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"Well Oliver, so you don't know your own strength, is that it?"
"N-n-no, sir."
―The Fat Controller and Oliver

Toad Stands By is the twentieth (twenty-third in Australia) episode of the fourth season. It first aired in the US on the Shining Time Station special One of the Family in 1995 and re-aired in the Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales episode, Wildlife in 1996.


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 are 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 can't be everywhere at once, the trucks just continue singing where they aren't.

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 scrutinizes the remains, he attributes it to S.C. Ruffey's poor build due to material fatigue and design flaw 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.





  • 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 TV 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 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.
  • James has a different whistle sound.
  • In the Japanese and Italian narrations, the trucks' voices are still in English.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Norwegian Stol på Toad Trust Toad
Swedish Paddy hjälper ut Toad Helps Out
Japanese トードのめいあん Toad's Good Idea
Spanish El Plan de Toad Toad's Plan
Italian Il Piano di Toad  Toad's Plan
German Toads Plan Toad's Plan
Hungarian Toad Segít Toad Helps
Finnish Tomi-Jarruvaunun Neuvo Toad The Brakevan Stands By
Russian Поддержка Тоуда Support Toad
Ukrainian Тоуд пiдтримує Toad Supports
Czech Toad přihlíží Toad Stands By
Dutch Paddie helpt Toad Helps
Slovenian Žabec predlaga načrt za maščevanje Toad Proposes a Plan for Revenge
Greek Ο Τοντ βοηθάει τον Όλιβερ Toad Helps Oliver
Romanian Toad Dă un Sfat Toad Gives Counsel
Slovak Toad chce stáť Toad Wants to Become
Polish Pomysł Anatola The Idea Toad
Chinese 陶德准备行动 Toad Ready for Action
Korean 올리버의 복수 Oliver's Revenge
Brazilian Portuguese A Lição de Oliver Oliver's Lesson
Thai รถบรรทุกเกเรได้รับบทเรียน Truck Unruly Receive Lessons
Danish Toad Hjælper Til Toad Helps Too

Home Media Releases


DVD Boxsets



DVD Packs


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

DVD Boxsets


  • Thomas and Stepney and other Stories


  • Thomas and Stepney (Norwegian VHS)












DVD Boxsets




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