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Experience (Episode #407)

KQED Plus: Fri, May 31, 2013 -- 2:30 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.

Being On Time (Episode #406)

KQED Plus: Thu, May 30, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

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.

Sight and Sound (Episode #405)

KQED Plus: Wed, May 29, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Thomas is looking forward to a big fireworks display that night. But first he is given an important special - to take a new light bulb to the Sodor lighthouse. Thomas is warned that the bulb will easily break and it must be delivered safely before dark so the ships can find their way. Thomas is so determined to finish his special that he can't resist speeding up. Thomas goes so fast that, when he comes to a section of track being replaced, he can't stop in time. He crashes through a barrier breaking the bulb! Thomas puffs off to collect a new bulb knowing that he will now be too late for the display. But when he sees the lighthouse beaming, Thomas thinks it looks as wonderful as any fireworks! While at the Wharf, Thomas uses his new whistle to make the narrow gauge engines jump. This makes the other engines laugh and soon they are all joining in the fun, making each other jump causing chaos across the Wharf! They have a wonderful time until an extra big noise derails Sir Handle. Mr. Percival arrives and puts the engines in their place. The engines all help clear up the wharf, before playing one last trick on Mr. Percival. There's a time and a place for having fun!

Believing (Episode #404)

KQED Plus: Tue, May 28, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Percy breaks down when delivering the mail at night. While Thomas is pushing him back to the sheds, Percy sees some flashing lights in the sky and is convinced they are a spaceship. Gordon teases Percy, so when Thomas is sent to deliver the mail for Percy he becomes determined to prove his friend was right. Thomas spots some lights in the distance but they turn out to be workmen repairing the track. He spots some more lights, but they turn out to be the lighthouse. A third set of lights turns out to be Jeremy! Thomas realizes that Percy must have seen Jeremy landing at the airport! Searching for the spaceship makes Thomas late. Back at the sheds, he explains the truth about the lights to Gordon. And even though Thomas felt silly, he asks Gordon to help deliver the mail on time. Gordon is pleased to help and Percy decides that Jeremy is better than any spaceship! A successful day of deliveries in the snow convinces Henry that he has lucky trucks. The next day, without realizing, Edward uses Henry's trucks to take coal to the villages. Henry is given an important special - to collect presents for the children. Henry tries but finds his job difficult without his lucky trucks. Henry searches for Edward and the lucky trucks - but when he finds him Henry accidentally smashes the lucky trucks! Henry remembers the presents for the children he stops thinking about the trucks and puffs on without them. Soon Henry delivers all the presents. The children are delighted and Henry feels like the luckiest engine of all!

The Unexpected (Episode #403)

KQED Plus: Mon, May 27, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Thomas must fill coal trucks in time for James and Edward to collect them. At the coaling plant, he encounters a big grumpy truck called 'Hector the Horrid'. Thomas tries to approach Hector but Hector roars at him to leave him alone. Thomas puffs quickly away. There's a lot to do and Rosie arrives to help. Rose tries to approach Hector the Horrid but again Hector roars and scares Rosie away. Thomas decides that he's had enough. He biffs Hector hard and sends him flying off the track. Hector reveals that he only roars because he's scared. He's never been filled with coal before. Thomas helps Hector and shows him that being filled with coal can be fun! Thomas and Hector (the not-so-Horrid) shunt the coal trucks in time for James and Edward to collect them. Gordon must take an important engineer to repair some points. He picks up the wrong person at the station and steams off to the points refusing to stop for any other engines. When Gordon realizes his mistake he feels very silly, but he can't head back to collect the engineer as the lines are blocked. Gordon has an idea. He asks all the engines to ferry the engineer up the line, engine-by-engine. Soon the points are repaired and the engines are on their way. Gordon admits that even he needs help sometimes!

