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The eighth season of the television series was the first to be produced by HiT Entertainment. The twenty-six episode season was first broadcast in 2004 and narrated by Michael Angelis in the UK and Michael Brandon in the US.
|Screenshot||UK title (top)|
US title (bottom)
|Episode number #|
|"Thomas and the Tuba"||August 1st, 2004||#01|
|Thomas is so excited to collect the brass band that he leaves the tuba player behind. The band leader realizes this and Thomas looks for the tuba player. Meanwhile, the tuba player tries to fetch rides so he can head to Maithwaite.|
|"Percy's New Whistle"||August 1st, 2004||#02|
|'Arry and Bert tease Percy for only having a whistle. Percy becomes cross and practices whistling louder out of spite, not realizing he's causing trouble for Thomas and Bertie. Percy regrets it, the next day, but can't resist another whistle and whistles so loud that a giant snowball collides into him. However, the next day, he spots a snowdrift on the line, and hears Thomas approaching. Percy uses his whistle to save him and learns how to use a whistle properly.|
|"Thomas to the Rescue"||August 8th, 2004||#03|
|Thomas is sent to work at the quarry with Mavis, though it turns out Diesel is there too. Diesel gives Thomas a hard time, declaring the Fat Controller is planning to scrap steam engines. The next morning, Salty brings fresh diesel fuel. Diesel boasts about it, but the fuel makes all of the diesels on the island sick.|
|"Henry and the Wishing Tree"||August 8th, 2004||#04|
|Henry usually pulls goods trains, but longs for a chance to pull the express after Gordon orders him to keep his freight away. Thomas tells Henry about the wishing tree, and Henry wishes that he could pull the express. The next day, his wish comes true, but he isn't used to coaches and gives the passengers a bad journey.|
|"James Gets a New Coat"||August 15th, 2004||#05|
|James had just been repainted and boasts to the others how he is special because of red paint. This puts Percy down, as he feels he isn't special. Later, James is sent to the coaling plant to help Percy deliver an important order, but James is too busy showing off along the way and Percy is left on his own.|
|"Thomas Saves the Day"||August 15th, 2004||#06|
|Before the construction site of a new station, there is a difficult bend. Annie and Clarabel always assist Thomas with it, but they are due for an overhaul. He doesn't feel really useful without his coaches, especially when he derails at the difficult bend. However, some trucks break away and head for the new station, and Thomas has to stop them in time.|
|"Percy's Big Mistake"||August 22nd, 2004||#07|
|Percy is overworked, which often makes him late. The dock manager has enough and tells the Fat Controller. That night, Percy overhears the Fat Controller telling his driver Percy will be sent to the scrapyard the following day. Percy is horrified and believes he is going to be scrapped.|
|"Thomas, Emily and the Snowplough"||August 22nd, 2004||#08|
|Emily tells Thomas what he's doing wrong, which irritates him to the point where he decides to ignore her completely. It is said that heavy snow is coming and everyone must wear their snowploughs. Emily heads to find Thomas, but he refuses to listen. He soon wishes he had.|
|"Don't Tell Thomas"||August 29th, 2004||#09|
|Thomas has been working hard clearing the lines of snow, The engines want to thank him by organising a party, but they want it to be a surprise. Thomas becomes increasingly annoyed that they are not sharing the secret with him.|
|"Emily's New Route"||August 29th, 2004||#10|
|Emily is given the flour route for the summer, and James warns her of a monster in Black Loch. Emily's trucks cause her to crash and be late, so the Fat Controller puts her on the Black Lock route instead. Emily is scared, but perseveres and discovers what the "monster" really is.|
|"Thomas and the Firework Display"||September 5th, 2004||#11|
|Thomas is upset that James got the task of delivering fireworks instead of him. Along the way to Knapford, James breaks down. Thomas is sent to help James, but the clock is ticking, and the display looks like it'll be called off.|
