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Mind That Bike / A Better View For Gordon / Stepney Gets Lost is a Discovery Kids airing of Thomas & Friends. It aired on April 19, 2003.

Plot

  • Percy meets a personal postman named Tom Tipper / Gordon makes a perfect view to a finish / Stepney finds himself lost on his way home.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Mavis
  • Stepney
  • 'Arry
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Henry (does not speak)
  • Bert (does not speak)
  • Rusty (does not speak)
  • Bertie (does not speak)
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Duck (cameo)
  • Oliver (cameo)
  • Toad (cameo)
  • Butch (cameo)

Songs

  1. The Island Song
  2. Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover
  3. Percy's Seaside Trip

Trivia

  • Narrated by George Carlin and Alec Baldwin.

Script

Act 1

  • (We open this episode with the Thomas and Friends Season 6 intro)
  • (After that, we begin the character introduction)
  • Alec Baldwin: Thomas is a really useful engine. Here's Percy. He is a very happy engine. James is a magnificent engine. Gordon is the most fastest engine on the Island of Sodor. Henry is long and fast. Here's Edward always here to help. Toby is a different engine. He's a tram engine.
  • (A passing by sequence occurs and we begin Mind That Bike)
  • George Carlin: If one morning you were to ride in Bertie the bus, he would ride down the winding country road with him, crossed over stone wall bridges and travel past Thomas' branch line. The you would hear Bertie's friendly greeting as he sees one of his friends pass by. His name is Tom Tipper the postman. Every day, Tom travels cheerfully around the Island of Sodor. He stops at stations collecting letters and parcels from Thomas and Percy's mail train. Then he delivers the mail to farms and cottages far and wide. The engines know that anywhere their rails wont reach, Tom Tipper would collect their mail and deliver it safely come rain or shine. He's always ready to load mail bags onto the trains too.
  • Percy: Thank you, Tom.
  • George Carlin: Whistles Percy.
  • Thomas: Yes indeed.
  • George Carlin: Agrees Thomas.
  • Thomas: You're a really useful postman.
  • Tom: Ah.
  • George Carlin: Replies Tom.
  • Tom: But where would I be without me van. We make a grand pare.
  • George Carlin: One day, Tom wasn't at the platform. A postman they didn't know dumped the bags on the platform and disappeared.
  • Percy: What happened to Tom?
  • George Carlin: Wondered Percy.
  • Driver: And his old van.
  • George Carlin: Said his driver.
  • Driver: No wonder the new postman looks cross. Trying to carry mail bags on a bicycle would make anyone miserable.
  • George Carlin: Next morning the engines were glad to see Tom back again. But he looked very sad.
  • Tom: The postmaster has decided my van is too expensive to run. The rounds take longer on my bike. I'm sorry, I can't stop to help ya.
  • Percy: I wished I could cheer Tom Tipper up.
  • George Carlin: Sighed Percy the Small Engine. He was just wondering about how this might be done when his thoughts were rudely interrupted. A man was shouting at Tom Tipper.
  • Man: You gotta come back to Sir Topham Hatt's office! He needs you to sign some important papers right away.
  • Tom: Oh, dear.
  • George Carlin: Replied Tom Tipper.
  • Tom: This is going to make me later still.
  • George Carlin: He was in a hurry and being careless. He propped his bike against Percy's mail car and rushed away.
  • Percy: Stop!
  • George Carlin: Cried Percy. But Tom was out of sight. There was worst to come. Percy's driver hadn't seen the bike and he started away.
  • Percy: Oh, no!
  • George Carlin: Cried Percy.
  • Percy: Now they'll be trouble.
  • George Carlin: And there was. Percy's driver quickly stop the train. Everyone came running to the scene. Tom Tipper's bicycle was in pieces.
  • Percy: I'm sorry, Mr. Tipper.
  • George Carlin: Apologized Percy.
  • Tom: Never mind, Percy.
  • George Carlin: Said the postman.
  • Tom: It wasn't your fault. But now I've only my legs to get the mail delivered. Whatever will happen next?
  • George Carlin: Tom Tipper soon found out. Next day he was waiting happily for Percy.
  • Percy: Peep peep!
  • George Carlin: Whistled Percy.
  • Percy: Is that a smart new van I see?
  • Tom: It is indeed. That accident did me a good tire, Percy. My chief decided my new van should do the job much better than my old bike and worth the expense. Now I can always be on time again.
  • Percy: So I did help.
  • George Carlin: Beamed Percy.
  • Percy: But by accident you might say.
  • (Another passing by sequence occurs and we begin The Island Song)
  • Children: (singing) Picture a land where the sky is so blue. A storybook land of wonder. A magical island just waiting for you. Island of Sodor will make your dreams come true. Imagine a place where the sun always smiles. The valleys are green as can be. The friends that you love are all waiting for you. Island of Sodor will make your dreams come true. Children follow the dream. To the land of make-believe. The Island of Sodor. A magical land where dreams come true. Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh. The Island of Sodor. A magical land where dreams come true.
  • (We follow the commercials after Act 1)

