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Being Reliable is the first episode of the third season of Thomas and Friends (2004-2008). It aired on Treehouse TV on September 2, 2006.

Plot

  • Thomas makes a mess of flour while being careless/Sir Handel is back after years of abscence.

Songs

  1. Doing It Right
  2. Engine Roll Call

Learning Segments

  1. Where Is Henry's Coal?
  2. Special Places on Sodor - Knapford Station
  3. How Does Thomas Feel?

Notes

  • Narrated by Michael Brandon.
  • Release Date: September 2, 2006.

Transcript

  • (We see a CGI Thomas puffing along a bridge. When he is gone, the Thomas and Friends logo and the Making Tracks To Great Destinations text appear)
  • Michael Brandon: Thomas and Friends: Making Tracks To Great Destinations.
  • (We then see the engine countdown and we begin the season)
  • (Upon this, we begin with Thomas being ready for the morning)
  • (We then find a book with Thomas in it. It opens and reads itself)
  • Rev W. Awdry: Dear Christopher. Here is your friend Thomas the Tank Engine. He wanted to come out of the station yard and see the world. These stories tell you how he did it. I hope you will like them because you helped me to make them. Your loving daddy.
  • (The series then starts with the Season 8-10 intro. After that, the Island of Sodor opening sequence starts)
  • Michael Brandon: The Island of Sodor is surronded by beautiful blue sea. It has fields of green and sandy yellow beaches. There are rivers, streams, and lots of trees where the birds sing. There are windmills and a coal mine, and docks are visitors to the island arrived. The island also has lots and lots of railway lines. Who's that puffing down the track?
  • (Thomas' whistle toots)
  • Michael Brandon: It's Thomas! Hello, Thomas!
  • (Thomas' whistle toots)
  • Thomas: Hello, everybody! Welcome to the Island of Sodor!
  • (Thomas' whistle toots)
  • (Toby's bell rings)
  • (Trevor's whistle toots)
  • (Edward's whistle toots)
  • (A wheesh of steam appears and we begin today's episode)
  • Michael Brandon: Today on the Island of Sodor we'll see what happens when Sir Handel tries to puff up hills and Thomas will show us one of the island's very special places. But first, there are lots of cars for Thomas to shunt at the wharf.
  • (An engine puffing by sequence happens and we begin Follow That Flour)
  • Michael Brandon: Follow That Flour. Every day is a busy day for the engines of the Narrow Gauge Controllers' Railway They toot hello as they pass each other on the hills, huff and puff at the transfer yards, and push and pull freight cars at the wharf. Early one morning, Thomas was at the wharf. He liked the wharf. It was busy, and he met a lot of his friends there, but today Thomas was shunting trucks. And the trucks were being especially troublesome. It was taking all of Thomas' puff to keep them in order. Then James arrived.
  • James: I am to collect a car of flour to make cakes and bread for the Children's Harvest Festival Supper.
  • Michael Brandon: Tooted James.
  • Thomas: I wish Sir Topham Hatt had given me that job.
  • Michael Brandon: Chuffed Thomas.
  • Thomas: It would be so much more fun than shunting troublesome trucks!
  • Michael Brandon: James was feeling very pleased with himself.
  • James: First, I have to take on water.
  • Michael Brandon: He whistles grandly.
  • James: Please shunt the flour car over for me, Thomas.
  • Michael Brandon: Thomas didn't want to shunt any more cars. It meant his job would go on for even longer.
  • Thomas: Bossy boiler.
  • Michael Brandon: He puffed. Thomas found the flour car outside the warehouse. He wanted to move James' car as quickly as he could, so Thomas wasn't taking care. He biffed the car very hard, and the door came loose. But Thomas didn't see. An idea had flown into his funnel.
  • Thomas: I'll hide James' car. Then Bossy Boiler will have to find me.
  • Michael Brandon: Thomas thought hide-and-seek was a grand idea. James came back from the water tower. He saw Thomas in the distance. And James saw that falling from the car was a trail of flour.
  • James: Stop, Thomas!
  • Michael Brandon: Whistles James.
  • James: Flour is falling out of your car!
  • Michael Brandon: But Thomas was too far away to hear. Thomas puffed into the warehouse to find somewhere to hide. More and more flour fell from the car. James chased after Thomas. Thomas heard him coming.
  • Thomas: How does he know where I am?
  • Michael Brandon: Thought Thomas.
  • James: Thomas, the Flour!
  • Michael Brandon: Whistled James. But Thomas couldn't hear him.
  • Thomas: James won't find me this time.
  • Michael Brandon: He thought. Thomas was having fun. Thomas found another good place to hide.
  • Thomas: James will never find me here!
  • Michael Brandon: He hooted happily. But then he heard James' whistle again.
