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Thomas & Friends Previous Broadcasts

Best Times! (Episode #605H)

KQED Plus: Tue, Jan 31, 2012 -- 2:00 PM

Sir Topham Hatt announces that the library is holding a special story time for all the children. He needs an engine to deliver the storybooks. Thomas is so excited that he has been chosen for the special that he doesn't wait to for the books to be tied in place. As Thomas gets more excited, he chuffs faster and faster and ends up along a bumpy track. Soon his trucks bump high in the air and the storybooks land in Farmer McColl's field. Thomas doesn't want to let the children down and decides to make it a picnic story time, and brings the children to the storybooks. Percy has a special Special. He is to deliver a big gift crate to Knapford. It is Dowager Hatt's birthday present from Sir Topham Hatt. Percy is so proud that he decides that rather than go directly to Knapford, he will show off his gift crate to Mavis. But at the Quarry,it gets covered in slate dust! Percy is mortified and tries to fix the situation by taking the crate to the Wash Down and then to be dried at the Sodor Steam Works. It is all a disaster! Percy then realizes that he could put the bedraggled parcel into a new crate. Victor helps him and supplies a brand new crate which is painted red. When Dowager Hatt sees her new gift wrapped gift - she is thrilled!!

Marvelous Moments! (Episode #604H)

KQED Plus: Mon, Jan 30, 2012 -- 2:00 PM

Thomas is asked by Farmer Trotter to collect some straw for the piglets, which are soon to be born. But on the way, Thomas sees other things he thinks the piglets will like. He soon discovers all the piglets really need is straw and rushes off to correct his mistake in time for the piglets' arrival. Thomas has to transport something called The Lion of Sodor. It's actually a statue, but Thomas thinks it's a real lion, and is too excited to listen to other engines who try to correct him. Thomas gets his friends to help by giving the "lion" fish and straw. So, all because Thomas was in too much of a hurry to listen to advice, the statue is in a real mess. When Thomas realizes his error, he manages to get the statue cleaned and delivered to the Town Square in time for its unveiling.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Tue, Jan 31, 2012 -- 6:30 AM

Working Well (Episode #603H)

KQED Plus: Mon, Jan 30, 2012 -- 6:30 AM

Alicia Botti, the famous opera singer, is coming to Sodor. Thomas is bubbling with pride that he is to collect her and take her to the Town Hall for the grand concert. Also arriving that day is a new engine named Charlie. When Percy says that Charlie is more fun than Thomas, it makes Thomas worried. Thomas doesn't want Charlie to think he isn't fun, so when Charlie starts racing around the island, Thomas joins in, but a bumpy track causes Annie and Clarabel to uncouple from Thomas and he puffs off leaving Miss Botti behind. Arriving late and without Miss Botti, Sir Topham Hatt is cross with Thomas. Thomas searches for Miss Botti and finds out that she is having a marvelous time singing to anyone who will listen and more than ready for the concert. While Percy is at the Sodor Steam Works being repaired, Thomas is excited to be given the job of doing the mail run for him. Gordon advises Thomas to ask Percy for advice but Thomas thinks he knows all about how to deliver the mail. He sets off very early in the morning, tooting his whistle loudly wherever he goes. In the process, Thomas wakes up Mavis, Cranky, Victor and Kevin. Later, the sleepy engines make mistakes and Thomas realizes his error. The next morning, having learned a few lessons from Percy, Thomas does the mail run again, this time very quietly.

Adventures (Episode #512)

KQED Plus: Sun, Jan 29, 2012 -- 6:30 AM

It's the Percival twins' birthday and Mr. Percival got them a Hot Air Balloon ride as a treat. When Duncan learns this, he is upset, as he already has his birthday flag fixed on his cab ready to take the twins for a special birthday ride. Mr. Percival asks Duncan to collect the balloon, but as he chuffs along the bumpy track the balloon looses a binding. When Duncan sees this, he purposefully goes back and forth over the bumps until the balloon is floating off into the distance. Satisfied that he will now get to give the twins their birthday ride, he arrives at Mr. Percival's only to see the balloon float by the house and rip a big hole in its side. Feeling terrible, Duncan has an idea: to use his special birthday flag as a patch to fix the balloon.
Miss Marvel, the famous storyteller, is visiting the Hills, and Peter Sam is very excited. He rushes about the narrow gauge trying to finish his work early and be the first to see and hear Miss Marvel's story of Proteus, the mystical engine. Taking an old short cut, Peter Sam crashes through a hedge, uncovering an old statue of Proteus that is standing forgotten on an old rusty flatbed. Boiling with excitement, Peter Sam decides he could make a star entrance with the Proteus statue. Redirecting the other engines away, Peter Sam plans to take the glory for him self but the statue is heavy and he crashes! With the help of his friends though the statue makes it to the storytelling and Peter Sam sees the big unveiling.

