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Doing Your Best is an episode of the Ready Set Learn version of Thomas and Friends.

Plot

  • Skarloey must conquer his stormy fear in order to help Rheneas and Peter Sam/Duncan gets everything muddled up.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Skarloey
  • Rheneas
  • Sir Handel
  • Peter Sam
  • Rusty
  • Duncan
  • Mr. Percival
  • Annie and Clarabel (cameo)
  • Lady Hatt (cameo)

Songs

  1. The Narrow Gauge Engines
  2. Engine Roll Call

Learning Segments

  1. Dot To Dot - James
  2. Fun Times With Our Friends - Gordon

Notes

  • Narrated by Michael Brandon.
  • Release Date: September 20, 2008.

Transcript

  • (We open this episode with a CGI Thomas passing through a bridge)
  • 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 11 intro)
  • 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.
  • (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 Duncan tries to do it all.
  • (Another wheesh of steam appears)
  • Michael Brandon: And we'll share some fun times with Gordon.
  • (Another wheesh of steam appears)
  • Michael Brandon: But first, Skarloey is given an important special.
  • (An engine puffing by sequence occurs and we begin Skarloey Storms Through)
  • Michael Brandon: Skarloey Storms Through. In the summer, the high hills of Sodor are Skarloey's favorite place. There are flowers and forests and fields full of sheep and farmers who wave as Skarloey chuffs by. But in the winter, it's very different in the hills. There is rain and wind, and sometimes, there are bad storms. One rainy day, Skarloey was delivering cars of slate. He saw a farmer up ahead by the tracks.
  • Farmer: There's an emergency.
  • Michael Brandon: He shouted.
  • Farmer: A big storm is coming. We have to get the sheep down from the hills. We need the engines to help.
  • Michael Brandon: Skarloey wanted to help. So he puffed quickly away to the depot. He had to tell the other engines that there was an emergency. When Skarloey arrived at the depot, his friends Rheneas and Peter Sam were there. So was Mr. Percival. Skarloey told him about the storm.
  • Mr. Percival: First,
  • Michael Brandon: Said Mr. Percival.
  • Mr. Percival: You must collect the freight cars and take them to the top of the hill. Then pick up the sheep and bring them safely down the hill to the farmers.
  • Rheneas and Peter Sam: Yes, sir.
  • Michael Brandon: Peeped Rheneas and Peter Sam. They couldn't wait to get started. As Skarloey was being uncoupled from the slate cars, there was a flash of lightning and a roar of thunder. Skarloey was scared of the thunder and lightning, but he didn't want to tell his friends. He didn't want to look silly. Rheneas and Peter Sam blew their whistles bravely as they puffed off to collect their freight cars. Skarloey tooted his whistle as hard as he could, but it didn't sound very brave at all. The three little engines arrived at the bottom of the hill with their freight cars. Then there was an even louder roar of thunder. Skarloey's wheels wobbled. He was very frightened.
  • Rheneas: Here I go.
  • Michael Brandon: Puffed Rheneas, and he bravely chuffed up the hill.
  • Peter Sam: I'm coming too
  • Michael Brandon: Tooted Peter Sam, and he puffed off bravely after his friend. Skarloey watched his friends disappear into the storm. He didn't feel as brave as the other engines.
  • Skarloey: I'm too scared to go up the hill with them.
  • Michael Brandon: Skarloey puffed quietly. And with a sad puff of steam, Skarloey reversed down a siding and hid. Skarloey waited. He hoped no one would see he wasn't helping. At last, Rheneas and Peter Sam came down the hill. Their wagons were full of sheep. Skarloey watched the farmers unload the sheep. Then Peter Sam and Rheneas puffed back up the hill into the storm. They were being very brave. Skarloey felt bad. He wanted to help, but he was too scared. Peter Sam and Rheneas worked very hard. They puffed up and down the hill, bringing sheep safely to the farmers. Then there was trouble. Peter Sam and Rheneas had puffed up and down so many times, they both ran out of coal.
  • Rheneas: Oh, no!
  • Michael Brandon: Wheeshed Rheneas sadly.
  • Rheneas: There are still more sheep up on the hill.
  • Peter Sam: What are we going to do?
  • Michael Brandon: Chuffed Peter Sam. Skarloey looked at his two friends. They were very tired and very sad. Then he looked at the farmers. They were worried about the sheep.
  • Skarloey: If a big engine like me is frightened of thunder, the little sheep must be very scared.
