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"Better a smash than a squash."
— Rheneas' driver

Rusty and the Boulder is the twenty-fifth (twenty-sixth in Australia) episode of the fifth season.

Plot

On the Island of Sodor, high up in the mountains, there is a mysterious boulder that has stood alone for a long time. But one day, a new quarry is built near the mines on the land below and Rusty is afraid the giant boulder would fall onto the line. He confesses his fears to Thomas and Percy. Edward arrives with a new machine called Thumper to help with the mining process. Soon, Thumper is working hard. The men are pleased, but no one bothers to check the boulder. But when it started raining, the workmen left. Rusty gazed up and shivered as above stood Boulder. Suddenly, a large slab of rock lands on the rails. Rusty is shocked and worried by this, but his driver is concerned. His driver thinks the rock has been loosened by the rain, but Rusty thinks it is Boulder telling them to go away. As they leave, a face mysteriously appears on Boulder and then disappears.

The next day, the sun is shining and Thumper begins working harder than ever. Suddenly, Rusty notices something; Boulder begins moving, but his driver does not believe him until Boulder falls down in front of them and begins to chase Rusty. Boulder rolls along the line of the rails as Rusty quickly drives himself backwards to get away from Boulder. Rusty and his driver stop at a junction and wait for Boulder to pass by, but Boulder is nowhere to be seen. Then, they soon realise that Boulder is behind them. Just ahead, they see a small junction, so Rusty races towards it. Rusty takes the line that goes uphill, while Boulder thunders past by them.

Meanwhile, Skarloey is making his way up to the quarry. Then, he sees Boulder heading for him catching up fast. He becomes surprised and quickly reverses, but soon slips into a siding, while the Boulder passes by. Boulder smashes up the water tower that was in between the tracks. Skarloey tells Rusty that they have to warn the yards, but he does not know how. Boulder was headed for Rheneas and he races back as fast as he can to get away from Boulder until he ran into some buffers with Boulder just missing him, but his driver sighs that it is rather a smash than a squash. At the yards, Percy is collecting trucks when he heard and saw Boulder approaching. Boulder crashes nearby into the sheds, causing a large, fiery explosion and Boulder to go up in flames.

When The Fat Controller inspects the damage, he has no choice but to close the mine. Then he looks at Boulder with the shed, destroyed. He realises that they should have left this part of the island alone. They move Boulder to a hill close by the yards so it would never harm anyone or anything on the island anymore. Rusty is sure that, on a clear night, it is gazing high up at the mountains in the distance and that its eyes are being carried on to the wind where it once used to stand, proud and silent.

Characters

Locations

Trivia

  • Going by production order, this is the twenty-sixth episode of the fifth season and the season finale.
  • Boulder's face is based upon Gordon's upset face.
  • The same model for Boulder is used for both the large-scale and normal-scale sets.
  • The UK and US versions of this episode have some musical and sound effect differences:
    • In the US version, when Edward says "It's called Thumper!" a small musical ditty is heard, but in the UK version, it isn't.
    • In the UK version, when Rusty's driver says "Oh no, it's behind us!" to the point to where the narrator says "Boulder thundered past," the music is omitted.
    • In the UK version, when Skarloey says "We must warn the yards!" and Rusty says "Yes, but how?" the music is omitted.
    • In the US version, when Boulder falls off the cliff and lands on the tracks, a sound effect is heard, but in the UK version, it's not heard.
    • In the US version when Rheneas crashes, the sound is loud, but in the UK version, it's not.
  • This episode marks the first and only appearance of Thumper to date.
  • In this episode, the quarry was brand new and closed in a short amount of time, meaning the events of Bye George! and Duncan Gets Spooked must have occurred during the events of this episode, as they also took place at the Boulder Quarry yards at the base of the mountain. Furthermore, George is seen at Thumper's dig site before Boulder gets loose, meaning that he served his week-long punishment and brought back to the quarry to help.
  • The scene where Boulder chases after Rusty, is based off of the Indiana Jones film Raiders of the Lost Ark. This reference was later used in the Thomas Around the World short, Thomas Goes for Gold.
  • Rusty's small-scale model is used at the beginning and end of the episode, but his large-scale model is used throughout the rest.
  • This is one of Davey Moore's favourite classic series episodes alongside Thomas' Train.

Goofs

  • Due to his model being changed, Rusty's face gets bigger and then smaller again throughout the episode.
  • In the close-ups of Rheneas, the hook attached to the camera he is pulling along is visible.
  • In the close-up of Rheneas' driver, his right eye (viewer's left) appears overloaded of black marker. Also, he appears to be in Rusty's cab rather than Rheneas'.
  • In the second close up of Percy when Boulder was approaching, it appears that the shed has already been destroyed as the wood from the shed is laying on Percy's trucks.

Quotes

  • The Fat Controller: (about the boulder) We should've left this part of the island, alone.

Merchandise

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Rusty y la Roca Rusty and the Rock
Japanese いわのボルダー Boulder the Rock
Welsh Y Graig The Rock
Dutch Rusty en het rotsblok Rusty and the Boulder
Hungarian Rusty és a vándorkő Rusty and the Boulder
Russian Расти и валун Rusty and the Boulder
Greek Σκουριασμένο και το ογκόλιθος Rusty and the Boulder
Danish Rusty og Rullestenen Rusty and the Rolling Stone
Polish Rudik i Głaz Rusty and the Boulder
Italian Rusty e il Masso Rusty and the Boulder
German Rusty und der Felsblock Rusty and the Boulder
Slovenian Zlatko in skala Rusty and Rock
Chinese 罗斯缇和石头 Rusty and Stones
Korean 러스티와 둥근 바위 Rusty and Round Rock
Romanian Rusty şi Bolovanul Rusty and Boulders
Slovak Rusty a Kameň Rusty and Stones
Norwegian Rusty og Rullesteinen Rusty and Rolling Stone
Cantonese 羅斯緹和石頭 Rusty and Stones
Swedish Rusty och stenbumlingen Rusty and the Boulder
Thai หัวรถจักรเกือบถูกก้อนหินใหญ่ทับ The Engine Was Almost Crushed Rocks

Home Media Releases

UK

DVD Boxsets

US

DVD Packs

JPN

AUS

DVD Boxsets

NZ

  • Spooks and Surprises

GRC

MYS

PHL

DK

GER

DVD Boxsets

ITA

SWE

WAL

THA

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