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Salad Fingers

Salad Fingers
Salad Fingers
Genre Psychological horror
Dark humour
Format Animation
Created by David Firth
Christian Webb
Developed by David Firth
Written by David Firth
Christian Webb
Jimmy Hollis (co-writer)
Directed by David Firth
Voices of David Firth
Composer(s) Boards of Canada
Brian Eno
Aphex Twin
Chris Gladwin
Kris Kadwell
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Executive producer(s) David Firth
Running time 19 minutes
Production company(s)
Original channel Newgrounds
Original run 1 July 2004 present
External links
Salad Fingers is an animation series originally created by British cartoonist David Firth in July 2004.
It gained
rapid internet popularity in 2005. The San Francisco Chronicle ranked it in the "Top 10" pop culture phenomena for
that year.
The cartoon revolves around the eponymous Salad Fingers, a thin, green, mentally troubled humanoid who inhabits a
desolate world. Already a well-known flash animation series available on the internet, Salad Fingers premiered in
Australia at the 2007 Sydney Underground Film Festival at the Factory Theatre. The first seven episodes were
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shown back to back, along with a variety of other animated short films, during the "Re-Animation" session.
The eerie music featured in the background is the tune "Beware the Friendly Stranger" from the Boards of Canada
album Geogaddi. The dark music in the soundtrack that appears when Salad Fingers is scared is actually Firth
playing the guitar, slowed down and reversed. Other music included in Salad Fingers episodes includes work
credited to Brian Eno, Sigur Rs, Aphex Twin and Lustmord.
David Firth frequently inserts references to Aphex
Twin in his flash cartoons; for example, the Aphex Twin logo can be found on the telephone in Salad Fingers
episode five. Firth has also cited the works of David Lynch, South Park, Tim Burton, The League of Gentlemen and
Chris Morris as sources of inspiration.
Salad Fingers
The main character is a bald hunchbacked humanoid with light-green skin, and no visible nose or ears, who
speaks with a distorted Northern English accent. His long, strangely shaped fingers are his most notable
feature. They were the focus of the first episode of the series, where Salad Fingers is shown getting pleasure
from rubbing various objects, particularly rusty metallic ones such as spoons, a doorbell panel, and a kettle.
Salad Fingers is unable or unwilling to distinguish between living beings and inanimate objects, and is
frequently found talking to various inert articles (notably his finger puppets and in two cases a human corpse).
He also talks to his radio in one episode. Furthermore, he often assigns such objects proper names and appears
to believe that they can communicate with him directly, sometimes voicing their perceived thoughts himself.
He lives alone in a small shack (containing, among other things, an oven, bedroom, safety cupboard, radio,
phone, and table) with the number 22 on the door. Salad Fingers appears to be masochistic, as he can be seen
taking pleasure from impaling his finger on a nail, rubbing stinging nettles on himself, or stepping onto a bear
trap. His talents include playing the flute and speaking French. He also seems able to use Morse Code, as
shown in episode nine, where he must inform others of a strange illness he has (which he refers to as scarlet
fever.) He is quite articulate, however he often spouts peculiar English sayings and phrases in situations where
they do not fit or even seem relevant.
Salad Fingers takes up various habits, including a regular measurement of the distance between his house and
a tree, tasting of the dirt ("floor-sugar"), and listening to his radio. Sometimes he also displays a raspy
asthmatic-like breathing when he becomes mesmerised at something or experiences extreme pleasure. The
name "Salad Fingers" was invented by Firth's co-writer, Christian 'Crust' Pickup, who described Firth as
having salad fingers while playing the guitar.
Hubert Jason Cumberdale (Barbara Logan-Price), Marjory Stewart-Baxter and Jeremy Fisher
Finger puppets who appear variously in episodes two, three, five, six, seven, eight, nine and ten. They often
appear in Salad Fingers' fantasies as life sized beings. Jeremy Fisher is thought to be named after the Beatrix
Potter book The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher.
