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Thomas & Friends Previous Broadcasts

Taking Turns (Episode #1006H)

KQED 9: Wed, May 24, 2017 -- 12:30 PM

The Thomas Way - When Harold the helicopter breaks down near Callan Castle, Duck and Thomas are sent to take him to the Sodor Search and Rescue for repair. Thomas wants to give Harold a tour of the island and show him the sights from an engine's perspective, but Duck insists that there are only two ways to do things: the Great Western Way and the wrong way. Thomas and Duck have to learn to work together. The Switch - When Luke is sent to Ulfstead Castle to deliver stone he meets Millie, the Earl's private narrow gauge engine. The two engines compare jobs, boasting how much they like their own work, and so the Earl agrees to let them switch jobs for the day. By the end of the day, both engines are firm friends, but agree they like their own jobs better.

Kindness with Friends (Episode #802)

PBS Kids: Wed, May 24, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

Percy's New Friends - Percy wants to make friends with the wild animals on Sodor. When he approaches a squirrel, it runs away. He tries to make friends with a bird but it flies away. Percy doesn't understand why the animals keep running away from him. As Percy is thinking about this, Gordon rushes past and frightens him by going so fast and being so loud. Percy realizes that big things can scare little things, so Percy decides to approach the animals again, but this time he is very gentle and quiet. Soon the rabbit, the squirrel and the bird have hopped onto Percy's buffer. Percy takes his new friends to meet the other engines. Emily and Dash - Emily is given the special of looking after Dash and taking him to the Children's Steam Fair. Emily sees that Dash can make special tweeting noises with his whistle. Emily pushes Dash to show her how to make tweeting noises again and again. Dash warns Emily that he'll run out of fuel but she doesn't listen and Dash runs out of fuel. He gets stuck and can't move to go to the fair. Emily goes to the fair instead and tries to tweet again but everyone just thinks she is being funny. Emily realizes that she has been a silly engine and needs to help Dash. Emily makes everything better by getting fuel for Dash and bringing him to the fair. Emily laughs so hard when they get to the fair that she twitters and tweets.

Exciting Friends (Episode #801)

PBS Kids: Wed, May 24, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

Gordon and Ferdinand - Sir Topham Hatt welcomes Ferdinand to his railroad by letting him share Gordon's special. They will be taking the Lion of Sodor to the Summer House and Ferdinand will be Gordon's back engine, which Gordon isn't happy about. They pass workmen who cheer for Ferdinand (not for Gordon or the Lion of Sodor!). Gordon comes up with a plan to take the quiet tracks across the Fenland but he goes too fast and the Lion of Sodor falls into the river. Gordon realizes he was wrong to think he was grander than Ferdinand. Ferdinand helps Gordon to get the Lion of Sodor back and they take it to the Steam Works to get it gleaming again. Toby and Bash - Sir Topham Hatt gives Bash a reward for being a Really Useful Engine. His reward is to spend the day with Toby to pick up the children at Knapford Station. Then they heave and haul slate to Brendham Docks. They are tired and Bash needs a rest so Toby brings him to Arlesdale End. Bash thinks Arlesdale is beautiful and Toby lets him sleep there. Toby thinks that Bash would like a home of his own on Sodor and they set out to find the perfect home. They visit the Fenlands but Bash is scared of the ducks and go to Farmer McColl's field but the cows scare Bash. Toby realizes that Bash just wants his home to remain on Misty Island. Toby takes Bash to Misty Island and he is happily back with Dash and Ferdinand.

Peace & Quiet (Episode #1005H)

KQED 9: Tue, May 23, 2017 -- 12:30 PM

Calm Down, Caitlin - When the Vicarstown Bridge is closed for repairs, Caitlin can't get back and has to spend the night on the Island of Sodor. She is so excited that she keeps waking the other engines up. They try sending her off to pull the Mail Train and the Flying Kipper, but Caitlin then wakes everyone else up on the island. In the morning, the bridge is re-opened and Caitlin is the most tired of all. Luke's New Friend - One day, Luke finds a nervous and scared young deer at the Blue Mountain Quarry. The other engines warn Luke that the quarry is no place for an animal, but Luke remembers when he first arrived and how he was nervous and scared. He wants to help the young deer so he tries to get the other engines to work quietly. That is not an easy thing to do, and after one accident too many, the engines finally convince Luke that the best place for the deer is on the grounds of Ulfstead Castle.

Listening and Learning (Episode #709)

PBS Kids: Tue, May 23, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

Thomas In Charge - Thomas wants to impress the Inspector and persuades Percy and Mavis to help him shunt coal at the Docks. This means that Mavis and Percy don't get to do their jobs properly. When the Inspector visits them, they are nowhere to be found. The Inspector arrives at the Docks to find Thomas, Percy and Mavis. Thomas wants to show how good they are at shunting coal but the coal trucks fly into the sky and cover everyone in black soot. Sir Topham Hatt and the Inspector are filthy, and Gordon's funnel is blocked! Thomas helps to make everything better by taking Gordon to the Steam Works to have his funnel cleared. Jitters and Japes - Thomas is given the important job of taking Sir Topham Hatt's mother, Dowager Hatt, on a tour of Sodor. Thomas thinks he knows all the places that she would like to see but nothing will please her. Thomas then discovers that he just needs to listen and ask Dowager Hatt what she would like to do and see. Thomas now knows exactly where to take Dowager Hatt and they race around Sodor having the best fun of all.

Sounds and Smells (Episode #708)

PBS Kids: Tue, May 23, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

O the Indignity - Gordon is horrified when Sir Topham Hatt announces that he is to take charge of Whiff's Waste Dump for the day. Gordon arrives at the Waste Dump and decides that the only thing for him to do is to hide when other engines arrive at the dump. Gordon just cannot be seen at such a smelly place! As the day progresses, Gordon hides from Spencer, Diesel and Thomas. As Gordon hides from each engine, the waste trucks get higher and higher and Whiff's Waste Dump becomes smellier and smellier. Sir Topham Hatt arrives with Whiff to a state of chaos. What Gordon didn't know is that the Island Inspector is arriving to view the Waste Dump. Gordon realizes he has been a silly engine! He gets straight to work to clean up the mess, and with Whiff's help, everything is clean and tidy for the Inspector's visit. Pop Goes Thomas - Thomas has to take crates of lemonade to the children's picnic. He goes over bumpy track and a cork pops. Thomas doesn't know what the sound is, only that he likes it. To make it happen again, he goes over more and more bumpy track. All the corks pop, wreaking havoc! Mr. Bubbles the Clown is delayed, the picnic cakes are spoiled, and James has a bump. When Thomas realizes what he has done, he goes back for more lemonade, stopping on the way to pick up more cakes and Mr. Bubbles. He arrives back at the picnic just in time to the cheers of the children.

Someone to Look Up To (Episode #1004H)

KQED 9: Mon, May 22, 2017 -- 12:30 PM

Kevin's Cranky Friend - Cranky the Crane is very busy at Brendam Docks and struggles to keep on schedule. Sir Topham Hatt decides to send Kevin to help him, but Cranky doesn't want any help. Kevin is disappointed and he tries to please Cranky by working hard and picking up things Cranky has dropped. Soon there is trouble when Kevin falls off the docks into the water. But it's Cranky who rescues him and Kevin realizes that Cranky does like him after all and appreciates his help. Henry's Hero - As they are working together, Henry and Hiro both start to billow dark smoke from their funnels. Duck tells them they have taken on some bad coal. Henry is worried that the bad coal will damage his firebox if he continues working, so he heads back to his shed. Hiro wants to keep on puffing and delivers their heavy load on his own. When Henry realizes Hiro can keep on puffing with bad coal, he decides that he should be able to do that too!

Playing with Friends (Episode #707)

PBS Kids: Mon, May 22, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

Thomas and the Scruff - Whiff is excited for Thomas to bring Scruff to help him at the Waste Dump. Thomas meets Scruff at Brendham Docks and sees that he is really quite scruffy and dirty. Thomas thinks it would be best to give Scruff a clean before he starts his new job. Thomas brings the cleaners from the Wash Down to wash Scruff, but Scruff races off. Thomas realizes that Scruff is hiding in a siding and there is nothing he can do to persuade Scuff to come out. Gordon, Percy and Henry try to help too, but to no avail. Thomas then realizes that Scruff doesn't want to be clean at all, he just wants to be scruffy. Thomas takes Scruff to the Waste Dump where he works with Whiff. Scruff gets messier and scruffier and just loves it! Jumping Jobi Wood - Thomas is asked to collect precious Jobi wood from Misty Island by Sir Topham Hatt. He is excited and Bash, Dash and Ferdinand offer to help Thomas but he doesn't want their help. Thomas takes Edward with him and shows him all the exciting places to visit. There's the Shake Shake Bridge and of course Ol' Wheezy Hee Haw. Thomas starts to collect the Jobi wood and it's not long before Ol' Wheezy starts throwing the Jobi logs everywhere causing chaos. Thomas isn't able to stop the Jobi logs flying through the air. Luckily for Thomas the Logging Locos turn up on Misty Island to help him. At last order is restored and Thomas delivers the Jobi wood to Sodor.

