• This is one of the few episodes where Pop is missing his pipe for the entirety of the episode.
  • This is the only episode that features all of the original twenty main characters.
    • However, this is only if one counts Flippy and Fliqpy as the same character. If not, Flippy is the only original main character who didn't appear.
      • This episode marks Fliqpy's first death, but he might have returned to Flippy or dragged into the explosion when he is still flipped out. Unless one counts both sides as the same character.
    • Except for Lammy and Mr. Pickels who did not exist at that time.
    • And also except for Truffles, Tricksy, Really Good Unicornius and Rudy (Despite not being main characters but filler cameo minor characters so far) who did not exist at that time as well.
  • This is one of the many episodes that take place entirely at night. The others are This Is Your Knife, Out of Sight, Out of Mime, Remains to be Seen, Blind Date, Without a Hitch, Clause For Concern, No Time Like the Present, Going Out With a Bang, and Just Be Claus.
  • This is the first episode to have a winter version of the opening. The next Christmas opening would occur in We're Scrooged!. Coincidentally, Lumpy stars in both episodes.
  • This is the first time an internet episode was animated by the FatKat Animation, the second is Stealing the Spotlight.
  • Cuddles is the only crew member in the play who didn't cause the explosion.
  • This episode makes Disco Bear the eighteenth character to come back to life for another episode.
  • Russell is the only character whose entire body and face isn't shown. One can only be sure that he was there by seeing his hook holding Giggles' hand near the end of the episode.
  • While Flaky is falling, The Cursed Idol can be seen sitting on a shelf in the background, on just one frame. It may have been the cause of all of the injuries and the school exploding.

    "Did you catch me?"

  • When the characters start holding hands, all three of the female characters are shown holding hands with other characters.
  • The characters who act and/or direct the school play are the five most frequent HTF characters: Cuddles, Giggles, Toothy, Lumpy and Sniffles (though Petunia is actually the 5th most frequent, with Sniffles being the 6th most frequent) except Nutty. Flaky, The Mole, Lifty, and Shifty are also crew members of the play, as they help with the preparations during the play.
  • This is the first time both Nutty and Sniffles' deaths are caused by other main characters.
  • Cub's screaming was reused from It's a Snap and Hello Dolly.
  • This is considered the darkest episode of the internet series due to the high amount of deaths. The darkest TV episode is Who's to Flame?.
  • The way Cuddles bounces down the school steps after turning into a bloody cylinder is similar to a slinky and even nicknamed "Slinky Face".
  • This is the only time Flippy and Splendid are seen onscreen together at the same time. Splendid flies in at the end while Flippy stabs a Tree Friend.
    • It is also the only time that they are in an episode together to date.
  • Cuddles, Giggles, Sniffles, Toothy, Lumpy, Nutty, The Mole, Lifty, Shifty, and Flaky (the tree friends working the play) are the only main characters in this episode to not make background cameos. The other half of the main characters do, however, but not until the fire begins. Petunia is seen screaming during the fire; Disco Bear, Pop, Cub, and Handy (along with some other characters from earlier) are seen injured after the fire; Flippy is seen stabbing a Generic Tree Friend to death while Cro-Marmot is seen standing in the distance; Mime tries to cheer up a Generic Tree Friend with a balloon without success; Splendid is seen flying in when Toothy starts singing; and Russell is seen joining hands with Giggles at the end, seconds before the school explodes.
  • Some characters are noticeable in the shadows just by shape when they start singing (ex: Lumpy, Handy, Russell, Shifty, Mime, etc).
  • When Toothy begins singing outside the school, Giggles' eyes on her severed face moves to look at Toothy.
  • Cuddles weakly raises his hand in the shot featuring The Mole, Pop, and Cub after the fire, signifying that he survived having his face sliced off.
  • This is the first episode where all of the four main bear characters (Pop, Cub, Disco Bear, and Flippy) appear. The second episode where this happens in is A Vicious Cycle.
  • Cuddles and Giggles both suffer an injury in this episode involving the face hole in their costume.
  • If one notices when the school explodes, Cuddles' Christmas tree outfit can be seen flung into the air.
  • This is Splendid's first and only death in the internet series. He also dies in the TV episode Gems the Breaks.
  • This is one of the few episodes where Lifty and Shifty do not steal anything.
  • This was the last episode where Mark Giambruno provided the voices for Lifty and Shifty.
  • This is the only episode where Splendid does not save or kill anybody.
  • During December 2009, a "Blurb" version of this episode was released, featuring remastered animation and pop-up facts, much like the Popcorn version of Spin Fun Knowin' Ya.
    • Since then, Mondo Media occasionally creates Blurbs for internet episodes (And one TV episode).
  • This is one of the few episodes where Lifty and Shifty show concern for each other; Shifty seems to be trying to help or get help for Lifty when part of the latter's body is cut off.
  • This is one of the few episodes where Lifty and Shifty help other characters, the other times are Easy Comb, Easy Go, Happy Trails Pt. 2: Jumping the Shark, and Claw.
  • This episode has the highest amount of confirmed deaths.
  • This is considered by many fans to be one of the best episodes of Happy Tree Friends.
  • This is one of the many episodes where a character makes "Puppy Eyes". The other instances are Lumpy and Russell in Get Whale Soon, Toothy in Better Off Bread, Nutty in Icy You, Petunia, Giggles, and Lumpy in Stealing the Spotlight, Flaky in Ski Ya, Wouldn't Wanna Be Ya!, Lumpy in In a Jam, Lifty in Easy For You to Sleigh, Lumpy in Letter Late than Never, Fliqpy in Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow, Sniffles in Wrath of Con, and Lumpy in All In Vein and in Aw, Shucks!.
  • This is one of the many episodes to be remastered for the Blurb version.
  • This is the only time Splendid physically appears and has an appearance role instead of a starring role. Similarly, this is the only time that Splendid appears but the episode doesn't focus mostly around him (excluding times he appears as merchandise).
  • This is one of the only two times when Lifty and Shifty interact with Flaky, the other being Happy Trails Pt. 2: Jumping the Shark.
  • Almost every character in this episode suffers at least one injury. The only characters who were not injured at all were Splendid and Cro-Marmot.
  • When everyone is running from the fire inside the school, Pop can be seen tripping over one of Cuddles' severed ears while holding Cub, and when he falls over, he accidentally drops Cub on the star, which explains how it got on Cub in the first place.
  • This is the first lethal explosion in the entire series. Later, Happy Tree Friends Universe will see several lethal explosions in Kringle Feast, Who's to Flame? and Breaking Wind.
  • This internet episode has the highest amount of the main characters being 20. Second is Wrath of Con (19), third is Remains to be Seen (14) and fourth is By The Seat Of Your Pants (13).
  • When Flaky was moaning outside the school, in the snowy background after she got her quills ripped off, she moaned with the same voice as Giggles in Happy Trails Pt. 2: Jumping the Shark after she got stung
    from the Jellyfish.
  • The end credits in the Classics Remastered version of this episode uses the season 3 and season 4 end credits instead of the season 2 end credits (this is also the case on the Blurb version and on the Complete Disaster DVD).

Cultural References


Production Notes

  • According to the staff, they said that they intended to make this episode as special as possible.
  • The crew has said on the commentary for this episode that they gave Cuddles and Giggles' injuries nicknames. They refer to Giggles' injury as "Pizza Face", while they refer to Cuddles' injury as "Slinky Face."
  • On the Third Strike DVD, a behind the scenes feature called "Follow the Yellow Rabbit" showed that the school was redesigned multiple times. And for comedic humor, the notes claim that the bell has an engraving that reads "Class of '76 rocks!"
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