In episode 2, Salad Fingers tastes these puppets, claiming
Hubert Cumberdale tastes like "soot and poo" and Marjory Stewart-Baxter tastes like "sunshine dust". Jeremy
Fisher is not tasted, which is revisited in a later episode. Salad Fingers has also referred to Jeremy Fisher as
having been out fighting "The Great War". In episode five, Hubert Cumberdale is temporarily renamed
Barbara Logan-Price (and given a "friend hat" which is actually a Navy cap). In episode six, Salad Fingers eats
Jeremy Fisher in a moment of forgetfulness, and the puppet has not appeared or been mentioned since,
indicating that he was killed off (he was actually eating another clone of himself). In episode eight, Salad
Fingers calls Cumberdale a "dirty immigrant" after dropping him in a chamber pot. In episode nine, Salad
Fingers talks to Stewart-Baxter as if she is his partner and the mother of their 'child', Yvonne.
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Harry/Milford Cubicle
Appearing in episode three, Cubicle is an aggressive, armless human-like being who wears an apron
identifying him as being employed at a "BBQ". Though his name tag reads "Harry" and indicates that he is
"Happy to help", Salad Fingers calls him Milford Cubicle. He bleeds to death after repeatedly banging his
head on Salad Fingers' door. Salad Fingers then finds him and drags him inside his house and hangs him on a
meat hook, believing him to be alive and conscious. He is seen to have decomposed in Episode 10 and finally
ends that episode as a skeleton.
Appearing in episode four, Bordois is a woodlouse which Salad Fingers accidentally kills by attempting to pet
her. He refers to her as "little sister". Once he squishes her, he says "You've gone flat, little sister. And you're
all gooey. I shan't play with you again until you've had a wash."
Aunty Bainbridge
Appearing in episode one and episode nine, is a yellow bug-eyed creature who owns many rusty objects
(which Salad Fingers strokes) and a small house. While Salad Fingers calls it Aunty Bainbridge in the ninth
episode, he also calls it a "young child" in the first, intimating that he does not, in fact, know it at all. This is
further evidenced when she backs away from Salad Fingers when he tries to hug her in the ninth episode. It is
difficult to tell whether this is a person and what its sex is.
Appearing in episode five, Mable is a scuffed, grubby, scarred young girl who goes to a picnic with Salad
Fingers. She is the first character other than Salad Fingers who can communicate in English, and she is the
first person other than Salad Fingers to actually speak something that seems to shock and dismay Salad
Fingers. When she sees Salad Fingers looking at her in dismay, she asks "What's wrong?", and subsequently
Salad Fingers is shown hallucinating her with her eyes gouged out asking him "What's wrong, Mr. Fingers?
Do you not like my mouth-words?"
A big-eyed, grotesque, small mutant creature who falls in love with Salad Fingers in episode four. It has a
large stitch across its forehead, and as such, many refer to it as "Stitch-head". This character was originally
created by Jimi Hollis, who refers to it as the "bug-eyed kid".Wikipedia:Citation needed It uses a bear trap and
a grubby tap to capture Salad Fingers, then cages him and proposes with a ring topped with a human molar.
A decomposing corpse found in a hole (one which was apparently dug up completely by Salad Fingers' finger
puppet, Hubert Cumberdale) near Salad Fingers' house in episode seven; Salad Fingers claims that it is his
younger brother, "back from the Great War," and invites him in for dinner before eventually putting him back
while singing "We'll meet again".
Appearing in episode eight, Roger is a broken radio that speaks in a robotic, aggressive manner (much like a
Dalek) and scares Salad Fingers into the cupboard twice. Roger, according to Salad Fingers, must be given
'sustenance' (in the form of small brown pellets which appear to be beans, BBs, or marbles). This distress
caused by his radio has him eating his hair collection.
Horace Horsecollar
A toy horse with which Salad Fingers indulges his senses. Possibly the inspiration of the horse that gets
savaged in Episode 10.
Penny Pigtails
Salad Fingers
A character Salad Fingers' imagination created while hiding from Roger in the safety cupboard. She is nothing
but Salad Fingers' hand 'walking' across the ledge. Salad Fingers imagines that she is denied raspberry jam by
a market trader, who bases his actions on the grounds that her legs are "too long" and "made of cotton", which
upsets him greatly.
Mr. Branches
A tree 21 yards from the house. Salad Fingers measures this distance, and then comments to the tree that it's
"barely shuffled an inch all week"implying that it moves (or, at least, he perceives it to) and that he
regularly keeps track of this measurement. In episode nine, Salad Fingers bites one of its branches, causing it
to cry in pain (with Salad Fingers imagining it with a face). It begs Salad Fingers to be let inside in the voice
of a young child, but is told that it has to "grow out of [its] branches" first. Mr. Branches then proceeds to
tightly wrap its branch around Salad Fingers' stomach although, it is implied that this entire scene was a
fantasy, and not reality.
