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Playing with Friends (Episode #707H)

KQED Plus: Thu, May 28, 2015 -- 2:00 PM

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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Fri, May 29, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Busy Days (Episode #706H)

KQED Plus: Wed, May 27, 2015 -- 2:00 PM

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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Thu, May 28, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Being Happy with Me (Episode #705H)

KQED Plus: Tue, May 26, 2015 -- 2:00 PM

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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Wed, May 27, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Special Jobs (Episode #704H)

KQED Plus: Mon, May 25, 2015 -- 2:00 PM

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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Tue, May 26, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Helpful Friends (Episode #702H)

KQED Plus: Mon, May 25, 2015 -- 9:00 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!

Please Be Patient (Episode #1107H)

KQED Plus: Sun, May 24, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Thomas the Quarry Engine - When Thomas and Diesel are sent to collect trucks from the Ffarquhar Quarry, they argue about who should be the back engine. Diesel suggests he take the trucks with Mavis, leaving Thomas to look after the quarry until they get back. When they don't come back, Thomas gets fed up and decides to take another load of troublesome trucks on his own--and then there really is trouble! Educational Objectives: cooperation, expressing kindness, learning to be patient, telling the truth, apologizing. Duck in The Water - When Duck gets stuck on some flooded tracks, James is sent to fetch Rocky to rescue him. But James doesn't wait for Rocky to secure his crane arm, and they end up knocking down a signal before they arrive at the accident site. Without a signal to warn them, the other engines don't stop. What began as one small accident for Duck soon escalates into a much bigger one, involving several other engines! Educational Objectives: following directions, listening carefully, learning to be patient, apologizing, taking responsibility for one's actions.

Signals & Alarms (Episode #1108H)

KQED Plus: Sat, May 23, 2015 -- 8:30 AM

Signals Crossed - Toby is always nervous when he has to go through Knapford Junction with the big gantry signal over the track. One day Toby waits nervously for his signal to change, but it stays on red. He waits and waits, holding up other engines, but the signal doesn't change. Sir Topham Hatt is very annoyed until everybody finally realizes that the signal is broken. Educational Objectives: being helpful and kind, encouraging others, developing confidence, conquering fears, demonstrating responsibility. Thomas and the Emergency Cable - Thomas is on his branch line when a passenger pulls the emergency cable and he has to stop quickly. It turns out it's not an emergency at all--the passenger is a bird watcher who's spotted a rare bird. To make matters worse, Clarabel has a flat wheel after being dragged along with her brakes on. The next time Thomas sees the bird watcher he refuses to pick him up. But Thomas learns that that's not the right thing to do either. Educational Objectives: perspective taking, following rules, asking good questions, apologizing.

Helpful Friends (Episode #702H)

KQED Plus: Fri, May 22, 2015 -- 2:00 PM

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!

Illuminating Minds (Episode #1112H)

KQED Plus: Thu, May 21, 2015 -- 2:00 PM

No Steam Without Coal - Without Coal There is a coal shortage at the Clay Pits. Timothy warns Bill and Ben to be careful and use their coal sparingly. Bill and Ben don't listen, teasing each other and Timothy, and messing about--until they run out of coal! Luckily, Timothy runs on oil, so he manages to keep going, delivering clay to the docks and bringing back coal for the tank engine twins. Educational Objectives: appreciating differences taking responsibility, apologizing, understanding there are consequences to one's actions. Toad's Bright Idea - Gator is waiting to be loaded onto a ship, but the ship is delayed. When Oliver breaks down, Gator is very happy to help. Gator heads off to get Oliver's trucks and promises to bring them back before morning. But Gator's lamp keeps going out. He decides not to stop to avoid being late. Toad doesn't think it is safe and they argue. In the end, Toad's bright idea helps Gator deliver the trucks in time. Educational Objectives: appreciating differences, paying attention, apologizing, resourceful thinking, accepting and appreciating help, apologizing.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Fri, May 22, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Signals & Alarms (Episode #1108H)