  • Thomas: Bust my buffers!
  • Michael Brandon: Chuffed Thomas.
  • Thomas: He's found me again!
  • Michael Brandon: So, Thomas puffed off. Thomas had reversed behind some freight cars.
  • Thomas: James will never find me here.
  • Michael Brandon: He tooted cheerily. But just then, he saw James come around the bend.
  • James: Thomas!
  • Michael Brandon: Puffed James. He was very cross.
  • James: You've left a trail of flour all over the wharf!
  • Thomas: Cinders and ashes!
  • Michael Brandon: Cried Thomas.
  • Thomas: I must have biffed the car so hard that the door came loose.
  • Michael Brandon: Thomas didn't feel cheery anymore.
  • Thomas: If I've lost all the flour, there'll be no cakes and bread for the children's Harvest Festival supper.
  • Michael Brandon: He wheeshed sadly.
  • Thomas: I'm sorry, James.
  • Michael Brandon: He chuffed.
  • Thomas: I'll get you another car of flour. Then you won't be late for the children!
  • Michael Brandon: Thomas raced away. Thomas puffed, and he huffed. He wheeshed, and he whooshed. He had to get to the mill as fast as he could. Then there was trouble. When Thomas arrived at the mill, it was closed. Thomas looked around. He could only see empty flour cars. Thomas felt sadder than ever. Dusty Dave, the miller, came to see Thomas. He could see that Thomas was very upset.
  • Dusty Dave: I'm going home for my supper now.
  • Michael Brandon: He told Thomas.
  • Dusty Dave: But there's one full flour car right at the back.
  • Michael Brandon: Thomas saw the flour car, but there were lots of other cars in the way. He needed help. Thomas whooshed back to the wharf. He would have to ask James to help him. James was waiting. He was still very cross. Thomas pulled up alongside him.
  • Thomas: James, I know you tried to tell me about the flour, and I know I was silly, but now I need your help.
  • Michael Brandon: James knew that Thomas was sorry, and he knew Thomas needed his help, so they set off for the mill. James and Thomas worked hard. There were lots of freight cars to shunt, but they worked well together, and soon, the flour car was coupled up to James, and he raced off. Thomas felt proud of his friend. Later, that evening, Sir Topham Hatt stood by a table of wonderful breads and cakes. The children were very excited. Thomas puffed by on his way home.
  • Thomas: Well done, James.
  • Michael Brandon: He tooted. And James tooted back. Thomas was pleased James was his friend again. And Thomas smiled all the way back to Tidmouth Sheds.
  • (Another puffing by sequence happens and we begin a learning segment)
  • Michael Brandon: Henry is an engine who runs on special coal, but his tender is almost empty. He needs to collect some more. Where do you think Henry will find his special coal? First, Henry puffs towards the ice cream factory. Do you think he will find his special coal there? Is that coal in Edward's freight car? No, it's ice cream. Henry will find ice cream at an ice cream factory, not coal. Henry puffs towards Farmer McColl's Farm. Do you think he will find his special coal here? Is that coal in Toby's freight cars?
  • (Chickens clucking)
  • Michael Brandon: No, those are chickens. Henry will find chickens at a farm, not coal. Henry has only enough coal to puff towards one more place: the coaling plant. Do you think he will find his special coal there? Is that coal in Thomas' freight cars? Yes. Henry will find his special coal at the coaling plant. That's better. Now Henry has enough special coal to puff happily round the island.
  • (Another puffing by sequence happens and we begin another learning segment)
  • Michael Brandon: The Island of Sodor is a wonderful place. Thomas enjoys puffing all over the island. There are lots of special places to visit. Where's this? That's right. It's Knapford Station. Every day is a busy day at Knapford. Carriages rattle and roll, and passengers and porters pack the platforms. Knapford Station is also a place for special events. One day, Sir Topham Hatt presented Gordon with special coaches. Gordon had set a new record for pulling the Express. Then, Emily arrived with a special prize for Diesel. He had set a new record, too. He had shunted more freight cars than any other diesel. Everyone cheered. Knapford Station is also a place where races are started. Once, Spencer arrived. He boasted that he was faster than all the Sodor engines. Then, Sir Topham Hatt announced that he had a special for Edward. Edward was to take the duke and duchess's furniture to their summerhouse. Spencer wanted to have a race. Edward was worried.
  • Thomas: Spencer's bigger boiler only means more hot air.