Busy Days (Episode #706)

PBS Kids: Mon, May 22, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

Thomas' Crazy Day - Thomas promised to play hide and seek with his best friend Percy at the Steam Works. Sir Topham Hatt also asked him to show Bash, Dash and Ferdinand what it takes to be a Really Useful engine. Thomas decides that he has to do everything so he rushes back and forth helping the Logging Locos and playing a game of hide and seek with Percy. Thomas asks Cranky to help him show the Logging Locos how to be Really Useful while he is away. When Thomas checks on them, he sees that Cranky has lifted Dash high into the air and not being helpful at all! Thomas realizes that he needs to do one thing at a time so he finishes showing the Locos how to be Really Useful, and then finishes the game of hide and seek with his best friend Percy. Thomas and the Snowman Party - It's winter on Sodor and the children are busy building a snowman. The children need a hat to complete their snowman and Thomas decides to help. Thomas takes Farmer McColl's hat for the snowman. Then, he sees the Band Conductor's hat and takes that too. Then he sees Mr. Bubbles' big colorful hat and takes that too. Thomas gets so busy looking for the hat that he forgets to deliver a special parcel to Sir Topham Hatt. However, Farmer McColl, the Brass Conductor and Mr. Bubbles all need their hats back. When Thomas delivers a parcel for Sir Topham Hatt - it's a new hat! Sir Topham Hatt gives his old hat to Thomas which he then gives to the children for their snowman.

Helpful Friends (Episode #702H)

PBS Kids: Sun, May 21, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

Charlie & Eddie - Edward wants to show Charlie that he is a really fun engine instead of doing his job. Edward races off to the tracks telling Charlie jokes. A big mistake occurs when Edward takes Sir Topham Hatt's car to the Steam Works by mistake, but Kevin doesn't know how to fix cars, only steam engines. Edward is horrified when he arrives back at the Steam Works and sees that instead of fixing the car, Kevin has put a funnel on its roof! Edward realizes that he needs to concentrate on his job rather than racing around Sodor with Charlie. Toby & The Whistling Woods - Sir Topham Hatt asks Toby to go to the Summer House. Toby is scared because this means that Toby will need to puff through the Whistling Woods. But he decides to be brave and starts to make his way through them. Toby hears a strange noise and reverses quickly out of the woods where he meets Thomas and James. The engines see that Toby is a little frightened and offer to travel through the woods with him but Toby insists he can get through the woods on his own. When Toby gets scared again, Thomas and James tell him that the noises are friendly sounds. One sound is being made by a beautiful owl, another is the sound of a waterfall, and the last is the sound of the wind whistling through the woods. Toby is at last happy in the Whistling Woods!

Patience and Rules (Episode #1306H)

PBS Kids: Sun, May 21, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

The Railcar and the Coaches / Saving Time The Railcar and the Coaches Daisy the railcar can carry passengers without pulling any coaches. So, when Thomas is sent to work in the quarry, Daisy takes on his usual responsibilities, leaving Annie and Clarabel behind. Daisy constantly reminds them she doesn't need them as long as she is working Thomas's branch line. But Daisy becomes so popular with the passengers that she needs Annie and Clarabel's help to carry them all! Upset that Daisy was so rude to them earlier, Annie and Clarabel trick her into thinking she needs to be repaired. But Annie and Clarabel end up getting left behind again, and learn that two wrongs don't make a right! Learning Goals: honesty, self-control, responsibility Saving Time Samson boasts to the other trains that he has been given a very special job taking stones from the quarry to the docks. But when he learns that Thomas has been assigned the same task, Samson tries to find another way to show everyone that he's very important. He decides to take more trucks than he should, insisting that it will save time. But with so many heavy trucks, Samson can't get over Gordon's Hill! It takes him even longer to deliver the stones, and when he asks Thomas to help him, he ends up making Thomas late too. Sir Topham Hatt is unhappy with the delay, but Samson takes responsibility, assuring him that he has learned his lesson and won't make the same mistake again. Learning Goals: honesty, responsibility, apologizing, self-awareness.

Be Good to Your Friends (Episode #1304H)

PBS Kids: Sat, May 20, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

Sidney Sings / Diesel and the Ducklings Sidney Sings Sidney is a very helpful diesel engine, but he's also very forgetful. One day Sir Topham Hatt gives him a very special job of picking up Percy's new wheels. Sidney is worried that he might forget what to do, so Thomas suggests he make up a song to help him remember. Sidney takes off, happily singing a song, but when he stops to talk to Gordon, he gets distracted. Forgetting his assignment, he travels to the Waste Dump, the Animal Park, and then Knapford Station, where he rescues passengers trying to reach Brendam Docks. Although he takes a slight detour, in the end, he completes two very special jobs: he delivers Percy's wheels and takes the stranded passengers to their destination on time! Learning Goals: problem-solving, creative thinking, following directions, friendship, compassion Diesel and the Ducklings Diesel always likes to appear rough and tough in front of the other engines. But when Thomas unexpectedly finds Diesel lovingly fussing over some baby ducklings, he threatens to tell everyone that Diesel is a softie. Diesel is horrified and promises to be nice to everyone in exchange for Thomas not telling them about the ducklings. All the engines are pleasantly surprised when Diesel starts being polite and friendly, but wonder if Diesel will be able to change his ways for good. Learning Goals: expressing feelings, recognizing the feelings of others, caring for others, being kind.

Competing Engines (Episode #1302H)

PBS Kids: Sat, May 20, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

Reds vs Blues / Best Engine Ever Reds vs Blues On game days, Thomas is very popular because the Sodor soccer team wears blue uniforms. One day a mainland team comes to the island wearing red, and they cheer James because he is red too. The two engines compete with each other over who can bring the fans to the game faster. James is in such a hurry to beat Thomas, he doesn't wait to pick up the last load of passengers-the soccer team! Thomas, in his rush to beat James, steams right by Sir Topham Hatt, who is supposed to referee the game. Percy saves the day by transporting the team and Sir Topham Hatt to the game, and Thomas and James learn a valuable lesson about teamwork and good sportsmanship! Learning Goals: teamwork, good sportsmanship, learning from mistakes, responsibility, honesty Best Engine Ever When Emily breaks down and disrupts a race between Connor and Caitlin, Caitlin shunts Emily to the Steamworks, causing Emily to travel faster than ever before. Emily is in awe of Caitlin and becomes disheartened at her own abilities. The other engines try to cheer her up, reminding her that she too is a special engine and with unique talents. When Caitlin's brakes fail, Emily races to save her from an accident, proving to herself that she too is a Really Useful Engine. Learning Goals: Self-confidence, friendship, helping others, appreciating differences, compassion.

Just Be Yourself (Episode #1003H)

KQED 9: Fri, May 19, 2017 -- 12:30 PM

Scruff's Makeover Scruff works at the Waste Dump. When Sir Topham Hatt sees how rusty and dirty Scruff looks, he insists that he goes straight to the Steamworks to be repainted. Soon the other engines are telling Scruff how smart he looks, so he decides he doesn't want to work at the dirty Waste Dump anymore. Eventually Scruff realizes that the only way to be Really Useful is to do his own job at the Waste Dump, even if it means getting dirty. Wayward Winston - Winston is Sir Topham Hatt's track inspection vehicle. One day when Sir Topham Hatt leaves his handbrake off, Winston starts to roll forward on his own and is soon racing down the tracks without a driver. Winston thinks driving on his own is exciting at first, until he realizes he can't stop!

Being Happy with Me (Episode #705)

PBS Kids: Fri, May 19, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

Being Percy - Percy is impressed when he sees that all the engines make way for Gordon when he enters Brendham Docks. Percy thinks the engines never listen to him nor make way for him on the tracks. Percy decides that he is going to be more like Gordon so he starts to imitate him. Percy starts to raise his voice and race down the line just like Gordon. Percy is trying so hard to be like Gordon that he forgets to deliver his mail. Percy realizes that being like Gordon hasn't helped him at all and he is happy just being Percy! Victor Says Yes - Victor is an engine who likes to please everyone so when it's a busy day at the Steam Works, he bites off more than he can chew. The engines line up outside the Steam Works and ask Victor to fix them. Emily, 'Arry and Bert all become impatient as the line of engines waiting to be fixed gets longer and longer. Then Sir Topham Hatt arrives and asks Victor to fix Gordon, and of course Victor says yes. The line gets longer and the engines start to bump into each other. With Thomas' help, Victor realizes that he needs to learn to say no. Victor tells some of the engines that he can fix them the next day. Everyone is soon happy again as Victor restores order to the Steam Works.

