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"What are you doing James? You're a big pink steamie!"
— Diesel
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Tickled Pink
Director(s)

Greg Tiernan

Producer(s)

Nicole Stinn

Writer(s)

Allan Plenderleith

Narrator

Michael Angelis
(UK)
Michael Brandon
(US)

Air date

January 27th,
2010 (UK)
February 7th,
2010 (AUS)
April 28th,
2010 (JAP)
September 11th,
2010 (US)
September 4th,
2011 (NOR)

Previous episode

The Lion of Sodor

Next episode

Double Trouble

Tickled Pink is the third episode of the thirteenth season.

Plot

The Fat Controller sends James to the Sodor Steamworks for a new coat of paint. Emily has broken down while picking up Bridget Hatt to take her to a birthday party and no other engine is available, so Sir Topham Hatt has to send James, who is still painted in his pink undercoat. First Emily laughs at James, so to prevent the others from doing the same, James decides to hide.

He sees Toby coming down the line and hides beneath a willow tree but Gordon rushes past and blows the tree branches up and Toby sees him and laughs.

Then he sees Diesel who is shunting trucks. James really does not want to be seen by Diesel so he hides behind the waiting trucks. Eventually, Diesel shunts them all and James and his pink paint are revealed. Diesel laughs at James.

Finally, James tries to hide from Gordon in a tunnel. Thomas and Percy arrive to see what is going on. Gordon insists that the engine in the tunnel reveal himself so that the express can get through. So, James is left with no choice but to reveal himself and after James is laughed at, he realises he is running late. So he steams to Maithwaite passing Henry and Spencer who also laugh, but James does not mind; he just wants to be a really useful engine.

James thinks Bridget and her friends will laugh at him, but they do not. Pink is their favourite colour.

Characters

Locations

Trivia

Goofs

  • Diesel somehow changes directions when shunting his coal trucks.
  • James' undercoat is only applied on the surfaces of his red paintwork when it should have been applied all over him including his smokebox, cab roof, number, and lining.
  • Diesel's bufferbeam is black in one scene.
  • The willow tree is placed very close to the line.
  • Gordon should have been on the left track going through the tunnel.
  • In the scene with Spencer, the brake coach of James' train is at the front.
  • If the pink paint was an undercoat, then why did the workmen paint James' number and the black stripes on his splashers, cab, and tender? Should they not go on last?
  • When Gordon races past Toby, the brake coach is at the back of the express and facing the wrong way, but in the next shot, the brake coach is in the middle and facing the right way.
  • The narrator states that every engine was laughing at James's pink colour, but this is proven false, as in one scene, Thomas is not heard laughing at James when he is with Percy and Gordon.

Quotes

  • Emily: "Cinders and Ashes! You're bright pink James!? Ha! Ha! Ha!"
  • Toby: "Fizzling Fireboxes James! You're a big pink engine! Ha! Ha! Ha!"
  • Percy: "James... you're all....pink! Ha, ha! What a funny colour!"
  • Gordon: I'd hide, too, if I was bright pink!
  • Spencer: "Oh, dear James. Bright pink really isn't your colour!"

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
French Une Couleur Gênant  An Annoying Colour
Welsh Y Ryfeddu Pinc The Pink Marvel
Danish Hvad en Sjov Farve! What a Funny Colour!
Norwegian Rødmende rosa Blushing Pink
German Schweinchen Rosa Piggy Pink
Swedish På rosa moln On Pink Clouds
Japanese ピンクのジェームス

Pink James

Finnish James Muutokset Väri James Changes Colour
Italian Giacomo il motore Rosa James the Pink Engine

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