Mistakes (Episode #513)

KQED Plus: Sat, Jan 28, 2012 -- 6:30 AM

Thomas wants to be a hero just like the fireman who is to receive a medal from Lady Hatt. He goes around the track causing havoc trying to find disasters where there are none.
Mr. Percival is holding a special winter party. All the narrow gauge engines are to deliver party supplies to Mr. Percival's house. Freddie is at the wharf with his friend Colin the crane who has never been to a party because he is fixed in place. Freddie has an idea to hold the party at the wharf so Colin can be there too. Freddie tries to reorganize everything, but in doing so the party nearly doesn't happen. Freddie sees Mr. Percival and confesses what has happened. Freddie learns that he should have asked first and is allowed to go and put everything right.

Working Well (Episode #603H)

KQED Plus: Fri, Jan 27, 2012 -- 2:00 PM

Alicia Botti, the famous opera singer, is coming to Sodor. Thomas is bubbling with pride that he is to collect her and take her to the Town Hall for the grand concert. Also arriving that day is a new engine named Charlie. When Percy says that Charlie is more fun than Thomas, it makes Thomas worried. Thomas doesn't want Charlie to think he isn't fun, so when Charlie starts racing around the island, Thomas joins in, but a bumpy track causes Annie and Clarabel to uncouple from Thomas and he puffs off leaving Miss Botti behind. Arriving late and without Miss Botti, Sir Topham Hatt is cross with Thomas. Thomas searches for Miss Botti and finds out that she is having a marvelous time singing to anyone who will listen and more than ready for the concert. While Percy is at the Sodor Steam Works being repaired, Thomas is excited to be given the job of doing the mail run for him. Gordon advises Thomas to ask Percy for advice but Thomas thinks he knows all about how to deliver the mail. He sets off very early in the morning, tooting his whistle loudly wherever he goes. In the process, Thomas wakes up Mavis, Cranky, Victor and Kevin. Later, the sleepy engines make mistakes and Thomas realizes his error. The next morning, having learned a few lessons from Percy, Thomas does the mail run again, this time very quietly.

Slips and Trips! (Episode #602H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Jan 26, 2012 -- 2:00 PM

While covered in pink undercoat, James is asked by Sir Topham Hatt to pick up his granddaughter and take her to the Town Hall for her birthday party. But James is worried he will be seen by his friends and tries to hide his pink coat from them on the way. Thomas has to wear a replacement funnel while his own is being fixed and he is embarrassed about it. When Thomas is asked to carry some special bubble liquid for Mr. Bubbles, the famous clown, the other engines laugh at Thomas' funnel. Thomas rushes by them really fast to get away, spilling all the bubble liquid. Thomas returns to get more, and in doing so, learns that making people laugh can be a good thing.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Fri, Jan 27, 2012 -- 6:30 AM

Friends and Family (Episode #601H)

KQED Plus: Wed, Jan 25, 2012 -- 2:00 PM

It's the day of the Spring Party at the Duke and Duchess of Boxford's summer house. Cranky teases Thomas that he can only carry light loads. Thomas is outraged by this and determines to prove to Cranky that he is not "Tiny Thomas". First he borrows James' and Henry's heavy loads. Cranky lifts both, but with a lot of creaking and cranking. So Thomas decides Cranky should lift something heavier - himself!. It's too heavy for Cranky and he breaks! Sir Topham Hatt is very cross. Thomas then asks Spencer to take the heavy loads to the party at the summer house while he rushes to the Sodor Steam Works to get parts for Cranky. Once Cranky was fixed, he and Thomas have a party together at the Docks! Thomas has a special Special. He is to take Sir Topham Hatt to his special birthday party. But when Thomas goes to pick him up at Maithwaite, he doesn't look like Sir Topham Hatt at all!! He has a moustache! Things get worse as the imposter Sir Topham Hatt demands to go to the Whispering Woods where he encourages children to play. Then he stops at a junction and rushes into the signal box to have a turn at throwing the levers. As a result, Gordon hurtles down a branch line! When Thomas arrives back at Maithwaite, he realizes this isn't Sir Topham Hatt! The imposter reveals himself as Sir Topham Hatt's brother - Sir Lowham Hatt!

