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|Gordon Takes a Shortcut|
Gordon Takes a Shortcut is the fifteenth episode of the twelfth season.
Some workmen and a group of VIP's are waiting at Great Waterton. Gordon tries to take a shortcut to beat Stanley there, but when he ignores advice from Duck, Oliver, and Toad he ends up getting lost. After banging into Ben's log truck, spilling logs onto Stanley's line, he realises that trying to take a shortcut hadn't been such a good idea after all. Gordon knows he must stop Stanley from hitting the logs, so he asks for advice from the other engines on how to get down to Stanley's line. He manages to stop Stanley just in time. The two go to Great Waterton, and as a sign of friendship, Gordon allows Stanley to take the VIP's.
- A sampled recording of the story with Pierce Brosnan's original narration is featured on Dino Athanassiou's website.
- Stock footage from Gordon and the Engineer and Percy and the Left Luggage is used.
- Oliver and Toad speak for the first time since the seventh season episode, Snow Engine, although Oliver previously made a non-speaking role in Steady Eddie. The episode also marks Oliver's last appearance until Tale of the Brave and Toad's last appearance until the eighteenth season episode, Signals Crossed as well as their last speaking roles until Toad's Adventure.
- Going by production order, this is the tenth episode of the twelfth season.
- This episode aired before The Great Discovery premiered in the UK, meaning the audience may have not known about Stanley or Great Waterton.
- Harvey appears in the annual story of this episode, which means he may have originally played a role in this episode.
- This marks Ben's last appearance until the seventeenth season episode, Percy's Lucky Day.
- In real life, the log truck should have been crushed and Ben should have been knocked back when Gordon crashes into the log truck.
- Duck's face is smaller than usual.
- Stanley's whistle sound has changed since The Great Discovery.
- Gordon's tender shakes when he arrives at the Logging Station.
- Duck tells Gordon which way to go, but he did not know where Gordon was going.
- Toad's CGI face is larger than his model face.
- One of the trucks in the siding with 'Arry and Bert is derailed.
- When the narrator says, "But Gordon didn't know which track to take to find Stanley", Ben's eyes are wonky.
- Gordon's tracks to Great Waterton would have been set by the signalmen, so it would be impossible for him to choose another line.
- Throughout the episode, Gordon's driver and fireman cannot be seen in his cab.
- Gordon asks Ben, who is more than happy to assist, for help, yet Ben does nothing to help in any way.