|Season:||TV Season 1|
|Aired:||December 3, 2006|
|Writers:|| Kenn Navarro|
The Cursed Idol
Part 1Part 2
|Previous Episode||A Sight for Sore Eyes|
|Next Episode||Letter Late than Never|
Wipe Out is episode number 10.2 of the Happy Tree Friends television series.
HTF Episode Description
Cro-Marmot can totally shred the snow-covered alps, but can he hang ten against the big Kahuna, Lumpy? (Part 1)
Surf’s up! The competition heats up as each contestant tries to make a splash. It’s sink or swim time for Cro-Marmot and Lumpy! (Part 2)
Cro-Marmot has his frozen eye on the HTF surf trophy. (DVD)
Cro-Marmot leaves his igloo perched atop a tall snowy hill, snowboarding down. He reaches the bottom and enters his ice cream truck, and it is revealed that his home is actually inside a giant snow globe.
At the beach, everyone is surfing, dancing, and playing in the sun. Nutty runs up to The Mole, who is shaping surfboards, and asks for a bib for the upcoming surfing competition. Nutty gets his bib and then runs over to Cro-Marmot's ice cream truck when it pulls up. Nutty orders an ice cream cone, but he accidentally licks the ice cream off the cone into a nearby tidepool. Nutty scoops his cone into the water, hoping to get his ice cream, but instead he scoops up a sea urchin. Even though Nutty is looking at his cone, he is completely oblivious to the fact that he grabbed an urchin and he scarfs the whole thing down in one go. Suddenly, the urchin puffs up and stabs Nutty's mouth in multiple places. Nutty begins stumbling in pain. This causes him to fall into the tidepool where he dropped his ice cream. There, he notices the ice cream scoop and tries in vain to lick it, but before his tongue touches it, he drowns.
A small hermit crab uses Nutty's ice cream cone as a new shell, but it is almost stepped on by a golden-haired Lumpy carrying a surfboard. Lumpy shows off his surfing talents and trophies, wowing Toothy and making Giggles and Petunia swoon. Cro-Marmot sees the attention Lumpy is getting and imagines winning the tournament himself, receiving a trophy and a kiss from Giggles and Petunia. As everyone prepares for the tournament to begin, Handy has trouble zipping up his wetsuit. He asks The Mole to help him, but The Mole ends up catching Handy’s skin in the zipper. Handy screams in pain and The Mole quickly pulls down on the zipper, opening a large cut in Handy’s back and causing his organs to fly out of his body.
The Mole grabs Handy’s heart, thinking that everything is okay now, and begins rubbing it on a surfboard, mistakenly believing that he is shaping the board with it. As Handy’s body is devoured by seagulls, Flaky runs up and takes her surfboard from The Mole without noticing that it is covered in blood. She hesitates getting into the water when all of a sudden, a wave crashes down on her and pulls her into the ocean. She clings to her surfboard in fear, riding over a wave which Cuddles decides to catch. He maneuvers the wave pretty well until he loses his balance and falls off, getting impaled on a buoy. His remains are quickly eaten by a flock of seagulls.
Flaky nervously floats in the water, blood running off her surfboard. She realizes that she is far away from the mainland and begins paddling back to shore, all the while leaving a trail of blood behind her. Soon enough she has worn herself out and cannot see land anywhere. To make matters worse, sharks begin circling beneath her, attracted by the blood on her surfboard. She manages to avoid being eaten by a large group of sharks, and makes it onto a desert island. She hugs a palm tree, happy to be safe, when a coconut falls and cracks her skull, exposing her brain. As she lies on the ground disoriented and injured, the seagulls savagely eat her remains, leaving only her severed head. A seagull flies over the head and tries to eat it, but a shark pops out of the water and drags the seagull under the water, where it is eaten.
