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"Well, Oliver, so you don't know your own strength, is that it?"
— The Fat Controller
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Toad Stands By
Director(s)

David Mitton

Producer(s)

Britt Allcroft
David Mitton

Writer(s)

Reverend W. Awdry
(original)
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
(adapted)

Narrator

Michael Angelis (UK)
George Carlin (US)

Air date

September 23rd,
1995 (US)
November 10th,
1995 (UK)
May 17th,
1996 (AUS)
October 14th,
1996 (US)

Previous episode

Henry and
the Elephant

Next episode

Bulls Eyes

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

Plot

When Oliver returns from the Works, the trucks, prompted by their ringleader, S. C. Ruffey, sing a rude song to spite him, and refuse to stop even when threatened by Thomas, Percy and Duck. Toad, fearing that the matter may escalate, asks Douglas to speak with Oliver and gives him an idea. Oliver, feeling a sense of responsibility, 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. When the Fat Controller scrutinizes the remains, he attributes it to S. C. Ruffey's poor build and decides to have him repaired. After the incident, the trucks become fearful of Oliver and whisper to each other not to anger him. S. C. Ruffey, who was repaired, wisely keeps his mouth shut.

Characters

Locations

Trivia

  • This is S. C. Ruffey's only speaking role in the series.
  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from the Railway Series book, Oliver the Western Engine.
  • Stock footage from Oliver Owns Up is used.
  • At the beginning of the episode, the scrapyard Oliver passes is really the Crovan's Gate set redressed with scrap models of Thomas, Gordon, Donald, and Douglas.
  • In the American narration, Oliver no longer has a Brooklyn accent.
  • This was the first and only time in the series that the tankers have faces. These faces are the same ones used on the Skarloey Railway slate trucks.
  • This episode marks Toad's first speaking role since being introduced.
  • This episode is a continuation of Oliver Owns Up from the the previous season.

Goofs

  • In a close-up of the trucks singing, one truck has a broken buffer.
  • Before the trucks start singing, there are two trucks behind Duck and in front of Thomas. However when the trucks stop singing and are told to be quiet, they disappear.
  • When Oliver stops after going in between two rows of trucks, in one shot he is stopped just before two vans on either side, then in the next shot he is between the two vans.
  • 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.
  • Toad changes from the siding in the yard to a siding just outside the station.
  • 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 are gone.
  • In the American narration, George Carlin accidentally says "'N-n-no, sir,' said said Oliver nervously", saying "said" twice.
  • S. C. Ruffey, at the end of the episode, has two chains on his hook.
  • James and Oliver have the wrong whistle sounds.
  • 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 Padda 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 Toad's Plan Toad's Plan
Hungarian Toad Segít Toad Helps
Finnish Tomi-Jarruvaunun Neuvo Toad-Brake Wagon Advice
Russian Поддержка Тоуда Support Toad
Czech Toad přihlíží Toad Stands By
Dutch Pad helpt Toad helps

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