Special Jobs (Episode #704)

PBS Kids: Fri, May 19, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

Diesel's Special Delivery - When Diesel sees James being admired with a special of pretty piglets, he decides that he wants to be admired too. He abandons his slate for the school's leaking roof and sets off to find an equally admirable special. First he tries Thomas' truck of apples, then Rosie's flatbed of flowers, but still nobody notices him. Later, he spots James' piglets outside Farmer Trotter's farm, and decides to take them to the school. But when he arrives, rain is imminent and the children are about to get wet. Diesel realizes how important his slate is. He races back to the farm with Farmer Trotter's piglets, picks up his slate and gets back to the school just in time. Pingy Pongy Pick Up - It's an important day on the Island of Sodor. The football team is playing an important match and all of the engines are given special jobs. Emily is asked to bring the team's washing but she wants to do a job which is more important. So Emily decides to try and help everyone else and ignores her job. Emily learns that the washing she is due to deliver is the Sodor United team's football kit! Now the football team has nothing to wear!. Emily decides to make everything better. She races to get the football kits cleaned and dries them by hanging the shirts like a long washing line from her funnel. The football team is delighted.

Fire & Water (Episode #1002H)

KQED 9: Thu, May 18, 2017 -- 12:30 PM

Too Many Fire Engines - A team of railway inspectors questions whether Sir Topham Hatt needs two fire engines causing concern for Sodor's fire fighting team, Flynn and Belle. When Belle beats Flynn to two fires in a row, Flynn starts to question it himself. He tells Belle to take his place on guard at the Castle's fireworks display and sulks in his shed. But when another fire starts on the same night, Flynn races to put it out, proving Sir Topham Hatt really does need two fire engines after all. Gordon Runs Dry - When a stone bounces off his boiler, Gordon doesn't wait to be checked over and hurries on his way, only to find that he has to keep stopping to take on more water. When Gordon finally runs out of water, he realizes that his boiler was damaged by the stone and has been leaking. Soon the once proud engine is being shunted to the Steamworks to be repaired. Oh the indignity!

Safe and Sound (Episode #703)

PBS Kids: Thu, May 18, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

Henry's Health & Safety - Victor explains the meaning of Health and Safety to Henry while he is visiting the Steam Works. Henry is so concerned about safety on Sodor that he keeps changing things that are already safe. He takes Rocky to move telegraph poles from the tracks which are safely there to be collected by Percy. Henry gets Rocky to lift Percy off the tracks. Sir Topham Hatt sees Percy hanging in mid air and soon tells Henry that he is causing chaos on the tracks. Henry realizes that Percy is safe and asks Rocky to lower him to the ground. Henry is then happy to take Rocky to help with a real emergency on Sodor. Henry's Magic Box - It's the Winter Holidays on Sodor and all the engines are very excited. Henry he has been given a very special box to deliver to a field. He goes back to the field later to check on the box but it has disappeared and replaced with a Christmas tree! Sir Topham Hatt also asks Henry to tell the engines to meet by the field that night, but Henry is so worried about the missing box that he forgets to tell everyone. Sir Topham Hatt meets a worried Henry and tells him that the Christmas trees have come from the special box. Henry is relieved and tells the engines to come to the field. The trees are lit with beautiful sparkling lights and Sir Topham Hatt appears from behind the trees dressed as Santa Claus. The engines toot and cheer!

Helpful Friends (Episode #702H)

PBS Kids: Thu, May 18, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

Charlie & Eddie - Edward wants to show Charlie that he is a really fun engine instead of doing his job. Edward races off to the tracks telling Charlie jokes. A big mistake occurs when Edward takes Sir Topham Hatt's car to the Steam Works by mistake, but Kevin doesn't know how to fix cars, only steam engines. Edward is horrified when he arrives back at the Steam Works and sees that instead of fixing the car, Kevin has put a funnel on its roof! Edward realizes that he needs to concentrate on his job rather than racing around Sodor with Charlie. Toby & The Whistling Woods - Sir Topham Hatt asks Toby to go to the Summer House. Toby is scared because this means that Toby will need to puff through the Whistling Woods. But he decides to be brave and starts to make his way through them. Toby hears a strange noise and reverses quickly out of the woods where he meets Thomas and James. The engines see that Toby is a little frightened and offer to travel through the woods with him but Toby insists he can get through the woods on his own. When Toby gets scared again, Thomas and James tell him that the noises are friendly sounds. One sound is being made by a beautiful owl, another is the sound of a waterfall, and the last is the sound of the wind whistling through the woods. Toby is at last happy in the Whistling Woods!

Look & Listen (Episode #1001H)

KQED 9: Wed, May 17, 2017 -- 12:30 PM

Thomas & Friends has sparked the imagination of young children for generations with classic stories of adventures from the railways on the Island of Sodor. Born from a literary tradition, the CG-animated series supports children aged 2-5 as they develop important social-emotional skills and helps to build an early foundation for preschoolers' success. Thomas & Friends is based on the much-loved books by Rev. W. Awdry, who created Thomas the Tank Engine to entertain his young son Christopher when he was in bed with the measles. The series features Thomas, a true blue engine friend who proudly wears the "#1" on his side. He's joined by a cast of track stars, including James, Percy, Emily, Henry and Gordon, as well as Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway, who keeps everything running smoothly. Thomas's world is a place with a strong community spirit, typified by a universal willingness to embrace good manners and hard work -- and a desire to be "really useful." Each episode -- comprised of two animated stories, a live-action segment, and a music video -- is designed to delight children while helping to foster their social and emotional development. As young viewers join Thomas and his engine friends on exciting adventures, they experience timeless life lessons of discovery, cooperation, and friendship.

Clever Ideas (Episode #701)

PBS Kids: Wed, May 17, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

Thomas' Tall Friend - Thomas is given the special job of delivering a giraffe to the Sodor Wildlife Centre. He is so excited about making friends with the giraffe that he doesn't go straight to the Wildlife Centre as instructed. Instead, Thomas collects leaves and fresh fruit from the other engines to give to the giraffe. By the time Thomas arrives at the Wildlife Centre, the giraffe has settled down in is truck and fallen asleep. Now Thomas can't wake the giraffe to deliver him to his new home. Thomas decides to find someone who really knows how to look after giraffes properly. He races back to the Docks and collects a giraffe keeper who can look after the giraffe. The giraffe is soon delivered to the Wildlife Centre. Everyone is so happy to meet the new giraffe. James in the Dark - Fixing a mistake James refuses to wear a lamp for working at night because it looks "silly". Then, because he can't see very well, he picks up the wrong people - farmers and animals instead of VIPs for a grand concert. James realizes his mistake, takes the farmers and animals to their destination, and returns to the concert. Thomas and Edward have picked up the VIPs James missed. All three engines use their lamps to light the concert at the end.

Patience and Rules (Episode #1306H)

PBS Kids: Wed, May 17, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

The Railcar and the Coaches / Saving Time The Railcar and the Coaches Daisy the railcar can carry passengers without pulling any coaches. So, when Thomas is sent to work in the quarry, Daisy takes on his usual responsibilities, leaving Annie and Clarabel behind. Daisy constantly reminds them she doesn't need them as long as she is working Thomas's branch line. But Daisy becomes so popular with the passengers that she needs Annie and Clarabel's help to carry them all! Upset that Daisy was so rude to them earlier, Annie and Clarabel trick her into thinking she needs to be repaired. But Annie and Clarabel end up getting left behind again, and learn that two wrongs don't make a right! Learning Goals: honesty, self-control, responsibility Saving Time Samson boasts to the other trains that he has been given a very special job taking stones from the quarry to the docks. But when he learns that Thomas has been assigned the same task, Samson tries to find another way to show everyone that he's very important. He decides to take more trucks than he should, insisting that it will save time. But with so many heavy trucks, Samson can't get over Gordon's Hill! It takes him even longer to deliver the stones, and when he asks Thomas to help him, he ends up making Thomas late too. Sir Topham Hatt is unhappy with the delay, but Samson takes responsibility, assuring him that he has learned his lesson and won't make the same mistake again. Learning Goals: honesty, responsibility, apologizing, self-awareness.

Just Being You (Episode #910H)

KQED 9: Tue, May 16, 2017 -- 12:30 PM

Express Coming Through - At Knapford Station, Dowager Hatt is having a welcome to Sodor party. Sir Topham Hatt asks Thomas to take the visitors on a tour of Sodor. Thomas asks the visitors to ride on the Express but it's too heavy for Thomas. He doesn't want Gordon to see that he has to drop off passengers to make the Express lighter. To avoid Gordon, he leaves the visitors to enjoy "the Sights of Sodor" at the Quarry and in a field. Dowager Hatt realizes that the important visitors are missing and Gordon is sent to collect the visitors. But a job needs doing! The balloons have to be collected from the Docks for the party. Thomas is fast. He picks them up and proves that he is Really Useful, just in a different way than Gordon. Whiff's Wish - Whiff is given the job of collecting trucks of garbage from across the island. Whiff hears Spencer being praised for his grandness. Whiff wishes that he, too, could be a grand engine, so he searches for opportunities to be grand. The tracks come to a standstill because Whiff's garbage trucks have not been collected. Worried, Whiff crashes into a stationary Percy. Seeing Percy, who is only concerned about delivering the mail on time, Whiff realizes that there is nothing grander than doing your job well. He puffs away to collect the garbage trucks, just as he should have done.