Strength (Episode #312)

KQED Plus: Sun, May 26, 2013 -- 6:30 AM

It is stormy season on the Island of Sodor and Thomas is to deliver some birthday mail to Alice at High Farm. On the way he meets Rosie a young tank engine. Rosie wants to be just like Thomas and tries to follow him to High Farm. This makes Thomas cross and he puffs away. When a storm appears Thomas puffs on, trying to get away from Rosie. Thomas takes a shorter but harder route to Hill Farm, but is soon stuck in a landslide. Rosie catches up with Thomas. Thomas is glad to see her and asks Rosie to deliver the special birthday mail to Alice. Rosie is happy to help and when she returns, Thomas is delighted to see Alice on board Rosie, who has come to say thank you. Its winter and James is bringing coal to the wharf so that Duncan can take it up to the villages in the hills. Duncan challenges James to a race - he'll deliver the coal faster than James can bring it to the wharf. James is too fast for little Duncan, so Duncan decides to hide his coal while James isn't looking. James works extra hard to keep up with Duncan, but eventually runs out of his own coal. Duncan feels terrible and admits what he has done. He goes to find James to load him up with coal again. James and Duncan are happy to be Really Useful once again.

Discovery (Episode #313)

KQED Plus: Sat, May 25, 2013 -- 6:30 AM

Skarloey has lots of jobs and is very, very busy. Rheneas decides to help his friend and take Skarloey's coal cars for him as a surprise. He won't tell anyone what he's up to. But when Rheneas tries to puff up a steep hill with his and Skarloey's cars, they prove much too heavy. He leaves Skarloey's trucks in a siding while he delivers his first. When Rheneas returns, Skarloey's cars have vanished - Rheneas can't find them anywhere. He asks some other engines for help, but before they can start looking, Peter Sam appears, pulling the missing cars! He found them in the siding. Everyone is relieved that the cars have been found. Especially Rheneas who gets to deliver Skarloey's cars after all. Thomas is to take an important Admiral to open a new maritime museum. At the docks, Salty tells Thomas about the lost pirate treasure of Sodor, giving him the old clues to its whereabouts. With the Admiral on board, Thomas sets about trying to follow the clues. He becomes so distracted by his quest that he makes the Admiral very late. Sir Topham Hatt is cross and sends for Harold to take the Admiral the rest of the way. Thomas continues on his quest and finds the final clue, an old line. At the end of the line is the maritime museum, and the Admiral was about to open it. Thomas reveals the location of the lost treasure. The Admiral and Sir Topham Hatt are delighted. Thomas is pleased that he stuck to his quest!

Hopes and Dreams (Episode #402)

KQED Plus: Fri, May 24, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

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.

New Friends (Episode #401)

KQED Plus: Thu, May 23, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

A famous storyteller comes to the island to open a new library. It's Thomas' job to show the storyteller the sights of Sodor so she can write a special story for the children. Thomas tries to take the Storyteller to the docks but he finds James in trouble and has to help his friend. Then he takes the storyteller to pirates cove but Emily needs his help taking flour to the bakery. Finally he tries to take the storyteller to Misty Valley but on the way he finds Percy in trouble. By the time of the library opening, Thomas hasn't managed to take the storyteller to see any sights for her story. But the storyteller has a better idea. She decides to write a story all about the day that Thomas helped his friends. Thomas is delighted! When Emily is given the job of working with Whiff, a friendly garbage collection engine, the other engines tease her about her smelly new friend. Emily is embarrassed and tries to keep her distance from Whiff. But every time she gets away, Whiff catches up with her. Emily meets Spencer who's way is blocked by lots of garbage trucks - the ones that Emily was supposed to move with Whiff. Emily feels bad. She tries to move the trucks but finds they are too heavy. She asks Gordon and Spencer to help, but both refuse to move the smelly trucks. Only Whiff is willing to help move the trucks. Emily is please to call Whiff her friend.