KQED Plus: Wed, May 20, 2015 -- 2:00 PM

Signals Crossed - Toby is always nervous when he has to go through Knapford Junction with the big gantry signal over the track. One day Toby waits nervously for his signal to change, but it stays on red. He waits and waits, holding up other engines, but the signal doesn't change. Sir Topham Hatt is very annoyed until everybody finally realizes that the signal is broken. Educational Objectives: being helpful and kind, encouraging others, developing confidence, conquering fears, demonstrating responsibility. Thomas and the Emergency Cable - Thomas is on his branch line when a passenger pulls the emergency cable and he has to stop quickly. It turns out it's not an emergency at all--the passenger is a bird watcher who's spotted a rare bird. To make matters worse, Clarabel has a flat wheel after being dragged along with her brakes on. The next time Thomas sees the bird watcher he refuses to pick him up. But Thomas learns that that's not the right thing to do either. Educational Objectives: perspective taking, following rules, asking good questions, apologizing.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Thu, May 21, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Please Be Patient (Episode #1107H)

KQED Plus: Tue, May 19, 2015 -- 2:00 PM

Thomas the Quarry Engine - When Thomas and Diesel are sent to collect trucks from the Ffarquhar Quarry, they argue about who should be the back engine. Diesel suggests he take the trucks with Mavis, leaving Thomas to look after the quarry until they get back. When they don't come back, Thomas gets fed up and decides to take another load of troublesome trucks on his own--and then there really is trouble! Educational Objectives: cooperation, expressing kindness, learning to be patient, telling the truth, apologizing. Duck in The Water - When Duck gets stuck on some flooded tracks, James is sent to fetch Rocky to rescue him. But James doesn't wait for Rocky to secure his crane arm, and they end up knocking down a signal before they arrive at the accident site. Without a signal to warn them, the other engines don't stop. What began as one small accident for Duck soon escalates into a much bigger one, involving several other engines! Educational Objectives: following directions, listening carefully, learning to be patient, apologizing, taking responsibility for one's actions.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Wed, May 20, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Special Friends (Episode #1106H)

KQED Plus: Mon, May 18, 2015 -- 2:00 PM

Toad's Adventure - Oliver is always telling his Toad about his adventures. Toad longs to have an adventure of his own. When Toad gets the chance to work with James, he is very excited. But James doesn't like pulling trucks and goes too fast. When a coupling snaps, Toad gets a bigger adventure than he expected! Educational Objectives: appreciating one's individual skills, expressing gratitude, taking responsibility for actions, understanding there are consequences to one's actions. Duck and the Slip Coaches - Sir Topham Hatt is concerned about getting all the summer visitors to their destinations on time. Duck tells the other engines about the slip coaches used on the Great Western Railway that could be uncoupled at stations without stopping. James relays the information to Sir Topham Hatt, claiming it's his idea, but James has never used slip coaches before and soon runs into trouble. Educational Objectives: telling the truth, being helpful, making meaningful contributions, understanding there are consequences to one's actions.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Tue, May 19, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Fast and Reliable (Episode #1104H)

KQED Plus: Mon, May 18, 2015 -- 9:00 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.

Going Underground (Episode #1109H)

KQED Plus: Sun, May 17, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Marion and the Pipe - One day while repairing an embankment, Marion strikes something hard and insists it must be the mast of a Viking ship. It looks like a water pipe to Thomas, but Marion is adamant that it isn't. The next day Thomas notices flooding near the bank. Marion has to admit her mistake and help prevent an accident. Educational Objectives: demonstrating responsibility, teamwork, helping others, expressing thanks. Missing Gator - Percy misses his friend Gator and keep thinking about the good times they had together. Percy is sad, so the other engines advise him to keep busy to take his mind off it. Percy rushes about trying to keep busy, but he loses control of some trucks. The trucks roll into an old mine. Percy is too frightened to go in after them until he remembers what Gator taught him about being brave! Educational Objectives: being aware of others' feelings, being helpful, being a good friend.

Passengers (Episode #1111H)

KQED Plus: Sat, May 16, 2015 -- 8:30 AM

Duncan and the Grumpy Passenger - Duncan is the grumpiest engine on the narrow gauge railway. He is always complaining about one thing or another. Then Duncan gets a very grumpy passenger, who he finds very annoying. So Duncan decides to do everything he can to make the grumpy passenger stop complaining. Duncan soon learns that you can't make everyone happy. Educational Objectives: Following directions, taking responsibility, following directions, apologizing. Spencer's V.I.P. - When Spencer brings a V.I.P. (Very Important Passenger) from the mainland, he is so determined to be on time that he doesn't notice that he's been sent down the wrong track. By the time he arrives at Knapford, he's very late! The V.I.P. refuses to travel back with Spencer. The other engines all compete to to take the V.I.P. back to the mainland, but their rushing and showing off leads to confusion and delay. Spencer ends up being given a second chance! Educational Objectives: Taking responsibility for one's actions, learning from one's mistakes, learning to be patient, doing a job carefully, forgiving other.