Be Good to Your Friends (Episode #1304H)

PBS Kids: Tue, May 16, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

Sidney Sings / Diesel and the Ducklings Sidney Sings Sidney is a very helpful diesel engine, but he's also very forgetful. One day Sir Topham Hatt gives him a very special job of picking up Percy's new wheels. Sidney is worried that he might forget what to do, so Thomas suggests he make up a song to help him remember. Sidney takes off, happily singing a song, but when he stops to talk to Gordon, he gets distracted. Forgetting his assignment, he travels to the Waste Dump, the Animal Park, and then Knapford Station, where he rescues passengers trying to reach Brendam Docks. Although he takes a slight detour, in the end, he completes two very special jobs: he delivers Percy's wheels and takes the stranded passengers to their destination on time! Learning Goals: problem-solving, creative thinking, following directions, friendship, compassion Diesel and the Ducklings Diesel always likes to appear rough and tough in front of the other engines. But when Thomas unexpectedly finds Diesel lovingly fussing over some baby ducklings, he threatens to tell everyone that Diesel is a softie. Diesel is horrified and promises to be nice to everyone in exchange for Thomas not telling them about the ducklings. All the engines are pleasantly surprised when Diesel starts being polite and friendly, but wonder if Diesel will be able to change his ways for good. Learning Goals: expressing feelings, recognizing the feelings of others, caring for others, being kind.

The Race Is On (Episode #1303H)

PBS Kids: Tue, May 16, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

The Little Engine Who Raced Ahead / Philip to the Rescue The Little Engine Who Raced Ahead Philip, a new little diesel boxcab, arrives at Knapford full of energy and enthusiasm. When Gordon tells Philip how fast he can travel, Philip is determined to prove that he's faster, and challenges him to a race. Gordon tells him to go away, but Philip only hears "go" and races off. When Philip arrives at Brendam Docks and Gordon still hasn't overtaken him, Philip assumes he's won. Later that evening at Tidmouth Sheds, Gordon announces that he wasn't racing and reminds everyone about his speed. Philip is not disheartened-he's happy to have made new friends on Sodor. . Learning Goals: being helpful, following directions, paying attention Philip to the Rescue When Philip shows off to James about how many trucks he can pull, James decides to prove that he is the stronger engine by pulling a very long train of cars. Soon disaster strikes as James loses control of all of the cars and comes off the rails, breaking through a stone bridge. As James dangles off the bridge, Philip races to save him by sliding under him just before he falls. A grateful James apologizes for calling Philip a show off. Learning Goals: demonstrating modesty, understanding there are consequences to one's actions, apologizing, honesty, expressing gratitude.

Communication (Episode #908H)

KQED 9: Mon, May 15, 2017 -- 12:30 PM

Welcome Stafford - Spencer is happy because he is to show the new shunting engine Stafford round the island. Stafford is an electric engine and runs on batteries. Victor tries to tell Spencer that batteries run out, but Spencer thinks he knows all about batteries. He wants to show Stafford off to the Island and feel grand. Stafford tries to tell Spencer when his batteries are running out but Spencer doesn't listen. Spencer steams up to the Rescue Team, Bash, Dash and Ferdinand and then the Duke and Duchess of Boxford. Each time, he finds that Stafford is not behind him anymore. Stafford's battery has run out! He should have listened to Stafford. Later, when Spencer runs out of coal, it is Stafford who shunts Spencer all the way to Knapford Station! Don't Bother Victor - Mr Percival leaves Peter Sam in charge to go to a meeting with Sir Topham Hatt. Mr Percival tells Peter Sam not to bother Victor with little things. Sir Handel starts creaking and croaking, Skarloey's funnel fumes and Duncan's rods rattle. Peter Sam tries to fix them all himself, instead of bothering Victor. Then Peter Sam runs out of coal and he hasn't fixed the engines. He realizes that broken engines are not 'little things' and that he needs to tell Victor. Victor is happy to help. Everyone is fixed before Mr Percival arrives!

Competing Engines (Episode #1302H)

PBS Kids: Mon, May 15, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

Reds vs Blues / Best Engine Ever Reds vs Blues On game days, Thomas is very popular because the Sodor soccer team wears blue uniforms. One day a mainland team comes to the island wearing red, and they cheer James because he is red too. The two engines compete with each other over who can bring the fans to the game faster. James is in such a hurry to beat Thomas, he doesn't wait to pick up the last load of passengers-the soccer team! Thomas, in his rush to beat James, steams right by Sir Topham Hatt, who is supposed to referee the game. Percy saves the day by transporting the team and Sir Topham Hatt to the game, and Thomas and James learn a valuable lesson about teamwork and good sportsmanship! Learning Goals: teamwork, good sportsmanship, learning from mistakes, responsibility, honesty Best Engine Ever When Emily breaks down and disrupts a race between Connor and Caitlin, Caitlin shunts Emily to the Steamworks, causing Emily to travel faster than ever before. Emily is in awe of Caitlin and becomes disheartened at her own abilities. The other engines try to cheer her up, reminding her that she too is a special engine and with unique talents. When Caitlin's brakes fail, Emily races to save her from an accident, proving to herself that she too is a Really Useful Engine. Learning Goals: Self-confidence, friendship, helping others, appreciating differences, compassion.

Slowly Wins The Race (Episode #1301H)

PBS Kids: Mon, May 15, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

Slow Stephen / Two Wheels Good Slow Stephen Stephen is the oldest engine on the Island of Sodor. People love to see him, so sometimes he makes special journeys around the island. Although he's still called "The Rocket," he's much slower than the other engines, who sometimes have to slow down for him. This makes Gordon particularly grumpy. But because Stephen travels so slowly, he notices that the suspension bridge is damaged and alerts the other engines in time to avoid a disaster! Learning Goals: appreciating differences, being patient, paying attention to details, making meaningful contributions Two Wheels Good Bertie, Thomas, and Spencer get into a debate about how many wheels are best. Bertie has four wheels, Thomas has six, and Spencer is very proud of his twelve. But when Spencer breaks down while taking the Duke and Duchess to an important event at Callan Castle, Thomas must transport them instead. Thomas finds the track blocked, so Bertie takes over, but then gets a flat tire! Mr. Percival arrives on his bicycle, but the Duke and Duchess can't both ride to Castle on the bike! Luckily, Mr. Percival summons Harold, who transports them to the Castle via helicopter just in time! Learning Goals: valuing the contributions of others, teamwork, flexible thinking, problem-solving.

Finders Keepers (Episode #1207H)

PBS Kids: Sun, May 14, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

Lost Property - Thomas, Annie, and Clarabel plan to impress the railway inspectors who are coming to the Island of Sodor. However, a string of problems and disruptions occur and a grumpy inspector only makes matters worse. Thomas finally impresses the inspector when he returns the gold watch that the grouchy man accidentally left on Annie's seat. Learning Goals: applying one's best efforts, helping others, demonstrating responsibility, being kind and polite. Henry Spots - Trouble When Henry hears that Sir Topham Hatt's grandchildren have the chickenpox, he worries that the engines will get sick, too. His fear intensifies when he catches sight of Thomas, splattered with mud and carrying a wagon of chickens. Afterward, it appears that every engine he meets is splattered with spots. Henry finally learns that engines can't catch chickenpox afterall. Learning Goals: recognizing others' emotions, expressing sympathy and concern for others, conquering fears.

Telling Tales (Episode #1205H)

PBS Kids: Sun, May 14, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

Who's Geoffrey? - Thomas spontaneously creates Geoffrey, an imaginary engine who he blames a small, silly accident on. When Thomas further describes Geoffrey to friends, Sir Topham Hatt wants to meet the new engine. Thomas realizes that his story may have gotten a little out of hand. Learning Goals: learning from mistakes, telling the truth, taking responsibility, understanding there are consequences to one's actions, apologizing. The Truth About Toby - Toby is stubborn and refuses to fill up with coal when Henrietta reminds him to do so. But when he takes the trucks to the junkyard, he runs out of coal. When Toby is spotted parked among the scraps, a rumor spreads that he's being scrapped! Learning Goals: learning from mistakes, taking responsibility, expressing sympathy and concern for others, being a good friend.

Special Deliveries (Episode #1203H)

PBS Kids: Sat, May 13, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

Emily Saves the World - Emily is thrilled to finally be transporting an exciting load-a huge globe! When she attempts to show it off, it's knocked off her flatbed.The globe rolls haphazardly, but she manages to regain control of it just in time. Learning Goals: expressing thanks, apologizing, helping others. Samson at Your Service - Samson doesn't like to admit his mistakes. Even when other engines try to help him, he fails to listen.Against the others' advice, Samson takes Gordon's Express Coaches to the quarry, instead of the trucks used for carrying stone. Learning Goals: understanding there are consequences to one's actions, taking responsibility, apologizing.