Feelings (Episode #314)

KQED Plus: Wed, May 22, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Sir Topham Hatt needs an engine for a railway poster. Edward is to be the poster engine, but James is sure that it should be him! When James hears that Edward was chosen for being on time, gentle with his trucks and always ready to do dirty jobs, James decides to prove that he can do all those things. James' plan doesn't quite work - he gets so dirty that its takes too long to get clean and James is soon running late for his passengers. He tries to beat Edward to the passengers, but doesn't see the signal. Edward crashes into the back of James and sends him hurtling through the railway poster - right where Edward's face should be. Edward is damaged and can't take passengers but the children still want to ride on the poster engine. James is sorry and offers to help Edward carry the children - and together they prove to be really useful. Thomas has a delivery to make at the Wharf. On the way he marvels at how beautiful the Island of Sodor is. At the Wharf he hears that Skarloey needs to be taken to the menders on the other side of the island. Thomas offers to take him. Skarloey is lowered on to a flat bed and coupled to Thomas. Sir Topham Hatt tells Thomas to head straight for the menders and to be careful of the coupling. Thomas decides to cheer up sad Skarloey by showing him the sights of Sodor. But none of the sights impress the little engine. Thomas decides to chuff to the top of Gordon's Hill, but the coupling snaps and Skarloey hurtles to the bottom and right off the track! Thomas is very sorry. With Skarloey back on the track they set straight off for the menders. This time they go past the seaside - a sight that Skarloey has never seen before! Skarloey is very impressed. This is the best day out ever.

Discovery (Episode #313)

KQED Plus: Tue, May 21, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Skarloey has lots of jobs and is very, very busy. Rheneas decides to help his friend and take Skarloey's coal cars for him as a surprise. He won't tell anyone what he's up to. But when Rheneas tries to puff up a steep hill with his and Skarloey's cars, they prove much too heavy. He leaves Skarloey's trucks in a siding while he delivers his first. When Rheneas returns, Skarloey's cars have vanished - Rheneas can't find them anywhere. He asks some other engines for help, but before they can start looking, Peter Sam appears, pulling the missing cars! He found them in the siding. Everyone is relieved that the cars have been found. Especially Rheneas who gets to deliver Skarloey's cars after all. Thomas is to take an important Admiral to open a new maritime museum. At the docks, Salty tells Thomas about the lost pirate treasure of Sodor, giving him the old clues to its whereabouts. With the Admiral on board, Thomas sets about trying to follow the clues. He becomes so distracted by his quest that he makes the Admiral very late. Sir Topham Hatt is cross and sends for Harold to take the Admiral the rest of the way. Thomas continues on his quest and finds the final clue, an old line. At the end of the line is the maritime museum, and the Admiral was about to open it. Thomas reveals the location of the lost treasure. The Admiral and Sir Topham Hatt are delighted. Thomas is pleased that he stuck to his quest!

Strength (Episode #312)

KQED Plus: Mon, May 20, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

It is stormy season on the Island of Sodor and Thomas is to deliver some birthday mail to Alice at High Farm. On the way he meets Rosie a young tank engine. Rosie wants to be just like Thomas and tries to follow him to High Farm. This makes Thomas cross and he puffs away. When a storm appears Thomas puffs on, trying to get away from Rosie. Thomas takes a shorter but harder route to Hill Farm, but is soon stuck in a landslide. Rosie catches up with Thomas. Thomas is glad to see her and asks Rosie to deliver the special birthday mail to Alice. Rosie is happy to help and when she returns, Thomas is delighted to see Alice on board Rosie, who has come to say thank you. Its winter and James is bringing coal to the wharf so that Duncan can take it up to the villages in the hills. Duncan challenges James to a race - he'll deliver the coal faster than James can bring it to the wharf. James is too fast for little Duncan, so Duncan decides to hide his coal while James isn't looking. James works extra hard to keep up with Duncan, but eventually runs out of his own coal. Duncan feels terrible and admits what he has done. He goes to find James to load him up with coal again. James and Duncan are happy to be Really Useful once again.

