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Being Useful (Episode #810H)

KQED Plus: Mon, Jul 27, 2015 -- 2:00 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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Tue, Jul 28, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Slow Down! (Episode #808H)

KQED Plus: Mon, Jul 27, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

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.

Happy Engines (Episode #804H)

KQED Plus: Sun, Jul 26, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

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.

Helping Each Other (Episode #806H)

KQED Plus: Sat, Jul 25, 2015 -- 8:30 AM

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.

Slow Down! (Episode #808H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Jul 24, 2015 -- 2:00 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.

Laughing Together (Episode #807H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Jul 23, 2015 -- 2:00 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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Fri, Jul 24, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Helping Each Other (Episode #806H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Jul 22, 2015 -- 2:00 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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Thu, Jul 23, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Happy Engines (Episode #804H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Jul 21, 2015 -- 2:00 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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Wed, Jul 22, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Learning Together (Episode #803H)

KQED Plus: Mon, Jul 20, 2015 -- 2:00 PM

James to the Rescue - James is asked to be the Sodor Search and Rescue Engine but is upset when Toby is asked to help him. James says that Sodor Rescue Engines are Steam Engines, not Steam Trams like Toby! They chuff off to rescue Gordon whose wheels have come off the track. James wants to help by pulling him forward, but Toby thinks they should get Rocky since Gordon is too heavy. James doesn't listen and tries to pull Gordon, and his driving wheels now come off the track. When James tries to push Gordon, the Fenland track cracks and Gordon falls! James then asks Toby to get Rocky for help. James says that Toby is the best Rescue Tram on the whole of Island of Sodor. Harry Hiro - Thomas tries to cheer Hiro up when he sees that he is sad because he misses his home. Thomas is sure that he can make Hiro smile and asks Charlie to tell him a joke, but Hiro doesn't laugh. Thomas brings Hiro to Misty Island and he enjoys the sounds of the birds. Thomas doesn't pay attention and takes him to race through the hollow tree tunnel. When Hiro wants to look at the sea, Thomas takes him on a tour of the hills of Sodor. Thomas realizes he needs to listen to Hiro and what he wants. They listen to the birds at the hollow tree tunnel and visit the Jobi Woods. The places they visit remind Hiro of home. Thomas has made Hiro happy.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Tue, Jul 21, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Kindness with Friends (Episode #802H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Jul 17, 2015 -- 2:00 PM

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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Mon, Jul 20, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Exciting Friends (Episode #801H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Jul 16, 2015 -- 2:00 PM

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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Fri, Jul 17, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Illuminating Minds (Episode #1112H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Jul 15, 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: Thu, Jul 16, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Passengers (Episode #1111H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Jul 14, 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: Wed, Jul 15, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Going Underground (Episode #1109H)

KQED Plus: Mon, Jul 13, 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: Tue, Jul 14, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Signals & Alarms (Episode #1108H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Jul 10, 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: Mon, Jul 13, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Please Be Patient (Episode #1107H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Jul 9, 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: Fri, Jul 10, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Fire & Water (Episode #1002H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Jul 8, 2015 -- 2:00 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!

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Thu, Jul 9, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Special Friends (Episode #1106H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Jul 7, 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: Wed, Jul 8, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Fast and Reliable (Episode #1104H)

KQED Plus: Mon, Jul 6, 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.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Tue, Jul 7, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Take It Easy (Episode #1103H)

KQED Plus: Mon, Jul 6, 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.

Taking Turns (Episode #1006H)

KQED Plus: Sun, Jul 5, 2015 -- 9:00 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.

Sea and Sand (Episode #1101H)

KQED Plus: Sat, Jul 4, 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, Jul 3, 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, Jul 2, 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, Jul 3, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Sea and Sand (Episode #1101H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Jul 1, 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, Jul 2, 2015 -- 9:00 AM

Taking Turns (Episode #1006H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Jul 1, 2015 -- 9:00 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.

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