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Difficulties is an episode of the Netflix Kids version of Thomas & Friends.

Plot

  • Thomas has to take five cars of fish, but instead takes fifteen after ignoring Arthur's advice / Skarloey is getting bridge phobia / Emily bosses the others around while on her way to Farmer McColl's farm.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Emily
  • Arthur
  • Salty
  • Skarloey
  • Rheneas
  • Elizabeth
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Gordon (does not speak)
  • Harvey (does not speak)
  • Trevor (does not speak)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Duncan (cameo)
  • Cranky (cameo)
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)
  • Butch (cameo)
  • Tiger Moth (cameo)

Song

  1. Engine Roll Call

Learning Segments

  1. Dot To Dot - Edward
  2. What Thomas Needs To Do In The Winter
  3. Helping One Another

Trivia

  • Narrated by Michael Brandon.
  • Release Date: November 6, 2004.

Transcript

  • (We open this episode with a CGI Thomas passing over a bridge)
  • Michael Brandon: Thomas and Friends: Making Tracks To Great Destinations.
  • (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!
  • (Thomas' whistle toots)
  • Michael Brandon: Hello, Thomas!
  • Thomas: Hello, everybody! Welcome to the Island of Sodor!
  • (Thomas' whistle toots)
  • (Toby's bell rings)
  • (Trevor's whistle toots)
  • (Edward's whistle toots)
  • (An engine puffing by sequence then happens and we start today's episode)
  • Michael Brandon: Today on the Island of Sodor, we find out what happens when Skarloey crosses the old iron bridge. And we watch when Emily help clear up after a storm. But first, Thomas had to collect something smelly from the seaside.
  • (Another puffing by sequence occurs and we begin Fish)
  • Michael Brandon: The Island of Sodor is a busy, bustling place. There is always lots for the engines to do. One morning, Thomas was shunting freight cars in the yard when Sir Topham Hatt came to see him.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: The fishermen have caught their biggest catch ever. Thomas, you must help Arthur take them to the docks.
  • Michael Brandon: Thomas was fed up. He didn't like the smell of fish. And when he got to the fishing village, there were lots of freight cars, all stacked full of fish. Thomas had never seen so many fish!
  • Thomas: Phew!
  • Michael Brandon: He puffed.
  • Thomas: What a horrible smell!
  • Michael Brandon: Then, Arthur arrived. Arthur warned Thomas that the route to Brendam Docks was bumpy.
  • Arthur: Only take five freight cars at a time.
  • Michael Brandon: Said Arthur.
  • Arthur: And go slow and steady.
  • Michael Brandon: Arthur carefully collected five freight cars, then he puffed slowly out of the harbour yard. Thomas looked at all the freight cars full of fish. He didn't want to go slow and steady, he wanted to get his smelly job over with. So Thomas shunted all the freight cars into a long line, and he puffed out of the village. The freight cars were heavy, and smelly, but Thomas was pleased his job would soon be over. But then, the troublesome trucks decided to have some fun. The trucks wiggled and they giggled.
  • (Trucks laugh)
  • Michael Brandon: And they made Thomas' journey very bumpy. Some of the fish were shaken loose.
  • Thomas: Yuck!
  • Michael Brandon: Thomas gasped.
  • Thomas: I wish I'd taken fewer freight cars!
  • Michael Brandon: Thomas puffed hard. He pushed the long line of freight cars up the hill. He started to puff down the other side. Thomas tried to go slowly, but the troublesome trucks wanted to go faster.
  • Trucks: On! On! On!
  • Michael Brandon: They cheered. Thomas went faster and faster.
  • Thomas: Cinders and Ashes!
  • Michael Brandon: Thomas cried. Salty was at the bottom of the hill. He was waiting for a signal. He didn't know Thomas was coming down the hill. Thomas was out of control. Thomas braked as hard as he could, but the freight cars of fish were too heavy.
  • (Thomas crashes into the back of Salty)
  • Thomas: Oops.
  • Michael Brandon: Said Thomas.
  • Thomas: Sorry.
  • Michael Brandon: Salty was covered in fish.
  • Salty: Never mind, Me Hearty.
  • Michael Brandon: Said Salty.