Imagination (Episode #307)

KQED Plus: Sun, May 19, 2013 -- 6:30 AM

It is winter on the Island of Sodor and Henry is disappointed not to be chosen to pull some heavy loads for Farmer McColl. Gordon gets the job and boasts that he is the strongest engine. The other engines tell Gordon that he'll soon see just how strong Big Strong Henry is, a promise that has Henry worried. Henry's friends soon find a way for Henry to prove his strength to Gordon - by pulling Farmer McColl's loads so Gordon can see. This makes Gordon cross and Henry decides he quite likes being Big Strong Henry. Henry takes his heaviest load yet, twenty trucks of hay bales, up a hill - but they're too heavy! The trucks derail at the bottom of the hill, while Gordon takes his last heavy load, some cows. Henry is very sorry for causing trouble, but spots that Gordon has puffed away leaving one of his trucks is open - letting all the cows escape! Clever Henry uses his hay to lead the cows all the way to Farmer McColl's proving that you don't need to be strong to be useful! Thomas is to give train rides at a children's fancy dress party. He daydreams about what costume to wear. A trip to the washdown gives him the idea to go as a big bubble bath, but the bubbles get into his eyes and he crashes into Toby, who is carrying taffy for the taffy apples. Toby is damaged so Thomas offers to take the taffy for Toby. On his way to the party Thomas again daydreams about what costume to wear. He doesn't see some points have changed and races into a siding. He hits the buffers and taffy goes all over him. Thomas is running late so takes a shortcut down an old overgrown line. Branches and leaves stick to him. Thomas arrives at the party with the taffy just in time. He's sorry to be in such a mess. But the children say that he looks like a big leafy bush - he has come in fancy dress after all. Peep peep!

Navigation (Episode #308)

KQED Plus: Sat, May 18, 2013 -- 6:30 AM

Rusty has two jobs. One is to take some workers to put up direction signs along the mountain trails and the other is to take Sir Topham Hatt and his family to the mountains for a walk. Rusty is so keen to be on time for Sir Topham Hatt that he rushes the workers. He makes them finish without checking their work. Rusty takes the Hatt family to the start of their walk and arranges to meet them at the tea rooms later. When the Hatt Family don't turn up at the end of their walk, Rusty is worried. He searches the mountains and when he finds campers at the quarry, fishermen at the coalmine and skiers at the castle, he realizes that the signposts must be wrong! Rusty quickly deduces where the Hatts must be and races off to find them at Hill Farm! They've had a wonderful day, but Rusty has one more job to do. He fetches the workmen to fix the signs. And this time, he doesn't rush them! A shooting star is due to light up the night sky on the Island of Sodor. All the engines are making wishes. When the power on the island fails, Thomas is sent to the power station with some engineers. Thomas puffs across the island but, desperate to see the shooting star, avoids taking any route that will obstruct his view of the night sky. This made his trip longer and longer. Percy gets worried for Thomas and wishes that Thomas returns safely. Thomas, however, has taken such a long route that he's lost! He wishes he could see so he could take the fastest route. Suddenly the shooting star appears and lights up the sky! The light shows Thomas the way and soon the power is fixed! Thomas returns home and he and Percy are delighted that their wishes came true.

The Way I See It (Episode #311)

KQED Plus: Fri, May 17, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Gordon has set a record for pulling the express and he is to receive a set of special cars. It is Emily's job to collect the cars and deliver them to the ceremony. On the way, she is rude to Diesel who is not impressed to hear about Gordon's award. Diesel tries to tell her something but Emily steams away. Crossly, Diesel takes the cars and hides them in a siding. When Sir Topham Hatt catches up with Diesel, he orders him to show Emily where the cars are. On the way, Diesel's engine starts to splutter. Diesel explains that he also has broken a record, for shunting trucks. And he was cross that Emily didn't listen. Emily is sorry and later at Gordon's ceremony, she arranges a special surprise for Diesel too. It is the day of the Sodor School football match. James finishes his jobs first and gets to pull the team carriages. James gets decorated in the team colors. Thomas is very jealous and thinks this isn't fair. He tries to persuade James to let him pull the coaches but James won't listen. Thomas resorts to desperate measures and arranges for James to puff into a siding. This destroys James' decorations! Thomas is horrified at what he has done. Thomas sees Bertie who has broken down on his way to the match with lots of children. Thomas offers to take the children and borrows the children's flags and scarves to decorate James with. James looks wonderful and everyone is delighted.