  • Michael Brandon: Tooted Thomas. And by the end of the day, Edward proved that he could win the race. Knapford Station is also very special for one engine, and that's Thomas. It was the day of Sir Topham Hatt's mother's birthday party. All Thomas' ideas for her celebration had gone wrong. Then, Thomas had his best idea ever. He would have the party for Sir Topham Hatt's mother at Knapford Station. The station never looked more wonderful. There were flags and flowers and fine food. Thomas gave one toot. And then, one after the other, all the engines hooted and tooted and whistled and blew, "Happy birthday to you." Sir Topham Hatt's mother smiled from ear to ear. Thomas thought this was his best idea yet. So that's why Knapford Station is a very special place for Thomas. There are so many special places on the Island of Sodor. Next time, Thomas will show us somewhere else.
  • (Another puffing by sequence happens and we begin Doing It Right)
  • Children: Whatever job you're doing, Make sure you're doing it right. Start each day the proper way Your polish shining bright. Do your best but still have fun So when you come home at night. You can say in every way You try to do things right.
  • Girl: Don't go racing through the fog. That's when you must take care. Help the other engines As there's always work to share. Take on coal and water To see you through the day.
  • Children: And you're get used to doing Everything the proper way. Whatever job you're doing, Make sure you're doing it right. Start each day the proper way Your polish shining bright. Do your best but still have fun So when you come home at night. You can say in every way You try to do things right.
  • Girl: Wait till everyone's on board Before you're wheeshing steam Clear the snow with snowploughs Follow Harold's shining beam. Whistle out a warning When there's trouble up ahead.
  • Children: How proud you're going to feel When you get home at Tidmouth Sheds. Whatever job you're doing, Make sure you're doing it right. Start each day the proper way Your polish shining bright. Do your best but still have fun So when you come home at night. You can say in every way You try to do things right. You can say in every way You try to do things right.
  • (Another puffing by sequence happens and we begin another learning segment)
  • Michael Brandon: You can often tell whether Thomas is happy or sad. When he's happy, he blows his whistle. When he's sad, he lets out a slow wheesh of steam. See if you can tell whether Thomas is happy or sad. Thomas is arriving at a station. He's late delivering his important load. Does this make Thomas happy or sad? Thomas is wheeshing out steam. Can you remember what that means? That's right. Thomas is sad. Being late with his delivery makes Thomas sad. Now Thomas has another delivery to make, but now, he's on time. Doe being on time make Thomas happy or sad? He's blowing his whistle. Can you remember what that means? Yes. Thomas is happy. Delivering his load on time makes Thomas happy. Well done, Thomas.
  • (Another puffing by sequence happens and we begin A Smooth Ride)
  • Michael Brandon: A Smooth Ride. Sir Handel is one of the oldest engines on the Island of Sodor. He's a dark-blue color, and has a big number three painted on his side. Sir Handel is also known as one of the smoothest engines on the Narrow Gauge Controller's Railway. Sir Handel had been working in the stone quarry all summer. The Narrow Gauge Controller, Mr. Percival, was happy to see him back.
  • Mr. Percival: I've got a special for you.
  • Michael Brandon: Mr. Percival told Sir Handel.
  • Mr. Percival: I want you to collect some trucks of apples. You must pull them very careful or the apples will bruise.
  • Sir Handel: Yes, Sir.
  • Michael Brandon: Whooshed Sir Handel, and off he chuffed. At the orchard, Sir Handel was coupled to the trucks. He pulled them away very carefully. He pulled them around the lake, across the stone bridge, and he started to puff up a hill. Then there was trouble-- his pistons popped, his traction rods rattled, and his boiler bubbled and bounced. Sir Handel couldn't go on. Peter Sam puffed up behind him. He was worried.
  • Peter Sam: Why have you stopped, Sir Handel?
  • Michael Brandon: He whistled.
  • Sir Handel: I have a problem.
  • Michael Brandon: Wheeshed Sir Handel sadly.
  • Sir Handel: It happens when I go up hills. I start to rattle and rock, then I have to stop.
  • Michael Brandon: Peter Sam felt sorry for his friend.
  • Sir Handel: Could you help me up the hill?
  • Michael Brandon: Puffed Sir Handel.
  • Peter Sam: Of course, I can.
  • Michael Brandon: Peeped Peter Sam, and he pushed Sir Handel, and the freight cars of apples, all the way up the hill. When Sir Handel arrived at the station, the Narrow Gauge Controller was very pleased.
  • Mr. Percival: There's not one bruise on those apples.
  • Michael Brandon: Said the Narrow Gauge Controller.
  • Mr. Percival: What a smooth engine you are.
  • Michael Brandon: Sir Handel was happy that the Narrow Gauge Controller was pleased, so he didn't tell the Narrow Gauge Controller about his problem.