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Thu, Jan 26, 2012 -- 6:30 AM

Mistakes (Episode #513)

KQED Plus: Tue, Jan 24, 2012 -- 2:00 PM

Thomas wants to be a hero just like the fireman who is to receive a medal from Lady Hatt. He goes around the track causing havoc trying to find disasters where there are none.
Mr. Percival is holding a special winter party. All the narrow gauge engines are to deliver party supplies to Mr. Percival's house. Freddie is at the wharf with his friend Colin the crane who has never been to a party because he is fixed in place. Freddie has an idea to hold the party at the wharf so Colin can be there too. Freddie tries to reorganize everything, but in doing so the party nearly doesn't happen. Freddie sees Mr. Percival and confesses what has happened. Freddie learns that he should have asked first and is allowed to go and put everything right.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Wed, Jan 25, 2012 -- 6:30 AM

Adventures (Episode #512)

KQED Plus: Mon, Jan 23, 2012 -- 2:00 PM

It's the Percival twins' birthday and Mr. Percival got them a Hot Air Balloon ride as a treat. When Duncan learns this, he is upset, as he already has his birthday flag fixed on his cab ready to take the twins for a special birthday ride. Mr. Percival asks Duncan to collect the balloon, but as he chuffs along the bumpy track the balloon looses a binding. When Duncan sees this, he purposefully goes back and forth over the bumps until the balloon is floating off into the distance. Satisfied that he will now get to give the twins their birthday ride, he arrives at Mr. Percival's only to see the balloon float by the house and rip a big hole in its side. Feeling terrible, Duncan has an idea: to use his special birthday flag as a patch to fix the balloon.
Miss Marvel, the famous storyteller, is visiting the Hills, and Peter Sam is very excited. He rushes about the narrow gauge trying to finish his work early and be the first to see and hear Miss Marvel's story of Proteus, the mystical engine. Taking an old short cut, Peter Sam crashes through a hedge, uncovering an old statue of Proteus that is standing forgotten on an old rusty flatbed. Boiling with excitement, Peter Sam decides he could make a star entrance with the Proteus statue. Redirecting the other engines away, Peter Sam plans to take the glory for him self but the statue is heavy and he crashes! With the help of his friends though the statue makes it to the storytelling and Peter Sam sees the big unveiling.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Tue, Jan 24, 2012 -- 6:30 AM

Pulling Together (Episode #511)

KQED Plus: Mon, Jan 23, 2012 -- 6:30 AM

Rosie is supposed to be Emily's back engine for the funfair special but wants to pull it on her own. Not realizing Emily is already attached she huffs and strains and a coupling snaps, and she chuffs along with only half the special. As she puffs along other couplings snap without her knowledge and cause disruption all over the track. < br />The Puppet Show has arrived on Sodor and Skarloey asks Sir Topham Hatt if he can pull the puppet show special. The trucks are very heavy but instead of accepting Rheneas' offer of help, Skarloey challenges him to a tug of war with the trucks. As they pull and tug a coupling snaps and Skarloey races proudly off with all the trucks, but his brakes can't handle the weight! He can't stop and bashes into Duncan's delivery for the show. Instead of helping Duncan, Skarloey rushes off to deliver his special but the same thing happens again with poor Rusty. Skarloey keeps going but with no brakes he splashes into Percival pond. Rheneas' arrives to help Skarloey get back on track and takes the special so that Skarloey can put right what he has done wrong allowing for everything to arrive for the puppet show on time.

Doing Your Best (Episode #502)

KQED Plus: Sun, Jan 22, 2012 -- 6:30 AM

These three episodes chronicle the adventures of another group of trains on the narrow gauge railway, high in the hills on the Island of Sodor! The smaller, quirky and sometimes mystical narrow gauge engines include the wise Sir Handel, the brash and boisterous Duncan, the mischief-making & fun-loving duo Rheneas and Skarloey and the powerful Mighty Mac, along with their controller, Mr. Percival.