Favorite Places (Episode #310)

KQED Plus: Thu, May 16, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Skarloey doesn't like the Wharf. It's a big noisy place and he doesn't know anybody's name. The troublesome trucks make Skarloey jump and James teases him for being a 'scaredy engine'. Skarloey leaves and worries that he is a scaredy engine. On his way to collect a prize pig, he helps Rusty cross a rickety old bridge. Then he helps Duncan cross some flooded tracks. And finally saves Rheneas from being hit by a falling log. Rheneas is surprised that Skarloey still feels scaredy and points out all the brave things that he has just done. Skarloey realizes that Rheneas is right. He returns to the Wharf, and this time he's not scaredy at all! Even James is impressed! It is winter and Thomas is collecting timber for Farmer McColl's roof. At the docks Thomas and Percy see a group of children playing with a large snowman balloon. A gust of wind attaches the balloon to Thomas's buffers. The balloon follows Thomas all over the Island of Sodor, but Thomas doesn't know why. Everywhere he goes, people try to tell Thomas about the balloon, but he's too worried to listen. He's also too worried to do his work properly and only collects one load of timber for Farmer McColl. When Thomas realizes that the balloon was attached to his buffers he feels very silly, but relieved to have got to the bottom of the balloon mystery!

Big and Small (Episode #309)

KQED Plus: Wed, May 15, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

A new crane arrives on the island, Rocky. Rocky has no engine and is unable to move on his own. Edward dismisses Rocky as new fangled nonsense. When Edward causes a spillage of telegraph poles on the tracks, he calls for Harvey, the smaller crane. But Harvey isn't fast enough, and Gordon steams into the poles and crashes. Harvey can't lift Gordon and Edward realizes that only Rocky is big enough to help. Edward realizes that Rocky is useful after all and is proud to be his friend. Thomas challenges Spencer to a race. He races right through Kellsthorpe station with a gust of wind so strong that it blows Sir Topham Hatt's top hat right off. Sir Topham Hatt is going for tea at the Scottish Castle so he needs his hat! Thomas promises to retrieve the hat and sets off to find it. Thomas chases the hat all over the island, but every time he nearly gets to it, the hat blows away. Eventually Thomas stops. All of a sudden, the hat floats gently onto Thomas' funnel. Slowly Thomas puffs back to Kellsthorpe. Sir Topham Hatt is delighted to have his hat back. Some times going slow is just as useful as going fast!

Navigation (Episode #308)

KQED Plus: Tue, May 14, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Rusty has two jobs. One is to take some workers to put up direction signs along the mountain trails and the other is to take Sir Topham Hatt and his family to the mountains for a walk. Rusty is so keen to be on time for Sir Topham Hatt that he rushes the workers. He makes them finish without checking their work. Rusty takes the Hatt family to the start of their walk and arranges to meet them at the tea rooms later. When the Hatt Family don't turn up at the end of their walk, Rusty is worried. He searches the mountains and when he finds campers at the quarry, fishermen at the coalmine and skiers at the castle, he realizes that the signposts must be wrong! Rusty quickly deduces where the Hatts must be and races off to find them at Hill Farm! They've had a wonderful day, but Rusty has one more job to do. He fetches the workmen to fix the signs. And this time, he doesn't rush them! A shooting star is due to light up the night sky on the Island of Sodor. All the engines are making wishes. When the power on the island fails, Thomas is sent to the power station with some engineers. Thomas puffs across the island but, desperate to see the shooting star, avoids taking any route that will obstruct his view of the night sky. This made his trip longer and longer. Percy gets worried for Thomas and wishes that Thomas returns safely. Thomas, however, has taken such a long route that he's lost! He wishes he could see so he could take the fastest route. Suddenly the shooting star appears and lights up the sky! The light shows Thomas the way and soon the power is fixed! Thomas returns home and he and Percy are delighted that their wishes came true.

