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Percy's Predicament / Down The Mine / Thomas and The Missing Christmas Tree is a Discovery Kids airing of Thomas & Friends. It aired on September 27, 2003.

Plot

  • Percy endures a big mishap after running over a break van / Thomas ventures into the mines and accidentally falls into one / Thomas must deliver the tree in time for Christmas.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Gordon
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Donald and Douglas
  • Daisy
  • Annie and Clarabel
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Duck (does not speak)
  • Harold (does not speak)
  • Henrietta (does not speak)
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • James (cameo)
  • Bill and Ben (cameo)
  • Diesel (cameo)
  • BoCo (cameo)
  • Bertie (cameo)
  • Terence (cameo)
  • Trevor (cameo)

Songs

  1. Really Useful Engine
  2. Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining
  3. The Snow Song

Trivia

  • Narrated by George Carlin.

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.
  • (A passing by sequence occurs and we begin Percy's Predicament)
  • George Carlin: Daisy the Diesel Rail-car's work in the countryside was full of surprises. But she was frightened to bulls and cows, and she remain very lazy and scuttled. One day, Toby brought Henrietta to the station where Percy was grumbling shunting.
  • Toby: Hello, Percy. I see Daisy's left the milk behind again.
  • Percy: I had to make a special journey within I suppose. Anyone would think I've nothing to do.
  • George Carlin: Grumbled Percy.
  • Toby: Tell you what?
  • George Carlin: Replied Toby.
  • Toby: I'll take the milk, you fetch my freight cars.
  • George Carlin: Their drivers and stationmaster agreed. Percy had never been to the quarry before. He began ordering the freight cars about.
  • Percy: Hurry along.
  • George Carlin: He said. The freight cars grumbled to each other.
  • Cars: This is Toby's place! Percy's got no right to poke his funnel in here and push us around.
  • George Carlin: They whispered and pass the word.
  • Cars: Pay Percy back! Pay Percy back!
  • Percy: Come along.
  • George Carlin: Puffed Percy.
  • Percy: No nonsense.
  • Cars: We'll give him nonsense.
  • George Carlin: Giggled the freight cars. But they followed so quietly that Percy thought they were under control. Suddenly, they saw a notice ahead: All Trains Stop To Pin Down Brakes.
  • Percy: Peep peep! Brakes, Conductor, please!
  • George Carlin: But before he could check them the freight cars surged ahead.
  • Cars: On! On!
  • George Carlin: They cried.
  • Percy: Help! Help!
  • George Carlin: Whistled Percy. The man on duty at the crossing rushed to warn traffic with his red flag but was too late to switch Percy to the runaway sidings. Frantically trying to grip the rails Percy slid into the yard.
  • Percy: Peep! Peep! Look out!
  • (Percy crashed into the break van)
  • George Carlin: The break van was in smithereens. Percy's driver and fireman had jumped clear but Percy was stranded. Next day, Sir Topham Hatt arrived. Toby and Daisy had helped to clear the wreckage but Percy remained on his perch of freight cars.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: We must now try.
  • George Carlin: Said Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: To run a branch line with Toby and a diesel. You have put us in an awkward predicament, Percy.
  • Percy: I am sorry, sir.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: You must stay here till we are ready.
  • George Carlin: Continued Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: And you really must be more careful with freight cars.
  • George Carlin: Percy sighed. The freight cars groaned beneath his wheels. He quite understood about awkward predicaments. Sir Topham Hatt spoke severely to Daisy too.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: My engines work hard. I send lazy engines away.
  • George Carlin: Daisy was ashamed.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: However, Toby says you worked hard after Percy's accident. So you shall have another chance.
  • Daisy: Thank you, sir.
  • George Carlin: Said Daisy.
  • Daisy: I will work hard. Toby says he'll help me.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Excellent. What Toby doesn't know about branch line problems isn't worth knowing. But our Toby's an experienced engine.
  • George Carlin: Next day, Thomas came back, and Percy was sent to be mended. Annie and Clarabel were delighted to see Thomas again and he took them to a run at once. All were now friends, and Toby has taunt Daisy a great deal. She shooed a cow the other day all by herself. That show's you, doesn't it?
  • (Another passing by sequence occurs and we begin Really Useful Engine)
  • Children: (singing) He's a really useful engine you know. All the other engines they'll tell you so. He huffs and puffs and whistles, rushing to and fro. He's a really useful engine we adore! He's the one, he's the one. He's a really useful engine that we adore. He's the one. He's the number one, Thomas the Tank Engine. He's a really useful engine you know. Maybe little, but he's never slow. Stand back in amazement, just you watch him go. He's a really useful engine we adore! He's the one, he's the one. He's a really useful engine that we adore. He's the one. He's the number one, Thomas the Tank Engine. He's the really useful engine we adore!
  • (We follow the commercials after Act 1)

