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Hooray for Thomas
Three Cheers for Thomas, retitled Hooray for Thomas in American releases, is the twenty-sixth episode of the seventh season.
Thomas has to take some children to their annual sports day. When they arrive, a boy tells Thomas that he hopes he's number one and wins a medal. Thomas agrees it's magnificent to win a medal, and later imagines himself with a medal around his boiler.
Later, Thomas and Bertie are at the sheds, when Percy arrives. He tells the two he's taking Sir Topham Hatt to the venue. Thomas tells him he can see the egg and spoon race there, where children race with eggs on spoons. The winner of the race gets a medal. Thomas tells Percy and Bertie he wish he could have a medal and Percy tells him he'd have to win a race. Bertie challenges Thomas to a race to the venue. Thomas accepts the challenge and the race begins.
Bertie edges in front at first, but manages to get stuck behind a slowing Trevor and Thomas takes the lead. However, he doesn't keep the lead for long, as he has to stop to pick up passengers. Bertie regains the lead as he rumbles over the bridge. Then, Bertie has to stop at a level crossing and Thomas takes the lead once more.
Thomas was almost at the venue when he spots a signalman with a red flag in his hand and Sir Topham Hatt. Sir Topham explains that the medals were left in his office and asks Thomas to retrieve them. Thomas, no longer caring about the race, puffs away to retrieve the medals.
Down the line, Bertie arrives at the station. He had won the race. Bertie waited keenly for Thomas, but he never came. Thomas was steaming back for the medals. He arrives at Knapford, where the stationmaster gives Thomas' driver the medals. Thomas arrives at the venue, with the medals, just in time for the medals to be handed out.
The next day, Thomas was at Maithwaite station when Sir Topham Hatt and Bertie arrive with a surprise for Thomas. A boy gives Thomas his own medal and wraps it around his boiler. Sir Topham Hatt and the boy express their gratitude for Thomas' hard work during the sports day and the boy give Thomas a medal all for himself. Thomas thanks them for the medal and all the children give him "three cheers".
- Sir Topham Hatt
- Annie and Clarabel (do not speak)
- James (cameo)
- Trevor (cameo)
- Butch (cameo)
- Tiger Moth (cameo)
- Stephen Hatt (cameo)
- Bridget Hatt (cameo)
- Jem Cole (cameo)
- Farmer Trotter (cameo)
- Nancy (cameo)
- Harvey (deleted scene)
- Stock footage from James and the Red Balloon, Make Someone Happy, It's Only Snow, Percy Gets it Right, James and the Queen of Sodor, and Bulgy Rides Again is used.
- A London, Midland, and Scottish Railway poster is seen at Maithwaite.
- This is the second time Thomas and Bertie have a race, the first time was in Thomas and Bertie.
- This was the last episode of several things:
- The last episode of the classic series.
- The last episode to be narrated by Håkan Mohede in Sweden, Tommy Kenter in Denmark and the last episode until Hero of the Rails that Tatá Guarnieri narrated for Brazil.
- The last episode to be directed by David Mitton.
- The last produced by Phil Fehrle.
- The last to have music composed by Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell.
- The final episode to have the classic series opening scene.
- The last made by Gullane Entertainment.
- The last with Peter Urie as executive producer.
- Britt Allcroft's final episode as creative consultant and the final episode to have her involved in production.
- An instrumental version of Let's Have a Race can be heard during Thomas and Bertie's race.
- The Danish title of this episode is "Hip Hooray for Thomas". In Welsh, it is called "Hip Hip Hurrah Thomas". In Japan, this episode is called "Thomas' Thursday or Metal Only for Thomas".
- A shortened version of this episode was made into a picture-read story for the passport in the My Journey with Thomas the Tank Engine book, titled Thomas and the Race.
- After Thomas stops to pick up passengers, his siderods change position.
- In the rear shot of Trevor, the left wheels of his cart are not moving.
- Percy said he was taking the Fat Controller to the sports day, but when Thomas was stopped at the level crossing, the Fat Controller is seen in his car.
- Thomas and Bertie should have known better than to have another race.
- As Thomas races through Dryaw, a strange white object (presumably a film glitch) is seen as he goes off screen.
- When all the children surround Bertie, his right eye wonky.
- Because stock footage is used, James is pulling coaches in one scene, but a few scenes later, he is pulling a goods train.
- Thomas is racing Bertie to the station where Sports Day is being held, but for some reason Bertie races to Wellsworth instead.
- In the episode, there is a water tower right next to the shed that Thomas, Percy, and Bertie were at, but in a deleted scene with Harvey, the water has moved up and moved to the other side of the tracks.
- In Michael Angelis' remastered narration, when Thomas is given his medal, Percy's whistle sound is heard, but he is nowhere to be seen.
- Because stock footage is used, a close-up of Sir Topham Hatt is at Maithwaite.