  • Michael Brandon: Skarloey chuffed to himself.
  • Skarloey: I wanted to help the sheep, I wanted to help the farmers, and I wanted to help my friends, but I haven't helped any of them. I've let them all down.
  • Michael Brandon: He felt terrible. Skarloey puffed slowly out of his hiding place. Rheneas and Peter Sam were pleased to see him.
  • Peter Sam: Did you collect lots of sheep?
  • Michael Brandon: Peter Sam asked.
  • Rheneas: We didn't see you.
  • Michael Brandon: Puffed Rheneas. Skarloey sadly told them what had happened.
  • Skarloey: I was too scared of the thunder and lightning to go up the hill with you.
  • Michael Brandon: He wheeshed.
  • Skarloey: So I hid, and I watched you working. Because of me, there are still sheep on the hill. So now I'm going up to collect them.
  • Michael Brandon: He chuffed. There was another flash of lightning and a roar of thunder, but Skarloey didn't notice. He pumped his pistons and puffed off bravely up the hill. The lightning flashed around Skarloey, and the thunder roared, but Skarloey wasn't scared. All he thought about was collecting the sheep and bringing them safely down the hill. Skarloey arrived at the top of the hill. The farmer was waiting. He was very pleased to see Skarloey. The sheep were quickly loaded into the cars. And Skarloey set off down the hill. It was very hard work, but Skarloey didn't give up. He chuffed up and down the hill until he had collected all the sheep. Skarloey felt very happy.
  • Skarloey: I'm braver than I thought.
  • Michael Brandon: He wheeshed. And he puffed proudly down the hill for the last time. Rheneas and Peter Sam were waiting for Skarloey at the bottom of the hill.
  • Rheneas and Peter Sam: Well done.
  • Michael Brandon: They tooted. They were very happy to see him and proud of their friend.
  • Farmers: Three cheers for Skarloey.
  • Michael Brandon: The farmers cheered. Skarloey smiled.
  • Skarloey: I didn't think I could do it, but I could.
  • Michael Brandon: The lightning still flashed, and the thunder still roared, but Skarloey was the happiest engine on Sodor.
  • (Another puffing by sequence occurs and we begin a learning segment)
  • Michael Brandon: Here are some dots. Join the dots together, and you'll see one of Sir Topham Hatt's engines. Can you guess which one it is? Here we go. There's the tall funnel and the dome. Around the cab. And the engine's coal tender. There are lots of wheels: One, two, three, four, five, six, seven pairs. This engine is almost the same shape as Edward, but it's a different color: red. It must be James. Hello, James.
  • (Another puffing by sequence occurs and we begin The Narrow Gauge Engines)
  • Michael Brandon: High up in the Sodor Hills Among the lakes and trees There are some very special friends Thomas likes to see They are the narrow gauge engines Running on narrow gauge track Friends like Rusty, Duncan, Fearless Freddie, Mighty Mac They've got their own Controller Mr. Percival is his name And 'though they're small, they're strong, And Really Useful just the same They're Sodor's best kept secret Who people hardly know Because they're small, they take the loads Where bigger trains can't go They work with James and Thomas At the transfer yard And 'though they're cute and friendly These engines work so hard They are the narrow gauge engines Running on narrow gauge track Skarloey, Peter Sam, Rheneas Sir Handel at the back They've got their own Controller Mr. Percival is his name And 'though they're small, they're strong, And Really Useful just the same Walkers, campers, fishermen To all of them they're friends Puffing proudly up the slopes And rattling round the bends They are the narrow gauge engines Running on narrow gauge track Friends like Rusty, Duncan, Fearless Freddie, Mighty Mac They've got their own Controller Mr. Percival is his name And 'though they're small, they're strong, And Really Useful just the same.
  • (Another puffing by sequence occurs and we begin another learning segment)
  • Michael Brandon: The Island of Sodor is a wonderful place. There are lots and lots of engines. Who's that puffing along the track? It's Gordon. Gordon is a great, grand engine. He is blue and has the number 4 painted on his tender. Gordon is one of the strongest engines on Sir Topham Hatt's railway. His special job is pulling the express.
  • Gordon: Strongest and best, strongest and best. Cleanest and fastest and pull the express.
  • Michael Brandon: Gordon wants all the other engines to hear.
  • (A wheesh of steam appears)