  • Salty: The smell reminds me of the sea.
  • Michael Brandon: Thomas' driver telephoned for help, and soon Harvey was clearing the tracks. Thomas wondered what Sir Topham Hatt would say. He found out soon enough.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: You have caused confusion and delay!
  • Michael Brandon: Said Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: You must learn to be more safe.
  • Thomas: Yes, Sir. Sorry, Sir.
  • Michael Brandon: Thomas puffed sadly. So this time, Thomas shunted only five freight cars together. He took a deep breath, and he chuffed away. Thomas puffed through the countryside.
  • Thomas: I will get to the docks on time!
  • Michael Brandon: He cried. But the troublesome trucks were up to some of their old tricks.
  • Trucks: Hold back!
  • Michael Brandon: They giggled. But this time, there were only five trucks. Thomas biffed and bashed and bumped them, and the trucks weren't troublesome anymore. As soon as he delivered the first freight cars, Thomas went back to collect the next five. His couplings smelled of kippers and his cabins smelled of cod. But he was working so hard, he forgot all about the smell. At last, he had just one more load to take. But it was nearly time for the ship to leave. Thomas raced as fast as he could. His axles ached, and his buffers were bashed, but he got to the docks just in time. Thomas was very happy to say good-bye to the fish. Then, Sir Topham Hatt came to see Thomas.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: I know you don't like the smell of fish, but you have worked very hard.
  • Michael Brandon: Sir Topham Hatt said.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: You really are a useful engine.
  • Michael Brandon: Thomas was proud, but he still had the smell of fish in his funnel, and he couldn't wait to be cleaned, so he puffed off to the washdown. Arthur and Salty were already there.
  • Arthur: Getting clean is lovely.
  • Michael Brandon: Puffed Arthur.
  • Salty: Best part of the day.
  • Michael Brandon: Said Salty.
  • Thomas: Especially when you smell of fish!
  • Michael Brandon: Said Thomas.
  • (Another puffing by sequence occurs and we begin another learning segment)
  • Michael Brandon: Here are some dots. If we join the dots, we will see one of the engines on Sir Topham Hatt's railway. I wonder which engine it is. Let's join the dots and find out. Here we go. There's the tender in the back and there's the cab and the dome, the funnel. Can you tell who it is yet? This engine's got one, two, three, four wheels, and one wheel arch just in front of the cab. Do you know who it is? It's Edward! Hello, Edward!
  • (Edward's whistle toots)
  • (Another puffing by sequence occurs and we begin another learning segment)
  • Michael Brandon: Thomas loves feeling like a really useful engine. But sometimes being really useful is hard work. In wintertime, snow can fall onto the railway lines. Sometimes, snow can stop Thomas in his tracks. Then, Thomas has to wear is snowplough so he can finish his job on time. Sometimes the weather is foggy and it is hard work for Thomas to see. So Thomas' driver lights his lamp. And Thomas puffed slowly and carefully. He blows his whistle to warn everyone is coming. It's hard work, but Thomas always does his best. Thomas has other hard jobs to do. Often, he has to pull freight cars full of slate and coal. It's very tiring pulling them up hill. And when Thomas goes down the other side, the heavy freight cars make it hard to slow down. So Thomas has to put his brakes on all the way down. But even when the work is hard, Thomas always tries his best and gets the job done. Thomas is a really useful engine.
  • (Another puffing by sequence occurs and we begin The Old Bridge)
  • Michael Brandon: Rheneas and Skarloey work on the most beautiful line on the Island of Sodor. They loved to puff through the forest and over the rivers. An old bridge crosses one of the rivers. Some of its beams were rotten and had now been damaged by the storm. Skarloey chuffed happily along. He didn't see the broken rail until it was too late. He dangled dangerously above the water.
  • Skarloey: Help!