A black slimy object that Salad Fingers 'gives birth to' out of the front of his stomach in episode nine. The
object may be a tumour that has caused Salad Fingers sickness as he feels better after 'giving birth' to it. It is
implied that it is his long-awaited child, saying that he 'yearned for [the] day' it would arrive. He cradles it and
reads it a poem, during which he names it "Baby Yvonne" and tells it that it has its mother's eyes, when in fact
it has no human features at all. Unhappy with it, Salad Fingers decides to give it to Aunty Bainbridge, but ends
up forgetting that it's his daughter. He then proceeds to clean Aunty Bainbridge's window, believing it to be a
sponge. After "washing" the window (when in fact he actually leaves it dirtier than before by covering it with
black residue), Salad Fingers takes a "lunch break" and is seen eating a large submarine sandwich with a
coffee cup nearby.
Dr. Papanak
A puppet Salad Fingers finds in some rubbish in Episode 10, over which he has considerably less control than
any other puppet. He is seen (if only in Salad Finger's mind) to sprout knives and savage a horse.
Unnamed characters
A young, relatively normal looking child, wearing a varsity-type jacket whom Salad Fingers appears to have
accidentally cooked in an oven in episode two.
Salad Fingers has a crow "visit" for his picnic. Salad Fingers also ramblingly mentions he has an "old pal" named
"Charlie" as well as a daughter, though neither of them are seen. It could be that neither of these characters are
real or may have died in the supposed "Great War".
Each episode is 210 minutes long. The narratives themselves are quite oneiric, have almost all spoken dialogue
transcribed with on-screen squiggly text, and disjointed plot structures.
Episode 1 Spoons
Release date: 1 July 2004
Credits: Drawn, animated and voiced by David Firth. Written by David Firth and Christian "Crust" Pickup.
Music by Boards of Canada (in particular, the song "Beware the Friendly Stranger").
This episode introduces Salad Fingers and his love of touching rusty spoons and other various rusty objects. He
explains how touching any form of rustincluding spoons, a door bell panel, and a kettlestimulates him ("The
feeling of rust against my salad fingers is almost orgasmic"), and that he holds a particular love of spoons. Salad
Fingers walks to the house of a strange young boy to see if he has any rusty spoons; the child screeches two times, at
which point Salad Fingers leaves, after asking to caress a rusty kettle that is on a table beside him.
Salad Fingers
Episode 2 Friends
Release date: 15 July 2004
Credits: Drawn, animated and voiced by David Firth. Written by David Firth and Christian "Crust" Pickup.
Music by Boards of Canada and David Firth.
Salad Fingers has a get-together with his "friends"finger puppetswhom Salad Fingers introduces as Hubert
Cumberdale, Marjory Stewart-Baxter and Jeremy Fisher. He appears to believe that his "friends" are real, living
beings. Wondering what his friends taste like, he briefly inserts them into his mouth, exclaiming that Marjory
Stewart-Baxter tastes like "sunshine dust", while Hubert Cumberdale tastes like "soot and poo". Salad Fingers then
tells them that he has a fish cooking in the oven and speaks a nonsensical phrase in French: "Alors, Nabilah,
Comment t'appelles-tu? Qu'est-ce qu'il y a?" This roughly translates to: "So, Nabilah, What's your name? What's up
(or What's the matter)?" (Nabilah is a popular first name in Algeria). In the next scene, a frightened child responds to
Salad Fingers's call for help. Salad Fingers cannot reach the fish cooking in his oven and asks the child to get it for
him. As the child reaches into the oven, Salad Fingers sees a rusty nail jutting out of the wall and reaches to caress it,
causing the oven door to close with the child still inside. Salad Fingers then impales his finger on the spike and
begins bleeding, blissfully saying "I like it when the red water comes out."
Salad Fingers turns pale and passes out. Apparently dreaming, Salad Fingers walks through a large meat locker
singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow to himself. While inside, he meets a full-size Hubert Cumberdale, who
screams distorted electronic noises at him. When Salad Fingers awakens he sits in a pool of his own blood. The oven
smokes as Salad Fingers states, "That fish smells about done," ignoring or forgetting the fact that it was the smoke
from the "cooked alive" child that he'd forgotten about when 'dozing off'.
