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"We must now try to run the branch line with Toby and a diesel. You have put us in an awkward predicament!"
— Sir Topham Hatt scolding Percy

Percy's Predicament is the twentieth episode of the second season. In the US it first aired on the "Mister Moose's Fun Time" episode, "Art Appreciation Day" on Fox Family.


Daisy's time on the Island of Sodor is going badly for everyone concerned. Not only is she frightened of bulls and cows, she remains lazy, bad-tempered, stubborn, and refuses to do jobs she does not want to do.

Percy grumpily shunts trucks one day, as Toby pulls in noticing Daisy has once again refused to take the milk wagon, forcing Percy to make a special trip with it after his normal work is done. Wanting to help, Toby offers to take the milk if Percy fetches his trucks from the quarry in return. Their crews agree to this and Percy sets off.

Percy goes to the quarry to fetch the trucks. Having never been there before, he starts enjoying himself by ordering the trucks about. The trucks do not take kindly to a stranger entering the quarry and giving orders, and vote to pay Percy out.

While running along, Percy whistles to the guard to pin down his brakes only for the trucks to push him along. The signalman is too late to switch Percy into the runaway siding and Percy crashes into a brake van, destroying it and perching himself on top of the remains of a truck.

The next day, Toby and Daisy help clear up the mess and Sir Topham Hatt arrives to speak to Percy, telling him that now the branch line will have to be run with only Toby and a Diesel, leaving him in an awkward predicament. Percy, very much stuck in his own predicament, understands fully what he means.

Sir Topham Hatt also scolds Daisy for her laziness and is close to sending her away. Daisy is left feeling ashamed of herself, but Sir Topham Hatt has decided to give her another chance given how hard she worked after Percy's accident. Daisy is happy and promises to work hard with Toby's help. Knowing Toby has a lot of experience with running a branch line, Sir Topham Hatt is satisfied.

The next day, Thomas returns from the works and is happily reunited with Annie and Clarabel while Percy is sent away to be repaired. All the engines are now friends and Daisy learns a lot from Toby, leading her to become a really useful engine.




  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, Branch Line Engines.
  • Stock footage from Percy Runs Away and Percy and Harold is used.
  • The small truck wears the Spiteful Brake Van's angry face.
  • A deleted photo shows that Thomas came back just before Toby was coupled up to Percy's flatbed.
  • In the English version, the sign says "All trains stop to pin down brakes." In the Welsh version, it says "Stop every train to wait." In the Norwegian version, it says "To all trains stop the brakes must be checked." However, the Norwegian sign wasn't used in the episode, only in a VHS trailer, and in the episode, the narrator just said "Stop! All brakes must be checked!"


  • Percy's trucks' faces continuously disappear and reappear.
  • When the narrator says "Percy had never been to the quarry before," he shunts four trucks together and there is a gap between the last two trucks and the brake van, but in the very next scene, a fifth truck appears and the brake van is now behind the last truck.
  • When the first truck says "Pay Percy out!" it's face is on the back end.
  • When Percy passes the signalbox, his brake van changes.
  • When Percy passes by the signalbox, the signalman moves slightly, since Percy's weight moves the ground where he's standing.
  • Just before Percy crashes into the brake van, a stone used to lift Percy on top of the trucks is seen on the track that the brake van is on.
  • Percy's cab reveals part of the motor casting after the accident, during the panning shot from Toby to Daisy to Percy.
  • The brake van is already broken before Percy destroys it.
  • After the accident, the van behind Toby has a face, but in a deleted scene, it does not have a face.
  • When Thomas couples up to Annie and Clarabel his driver is facing the back. However, when Thomas puffs away, his driver is still looking back.
  • Because stock footage from Percy and Harold is used, Percy's load of gravel changes into stone slabs.
  • When the narrator says "'Come along,' puffed Percy," the truck on the right of the screen does not have a chain on his hook.
  • Percy only has half of his screw-link coupling.
  • Percy is smiling when he cries "Help! Help!"
  • When Percy crashes, his whistle is crooked.


"What Toby doesn't know about branch line problems isn't worth knowing. Our Toby is an experienced engine." - Sir Topham Hatt


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese かしゃにのりあげたパーシー Percy Ran Onto the Truck
Welsh Penbleth Pyrsi Percy's Dilemma
Spanish El Dilema De Percy Percy's Quandary
Polish Kłopotliwe Położenie Piotrka Percy's Predicament
Norwegian Percy i knipa Percy in a Predicament
Dutch Percy's Problemen Percy's Problems
Finnish Pekan pulmallinen tilanne Percy's Predicament
Italian Daisy pigrona Lazy Daisy
Chinese 培西的困境 Percy's Predicament
Korean 화물차들에게 당한 파시 Percy, who was to Vans?
Slovenian Poldijeva nezgoda Percy's Accident
Russian Перси в затруднительном положении Percy in a Quandry
Ukrainian Персі у ніяковому становищі Percy in Awkward Situation
Romanian Încurcătura lui Percy Percy's Mess
Hungarian Percy Bajba Kerül Percy Get into Trouble
Slovak Percyho problémy Percy's Problems
German Percys Zwangslage Percy's Predicament
Czech Percyho potíže Percy's Trouble
Swedish Percy i Knipa Percy in Trouble
Danish Percy kommer i klemme Percy Pinched
Thai เพอร์ซีชนอีกแล้ว Percy Strikes Again

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