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 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. Luckily, just before the tree collapses completely, the tree suddenly stops falling. Lumpy opens his eyes, and gives a sigh of relief.

Lumpy realizes his predicament.

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. Luckily, Lumpy quickly notices his axe nearby, and grabs it. Lumpy is prepared to swing the axe and chop off the little branch.  Unfortunately, the instant he swings his axe back, the head of the axe flies off, leaving Lumpy with just the handle. Bothered at what just happened, Lumpy mutters to himself, and digs through his pockets to figure out what he can use to save himself.

He finds a button, a spoon, and a paperclip. Lumpy grabs the spoon, and realizing what he must do to survive, he places the axe handle between his teeth, and swings the spoon at his leg, which forms a small cut, and makes Lumpy let out a muffled cry of pain. Nevertheless, Lumpy continues with his struggle as time changes from day to night, with the spoon getting more and more bloodier with every jab. With tears running down his face and the axe handle breaking into two due to excessive biting, Lumpy now has to break the bone of his leg. Lumpy swings the spoon at his leg bone, but it's not powerful enough to do any sufficient damage. Thinking for an alternative, Lumpy grabs a rock nearby, and begins hammering the spoon into the bone. After a few attempts, Lumpy finally manages to get the spoon lodged into the bone. Using all of his power, Lumpy starts twisting the spoon until his bone finally snaps in two, while Lumpy gives a screech of pain.

A rare moment in the show where Lumpy's stupidity harms himself instead of others.

Lumpy then falls to his back, in tremendous pain. Lumpy begins smiling and laughing, as his ordeal is finally over. The spoon is now bent and useless, but Lumpy does not care. However, when Lumpy sits back up, he looks dumbstruck, and gives a scream of shock. It turns out that he hacked off his free leg instead of his trapped leg. Because of this, Lumpy lets out a sigh of disappointment, pulls out the paperclip from his pocket, unbends it, and places his severed leg between his teeth, apparently ready to begin the horrible procedure all over again. As the iris closes in on Lumpy's face, he swings the paperclip at his other leg, just as Lumpy lets out a howl of pain through his clenched teeth.


"The bigger they are, the harder they fall"


  1. Lumpy hacks off one of his legs using a spoon.
  2. Lumpy impales his other leg using a paperclip. (Off-screen)

Survival Rate

  • Amount of surviving main characters: 1
  • Amount of dead main characters: 0
  • Total rate: 100%


  1. Lumpy chops down a tree, which collapses on his right leg.
  2. The head of Lumpy's axe flies off when he swings it.
  3. The handle of the axe is bitten in half by Lumpy.
  4. Lumpy's spoon gets distorted after he uses it to break his leg bone.


  1. This episode was put on Winter Break even though it had nothing to do with winter/Christmas (unless you count a pine tree being cut and being used as a Christmas tree).
  2. When the scene changes from day to night, there are stars in the shaded part of the moon. This is impossible for obvious reasons.
  3. Throughout most of the episode Lumpy's right antler points up and his left antler points down. They swap briefly after Lumpy tries using a rock to break his leg bone.
  4. Despite the axe handle falling out of Lumpy's mouth when it breaks into two, the split handle is nowhere to be shown when Lumpy realizes his blunder.
  5. The direction the paper clip is facing changes as Lumpy uncurls it into a point.
  6. When Lumpy unbends the paperclip at the end of the episode, Lumpy is shown with four fingers and a thumb.

    One hand has four fingers and the other has five.

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.

Note: This is fixed in the Classics Remastered version and in Winter Break.

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