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"Shake! Shake! Make me quake!"
"Make me quake until I shake!
"
— Thomas and Dowager Hatt crossing the Shake Shake Bridge
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Jitters and Japes
Director(s)

Greg Tiernan

Producer(s)

Nicole Stinn

Writer(s)

Sharon Miller

Narrator

Michael Angelis
(UK)
Michael Brandon
(US)

Air date

November 3rd,
2010 (UK)
January 8th,
2011 (US)
October 22nd,
2011 (AUS)
May 5th,
2012 (NOR)
July 8th,
2012 (JAP)

Previous episode

O the Indignity

Next episode

Merry Misty Island

Jitters and Japes is the eighteenth episode of the fourteenth season.

Plot

Dowager Hatt is visiting Sodor. Thomas puffs into Knapford Station and Sir Topham Hatt tells him to collect his mother from Maithwaite station and take her on a tour of Misty Island. Thomas guarantees that Dowager Hatt will have fun which prompts Sir Topham to warn Thomas that his mother is an elderly woman. Thomas then asks Toby, one of the oldest engines, what he would want to do. Toby tells Thomas that he would want to go slow and then rest to smile at the beautiful views.

So Thomas sets off to Maithwaite to collect the Dowager. Thomas tells Dowager Hatt that he has a plan for their day and Dowager Hatt tells Thomas that she has a few plans herself, but Thomas does not listen and sets off through the Misty Island Tunnel. Unfortunately, the mist is down over Misty Island which rather upsets the Dowager. Thomas then remembers Toby's idea of fun and stops to let Dowager Hatt admire the view, but she is not happy. She doesn't consider the view very fun at all. Thomas assures her that the next stop will be fun and they soon stop at the Misty Island Seashore. Dowager Hatt waits and waits, but she doesn't smile. Finally, the mist lifts and Thomas sets off again to have more "fun". Thomas, remembering Toby's advice, puffs slowly and steadily up and down hills. But Dowager Hatt is getting more and more annoyed until, finally, she demands Thomas to stop. He does and Dowager Hatt orders Thomas to take her home. Thomas tells her that he was only trying to be fun for her, but Dowager Hatt tells Thomas that she wanted thrills and spills, jokes and japes, jitters and flitters. Thomas does not know what those are so he decides to go home the quickest way possible.

Thomas chuffs through the Hollow Tree Tunnel, and to his surprise Dowager Hatt is clapping and laughing. Which gives Thomas an idea. He races faster and faster towards the Shake Shake Bridge. Dowager Hatt loves the bridge! Next, it's Old Wheezy's turn to impress. He throws logs all over the place - much to the Dowager's content. All too soon, it was teatime and Dowager Hatt had to go back to Sodor. Dowager Hatt tells her son all about the fun she's had and the Fat Controller praises Thomas, who now realises that different people have different ideas of fun - regardless of their age!

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Trivia

  • Going by production order, this is the ninteenth episode of the fourteenth season.
  • Dowager Hatt calls Sir Topham "Bertram" again.
  • Part of Dowager Hatt's portrait is framed on the Fat Controller's mantle-piece along with a photo of himself and one of his granddaughter, Bridget.
  • This is the first time we see the road entrance to Knapford.
  • The Lion of Sodor can be seen in the middle of the roundabout at the road entrance to Knapford station.
  • Photographs from the episodes James Goes Too Far and Toby's Afternoon Off and one of Henry can be seen on the wall of the stationmaster's office at Knapford. In the picture of James, his face has been removed.
  • This is the first time Annie, Clarabel, and Dowager Hatt have visited Misty Island. It is also the first time the island has been seen without the logging locos present.
  • Mr. Percival and Jem Cole cameo at Knapford station in the scene with Gordon and James.
  • The Norwegian title is directly translated to a Norwegian term old people use to describe young people.

Goofs

  • How could Thomas hear what Dowager Hatt was saying from inside Annie?
  • The narrator says that Dowager Hatt climbed aboard Annie and Clarabel, but she can only be in one or the other.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ワクワクするぼうけん An Exciting Adventure
Norwegian Hurramegrundt Hurrah-me-Round
German Spaß auf dem Nebelinsel Fun on the Fog Island
Welsh Llawenydd a sbri Mirth and Spree

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