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September 27, 2014
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Air Date: January 11th, 1,999
Narrator - Alec Baldwin (US)
Season 5 - Episode 1
Thomas and Percy enjoy working at the docks, but one day they find themselves delayed when a new crane named Cranky pushes his weight about and messes their work up. Thomas and Percy tell James and Gordon about Cranky. Gordon believes that cranes need a lot of attention like him, and James tells Thomas and Percy that they should see the situation from Cranky's point of view, high up in the air, cooping with wind, rain, and baking sun, looking down on the two engines being annoying.
Matters are made even worse when Cranky finds out Gordon and James agree with his ways, causing him to be more bossy. He tells Percy to shunt some trucks closer to him. Percy is too upset to concentrate and he pushes the trucks too far, leading Cranky to drop a crate on Percy's smokebox. Cranky then plays a trick on Thomas by telling him to shut his flatbeds to the outside line, so that it's easy for Cranky to load up. Thomas does so, but Cranky leaves the loads beside the trucks, rather than in them. The Fat Controller is most upset with Thomas and Percy, and he sends the two engines to the sheds to consider how they will improve themselves the next day.
That night, a storm traps Henry, Gordon, James, and Duck in the harbour shed. Duck is sure that they'll be safe, but a tramp steamer crashes into the quayside, knocking down the shed, causing Cranky to land on his side. When the storm is over, The Fat Controller tells Cranky that Thomas and Percy are coming to help him, and that he can help the other engines. Cranky tells The Fat Controller to say sorry that he was rude to them, and The Fat Controller then realizes that he owes the two engines an apology. Thomas and Percy come to the rescue, and it's not long before Cranky's upright again, and releasing the engines from what remains of the sheds. Cranky then mistakenly calls his rescuers "mites". Percy, offended, puffs away, not realizing he is still attached to Cranky and pulls him down again.
Cranky still looks down on Thomas and Percy, but ever since that stormy night, he never causes trouble for them again.