  • Mr. Percival: Now I have another special for you.
  • Michael Brandon: Said the Narrow Gauge Controller.
  • Mr. Percival: I want you to pick up sheep from the farm.
  • Sir Handel: Yes, Sir.
  • Michael Brandon: Puffed Sir Handel. But he was worried. When Sir Handel arrived at the farm, the farmer was waiting.
  • Farmer: Be careful.
  • Michael Brandon: Said the farmer.
  • Farmer: Sheep need a smooth ride.
  • Sir Handel: Yes, Sir.
  • Michael Brandon: Chuffed Sir Handel, and he puffed away. But soon Sir Handel came to another hill. His pistons popped, his traction rods rattled, and his boiler bubbled and bounced. Sir Handel couldn't go on. This time, Duncan puffed up behind him. Sir Handel told him all about his problem. Duncan was happy to help. With Duncan's help, Sir Handel delivered the sheep safely to their new field. When Sir Handel arrived at the transfer yards, the Narrow Gauge Controller and Mrs. Percival were waiting. The Narrow Gauge Controller was very pleased with Sir Handel's work. Now he had a surprise special for him.
  • Mr. Percival: Today is my wife's birthday.
  • Michael Brandon: Said the Narrow Gauge Controller.
  • Mr. Percival: You are to take us to the top of Culdee Fell for a picnic.
  • Sir Handel: Yes, Sir.
  • Michael Brandon: Puffed Sir Handel. But he knew that the track to Culdee Fell was very steep. Sir Handel was more worried than ever. Sir Handel puffed towards Culdee Fell. The track was even steeper than he remembered.
  • Sir Handel: I can do it. I can do it. To the top, to the top.
  • Michael Brandon: He chuffed. Then there was trouble. His pistons popped, and his traction rods rattled. Inside the passenger car, the picnic hamper burst open and the Narrow Gauge Controller and Mrs. Percival were juddered and shuddered. Sir Handel shuddered to a stop. The narrow gauge controller was worried for his engine.
  • Mr. Percival: You're a fine engine, Sir Handel, but you're no longer a smooth engine.
  • Michael Brandon: He said.
  • Mr. Percival: I'll have to send you back to the stone quarry. That's the place for bumpy engines.
  • Sir Handel: Please, Sir, I can be a smooth engine. I only shudder and shake when I go up hills.
  • Michael Brandon: Sir Handel wheeshed. The Narrow Gauge Controller listened.
  • Mr. Percival: I see.
  • Michael Brandon: He said.
  • Mr. Percival: Please don't send me back to the stone quarry.
  • Michael Brandon: The Narrow Gauge Controller made a telephone call. He looked very serious. Later, Sir Handel was helped back to the transfer yards by Mighty Mac. Sir Handel was very worried. He was sure that the Narrow Gauge Controller was going to send him back to the quarry. Sir Handel arrived at the transfer yards. He saw Thomas.
  • Thomas: Hello, Sir Handel.
  • Michael Brandon: Tooted Thomas.
  • Mr. Percival: Sir Handel, I have asked a special engineer to come and fix you.
  • Michael Brandon: Smiled the Narrow Gauge Controller.
  • Mr. Percival: You're a special engine, and you need special attention.
  • Michael Brandon: Sir Handel smiled from buffer to buffer. He had never felt happier. Sir Handel was soon fixed, and now he could chuff cheerfully up Culdee Fell. The children in his passenger cars whooped and cheered. Sir Handel gave the smoothest ride of all.
  • (Another puffing by sequence happens and Engine Roll Call starts)
  • Children: (singing) They're two, they're four, they're six, they're eight. Shunting trucks and hauling freight. Red and green and brown and blue. They're the really useful crew. All with different rows to play round Tidmouth Sheds or far away. Down the hills and round the bends, Thomas and his friends. Thomas - he's the cheeky one, James - is vain but lots of fun, Percy - pulls the mail on time, Gordon - thunders down the line, Emily - really knows her stuff, Henry - toots and huffs and puffs, Edward - wants to help and share, Toby - well let's say, he's square. They're two, they're four, they're six, they're eight. Shunting trucks and hauling freight. Red and green and brown and blue. They're the really useful crew. All with different rows to play round Tidmouth Sheds or far away. Down the hills and round the bends, Thomas and his friends. They're two, they're four, they're six, they're eight. Shunting trucks and hauling freight. Red and green and brown and blue. They're the really useful crew. All with different rows to play round Tidmouth Sheds or far away. Down the hills and round the bends, Thomas and his friends.
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  • (We then find the Season 8-10 end credits with Thomas looking at the credits)
  • (While they roll, the Thomas Season 8-10 end theme plays)
  • (After that, the 2004 HiT Entertainment logo appears)

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