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Out on a Limb
Lumpy, the inept lumberjack.
Internet Season: 2
Episode: 43
Production Number: 216
Writers: Rhode Montijo
Kenn Navarro
Warren Graff
Ken Pontac
Director: Kenn Navarro
Episode List: Internet Season 2
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Out on a Limb

Previous Episode Water Way to Go
Next Episode Keepin' it Reel

"Out on a Limb" is an episode of the Happy Tree Friends internet series, the sixteenth of the second season, and forty-third overall.

HTF's Episode Description

Next to "Eye Candy," this episode really has the cringe factor going for it! Yes, we were inspired by a true story, but it was perfect for Happy Tree Friends. Check out another one of Lumpy's adventures!


In the middle of the forest, Lumpy the woodsman has finished chopping the base of a very large tree. With only a thin line of wood supporting the entire weight and balance of the tree, the tree begins to topple over. Unfortunately, it falls towards Lumpy and he trips while running away. He turns onto his back and as the shadow of the tree draws closer, he closes his eyes in anticipation of death. Nothing happens, however, and Lumpy slowly opens his eyes.

We see that the only thing keeping the tree from crushing Lumpy is a branch that props the tree up at an angle. Sadly, the branch has landed squarely on one of Lumpy's legs, trapping him. Lumpy tries pulling his leg out from beneath the tree and pushing the tree off of him, but his efforts are effortless. Lumpy picks up his axe and attempts to cut the branch, but the head of the axe flies off when Lumpy swings the axe outward. Lumpy stares at the handle of the axe and then curses to himself as he checks the contents of his pockets.

He finds a button, a spoon, and a paperclip. Realizing what he must do to survive, Lumpy bites down on the handle of his axe, and starts stabbing his leg with the spoon. This causes a cut to form on his leg, and Lumpy cries out in pain. Nevertheless, he continues his efforts long into the night, the spoon getting more and more bloody as time goes on. With tears running down his cheeks and the axe handle breaking in two due to excessive biting, Lumpy has to break the bone of his leg. When the spoon doesn't work, Lumpy picks up a rock and hammers the spoon, lodging it into his leg bone. He twists the spoon, the bone finally breaks and Lumpy unleashes a screech of pain.

Though in tremendous pain, Lumpy falls back and laughs as his ordeal is over. The spoon is now bent and useless, but Lumpy doesn't care. He sits up and looks at his leg when suddenly he looks dumbstruck. It turns out he hacked off his free leg instead of his trapped leg. Lumpy screams and sighs before unbending the paper clip. Biting down on his severed leg, Lumpy begins the horrible process all over again. He begins to hack off his other leg, as he howls through clenched teeth.


"The bigger they are, the harder they fall"


  • Lumpy hacks off one of his legs with a spoon.
  • Lumpy hacks off his other leg, off-screen.


  1. Throughout most of the episode Lumpy's right antler points up and his left antler points down. This is swapped briefly after Lumpy tries using a rock to break his leg bone.
  2. The direction the paper clip is facing changes as Lumpy uncurls it into a point.
  3. This episode was put on Winter Break even though it had nothing to do with winter (unless you count a pine tree being cut and being used as a Christmas tree).
  4. Towards the end of the episode, Lumpy is shown holding a paperclip. However, he has 5 fingers instead of 4.
  5. It would be impossible to hack a leg off with a spoon.

Quick Shot Moment

When the scene changes from day to night, there's a brief shot of Lumpy's face when he first jabs the spoon at his leg.


  • This episode may also be based off an incident when Aron Ralston was forced to amputate his own arm after it was trapped underneath a boulder.
  • This is the one of six episodes where a character (Lumpy) is forced to cause pain to him/herself, the others being Flaky in Ski Ya, Wouldn't Wanna be Ya!, Disco Bear in Easy Comb, Easy Go, and Toothy in Eye Candy. Lumpy also causes pain to himself in The Chokes on You and I've Got You Under My Skin.
  • This episode has reference to the movie Saw, when Lumpy had to cut one of his limbs to get out.
  • It could also be a parody of Scary Movie 4, where in which the film parodies the original Saw film, a man in the film cuts off his foot, but has cut off the one that is not restrained.
  • This is the last episode in which Rhode Montijo has writing credits. From this episode onwards, most of the internet episodes are written by Kenn Navarro, Warren Graff and Ken Pontac.
  • This episode is also referenced as a spoof of the film 127 Hours, as shown by a YouTube video.
  • This is one of a few episodes where one of the characters suffers throughout most of the episode.
  • There are no female characters in this episode.
  • This is one of three episodes where only one animal (anthropomorphic or not) appears. The other two are Nuttin' Wrong with Candy and YouTube 101: Subscriptions (there are other characters, but Cuddles is the only physically seen animal).
  • This episode is among seven instances where a character cried during his/her injury due to the degree of pain. The other six instances are Lumpy in The Chokes on You, Toothy in Eye Candy and Brake the Cycle, Flaky in Ski Ya, Wouldn't Wanna Be Ya, Petunia in Read 'em and Weep, and Sniffles in Tongue in Cheek.
  • The YouTube thumbnail spoils the ending, as well as Lumpy's injury.
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