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HTF - No Time Like The Present (S03 E77) 1
You better watch out,
you better run,
if you're dead, it isn't fun.
Santa Lumpy's coming to town!
Season: Internet Season 3
Episode: 77
Aired: December 20, 2012
Production Number: 323
Writers: Ken Pontac
Warren Graff
Kenn Navarro
Director: Kenn Navarro
Starring Roles
Featuring Roles
The Mole
Cuddles (voice in record player)
Giggles (voice in record player)
Toothy (voice in record player)
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Happy Tree Friends - No Time Like the Present

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No Time Like the Present is an episode of Happy Tree Friends, the twenty-third episode of Internet Season 3, and 77th episode overall.

HTF Episode Description

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a season themed episode! Happy Holidays!


On Christmas Eve, Santa Claus Lumpy comes down the chimney of an apartment and lays a present under a tree. The light turns on, much to his surprise. A tired Handy walks in the living room and spots his present under the tree. Lumpy peeps out of the fireplace in satisfaction.

Handy tries to open the gift, but fails. He bites on the ribbon and pulls it, only to tighten it. For a last resort, he bites onto a knife, but loses his grip and causes it to impale his foot, apparently making him unable to move. Panicking, Handy spots a saw in his toolbox. The floor below, Lumpy puts a gift under The Mole's tree. The Mole passes by and Lumpy is shocked at first. But as he sits on his couch, Lumpy realizes he is blind, and takes advantage of it by eating his cookies.

Back on the upper floor, Handy saws the floor underneath his foot in order to get rid of the knife, only to get himself stuck through the hole and cause The Mole's ceiling fan to decapitate Lumpy. Pieces of Lumpy fly into every corner of the room, shattering a window, and one landing on a phonograph, which plays Lumpy's screams in a continuous loop. The Mole hears this and goes to stop the noise.

Handy bites on the ribbon of his gift to save him, but he and the gift are forced through the hole and his corpse lands on The Mole's firewood pile. The Mole stops his record from playing, and puts it on to some Christmas music. He feels the cold come in from his window, of course, The Mole then throws Handy's corpse in the fireplace. He walks back to his couch, however he slips on a piece of Lumpy's flesh and gets stabbed through the neck by the shattered glass of his window. His head slices off and lands on top of a half-made snowman.

Back in Handy's room, the wind blows away some of the wrapping of Handy's gift, revealing his gift to be a pair of winter gloves.


"A hug is a great gift - one size fits all and it's easy to exchange!"


  1. Lumpy's head is sliced by The Mole's ceiling fan.
  2. Handy is squeezed through a hole he made in the ground, which turns him into a bloody cylinder.
  3. The Mole gets decapitated after he impales his neck on a glass shard from a broken window.


  • Handy's left foot gets stabbed by a knife after it slips from his mouth.


  1. Handy saws a hole into his floor/The Mole's ceiling.
  2. One of Lumpy's slices breaks a window.
  3. The Mole's fan falls from the ceiling


  1. Lumpy's antlers change place twice.
  2. Handy's tools change place once.
  3. The Mole's mole changes place 3 times.
  4. Handy pulling the ribbon enough to tighten wrapping paper should have picked the present off the ground.
  5. The saw was at least one meter away from Handy, so it is unknown how he could even reach it. However, Handy has shown many times that he is able to complete tasks as long as they take place off-screen.
  6. When Handy's body starts to get stuck in the hole, his tail disappears.
  7. When Handy's body falls through the ceiling his foot is no longer connected to the fan.
  8. On YouTube, this is listed as the 74th episode, even though Breaking Wind is the actual 74th episode.
  9. The Mole and Lumpy would have most likely co-starred with Handy.
  10. Handy's body, being bloody and squishy after falling through the hole, should not have caught on fire as quickly as it did.


  • The phrase "No Time Like The Present" means it is better to do something right now than later.
  • This the first episode to show Handy's house from the outside, though the inside is nothing like the one in Shard at Work. The Mole is also seen living in the same building. It is possible that the building that Handy and The Mole share is an apartment.
  • Handy's death is similar to Lumpy's death in Milkin' It, since both deaths involve a characters head being forced through a small space.
  • Every death in this episode involves the head.
  • Every character in this episode survives in the episode that aired after this one, By The Seat Of Your Pants.
    • Surprisingly, Truffles, who frequently survives, doesn't.
  • This is the last episode of 2012; the next episode, By The Seat Of Your Pants, would air two and a half months later.
  • This marks the third time a character is dressed up like Santa. The first was Lifty in Easy For You to Sleigh, the second was Pop in Clause For Concern.
  • This marks the third time that The Mole is decapitated. The first was in Home Is Where the Hurt Is and the second was in All In Vein.
  • Like Bottled Up Inside, this episode's trailer shows a character's injury despite the episode itself not being fully released.
  • Truffles appears behind a tree when The Mole's head lands on a snowman.
  • The song heard on The Mole's record player is Cuddles, Giggles, Toothy, and Lumpy singing "O, Christmas Tree" (which can be heard in the short Oh Xmas Tree).
  • Handy's gift references the joke that Handy usually has to do stuff involving hands or gets stuff that involves hands.
  • The Blurb edition of Shard at Work was released on YouTube the same day this episode aired.
  • When The Mole is watching TV, you can hear what sounds like a human voice being played in reverse.
  • In Handy's apartment, there are pictures of tools and in The Mole's, there are upside-down pictures of Generic Tree Friends.
  • This episode is similar to Brake the Cycle as both episodes star a beaver character, both episodes are season 3 episodes, both starring characters receive a painful injury, Lumpy is a featuring character in both cases, and a victim to the starring character, a mute character has a death that involves their head (The Mole here, Mime in Brake the Cycle), the YouTube thumbnails both spoil something, no female characters appear, one character with an appearance role survives (Truffles here, Cro-Marmot in Brake the Cycle) and the beaver character causes each characters death.
  • These non-Christmas related items can be seen on The Mole's Christmas tree:
    • a pair of scissors
    • a spoon
    • a chicken leg
    • a pencil
    • a spatula
  • This episode was uploaded on YouTube before Bottled Up Inside despite the latter airing first.
  • Handy's starring card in this episode is different from his starring card in I Nub You. The "H" is blue instead of orange and the trees are absent.
  • Handy, The Mole and Lumpy die in the reverse order they do in Don't Yank My Chain, Concrete Solution and A Hole Lotta Love.
  • There are no female characters in this episode. Giggles' voice can be heard in the record player; however, the song is from Oh Xmas Tree, and therefore doesn't count.
  • No one survives in this episode. Truffles' cameo does not count.
  • Handy's death is similar to Cuddles' injury in Class Act.
  • The YouTube thumbnail spoils Handy's injury before death.
  • The credits of this episode is Christmas-styled. For example, it says "Voices" as "Carolers".

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