Meanwhile, Cro-Marmot falls off his surfboard, into the water. Lumpy laughs at him and begins showboating, juggling three active chainsaws as he surfs. Cro-Marmot, knowing how to get a leg up on the competition, begins to use his powers to freeze the water into ice. Lumpy is distracted by this and fails to catch the chainsaws, which results in them cutting off both of his arms. To add insult to injury, his hair, which is revealed to be a wig, flies off. This prompts him to nervously grin at the viewer(s).
Lumpy slides on the ice with his surfboard, crashes into Nutty’s body, and flies onto a surfboard The Mole is shaping, cutting his stomach on the fin. The Mole begins sanding Lumpy’s back, not noticing Lumpy’s screams of pain as he is listening to music on headphones. Cro-Marmot, now in his element, snowboards around the frozen waves, winning the competition and the trophy. Just like in his dreams, Giggles and Petunia rush up to kiss him. Unlike in his dream, however, their lips get stuck to the ice, and when they attempt to pull their lips off, they end up tearing them off. As the day ends, Cro-Marmot drives off in his ice cream truck, his new surfboard (Lumpy’s dead and shaved-down body) tied to the back.
Back on the desert island, the hermit crab from before sheds Nutty’s cone and upgrades it to Flaky’s severed head.
"Don't make waves"
- Nutty drowns in a tidepool.
- Handy’s organs fly out of a hole in his back when The Mole catches his skin in a zipper and then yanks the zipper down.
- Cuddles (originally supposed to be Toothy) is impaled on a buoy. His remains are eaten by a flock of seagulls.
- Flaky is devoured by a flock of seagulls after a coconut cracks her skull, revealing her brain.
- A seagull is eaten by a shark as it tries to eat part of Flaky’s disembodied head.
- Lumpy’s body is shaped and cut into a surfboard.
- Nutty unknowingly eats an urchin, mistaking it for a scoop of ice cream, and it suddenly puffs up in his mouth.
- A coconut smashes onto Flaky's head, exposing her brain.
- Lumpy has his arms sliced off by juggling chainsaws when he gets distracted by the ocean freezing up by Cro-Marmot.
- When Lumpy falls onto the surfboard that The Mole is shaping, the fin of the surfboard gives Lumpy a long vertical cut along his stomach.
- The Mole sands down Lumpy's back, making Lumpy scream loudly in pain.
- The Mole stakes a trophy on Cro-Marmot's ice block, cracking it. (Debatable, as it is unknown whether this hurt him or not)
- Petunia and Giggles get their lips torn off after kissing Cro-Marmot.
- In the opening credits, The Mole's name is just listed as "Mole".
- Flaky actually had more of a co-star role in this episode, while Cuddles had more of a featuring role.
- The candy on Nutty's body changes places several times.
- When Nutty puts on his surfing bib, it covers the candy cane on his chest. Later, the candy cane is outside the bib.
- The mole on The Mole's face changes places several times.
- The directions of Lumpy's antlers change numerous times.
- Lumpy has toes when he is first seen surfing, but only his feet are seen afterwards.
- Petunia and Giggles switch places when Lumpy goes from showing them the surfing trophy to showing them his trophies.
- When Flaky runs to the ocean, her quills faze through her surf board.
- After Lumpy shows off his trophies, Toothy is shown to be a competitor for the surfing contest. After Handy dies and the contest begins, however, Cuddles is the contestant with Toothy's surfboard. This is explained further in the trivia section.
- Given the position of The Mole’s ears and the positions of his earmuffs, he should have been able to hear Lumpy’s cries of pain.
- Lumpy shows no signs of pain from having his stomach sliced by the fin of a surfboard.
- When Flaky is on the deserted island, there is only one palm tree. At the end of the episode, there are two palm trees. It is possible that the area shown is a different zone of the island.
- When Nutty drowns in the tidal pool, it is not connected to the rest of the ocean shoreline, but it is after Cro-Marmot freezes the water (although this could be due to high tide).
- When one of the sharks munches on Flaky's surf board, it's body is extended to disturbing proportions.
- Giggles and Petunia's lips get stuck onto Cro-Marmot's ice block. But before he leaves, their lips disappear.
