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“First the rain, then an elephant. Whatever will you be afraid of next?"
"Never mind, Henry. I think you were brave today, and really reliable too!”
―Gordon and Thomas

Henry and the Elephant is the nineteenth episode of the fourth season. In the US, it aired in the Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales episode, Paint the Town Red in 1996.

Plot

One morning, Gordon, Henry and James are in a bad mood - with Thomas running his branch line and Percy nowhere to be found, they are forced to collect their own coaches. James decides to take out his anger on Henry and mocks him about his fear of the rain. Henry retorts that James looks like he belongs in a circus, which leads Percy, who has just arrived, to believe the engines have heard about the circus that has come to town. He explains that he had been helping to shunt the special trucks and coaches on the Fat Controller's request. The big engines soon forget to be cross and eagerly help out too. When it is time for the circus to leave, James is given the task of pulling the train away, making Gordon and Henry cross once again.

Later that day, the Fat Controller informs Henry that a tunnel is blocked and asks him to take some workmen to investigate. Henry arrives at the tunnel, grumbling all the way, and the workmen enter to examine the blockage. A few moments later, they quickly run out in horror. One explains to the foreman that the blockage is alive and they refuse to go back inside. The foreman does not believe them and decides to have Henry push it out. Henry, horrified of the idea of being stuck in a tunnel with something big and alive, protests this decision, but his driver reminds him that the line has to be cleared.

Henry reluctantly enters the tunnel with the trucks he brought the workmen in, only for the blockage to push him back out again. Both Henry and the foreman are surprised to discover the "blockage" is a large, cross elephant that had escaped from the circus. The workmen offer the elephant some cake and water to calm him down. Unfortunately, Henry then accidentally startles him by letting off steam, causing the elephant to spray him with water. The elephant is soon reunited with his keeper, but Henry is most upset by what happened.

That evening, Henry tells the other engines what happened. Although Gordon and James feel sorry for him, they continue to tease him. Thomas, however, praises Henry for his bravery and how well he handled the situation.

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Trivia

  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, Troublesome Engines.
  • A reference to the first season episode, The Sad Story of Henry is made.
  • In the Railway Series, Henry's incident with the elephant was one of the reasons the big engines went on strike, thus leading to the arrival of Percy, while in the television series, due to the adaption being held over the event has no connection to the latter, hence Percy's appearance in the adaptation.
  • On the airings of PBS Sprout and The Greatest Stories DVD, it uses the unrestored opening and end credits.
  • The models of Big Mickey, Izzy Gomez, and S.S. Vienna from TUGS appear.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of Henry's Tunnel since the first season, excluding its appearance in a deleted scene from the previous episode, and its last appearance until the seventh season episode Emily's New Coaches.

Goofs

  • At the beginning of the story, Thomas has Edward's whistle sound.
  • When Thomas arrives at Elsbridge at the beginning, the camera moves slightly to the left.
  • When the workmen look at the elephant in the tunnel, one of them is missing his right eyebrow.
  • Gordon's buffers are crooked in the scenes at Tidmouth Sheds.
  • When James says "We get no rest!" and when he is turning round on the turntable, his eyes are wonky.
  • The elephant's keeper's mouth is missing.
  • Percy's cab roof has been raised when he is at Tidmouth Sheds.

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In Other Languages

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Language Title
Chinese 亨利和大象
Czech Jindra a Slon
Danish Henry og Elefanten
Dutch Henry en de Olifant
Finnish Henri ja Elefantti
French Henri et l'Éléphant
German Henry und der Elefant
Greek Ο Τσάρλι και ο ελέφαντας
Hungarian Henry és az Elefánt
Italian Henry e l'Elefante
Japanese トンネルのなかのかいぶつ
Korean 헨리와 코끼리
Norwegian Henry og Elefanten
Polish Henio i Słoń
Portuguese Henry e o Elefante
Romanian Henry şi Elefantul
Russian Генри и слон
Slovak Henry a Slon
Slovenian Henrik in Slon
Spanish Henry y el Elefante
Swedish Henry och Elefanten
Thai เฮนรี่โดนช้างเล่นงาน
Ukrainian Генрi i слон
Welsh Henri a'r Eliffant

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  • Thomas and the Special Letter and other stories
  • Story and Song Collection

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