Blind Date is an episode of the Happy Tree Friends internet series, the twenty fifth of season two, and fifty-second overall.
HTF Episode Description
Ahhhh, love. What could be better, or worse for that matter? Mole gets all spiffed up for a special date, only to find himself in some awkward situations. No wonder they say love is blind.
The Mole wipes some steam off his bathroom mirror, revealing pieces of bright red toilet paper on the neck of his sweater, having apparently cut himself while shaving. Next, we see him driving haphazardly on the road, hitting a mailbox, garbage cans, and a kitten, before coming to a stop at his destination. Though he overshoots his destination and crashes off screen, he still makes his way up to the front door and rings the doorbell.
Lumpy answers the door, confused, while the scene changes to show Giggles sitting on her couch, apparently waiting to be picked up for a date. She sighs sadly, unaware of The Mole's error. Back at Lumpy's trailer, the oblivious Mole holds up some flowers and a box of chocolates. Lumpy thinks for a second and then decides to go along with it.
While The Mole drives, Lumpy happily munches on the chocolates that The Mole gave him. Up ahead on the road, an orange traffic cone can be seen in front of a semi-trailer truck parked so that it takes up both lanes of the road. Handy looks under the hood of the truck, happily humming to himself, unaware that The Mole's car is approaching. Not seeing the obstacle in his path, The Mole runs over the cone and drives into Handy's trailer, causing the truck's hood to fall shut on Handy, cutting him in half at the waist. Luckily for The Mole, his car is low enough that the crash only takes the roof of his car off. Unfortunately for Lumpy, this causes the top of his scalp to get skinned off, leaving him in a vegetative state with his brain exposed and his right antlers got cut. A bird lands on Lumpy's head and starts pecking at his brain, causing Lumpy to twitch.
The scene changes to a drive-in movie where The Mole's car is parked with its back to the film screen. The bird keeps pecking Lumpy's brain, causing him to twitch again and sending popcorn flying from the bucket in his lap. Next, while at a fancy restaurant, the back of Lumpy's skin ripped out, the bird's pecking makes Lumpy's legs twitch and rub up against one of The Mole's feet. The Mole mistakes this for a sign of affection and blushes. When leaving the restaurant, The Mole closes Lumpy's car door for him. Lumpy, the top of his nose ripped off and boogers hanging from his nose, accidentally gets his leg caught in the door. As The Mole drives off, Lumpy's foot is dragged on the road and is eventually torn off by friction. Flies are starting to buzz around Lumpy's body, and a second bird lands on one of Lumpy's antlers.
Elsewhere, on a cliff, a sports car pulses and bounces to the sound of disco music. Inside, Disco Bear is actually dancing, trying to seduce an obviously uncomfortable Petunia. He visibly likes her, but she visibly hates him. She creeps towards the door as he continues dancing. Disco Bear happily combs his hair. He wants to see her and thinks that Petunia is playing hard to get. As he moves in to kiss her, she sprays him with pepper spray, causing his eyes to become intensely dry. Outside, The Mole drives his car to the cliff, unknowingly pushing Petunia and Disco Bear over the edge, causing their car to explode. At this point, Lumpy's eyes have turned yellow and his skin has turned white. The Mole puts the car in park and places his arm around Lumpy, ready to have a good time. At that moment, one of the birds pulls out a piece of Lumpy's brain, causing his arm to fly up and slap The Mole in the face.
Back at Giggles' house, the forlorn chipmunk sits next to a box of tissues and finishes a fifth bucket of ice cream. She perks up when she hears the doorbell ring and happily answers the door. She is confused, however, to see a dead Lumpy missing the top of his head standing there, his right eyeball popped out and a dead flower in his hand, with The Mole driving off in the background. The two birds happily stand over an egg in a nest made in Lumpy's brain. Before the episode ends, the egg begins to hatch.
Love is Blind!
The Blurb version of this episode contains these annotations:
- It's a good idea to defog your mirror
- BEFORE shaving
- Where does he keep that cane?
- Energy tip: Turn off the light before leaving a room.
- If you're blind: Just leave them off!
- Same car Orson Wells drove in "Citizen Cane"
- Destroying a mailbox is a federal offense.
- Destroying a cat is not.
- Most accidents happen close at home
- Or close to cars with blind drivers
- Moles breed from March to May only.
- Moles have a highly developed sense of touch.
- but there aim needs a little work.