  • Michael Brandon: But Rheneas soon pulled him to safety. A few days later Sir Topham Hatt came to the sheds.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: The old bridge has been mended but the worker's freight cars had been left there. Skarloey i need you to collect them.
  • Skarloey: Yes, sir.
  • Michael Brandon: Chuffed Skarloey. He didn't want to go on the bridge again. When Skarloey arrived he saw the freight cars on the other side. He started to cross, but stopped. He looked down into the rushing water. Skarloey was scared. He remembered what it happened before.
  • Skarloey's Driver: Come on, Skarloey.
  • Michael Brandon: Called his driver.
  • Skarloey's Driver: The bridge is safe now.
  • Michael Brandon: But Skarloey wouldn't cross the bridge and he and his driver went home instead.
  • Rheneas' Driver: We'll pick up the freight cars.
  • Michael Brandon: Said Rheneas' driver.
  • Rheneas: But if you don't cross the bridge soon...
  • Michael Brandon: Said Rheneas.
  • Rheneas: Sir Topham Hatt will be cross.
  • Michael Brandon: Now Rheneas had to take Skarloey's loads as well as his own. Each morning he collected the freight cars and puffed across the bridge with his heavy load. Finally Sir Topham Hatt came to see Skarloey.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: If you won't cross the old bridge, you must stay here and shunt freight cars.
  • Michael Brandon: He scolded.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: I can't have engines that won't do as they're told.
  • Skarloey: Sorry, sir.
  • Michael Brandon: Said Skarloey sadly. The next morning Rheneas took Skarloey's heavy loads as usual. Then he puffed and heaved through the countryside towards the bridge. He puffed so hard that he ran out of water.
  • Rheneas: Bother!
  • Michael Brandon: The yard manager spread the news.
  • Yard Manager: Rheneas has broken down.
  • Skarloey: We must go help him.
  • Michael Brandon: Said Skarloey bravely. He set off inmediately. Skarloey was scared but determined. He rolled slowly up into the edge. The bridge creaked loudly. The river seemed deeper than ever.
  • Skarloey: I must rescue my friend.
  • Michael Brandon: Whispered Skarloey. He chuffed slowly onto the bridge. The bridge groaned as he rolled foward but Skarloey puffed on and on and finally, his driver coupled up and pulled Rheneas to safety.
  • Rheneas: Thank you.
  • Michael Brandon: Said Rheneas.
  • Rheneas: You were very brave to help me.
  • Michael Brandon: Skarloey is no longer afraid of the bridge and he loves his journeys more than ever.
  • (Another puffing by sequence occurs and we begin another learning segment)
  • Michael Brandon: On the Island of Sodor, everybody enjoys helping each other. If Annie and Clarabel come off the track, who do you think can help Thomas get them back on their wheels? Harvey. Harvey loves helping his friends. He carefully lifts Annie and Clarabel up and puts them safely back on the track. Gordon pulls the express up Gordon's Hill. But when he has lots of coaches, he has to go slowly and sometimes, he needs help. Who can help Gordon and his coaches get safely up the hill? Edward. Edward is always happy to help any engine who needs an extra push. And what if James suddenly broke down? Oh dear. Now James can't go anywhere. But James isn't worried. He knows he has lots of friends who can help? Bertie the bus can take his passengers to the station. And Thomas is happy to towed James to the repair yard to be fixed. And everyone will help James his jobs for him while he is away. And everyone will welcome James back when he's ready to be really useful again. There are always lots of jobs to do on the Island of Sodor. Helping one another makes Sir Topham Hatt's railway run smoothly.
  • (Another puffing by sequence occurs and we begin Emily's Adventure)
  • Michael Brandon: It was springtime on the Island of Sodor. The sun was shining and the birds were singing. All the engines love this time of year. Emily thought the island had never look beautiful. But that night, there was a big and blustery storm. High winds swept across the island. Trees were blown down. The water tower fell over. And the roof blew right off Farmer McColl's farm. Emily was very pleased to be safe and warm in a cozy shed. She could hear the wind outside. But the next morning, Emily could not believe her eyes. The storm had made a terrible mess. Farmer McColl was looking at the damaged barn.
