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"I'm reliable too!"
"Apparently not reliable enough!
"
— Thomas and Elizabeth
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Not So Hasty Puddings/
Not So Hasty Cakes/
Thomas and the Avalanche
Director(s)

David Mitton

Producer(s)

Phil Fehrle

Writer(s)

Robyn Charteris

Narrator

Michael Angelis
(UK)
Michael Brandon
(US)

Air date

November 6th,
2003 (UK)
March 11th,
2004 (US)
April 19th,
2004 (KOR)
September 11th,
2004 (JPN)
November 12th,
2004 (AUS)
September 25th,
2009 (HUN)

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Next episode

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Not So Hasty Puddings, retitled Not So Hasty Cakes or Thomas and the Avalanche in American releases, is the twenty-fourth episode of the seventh season.

Plot

It is Christmas time on the Island and snow is lying heavy on the ground. When Elizabeth delivers Thomas' snowplough, he refuses to wear it and Elizabeth states that he cannot be reliable without it. Thomas grumbles about how rude Elizabeth was and that his snowplough makes his buffers ache.

When Thomas arrived at Maithwaite, he saw Sir Topham Hatt talking to Elizabeth that the Sodor Pudding Factory was snowed in and that the puddings must get to the Docks before the ship leaves for the Mainland. Thomas volunteers to do it, but Sir Topham Hatt needs Thomas to work on his branch line and gave the job to Elizabeth because she is very reliable. Thomas states that he is reliable too, but Elizabeth says that he is not reliable enough which made Thomas cross as Elizabeth left.

Thomas arrived at every station on time, while Elizabeth was having a hard time driving on the slippery road. Thomas arrived at the Docks to pick up Terence and sees that Elizabeth has not returned. Sir Topham Hatt orders Thomas to find her. Elizabeth was filled with Christmas Puddings and was on her way to the Docks, but the slippery roads and the weight of the cargo got her stuck in a snowdrift. Thomas and Terence are stopped by her driver and Terence pulls her out. Thomas helps Elizabeth deliver the puddings just in time and Elizabeth understands that Thomas is a reliable engine.

Characters

Locations

Trivia

  • Going by production order, this is the twenty-sixth episode of the seventh season.
  • Edited stock footage from The Flying Kipper, It's Only Snow, and Snow Engine is used.
  • This marks the final appearance of Terence until The Great Discovery.
  • This episode did not come out on home video in the UK and the US until 2008, when it was released on DVD in the UK as part of The Complete Seventh Series, and in the US on Mud Glorious Mud.
  • This marks the first and only appearance of Hackenbeck in the television series.
  • The Sodor Puddings sign is now preserved by The Coffey Man Preservation from the Prop Gallery.
  • This was the only Classic Series episode that was not released on VHS in the US.

Goofs

  • In the close-up of Elizabeth's wheels, the platform used to make her slide is visible.
  • Because stock footage is used, Henry is in his old shape, from before his rebuild, and Thomas is briefly seen with his other snowplough from It's Only Snow.
  • Although this episode is called "Not So Hasty Cakes" in the American narration, the factory sign still says "Puddings".
  • In a picture, Elizabeth's eyes are wonky and black and red wires are seen in her cab.
  • When Thomas and Terence are flagged down by Elizabeth's driver, Terence's eyes are wonky.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クリスマス・プディング Christmas Pudding
Swedish Inga hastbullar No Hasty Puddings
Polish Świąteczne Wypieki Christmas Pastries
Danish Vinterforviklinger Winter Complications
Hungarian A Karácsonyi Puding The Christmas Pudding
Italian I Dolciumi Natalizi Christmas Sweets
Romanian Thomas şi Avalanşa Thomas and the Avalance
Russian Тяжелый путь пудингов Heavy Road Puddings
Slovak Nevez rýchlo pudingi Not as Quickly Puddings
Chinese 杜丁来了 Pudding Come
Korean 고마워, 토마스 Thanks, Thomas
Thai โธมัสมาช่วยอลิซเซอร์เบ็ธ Thomas Helped Elizabeth

Home Media Releases

UK

AUS

  • The Complete Seventh Series

DVD Packs

US

JPN

MYS

SWE

DK

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