Wheelin' and Dealin' is an episode of the Happy Tree Friends internet series, the eighth of the first season. This episode introduces Lifty & Shifty, the kleptomaniac raccoon brothers that will steal anything for a quick buck. It also introduces the Generic Tree Friends, a variety of animals used as background characters.
HTF Episode Description
It's a nice, sunny day at the races, with hundreds of Generic Tree Friends filling the stands. Our racers Lumpy and Handy are obviously prepared, but a green kleptomaniac raccoon named Lifty and his twin brother named Shifty (Shifty being the one wearing a fedora) are not. It turns out their car is lacking tires and a steering wheel. As the two brothers complain about their unfinished kart, Lifty pulls out a screwdriver, and both look at the tires on Lumpy's kart, meaning they're up to something.
When the light hits green, the brothers and Handy zoom off, leaving behind Lumpy, who realizes that his tires are suddenly missing. As Lumpy attempts to start his kart, it spontaneously combusts, setting Lumpy on fire. We cut to the brothers, where it is revealed that they stole Lumpy's tires.
As Handy and the brothers speed down the road, the first turn arrives, only for Lifty and Shifty to realize that they have no steering wheel. Handy laughs at the pair's misfortune, but as he is laughing, the two steal his steering wheel. When Handy realizes what has happened, he gives his signature scowl. While the brothers make the turn, Handy slams into a parked ambulance and is cut in half when his kart runs underneath the ambulance, his intestines falling out of his severed upper half.
Lifty and Shifty can see the finish line, tasting victory. As luck would have it, however, all four of their wheels fly off, causing their kart to fall on its side. As the kart continues sliding forward, Lifty and Shifty's heads are dragged along the asphalt, filing their bodies down. Finally, their kart comes to a stop, just missing the finish line. Lumpy suddenly appears, sliding along in his wheel-less, burned kart, claiming victory and leaving Lifty and Shifty in his dust. The iris then closes on the dead bodies of Lifty and Shifty, where Lifty's only arm drops, and Shifty's only eye falls out of its socket, with the nerve still connected.
"Look both ways before crossing the street!"
- Handy's racer drives into a parked ambulance, horizontally splitting him in half.
- Lifty and Shifty both die when their kart falls apart and slides on its side, scraping away half of their bodies against the pavement.
- Lumpy may have died when he was set on fire. (Debatable)
- Lumpy's car explodes with him in it when he tries to start his engine.
- Amount of surviving main characters: 1 (0 including debatable deaths)
- Amount of dead main characters: 3 (4 including debatable deaths)
- Total rate: 25%
- Lumpy's car explodes at the start of the race and can be seen on fire at the end of the episode.
- Handy's car might've crashed, as it continues to move after Handy is dead.
- Lifty and Shifty's car gets scraped by the pavement.
- Handy is more of a starring character, considering the amount of screen time he gets.
- At the beginning of the episode, Lumpy's steering wheel is cerulean, but when the race starts, it has red and white stripes.
- When Handy is working on his cart, his arms are gone (though it is possible that they were behind the kart).
- Lifty and Shifty's philtrums are gone for most of the episode.
- After the race starts, Lifty, Shifty, and Handy's tails are absent from their backs for the rest of the episode.
- There are two goofs in the scene where the racers notice the ambulance:
- When Handy is about to get his bottom half cut away, his cart's rear wing is missing.
- When Handy makes his angry scowl, his eyes face outward instead of the camera.
- When Handy's body runs into the ambulance, his entire upper body is bleeding (unless his nose or mouth was bleeding).
- Handy's intestines are separate when they fall out of Handy's severed body.
- When the wheels fall off Lifty and Shifty's car, Shifty's left arm disappears and reappears repeatedly. Their legs also disappear and the seats are yellow instead of pink.
- When the car falls over, Lifty and Shifty's philtrums disconnect from their noses.
- Lumpy has no arms when he crosses the finish line.