Thomas and the Rumours, renamed Thomas and the Rumors in American releases, is the seventeenth episode of the fifth season.
Some children are upset that their playground has been closed, but before Thomas can tell the others, Percy butts in with news that Harold has been hired to show a special visitor around Sodor. A few days later, Gordon is going to collect his train when he sees Harold and goes down the wrong line and into a tunnel under repair. Thomas is worried that Gordon will be scrapped, but the Fat Controller laughs and says that Harold was hired so the man could find a new site for the playground from the air. The man declares that the sand cleared from the tunnel will be perfect for the playground.
- Sir Topham Hatt
- The Special Visitor
- Bridget Hatt (not named)
- Harold (does not speak)
- Duck (cameo)
- Annie and Clarabel (cameo)
- Stephen Hatt (cameo)
- Jem Cole (cameo)
- Farmer Trotter (cameo)
- Tidmouth Sheds
- The School
- The Windmill
- Standard and Narrow Gauge Tunnel Runby
- Stepney's Branch Line
- Skarloey Railway Mountain Line
- Sodor Hay Company
- Stock footage from Trucks! is used.
- This episode was adapted from the magazine stories, An Important Visitor and Rumours and Speculation, by Andrew Brenner. However, BoCo and Daisy were replaced with Thomas and Henry for unknown reasons.
- The episode was released on the Spooks and Surprises VHS a day before it aired on TV.
- When Thomas puffs into Tidmouth Sheds, the decals on one of the milk wagons beside him are incorrectly placed higher up.
- When Percy is on the turntable, part of its fencing is snapped.
- Studio equipment can be seen in the top-left corner in the close-up of Henry before he enters the tunnel.
- When Thomas puffs out of Callan, a signal tilts slightly to one side.
- When the children tell Thomas about the playground, one child looks happy.
- The title card of the US version uses the UK spelling of rumours.
- When Thomas passes the playground saying, "The children were right", there is a sign saying: "Playground closed until further notice", at the back of the playground. However, when Gordon passes the playground, the sign is gone.
- Percy's roof is lifted during the evening scenes at Tidmouth Sheds.
- Percy's eyes are wonky when Gordon replies about counting sheep.
- The special visitor's small scale model is wearing a grey suit while the large scale model is wearing a yellow suit.
- Henry's eyes are wonky when Harold leaves the sheds.
- Henry: "The Fat Controller has chosen Harold because he thinks he's more important than me, well he's not! Harold can't fly through tunnels!"
- Percy: "I know what he's doing! He's counting sheep!"
In Other Languages
|French||Thomas et Les Remeurs||Thomas and the Rumours|
|Spanish||Thomas y Los Rumores||Thomas and the Rumours|
|Brazilian Portuguese||Thomas e Os Rumores||Thomas and the Rumours|
|Dutch||Thomas en de Praatjes||Thomas and the Gossip|
|Norwegian||Thomas og Ryktene||Thomas and the Rumours|
|Japanese||トーマスとうわさばなし||Thomas and the Rumours|
|Hungarian||Thomas és a szóbeszéd||Thomas and the Rumours|
|Italian||Non Dar Retta Alle Dicerie!||Do Not Listen to the Rumours!|
|Catalan||Thomas i Els Rumors||Thomas and the Rumours|
|Danish||Thomas og Rygterne||Thomas and the Rumours|
|Chinese||托马斯和谣言||Thomas and the Rumours|
|Slovenian||Tomaž in Govorice||Thomas and the Rumours|
|Swedish||Thomas Och Ryktena||Thomas and the Rumours|
|Russian||Томас и слухи||Thomas and the Rumours|
|Romanian||Thomas şi Zvonurile||Thomas and the Rumours|
|Slovak||Thomas a Povesti||Thomas and the Reputation|
|Polish||Tomek i Plotki||Thomas and the Rumours|
|Thai||หัวรถจักรระแวงเฮริคอปเตอร์||Engine Suspicion the Helicopter|