Imagination (Episode #307)

KQED Plus: Mon, May 13, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

It is winter on the Island of Sodor and Henry is disappointed not to be chosen to pull some heavy loads for Farmer McColl. Gordon gets the job and boasts that he is the strongest engine. The other engines tell Gordon that he'll soon see just how strong Big Strong Henry is, a promise that has Henry worried. Henry's friends soon find a way for Henry to prove his strength to Gordon - by pulling Farmer McColl's loads so Gordon can see. This makes Gordon cross and Henry decides he quite likes being Big Strong Henry. Henry takes his heaviest load yet, twenty trucks of hay bales, up a hill - but they're too heavy! The trucks derail at the bottom of the hill, while Gordon takes his last heavy load, some cows. Henry is very sorry for causing trouble, but spots that Gordon has puffed away leaving one of his trucks is open - letting all the cows escape! Clever Henry uses his hay to lead the cows all the way to Farmer McColl's proving that you don't need to be strong to be useful! Thomas is to give train rides at a children's fancy dress party. He daydreams about what costume to wear. A trip to the washdown gives him the idea to go as a big bubble bath, but the bubbles get into his eyes and he crashes into Toby, who is carrying taffy for the taffy apples. Toby is damaged so Thomas offers to take the taffy for Toby. On his way to the party Thomas again daydreams about what costume to wear. He doesn't see some points have changed and races into a siding. He hits the buffers and taffy goes all over him. Thomas is running late so takes a shortcut down an old overgrown line. Branches and leaves stick to him. Thomas arrives at the party with the taffy just in time. He's sorry to be in such a mess. But the children say that he looks like a big leafy bush - he has come in fancy dress after all. Peep peep!

Connections (Episode #302)

KQED Plus: Sun, May 12, 2013 -- 6:30 AM

Thomas is sent to collect some children from the airport for the Sodor Summer Picnic. At the airport, Thomas meets Jeremy, a jet plane. Jeremy tells Thomas how wonderful it is to fly. Thomas thinks Jeremy is being boastful and decides not to talk to him again. Thomas, however, can't shake the feeling that it's better to be a jet plane than a steam engine. When Jeremy spots a storm on the way, he returns to the airport and alerts Thomas. The picnic will be ruined! Jeremy can't land near the picnic, Thomas will have to tell Sir Topham Hatt. Thomas races off. Thomas has an idea and relocates the picnic to Jeremy's hanger. Thomas is very proud to be a steam engine after all! A carnival comes to the island. All the engines get to pull a part of it, except for Percy who's given the job of pulling coal. Disappointed not to be given an important job, Percy leaves his coal and tries to help the others with the carnival. None of Percy's friends need help, but Percy spends so much time asking that none of his coal gets delivered. Soon all the engines are grinding to a halt! Percy is horrified and gets to work delivering coal to all the other engines. The carnival is a big success and Percy is delighted to have done such an important job, delivering coal!

Clues (Episode #303)

KQED Plus: Sat, May 11, 2013 -- 6:30 AM

Sir Topham Hatt has lost his voice so Lady Hatt gives Percy the job of handing out his instructions for the day. Percy has lots of things to remember. Thomas offers to help, but Percy is determined to do it on his own. Percy goes to see James, Gordon and Toby but gets things muddled up, giving his friends some very silly jobs! Disaster strikes when James, Gordon and Toby crash into each other - all thanks to Percy. Percy is very sorry and asks Thomas if he'll help after all. Thomas is only too pleased to help his friend and together they retrace Percy's tracks. Percy finally remembers the jobs that Lady Hatt has told him and Percy puts everything right. Sir Topham Hatt is very please with Percy. He has been really useful! It's the country fair in the hills and Duncan is to take the bell from the clock tower to be specially polished. Duncan enjoys the sound the bell makes going over the bumpy tracks. He enjoys it so much that he doesn't listen to the foreman's instructions to go slowly. He doesn't listen to anyone telling him to slow down, until disaster strikes and Duncan hits a dip in the track - the bell bounces off his flat-bed and down the hill. Duncan is horrified. In the quiet, he hears the bell chiming - it's stuck in a tree. Duncan races to it, just in time for it to fall back on his flatbed. Slowly and carefully Duncan takes the bell to the polishers. At the fair, the shiny bell rings and Duncan thinks it's the best sound in the whole world!