Fast and Reliable (Episode #1104H)

KQED Plus: Fri, May 15, 2015 -- 2:00 PM

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.

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

KQED Plus: Thu, May 14, 2015 -- 2:00 PM

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.

Passengers (Episode #1111H)

KQED Plus: Wed, May 13, 2015 -- 2:00 PM

Duncan and the Grumpy Passenger - Duncan is the grumpiest engine on the narrow gauge railway. He is always complaining about one thing or another. Then Duncan gets a very grumpy passenger, who he finds very annoying. So Duncan decides to do everything he can to make the grumpy passenger stop complaining. Duncan soon learns that you can't make everyone happy. Educational Objectives: Following directions, taking responsibility, following directions, apologizing. Spencer's V.I.P. - When Spencer brings a V.I.P. (Very Important Passenger) from the mainland, he is so determined to be on time that he doesn't notice that he's been sent down the wrong track. By the time he arrives at Knapford, he's very late! The V.I.P. refuses to travel back with Spencer. The other engines all compete to to take the V.I.P. back to the mainland, but their rushing and showing off leads to confusion and delay. Spencer ends up being given a second chance! Educational Objectives: Taking responsibility for one's actions, learning from one's mistakes, learning to be patient, doing a job carefully, forgiving other.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Thu, May 14, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Going Underground (Episode #1109H)

KQED Plus: Tue, May 12, 2015 -- 2:00 PM

Marion and the Pipe - One day while repairing an embankment, Marion strikes something hard and insists it must be the mast of a Viking ship. It looks like a water pipe to Thomas, but Marion is adamant that it isn't. The next day Thomas notices flooding near the bank. Marion has to admit her mistake and help prevent an accident. Educational Objectives: demonstrating responsibility, teamwork, helping others, expressing thanks. Missing Gator - Percy misses his friend Gator and keep thinking about the good times they had together. Percy is sad, so the other engines advise him to keep busy to take his mind off it. Percy rushes about trying to keep busy, but he loses control of some trucks. The trucks roll into an old mine. Percy is too frightened to go in after them until he remembers what Gator taught him about being brave! Educational Objectives: being aware of others' feelings, being helpful, being a good friend.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Wed, May 13, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

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

KQED Plus: Tue, May 12, 2015 -- 9:00 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.

Take It Easy (Episode #1103H)

KQED Plus: Mon, May 11, 2015 -- 9:00 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.

Helping Hands (Episode #610H)

KQED Plus: Sun, May 10, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Toby is fitted with a brand new three chime whistle while his little bell is repaired. Toby finds this new whistle a bit daunting. So instead, Toby comes up with a plan. If he is very careful and drives very slowly he won't need to use it. However, when Thomas hurtles towards some cows, which have wandered onto the tracks, Toby is forced to use his bell. Toby realizes that his bell is not that scary, in fact it makes a great noise. So, when Gordon races towards a fallen tree, Toby is happy to blow his whistle and save Gordon too. At Knapford Station, Hiro sees that Sir Topham Hatt is very busy. Sir Topham Hatt is in a rush to see his brother. He appears without his hat and even knocks into a porter! Edward puffs in. He needs instructions from Sir Topham Hatt for the visitors he has. Hiro decides he will help Sir Topham Hatt, by making decisions for him, in his absence! Hiro tells Edward to take the visitors to the Hills, tells Thomas to take time to visit Farmer Trotter and the piglets and then tells Percy to take his flatbed of ducks to the Fenland for a swim! Hiro feels delighted with his work until Sir Topham Hatt meets him. The visitors are late, Farmer McColl wants his ducks and where is Thomas and his crates!? Sir Topham Hatt is never too busy for engine business. Hiro is mortified. He chuffs off fast to tell Edward, Thomas and Percy to complete their tasks quickly. Order is returned and Hiro returns to Knapford where Sir Topham Hatt tells him that he is still a Really Useful Engine!

Sea and Sand (Episode #1101H)

KQED Plus: Sat, May 9, 2015 -- 8:30 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.

Take It Easy (Episode #1103H)

KQED Plus: Fri, May 8, 2015 -- 2:00 PM

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.

