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Season 21 / Episode 5 and airs on 22 September 2017 06:50
Thomas & Friends is a British children's television series, which had its first broadcast on the ITV network on 9 October 1984. It is based on The Railway Series of books by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry and his son, Christopher Awdry. These books deal with the adventures of a group of anthropomorphised locomotives and road vehicles who live on the fictional Island of Sodor. The books were based on stories Wilbert told to entertain his son, Christopher during his recovery from measles. From Series one to four, many of the stories are based on events from Awdry's personal experience.
A new diesel, Salty, arrives on Sodor and hopes to be working by the sea. He is dismayed, however, when he is sent to work at the quarry. He tries to make the best of it by singing to the trucks, making Bill and Ben jealous.
An engine with a crane on his boiler named Harvey arrives, but the engines think he does not look anything like a normal engine. Harvey becomes reluctant to stay, but has his chance when Percy derails at Bulgy's Bridge.
Cranky must stay up all day and night to keep the docks running, which is why he is cranky all the time. A story by Salty makes him cranky enough to knock down a shed. This forces him to be stuck with Salty, Bill and Ben for the night.
Harold helps Percy deliver his mail, but Percy believes he is under threat. When he reaches a broken signal, he is forced to wait until the signal is fixed. He is even more upset when Harold comes to take his mail onward. Harold decides to take the mail all at once - with disastrous results.
Thomas is hauling a heavy special to Brendam when his siderods fall off. It happens that he broke down near an old shed. Inside, his crew discover a disused vintage lorry named Elizabeth, who they think can go to the Works to fetch new siderods.
Misty Valley is often very misty, which is why Cyril, a friendly fogman, puts detonators on the tracks to warn engines of oncoming mist. The Fat Controller replaces him with a fog horn, believing he needs a rest, but it turns out the fog horn is more trouble that it is worth.
Thomas brings the newest member of Jenny Packward's crew, Jack the front loader, to work. Jack is eager to be really useful and meets the rest of the members in his attempts to find a job. Oliver the Excavator is ordered to move a pile of rocks, but Jack foolishly tries to take them up the hill himself, leading to disaster.
Jack is in trouble from his previous incident, but has learned his lesson, as he resists jumping in. Ned, the clumsy steam shovel, knocks the keystone out of the bridge. It begins to fall as Thomas approaches it, so Jack jumps in and tries to hold it up with his bucket.
Thomas is told to deliver a Christmas tree to the Mountain Village with Toby, but becomes cross when he has to use his old snowplough. A rock on the line smashes Thomas' snowplough into a water tower. Thomas is determined to go the rest of the way without a snowplough.
Donald and Douglas crash into Trevor's cart and blame the other for the accident. They become so heated that they refuse to work together, so Donald is sent to work with Duck whilst Douglas continues on his own. At first, everything works out, but the two begin to miss each other.
Henry has an unfortunate accident, leading to Diesel returning to the railway. Diesel is insistent on proving that he is the strongest engine in the world, much to the trucks' amusement. They edge him on to pulling twenty trucks at once. Diesel pulls them so hard that he breaks loose, falls off the quay and lands on a barge.
Halloween rolls around and Edward tells the engines of a ghost engine that roams the Smelters, searching for his lost whistle. Thomas, Percy and Duck are sent to the Smelters to collect a special load, where Thomas teases Percy when he gets scared. Duck feels sorry for Percy and volunteers Thomas to be left on his own.
Whilst collecting some trucks from Maithwaite, Percy is spooked by a mine that sinks into the ground. Donald and Douglas make him even more frightened when they proclaim it is the naughty gnomes. Ironically, Percy is sent to collect garden gnomes for Lower Tidmouth, but is convinced that the garden gnomes are the cause of the mine's sinking.
The engines' collective dislike for being a middle engine is taken advantage of by 'Arry and Bert when they play a trick on Percy by shunting trucks in front of him. Henry accidentally bumps him onto the coal tipper, so James takes over. However, he is not immune from 'Arry and Bert's tricks himself.
Thomas collects a hot air balloon and takes it to Dryaw, where it is blown so holidaymakers can ride in it. Thomas and James become scared the balloon will steal their passengers. The balloon runs out of air though and it falls on top of James at a level crossing.
Thomas warns Percy and James of Jack Frost when the two have to collect coal for the stations. James is dismissive, but Percy becomes worried. His last stop needs more coal, so he decides to give them the rest of his and Elizabeth will bring him more in the morning. Throughout the night, snow and ice piles around him and while taking his own coal, James sees a snowed-under Percy and mistakes him for Jack Frost.
Gordon tells Salty it would not be dignified for him to pull trucks. That night, a fog is over the Docks and the trucks are piling up. Gordon is sent along with Thomas, Henry and Percy to clear them up. Gordon is furious and does not even notice that he is sent down a rickety, old branch line by mistake.
A new rule is put in place where the engines can only have one washdown per day, which leaves Percy cross, as he has all the dirty jobs. He desperately tries to not get dirty and finds a train of sugar for the chocolate factory. He thinks he will stay clean doing this job, but he could not be more wrong.
The Fat Controller inspects his quarry engines, only to find that Ben needs new buffers. Bill becomes jealous and cannot think of anything but Ben's new buffers. This makes him careless and he ends up damaging his own buffers regardless.
During a snowstorm, Toby is flagged down by Farmer McColl, whose sheep are due to give birth and urgently need a vet. At the next station, Toby explains and Duck and the vet set off for Farmer McColl's Field. However, even Duck's snowplough cannot cut through the snow and they are forced to retreat. Now, Toby must use his old line to save the lambs.
The famous singer Alicia Botti is coming for a concert and Thomas is chosen to take her. Thomas brags to Percy, who is very dirty compared to him. Along the way, Thomas and his crew hear a consistent squeak, but think nothing of it, until they discover what it really is.
Gordon boasts about being the fastest engine on Sodor and Thomas wishes he was faster. He is given the job of taking a jet engine to Dryaw, but Cranky carelessly turns it on. Thomas rockets down the line, even passing Gordon.
The big engines believe Edward has used up all of his steam and should be retired. Percy is concerned and tells the Fat Controller about it. Edward is sent to run a loop line with Stepney, while Duck has to deal with Edward's Troublesome Trucks. They become too much for him and he slowly stalls himself and Gordon. Only Edward can rescue them now.
Skarloey, Rheneas and Rusty are sent to work with Duncan at the quarry. Duncan demands everyone to work faster. The others are reluctant, leaving Duncan annoyed. He gets too impatient at the incline and ends up falling into a muddy ditch.
Mending Rheneas and Skarloey's line takes up too much of Rusty's time, so the Fat Controller closes the line down and sends everyone to the quarry. The quarry will be blasting for two weeks though, so Rusty decides to use that time to repair Rheneas and Skarloey's line. However, they cannot do it on their own and need Elizabeth's help to get the job done.
Peter Sam's whistle has been knocked off by a branch. Duncan finds this funny and remarks that an engine is not one without a whistle. Duncan whistles so much along his journey that his own whistle becomes loose. He loses it in a field and the replacement is very musical.
John Hasler(Thomas UK 2015-)
Martin Sherman(Thomas, Percy, Diesel)
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