  • Michael Brandon: One day, Gordon heard something that he hoped none of the other engines could hear. His engine was squeaking. Gordon didn't feel like the most important engine on sodor anymore. Diesel teased him at the docks. He said Gordon would be sent to the scrapyard. Gordon believed him. Gordon had a special. He had to take children to the docks to catch their boat. Gordon found out that the slower he went, the less he squeaked. So Gordon went slower and slower. Sir Topham Hatt was on board. He wanted to know why the fastest engine on the railway was going so slowly. This made Gordon very unhappy, so Gordon decided it didn't matter if he was going to be scrapped. He would make his last journey the fastest he had ever puffed. Gordon's pistons pumped, and his boiler bubbled. He squeaked, rattled, and rolled into the docks. But Gordon didn't mind. The children were on time for their boat. And Sir Topham Hatt didn't scrap Gordon. He sent him to the repair yard. Gordon knew he was an important engine. And Gordon likes to feel important.
  • (Another wheesh of steam appears)
  • Michael Brandon: One day, Sir Topham Hatt told Gordon that if he pulled the express across the island and back again on time, he would set a new record. Gordon was excited. At the coal depot, his tender was loaded with coal. Gordon was ready to wheesh away. Then the yard manager gasped. Gordon had been given Henry's coal by mistake. Gordon knew henry needed special coal, but he thought it would make him go faster, so Gordon pretended not to hear. He raced away. Gordon was very happy. But Henry wasn't happy at all. There was no more special coal at the depot. Gordon saw how sick Henry was. Gordon didn't feel important anymore, and he didn't feel happy. He felt bad. He cared about helping his friend. And if an engine is in trouble, Gordon will be there to help. That's why it feels good to be Gordon.
  • (Another puffing by sequence occurs and we begin another learning segment)
  • Michael Brandon: Today Mavis is wondering what she would look like if she had a face like her friend, Emily. Mavis has a square face, but Emily has a round face. Mavis is going to pretend that she has a round face too. Now Mavis wonders what she would look like if she was painted the same color as Emily. Mavis is black, but Emily is green. Mavis is going to pretend that she is green too. Now Mavis wonders what it would be like to be a steam engine. Now Mavis has a funnel and steam, just like her friend Emily. Mavis thinks looking like Emily is fun. But she likes being Mavis best.
  • (Another puffing by sequence occurs and we begin Duncan Does It All)
  • Michael Brandon: Duncan Does It All. Duncan is a very lively engine. He likes to do important jobs, and he always likes to be busy. One afternoon, Duncan arrived at the wharf. He had to collect freight cars of straw.
  • Duncan: More loads of straw.
  • Michael Brandon: He wheeshed. Duncan was fed up.
  • Thomas: What's the matter?
  • Michael Brandon: Tooted Thomas.
  • Duncan: I've been doing the same job all day long.
  • Michael Brandon: Grumbled Duncan.
  • Duncan: Collecting silly straw and taking it up to the farms in the hills. I want to do something more exciting.
  • Michael Brandon: Just then, Rusty puffed in with freight cars of slate. He looked tired.
  • Rusty: Hello.
  • Michael Brandon: He wheeshed wearily.
  • Rusty: I have so many jobs to do today. I'm all puffed out.
  • Duncan: What sort of jobs?
  • Michael Brandon: Asked Duncan.
  • Rusty: Next, I have to pick up some sightseers and show them the ruined castle.
  • Michael Brandon: Chuffed Rusty.
  • Duncan: That sounds more exciting than delivering straw.
  • Michael Brandon: Duncan tooted.
  • Duncan: I'll take your passengers for you.
  • Rusty: All right.
  • Michael Brandon: Rusty whistled.
  • Rusty: But only if you have time and can do a good job.
  • Duncan: I have plenty of time.
  • Michael Brandon: Snorted Duncan.
  • Duncan: This is an exciting job.
  • Michael Brandon: Duncan left his freight cars of straw, and he puffed off to pick up the passengers. Duncan had collected Rusty's passengers. And soon he was chuffing cheerfully through the beautiful countryside.
  • Duncan: Look at the sights. Look at the sights.
  • Michael Brandon: His wheels clickety-clacked along the tracks. Duncan was enjoying his new job. The sightseers were very happy to see all the wonderful sights.
  • Duncan: This is much more exciting than delivering straw.
  • Michael Brandon: Duncan wheeshed happily. On the way across the lake, the sightseers got out to take some photographs.
  • (camera shutters clicking)
