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"Stupid thing! Why can't it go and buzz somewhere else?"
— Percy
Percy and Harold/
Percy Proves a Point

David Mitton


David Mitton
Robert D. Cardona


Reverend W. Awdry
Britt Allcroft and
David Mitton


Ringo Starr (UK/US)
George Carlin (US)

Air date

October 22nd,
1986 (UK)
April 28th,
1988 (AUS)
April 30th,
1989 (US)
June 4th,
1991 (JPN)
November 27th,
1991 (George
Carlin US

Previous episode

Duck Takes Charge

Next episode

The Runaway

Percy and Harold retitled Percy Proves a Point in American releases, is the ninth episode of the second season. In the US, it aired on the Shining Time Station episodes Just Wild about Harry's Workshop in 1989 and Field Day in 1991.


Percy was enjoying working at the new harbour on Thomas' Branch Line. He liked the branch line work rather than shunting for the mainline engines at the big station. Along the branch line was an airfield and Percy would hear the planes flying overhead. The loudest though was a helicopter. Percy complained about the noise it would make.

One day Percy stopped with his train at the airfield. The helicopter was there and they began by introducing each other. The helicopter's name was Harold and it was not long before the two start trading insults. When they finished, Harold flew away and Percy set off for the quarry. Percy found Toby and vented off his feelings about Harold.

On Percy's trip back to the harbour, they hear Harold's unmistakable buzzing. Percy's crew encourage the two to race each other. Percy had never been allowed to go that fast before. The trucks wailed and begged Percy to stop, but it was no use. They had to slow down when they reached the wharf and Percy was sure that they had lost the race. But when the fireman climbed onto the roof of the cab, he could see Harold still looking for a place to land.

In celebration of Percy's victory, the fireman sung a little song about the race, which Percy loves.




  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, Percy the Small Engine.
  • Stock footage from Coal is used - it's easy to tell from the shot of Percy's driver leaning out of the cab during the race that it is Henry's cab.
  • CITV host, Tommy Boyd, recalls this as his first Thomas episode.
  • In the Japanese version, the music is omitted during Percy's Victory Song.


  • In the first shot, Percy pushes a box close to the rails and his eyes are wonky.
  • After Thomas says "Well done, Percy! The Fat Controller is very pleased with us!", the camera then cuts to Percy. This is the same shot as the one of the fireman singing; look up at Percy's cab and you can see the fireman's legs.
  • When the narrator says, "An airfield was close by", Thomas' face moves slightly. The same thing happens with Percy's face, when he says "Stupid thing! Why can't it go and buzz somewhere else?".
  • It is odd that Percy was still smiling after Harold said that he thinks railways are slow, not much use, and out of date.
  • The wind sock beside Harold should have been blown by his rotors when he took off.
  • In the close-up of Percy complaining to Toby about Harold, Percy's eyes look wonky.
  • When Percy says "Yes! Let's" you can see through his left eye.
  • When Percy gains speed, his back wheel derails.
  • Percy's trucks gained faces when they say "We don't want to, We don't want to".
  • In the aerial shot of Harold flying alongside Percy, a truck vanishes from Percy's train.
  • When Harold flies over the valley, he clips a tree.
  • When Percy says "Oh, dear! I'm sure we've lost!", his eyes are wonky.
  • Throughout the episode, Percy's left (viewer's right) cylinder is loose.
  • Percy only has half of his screw-link coupling.
  • Since stock footage is used, Percy's fireman changes appearance at the Wharf.
  • The distant signal has been incorrectly constructed. The coloured side of a signal arm is normally the side that points to the left, with the light stationed on the black and white side to point through lenses on the coloured side.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Percy Aclara las Cosas Percy Clarifies Things
Italian La locomotiva e l'elicottero The Locomotive and the Helicopter
Welsh Prysi a Harold Percy and Harold
Norwegian Percy og Harold Percy and Harold
Japanese パーシーとハロルド Percy and Harold
Slovenian Poldi in Dolfe Percy and Harold
Dutch Percy en Harold Percy and Harold
French Pierre et Herbert Percy and Harold
Croatian Pero i Hari Percy and Harold
Finnish Pekka ja Harald Percy and Harold



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