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A Better View for Gordon is the third episode of the fifth season.
One morning, Gordon is complaining, which makes James cross. James asks why Gordon complains all the time, and Gordon tells him that he's a big engine, and that he shall complain whenever he wants, and he then tells James that he's just a small red engine with ideas above his station, and that one day he'll show them just what a big engine can really do.
Later, Gordon is ordered by the Fat Controller to pull an empty express train to Kirk Ronan to test the new station building. Along the way, he begins to feel sick. His driver tells him that he must go to the works when his pipes are clogged. Gordon soon arrives at the station. He's impressed, but his mood soon changes when in front of him is a blank wall and a set of buffers. Gordon is bored by the blank plaster wall in front of his buffers, and says that important engines should have a panoramic view so that people could see him.
On the return journey, Gordon tries to build up speed, but he then breaks down and comes to a complete stop in a siding. Gordon's driver tells him that something inside of him is broken, and that he'll have to go to the works. When James arrives to collect his coaches, he tells Gordon that he was too puffed up in his smokebox and it serves him right.
Gordon is repaired in time for the opening of the new station, but when he approaches Kirk Ronan, neither the driver and fireman can apply his brakes. Something is jammed and Gordon loses control and crashes through the wall. His crew and the Fat Controller suffer minor injuries. The Fat Controller tells him that he knew he wanted a panoramic view, but this is not the way to achieve it.
Upon his return from the Works, Gordon arrives back at the station for its second official opening, and this time he arrives safely. Gordon is delighted to discover the broken wall has been turned into a panoramic window. The Fat Controller tells him that it's here to stay, and he trusts that he'll always see through it from the safety of his own rails.
- Sir Topham Hatt
- Henry (does not speak)
- Thomas (cameo)
- Edward (cameo)
- Duck (cameo)
- Stephen Hatt (cameo)
- Jeremiah Jobling (cameo)
- The Vicar of Wellsworth (cameo)
- The Storyteller (cameo)
- Nancy (cameo)
- The Hindi narration of this episode credits Michael Angelis as the narrator.
- Gordon's crash at Kirk Ronan was inspired by the world famous Gare Montparnasse derailment at Paris, France, on 22nd October 1895 when the Granville-Paris Express overran the buffer stop at its terminus at the also well known station.
- The incident is also similar to the accident at Harcourt Street Station in Dublin where a goods train bashed through the buffers, and then through the station wall. It is also similar to the accident at Chester Station in the Welsh Borders where a Virgin Voyager Class 221 bashed through the buffers, which caused one person to be injured.
- This is the first episode written with three writers.
- This episode marks the first appearance of Kirk Ronan station in the television series replacing Knapford.
- The barrel that The Fat Controller is standing on when he's talking to Gordon near the beginning is the "Best Quality Diesel Oil" barrel from Bowled Out.
- The scene where Gordon crashes into the station is used for the end of the song "Accidents Will Happen".
- When Gordon leaves for Kirk Ronan, his crew and the Fat Controller are still standing there.
- When Gordon approaches Kirk Ronan, he lets off steam. In the next shot, it has disappeared and he lets off more steam.
- The title card of the Norwegian narration says "Let's Have a Race by Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell."
- In the shot of James asking "Why are you complaining all the time," a man is standing next to him on his right (viewer's left). However when Gordon calls him a small red engine, the man has disappeared. Then the next shot of James looking angry, he has reappeared.
Gordon: One day I'll show you just what 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.
Gordon: Sick? Me? Never!
In Other Languages
|Spanish||Mejoras Para Gordon||Enhancements for Gordon|
|Norwegian||Et Bedre Syn for Gordon||A Better View for Gordon|
|Polish||Lepszy Widok dla Gabrysia||Better View for Gordon|
|Flemish||Gordons Uitzicht||Gordon's View|
|Catalan||Un Vista Millor Per Gordon||A Better View for Gordon|
|French||Gordons Vue de Meilleure||Gordon's Better View|
|Italian||Aria di Guai||Air of Trouble|
|Swedish||Bättre Utsikt för Gordon||Better View for Gordon|
|Slovenian||Lepši Razgled za Gorazda||The Most Beautiful View for Gordon|
|Hungarian||Jobb Kilátás Gordonnak||Improved Visibility Gordon|
|Russian||Гордону лучше видно||Gordon is Better Seen|
|Greek||Ο Τζόνι και η πανοραμική θέα||Gordon and the Panoramic Views|
|Romanian||O Privelişte Mai Bună Pentru Gordon||A Better View for Gordon|
|Slovak||Lepší Pohľad na Gordona||A Better View for Gordon|
|German||Schöne Aussicht für Gordon||Nice View for Gordon|
|Dutch||Een Beter Uitzicht voor Gordon||A Better View for Gordon|
|Chinese||更清楚地了解高登||A Clearer Understanding of Gordon|
|Korean||잘난 척 대장, 고든||Smug Boss, Gordon|
|Brazilian Portuguese||Uma Visão Melhor Para Gordon||A Better View for Gordon|
|Danish||En Bedre Udsigt for Gordon||A Better View for Gordon|
|Thai||กอร์ดอนได้เห็นวิวสมปรารถนา||Gordon Has Views of Realization|
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