyone dies.
  • This is the first time Mime's death wasn't caused by another main character.
  • When The Mole is decapitated, the blood splat on the wall forms a frowning face.
  • This is one of the TV episodes where Lumpy eats a random sandwich. The others are A Change of Heart and Letter Late than Never.
  • During Petunia and Lumpy's deaths, the music heard is the same as in the game Socks To Be You.
  • Petunia's obsessive-compulsive disorder is revisited in this episode (for the first time since Wishy Washy).
    • It is also revealed that her OCD still takes effect in other places than her home. Other places where her OCD will take effect in the future are in a plane, and at Lammy's house.
  • This is one of the few episodes where one of the starring characters die early.
  • It is the most famous example of the No Survivors episodes.
  • This is one of three times where a character (Giggles) has a death/injury involving their crotch. The others are Nutty in his Smoochie and Toothy in Brake the Cycle.
  • Handy and The Mole ALMOST make it out alive. The Mole opens a door that leads to the way out, but he does not realize this as he is blind. Handy just makes it out another door and almost makes it off the front steps, only to be killed by a loose floorboard.
  • Cuddles is the only character in this episode who did not go into the house, but he does end up becoming a part of it.
  • Any of the characters (except for Cuddles) who helped in constructing the house could be responsible for Mime, Giggles, and Handy's deaths, depending on what section of the house the characters worked on.
  • This is one of the few TV episodes where a starring character does not kill anyone. The others are Who's to Flame?, A Change of Heart, and Tongue in Cheek.
  • Cuddles' death is similar to Sniffles, Toothy, and his death in Gems the Breaks.
  • All of the deaths are caused by at least one of the characters not paying attention. (e.g. The Mole not paying attention to where he is putting the wood, causing Cuddles' death; Lumpy not paying attention to which type of pipes he is putting together, leading to Petunia' death; and Lumpy opening a door where The Mole is, decapitating him).
  • Giggles' new house resembles the real-life Winchester Mystery House.
  • The scene where Giggles opens the first door she skips up to and finds a wall behind it is possibly a reference to the movie "The Matrix".
  • The YouTube thumbnail for Part 2 heavily spoils Giggles' death.
  • This is one of the few episodes where a character's death (Petunia's) is cartoonish rather than bloody and gruesome. Others include Russell's death in In a Jam and Toothy's death in Snow Place to Go.
  • This is the only one of Giggles' TV starring roles where Lumpy is not portrayed as a villain.
  • The tune of the theme song can be heard when Petunia is rushing to the bathroom.

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