Food to Go (Episode #1102H)

KQED Plus: Thu, May 7, 2015 -- 2:00 PM

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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Fri, May 8, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Sea and Sand (Episode #1101H)

KQED Plus: Wed, May 6, 2015 -- 2:00 PM

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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Thu, May 7, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Helping Hands (Episode #610H)

KQED Plus: Tue, May 5, 2015 -- 2:00 PM

Toby is fitted with a brand new three chime whistle while his little bell is repaired. Toby finds this new whistle a bit daunting. So instead, Toby comes up with a plan. If he is very careful and drives very slowly he won't need to use it. However, when Thomas hurtles towards some cows, which have wandered onto the tracks, Toby is forced to use his bell. Toby realizes that his bell is not that scary, in fact it makes a great noise. So, when Gordon races towards a fallen tree, Toby is happy to blow his whistle and save Gordon too. At Knapford Station, Hiro sees that Sir Topham Hatt is very busy. Sir Topham Hatt is in a rush to see his brother. He appears without his hat and even knocks into a porter! Edward puffs in. He needs instructions from Sir Topham Hatt for the visitors he has. Hiro decides he will help Sir Topham Hatt, by making decisions for him, in his absence! Hiro tells Edward to take the visitors to the Hills, tells Thomas to take time to visit Farmer Trotter and the piglets and then tells Percy to take his flatbed of ducks to the Fenland for a swim! Hiro feels delighted with his work until Sir Topham Hatt meets him. The visitors are late, Farmer McColl wants his ducks and where is Thomas and his crates!? Sir Topham Hatt is never too busy for engine business. Hiro is mortified. He chuffs off fast to tell Edward, Thomas and Percy to complete their tasks quickly. Order is returned and Hiro returns to Knapford where Sir Topham Hatt tells him that he is still a Really Useful Engine!

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Wed, May 6, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Clever Ideas (Episode #701H)

KQED Plus: Mon, May 4, 2015 -- 2:00 PM

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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Tue, May 5, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Out and About (Episode #609H)

KQED Plus: Fri, May 1, 2015 -- 2:00 PM

The engines were preparing for the Sodor Kite Gala. Thomas is very excited because he loves kites. Sir Topham Hatt's grandchildren are up on Gordon's Hill with their multi-colored kite. When the wind blows their kite away, Thomas promises to catch it for them. Charlie wants to help Thomas catch the runaway kite, but Thomas doesn't want any help. Thomas is sure he can catch it all by himself. Thomas soon realizes that catching runaway kites is really tricky and he can't do it all by himself. It is only with the help of his friends that Thomas finally catches the runaway kite. Thomas is excited because he has to deliver new white bee hives/houses to Farmer Trotter. Hiro warns Thomas to puff through the shady woodland so that the bees can rest. At a junction, Thomas decides the bees would find the track by the flowery field much prettier! Chaos! The bees swarm to the flowers and won't come back! Thomas leaves the hives and chuffs off to borrow Hiro's flatbed of flowers, to entice the bees back to him. It works except that Thomas is now covered by a swarm of bees!! Eventually, Thomas admits his mistake and takes the flower flatbed back to the hives. He then takes the shady track, the bees return to the hives and Farmer Trotter has his bees and bee hives!

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Mon, May 4, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Good Deeds (Episode #608H)

KQED Plus: Fri, May 1, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

It is a busy day in Sodor as Knapford Station is being decorated. Emily is collecting the flowers for the new window boxes, but when Mavis does not say hello, Emily assumes she is sad and chuffs to the quarry to cheer her up with some of the flowers. The flowers end up in the way of the engines' work. Edward and Thomas crash and slate goes everywhere. Mavis arrives to find the quarry in a mess. Emily learns that if she had asked, she would have known that Mavis wasn't sad at all. Emily tidies the quarry and delivers the flowers, which makes Mavis really happy. Henry wants to do good deeds but instead he manages to do bad deeds. He lets a herd of clean pigs get dirty in a field. He frightens the pigs so they topple over a barrel of apples and the pigs eat the apples. He scares away the Sodor Warbler just as bird watchers are about to take its photo. In despair, Henry carries out his original task of taking a tall nesting pole to the coast. On the way, Henry gives a lift to a tired bird. It turns out to be the Sodor Warbler. All the bird watchers are delighted when Henry arrives with the rare bird on his fenders. Henry, unwittingly, has done a good deed.

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