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"Are you lost?"
"Would you like some help?"
"No, thank you. I'm not lost.
"
— Oliver, Toad, and Gordon
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Gordon Takes a Shortcut
Director(s)

Steve Asquith

Producer(s)

Simon Spencer

Writer(s)

Wayne Jackman

Narrator

Michael Angelis
(UK)
Michael Brandon
(US)
Pierce Brosnan
(original cut)

Air date

September 19th,
2008 (UK)
November 18th,
2008 (AUS)
November 22nd,
2008 (US)

Previous episode

Don't Go Back

Next episode

The Man in the Hills

Gordon Takes a Shortcut is the fifteenth episode of the twelfth season.

Plot

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.

Characters

Locations

Trivia

Goofs

  • 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.

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