Tongue in Cheek is episode number 11.2 of the Happy Tree Friends television series.
HTF Episode Description
Will the ant family survive against Sniffles’ Robo Ant?
Sniffles builds a cybernetic Robo-ant to infiltrate the anthill. (DVD)
Sniffles enjoys a picnic in the park when he is suddenly hit on the head by a stray golf ball. Lumpy, dressed in golf attire and holding a golf club, runs over and apologizes. Sniffles angrily returns Lumpy's ball and turns to find an ant taking some food from his picnic. He runs behind a tree and extends his tongue out, slowly
creeping it towards the unsuspecting ant. He touches the ant, who quickly runs away until it finds itself cornered with a cup of hot coffee at back. Sniffles knocks over a salt shaker and cringes as he realizes it is salt, he then knocks over a pepper shaker, and then sneezes and realizes its pepper. Finally, Sniffles tastes the ant and when Sniffles' tongue pounces at the ant, it dodges, causing Sniffles to knock over the coffee cup and burn his tongue severely.
Determined, Sniffles resumes the chase. The ant runs up a tree and walks onto a branch with a single leaf hanging from it. Once more Sniffles corners the ant, only to have it slip away by using the leaf as a parachute and then as a boat when it hits the water. Sniffles' tongue follows the ant, weaving in and out of the water. The Mole on shore takes a picture of the chase, the photograph that comes out is Sniffles' tongue in the water like the Loch Ness monster. The ant hits the shore and runs off with Sniffles' tongue in hot pursuit when a golf ball rolls up. The ant trips as it runs for ant-hill, leaving it vulnerable as Sniffles' tongue pounces in for the kill. The tongue stops short of the ant, however, unable to move forward, allowing the ant to escape, slamming a door on top of the hill. The viewer finds that Lumpy, in trying to play his ball, has stepped on Sniffles' tongue. Sniffles confronts a sheepish Lumpy about this before storming off in defeat.
Sniffles observes the ant-hill from a distance, discovering they use a secret knock to get inside. He imitates the knock and one of the ants opens a peephole to see Sniffles' finger with a picture of an ant drawn on it. Shrugging and thinking it is a friendly ant, the ants open the door only to immediately have Sniffles' hand slam down inside, barely missing them. Unfortunately for Sniffles, the ants stitch his hand and arm to the ground and begin pulling his fingernails up with a needle. To increase the pain, the ants pour salt on Sniffles' exposed flesh on his finger. In his attempts to free himself from the hole, he tears the skin off of his hand. Sniffles runs home to treat his wound.
Back at his house, Sniffles has bandaged his hand and completed work on a robotic ant. He places a helmet on his head similar to a helmet the robot wears and begins moving around, the robot imitating his movements. Back at the ant-hill, there's another knock on the door. They let the robot in upon seeing it through the peephole, quickly regretting it as it extends saws, hooks, and a drill from his arms. The robot chases the family, destroying the ant-hill in the process. The robot chases the ants outside, where they run up to Sniffles' house. The robot lunges at them with hooks, missing and getting the hooks caught in an electrical socket.
The robot gets electrocuted, as does Sniffles, causing both to fall to the ground. One of the ants removes the helmet from the robot and crosses the wires. Sniffles wakes up, the helmet still on his head, to find the ant family inside his house waiting for him. One of the ants puts the helmet on and begins moving. Because the wires were crossed, now Sniffles imitates the ant's movements. The ant proceeds to torture Sniffles in agonizing and gruesome ways, making Sniffles stick numerous razors in an apple and take several bites of it and then making Sniffles stick his tongue in a paper shredder before having him yank it out as it is being cut.
Finally, the ant has Sniffles go outside, nail his tail to the ground, and tie his tongue to a double-sided paddle. Sniffles begins crying as the ant has him twist the paddle before letting it go, making it fly upwards in a helicopter effect. Because Sniffles is nailed to the ground, his tongue and organs fly with the oar and out of his body. Later, we see that the ants have made a new home out of Sniffles' body. Meanwhile, Lumpy, still playing golf, puts on a golf glove and, upon not being able to locate his other glove, picks up and unknowingly puts on the skin torn from Sniffles' hand earlier and cracks his knuckles. He hits his ball through Sniffles' intestines, which are wrapped around a tree along with his organs and rib cage in a type of makeshift mini golf hole. Lumpy does a fist pump at his successful shot.