- Eats cheese with a fork.
- Friends are in the witness protection program
- Where's the cane?
- If Lumpy says no the episode ends here.
- Whew! That was close.
- Mmm, wrappers add a nice crunch!
- OH NO! Hope The Mole sees the...
- Oh yeah, never mind.
- Travel tip: Engines are a great place to heat up left overs!
- Good thing this cone is here to stop them!
- Same dramatic angle Orson Wells used in "Citizen Cane"
- Safety tip: Pull far off the road while cooking left overs.
- Exposure to fresh air makes your brain smarter.
- and releases a meaty aroma.
- Bird Brain
- Hey, are those tiny icebergs down there?
- Now showing: The classic martial arts masterpiece "Books of Fury"
- Americans eat over 1 billion pounds of popcorn per year.
- 100% of them have a mouth.
- The first drive in movie theater opened in 1933
- 100% of the cars where facing the screen.
- Same wine glass Orson Wells used in "Citizen Cane"
- Lumpy's brain does it's own stunts
- Hey, what happened to the tablecloth?
- Salt helps remove wine stains.
- The only animals that blush are humans
- and moles on a date.
- Fashion tip: It's good to have your car match your sweater.
- Safety tip: Filing your toenails while driving is dangerous.
- Notice the enlarged caseus lobe.
- For processing cheese
- Popular car on lookout point because of the roomy front seat!
- That is one enormous rear view mirror!
- Hey, what happened to the disco ball?
- See, we told you it was a roomy front seat!
- But not roomy enough for Petunia!
- The best way to fend off a brown bear
- is to play dead or climb a tree
- or is it pepper spray?
- Wonder why they call it Lookout point?
- LOOK OUT!
- Now you know.
- Wait for it....
- Wait for it....
- There it is
- The "Yawn" move
- a classic!
- The part used for thinking
- And now the moment you been waiting for
- 2 hours, 45 minutes and
- six brain freezes later.
- Same iris out Orson Wells used in "Citizen Cane"
- And now the moment you've been waiting for...
- The Comedy Robot!
- We're going to rent "Citizen Cane"
- 01010111 01101000 01100001 01110100 00100111 01110011 00100000 01100010 01110010 01101111 01110111 01101110 00100000 01100001 01101110 01100100 00100000 01110011 01110100 01101001 01100011 01101011 01111001 00111111 (Translation: What's brown and sticky?)
- 01000001 00100000 01010011 01010100 01001001 01000011 01001011 00100001 (Translation: A STICK!)
- PSST! Rosebud is the name of the sled!
- A cat dies when The Mole runs over it with his car. (Debatable)
- Handy dies when the hood of his truck falls shut on him, cutting him in half at the waist.
- Lumpy has the top of his head torn off by Handy's truck and birds start picking pieces of his brain out of his head to build a nest, this killing him either instantly or over time.
- Disco Bear and Petunia die when The Mole's car pushes their car off a cliff, causing it to explode.
- The Mole's face is covered with cuts after shaving his face.
- Disco Bear's eyes turn red after Petunia sprays him.
- Amount of surviving main characters: 2
- Amount of dead main characters: 4
- Total rate: 33%
- A mailbox is run over by The Mole's car.
- A trashcan is run over by The Mole's car.
- The Mole's car crashes into a wall (not seen).
- The Mole's car hood breaks apart from crashing into Handy's trailer.
- A road cone is run over by The Mole's car.
- Disco Bear's car is destroyed by The Mole's car.
- The direction of Lumpy's antlers changes multiple times throughout the episode.
- The position of The Mole's mole changes multiple times throughout the episode.
- There are a few shots where Lumpy's arms are missing.
- When the cat hits The Mole's car, the top half of its body disappears briefly.
- After Lumpy and The Mole leave the restaurant, the blood coming from Lumpy's brain disappears. After the car parks on the cliff, however, the blood is there again.
- Giggles is more of a featuring character than a starring character.
- At the end of the episode, Lumpy is standing perfectly fine even though part of his leg was torn off earlier.
- Considering how much of the car was removed by Handy's truck, The Mole's head and Lumpy's entire top half should have been removed.
- When The Mole places his arm around Lumpy, his arm passes through Lumpy's antlers.
- Peter Hermann's (the voice of Disco Bear) name is not in the end credits.
- After Handy's helmet comes off, ears can be seen, even though he normally does not have ears.