Episode 3 Nettles
Release date: 1 August 2004
Credits: Drawn, animated and voiced by David Firth. Written by David Firth and Christian "Crust" Pickup.
Music by Boards of Canada, Brian Eno and a yoga flute.
Salad Fingers is playing with nettles and has irritated blisters all over his hands. He then comes across an empty
perambulator, which he refers to as a "nettle carrier" and then leaves with it. A deformed armless man wearing an
apron labelled "BBQ" appears and chases after Salad Fingers, screaming and babbling unintelligibly. Salad Fingers
is sitting on the floor at his home and brushing the nettle over his nipple (while appearing to have an orgasm), which
makes him lactate, and says "It seems... Nettles... have made the milk... drop out... from inside my teat!", when the
armless man runs to Salad Fingers' house and begins to bang his head on the door. Salad Fingers daydreams of
"happy times" (in which he and a life-sized version of the Hubert Cumberdale puppet are getting hair-dried).
Eventually, Salad Fingers comes outside and finds the man dead on the floor, his head bloodied. He names the man
"Milford Cubicle", despite the man's name tag reading "Harry". Believing that the man is alive, Salad Fingers drags
"Milford" inside and hangs him on a meat hook on the wall. Salad fingers then plays a merry tune on the flute,
showing odd dexterity for having his hand covered in nettle sores. He then offers "Milford" a "warm glass of milk",
which presumably is the milk that came out of his teat when he milked himself using the nettles.
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Episode 4 Cage
Release date: 20 August 2004
Credits: Drawn, animated and voiced by David Firth. Written by David Firth, Christian "Crust" Pickup, and Jimi
Mwng. Additional character design by Jimi Mwng. Music by Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin and David Firth.
Salad Fingers wears a beret and declares that he is going to try and find France. However, he is oddly frightened by a
mutated boy with disproportionately large eyeballs that has been "watching him for a while". Salad Fingers becomes
uncomfortable with the child's proximity and begins to leave. The boy, who speaks only in growls and grunts,
approaches Salad Fingers, having apparently fallen in love with him. Salad Fingers holds out his hand to stop the boy
coming closer, but the boy licks his hand, much to Salad Fingers' disgust and fear. Inside his house, Salad Fingers
sees a grey woodlouse coming out from a hole in the wall. He addresses the bug as "Bordois" and his "little sister".
After asking what "she" has been collecting, he acts as though the bug gives him a response. Salad Fingers
announces his enjoyment in the bug's body and goes to touch it, accidentally crushing it and looking at it in curiosity
which turns to disgust. He then says to Bordois that she's "gone flat" and become "all gooey", and that he "shalln't
play with [her] again, until [she's] had a wash." Salad Fingers then hears a knock on the door, which he opens to find
a "grubby tap" attached to a string on the ground. Salad Fingers becomes excited about this "gift" and begins to
fantasize about taps. He attempts to fetch it, but it is drawn away on the string as bait. He is caught in a bear trap
which causes him to lose blood and consciousness while savouring the desanguination blissfully. He wakes up in a
cage, and enjoys rubbing the rusted bars. The grotesque boy approaches the cage and holds out a ring (on which is
mounted a human tooth) as if proposing marriage. Salad Fingers becomes distraught, states "I don't like this game"
and announces that he is "going home now". This angers the boy, who makes an unintelligible noise that sounds like
"You're my wife now." A rope appears, hanging down from the ceiling, which Salad Fingers pulls to draw down a
curtain. When the curtain lifts, the boy, seeing that Salad Fingers has disappeared, begins to cry. The episode closes
with Salad Fingers, wearing his beret, flying away gleefully on a giant tap, presumably to France.
Episode 5 Picnic
Release date: 25 November 2004
Credits: Designed, animated, voiced and written by David Firth. Additional writing and the voice of Mable by
Christian "Crust" Pickup (who also plays MC Devvo). Music by Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin and David Firth.