- Why would Flaky participate in a surfing contest if she has aquaphobia (fear of water) and selachophobia (fear of sharks)?
- While Lumpy is juggling the chainsaws before he notices the ocean is freezing, the yellow stripe on his surfboard is missing.
- The title of this episode is a term used when someone falls off their surfboard when they surf.
- It is not named after the game show of the same name, as this episode aired in 2006, whereas the game show aired in 2008.
- Running Gag: Whenever someone dies, their remains are eaten by a flock of seagulls. This is done with Handy, Cuddles, and Flaky, in that order.
- This episode reveals that Cro-Marmot lives on top of a snowy hill encased in a giant glass dome, resembling a giant snow globe.
- In keeping with his love of sweets, Nutty’s surfboard is colored red and white and has a striped pattern, resembling a candy cane.
- Nutty's urchin injury in this episode is very similar to Russell's blowfish injury in Whose Line Is It Anyway?.
- Flaky's death is similar to Lumpy and Giggles' onscreen deaths in Mime to Five, Lumpy's death in Pet Peeve, and Lumpy's injury before death in Just Desert.
- Nutty's death is similar to one of Toothy's deaths in his Easter Smoochie.
- This is the second time a character (Flaky) escapes an animal trying to kill them in the ocean (a shark), do not realize that they have hit dry land at first (until Flaky bumps into a tree), and then thinks that they are safe, only to be eaten by an animal shortly afterward. The first time is with Russell in Snow Place to Go.
- When Lumpy shows off his trophies, The Cursed Idol can be seen if one looks hard enough.
- The Mole pulling down Handy's zipper after hearing his cries of pain marks one of a few times The Mole responds to another person's pain (although he resumes back to work even though Handy screams even more after The Mole tries to help).
- Handy is out of character in this scene as well, as he is usually known to never ask someone for help no matter how frustrated he gets, but he goes out of his way to ask Mole to zip him up.
- As The Mole is wearing ear muffs, he does not hear Lumpy's cries of agony when he slices the skin off his back.
- This episode and Double Whammy Part I both have 12 characters, with only 6 characters dying in both of them.
- According to the storyboards, originally, Toothy was going to be impaled on the buoy rather than Cuddles. This explains why he is seen wearing a surfing bib prior to the competition, yet cannot be seen during the competition. Otherwise, Cuddles would have survived in all three parts of the tenth full TV episode. It is also possible that Toothy might have decided not to go and that he gave Cuddles his surfing bib.
- When this episode was aired on YouTube along with A Sight for Sore Eyes and Letter Late than Never, the title for the mix of these segments was called "Ten Speed" (originally called "Going Ten Crazy"). Lumpy and Cuddles appear in all of these episodes. Lumpy dies twice while Cuddles dies once.
- This episode is Cro-Marmot's only starring role in the TV series.
- This is the first (and so far only) regular episode to star Cro-Marmot since Snow What? That's What!.
- Flaky's crab-like head in the closing scene is possibly a nod to the film "The Thing".
- Flaky's death in this episode may be an homage to Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds".
- The scene where Flaky narrowly escapes being devoured by sharks only to be killed by a coconut is possibly a reference to a well-known (but strange) statistic that more people are killed by coconuts each year than sharks.
- Fun Fact: The death count by sharks is only 10-15, while death by coconut is 150.
- Giggles and Petunia's injuries are similar to Nutty's in Icy You.
- The meaning of the moral, "make waves" means to cause difficulty in a negative way
- Lumpy breaks the fourth wall in this episode by nervously grinning at the audience after his "hair" flies off.
- The YouTube thumbnail for Part 2 partially spoils one of Lumpy's injuries. (Even though the thumbnail only shows Lumpy's head during the injury.)
- Of all the characters who dies in this episode, Cuddles' death is the least painful, while either Flaky's or Lumpy's is the most.
- Nutty and Cuddles are the only characters who do not scream during their deaths.