Recycle Recycle Recycle (Episode #1201H)

PBS Kids: Sat, May 13, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

Timothy and the Rainbow Trucks - Timothy and the Rainbow Trucks Bill and Ben convince Timothy to search for a truck that is blue, red, yellow, and brown. However, they are playing a joke on Timothy; the truck does not exist. When Timothy finds junkyard trucks that match the description, Bill and Ben's prank is foiled! Learning Goals: flexible thinking, taking responsibility, understanding there are consequences to one's actions, apologizing. Samson Sent For Scrap - When Scruff breaks down, Samson is given the job of collecting the track-side scrap. Taking his job a little too seriously, Samson collects more than he should-including Sir Topham Hatt's car! Before it gets crunched by Reg's Claw, Sir Topham Hatt races off to save it. Learning Goals: taking responsibility, understanding there are consequences to one's actions, applying one's best efforts, learning from mistakes, resourceful thinking.

A Friend In Need (Episode #906H)

KQED 9: Fri, May 12, 2017 -- 12:30 PM

The Monster of Brendamdocks - Percy is at Brendam Docks to pick up new table and chairs for Dowager Hatt's house. The boat is late so Percy has to wait. Fog rolls in and the story says that's when the Monster of Brendam can be seen. Percy tells the other engines about the Monster and causes chaos around the island when the engines mistake each other for the Monster! Once back at Brendam Docks, Cranky reminds Percy that there is no such thing as the Monster of Brendam. He chuffs back to help his friends. Then, together, they come back to Brendam and there in the swirling fog, they see The Monster! He's tall and creaking! It's Cranky who is the Monster of Brendam and Salty's joke! Flash Bang Wallop - A Photographer arrives on Sodor to take photographs of the engines for The Great Railways of Sodor book. Thomas is determined to be photographed more than Gordon and bursts his way into each photograph, not realizing Percy and James have become derailed. A cross Sir Topham Hatt arrives and tells Thomas about Percy and James being derailed and Thomas has to find a way to put everything right. It is late when they return to Tidmouth Sheds. Gordon boasts about how many photographs he thinks he was in. Thomas doesn't mind. He knows it was more important to help his friends. When the Photographer returns a few days later, Thomas is surprised and delighted to see a front cover photograph of his rescue mission.

All at Sea (Episode #1210H)

PBS Kids: Fri, May 12, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

Salty All At Sea - Salty loves to tell scary stories and tall tales of sea monsters, which sometimes scare the other engines. When Sir Topham Hatt lends Salty to a port on the mainland, Salty allows his imagination to get the best of him. He runs away, fearful of traveling by ship. With the help of Thomas, he faces his fear and completes the job. Learning Goals: conquering fears, being a good friend, helping others, following directions. Den and Dart - Den and Dart are best friends and teammates who are rarely separated. When Den is sent to the quarry as a replacement engine, he worries about taking on the new job without Dart. Dart has similar fears, but the dynamic duo manages to cope with the help of their new friends. Learning Goals: making new friends, accepting help, helping others, being a good friend.

Finders Keepers (Episode #1207H)

PBS Kids: Fri, May 12, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

Lost Property - Thomas, Annie, and Clarabel plan to impress the railway inspectors who are coming to the Island of Sodor. However, a string of problems and disruptions occur and a grumpy inspector only makes matters worse. Thomas finally impresses the inspector when he returns the gold watch that the grouchy man accidentally left on Annie's seat. Learning Goals: applying one's best efforts, helping others, demonstrating responsibility, being kind and polite. Henry Spots - Trouble When Henry hears that Sir Topham Hatt's grandchildren have the chickenpox, he worries that the engines will get sick, too. His fear intensifies when he catches sight of Thomas, splattered with mud and carrying a wagon of chickens. Afterward, it appears that every engine he meets is splattered with spots. Henry finally learns that engines can't catch chickenpox afterall. Learning Goals: recognizing others' emotions, expressing sympathy and concern for others, conquering fears.

Don't Give Up (Episode #905H)

KQED 9: Thu, May 11, 2017 -- 12:30 PM

Percy and the Calliope - Percy and Diesel are instructed to take a rusty old organ - the calliope - to be melted down. Percy is determined to save it from this terrible fate. He pitches himself into a race against time to make the organ play before Percy and Diesel reach the Smelter's Yard. Needless to say, Diesel is very unhelpful. After a number of failed and funny attempts, Percy discovers that the solution to making the calliope work is to use steam - the answer was in his funnel all along! Happy Birthday Sir! - It is Sir Topham Hatt's Birthday. He tells Thomas to take Winston, his new track vehicle, with him on his jobs. Sir Topham Hatt wants Winston to see what it's like to be a Really Useful engine. Salty and Edward tell Thomas and Winston of when a younger Fat Controller would travel from station to station on his birthday in his favorite open top carriage, sharing birthday cake with the passengers on the platform. Thomas and Winston set off on his rounds. Winston trails off and Thomas is cross. Thomas makes Winston travel in front of him. Winston does so, but rolls along very slowly - looking to left and right. Thomas bumps into the back of Winston and derails him! But Winston is excited! At last, Thomas lets Winston tell him that he has been looking for the open top carriage and he thinks he has found it.

Lost and Found (Episode #1206H)

PBS Kids: Thu, May 11, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

Toad and the Whale - Toad, Oliver's brake van, spots a stranded whale on the beach. The Search and Rescue Team arrives at the scene and Oliver and Toad try to assist them. When efforts to drag the whale back into the water are unsuccessful, the engines transport the sea creature by rail to Brendam Docks. The whale is carried on a flatbed and released into the water. Learning Goals: resourceful thinking, helping others, cooperation, teamwork, expressing sympathy and concern for others. Very Important Sheep - Percy damages the back of his wagon in a rush to collect sheep for an agricultural fair. Without realizing there's a hole in the wagon, Percy continues his task and, one by one, the animals escape. Thomas discovers the sheep on the tracks, picks them up, and they ride to the fair with Annie and Clarabel. Learning Goals: understanding there are consequences to one's actions, helping others, accepting help, taking responsibility, learning from mistakes, resourceful thinking.

Telling Tales (Episode #1205H)

PBS Kids: Thu, May 11, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

Who's Geoffrey? - Thomas spontaneously creates Geoffrey, an imaginary engine who he blames a small, silly accident on. When Thomas further describes Geoffrey to friends, Sir Topham Hatt wants to meet the new engine. Thomas realizes that his story may have gotten a little out of hand. Learning Goals: learning from mistakes, telling the truth, taking responsibility, understanding there are consequences to one's actions, apologizing. The Truth About Toby - Toby is stubborn and refuses to fill up with coal when Henrietta reminds him to do so. But when he takes the trucks to the junkyard, he runs out of coal. When Toby is spotted parked among the scraps, a rumor spreads that he's being scrapped! Learning Goals: learning from mistakes, taking responsibility, expressing sympathy and concern for others, being a good friend.

Fun on the Farm (Episode #904H)

KQED 9: Wed, May 10, 2017 -- 12:30 PM

Thomas Toots the Crows - Farmer McColl is having trouble keeping crows from eating his seed. Thomas offers to use his whistle to scare them away. Soon, Thomas finds himself puffing all over the island chasing crows. At last, a very cross Farmer McColl finds Thomas. He shows Thomas that his field is even more full of hungry crows than before! It's the one place Thomas was not scaring crows from! Thomas is very sorry. He sticks to the job and dutifully stays at his post all night long, successfully scaring crows! Muddy Matters - When James is asked to take Farmer McColl's sheep to the Sodor Farmer's fair, James is much more concerned with preserving his own cleanliness than following instructions. Due to James' vanity, the sheep escape. James realizes that if he is to get the sheep to the Fair, he must sacrifice the one thing that is most important to him. He must get dirty! James arrives at the Fair with the sheep, job done and very muddy! But he makes it to the front page photograph for being the image of a Really Useful engine!

Special Deliveries (Episode #1203H)

PBS Kids: Wed, May 10, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

Emily Saves the World - Emily is thrilled to finally be transporting an exciting load-a huge globe! When she attempts to show it off, it's knocked off her flatbed.The globe rolls haphazardly, but she manages to regain control of it just in time. Learning Goals: expressing thanks, apologizing, helping others. Samson at Your Service - Samson doesn't like to admit his mistakes. Even when other engines try to help him, he fails to listen.Against the others' advice, Samson takes Gordon's Express Coaches to the quarry, instead of the trucks used for carrying stone. Learning Goals: understanding there are consequences to one's actions, taking responsibility, apologizing.

Jurassic Sodor (Episode #1202H)

PBS Kids: Wed, May 10, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

Marion and the Dinosaurs - Marion wakes up in the middle of the night and sees a long line of dinosaurs gliding past in the moonlight. Thinking it was a dream, she tells Thomas. The dinosaurs return and chase Marion to the castle, where she discovers that they're model dinosaurs for the Earl's new Dinosaur Park! Learning Goals: conquering fears, expressing sympathy and concern for others. Millie and the Volcano - Harvey and Samson are arranging the dinosaur models for the Earl's new Dinosaur Park. When one of the dinosaurs swings towards Millie, she becomes frightened and Samson and Harvey laugh at her. In return, Millie seeks the last laugh. She plans for the groundsman to set his bonfire behind the model volcano, making them both think it's erupting! Learning Goals: conquering fears, developing confidence, resourceful thinking.

