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"My funnel's cold! My funnel's cold! I want a scarf! I want a scarf!"
"Rubbish, Percy! Engines don't wear scarves"
"Engines with proper funnels do! You've only got a small one!
"
— Percy and Henry arguing over scarves.
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A Scarf for Percy
Director(s)

David Mitton

Producer(s)

Britt Allcroft
David Mitton

Writer(s)

Reverend W. Awdry
(original)
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
(adapted)

Narrator

Michael Angelis (UK)
George Carlin (US)

Air date

December 24th,
1991 (US)
February 25th,
1992 (UK)
April 14th,
1992 (JAP)
February 15th,
1993 (AUS)

Previous episode

Thomas and the
Missing Christmas
Tree

Next episode

Percy's Promise

A Scarf for Percy is the first episode of the third season. In the US, it premiered on the Shining Time Station episode Is Anybody There?.

Plot

It is a very cold winter morning on the Island of Sodor, with Thomas and Percy in the sheds feeling the brunt of it. Thomas complains that his firelighter is late, but Percy reminds him that the firelighter isn't late... rather, they're awake early because of the cold. As wind and snow make the two engines even colder, the two decide to take their minds off the weather by talking about warm things in the hope that they'll feel less cold as a result. Percy lists off some things known for keeping away the cold, and his mind soon turns to scarves. Thomas jokes that Percy needs a nice warm scarf around his funnel, but while he's only kidding Percy thinks happily about how warm a scarf would be until the firelighter finally arrives.

The Fat Controller is much warmer that morning, as he enjoys hot porridge for breakfast while looking forward to taking some visitors on a tour of the island. He tells his wife that he has pressed his best trousers and will put them in his trunk ready to be changed into when its time for photographs. He then leaves to catch his train.

Percy is soon hard at work, still thinking about scarves which isn't helped by seeing everyone wearing them. He complains about his cold funnel to Henry, telling him he wants a scarf. Henry tells Percy that engines don't wear scarves, but Percy retorts that Henry won't because his funnel is too small. Henry is furious at being insulted, but Percy puffs away before he can answer leaving the bigger engine to get ready to pull the special train. 

At the station, it is time for photographs and the Fat Controller is waiting for his trousers which are in one of the trunks being carried on a baggage trolley across the line. The two porters pulling the trolley walk backwards to make sure nothing falls off so aren't able to see what is coming. Percy, still feeling cheeky, arrives at the station and his driver shuts off steam as usual. Percy decides to startle the coaches by coming in as quietly as possible however the porters don't hear him either. Percy doesn't stop until it's too late, as he crushes the trolley and sends the luggage and a box of jam flying into the air. The jam ends up splattering across Percy, the passengers and the Fat Controller. Meanwhile the Fat Controller's hat lands on Percy's lamp iron and his best trousers end up wrapping themselves around Percy's funnel.

Everyone is furious, especially the Fat Controller who snatches his top hat before discovering what has become of his trousers making him even angrier. He tells Percy that they'll have to pay the passengers for their ruined clothes and warns him to never play tricks on the coaches again. Percy, still covered with jam and wearing the trousers, feels very silly and quickly leaves to be washed.

Percy soon encounters James, who jokes that Percy found a 'scarf' after all and runs off to tell Henry. That night, Thomas and a clean Percy prepare to go to sleep happy that the firelighter has agreed to arriver earlier the next day. Henry arrives, having enjoyed taking the passengers on their tour, and feels sorry for Percy but can't resist a small joke as he mentions the weather is meant to be warmer so there won't be any need for a scarf. Percy assures Thomas and Henry that he's now well aware that engines don't need scaves but a nice warm boiler instead.

Characters

Locations

Trivia

  • This episode is based on the story Percy and the Trousers from The Railway Series book, Henry the Green Engine.
  • This is the first episode narrated by Michael Angelis in the UK, George Carlin in the US, and Gro Solemdal's in Norway.
  • This was Britt Allcroft's first episode as producer. This was also Angus Wright's first episode as executive producer.
  • A deleted scene shows a truck getting splashed with jam.
  • When first repeated on ITV in 1993, Henry's scenes and the ending were cut out to fit the timeslot.
  • A CGI recreation of the scene where Percy crashes into the baggage trolley was made for Blue Mountain Mystery.
  • Percy's accident is inspired by an event which took place at a railway station in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England.

Goofs

  • Percy's trucks disappear at Dryaw.
  • In the UK version, when the Fat Controller says, "I shall put them in my trunk and change into them just before the photographs are taken," Michael Angelis waits an unusually long length of time before adding, "he said to his wife".
  • When Percy puffs alongside Henry, the track he was on leads to a dead end.
  • Percy should not have bumped up when he hit the trunk; in fact, he should have crunched it to splinters.
  • When Percy's wheels bounce after hitting the trolley, one of the porters is wobbling.
  • One of the porters' trousers keep changing from green to brown.
  • Percy appears to have derailed after hitting the trolley, but he is still on the track in the next shot.
  • It shouldn't have taken the porters that long to pull the trolley across the track.
  • Lady Hatt is seen as one of the people wearing scarves at Dryaw, but she was just seen with Sir Topham Hatt.
  • The trousers are completely out of scale.
  • In the restored version, when Percy puffs alongside Henry, he stops a little ahead of Henry, but in the next scene, he is next to Henry.
  • When the narrator says "Thomas and Percy were cold and cross", Thomas' eyes are wonky.
  • When Percy pulls up next to James, James' face and Percy's cab roof are loose.
  • When Percy crashes into the trolley, he seems to have run it over after he jumps. However, in the next shot the trolley is somehow in front of him.
  • Before Percy puffs by the workmen he has no headlamp, then gains one puffing past them, and it then disappears after leaving.

Quotes

Percy: Why don't we talk about something else?
Thomas: Yes. Like how silly we'll look when our funnels turn into icicles.
Percy: That's not funny! Maybe we'll stop feeling cold if we talk about warm things like sunshine and steam...
Thomas: ...And firelighters!
Percy: Scarves!
Thomas: Scarves! That's what you need, Percy! A woolly scarf around your funnel!
James: Hello Percy. So you found a scarf, eh? But legs go in trousers, not funnels.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Norwegian Et skjerf til Percy A Scarf to Percy
Spanish Una Bufanda para Percy A Scarf for Percy
Welsh Sgarff i Percy Scarf to Percy
Dutch Een stropdas voor Percy A Tie for Percy
Japanese パーシーのマフラー Percy's Muffler
Finish Pekan Kaulaliina Percy's Scarf

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