Courage (Episode #508)

KQED Plus: Sat, Jan 21, 2012 -- 6:30 AM

* Thomas is to deliver some specially made blocks for the rebuilding of the Sodor River Bridge. He is so proud to be chosen that when his breaks start to squeak he refuses help from Stanley and continues the journey. Unable to slow down he unknowingly leaves blocks all over the tracks... worst of all he can't stop before the track ends and his front wheels end up hanging over the unfinished bridge. Once back on track, Thomas puts everything right.
* Gordon is a very proud engine and thinks he knows the railway on Sodor better than anyone, but when taking a short cut he gets lost and won't ask for help. Crashing into Ben, Gordon causes a big log to fall onto the lower track, blocking Stanley's route. Swallowing his pride, he asks for directions to the lower track from every engine he sees and stops Stanley just in time!

Pulling Together (Episode #511)

KQED Plus: Fri, Jan 20, 2012 -- 2:00 PM

Rosie is supposed to be Emily's back engine for the funfair special but wants to pull it on her own. Not realizing Emily is already attached she huffs and strains and a coupling snaps, and she chuffs along with only half the special. As she puffs along other couplings snap without her knowledge and cause disruption all over the track. < br />The Puppet Show has arrived on Sodor and Skarloey asks Sir Topham Hatt if he can pull the puppet show special. The trucks are very heavy but instead of accepting Rheneas' offer of help, Skarloey challenges him to a tug of war with the trucks. As they pull and tug a coupling snaps and Skarloey races proudly off with all the trucks, but his brakes can't handle the weight! He can't stop and bashes into Duncan's delivery for the show. Instead of helping Duncan, Skarloey rushes off to deliver his special but the same thing happens again with poor Rusty. Skarloey keeps going but with no brakes he splashes into Percival pond. Rheneas' arrives to help Skarloey get back on track and takes the special so that Skarloey can put right what he has done wrong allowing for everything to arrive for the puppet show on time.

Kindness (Episode #510)

KQED Plus: Thu, Jan 19, 2012 -- 2:00 PM

It is the first Great Waterton festival and Toby is to lead the parade. Thomas is delighted for his friend, so when Sir Topham Hatt introduces Thomas to Flora, a new steam tram to Sodor, and tells them that Flora is to lead the parade with Toby, Thomas is worried. Thinking Toby will be upset Thomas sets about keeping Flora away from the festival by taking her on all his work errands. Axles aching, Flora runs out of coal just as Toby comes searching for them. Toby is very happy to meet Flora, as he was scared of leading the parade on his own! Thomas realizes he shouldn't have interfered and gives Flora some of his coal so the two trams can set off for the festival.
It's winter on the Island of Sodor and James is showing all the engines how he knows best. When Hector suggests checking the weather with the Yard Manager before they leave, James doesn't want to listen -- especially to a truck! James chuffs on ignoring Hector's advice. Taking a wrong turn because of the snow they get trapped behind a snow drift. James realizes he should have listened to Hector and asks him what he thinks they should do. James learns that you can always rely on a good truck and a good friend.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Fri, Jan 20, 2012 -- 6:30 AM

Presents & Prizes (Episode #509)

KQED Plus: Wed, Jan 18, 2012 -- 2:00 PM

* It's Mr. Percival's birthday and Thomas and the narrow gauge engines are delivering special presents for the party. Sir Handel is going to tell a Man in the Hills story because they are Mr. Percival's favorites. Thomas decides to go in search of the Man in the Hills for Mr. Percival but instead disrupts the preparations of the party. Thomas is determined to put everything right and races off to pick up the birthday cake. On his way back he takes a short cut and sees a carving in the side of a hill in the shape of a man: The Man in the Hills! Thomas arranges for the party to take place in front of the Man in the Hills and sets a perfect scene for Sir Handel's story, making Mr. Percival very happy on his birthday.
* Emily is declared "excellent" by Sir Topham Hatt, and it goes straight to her head. When she is given an important job to do, she comes across a series of tricky situations. Her friends try to advise her against tackling them but "Excellent Emily" thinks she knows best with disastrous results. Emily soon finds herself up to her buffers in sticky mud. The only way to get herself free and finish her special task is to ask for help.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Thu, Jan 19, 2012 -- 6:30 AM

Courage (Episode #508)

KQED Plus: Tue, Jan 17, 2012 -- 2:00 PM

* Thomas is to deliver some specially made blocks for the rebuilding of the Sodor River Bridge. He is so proud to be chosen that when his breaks start to squeak he refuses help from Stanley and continues the journey. Unable to slow down he unknowingly leaves blocks all over the tracks... worst of all he can't stop before the track ends and his front wheels end up hanging over the unfinished bridge. Once back on track, Thomas puts everything right.
* Gordon is a very proud engine and thinks he knows the railway on Sodor better than anyone, but when taking a short cut he gets lost and won't ask for help. Crashing into Ben, Gordon causes a big log to fall onto the lower track, blocking Stanley's route. Swallowing his pride, he asks for directions to the lower track from every engine he sees and stops Stanley just in time!