If A Job's Worth Doing (Episode #903H)

KQED 9: Tue, May 9, 2017 -- 12:30 PM

Thomas and the Garbage Train - Thomas volunteers to take the Duchess to tea. Diesel tells Thomas that his work with Whiff will make him too stinky to take the Duchess. As Whiff and Thomas puff along, Thomas uncouples from the Garbage train and Thomas takes 'sweeter smelling' tracks. Whiff struggles with the heavy train and has to stop on the track causing Thomas crashes into Whiff. Garbage flies into the air and all over Thomas! Thomas is the stinkiest engine on Sodor! While Thomas cleans up the garbage, he gives Whiff the Special of taking the Duchess. Sodor Surprise Day - Sodor Surprise Day is a day in which people and engines surprise each other and make each other laugh. When Gordon declares Sodor Surprise Day to be silly, Thomas decides to show Gordon how much fun it can be, instead of doing his job. He surprises Gordon at the coal hopper, at a junction and then at the docks! But Thomas only succeeds in ruining the fireworks for the Surprise Day party and doesn't do his job. Thomas then concentrates on doing his job and finds a fantastic alternative to the fireworks. No one is more surprised than Gordon!

Recycle Recycle Recycle (Episode #1201H)

PBS Kids: Tue, May 9, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

Timothy and the Rainbow Trucks - Timothy and the Rainbow Trucks Bill and Ben convince Timothy to search for a truck that is blue, red, yellow, and brown. However, they are playing a joke on Timothy; the truck does not exist. When Timothy finds junkyard trucks that match the description, Bill and Ben's prank is foiled! Learning Goals: flexible thinking, taking responsibility, understanding there are consequences to one's actions, apologizing. Samson Sent For Scrap - When Scruff breaks down, Samson is given the job of collecting the track-side scrap. Taking his job a little too seriously, Samson collects more than he should-including Sir Topham Hatt's car! Before it gets crunched by Reg's Claw, Sir Topham Hatt races off to save it. Learning Goals: taking responsibility, understanding there are consequences to one's actions, applying one's best efforts, learning from mistakes, resourceful thinking.

There's Always A Good Explanation (Episode #1105H)

PBS Kids: Tue, May 9, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

Flatbeds of Fear - When a delivery of pipes is unloaded at Brendam Docks, the engines start to hear scary spooky noises. Salty convinces them that they're hearing the sound of the Flatbeds of Fear. Emily insists that there must be a sensible explanation, but then she hears the sound and becomes frightened too. But soon they discover that the sound was just air blowing over the pipes! Educational Objectives: recognizing others' emotions, expressing empathy, apologizing, being a good friend. Disappearing Diesels - Paxton likes to be friends with everyone--diesels and steamies alike, but it's not easy to be friends with Diesel. Diesel scares Paxton when he makes him think that all the other diesels have disappeared. Then Diesel hides and races away from Paxton. But when Diesel runs out of fuel, Paxton offers him help; he gives Diesel a push to the fuel tank--and an experience of friendship! Educational Objectives: expressing sympathy and concern for others, being a good friend, helping others, expressing kindness.

Being Useful (Episode #810H)

KQED 9: Mon, May 8, 2017 -- 12:30 PM

Kevin the Steamie - Kevin decides that he wants to be able to shunt like a Steamie so he can join in a game of Bish, Bash, Bosh with Thomas and Percy. The game is about shunting oil drums. While Kevin is practicing his shunting, he causes chaos in the Steam Works. An oil drum bashes into Emily's wheels and causes a scratch, another drum bangs under Spencer's buffers, and then another drum bashes into Victor and he is covered in goo. Kevin realizes that it's great being a crane and he doesn't need to learn to shunt. Kevin fixes Emily, Spencer and Victor and then invents a new game to play with Percy and Thomas called Hide and Peep! Fiery Flynn - Flynn tries to impress Devious Diesel who tells Flynn that he is not a busy fire engine. Flynn starts to put out fires that don't actually exist. He tries to save Edward when it's actually Thomas' firebox on fire. This leads to the Diesels calling him Fumbling Flynn! Flynn approaches Thomas and just as he is about to put out the fire in his firebox, his water runs out. Flynn asks the Diesels to help him. The Diesels carry buckets of water and Thomas' firebox is saved. The next time Devious Diesel teases Flynn he knows not to react and wait for a proper emergency. This time Flynn puts out a proper fire at the Quarry.

Fast and Reliable (Episode #1104H)

PBS Kids: Mon, May 8, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

Old Reliable Edward - Gordon and the big engines tease Edward for being old. When Gordon sees a pair of red trousers blowing by the tracks, he mistakes them for a red danger flag and stops, becoming stuck on Gordon's Hill. Edward has to give Gordon a push. When Gordon doesn't even say thank you, so Thomas and Edward decide to teach him a lesson. Educational Objectives: accepting differences, accepting help, recognizing and utilizing individual strengths and skills, expressing thanks. Not So Slow Coaches - Annie and Clarabel are always complaining to Thomas about going too fast. Thomas likes to tease them by going too fast or too slow. When Annie and Clarabel find themselves coupled to Caitlin by mistake, they get a taste of what going fast is really like, and poor Thomas gets frightened that they might be taken to the mainland forever. Educational Objectives: following rules, apologizing, being a good friend, helping others, cooperation, expressing thanks.

Take It Easy (Episode #1103H)

PBS Kids: Mon, May 8, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

No More Mr. Nice Engine - Hiro is one of the strongest engines on Sodor. He is also very polite and gentle, even when he's pulling the naughty Troublesome Trucks. Diesel tells Hiro that the only way to get the trucks to behave is to give them a bang and a bump, but Hiro is not convinced. So Diesel sneaks up behind Hiro and encourages the Troublesome Trucks to misbehave even more, forcing Hiro to lose his temper and cause an accident. Thomas blows the whistle on Diesel, who soon finds himself learning from Hiro how to deal with Troublesome Trucks in a more polite and gentle manner. Educational Objectives: demonstrating responsibility, applying one's best efforts, being kind and polite, understanding there are consequences to one's actions. Thomas's Shortcut - Thomas and Bertie love racing, but Thomas gets annoyed when Bertie starts winning all the time. When Thomas discovers Bertie's been re-routed and takes a shortcut, he decides to try to take a shortcut too, despite Annie and Clarabel's objections. But when Thomas comes off the rails, he realizes the error of his ways. Educational Objectives: understanding there are consequences to one's actions, following the rules.

Sea and Sand (Episode #1101H)

PBS Kids: Sun, May 7, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

Away from the Sea - When Salty, the dockside diesel, develops engine trouble he worries he will be sent away from the docks. Porter, a new steam engine, arrives to help out, but Salty becomes convinced that Porter has been sent to replace him. Salty is sent to the Dieselworks, but rushes away as soon as he is repaired, spilling oil over himself. Salty races back into the docks slipping and sliding out of control. When Porter saves Salty from causing an accident, the two engines become the best of friends. Educational Objectives: appreciating differences, making new friends, accepting help, taking responsibility. Gone Fishing - Bill and Ben, the tank engine twins, see Harvey, the crane engine, at Brendam Docks. They tease him about having a hook and ask if he is going fishing. Porter helps Harvey see the positive side of being both a crane and an engine, and encourages him to help pull some trucks. Harvey is not very confident, but when he has an accident and derails his trucks, he soon realizes just how useful being a crane engine can be. Educational Objectives: flexible thinking, offering encouragement, appreciating differences, perspective taking, making friends, recognizing and utilizing individuals' strengths and skills.

Peace & Quiet (Episode #1005H)

PBS Kids: Sun, May 7, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

Calm Down, Caitlin - When the Vicarstown Bridge is closed for repairs, Caitlin can't get back and has to spend the night on the Island of Sodor. She is so excited that she keeps waking the other engines up. They try sending her off to pull the Mail Train and the Flying Kipper, but Caitlin then wakes everyone else up on the island. In the morning, the bridge is re-opened and Caitlin is the most tired of all. Luke's New Friend - One day, Luke finds a nervous and scared young deer at the Blue Mountain Quarry. The other engines warn Luke that the quarry is no place for an animal, but Luke remembers when he first arrived and how he was nervous and scared. He wants to help the young deer so he tries to get the other engines to work quietly. That is not an easy thing to do, and after one accident too many, the engines finally convince Luke that the best place for the deer is on the grounds of Ulfstead Castle.

Just Be Yourself (Episode #1003H)

PBS Kids: Sat, May 6, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

Scruff's Makeover Scruff works at the Waste Dump. When Sir Topham Hatt sees how rusty and dirty Scruff looks, he insists that he goes straight to the Steamworks to be repainted. Soon the other engines are telling Scruff how smart he looks, so he decides he doesn't want to work at the dirty Waste Dump anymore. Eventually Scruff realizes that the only way to be Really Useful is to do his own job at the Waste Dump, even if it means getting dirty. Wayward Winston - Winston is Sir Topham Hatt's track inspection vehicle. One day when Sir Topham Hatt leaves his handbrake off, Winston starts to roll forward on his own and is soon racing down the tracks without a driver. Winston thinks driving on his own is exciting at first, until he realizes he can't stop!