Salad Fingers talks to an apparently broken and disconnected phone, asking the operator to connect him to his "old
pal Charlie" so he can invite him to a picnic, but only garbled noises are heard. Whilst describing the picnic fare,
Salad Fingers rubs his stomach in hunger, then claims to have been rudely disconnected. Hubert Cumberdale is on
one of the fingers on Salad Fingers' other hand, but he seems dismayed to see him. Instead of referring to him as
Hubert, he calls him "Barbara Logan-Price", and gives him a "friend-hat", which is a miniature captain's hat.
In the next scene, Salad Fingers wears a bridal train and talks to himself in a mirror, declaring "You look so
beautiful". He then goes outside for his picnic, which is attended by a strange crow (which appears in other David
Firth cartoons) that makes garbled noises and a little girl with scars on her face, a filthy, stained pink dress and
orange hair. Salad Fingers asks the orange-haired girl a question and answers it for her (as he seems to think that
only he can speak), ending with "replied Mable". Salad Fingers calls her his new playmate and compliments her on
her dress, and as he does this, Marjory Stewart-Baxter is seen in the window, jealous. Salad Fingers offers "Mable"
some "Pease Pudding", which he feeds to her with a dirty, rusty spoon. The crow then swoops down and steals Salad
Fingers's spoon.
The little girl giggles and says that the crow must like spoons too. The shock of the girl speaking to him, thus
meaning the girl is indeed real, not a figment of his imagination, drives Salad Fingers to temporary insanity,
hallucinating, hearing screeching, distorted noises, and seeing the girl (complete with empty eye sockets) saying,
"What's wrong, Mr. Fingers? Do you not like my mouth-words?"
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Episode 6 Present
Release date: 24 July 2005
Credits: Drawn, animated and voiced by David Firth. Written by David Firth and Christian "Crust" Pickup.
Music by Boards of Canada, Chris Gladwin and David Firth.
The episode begins with Salad Fingers walking about his house. He sees Hubert Cumberdale on top of a cupboard,
and instructs the finger puppet to come down at once. Hubert turns into a black, viscous, and apparently caustic fluid
and oozes down the cupboard. A silhouette is then seen walking through the house and Salad Fingers asks if
somebody is there; it is, in fact, the Jeremy Fisher puppet on his finger. Salad Fingers remarks that he thought
Jeremy was out "fighting the Great War". Jeremy Fisher/Salad Fingers responds in garbled gibberish which Fingers
can't understand, musing that Fisher seems "to have adopted a strange dialect."
Another perspective shot shows Jeremy Fisher (now with arms) handing Salad Fingers a toy horse. Salad Fingers is
pleased with the present, and remarks on the pleasing texture. He then eats Jeremy Fisher and immediately forgets,
wondering "Where have you gotten to?" He begins to play with the toy horse while making "neigh" sounds, walks
outside with it, and goes to an abandoned toilet with which he initiates a conversation. Suddenly, the mood changes
and the music becomes sinister; he grows concerned and he begins defending himself, saying "You've got the wrong
bloke, squire." He then flushes the toilet to "wash those bad thoughts away".
Upon arriving home, Salad Fingers gasps and sees himself sitting inside. The Salad Fingers inside appears to be
hallucinating, seeing the "outside" Salad Fingers as a life-size Jeremy Fisher. The "inside" Salad Fingers speaks in a
slightly different voice and also has rougher text showing what he is saying. The conversation starts off just like the
earlier one with Jeremy Fisher, but goes on to include accusations that Jeremy Fisher has been "tailgating [his]
daughter with aspirations of deflowering her rose". This appears to be the other "side" of the conversation Salad
Fingers had into the toilet.
The inside Salad Fingers is now seen with the Jeremy Fisher finger puppet. Fisher never responds verbally, but at
one point unfastens a clasp over his mouth from which green ooze bubbles and drips to the floor. Salad Fingers
caresses Fisher's hair and remarks that he never did "sample the delights of your flavor", a reference to when he
tasted his other two "friends" Hubert Cumberdale and Marjory Stewart-Baxter in episode two. He begins putting the
finger-puppet in his mouth, but the scene quickly changes to a bloody scene of the "inside" Salad Fingers eating the
"outside" Salad Fingers' head/brains, suggesting that Salad Fingers is actually experiencing the personalities he
invents. The episode ends with an external shot of the house panning back to reveal the toilet, possibly implying a
sinister connection, or past trauma involving the fixture.