- When the camera focuses on Handy's truck at a far angle, the trailer is clearly not held up by a car jack. However, when the camera focus below the trailer, it is.
- It takes weeks for an egg to hatch, but the birds were only there for one night and somehow managed to hatch the egg.
- When Lumpy's legs twitch when his brain is pecked by the bird inside the restaurant, the tablecloth is missing. The writers makes fun of this in the Blurb.
- In the opening, there are two ending cheers. This is fixed in the DVD and the BlurB.
- When Disco Bear's car is first shown, the disco ball is not there. The disco ball then appears in front window. It disappears again when The Mole's car crashes into Disco Bear's car.
- Disco Bear's car is shaking at first. When The Mole is about to hit it, the car stops shaking (this is probably because Disco Bear had stopped dancing as he was screaming in agony when his eyes were sprayed by Petunia).
- It is clearly impossible for The Mole's car have pushed Disco Bear that easy. If Disco Bear had set the hand brake, a crash should have happened before the car falling from the cliff. If Disco Bear had not set the hand brake, so the car should already have rolled down the cliff, as it was shaking due to Disco Bear's dance.
- Considering the space between the seat and the area of the pedals, Disco Bear should not have been able to have made his head spin.
- Throughout the episode, Lumpy is able to sit perfectly balanced, despite the fact that he is dead and should thus have no sense of balance.
- The Mole feels cold when the top of his car is destroyed, but after lifting the window, he still should have felt cold, which he did not for the rest of episode (Though this could have been done for comedic effect).
- Lumpy (presumably) dies when his brain is exposed, yet his nerves still work.
- Despite The Mole being blind, he should have realized that his date was amiss at several points.
- Lumpy is taller than Giggles, yet The Mole put his hand around Lumpy with no problem. He should have realized that he was not on a date with Giggles at that point, as she is the same height as him.
- When someone dies, their body gets much colder than normal. The Mole did not feel anything amiss when embracing Lumpy.
- A restaurant and a cinema are public places, where people could have told The Mole something.
- Lumpy was dead so he could not have walked all the way to the restaurant table without help (or walk back for that matter).
- The Mole's car windows roll up, even though there is no way they could have, as there were no window frames.
- After Lumpy dies, flies start flying around his head. Upon arriving at Giggles' house, the flies are no longer flying around him.
Quick Shot Moment
When the scene transitions to the Buddhist Monkey movie, there is a brief shot of The Mole offering flowers and chocolates to Lumpy.
- A "blind date" is supposed to be a date between two people who have never met before.
- This is the fifth most viewed HTF episode on YouTube, with over 34,000,000 views.
- The truck Handy is working on has an Autobot symbol on it, belonging to none other than Optimus Prime. This is an obvious nod to the Transformers franchise.
- This is one of the only two episodes to date where one can see Handy with ears (this could, however, be a goof by the animators) The other is Claw.
- The movie that The Mole takes Lumpy to see is the Buddhist Monkey episode Books of Fury. This is mentioned in the Blurb.
- This is one of the rare times where a starring character is dead for most of the episode (in this case Lumpy). Another example is Flippy in Remains to be Seen.
- Although Petunia and Giggles dislike Disco Bear, Petunia dates him. She could, however, simply be on a blind date like The Mole was supposed to be on with Giggles.
- The Mole is responsible for every death in this episode.
- Every death in this episode is caused by a vehicle. (Lumpy and Handy by a truck, and Disco Bear and Petunia by a car)
- The original video had The Mole kissing Lumpy, which was cut for obvious reasons (being a homosexual reference).
- This is one of four episodes where Disco Bear's theme song can be heard. The others are Stayin' Alive, Hello Dolly, and Ski Ya, Wouldn't Wanna Be Ya!.
- This is the only time Petunia uses her pepper spray at Disco Bear. It might not be pepper spray, seeing as Petunia is a skunk.
- This is one of several episodes to be remastered for the Blurb version.
- This is the Blurb episode in which the comedy robot (annotations with messages in binary code during the credits, mostly covering them) appears.
- When The Mole (and Lumpy's dead body) are watching the movie, they are facing the wrong way since, after all, The Mole is blind and Lumpy is dead and cannot point out The Mole's mistake.
- The YouTube thumbnails for the original and the Blurb version both spoil Lumpy's death.
- This is the only episode to star both Lumpy and The Mole to not feature Lumpy with an occupation of some sort.