  • Farmer McColl: The baby calves will be cold at night. I miss fix the roof right away.
  • Michael Brandon: But Farmer McColl didn't have any timber for the roof. So he telephoned Sir Topham Hatt. Sir Topham Hatt came to see Emily.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: The storm blew the roof off of Farmer McColl's barn.
  • Michael Brandon: He said.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: You must take him some timbers so it can be fixed.
  • Emily: Yes, sir.
  • Michael Brandon: Said Emily. Emily steamed over to the timber yards. She buffered up to the timber wagons and raced off to Farmer McColl's as fast as she could. But the storm had caused lots of damage to the lines. Workmen and trucks were clearing branches and rocks from the tracks. Emily wanted to go quickly, but she couldn't go at all.
  • Emily: Bother!
  • Michael Brandon: Said Emily crossly. Trevor and the workmen were trying to move the tree. But moving it was taking a long time.
  • Emily: Hurry up!
  • Michael Brandon: Emily puffed impatiently.
  • Emily: You must work harder!
  • Michael Brandon: And she blew her whistle. Trevor was working as fast as she could. At last, he pulled the tree off the track. But Emily didn't say thank you to Trevor. All she said was...
  • Emily: About time!
  • Michael Brandon: Every time she came across workmen clearing the track, she blew her whistle and wheesh her steam. This made the workmen cross. But Emily thought it made them work harder. Then Emily came across a fallen water tower. It had crashed onto her line.
  • Emily: Oh, no!
  • Michael Brandon: She cried. Elizabeth was helping the workmen push the tower off the track. The tower was very heavy. Emily decided to boss Elizabeth too.
  • Emily: Hurry up!
  • Michael Brandon: She wheeshed and blew her whistle as loud as she could.
  • Elizabeth: Not if you ask like that.
  • Michael Brandon: Sniffed Elizabeth crossly.
  • Emily: I've got an urgent delivery.
  • Michael Brandon: Said Emily. But Elizabeth didn't listen. She simply went back to work. Emily blew her whistle again. But the more she blew her whistle, the slower Elizabeth seemed to go. Emily thought she would never get to Farmer McColl's. The skies were darkening. And the night was on its way. Thomas arrived bringing more supplies.
  • Thomas: Hello!
  • Michael Brandon: Thomas tooted. Emily complained about Elizabeth.
  • Emily: She won't do one thing I'd tell her.
  • Thomas: That's because you're a big bossy boiler.
  • Michael Brandon: Laughed Thomas.
  • Thomas: You should try asking nicely for a change.
  • Michael Brandon: Emily didn't like being called a bossy boiler. And she didn't want to ask nicely. But it would be nighttime soon. And the baby calves still didn't have a roof over their heads. So Emily took a deep breath.
  • Emily: I'm sorry I was rude, but can you help me get this timber to Farmer McColl's? Please? It's to help the baby calves.
  • Michael Brandon: Elizabeth smiled.
  • Elizabeth: Why certainly.
  • Michael Brandon: She puffed.
  • Elizabeth: I'll get your track cleared in no time.
  • Michael Brandon: Emily was surprised. Thomas was right. Asking nicely just like magic. Elizabeth pushed with all her puff. The tower was heavy. But with a mighty heave, the track was cleared.
  • Emily: Thank you!
  • Michael Brandon: Cried Emily and she steamed on as fast as she could. It was nearly bedtime. Emily knew the baby calves will be getting cold. So whenever there was something on a track, she took a deep breath and said please and thank you. At last, Emily arrived at Farmer McColl's. And the timber was quickly unloaded. The barn was soon repaired. And the baby calves snuggled down on their nice soft cave.
  • Farmer McColl: Thank you, Emily.
  • Michael Brandon: Said Farmer McColl.
  • Farmer McColl: The calves will be nice and warm now.
  • Michael Brandon: Emily was pleased she'd arrived on time. Asking nicely was all she had to do.
  • (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.
  • (Following the last song, we 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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