Look & Listen (Episode #1001H)

PBS Kids: Sat, May 6, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

Thomas & Friends has sparked the imagination of young children for generations with classic stories of adventures from the railways on the Island of Sodor. Born from a literary tradition, the CG-animated series supports children aged 2-5 as they develop important social-emotional skills and helps to build an early foundation for preschoolers' success. Thomas & Friends is based on the much-loved books by Rev. W. Awdry, who created Thomas the Tank Engine to entertain his young son Christopher when he was in bed with the measles. The series features Thomas, a true blue engine friend who proudly wears the "#1" on his side. He's joined by a cast of track stars, including James, Percy, Emily, Henry and Gordon, as well as Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway, who keeps everything running smoothly. Thomas's world is a place with a strong community spirit, typified by a universal willingness to embrace good manners and hard work -- and a desire to be "really useful." Each episode -- comprised of two animated stories, a live-action segment, and a music video -- is designed to delight children while helping to foster their social and emotional development. As young viewers join Thomas and his engine friends on exciting adventures, they experience timeless life lessons of discovery, cooperation, and friendship.

Slow Down! (Episode #808H)

KQED 9: Fri, May 5, 2017 -- 12:30 PM

Wonky Whistle - Thomas is getting his whistle fixed at the Steam Works before he delivers animals to the Sodor Country Fair. He rushes out of the Steam Works before his whistle is fixed properly and it starts to make a strange sound. Thomas collects ducks, Katy the sheep dog and Farmer McColl's prize cow to take them to the fair. Thomas' whistle is so loud that all of the animals run away! Thomas arrives at the fair to find out that the animals are gone and there is no one at the fair. Once Thomas goes back to the Steam Works to get his whistle fixed, he tells everybody about the animal show. Thomas is asked to use his whistle to declare that 'the animal show is now open! ' Up, Up and Away - Thomas and Percy are given the special of delivering a giant balloon that Mr. Bubbles has blown up for his Big Balloon Show. Thomas and Percy decide to take the coast track, but the wind whips the balloon into the sky. Thomas and Percy ask Mr. Bubbles to blow up another giant balloon and they take it through a tunnel but it gets stuck! Thomas and Percy again get another giant balloon and they take a fast track and as Gordon rushes past the big balloon bounces off the flatbed and bursts. Thomas realizes that he should have taken the Woodland track. This time they arrive safely with the giant balloon and the show is a big success.

Food to Go (Episode #1102H)

PBS Kids: Fri, May 5, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

The Afternoon Tea Express - Stephen becomes very excited when the Earl gives him the special job of collecting the ingredients for the afternoon teas at the Castle. But Spencer teases him about being too old and slow. Stephen, however, asks Thomas and the other engines to give him a push, and he's soon speeding along. When it's Spencer's turn to give Stephen a push he goes too fast, forcing Stephen to lose control and splatter jam all over the unsuspecting guests. Stephen learns that being steady and reliable is more important than being fast. Educational Objectives: accepting differences, understanding there are consequences to one's actions, apologizing, coping with failure, resourceful thinking. The Smelly Kipper - One evening at Tidmouth sheds, James teases Percy about being scared of the dark. Henry challenges James to take the Flying Kipper that night for him. James agrees, but when he realizes that the fish from the Flying Kipper are really smelly, he tries to back out of the challenge. James convinces Henry that he didn't offer to pull the Flying Kipper--Henry must have been dreaming. James soon gets his come-uppance when he becomes the Smelly Kipper.... Phew! Educational Objectives: apologizing, coping with failure, understanding there are consequences to one's actions, telling the truth.

Sea and Sand (Episode #1101H)

PBS Kids: Fri, May 5, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

Away from the Sea - When Salty, the dockside diesel, develops engine trouble he worries he will be sent away from the docks. Porter, a new steam engine, arrives to help out, but Salty becomes convinced that Porter has been sent to replace him. Salty is sent to the Dieselworks, but rushes away as soon as he is repaired, spilling oil over himself. Salty races back into the docks slipping and sliding out of control. When Porter saves Salty from causing an accident, the two engines become the best of friends. Educational Objectives: appreciating differences, making new friends, accepting help, taking responsibility. Gone Fishing - Bill and Ben, the tank engine twins, see Harvey, the crane engine, at Brendam Docks. They tease him about having a hook and ask if he is going fishing. Porter helps Harvey see the positive side of being both a crane and an engine, and encourages him to help pull some trucks. Harvey is not very confident, but when he has an accident and derails his trucks, he soon realizes just how useful being a crane engine can be. Educational Objectives: flexible thinking, offering encouragement, appreciating differences, perspective taking, making friends, recognizing and utilizing individuals' strengths and skills.

Laughing Together (Episode #807H)

KQED 9: Thu, May 4, 2017 -- 12:30 PM

Big Belle - Belle is very excited to learn that Toby also has a bell just like hers, and wants to go and be friends with him. Toby is a little intimidated when he sees how big and powerful Belle is. Belle decides that she wants Toby to do everything that she wants to do. They go to see Farmer Trotter's pigs but Belle spoils the fun by making mud with her water jet. Toby goes into another siding but Belle chases after him still wanting to be his friend. Next they go to Maithwaite Station and Belle rings her big loud bell but Toby reverses away. Belle realizes that if she wants to be Toby's friend she needs to listen to what makes him happy too. So they both listen to the birds twittering and twitting together quietly. Finally they are both happy and become the best of friends. Stuck on You - Thomas is given the special of being the Sodor Search and Rescue Engine for the day. Thomas is excited to see that Butch has a magnet attached to his crane arm. Victor tells them that the magnet comes on when the red light is switched on, but they don't listen. At the Sodor Search and Rescue Center, Harold asks them to take metal poles to Farmer McColl. Butch and Thomas can't figure out how to pick up the poles with the magnet so the poles crash into the sea! Now the red light switches itself on and Butch gets stuck to Thomas! He realizes he should have listened to Victor. Victor tells them again that the magnet is on when the red light is on. This time Thomas and Butch listen and they complete their rescue jobs effortlessly.

Taking Turns (Episode #1006H)

PBS Kids: Thu, May 4, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

The Thomas Way - When Harold the helicopter breaks down near Callan Castle, Duck and Thomas are sent to take him to the Sodor Search and Rescue for repair. Thomas wants to give Harold a tour of the island and show him the sights from an engine's perspective, but Duck insists that there are only two ways to do things: the Great Western Way and the wrong way. Thomas and Duck have to learn to work together. The Switch - When Luke is sent to Ulfstead Castle to deliver stone he meets Millie, the Earl's private narrow gauge engine. The two engines compare jobs, boasting how much they like their own work, and so the Earl agrees to let them switch jobs for the day. By the end of the day, both engines are firm friends, but agree they like their own jobs better.

Peace & Quiet (Episode #1005H)

PBS Kids: Thu, May 4, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

Calm Down, Caitlin - When the Vicarstown Bridge is closed for repairs, Caitlin can't get back and has to spend the night on the Island of Sodor. She is so excited that she keeps waking the other engines up. They try sending her off to pull the Mail Train and the Flying Kipper, but Caitlin then wakes everyone else up on the island. In the morning, the bridge is re-opened and Caitlin is the most tired of all. Luke's New Friend - One day, Luke finds a nervous and scared young deer at the Blue Mountain Quarry. The other engines warn Luke that the quarry is no place for an animal, but Luke remembers when he first arrived and how he was nervous and scared. He wants to help the young deer so he tries to get the other engines to work quietly. That is not an easy thing to do, and after one accident too many, the engines finally convince Luke that the best place for the deer is on the grounds of Ulfstead Castle.

Helping Each Other (Episode #806H)

KQED 9: Wed, May 3, 2017 -- 12:30 PM

Stop that Bus! - Thomas feels bad that Bertie doesn't get to travel on the rails so he decides to take Bertie on a tour of Sodor by rail. Bertie rolls onto Thomas' flatbed and soon they're off on their adventure. Bertie loves the sights but he needs to go and collect Dowager Hatt and her friends. Thomas is having such a good time that he doesn't listen to Bertie. Chaos ensues as the flatbed rolls away from Thomas and Bertie is stuck on it in the middle of the Shake Shake Bridge. Thomas chuffs away fast to ask Harold to rescue Bertie. Thomas then collects Dowager and her friends and brings them to meet Bertie at the Shake Shake Bridge. Dowager and her friends jump into the back of Bertie and the flatbed is re-attached to Thomas and they race through the countryside. Spencer The Grand - It is a very foggy day on Sodor. All the engines are asked to stay at Tidmouth Sheds by Sir Topham Hatt. Spencer wants to get back to the Duke and Duchess' Summer House instead. Spencer can't find his way in the fog and arrives at Mavis' Quarry and Whiff's Waste Dump rather than at the Summer House. Just as Spencer thinks he has arrived at the Summer House, he realizes he is back at Tidmouth Sheds. Thomas and the engines are kind to him and he realizes he has been a silly engine. Now it is Spencer's turn to be kind and he goes to find Percy who is still lost in the fog. Spencer uses his whistle to find Percy and they return safely to Tidmouth Sheds.