|"Gordon Takes Charge"||September 5th, 2004||#12|
|Percy is taking passengers for the first time in a long time, so Gordon teaches him how to treat coaches. Gordon uses this as an opportunity to show off, which leads to him running into a snowdrift.|
|"Spic and Span"||September 12th, 2004||#13|
|There is to be a cleanliness competition, and Gordon, Emily and James believe they'll win. Thomas and Percy want to win too, but Thomas slowly loses confidence as the other engines arrive at the washdown before him.|
|"Edward the Great"||September 12th, 2004||#14|
|Spencer comes back to Sodor, and the other engines are not pleased. Spencer challenges Edward to a race to The Duke and Duchess of Boxford's Summer House. The big engines don't think he can do it, but Edward proves that slow and steady can win the race.|
|"Squeak, Rattle and Roll"||September 19th, 2004||#15|
|Diesel tries to rattle Gordon by saying steam engines will be scrapped. Gordon doesn't believe him, but starts to worry when he hears a squeaking and rattling. if he slows down, the noise disappears, so he decides to go slow, even when he has to take The Fat Controller and some children on a boating trip.|
|"Thomas and the Circus"||September 19th, 2004||#16|
|Thomas is told to take the circus train, and to share the load due to its weight. But Thomas tries to pull the circus train all by himself as he wants all the glory. He turns down offers of help from Salty, Percy and James He regrets his decision though as his siderods break from the weight.|
|"Thomas Gets it Right"||September 26th, 2004||#17|
|Gordon and James hope to make as many journeys as possible. Thomas gets competitive too, but becomes upset when Farmer McColl stays in his cab to make sure his eggs are safe, and he has to go slowly.|
|"As Good as Gordon"||September 26th, 2004||#18|
|Gordon is given the job of taking the newly-elected Mayor of Sodor around the island, so someone else has to pull the Express. Emily is chosen, but Gordon doesn't believe she can take the Express across the island and back before teatime like he can. Emily tries to do the job as good as Gordon|
|"Fish"||October 3rd, 2004||#19|
|Thomas is sent to help Arthur on the coastal branch, but he must only take five trucks due to rough track-work. However, Thomas hates the smell of fish and takes a long line of trucks to get the job over and done with. They take advantage of him though, and spiral out of control.|
|"Emily's Adventure"||October 3rd, 2004||#20|
|A storm blows off Farmer McColl's barn roof, so Emily is sent to collect timber to repair it. Along the way, she doesn't use her manners when the tracks are cleared. This lands her into trouble when Elizabeth refuses to take orders from her.|
|"Halloween"||October 10th, 2004||#21|
|Thomas and Emily have to pick up a delivery of iron from the Smelters, and dismiss the existence of ghost. 'Arry and Bert scare them and make them question whether they may exists. A tarpaulin falls on Emily and accidentally scares herself as well as Thomas, 'Arry, and Bert.|
|"You Can Do it, Toby!"||October 10th, 2004||#22|
|Gordon believes Toby isn't a proper engine, which makes Toby nervous when he has to look after Wellsworth while Edward is at Brendam. He is uncertain he can do it but Thomas encourages him until he does. The test comes when Gordon gets stuck on the hill and Toby has to push him.|
|"James Goes Too Far"||October 17th, 2004||#23|
|James is cross when other engines cut him off because their jobs are more important. Then, James is given his own important job, which is delivering coal to all the stations. He is so arrogant that he refuses to take on water or help Edward, but realizes his mistake when he runs out of water and nobody helps him.|
|"Chickens to School"||October 17th, 2004||#24|
|Thomas had taken coal trucks all night, and is very tired the next morning. He takes on three jobs: taking chickens to market, sheep to the farm, and children to school. Gordon remarks that really useful engines do not need help, so Thomas doesn't ask for any. Lack of sleep gets the better of him as he mixes the jobs up.|
|"Too Hot for Thomas"||October 24th, 2004||#25|
|Thomas is disappointed he isn't taking children to the seaside until he delivers ice cream ingredients first. Along his journey, he is delayed continuously.|