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Wed, Jan 18, 2012 -- 6:30 AM

Doing Your Best (Episode #502)

KQED Plus: Mon, Jan 16, 2012 -- 2:00 PM

These three episodes chronicle the adventures of another group of trains on the narrow gauge railway, high in the hills on the Island of Sodor! The smaller, quirky and sometimes mystical narrow gauge engines include the wise Sir Handel, the brash and boisterous Duncan, the mischief-making & fun-loving duo Rheneas and Skarloey and the powerful Mighty Mac, along with their controller, Mr. Percival.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Tue, Jan 17, 2012 -- 6:30 AM

Good Turns (Episode #506)

KQED Plus: Fri, Jan 13, 2012 -- 2:00 PM

* When a big, brash engine called Hank comes to Sodor, it's Thomas' job to show him around the island. But first Thomas must do some important jobs. Hank tries to help, but Thomas doesn't like the big new engine's brash personality and refuses to let him help. Overloaded, Thomas soon cracks a cylinder and needs help. Luckily Hank is there and Thomas realizes that Hank has the best intentions. The two engines quickly become good friends and enjoy Hank's welcome party together.
* Toby becomes determined to find something special on the Island of Sodor, just like his friends, so that Sir Topham Hatt will think that he is special too. He thinks he sees a bird in a tree, but it turns out to be an old boot. A treasure chest turns out to be a truck full of tin cans. Toby spends so much time searching for something special that he runs out of coal. Toby feels very silly and asks his workman to bang on some old metal to call for help. When Sir Topham Hatt arrives, Toby realizes that he doesn't need to find something special in order to be special.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Mon, Jan 16, 2012 -- 6:30 AM

Being Careful (Episode #505)

KQED Plus: Thu, Jan 12, 2012 -- 2:00 PM

* A photograph of the engines is being taken for a big billboard. Diesel accidentally rolls in front of the camera obscuring Thomas and he decides that Diesel did it on purpose. When Thomas collects and then accidentally ruins the billboard, a new photograph is ordered. Thomas does his best to keep the news from Diesel, and in doing so, Thomas causes the new photograph to get delayed again. This causes havoc across the island as the other engines are taken away from their jobs. When Diesel discovers the truth, Thomas learns that Diesel hadn't meant to block him from the original photograph and is very sorry. To make amends, Thomas offers Diesel the job of collecting the new billboard.
* Edward is one of the oldest and steadiest engines on the Island of Sodor and is chosen to deliver a new brass water wheel to the water works. Deciding to ignore his instruction to take the smooth express line, Edward takes the bumpier track so that everyone can see his marvelous wheel. The wheel rolls free of its bindings and into Gordon's delivery of scrap metal for the smelters yard. Edward then has to race Gordon -- the fastest engine on Sodor -- to rescue the wheel.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Fri, Jan 13, 2012 -- 6:30 AM

Good Friends (Episode #504)

KQED Plus: Wed, Jan 11, 2012 -- 2:00 PM

Thomas and Percy are best friends with a special best friends' whistle. When Thomas is given the job of pulling a brass band - a job that he knows Percy is desperate to do - he decides to keep the news from his friend. Thomas spends the day avoiding Percy. When Percy finally learns the truth, he is disappointed in Thomas. Thomas feels terrible for not telling his best friend and, after negotiating with Sir Topham Hatt, works out a plan for Percy to pull the band after all.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Thu, Jan 12, 2012 -- 6:30 AM

Team Work (Episode #503)