Act 2

  • (Act 2 opens with Down The Mine)
  • George Carlin: One day, Thomas was at the junction when Gordon shuffled in with some freight cars.
  • Thomas: Phew!
  • George Carlin: Remarked Thomas
  • Thomas: What a funny smell. Can you smell a smell?
  • Annie: I can't smell a smell.
  • George Carlin: Said Annie.
  • Thomas: A funny musty sort of smell.
  • George Carlin: Said Thomas.
  • Gordon: No one noticed until you did.
  • George Carlin: Grumbled Gordon.
  • Gordon: It must be yours.
  • George Carlin: Not long ago, he had fallen into a dirty ditch. Thomas enjoyed teasing him about it.
  • Thomas: Annie, Clarabel, do you know what I think it is? It's ditchwater.
  • George Carlin: Before Gordon could answer, Thomas puffed away. Annie and Clarabel could hardly believe their ears.
  • Annie: He's dreadfully rude I feel quite ashamed.
  • Clarabel: I feel quite ashamed he's dreadfully rude.
  • George Carlin: And to Thomas they said.
  • Annie and Clarabel: You mustn't be rude, you make us ashamed.
  • George Carlin: But Thomas didn't care a bit.
  • Thomas: That was funny, that was funny.
  • George Carlin: He chuckled. He felt very pleased with himself. Annie and Clarabel were deeply shocked. They have great respect for Gordon The Big Engine. Thomas left the coaches at the station and went off to a mine for some cars. Long ago, miners digging there have made tunnels under the ground. Their roofs are strong enough to hold up cars but not the weight of engines. A large notice warns them not to enter the area: Danger! Engines must not pass this board.
  • Thomas: Silly old board.
  • George Carlin: Thought Thomas. He had often tried to pass it but had never succeeded. But this morning he had made a plan. The fireman went to throw the switch.
  • Thomas: Now for my plan!
  • George Carlin: Huffed Thomas. Bumping the cars fiercely he jerked his driver off the footplate and followed them into the siding.
  • Thomas' Driver: Come back!
  • George Carlin: Yelled his driver.
  • (A loud splash is heard as Thomas falls to the mine)
  • Thomas: Fire and smoke!
  • George Carlin: Said Thomas.
  • Thomas: I'm sunk.
  • George Carlin: And he was.
  • Thomas: Oh, dear.
  • George Carlin: He said.
  • Thomas: I am a silly engine.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: And a very naughty one, too. I saw you!
  • George Carlin: Said Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Thomas: Please let me out. I wont do it again.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: I'm not sure. We can't lift you out with the cranes. The ground's not firm enough. Hmm, let me see. I wonder if Gordon could pull you out.
  • Thomas: Yes sir.
  • George Carlin: Said Thomas. But he didn't want to meet Gordon just yet.
  • Gordon: Down the mine is he? Ha! ha! ha!
  • George Carlin: Laughed Gordon.
  • Gordon: What a joke! Boop boop! Little Thomas, we'll have your out in a couple of puffs.
  • George Carlin: Strong cables were fastened between the two engines.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Are you ready? Heave!
  • (Gordon pulls Thomas out of the mine)
  • George Carlin: It was a lot harden than they all thought. At last Thomas was free.
  • Thomas: I'm sorry I was cheeky.
  • George Carlin: Said Thomas.
  • Gordon: That's all right, Thomas. You made me laugh.
  • George Carlin: Replied Gordon.
  • Gordon: I'm in disgrace.
  • Thomas: So am I.
  • George Carlin: Huffed Thomas.
  • Gordon: Why so you are Thomas. Shall we form an alliance. You help me and I help you.
  • Thomas: Right you are.
  • George Carlin: Agreed Thomas.
  • Gordon: Good. That's settled.
  • George Carlin: Rumbled Gordon. And buffer to buffer the allies puffed home.
  • (Gordon and Thomas head home as we end the episode)
  • (Another passing by sequence occurs and we begin Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining)
  • (James' whistle toots)
  • Children: (singing) Life is full of surprises, full of ups and downs And so to have a silver lining, first there must be cloud. Bill and Ben the twins work together all day long. They sometimes disagree how things are done. They get down in the dumps If things they do don't work out just as planned. But if at first you don't succeed then understand. There's no sense in worrying if things start going wrong. Obstacles can all be overcome. But even Bill and Ben both agree that in the end. If you never lose hope, you're sure to cope and carry on. Every cloud is silver-lined, even when it rains. So don't get too downhearted, as things are bound to change. All you've gotta do is wear a smile and you will find. Your sun will shine. Everybody makes mistakes it happens all the time. You should never lose sight of your goal. Just like Bill and Ben things will work out in the end. If you never lose hope, you're sure to cope and carry on. When you're feeling down it doesn't help to wear a frown. Never lose hope, you're sure to cope and you can carry on. Every cloud is silver-lined to help you on your way. As long as there's hope, it'll help you cope. You must never lose hope, it'll help you on the way.
  • (We go to the commercials after Act 2)