"Don't make a mountain out of an ant-hill!"
Tongue in Cheek was considered by many fans to be one of the worst episodes of the show due to the ants' over-the-top cruel treatment of Sniffles as well as the death scene which was infamous for its dragged-out torture of Sniffles, that even the creators of the show admited that they have gone too far with it.
- The aphid seen in the episode might have died when Sniffles' robot made the anthill explode. (Debatable)
- Sniffles ties his nose to a double-paddle and lets go of the paddle, tearing his organs from his body, all while being mind-controlled.
- Sniffles is hit in the back of his head with a golf ball by Lumpy.
- After tasting pepper, Sniffles starts to sneeze.
- When he tries to catch the Mother Ant, Sniffles accidentally knocks a cup of hot tea, making it spill on his tongue, burning it.
- The Mother Ant trips.
- Sniffles' tongue is stepped on by Lumpy's cleats.
- One of Sniffles' hands is sewed to the ground; then one of his fingernails is opened revealing his flesh; and, to increase the pain salt is poured on it.
- In a desperate attempt to free himself, Sniffles yanks his injured hand out of the anthill but gets its skin torn off in the process.
- The aphid would probably receive some injuries when the anthill explodes (If it didn't die).
- Sniffles is electrocuted when his robot ant inserts its metallic claws in electrical sockets.
- Sniffles inserts numerous razor blades in an apple and proceeds to bite it, cutting up his mouth and breaking his teeth (Mind Controlled).
- Sniffles' tongue gets shredded by a paper shredder (Mind-controlled).
- Sniffles nails his tail to the ground with a hammer and a peg. After this, he starts to cry (Mind-controlled).
- Sniffles ties his tongue to a paddle and turns it several times (Mind Controlled).
- As Sniffles is being lifted into the air by the oar he just twisted, his tail is stretched, as he already nailed it down earlier.
- Amount of surviving main characters: 2
- Amount of dead main characters: 1
- Total: 66.67%
- Sniffles breaks down the ants' door.
- Sniffles' robot blows up an anthill.
- Sniffles' robot and helmet are electrocuted. This causes a portion of the front of Sniffles' helmet to break off.
- Even though Lumpy has an appearance role, it would make more sense for him to have a featuring role.
- Sniffles shouldn't have sneezed if he just tasted the pepper. However, he might be allergic to it. (Debatable, because Sniffles wouldn't have brought it for his picnic)
- Lumpy's antlers change directions several times, sometimes during continuous shots.
- When Sniffles gets up after losing the skin on his arm, his eyes are facing away from each other. This happens again when he pulls his tongue out of the shredder.
- Despite losing the skin on his left hand, Sniffles' hand is shown to be perfectly fine after he sends his robot into the ant-hill.
- When Sniffles laughs evilly at his final plan to catch the ants, his pocket protector is on the left side of his chest.
- While running towards Sniffles' house, the Ants are almost the size of the main characters.
- Sniffles takes a bite of an apple that has 5 razor blades in it. Afterwards when Sniffles starts to chew, he has 4 razor blades in his mouth, but there are also 2 razor blades still on the apple.
- Sniffles' teeth were not cut before shredding his tongue.
- Sniffles' snout is already twisted before the ant forces him to twist his tongue.
- Despite having his tongue shredded, Sniffles' tongue looks fine when it, along with his organs, are wrapped around the tree.
- When Lumpy hits the golf ball, the ball isn't small enough to fit inside the hole in Sniffles' intestine.
- It shouldn't have moved all the way through his intestine, especially since Lumpy didn't hit the ball that hard.
- Sniffles loses the skin on his left hand, yet at the end of the episode, Lumpy places the skin over his right hand. (However, he might have been wearing it backwards.)