KQED Plus: Tue, Jan 10, 2012 -- 2:00 PM

These three episodes chronicle the adventures of another group of trains on the narrow gauge railway, high in the hills on the Island of Sodor! The smaller, quirky and sometimes mystical narrow gauge engines include the wise Sir Handel, the brash and boisterous Duncan, the mischief-making & fun-loving duo Rheneas and Skarloey and the powerful Mighty Mac, along with their controller, Mr. Percival.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Wed, Jan 11, 2012 -- 6:30 AM

Doing Your Best (Episode #502)

KQED Plus: Mon, Jan 9, 2012 -- 2:00 PM

These three episodes chronicle the adventures of another group of trains on the narrow gauge railway, high in the hills on the Island of Sodor! The smaller, quirky and sometimes mystical narrow gauge engines include the wise Sir Handel, the brash and boisterous Duncan, the mischief-making & fun-loving duo Rheneas and Skarloey and the powerful Mighty Mac, along with their controller, Mr. Percival.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Tue, Jan 17, 2012 -- 6:30 AM
  • KQED Plus: Tue, Jan 10, 2012 -- 6:30 AM

Variety (Episode #501)

KQED Plus: Mon, Jan 9, 2012 -- 6:30 AM

Mr. Percival is having a new bicycle delivered - but it's missing a bell. Freddie is determined to find one in order to prove himself to James, He looks all over the hills and tries out some different kinds of bells - a cow bell, some clowns' bells, a school bell - but nothing is good enough. A refurbished foghorn gives Freddie a very clever idea - the bell from Mr. Percival's old bicycle! Everyone is very impressed - even James! Heavy snow is blocking the narrow gauge tracks, so Madge must take Duncan by road. Duncan teases Madge and says their journey will be slow and dull. Madge decides to show Duncan how much fun the road can be and takes a detour along some country roads, spraying snow as they go. They have such fun that Madge skids dangerously and ends up hanging over the edge of a steep valley. Slowly and carefully, Madge drives back onto the road. Both Madge and Duncan agree that sometimes slow and careful is the best way to be!

Experience (Episode #407)

KQED Plus: Sun, Jan 8, 2012 -- 6:30 AM

Don't Be Silly, Billy - When Billy, a new engine, comes to the island, Thomas is given the job of showing Billy how to do his jobs. Billy doesn't want to listen to Thomas' instructions. He calls Thomas a bossy engine and races away. Thomas follows him across the island trying to tell Billy what to do, but still Billy won't listen. Eventually Thomas gives up. Soon Billy runs out of coal and water, just as Thomas had warned him. Thomas shunts Billy to the water tower and fills him with coal again. Billy is very sorry for not having listened - he realizes that Thomas was only trying to help. Together, they finish the jobs and Billy admits that he did like working with Thomas after all. All the engines think Edward knows everything. When he's given the job of taking the mail, Edward wants to ask for help, but worries that he'll look silly. He doesn't realize that the trucks are in a specific order and delivers the mail to the wrong places. When he realizes his mistake, he is very upset and knows he'll have to deliver them all over again. Edwards collects the mail and tries to deliver them but is in such a rush that he makes a mistake and the parcels go everywhere. Finally he decides that he must ask for help. He goes to Percy who is happy to help! Edward doesn't feel silly.

Fun and Games (Episode #408)

KQED Plus: Sat, Jan 7, 2012 -- 6:30 AM

While Thomas and Percy wait for an important cargo ship at the docks Thomas suggests a game of Hide and Peep. Cranky wants to play but Thomas tells him that he'd be no good at hiding. Percy hides and Thomas looks for him everywhere. When he can't find Percy, Thomas announces loudly that Sir Topham Hatt has arrived. Percy comes out from his hiding place but is cross when he realizes that Sir Topham Hatt hasn't arrived - Thomas has cheated. Percy hides again and Thomas searches for him. The Dock Manager says that the cargo ship has arrived. Thomas calls for Percy to tell him the news but Percy doesn't believe him and stays hidden. Thomas asks Cranky to help him find Percy. Cranky quickly spots Percy. Thomas puffs over to him and tells him all about the cargo ship. Thomas tells Percy that he is the best hider and that Cranky is the best finder! Toby is given a special job - to take Alicia Botti the opera singer to a special concert. Toby worries about making a mistake. Toby worries so much that he does just that - he forgets to slow at a corner, spilling Alicia's special tea in Henrietta. Then he worries so much that he takes the wrong track. Finally he worries so much that he speeds through a big puddle covering Henrietta in mud. When Alicia Botti sees Henrietta she insists that Toby gets washed. At the wash down, Toby notices the workmen are cheerful and how nobody else is worrying. Later, Toby doesn't worry anymore. And he does his job perfectly!