  • Michael Brandon: Duncan had to wait for them. He wished he had something to do to pass the time. Just then, Skarloey puffed up. He was pulling freight cars of logs from the sawmill.
  • Skarloey: Flatten my funnel.
  • Michael Brandon: He whooshed.
  • Skarloey: These cars are heavy. I hope I'm not too late.
  • Duncan: What is your next job?
  • Michael Brandon: Duncan asked his friend.
  • Skarloey: I have to collect sheep from the farm.
  • Michael Brandon: Puffed Skarloey.
  • Skarloey: And take them to market.
  • Duncan: That sounds more exciting than waiting here.
  • Michael Brandon: Duncan tooted.
  • Duncan: I'll take the sheep to market for you.
  • Skarloey: Thank you
  • Michael Brandon: Steamed Skarloey.
  • Skarloey: But only if you have the time and can do a good job.
  • Duncan: I have plenty of time.
  • Michael Brandon: Chuffed Duncan.
  • Duncan: This was an exciting job.
  • Michael Brandon: And he puffed off to collect the sheep. The sightseers were very surprised to be left behind. At the farm, Duncan coupled up to the cars of sheep.
  • Duncan: Oh, this is a wonderful job.
  • Michael Brandon: He whistled excitedly. Then Duncan puffed off to market. Duncan clickety-clacked through the countryside with his sheep.
  • Duncan: This is much more exciting than pulling sightseers.
  • Michael Brandon: He hooted. Up the track, Sir Handel was at the water tower.
  • Duncan: What are you doing today?
  • Michael Brandon: Puffed Duncan.
  • Sir Handel: Mr. Percival needs me for a very special job.
  • Michael Brandon: Wheeshed Sir Handel grandly.
  • Duncan: What job?
  • Michael Brandon: Puffed Duncan.
  • Sir Handel: I have to collect the carousel from the transfer yards.
  • Michael Brandon: Sir Handel chuffed. Duncan's boiler bubbled.
  • Duncan: That sounds more exciting than delivering sheep.
  • Michael Brandon: He wheeshed.
  • Duncan: I'll do it for you.
  • Michael Brandon: And before Sir Handel could say anything, Duncan raced away to the transfer yards. Duncan arrived at the transfer yards. He was feeling very pleased with himself. He had had such an exciting day. Then he saw Mr. Percival. He was talking to Rusty and Skarloey. He was very cross.
  • Mr. Percival: The farmer has just telephoned.
  • Michael Brandon: Said Mr. Percival sternly.
  • Mr. Percival: His straw hasn't been delivered, there are sightseers in his field, and his sheep haven't arrived at market.
  • Duncan: Bust me buffers.
  • Michael Brandon: Duncan gasped.
  • Duncan: I promised my friends I'd do a good job.
  • Michael Brandon: He wheeshed.
  • Duncan: But I haven't.
  • Michael Brandon: And now his friends were in trouble.
  • Duncan: It's all my fault, sir.
  • Michael Brandon: Puffed Duncan.
  • Duncan: I wanted to do an exciting job, so I asked Rusty and Skarloey if I could do their jobs, but I didn't finish them probably.
  • Mr. Percival: You haven't done your own job either, Duncan.
  • Michael Brandon: Said Mr. Percival sharply. Duncan knew he was right.
  • Duncan: I'll go back and deliver my straw straightaway.
  • Michael Brandon: He wheeshed sadly.
  • Duncan: And this time, I'll finish my job.
  • Michael Brandon: At the wharf, Duncan coupled up to his freight cars. Thomas was surprised.
  • Thomas: I thought you wanted to do something exciting.
  • Michael Brandon: He tooted.
  • Duncan: I did.
  • Michael Brandon: Wheeshed Duncan.
  • Duncan: Now I want to deliver this straw to the farm. It's a very important job.
  • Michael Brandon: And he puffed quickly away. Duncan met Rusty at the lake.
  • Rusty: Do you want to help take my sightseers to the forest?
  • Michael Brandon: Hooted Rusty.
  • Duncan: No, thank you.
  • Michael Brandon: Chuffed Duncan.
  • Duncan: I'm enjoying doing me own job.
  • Michael Brandon: Skarloey was unloading the sheep at market.
  • Skarloey: Next I have to collect some cows.
  • Michael Brandon: He whistled.
  • Skarloey: Do you want to help?
  • Duncan: No, thank you.
  • Michael Brandon: Chuffed Duncan.
  • Duncan: Delivering my straw is just as exciting.
  • Michael Brandon: When Duncan arrived at the farm, the farmer was pleased to see him. That made Duncan feel very happy. He had finished his job properly, and he had been a really useful engine.
  • 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.
  • (We then
  • (Upon this,
  • (We then find the Season 11 end credits with Thomas looking at the credits)
  • (While they roll, the Thomas Season 8-10 end theme plays)
  • (After that, the 2007 HiT Entertainment logo appears)

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