Act 3

  • (We open Act 3 with Thomas and The Missing Christmas Tree)
  • George Carlin: It was two days before Christmas. Many children were expected on the Island of Sodor. All the engines were busy with the final preparations. Sir Topham Hatt wanted this year's carol party to be an extra special celebration. Sir Topham Hatt was now waiting impatiently for Thomas.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Quickly now.
  • George Carlin: He said.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Our Christmas tree has arrived just in time. I want you to fetch it, Thomas. Duck can look after Annie and Clarabel until you get back.
  • Thomas: Will we be able to sing carols too?
  • George Carlin: Asked Thomas.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: We'll see.
  • George Carlin: Promised Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Thomas: It would be nice to sing carols again.
  • George Carlin: Sighed Thomas as he set off on his important mission. Thomas collected the tree safely but large snowdrifts lay ahead.
  • Thomas: I mustn't be late.
  • George Carlin: He thought.
  • Thomas: Sir Topham Hatt is relying on me.
  • George Carlin: Whistling bravely, Thomas tried to move. But he couldn't. There was worse to come. Thomas was snowed under. Meanwhile the other engines waited and waited. They were grumbling about Thomas for being late.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Silence!
  • George Carlin: Said Sir Topham Hatt.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Thomas left the works safely, but snow had brought the telephone lines down. We must assume he is stranded.
  • George Carlin: The engines now felt sorry for Thomas and cold but confident the twins set off to the rescue. Suddenly, they came to a drift that was deeper than the rest.
  • Thomas: Help!
  • Donald: Hush!
  • George Carlin: Said Donald.
  • Donald: I can hear something.
  • Douglas: Probably the wind.
  • George Carlin: Said Douglas.
  • Thomas: Help!
  • Donald: No listen.
  • George Carlin: Insisted Donald.
  • Thomas: Over here!
  • Douglas: Oh, it's Thomas. Come on the poor wee engine must be frozen to the frames in there.
  • George Carlin: When the workmen arrived, it took some time to decide how to dig away the drifts of snow. Thomas' driver and fireman, who had taken shelter at a nearby cottage, joined the rescue. At last, Thomas and the precious Christmas tree were free from the snowdrift. Then they set off once more to finish their long journey. Sir Topham Hatt greeted them warmly.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: As a reward for all your hard work, you may go and enjoy the carols. Be quick now.
  • George Carlin: At the big station, all was soon ready.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: One, two, three!
  • George Carlin: Suddenly like magic the station was flooded with lights.
  • Sir Topham Hatt: Ladies and gentlemen and children, I give you three cheers for Thomas the Tank Engine and all his friends who had made this occasion possible.
  • George Carlin: Then there was a familiar whirring sound. Percy and Toby smiled, they knew who it was. With landing lights shining brightly, Harold the Helicopter touched down gently in the snow. Bringing the greatest surprise of all, Santa Claus. Everyone cheered and the party began.
  • Thomas: It's no fun getting stuck in the snow.
  • George Carlin: Whispered Thomas to Percy.
  • Thomas: But it was worth it for this party. Happy holidays, Percy. Happy holidays, everyone.
  • (Another passing by sequence occurs and we begin The Snow Song)
  • Children: (singing) You wake to the silence the bright afterglow. Now there's a surprise for what do you know. It's snowing. Look, it's snowing. Little Jack Frost has been busy last night. The Island of Sodor is a blanket of white 'Cause it's snowing. Yes, it's snowing. White winter wonderland. Beautiful day. Snow, snow, snow, snow.
  • (Children laughing)
  • Children: (singing) White winter wonderland. Beautiful day. Snow, snow, snow, snow. Snow, snow, snow, snow. Stay, stay, please stay.
  • (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 2003 HiT Entertainment logo appears)

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