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“What are you doing James? You're a big pink steamie!”
―Diesel

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 as no other engine is available, the Fat Controller sends James, who is still painted in his pink undercoat. When Emily sees James, she laughs at him, 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 blowing the branches up, so Toby does see James and laughs.

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

Finally, James tries hiding from Gordon in Henry's Tunnel. Thomas and Percy arrive to see what is going on. Gordon insists for the engine in the tunnel to reveal itself 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 by Henry and Spencer who also laugh, but James does not care; he just wants to be a really useful engine.

James thinks Bridget and her friends will laugh at him too, but instead they smile, get excited and very happy. Bridget and her friends tell James that pink is their favourite colour, which makes James feel better.

Characters

Locations

Cast

UK

US

Trivia

  • Kerry Shale officially joins the UK voice cast, as he was originally set to play Thomas and Spencer in the UK dub of Hero of the Rails, but did not make the final draft.
  • In real life, 'Works grey' also served the function of being a primary 'undercoat' of paint, allowing the locomotive to be used for test runs and checks to find any faults or required modifications before undergoing the expensive and often time-consuming process of being painted in a full livery.
  • The plot is similar to Henry Sees Red from The Railway Series book, Henry and the Express.
  • This episode marks the first of two things for Bridget Hatt:

Goofs

  • Diesel's bufferbeam is black in one scene.
  • When Gordon races past Toby, the brake coach is at the back of the express, but in the next shot, the brake coach is at the front.
  • When James puffs away from Spencer, his coaches have switched places.

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!"

Merchandise

In Other Languages

Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Todo cor-de-rosa
Catalan La vida de color de rosa
Chinese 粉色的詹姆士
Czech Růžový kavalír
Danish Hvad en Sjov Farve!
Finnish Jaska Vaihtaa Väriä
French Une Couleur Gênant 
German Schweinchenrosa
Greek Έντονο ροζ
Hungarian A rózsaszín mozdony
Indonesian Pink yang Lucu
Italian James la Locomotiva Rosa
Japanese ピンクのジェームス
Korean 분홍 기관차 제임스
Norwegian Rødmende rosa
Polish Różowa Lokomotywa
Romanian Roz Bombon
Russian Герой дня
Slovak Ružový kavalier
Spanish Rosado
Swedish På rosa moln
Thai สีใหม่ของเจมส์
Welsh Y Ryfeddu Pinc

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