Old & New (Episode #306)

KQED Plus: Fri, May 10, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Fearless Freddie is an old engine who has returned to the narrow gauge railway after many years. He brags about being the fastest engine in the hills. He challenges Rheneas and Skarloey to a race, but it's a lot harder than he realized. Determined not to lose, Freddie remembers a forgotten old short cut to the bottom of the mountain and claims the victory! Rheneas and Skarloey challenge Freddie to another race and again Freddie puffs down a hidden short-cut. Rheneas is so desperate to beat Freddie that he steams right off the track! Freddie is sorry for encouraging the younger engines to go too fast. He uses his knowledge of the hidden tracks to help rescue Rheneas. When Thomas sees that Toby's shed at Arlesden End has a leaky roof, he volunteers to organize getting it fixed for his friend. Thomas tells Toby all about his plan but Toby still seems very sad. With the new roof complete, Thomas asks Toby why he still seems so sad. Toby explains that he liked the holey old roof - the birds would fly in through the holes and make their nests, Toby's home was their home too! Thomas has an idea. He arranges for the wood from Toby's old roof to be made into a birdhouse. Now there are more birds at Arlesden End than ever before. Toby is delighted!

Special Days (Episode #305)

KQED Plus: Thu, May 9, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Gordon needs to pull the express one more time to set a record. He is determined not to let anything stand in his way. So when he's accidentally given Henry's special coal, he doesn't stop. He hopes it'll make him go faster. Henry bravely puffs on with his ordinary coal. While Henry struggles with a clogged firebox, Gordon puffs across the island. Eventually Gordon's conscience gets the better of him and, just as he's about to finish his journey, he stops and puffs back to Henry. Gordon and Henry swap coal tenders. Gordon is very sorry to have taken Henry's coal, while Henry is sorry that Gordon couldn't set his record. Thomas is taking some holidaymakers on a sightseeing trip around the Island of Sodor. Gordon sniffs that he would be much faster, so Thomas sets out to prove that he's wrong. He races from location to location so fast that he leaves holidaymakers behind at each place! Bertie the bus sees what is happening and chases after Thomas, collecting the stranded passengers as he goes. When Thomas realizes what he's done he takes the holidaymakers to the seaside and stays there - it's much better to see one place properly, than to see lots in a hurry!

Friendship (Episode #304)

KQED Plus: Wed, May 8, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Thomas is sent to the Wharf to collect a Christmas tree from Sir Handle. Thomas tells Duncan and Peter Sam what he's looking for and they tease Thomas for not knowing what a Christmas tree looks like. This makes Thomas cross. Determined to prove himself, Thomas refuses any help from any other engines, even Sir Handle! Thomas sees something long and pointy under a tarpaulin on a flat-bed and he decides it must be the Christmas tree. Thomas races off with the load, but Thomas has to break hard sending his load into the canal - it's not a tree, its some telegraph poles. Thomas realizes that he does need help after all and heads off to find Sir Handle. He apologizes for being silly, and together they find the tree for Thomas to take to Sir Topham Hatt. Toby loves to go to the farm to see the animals and he plans to spend his afternoon off doing just that. When Sir Topham Hatt gives Toby three unexpected specials, he worries that he won't have time to visit the farm after all. He asks his friends to help him, but each of them seems too busy to help. This makes Toby sad, he thought friends were supposed to help each other. When one of his special deliveries is delayed until morning due to rough seas, Toby is delighted, he'll be able to get to the farm after all. On his way, he sees Henry who has broken down. Henry explains that all the other engines were helping him. They had been helping a friend after all. Toby offers to help Henry too. And even though it means missing the farm, he doesn't mind!

