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Confusion Without Delay is the third episode from the twenty-second season.


Rebecca, the big tender engine, surprises the Fat Controller by arriving early on the island. After all the other engines tell her how fast and useful they all are, Rebecca wants to impress them too. But she tries too hard that she turns up too early for the passengers and leaves early too.







  • At the end of the episode, Thomas mentions the events of The Adventure Begins. Stock footage from said special is used.
  • This episode marks the first of a couple things:
    • The first appearance of Vicarstown Sheds since the first season episode, Off the Rails, excluding stock footage.
    • Flying Scotsman's first full appearance in an episode.
    • The first episode to feature the new lineup of the Steam Team together.
  • When Philip and Edward are shown at Wellsworth Sheds, a voice clip from the episode A Shed for Edward is reused for Edward.
  • A reference to The Great Race is made by James and Nia.


  • In the UK dub, Thomas has his US voice when the Fat Controller almost runs into him. Additionally, Percy has his US voice when the engines welcome Rebecca.
  • When the Fat Controller addresses Thomas, Percy, Nia and Emily before introducing Rebecca, there are trucks behind Percy during his close-up, but they are not present in Emily's close-up.

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