Act 2

  • (Act 2 opens with A Better View For Gordon)
  • Alec Baldwin: Gordon was feeling grumpy. This was making James cross.
  • James: Why are you complaining all the time?
  • Gordon: Because I'm a big blue engine and I know everything. I shall complain whatever I like. You're just a small red engine with ideas above your station.
  • Percy: I can't see any.
  • Alec Baldwin: Said Percy.
  • Percy: Where are they?
  • Gordon: Any what?
  • Percy: Ideas above the station. The sky's empty.
  • James: Like your smokebox, Percy.
  • Alec Baldwin: Laughed James, but Gordon was still grumpy.
  • Gordon: One day I'll show you just a big engine can really do.
  • Percy: So what can a big engine really do?
  • Gordon: Not speak to silly little green engines for a start.
  • Alec Baldwin: Replied Gordon, then he puffed away. Later that day, Sir Topham Hatt came to see him.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Gordon, you'll be making one stop today with an empty express to test our new station. You can make up time afterwards.
  • Gordon: Why can't Henry do it? He likes idling at stations.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: You will do as you are told.
  • Alec Baldwin: So Gordon did. But he was still unhappy and he grew sick too.
  • Gordon: I just can't get up to speed.
  • Alec Baldwin: He groaned.
  • Gordon's Fireman: It's time for your visit to the works. Your pipes are clogged.
  • Alec Baldwin: Said the fireman. At last, they approached the new station. Gordon was impressed but his mood soon changed. In front of him was a blank wall and huge buffers.
  • Gordon: What a boring view! Important engines like me should have a panoramic view where I can see people and people could see me.
  • Alec Baldwin: And he wheeshed angrily. Gordon was happy when it was time to leave.
  • Gordon's Driver: Now you can really enjoy your run as long as your pipes will let you.
  • Alec Baldwin: Said his driver.
  • Gordon: Come on, come on! I can go faster that this!
  • Alec Baldwin: Huffed Gordon.
  • Gordon: Sick? Me? Never!
  • (Gordon suddenly breaks down)
  • Alec Baldwin: But Gordon began to feel more and more feeble, and soon, he came to a complete stop.
  • Gordon: What happened?
  • Alec Baldwin: His driver and fireman inspected him.
  • Gordon's Fireman: Something's broken inside you, Gordon.
  • Alec Baldwin: Said his fireman.
  • Gordon's Fireman: Now you're really will have to go to the works.
  • Alec Baldwin: Gordon was still fuming when James arrived to collect his coaches.
  • James: Well, well, well! So much about anything. You got too puffed up in your boiler so it's serves you right.
  • Alec Baldwin: When Gordon returned to the works a few days later, he was still boasting.
  • Gordon: I am the finest engine on the Island of Sodor, properly the finest in the world.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Come on, Gordon. We're going to the official opening at the new station.
  • Alec Baldwin: Then, there was trouble. As Gordon approached the new station, neither the driver nor fireman could apply his brakes. Something had jammed. The driver reduced steam, but Gordon was still going too fast.
  • (Gordon crashed into the wall)
  • Gordon: Help me, please!
  • (We see Sir Topham Hatt surviving as he rises up to Gordon)
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Well, Gordon.
  • Alec Baldwin: Said Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: I knew you wanted a panoramic view, but this is not a way to achieve it.
  • Gordon: Yes, Sir, sorry, Sir.
  • Alec Baldwin: When Gordon was repaired again, he took Sir Topham Hatt to the new station, for a second official opening. This time he arrived safely, and everyone clapped and cheered as he pulled in. Sir Topham Hatt spoke to him.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Your panoramic view is here to stay. I trusted you are always see through it, from the safety of your own rails.
  • Alec Baldwin: Gordon hardly agreed.
  • (Another passing by sequence occurs and we begin Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover)
  • Children: (singing) Thomas first saw Terence the Tractor plowing in a field one day and he said, "My oh my, you do look funny. Where are your wheels, are your wheels, are your wheels? How ever do you move along? You really do look funny." "Don't be so rude", said Terence the Tractor "I don't have wheels like you Because my caterpillar tracks are so much better. And I can go anywhere, anywhere, anywhere I don't need rails like you. One day I will prove it, show you how I do it Then you will understand... That you don't judge a book by its cover Don't make your mind up too soon Things aren't necessarily Always what they appear to be Don't judge a book by its cover Don't make your mind up too soon Never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never Never judge a book by its cover Don't judge a book by its cover Don't make your mind up too soon Things aren't necessarily Always what they appear to be. Don't judge a book by its cover Just remember the rule Never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never, never Never judge a book.... By its cover!
  • (We follow the commercials after Act 2)