Episode 7 Shore Leave
Release date: 28 January 2006
Credits: Drawn, animated and voiced by David Firth. Written by David Firth, Christian Pickup and Jimi Mwng.
Music by Boards of Canada, Chris Gladwin and Brian Eno.
As Salad Fingers is digging holes outside with his finger puppets, occasionally tasting the sand (which he calls "floor
sugar"), he finds the decomposing torso of an old corpse. Salad Fingers immediately "recognizes" the cadaver as
"Kenneth," his "younger brother" who is back from the previously mentioned "Great War" on shore leave. Salad
Fingers pulls the gruesome, dismembered corpse out of the hole, saying it was rude of him to leave for "the Great
War" without him, but promises to draw him a hot bath.
The next scene shows Salad Fingers turning a cog which pulls a clothesline, drawing Kenneth out of a wardrobe,
now dressed in a white dinner jacket. He starts to talk about life with the women of the great war. Salad Fingers has
prepared a dinner of sand for his guest, saying "Ihope you like... SAND". At one point Kenneth slumps forward,
prompting Salad Fingers to suppose that he's sleepy and props Kenneth up by inserting a "wooden dent-rail" into his
empty socket. He also spills some tea, which resembles the black caustic goo from the previous episode, on
Salad Fingers
Kenneth's hand. Salad Fingers tells Kenneth of his life, keeping busy with "every shift I can... [and] sing[ing] at all
the functions". There is a flashback in which Salad Fingers measures the distance from his door to a tree named "Mr.
Branches" with a clickwheel and subsequently teases it for its slow movement.
It is now evening, and Salad Fingers is with Kenneth outside near the same hole he found him in. He cries over the
fact that Kenneth has to go "back to the ghastly trenches". He salutes Kenneth and sings "We'll Meet Again" for him,
after exclaiming, somewhat futilely, "I only ask that our creator return you unspoilt from the cruel hand of war". He
then kicks Kenneth back into the hole. A dream-like sequence follows in which Salad Fingers sings the same song,
in a white dress, on a stage in front of an audience of a theatre. After singing a few strains, he complains to the
pianist who is shown as the silhouette of a marionette, with strings attached that the key is wrong, walks off the
stage, and the screen fades to black.
In this episode Salad Fingers mentions the Scottish town of Cowdenbeath, indicating he is aware of real-life places.
Episode 8 Cupboard
Release date: 22 September 2007
Credits: Drawn, animated and voiced by David Firth. Written by David Firth and Christian "Crust" Pickup.
Music by Boards of Canada, Lustmord and dyzv0r
Salad Fingers is sitting in his armchair, trying to tune his radio which he calls "Roger." If he is lucky, Salad Fingers
says he may chance upon a broadcast from "Croxley", which so happens to be a small town in Hertfordshire.
"Croxleyheath" also occurs in Shore Leave. After feeding Roger his "sustenance" (which seems to be marbles, peas,
rocks or beans), it begins to emit a strange, piercing frequency. A gurgling sound comes from Salad Fingers' own
stomach, insinuating upset in reaction to the "unpleasant frequencies" coming from the radio. He decides to wait out
the tormenting event in his "safety cupboard."
When in the cupboard, Salad Fingers begins to converse with his hands. One hand enacts "Penny Pigtails," the other
a market vendor. The "market vendor" refuses to sell raspberry jam to "Penny Pigtails" on the grounds that her legs
are "made of cotton" and "far too long" (an event that Salad Fingers finds most upsetting). After Salad Fingers cries
for a bit, "Penny Pigtails" discovers a long strand of hair, which Salad Fingers rubs over his eyeball, apparently
causing him great pleasure although it makes his eye red and inflamed. After emerging from the cupboard, he tapes
the hair to a wall with four other hairs of assorted colours that he has collected. Salad Fingers speaks to the hairs,
calling them "beautiple" and "a gay little quintette". Next, he goes to bed with the Hubert Cumberdale puppet. Before
going to sleep, Salad Fingers sings "Three in the Bed," and instructs Hubert Cumberdale to "roll over"; as a result,
the finger puppet is sent off the bed into a bowl of a filthy, brown substance (likely a chamberpot). Salad Fingers
orders Hubert Cumberdale to "scrub that muck off at once!" as he doesn't want any "dirty immigrants" in his house.