|"Percy and the Magic Carpet||October 24th, 2004||#26|
|Percy is excited about being given a special, but is disappointed to find it's only a carpet. Salty suggests it is magic. Percy is doubtful, until the carpet flies away.|
- 'Arry and Bert
- Annie and Clarabel
- Sir Topham Hatt
- Farmer McColl
- Sodor Brass Band
- One member of the Railway Board
- Murdoch (does not speak)
- Trevor (does not speak)
- Refreshment Lady (does not speak)
- Lady Hatt (does not speak)
- Alicia Botti (does not speak)
- The Duke and Duchess of Boxford (do not speak)
- Henrietta (cameo)
- George (cameo)
- Caroline (cameo)
- Butch (cameo)
- Tiger Moth (cameo)
- Stephen Hatt (cameo)
- Bridget Hatt (cameo)
- Mrs. Kyndley (cameo)
- Jem Cole (cameo)
- Jeremiah Jobling (cameo)
- Farmer Trotter (cameo)
- Nancy (cameo)
- Cyril the Fogman (cameo)
- The Storyteller (cameo)
- City of Truro (picture cameo)
- Donald and Douglas (mentioned; deleted scene)
- Duck (music video cameo)
- Oliver (music video cameo)
- Rheneas (music video cameo)
- Rusty (music video cameo)
- Toad (music video cameo)
- The Fisherman (music video cameo)
- Bill and Ben (deleted scene)
- The Ice-Cream Factory Manager
- Halloween Engine (does not speak)
- Kuffy the Clown (not named; does not speak)
- The Dairy Manager (cameo)
- The Photographer (cameo)
Half hour format
Season 8 was the first half hour format airing of Thomas and Friends that first aired in the UK on Nick Jr., PBS Kids in the US and Treehouse in Canada. In the airings, two Season 8 episodes, one Season 7 episode, a few Learning Segments and sometimes a song is paired. In the Nick Jr. airings in the UK, Michael Angelis' narrations of Season 7 episodes are paired with Robert Hartshorne's music replacing Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell's music. On November 18th, 2006, an airing called "Thomas' Winter Tales" aired replaying four Season 8 episodes, learning segments and a song.
Thomas' Winter Tales
- Percy's New Whistle
- Thomas' Emily and the Snowplough
- Gordon Takes Charge
- Don't Tell Thomas
- Learning Segment: Thomas Trundles out of the Station
- Learning Segment: What Thomas needs to do in the Winter
- Song: Ode to Gordon
- This was the first season of several things:
- The first season to not feature any new characters that would appear after their debut episodes.
- The first season produced by Simon Spencer.
- The first season not to have Britt Allcroft, David Mitton, Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell involved in production.
- The first season to have every episode to have the same UK and US title.
- Sam Barlow's first season as story executive.
- The first season to use Flange (Bold) as the font
- The first season not to feature Terence, Duck, Oliver and the Skarloey Railway since their debut, although Rheneas and Rusty made stock footage cameos in a song.
- The first season to use the new opening titles and theme.
- The first season shot using BetaCam video, as opposed to 35mm film.
- The first season that established the Steam Team.
- The first season to air on PBS outside of Shining Time Station.
- This was also the last season of several things as well:
- Abi Grant's second and last season as script editor.
- The last season to be broadcast on ITV in the UK, who would lose the licence to Channel 5 in 2006.
- The last season narrated by Leo Morimoto in Japan, as well as the last season to feature the original Japanese voice cast.
- The last season to use stock footage from the Classic Series.
- This was also the only season of several things as well:
- Paul Larson's only season as script editor.
- The only season to use an extended version of the theme for the end credits.
- This season contained the 200th episode of the television series.
- When broadcast on ITV from 2005-2006, the episodes were shown with a different theme arrangement and lacked the Engine Rollcall before the credits.
- The original opening is used in the Greek version.
- Due to seasons 5-7 never being shown in Finland, those viewers would not have known who Emily, Harvey, Arthur, Spencer, 'Arry and Bert, Salty, Elizabeth, Cranky, Farmer McColl, Murdoch and Alicia Botti are.