Variety (Episode #501)

KQED Plus: Fri, Jan 6, 2012 -- 2:00 PM

Mr. Percival is having a new bicycle delivered - but it's missing a bell. Freddie is determined to find one in order to prove himself to James, He looks all over the hills and tries out some different kinds of bells - a cow bell, some clowns' bells, a school bell - but nothing is good enough. A refurbished foghorn gives Freddie a very clever idea - the bell from Mr. Percival's old bicycle! Everyone is very impressed - even James! Heavy snow is blocking the narrow gauge tracks, so Madge must take Duncan by road. Duncan teases Madge and says their journey will be slow and dull. Madge decides to show Duncan how much fun the road can be and takes a detour along some country roads, spraying snow as they go. They have such fun that Madge skids dangerously and ends up hanging over the edge of a steep valley. Slowly and carefully, Madge drives back onto the road. Both Madge and Duncan agree that sometimes slow and careful is the best way to be!

Directions (Episode #410)

KQED Plus: Thu, Jan 5, 2012 -- 2:00 PM

When Diesel teases Thomas for being stinky Thomas is determined to prove otherwise. When Thomas is given a special to deliver some stinky cheese to the docks, he goes out of his way to avoid any diesel engines on the way. When Thomas sees 'Arry, he tries to back away, but he crashes into Bert. His cheese delivery flies high into the air and splatters all over them. Thomas feels very silly. He's given some new cheese and puffs quickly to the docks - this time he doesn't mind being stinky. At the docks, Sir Topham Hatt declares Thomas to be really useful and gives Diesel, Arry and Bert the stinky job of shunting the cheese at the docks.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Fri, Jan 6, 2012 -- 6:30 AM

Pushing and Pulling (Episode #409)

KQED Plus: Wed, Jan 4, 2012 -- 2:00 PM

Thomas is chosen to deliver Sir Topham Hatt's brand new car to the Sodor Show. When Gordon challenges him to a race, Thomas is so determined to win that he doesn't wait for the workmen to couple up the car's flatbed properly. He pushes the car as fast as he can. He races to the top of Gordon's Hill only for the car to race down the other side without Thomas. Thomas chases as the runaway car hurtles along the track. Other engines have to avoid the speeding car causing chaos! The flatbed hits a bump in the track and the car lands in a big haystack. Thomas feels silly and, even though he loses the race, asks victorious Gordon to help him fetch Rocky to lift the car from the haystack. The two friends make sure Sir Topham Hatt's car makes it to the show on time! Thomas is at the fitters' yard before a special job taking the school choir to a concert. When James teases him, Thomas becomes determined to prove that he hasn't broken down and puffs away to collect the choir before his final inspection. Soon, however, nasty noises start coming from Thomas' engine. Thomas denies that there is anything wrong and puffs on. Eventually he breaks down. Thomas feels very silly. He asks James to help take the choir to the concert on time. Henry shunts Thomas to the fitters' yard to be repaired. And this time he waits patiently for his final inspection.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Thu, Jan 5, 2012 -- 6:30 AM

Fun and Games (Episode #408)

KQED Plus: Tue, Jan 3, 2012 -- 2:00 PM

While Thomas and Percy wait for an important cargo ship at the docks Thomas suggests a game of Hide and Peep. Cranky wants to play but Thomas tells him that he'd be no good at hiding. Percy hides and Thomas looks for him everywhere. When he can't find Percy, Thomas announces loudly that Sir Topham Hatt has arrived. Percy comes out from his hiding place but is cross when he realizes that Sir Topham Hatt hasn't arrived - Thomas has cheated. Percy hides again and Thomas searches for him. The Dock Manager says that the cargo ship has arrived. Thomas calls for Percy to tell him the news but Percy doesn't believe him and stays hidden. Thomas asks Cranky to help him find Percy. Cranky quickly spots Percy. Thomas puffs over to him and tells him all about the cargo ship. Thomas tells Percy that he is the best hider and that Cranky is the best finder! Toby is given a special job - to take Alicia Botti the opera singer to a special concert. Toby worries about making a mistake. Toby worries so much that he does just that - he forgets to slow at a corner, spilling Alicia's special tea in Henrietta. Then he worries so much that he takes the wrong track. Finally he worries so much that he speeds through a big puddle covering Henrietta in mud. When Alicia Botti sees Henrietta she insists that Toby gets washed. At the wash down, Toby notices the workmen are cheerful and how nobody else is worrying. Later, Toby doesn't worry anymore. And he does his job perfectly!