Someone to Look Up To (Episode #1004H)

PBS Kids: Wed, May 3, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

Kevin's Cranky Friend - Cranky the Crane is very busy at Brendam Docks and struggles to keep on schedule. Sir Topham Hatt decides to send Kevin to help him, but Cranky doesn't want any help. Kevin is disappointed and he tries to please Cranky by working hard and picking up things Cranky has dropped. Soon there is trouble when Kevin falls off the docks into the water. But it's Cranky who rescues him and Kevin realizes that Cranky does like him after all and appreciates his help. Henry's Hero - As they are working together, Henry and Hiro both start to billow dark smoke from their funnels. Duck tells them they have taken on some bad coal. Henry is worried that the bad coal will damage his firebox if he continues working, so he heads back to his shed. Hiro wants to keep on puffing and delivers their heavy load on his own. When Henry realizes Hiro can keep on puffing with bad coal, he decides that he should be able to do that too!

Just Be Yourself (Episode #1003H)

PBS Kids: Wed, May 3, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

Scruff's Makeover Scruff works at the Waste Dump. When Sir Topham Hatt sees how rusty and dirty Scruff looks, he insists that he goes straight to the Steamworks to be repainted. Soon the other engines are telling Scruff how smart he looks, so he decides he doesn't want to work at the dirty Waste Dump anymore. Eventually Scruff realizes that the only way to be Really Useful is to do his own job at the Waste Dump, even if it means getting dirty. Wayward Winston - Winston is Sir Topham Hatt's track inspection vehicle. One day when Sir Topham Hatt leaves his handbrake off, Winston starts to roll forward on his own and is soon racing down the tracks without a driver. Winston thinks driving on his own is exciting at first, until he realizes he can't stop!

Happy Engines (Episode #804H)

KQED 9: Tue, May 2, 2017 -- 12:30 PM

Henry's Happy Coal - Henry is given a special of taking a very important visitor around Sodor. When Henry visits the Steam Works he is teased by 'Arry and Bert for needing to use special coal. Henry wants be like the rest of the Steamies and use normal coal instead of his special coal. When Henry tries to steam through Sodor using the normal coal, he breaks down. Henry realizes that he has been a silly engine. Sir Topham Hatt tells Henry that it is the special coal that makes Henry such a special engine. When 'Arry and Bert tease Henry again, he tells them that he is proud of being a special engine with special coal. Henry even helps 'Arry and Bert when they run out of diesel! Edward the Hero - Edward is given the special job of being the Rescue Engine at the Sodor Search and Rescue Center. Edward wants to be a hero if he is to help Harold at the Center. Edward thinks that heroes are strong, fast and stern so decides he must be strong, fast and stern too. He helps Charlie by being funny, helps Dowager Hatt by being kind, and helps Farmer McColl's dog by being gentle. Edward doesn't think he's a hero though because he hasn't shown he is fast, strong and stern. As Edward chuffs along the tracks he sees people cheering and waving to him and calling him a hero. Word has spread that Edward has been kind, funny and gentle. Sir Topham Hatt tells Edward that he is the biggest hero of all because he is Edward.

Fire & Water (Episode #1002H)

PBS Kids: Tue, May 2, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

Too Many Fire Engines - A team of railway inspectors questions whether Sir Topham Hatt needs two fire engines causing concern for Sodor's fire fighting team, Flynn and Belle. When Belle beats Flynn to two fires in a row, Flynn starts to question it himself. He tells Belle to take his place on guard at the Castle's fireworks display and sulks in his shed. But when another fire starts on the same night, Flynn races to put it out, proving Sir Topham Hatt really does need two fire engines after all. Gordon Runs Dry - When a stone bounces off his boiler, Gordon doesn't wait to be checked over and hurries on his way, only to find that he has to keep stopping to take on more water. When Gordon finally runs out of water, he realizes that his boiler was damaged by the stone and has been leaking. Soon the once proud engine is being shunted to the Steamworks to be repaired. Oh the indignity!

Look & Listen (Episode #1001H)

PBS Kids: Tue, May 2, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

Thomas & Friends has sparked the imagination of young children for generations with classic stories of adventures from the railways on the Island of Sodor. Born from a literary tradition, the CG-animated series supports children aged 2-5 as they develop important social-emotional skills and helps to build an early foundation for preschoolers' success. Thomas & Friends is based on the much-loved books by Rev. W. Awdry, who created Thomas the Tank Engine to entertain his young son Christopher when he was in bed with the measles. The series features Thomas, a true blue engine friend who proudly wears the "#1" on his side. He's joined by a cast of track stars, including James, Percy, Emily, Henry and Gordon, as well as Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway, who keeps everything running smoothly. Thomas's world is a place with a strong community spirit, typified by a universal willingness to embrace good manners and hard work -- and a desire to be "really useful." Each episode -- comprised of two animated stories, a live-action segment, and a music video -- is designed to delight children while helping to foster their social and emotional development. As young viewers join Thomas and his engine friends on exciting adventures, they experience timeless life lessons of discovery, cooperation, and friendship.

All Together Now (Episode #902H)

KQED 9: Mon, May 1, 2017 -- 12:30 PM

Ol' Wheezy Wobbles - On Misty Island, Ol' Wheezy has stopped working. Thomas wants to help and says he can fix Ol' Wheezy. He puffs to the Dieselworks, and asks Den and Dart for help because two busy boilers are better than one. Den and Dart chuff back to Misty Island together and their drivers work on Ol' Wheezy until he is fixed! The Sounds of Sodor - Thomas is to take a Famous Composer around the Island and show him the sounds of Sodor to help inspire a new composition. Everywhere Thomas takes the composer, they are interrupted by noisy engines. This makes Thomas cross. However, unbeknownst to Thomas, the noisy engines are inspiring the Famous Composer to compose! Thomas fails to heed a warning sign and has to stop suddenly, making the composer's music blow away in the wind. Thomas realizes his error and finds a unique way to reinterpret the composer's music - by using his noisy friends to create The Sounds of Sodor!

Just Being You (Episode #910H)

PBS Kids: Mon, May 1, 2017 -- 11:30 AM

Express Coming Through - At Knapford Station, Dowager Hatt is having a welcome to Sodor party. Sir Topham Hatt asks Thomas to take the visitors on a tour of Sodor. Thomas asks the visitors to ride on the Express but it's too heavy for Thomas. He doesn't want Gordon to see that he has to drop off passengers to make the Express lighter. To avoid Gordon, he leaves the visitors to enjoy "the Sights of Sodor" at the Quarry and in a field. Dowager Hatt realizes that the important visitors are missing and Gordon is sent to collect the visitors. But a job needs doing! The balloons have to be collected from the Docks for the party. Thomas is fast. He picks them up and proves that he is Really Useful, just in a different way than Gordon. Whiff's Wish - Whiff is given the job of collecting trucks of garbage from across the island. Whiff hears Spencer being praised for his grandness. Whiff wishes that he, too, could be a grand engine, so he searches for opportunities to be grand. The tracks come to a standstill because Whiff's garbage trucks have not been collected. Worried, Whiff crashes into a stationary Percy. Seeing Percy, who is only concerned about delivering the mail on time, Whiff realizes that there is nothing grander than doing your job well. He puffs away to collect the garbage trucks, just as he should have done.

Communication (Episode #908H)

PBS Kids: Mon, May 1, 2017 -- 11:00 AM

Welcome Stafford - Spencer is happy because he is to show the new shunting engine Stafford round the island. Stafford is an electric engine and runs on batteries. Victor tries to tell Spencer that batteries run out, but Spencer thinks he knows all about batteries. He wants to show Stafford off to the Island and feel grand. Stafford tries to tell Spencer when his batteries are running out but Spencer doesn't listen. Spencer steams up to the Rescue Team, Bash, Dash and Ferdinand and then the Duke and Duchess of Boxford. Each time, he finds that Stafford is not behind him anymore. Stafford's battery has run out! He should have listened to Stafford. Later, when Spencer runs out of coal, it is Stafford who shunts Spencer all the way to Knapford Station! Don't Bother Victor - Mr Percival leaves Peter Sam in charge to go to a meeting with Sir Topham Hatt. Mr Percival tells Peter Sam not to bother Victor with little things. Sir Handel starts creaking and croaking, Skarloey's funnel fumes and Duncan's rods rattle. Peter Sam tries to fix them all himself, instead of bothering Victor. Then Peter Sam runs out of coal and he hasn't fixed the engines. He realizes that broken engines are not 'little things' and that he needs to tell Victor. Victor is happy to help. Everyone is fixed before Mr Percival arrives!

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