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"Whatever next! Those aren't coaches, they're cattle trucks!"
"Ooh! What a horrid engine!"
"It's not what I'm used to!
"
— Sir Handel insulting the coaches

A Bad Day for Sir Handel is the sixth episode of the fourth season. In the US, it first aired in the Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales episode For The Birds in 1996 and aired on the last airing of Storytime with Thomas on Fox Family.

Plot

Skarloey and Rheneas enjoy working on the railway that weaves around the lakes and long mountain sides. Their coaches are filled with visitors and both engines are proud to run the line, no matter the weather. They will never let their passengers down, but they, however, are old and they tire themselves out easily. Their drivers understand this and they then tell them that there is more than enough work for them on the railway and the manager is sending two more engines to help run the line. Both Skarloey and Rheneas are pleased with the news and they promise that they will give them a big welcome.

The new engines, named Peter Sam and Sir Handel arrive on the Skarloey Railway. Sir Handel is initially nice but then becomes bad tempered and makes bad remarks about the sheds. Peter Sam is also nice, and thinks the sheds are nice. Sir Handel scoffs and insults Skarloey as "rubbish", Peter Sam hushes him and tells Skarloey that Sir Handel is upset about the sheds, despite being nice. Skarloey now feels sorry for Peter Sam. Sir Handel is informed by his driver that he is chosen to pull a passenger train to the top station. He reluctantly does so grudgingly after initially refusing. When Sir Handel picks up his coaches he insults the coaches by calling them "cattle trucks". The coaches are hurt, but as Sir Handel is new to them, he is not used to it.

Sir Handel arrives at Crovan's Gate and meets Gordon who brings the passengers to Sir Handel's train. Sir Handel has heard of Gordon and tells him that he is into express coaches instead of the coaches he is pulling. Sir Handel observes Gordon's train, and, appearing that the coaches are new, wants to have a chat but gets on with the journey. Gordon is speechless at Sir Handel's knowledge of coaches and respect from him. When Sir Handel reaches the top station. he is very cross and when he hopes for a rest, he discovers by his driver that he is expected to go to the quarry and collect trucks. He refuses to do so, and punctuates his point by deliberately derailing himself (via a small rock adjoined near the tracks). Peter Sam arrives with workmen to put Sir Handel back on the rails. Sir Handel feels very foolish and The Fat Controller is also on board and tells Sir Handel he will need to be talked to when he comes home to the sheds. Peter Sam, with the Fat Controller onboard, leaves the work train to put Sir Handel back onto the rails.

That evening, Sir Handel returns to the sheds to find the Fat Controller waiting for him. The Fat Controller scolds him for his actions and puts Sir Handel in the shed as punishment until he can be trusted to behave.

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Goofs

  • This episode was broadcast out of production order as Skarloey is in this episode despite being sent to the works.
  • Gordon is missing his brake pipe.
  • In the UK version, when Sir Handel backs onto his coaches and stops, he can still be heard puffing for another four seconds.
  • The red coach Sir Handel backs onto has a face, but when Sir Handel arrives at Crovan's Gate, the coach's face disappears.
  • Gordon has Duck's whistle sound. From this point onward, he'll have it for the rest of the season.
  • When Sir Handel goes off-camera on the mountain ledge, the steam platform blows steam too late.
  • When the Fat Controller says "You're a very naughty engine," a fly crawls on the workbench beside Sir Handel.
  • Sir Handel and Rheneas swap whistle sounds.
  • In a picture of a deleted scene, a wire is visible beneath Sir Handel.

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In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Un Mal Día para Sir Handel A Bad Day for Sir Handel
Brazilian Portuguese Um Dia Ruim para o Sir Handel A Bad Day for Sir Handel
Norwegian En dårlig dag for Sir Handel A Bad Day for Sir Handel
Japanese わがままなきかんしゃ Selfish Engine
Welsh Teimlo'n Hurt Feeling Hurt
Czech Handelův špatný den Sir Handel's Bad Day
Polish Zły Dzień Pana Handla Poor Sir Handel's Day
Finnish Sir Hendel ja Kurja Päivä Sir Handel and the Miserable Day
Hungarian Sir Handel Rossz Napja Sir Handel's Bad Day
Italian Una Giornata No Per Sir Handel A Bad Day For Sir Handel
Dutch Een slechte dag voor meneer hendel A Bad Day for Sir Handel
Danish En Dårlig Dag for Sir Handel A Bad Day for Sir Handel
Chinese 汉德尔先生糟糕的一天 Sir Handel's Bad Day
Slovenian Silvester ima slab dan Sir Handel has a Bad Day
Romanian Sir Handel Are O Zi Grea Sir Handel Has a Bad Day
Slovak Zlý deň pre Sira Handela Bad Day for Sir Handel
Swedish En dålig dag för Sir Handel A Bad Day for Sir Handel
Russian Плохой день для Сэра Хендэла Bad Day for Sir Handel
Ukrainian Поганий день Сера Хендела Sir Handel's Bad Day
German Ein schlechter Tag für Sir Handel A Bad Day for Sir Handel
Greek Μια κακή ημέρα για Πάλ A Bad Day for Sir Handel
Thai หัวรถจักรมีปัญหา Engine Problems

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