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|Toby's Afternoon Off|
Toby's Afternoon Off is the eighth episode of the tenth season.
Toby has finished all of his jobs and is looking forward to visiting the farm when the Fat Controller asks him to do some odd jobs. Toby's first job is to shunt some trucks. He asks Mavis for help, but she's too busy. Then Toby has to take some trucks to the depot. He asks Thomas for assistance, but he is running late and has no time to help. Finally, Toby has to help Cranky with some cargo and asks Salty to share the workload, but Salty is busy delivering a piston rod. Luckily, the ship has been caught in rough seas and won't arrive until the next morning, leaving Toby time to visit the farm. On the way back, however, he meets Henry, who told him that he had broken down and Mavis, Thomas, and Salty were all helping with his passengers and repairs. Toby feels ashamed for thinking they were being unkind and offers to take Henry's coaches home.
- Sir Topham Hatt
- Percy (cameo)
- Annie and Clarabel (cameo)
- Butch (cameo)
- In Norway, this episode is named "Toby's Day Off". The Swedish title is "Toby's Free Afternoon".
- Mavis is said to 'puff' and then 'steam' past Toby, but she is a diesel engine.
- Henry said that Mavis brought him his special coal, but after his crash in The Flying Kipper and being rebuilt he should not have needed special coal.
- Salty says that he is delivering a piston-rod, but it is really a pair of siderods.
- In widescreen, when Toby says "And I thought they were my friends", you can see that Salty stops at the end of the set.
- Henry should have been taken to the Works if his piston-rod was broken.
- The Fat Controller says "I have three specials for you to do", but how is shunting trucks a special?
- The narrator says Toby has to shunt trucks to the coal depot, but he was already there.
- Mavis has a different horn sound.