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Edward Helps Out (known in the UK as Edward and Gordon) is the second episode of the first season of Thomas & Friends. In the US, it is first seen in the Shining Time Station episode, A Place Unlike Any Other, and is also seen in the 1997 spin-off, The Adventures of Shining Time Station with the 1997 episode, A Classical Tidy-Up, and the 2004 episode, Dreaded Butter.

Plot

  • We are introduced to the number 2 kind blue engine named Edward, as he helps Gordon go up the top of the hill.

Characters

  • Edward
  • Gordon
  • Thomas (cameo)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • James (cameo)

Locations

Trivia

  • This episode is the first to introduce Edward.
  • It is paired with the Season 3 episode, Edward, Trevor and The Really Useful Party when it aired in 1997.

Home Media Releases

UK

  • Thomas and Gordon & Other Stories
  • Fun Time Favorites

US

  • Thomas Gets Tricked & Other Stories (June 7, 1990)
  • Thomas and His Friends Help Out (February 2, 1996)
  • Down The Mine (August 18, 1998)
  • The Greatest Stories (June 1, 2010)

Episode Script

UK version

US Ringo Starr version

  • Ringo Starr: One day, Edward was in the shed where he live with the other engines. They were all bigger than Edward and boasted about it.
  • Gordon: The driver won't choose you again.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Gordon.
  • Gordon: He wants strong engines like us.
  • Ringo Starr: But the driver and fireman felt sorry for Edward.
  • Driver: Would you like to come out today?
  • Edward: Oh yes, please.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Edward. So they lit his fire, made lots of steam and Edward puff away. The other engines were very cross of being left behind. Edward worked hard all day. The coaches thought he was very kind and the driver was very pleased.
  • Edward: I'm going out again tomorrow.
  • Ringo Starr: Edward told the other engines that night.
  • Edward: What do you think at that?
  • Ringo Starr: But he didn't hear what they thought, for he was so tired and happy that he fell asleep at once. Next morning, Edward woke up to find nothing had change. Gordon was still boasting.
  • Gordon: You watch me, little Edward, as I rush through with the express. That will be a splendid sight for you. Goodbye, little Edward. Look out for me this afternoon.
  • Ringo Starr: Edward went off to do some shunting. He like shunting. It was fun playing with freight cars. He would come out quietly and gave them a push. Then he would stop, and the silly freight cars will go bump into the each other.
  • Cars: Oh!
  • Ringo Starr: They cried.
  • Cars: Whatever is happening?
  • Ringo Starr: Edward played till there were no more freight cars. Then he stopped to rest. Presently, he heard a whistle. Gordon was very cross. Instead of pulling shiny new coaches, he was pulling a very dirty freight train.
  • Gordon: A freight train, a freight train, a freight train!
  • Ringo Starr: He grumbled.
  • Gordon: The shame of it, the shame of it, oh, the shame of it!
  • Ringo Starr: Edward laughed and went to find some more freight cars. Then, there was trouble.
  • Porter: Gordon can't get up the hill.
  • Ringo Starr: The porter called to Edward's Driver.
  • Porter: Will you take Edward and push him please?
  • Ringo Starr: They found Gordon halfway up, and very cross. His driver and fireman were talking to him severely.
  • Driver: You're not trying.
  • Gordon: I can't do it!
  • Ringo Starr: Said Gordon.
  • Gordon: The noisy freight cars hold an engine back so!
  • Ringo Starr: Edward's driver came up.
  • Driver: We've come to push.
  • Gordon: No use at all!
  • Ringo Starr: Said Gordon.
  • Driver: You wait and see.
  • Ringo Starr: Replied Edward's driver. They brought the train back to the bottom of the hill.
  • Edward: I'm ready.
  • Ringo Starr: Said Edward.
  • Gordon: No good.
  • Ringo Starr: Grumbled Gordon. They pulled and pushed as hard as they could.
  • Gordon: I can't do it, I can't do it, I can't do it!
  • Ringo Starr: Puffed Gordon.
  • Edward: I will do it, I will do it, I will do it!
  • Ringo Starr: Puffed Edward. Edward pushed and puffed and puffed and pushed as hard as ever he could. And almost before he realized it, Gordon found himself at the top of the hill.
  • Gordon: I've done it, I've done it, I've done it!
  • Ringo Starr: He said proudly. He forgot all about kind Edward and didn't say thank you. Edward was left out of breath and far behind, but he was happy because he had been so helpful. At the next station, he found that the driver and fireman were very pleased with him. The fireman gave him a nice long drink and the driver said...
  • Driver: I'll get out my paint tomorrow, and give you your beautiful coat of blue with red stripes, then you'll be the smartest engine in the shed.