Act 3

  • (Act 3 opens with Stepney Gets Lost)
  • Alec Baldwin: Stepney the Bluebell Engine works closely with his friend Rusty. One day, Sir Topham Hatt came to see him.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Rusty tells me you're in need of a change. So I want you to help Toby and Mavis at the quarry.
  • Stepney: Oh, thank you, sir.
  • Alec Baldwin: Said Stepney.
  • Stepney: Shall I be away long?
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Just today. But please be careful. It is easy to get lost up there so be back before dark.
  • Stepney's Driver: We will.
  • Alec Baldwin: Said the driver. Stepney soon arrived at the quarry.
  • Toby: We're glad you're here to help us.
  • Alec Baldwin: Said Toby.
  • Stepney: Are these my cars?
  • Alec Baldwin: Asked Stepney.
  • Mavis: Only some of them. There's masses more in the sidings.
  • Alec Baldwin: Replied Mavis.
  • Stepney: The more the merrier.
  • Alec Baldwin: Stepney was really enjoying himself. The dustier he became, the harder he worked. Mavis and Toby were impressed. Then the foreman spoke to his driver.
  • Foreman: We have a night special to take to building site at the new branch line. Do you want to pull the train?
  • Stepney's Driver: Yes please.
  • Alec Baldwin: Said the driver. But he should have asked Sir Topham Hatt first. Night came.
  • Toby: Be careful, Stepney.
  • Alec Baldwin: Advised Toby.
  • Stepney: I will and thank you for a lovely day. I do hope i can come back again.
  • Mavis: The line can be spooky.
  • Alec Baldwin: Said Mavis.
  • Stepney: Thank you for the warning.
  • Alec Baldwin: And with that, Stepney puffed away. Stepney arrived on time and made the delivery of rocks and stones for the workmen. Then he set off for home. That's when the trouble began. The fog came down.
  • Stepney: Mavis was right. Suddenly, everything does look spooky.
  • Stepney's Driver: There's a signalbox.
  • Alec Baldwin: Called his driver.
  • Stepney's Driver: And the signal light is green. Someone must have been expecting us.
  • Alec Baldwin: But they weren't. The points had been set in the wrong direction, but Stepney didn't realize this.
  • Stepney: Home here we come.
  • Alec Baldwin: Then they approached an unknown area. The driver made a decision.
  • Stepney's Driver: It's best if we rest here until the fog clears.
  • Stepney: What are those strange sounds?
  • Alec Baldwin: Wondered Stepney. Then the fog slowly lifted.
  • Stepney: Oh, no. We're in the scrapyards.
  • Alec Baldwin: His driver and fireman went for help. Stepney was all alone, but not for long. Two diesels approached.
  • Arry: Got ya this time, Stepney, you'll make very fine scrap indeed. Buffer him, Bert.
  • Alec Baldwin: The diesels took him to the large smelter shed.
  • Arry: Bye bye, Stepney. (laughs)
  • Alec Baldwin: Stepney looked up. Above him was a huge grabber.
  • Stepney: This engine's not for scrapping!
  • Alec Baldwin: The grabber wasn't listening. But just as it was about to grab hold of him, it stopped. There stood Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: It's a good thing I'm visiting this yard tonight. Saving you from scrap is becoming a habit, Stepney, please stop it.
  • Stepney: Yes, sir. But I had learned something.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: What's that?
  • Stepney: There's no place like home.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: And that's exactly where you're going now.
  • Stepney: Bluebells forever.
  • (Another passing by sequence occurs and we begin Percy's Seaside Trip)
  • (Rooster crows)
  • Children: (singing) The sun is shining, it's a lovely day. It won't be long before we're on our way. The guard is waiting, flag in hand. He blows his whistle, we're off to sea and sand. The sky is blue, there's not a cloud in sight, So much excitement, didn't sleep all night. Now Percy's rushing trough the countryside, With people waving as we (peep peep) whistle by. Seaside, we're off to the seaside. Ice cream in cones, Candy floss on your nose. Seaside, we're off to the seaside, We're gonna have a lovely day. Just one more hill to climb and we'll be there. Sounds of the seaside start to fill the air. Then someone shouts out excitedly.
  • Girl: "Look over there, everybody, I can see the sea!"
  • Children: (singing) Seaside, we're all at the seaside, Building sandcastles with buckets and spades. Seaside, we're all at the seaside. Oh, what a lovely, lovely, day. Seaside, we're all at the seaside, Picnics and paddling, swimming all day. Seaside, we're all at the seaside, Oh, what a lovely, lovely day. Thank you, Percy, for such a lovely day.
  • (Children cheering)
  • (Owl hoots)
  • (Following the last song, we find the end credits with Thomas looking at us)
  • (While they roll, the Thomas end theme plays)
  • (After that, the A Britt Allcroft Company Production for Gullane Entertainment logo appears)

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