Clues (Episode #303)

KQED Plus: Tue, May 7, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Sir Topham Hatt has lost his voice so Lady Hatt gives Percy the job of handing out his instructions for the day. Percy has lots of things to remember. Thomas offers to help, but Percy is determined to do it on his own. Percy goes to see James, Gordon and Toby but gets things muddled up, giving his friends some very silly jobs! Disaster strikes when James, Gordon and Toby crash into each other - all thanks to Percy. Percy is very sorry and asks Thomas if he'll help after all. Thomas is only too pleased to help his friend and together they retrace Percy's tracks. Percy finally remembers the jobs that Lady Hatt has told him and Percy puts everything right. Sir Topham Hatt is very please with Percy. He has been really useful! It's the country fair in the hills and Duncan is to take the bell from the clock tower to be specially polished. Duncan enjoys the sound the bell makes going over the bumpy tracks. He enjoys it so much that he doesn't listen to the foreman's instructions to go slowly. He doesn't listen to anyone telling him to slow down, until disaster strikes and Duncan hits a dip in the track - the bell bounces off his flat-bed and down the hill. Duncan is horrified. In the quiet, he hears the bell chiming - it's stuck in a tree. Duncan races to it, just in time for it to fall back on his flatbed. Slowly and carefully Duncan takes the bell to the polishers. At the fair, the shiny bell rings and Duncan thinks it's the best sound in the whole world!

Connections (Episode #302)

KQED Plus: Mon, May 6, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Thomas is sent to collect some children from the airport for the Sodor Summer Picnic. At the airport, Thomas meets Jeremy, a jet plane. Jeremy tells Thomas how wonderful it is to fly. Thomas thinks Jeremy is being boastful and decides not to talk to him again. Thomas, however, can't shake the feeling that it's better to be a jet plane than a steam engine. When Jeremy spots a storm on the way, he returns to the airport and alerts Thomas. The picnic will be ruined! Jeremy can't land near the picnic, Thomas will have to tell Sir Topham Hatt. Thomas races off. Thomas has an idea and relocates the picnic to Jeremy's hanger. Thomas is very proud to be a steam engine after all! A carnival comes to the island. All the engines get to pull a part of it, except for Percy who's given the job of pulling coal. Disappointed not to be given an important job, Percy leaves his coal and tries to help the others with the carnival. None of Percy's friends need help, but Percy spends so much time asking that none of his coal gets delivered. Soon all the engines are grinding to a halt! Percy is horrified and gets to work delivering coal to all the other engines. The carnival is a big success and Percy is delighted to have done such an important job, delivering coal!

Communication (Episode #908H)

KQED Plus: Sat, May 4, 2013 -- 6:30 AM

Being Reliable (Episode #301)

KQED Plus: Fri, May 3, 2013 -- 2:30 PM

Thomas is shunting trucks while James is collecting flour to make cakes for a children's party. Thomas isn't happy and bumps James's flour truck causing the door to open. Thomas tries to hide James's truck causing flour to pour from the open door. Soon the truck is empty and Thomas is horrified at what he has done. Thomas puffs to the mill to get a new flour truck, by the mill is closed. The only truck of flour is behind a big line of empty trucks - it'll take forever to move them all without help. So Thomas asks James to help and together they get the flour in time for the children's party. Thomas is pleased to have worked together with his friend. Sir Handle is known to be one of the smoothest engines on the narrow gauge railway. Mr. Percival gives him a special job, to take a load off apples. But he must be gentle so they don't bruise. But Sir Handle has a problem. When he goes up hills he starts to rattle and rock. He asks Peter Sam to help him take the apples. Mr. Percival is impressed, but Sir Handle doesn't admit the truth. Mr. Percival gives Sir Handle another delicate job, but again he asks a friend to help. This time, Mr. Percival gives him an extra special job, taking him and his wife for a picnic. This time, he can't hide the truth - he shudders and shakes. Sir Handle explains his problem to Mr. Percival who sends him for repairs straightaway - he should have explained his problem before!

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