Later that night, the radio begins to emit strange sounds again and wakes up Salad Fingers. Salad Fingers approaches
it warily and threatens Roger with expulsion from the house. The radio replies it was rude of Salad to take his hair.
The radio speaks in a static voice, instructing Salad Fingers to return its hair, as well as to tidy the house. Salad
Fingers declares that he "shan't, can't and won't", on the grounds that it isn't "his turn" and that it is an extremely
unpleasant job. The radio continues to torment him, causing him to eat all of the hairs from his quintet, tape and all,
and return to his cupboard in tears.
Salad Fingers
Episode 9 Letter
Release date: 26 May 2011
Credits: Drawn, animated and voiced by David Firth. Written by David Firth and Christian "Crust" Pickup.
Music by Markus Fjellstrm.
Salad Fingers is holding a piece of torn newspaper, imagining it is a letter from the Great War (presumably from his
"brother") and reading it aloud to himself. As he reads, a tentacle-like branch snakes in through the door to Salad
Fingers' bedroom. Salad Fingers picks up the branch and bites off the tip, resulting in something sobbing "Daddy,
that really hurt!" off-screen. Salad Fingers goes to the window and sees the branch-tentacle being retracted into the
tree outside. He walks out to the tree, calling it "Mr. Branches" and has a conversation with it about its injury,
apparently forgetting it was he himself that bit it. The tree cries, calling Salad Fingers "Daddy" and asking to be let
inside, but Salad Fingers refuses until it "grows out of those branches". The tree wraps a branch around Salad
Fingers' waist.
Salad Fingers wakes up in his room, very pale and his stomach growling. Salad Fingers worries that he may be dying
and taps out an S.O.S. on the metal fire grate beside him. Suddenly a strange gooey black mass bursts out of his
stomach, causing him to pass out. This mass, and the goo that surrounds Salad Fingers on a puddle on his bed, bears
a strong resemblance to the 'tea' in the previous episode, and the goo that Hubert Cumberdale turns into in 'Presents'.
When he wakes up, he is overjoyed, and believes he has given birth to a daughter whom he names Yvonne. Sitting in
a wheelchair and appearing to feel better despite his wound, he pulls back the skin of one finger revealing a strange
solid tip and dips it in ink to write a "letter" consisting only of scribbles, saying he cannot attend the Great War as he
is still feeling "under the weather". He keeps Yvonne (which appears to be a bundle of newspapers) down in a pit
and tells her off for not doing her exercises. When Yvonne refuses to respond to Salad Fingers' coaching, he
addresses Marjory Stewart-Baxter, expressing his disappointment in 'their' child.
The scene then switches back to Salad Fingers lying on the floor, pale, with his stomach still wounded, and seems to
be pumping air into his chest, suggesting that he's relapsed into illness. He tells Yvonne he may be too ill to care for
her and speaks for her as he usually does for his other inanimate characters, saying "That's a shame; you were doing
a first-rate job". He then taps another message on the fire grate, requesting a home for "a meddlesome child".
Salad Fingers is then outside in his wheelchair with Yvonne in a bucket, telling her that "good old Aunty
Bainbridge" has agreed to look after her. He arrives at the house from episode 1, where the small, yellow-skinned
human-like creature with big eyes lives. Salad Fingers refers to the creature as "Aunty Bainbridge" and asks for a
hug, but the creature takes a step back and makes an odd wailing noise, as it did in 'spoons'. Salad Fingers recalls
some memories of Aunty Bainbridge "all in faded days".
Salad Fingers then appears to forget his reason for visiting, and, noticing the bucket of black ooze on his lap, claims
he has come to clean the windows, apparently forgetting who/what Yvonne is. Using the bundle/Yvonne, he smears
the windows with black ooze as the yellow creature looks on. Job done, Salad Fingers begins to eat a sandwich,
possibly a hallucinatory camouflage for Yvonne, while Aunty Bainbridge returns to the house.
Episode 10 Birthday
Release date: 24 November 2013
Credits: Written, drawn, animated and voiced by David Firth with additional attribution to Christian Webb and
Jimlad Hollis
Salad Fingers is seen talking to "Milford Cubicle", still hanging from the meat hook he was placed upon in Episode
3, trying to persuade the now heavily decayed corpse to take a bath for Hubert Cumberdale's birthday. Immediately
afterwards, he starts talking to said finger puppet, now dressed in a hat and with some legs pinned upon him. Salad
Fingers answers a knock at the door, only to see a long, thick metal pole stretching further than the eye can see.
