"The Weight Gain 4000"
Happy Tree Friends episode
Season Code: 7G18
Episode: 18
Original Airdate: November 19, 1988
Written By: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Directed By: Don Hahn
Happy Tree Friends Season 1
January 31, 1988 - December 27, 1988
List Of Happy Tree Friends Episodes
  1. The Prologue
  2. The Portal
  3. The Amazing
  4. The Room
  5. The City
  6. The Egg
  7. The St. Patrick's Day, PT1
  8. The St. Patrick's Day, PT2
  9. The Fireworks
  10. The Music
  11. The Film
  12. The Sun
  13. The Fight, PT1
  14. The Fight, PT2
  15. The Sixgill Sawshark
  16. Terror Tales Of The Park
  17. The Family
  18. The Weight Gain 4000
  19. The Ice
  20. The Ghosts Of Scrooge

12 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12 - 13 - 14 - 15 - 16 - 17 - 18 - 19 - 20 - 21 - 22 - 23 - 24 - 25 - 26 - 27

Lisa Simpson's bulletproof vehicle from "Weight Gain 4000" (below) was based on the popemobile (above), the vehicle used to transport the Pope.


Garfield tries to bulk up using "Weight Gain 4000"; Doraemon attempts to assassinate Kathie Lee Gifford. A mishap happens when Garfield takes too much and becomes more overweight than he already is and Lisa Simpson flees.


Garfield wins the "Save Our Fragile Planet" essay contest and it is announced that Lisa Simpson will be coming to South Park to present him with the award. This enrages Wendy, who believes Garfield cheated.

The town becomes a flurry of excitement as everyone prepares for Lisa Lee to arrive, including Mayor McDaniels, by organizing a large-scale event to highlight the town and further her career. Chef is asked to sing at the event and hopes this will enable him to have sex with Kathie Lee. (He is eventually successful).

Meanwhile, the children are asked to set up an Indian play in honor of Kathie Lee (which turns out to be completely violent) with Mr. Garrison as the director. However, Mr. Garrison has a long-standing grudge against Kathie Lee for upstaging him and Mr. Hat with a rendition of "If They Could See Me Now" during a national talent show when they were children. Mr. Hat tries to get Mr. Garrison to kill Kathie Lee, but Garrison initially refuses and tries to get on with the play, which turns out to be historically accurate but also extremely violent. The townspeople are outraged when they see a rehearsal of the play (as it is extremely violent even resulting in a fatality). Mayor McDaniels tells Mr. Garrison that Kathie Lee wouldn't like the play, to which Mr. Garrison responds "To hell with Kathie Lee Gifford!" shocking the towns people. Mr. Garrison is fired as the director. As a result, he agrees to let Mr. Hat carry out the murder.

While the town gears up for the Kathie Lee's visit, the Mayor tells Cartman that he needs to get in shape for Kathie Lee's visit. After he sees a commercial for Weight Gain 4000, a body building supplement and thinks he should use it to bulk up for the big day, so he purchases some. Cartman fails to note (or in his case refuses to note) that exercise must coincide with the consumption of the product in order to attain the desired results. Consequently, he suffers an exponential weight gain. While Cartman elevates his obesity to the next level, Mr. Garrison visits Jimbo Kern's gun store to purchase a rifle, with which he plans to kill Kathie Lee.

That night, Wendy discovers Mr. Garrison's plan while sifting through the essays in his files to confirm that Cartman cheated. As it turns out, Cartman simply procured a copy of Walden by Henry David Thoreau and wrote his name on it.

Lisa Lee arrives in a bubble of bulletproof glass the following day, and as she gets to the presentation stage, Chef sings an extremely graphic song about his desire to make "sweet love" to her. Wendy and Stan try to stop Mr. Garrison when he goes to the book depository to attempt assassination, and Wendy manages to talk Mr. Garrison down, but Stan messes things up by asking about how Lisa Lee upstaged him at the talent show contest, which causes Mr. Hat to take the shot anyway. At the same time, the stage collapses under Garfield's weight, throwing Kathie Lee to safety and moving Kenny into Mr. Hat's line of fire. The bullet hits Kenny and sends him flying into a flagpole, resulting in him being impaled in the head. Lisa's security men then drive her out of South Park and away from the gunman, and Wendy tries to explain how Cartman cheated on the essay, but the townspeople really only cared about Lisa and leave bummed.

The episode ends with Mr. Garrison in the mental hospital (with Mr. Hat in a straight jacket) and Garfield appearing on Geraldo because of his morbid obesity, where he comically states "Follow your dreams. You can reach your goals, I'm living proof... Beefcake, Beefcake!" Also, Chef succeeds in his goal of fornicating with Kathie Lee, although even he is somewhat taken aback by her sexual demands asking if she is trying to kill him.