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Wed, Jan 4, 2012 -- 6:30 AM

Experience (Episode #407)

KQED Plus: Mon, Jan 2, 2012 -- 2:00 PM

Don't Be Silly, Billy - When Billy, a new engine, comes to the island, Thomas is given the job of showing Billy how to do his jobs. Billy doesn't want to listen to Thomas' instructions. He calls Thomas a bossy engine and races away. Thomas follows him across the island trying to tell Billy what to do, but still Billy won't listen. Eventually Thomas gives up. Soon Billy runs out of coal and water, just as Thomas had warned him. Thomas shunts Billy to the water tower and fills him with coal again. Billy is very sorry for not having listened - he realizes that Thomas was only trying to help. Together, they finish the jobs and Billy admits that he did like working with Thomas after all. All the engines think Edward knows everything. When he's given the job of taking the mail, Edward wants to ask for help, but worries that he'll look silly. He doesn't realize that the trucks are in a specific order and delivers the mail to the wrong places. When he realizes his mistake, he is very upset and knows he'll have to deliver them all over again. Edwards collects the mail and tries to deliver them but is in such a rush that he makes a mistake and the parcels go everywhere. Finally he decides that he must ask for help. He goes to Percy who is happy to help! Edward doesn't feel silly.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Tue, Jan 3, 2012 -- 6:30 AM

Being On Time (Episode #406)

KQED Plus: Mon, Jan 2, 2012 -- 6:30 AM

Thomas is to pick up some important items for the finale of a magician's magic show. His reward for a job well done will be a role in the show! Thomas can't stop thinking about being in the magic show and collects all the wrong items. When he returns and realizes what he has done he feels very silly. Thomas puffs off to collect the correct items even though he'll miss the show. He arrives back with the correct items just in time for the grand finale. Thomas is delighted when the magician performs some amazing tricks with him! It's a windy day on Sodor. Thomas is given the job of taking the mayor's new sailing boat to the docks for a special launch ceremony. Thomas is told to wait for an engineer to lower the mast but Thomas is so proud to be taking the beautiful boat that he doesn't wait. When the mast gets caught in some trees, the sails unfurl themselves and open in the wind. The wind in the sails pushes Thomas along. Thomas can't slow down! He races past the harbor unable to stop. When the wind drops, Thomas realizes that he has been very silly. He waits patiently for the engineer to lower the sails and safely puffs the boat to the harbor. The Mayor and Sir Topham Hatt are very pleased.

Hopes and Dreams (Episode #402)

KQED Plus: Sun, Jan 1, 2012 -- 6:30 AM

The Duke and Duchess of Boxford are visiting the island with Spencer. When Spencer boasts about being faster, shiner and stronger than Thomas, Thomas vows to prove him wrong. Thomas tries to go faster than Spencer, but takes a bend too fast and has to break hard. He tries to be shinier than Spencer, but his work soon makes him dustier than ever. Finally he tries to be stronger and pulls too many tucks up Gordon's Hill. He slides all the way to the bottom and feels very silly. The next day, an emergency calls the Duke back to the mainland. Spencer's boiler is cold, but Thomas is raring to take the Duke. This time its Spencer's turn to feel silly! James is delighted to be taking the Mayor of Sodor to the Festival of Lights at the Scottish Castle. Thomas, Emily and Percy are allowed to go to the Festival too, but have lots of jobs to do first. They ask James to help them, but he refuses, heading off to get clean at the wash-down. Thomas, Emily and Percy each puff past in turn. Unless James helps them with their jobs, they may miss the Festival. But James is determined to stay clean for his grand entrance. But on his way to collect the Mayor, Sir Topham Hatt tells James that Thomas, Emily and Percy will miss the opening of the Festival, including his grand entrance. James' entrance won't be grand, with none of his friends there to see it. So James helps his friends with each of their jobs, even though he gets covered with coal dust, sand and smelly fish. And he has no time to wash before collecting the Mayor. But Sir Topham Hatt is delighted with James, all that mess and grime proves what a thoughtful and hard-working engine he is.

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