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“Oliver is no use at all, he thinks he's very clever!
He says that he can manage us; That's the best joke ever!
When he orders us about, With the greatest folly,
We just push him down the well... Pop goes old Ollie!”
―S.C. Ruffey and the trucks

Toad Stands By is the twentieth episode of the fourth season.

Plot

Oliver returns from the works after an earlier incident with the trucks that accidentally pushed him into the turntable well. Oliver seems as good as new but is worried about the trucks, thinking that he would rather not use them. The trucks, prompted by their ringleader, S.C. Ruffey, sing a rude song to spite him. Thomas, Percy and Duck are shocked and angrily order them to be quiet, but since they cannot be everywhere at once, the trucks just continue singing where they are not at.

Toad, fearing that the matter may escalate, asks Douglas to speak with Oliver and gives him an idea. Oliver, feeling a sense of responsibility after what the trucks did to him previously, agrees with Toad. Following Toad's advice, Oliver handles the worst trucks two by two so he can handle S.C. Ruffey last. Oliver soon shunts S.C. Ruffey and his lieutenants and prepares to pull them, but S.C. Ruffey whispers to the trucks to hold back and they do. Oliver, however, is determined and simply pulls S.C. Ruffey apart, much to the horror of the other trucks and the delight of Duck and Toad.

The Fat Controller arrives and scrutinises the remains. He attributes it to S.C. Ruffey's poor build due to material fatigue and decides to have him repaired. Sometime later, the trucks become fearful of Oliver and whisper to each other not to anger him. S.C. Ruffey, who is now repaired, wisely remains silent.

Characters

Locations

Trivia

Goofs

  • In a close-up of the trucks singing, one truck has a broken buffer.
  • Before the trucks start singing, there are two trucks in-between Duck and Thomas. However when the trucks stop singing and are told to be quiet, they disappear.
  • Toad asks Douglas if he can work with Oliver, even though Oliver did not give Toad to Douglas after his escape in the television series like he did in the Railway Series. This error is due to the fact that much of the episode's script is copied word-for-word from the original story.
  • When the trucks are singing, a spider can be seen crawling on a van before the close-up of Duck.
  • When Oliver stops after going in between two rows of trucks, in one shot he is stopped just before two vans on either side, but then in the next shot he is between the two vans on either side.
  • When Oliver says "It's really my fault... I shouldn't have fallen in the turntable well," Henry's trucks wobble and then derail.
  • Douglas has Duck's whistle sound when he agrees to Toad's plan. At the end of the episode, Douglas has a different whistle sound.
  • In the close-up shots of Oliver when he is talking to Duck and Toad, plastic bases can be seen under his driver and fireman's feet.
  • When Oliver starts pulling the trucks, S.C. Ruffey is right next to Toad, but in the head-on shot of him groaning, he is several metres ahead of Toad.
  • When S.C. Ruffey collapses, his axles disappear.
  • Sir Topham Hatt who speaks to Oliver and looks all over S.C. Ruffey does not have any eyebrows.
  • In the American narration, when Oliver says "N-n-no, sir," George Carlin accidentally says "said" twice.
  • S.C. Ruffey, at the end of the episode, has two chains on his hook.
  • At Arlesburgh, a tanker's frame is tilted.

Merchandise

Home Media Releases

UK

DVD Boxsets

WAL

US

DVD Packs

AUS

  • Thomas and Stepney and other Stories (Direct-to-Home Video)
  • The Complete Series 4

DVD Boxsets

NZ

  • Thomas and Stepney and other Stories

NOR

  • Thomas and Stepney (Norwegian VHS)

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KOR

PHL

DK

MYS

ITA

NL

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