Perplexed by this, he goes back indoors but causes Milford to fall from his hook. He reveals the ability to widen his
Salad Fingers
irises and cause his teeth to move, making a music box-like tune, by moving his hand at the side of his head as
though turning a handle. When this still fails to rouse his lifeless friend, he decides to leave the house, leaving
"Horace", the toy horse that appeared in Episode 6, "in charge".
The scene cuts to Salad Fingers walking through a misty forest full of leafless trees, revealing the search for a doctor
as his motive to Hubert Cumberdale. He finds a skip (or possibly a broken pram) full of rubbish and starts
rummaging around inside it. He finds a grotesque puppet with bent hooks and springs in place of hands, and this he
refers to as "Dr. Papanak". Lying on a large slab resembling a tombstone, he leans back for examination, initially
seeming to relish it, but the puppet, seemingly less dependent on his controlling it than the other ones he uses, and
which makes noises like a hungry animal, bites him, painfully, on the side of his head. He throws Dr. Papanak away
in fear but as the puppet flies he sprouts knives and latches onto a nearby horse closely resembling Horace, but
life-size. Dr. Papanak tears away savagely at the horse's side. Salad Fingers acknowledges that it probably hurts, but
makes no effort to assist the creature, which is seen to weep but makes no movement or resistance.
Salad Fingers is next seen to awaken in the (now somewhat more leafy) forest, unshaven, and with his clothes
partially torn and muddied. A tree is now growing from the tombstone on which he still lies. He speculates that he
has been asleep "for six Mondays". There is no sign of the horse or of Dr. Papanak, although Hubert Cumberdale is
seen lying on the ground surrounded by twigs. Salad Fingers returns home to find multiple horses in his house,
including one that resembles the horse he saw in the forest and which appears to have had a patch stitched onto it in
the precise place in which it was torn. Believing his toy horse Horace to be responsible, he searches through his
cupboards and drawers to find skins of horses in there and is distressed to find Milford Cubicle as a skeleton. He
drives the horses out, imagining them to have eaten him, only to encounter the mysterious pole he had seen earlier
outside his house (which had not been visible on his return home) and promptly scolds it. Then he sees, a little way
away from him, a group of people gathered around a table, each dressed like, and resembling him but with various
facial and behavioural abnormalities, eating brains and bodily organs, possibly those of Milford Cubicle's. At this
point, he appears to forget that the party was for Hubert, and assumes the seat to be for himself. Nervously, he sits
down to join them, though they largely ignore him. Suddenly, the pole lowers itself into the ground to reveal a
wrapped up present on the top of it, which he also assumes to be for himself. He opens the present and finds a hat
made from what resembles the skin of Milford Cubicle.
Notes: On 28 June 2013 Firth posted on his site Fat-Pie that a "brand new episode of Salad Fingers" would become
available upon listening to the latest episode of his audio sketch Waller FM. The name of the episode was revealed
by Firth himself in a YouTube interview.
[1] http:/ / www.
[2] " Salad Fingers' Stream Of Consciousness Entertains Viewers (http:/ / media. www. dailycampus. com/ media/ storage/ paper340/ news/
2005/ 12/ 08/ Focus/ salad.Fingers. Stream. Of.Consciousness. Entertains. Viewers-1125194. shtml)." The Daily Campus Online Edition. 8
December 2005
[3] " 2005 In Review: Pop Culture (http:/ / cgi-bin/ article. cgi?f=/ c/ a/ 2005/ 12/ 25/ PKGM6GB3BP1. DTL)." San
Francisco Chronicle. 25 December 2005.
[4] Sydney Underground Film Festival 2007 Program (http:/ / www. sydneyundergroundfilmfestival. com/ images/ library/ archives/
2007program/ 2007program. pdf)
[5] Salad Fingers vs. Tideland (http:/ / www. weblog/ ?p=1430)
[6] Encyclopedia Database: Salad Fingers (http:/ / en.encyclopedia. livepress. com/ index. php/ Salad_Fingers)
[7] David Firth's Twitter (http:/ / twitter. com/ DAVID_FIRTH/ status/ 73577093568536576) . 26 May 2011.
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