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"What I always say is two wheels are best!"
— Mr. Percival

Two Wheels Good is the sixteenth episode of the nineteenth season.

Plot

Lord Callan is having a special birthday ball, and Spencer has to take the Duke and Duchess to Callan Castle. The Duke has prepared a speech as well as bringing presents. The Duke reminds Spencer that they must get to the castle in time, and Spencer promises that he won't let them down.

Spencer's first stop is at Knapford, where the Thin Controller has just arrived on his bicycle to have a meeting with the Fat Controller. Mr. Percival tells him that he prefers to ride his bike, as "two wheels are best". Bertie disagrees and thinks that four wheels are best, while Thomas likes his six wheels. Spencer arrives and boasts that twenty wheels are the very best. The Duke reminds Spencer of his job, so Spencer sets off again.

Spencer speeds along confidently, when suddenly his valve gear snaps and he slows to a stop, unable to go on. The Duke begins to worry about being late when Thomas arrives. He teases Spencer about his twenty wheels letting him down, and offers to take the Duke and Duchess the rest of the way to the castle, to which they agree.

But Thomas has not gone very far before he has to stop to avoid hitting a fallen tree. Bertie pulls up, and offers to take the Duke and Duchess himself. As they climb aboard, Bertie boasts that four wheels are best. Bertie hurries towards the castle through the quiet country roads. But suddenly he runs over some nails laying in the road, and punctures a tyre. The Duke is just about to give up hope when the Thin Controller arrives on his bicycle. The Duke tells him about his important destination, so Mr. Percival sets off to call for help. Soon, Harold arrives to pick up the Duke and Duchess. They quickly climb aboard and Harold flies them to the castle. Lord Callan greets them and asks where Spencer is. The Duke promises to tell him over dinner, and thanks Harold for his help.

That evening at Knapford, Spencer feels very embarrassed for breaking down. But his valve gear has been fixed, and Bertie's flat tyre is mended too. Thomas still doesn't know how many wheels are the best, while the Fat Controller tries to ride Mr. Percival's bike, but he doesn't quite get the hang of it. Harold flies over the station, and Thomas realises that he didn't even use his wheels.

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Trivia

  • This episode marks the first appearance of Lord Callan in full CGI, his first appearance since The Great Discovery and his first speaking role since the seventh season episode, Bad Day at Castle Loch.
  • The plot is similar to the fifth season episode, Lady Hatt's Birthday Party where Sir Topham Hatt uses his car, Caroline, George and Thomas, as for the Duke and Duchess they use Spencer, Thomas, Bertie and Harold.
  • The scene of Harold arriving at Callan Castle closely resembles the scene where he rescued the climbers from The Thomas Way.
  • The title of this episode is a reference to a famous quote "Four legs good" in George Orwell's "Animal Farm".

Goofs

  • When Mr. Percival uses the telephone, he faces away from the phone itself with the earpiece to his ear, but does not speak into the mouthpiece built into the box. The person receiving the call would not have been able to hear him properly.

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In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese しゃりんはいくつ Wheels Number
Spanish Todo marcha sobre ruedas / Dos Ruedas Mejor All is Running on Wheels / Two Wheels Better
Polish Dwa koła Two Wheels
Russian Два колеса лучше Two Wheels Better
Dutch De Beste Wielen The Best Wheels
Hungarian Kerék kérdés Wheels Question
Serbian Dobra dva točka Good Two Wheels
German Wie viele Räder sind am besten? How Many Wheels are Best?
Romanian Două roți sunt bune Two Wheels Good
Czech Dvě kola jsou nejlepší Two Wheels are the Best
Portuguese Duas rodas boas Two Wheels Good

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