US George Carlin version

  • George Carlin: One day, Edward was in the shed where he live with the other engines. They were all bigger than Edward and boasted about it.
  • Gordon: The driver won't choose you again.
  • George Carlin: Said Gordon.
  • Gordon: He wants strong engines like us.
  • George Carlin: But the driver and fireman felt sorry for Edward.
  • Driver: Would you like to come out today?
  • Edward: Oh yes, please.
  • George Carlin: Said Edward. So they lit his fire, made lots of steam and Edward puff away. The other engines were very cross of being left behind. Edward worked hard all day. The coaches thought he was very kind and the driver was very pleased.
  • Edward: I'm going out again tomorrow.
  • George Carlin: Edward told the other engines that night.
  • Edward: What do you think at that?
  • George Carlin: But he didn't hear what they thought, for he was so tired and happy that he fell asleep at once. Next morning, Edward woke up to find nothing had change. Gordon was still boasting.
  • Gordon: You watch me, little Edward, as I rush through with the express. That will be a splendid sight for you. Goodbye, little Edward. Look out for me this afternoon.
  • George Carlin: Edward went off to do some shunting. He like shunting. It was fun playing with freight cars. He would come out quietly and gave them a push. Then he would stop, and the silly freight cars will go bump into the each other.
  • Cars: Oh!
  • George Carlin: They cried.
  • Cars: Whatever is happening?
  • George Carlin: Edward played till there were no more freight cars. Then he stopped to rest. Presently, he heard a whistle. Gordon was cross. Instead of pulling shiny new coaches, he was pulling a dirty freight train.
  • Gordon: A freight train, a freight train, a freight train!
  • George Carlin: He grumbled.
  • Gordon: The shame of it, the shame of it, oh, the shame of it!
  • George Carlin: Edward laughed and went to find some more freight cars. Then, there was trouble.
  • Porter: Gordon can't get up the hill.
  • George Carlin: The porter called to Edward's Driver.
  • Porter: Will you take Edward and push him please?
  • George Carlin: They found Gordon halfway up, and very cross. His driver and fireman were talking to him severely.
  • Driver: You're not trying.
  • Gordon: I can't do it!
  • George Carlin: Said Gordon.
  • Gordon: The noisy freight cars hold an engine back so!
  • George Carlin: Edward's driver came up.
  • Driver: We've come to push.
  • Gordon: No use at all!
  • George Carlin: Said Gordon.
  • Driver: You wait and see.
  • George Carlin: Replied Edward's driver. They brought the train back to the bottom of the hill.
  • Edward: I'm ready.
  • George Carlin: Said Edward.
  • Gordon: No good.
  • George Carlin: Grumbled Gordon. They pulled and pushed as hard as they could.
  • Gordon: I can't do it, I can't do it, I can't do it!
  • George Carlin: Puffed Gordon.
  • Edward: I will do it, I will do it, I will do it!
  • George Carlin: Puffed Edward. Edward pushed and puffed and puffed and pushed as hard as ever he could. And almost before he realized it, Gordon found himself at the top of the hill.
  • Gordon: I've done it, I've done it, I've done it!
  • George Carlin: He said proudly. He forgot all about kind Edward and didn't say thank you. Edward was left out of breath and far behind, but he was happy because he had been so helpful. At the next station, he found that the driver and fireman were very pleased with him. The fireman gave him a nice long drink and the driver said...
  • Driver: I'll get out my paint tomorrow, and give you your beautiful coat of blue with red stripes, then you'll be the smartest engine in the shed.

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