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|Season:||Internet Season 1|
|Title Reference/Pun:||What are you waiting for?|
|Aired:||February 11, 2000|
|Writers:|| Mark Fiorenza|
|Previous Episode||Havin' A Ball|
|Next Episode||Nuttin' Wrong with Candy|
Water You Wading For is an episode of the Happy Tree Friends internet series, the sixth of the first season. This episode introduces Flaky, the nervous female porcupine with dandruff in her quills, her friendship with Cuddles, and how this friendship can get the two of them into trouble.
HTF Episode Description
Cuddles is always trying to lure scared Flaky into some sort of trouble! In this episode, Cuddles wants Flaky to join him in the local swim hole... little does he know that what you don't see beneath the water can hurt you!
The episode begins with Cuddles jumping into a small pond, apparently having a relaxing swim. Cuddles tries to encourage the new Happy Tree Friend porcupine, Flaky to jump in. Flaky refuses, pointing to a "No Swimming" sign. Despite this, Cuddles still encourages Flaky to jump in. But Cuddles will soon learn there's a reason why the sign is there.
After Cuddles encourages Flaky to jump in again, bubbles start to form around him. Suddenly, a bunch of vicious piranhas jump out of the water and start attacking Cuddles. Flaky stands in shock, frantically looking around while trying to find a way to help her friend. Next, Cuddles start getting tossed around like a beach ball by a couple seals. Flaky attempts to help, but she doesn't do very well, as she tries to reach Cuddles with a short stick from a far away tree. One of the seals tosses Cuddles back on land, who is now slightly battered up. Before Cuddles gets the chance to do anything, an alligator pops out and chomps on Cuddles. The alligator resurfaces and Cuddles struggles in vain to keep its jaw open. Flaky, who just thought of something, tells Cuddles to stay there, while she runs off.
Cuddles, now missing the lower half of his body and brutally injured, starts crawling away. But before he can go far enough, a giant whale pops out and lands on top of Cuddles, crushing and killing him in a pile of blood and guts. Flaky, who now holds a life preserver with a rope, throws it onto Cuddles' crushed remains. Realizing that she was too late to save her desperate friend, Flaky starts pulling back the life preserver while laughing nervously to the audience.
"Don't breathe under water!"
- Cuddles is crushed by a whale.
- Cuddles is tortured by many different animals.
- Amount of surviving main characters: 1
- Amount of dead main characters: 1
- Total rate: 50%
- Between the Mondo logo and the intro, there is a blank screen that separates the two. This is fixed in the Classics Remastered version.
- Cuddles' position in the lake seems to change several times.
- When Cuddles tries to convince Flaky to jump in, his pink cheeks layer over his mouth in a few frames.
- When Cuddles is attacked by the piranhas, his pink cheeks do not appear on his face. Also, the bite marks on his body do not appear until he is about to be attacked by the crocodile, even though they should appear when he's being played with by the seals.
- When the two seals are playing with Cuddles, his body is one piece, but when he is tossed on land, his right ear has bite marks and most of his left ear is gone.
- When the alligator appears about to bite Cuddles, the water splash from the alligator can be seen in front of Cuddles' left ear.
- When Cuddles is thrown on land, the alligator bites down on him and it leaves blood behind. When the alligator tries to eat Cuddles, however, Cuddles isn't bleeding.
- When the whale comes out of the water (before it crushes Cuddles), the alligator bite in the ground has disappeared.
- When Cuddles is on land and his lower body is eaten by the alligator, his blood is red, but when the whale lands on him, it is orange.
Quick Shot Moment
In the scene before Cuddles gets crushed by the whale, there is a brief shot of Cuddles in the alligator's mouth.
- If you don't count Crazy Ant-ics, where Sniffles' death was caused by the Ants, this is the first episode in which a main character is actually killed by an animal that is not a main character.
- This is also the first episode where a character is killed by a non-anthropomorphic animal.
- Flaky is the first character to break the fourth wall, as she nervously laughs to the viewers after she fails to save Cuddles in time. She would later look at the viewers happily (somehow not shy) in the Smoochie.
- This is the second episode where a character is severed in half by the waist, the first being Giggles in Spin Fun Knowin' Ya.
- This is also the first time Cuddles is dismembered at the waist. The second time would be I Get A Trick Out of You (although his intestines connect his upper body and legs), and the fourth time being See You Later, Elevator.
- This episode makes Cuddles the second character to be resurrected for another episode.
- This is the first time Cuddles' death is not caused by another main character.
- This is, so far, the only starring role in which Flaky survives that is not debatable.
- This episode is one of two episodes to have a title with a pun on water; the other episode is Water Way to Go.
- This is the first episode not to feature a blue main character.
- Cuddles' death is similar to Sniffles' death in As You Wish.
- This is one of only two Season 1 episodes to have a moral that has anything to do with the episode, instead of just a random piece of advice like "Read a book" or "Eat your veggies!". The other is Nuttin' but the Tooth.
- This episode makes Flaky the first main character to survive her debut without either injuring or killing herself or another character.
- According to the Happy Tree Friends staff, they have said that this was their favorite episode to make, because according to them, "...we were able to get Rhode to actually act out how a whale breaches out of the water. He got so into it and we got him to do it so many times! We were all laughing SOOOO hard. It was great."