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"Fusspot, fusspot. Fuddy-duddy, fuddy-duddy, fuddy-duddy!"
— Falcon

David Mitton


Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Reverend W. Awdry
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Michael Angelis (UK)
George Carlin (US)

Air date

July 19th,
1995 (UK)
April 24th,
1996 (AUS)
November 11th,
1996 (US)

Previous episode

Sleeping Beauty

Next episode

You Can't Win

Bulldog is the third episode of the fourth season. It first aired on Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales in 1996 in the US.


Percy is itching to show off his new paint to the passengers, but it is too early and to make a point, Thomas tells him and the other engines a tale about Duke.

At the time the story took place, Falcon was still new to the Mid Sodor Railway and so was to double-head a train along the Mountain Road with Duke. Falcon was cross and insisted on going in front, but he paid too much attention to the view and not enough to the rails and thus derailed, hanging dangerously over the edge of a cliff. Duke gallantly held Falcon until his crew was able to secure the couplings, then after being given an emergency supply of water from a nearby cottage he pulled Falcon back onto the rails. Falcon was grateful but perplexed at Duke's braveness, having insulted him previously. Duke modestly claimed he did not want Falcon's new paint to be spoiled.





  • Duncan appears in the second shot of Duke's old line, but he was not a Mid-Sodor engine.
  • In the side-on shot of Falcon, the space for his nameplate is longer than the nameplate itself, reason being that Falcon's nameplate would later be replaced by one reading "Sir Handel".
  • When Falcon crashes through the fence and Duke tries to save Falcon, Duke derails as well.
  • When Duke pulls Falcon back onto the rails, Falcon's nameplate is slightly peeled off.
  • Falcon has Rheneas' whistle sound.
  • When Duke and Falcon enter the tunnel, one of them has Smudger's whistle sound.
  • In a close-up of Duke, his face is smaller than usual. This is so because larger models are used.
  • A rare picture shows Falcon with his Sir Handel nameplate and Rheneas' face.
  • The narrator says that Sir Handel and Peter Sam were Falcon and Stuart respectively, but the viewer would not have known those names until Four Little Engines.
  • A brakevan should have been added to Stuart's train.
  • In the close-up of Duke before he pulls Falcon back on the track, they are not coupled together.
  • Falcon's left (our right) eye is wonky and too far up when the manager is talking to him about the Mountain Road.


  • Percy: Driver should be here by now! What's he doing?
  • Gordon: Sleeping!
  • Percy: But that means I'll be late! The coaches will be waiting and the passengers will get cross!
  • Henry: Rubbish!
  • James: It's still early. You just want to show off!
  • Percy: No I don't!
  • Thomas: Never mind, Percy. It'll soon be time for work. But be careful or you might run into danger. And Duke is not here to save you.
  • Toby: Du-Du-Duke? You mean our hero?
  • Falcon: Huh! Duke's an old fusspot!
  • Duke: Listen. The mountain road is difficult. I'll lead.
  • Falcon: No, I'll lead! How can I learn the route with you lumbering ahead and blocking the view?
  • Duke: Suit yourself, but never mind the view. Look at the track.
  • Duke: Look at the track. Never mind the view.
  • Falcon: Fusspot, Fusspot! Fuddy-Duddy, Fuddy-Duddy, Fuddy-Duddy!
  • Falcon: Don't dawdle, don't dawdle!
  • Duke: No hurry, no hurry.
  • Falcon: Thank you for saving me, Duke. I don't know why you bothered after I'd been so rude.
  • Duke: Oh, well! You just had a new coat of paint. It would have been a pity if you rolled down the mountain and spoiled it!

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
German Wie ein Fels Like a Rock
Norwegian Bulldogen The Bulldog
Japanese ブルドッグ Bulldog
Chinese 斗牛犬 Bulldog
Czech Buldok Bulldog
Finnish Buldogi Bulldog



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