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"Look, Daisy! I've got some sweets; they're called bulls-eyes! I like them do you?"
— The boy

Bull's Eyes is the twenty-first episode of the fourth season. It first aired in the US on Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales in 1996.

Plot

Toby's cowcatchers and sideplates are designed to prevent animals from getting hurt if they stray onto the line, but Daisy thinks they look ridiculous and believes that Toby is simply afraid of getting hurt himself. She tells Toby that any animal, even something as big as a bull, will always run away if she toots her horn and looks them in the eye, despite Toby's insistence that they will not. Later that day, Daisy is asked by a policeman to guide a stray bull back to its farmer. She sets off, eager to prove to Toby that she can handle bulls, despite the fact she has never actually encountered one before.

Although not really very fierce, Champion the bull had been cross that morning, which resulted in him jumping the fence and sliding down the valley onto the line. Just as he begins to eat the nearby grass, Daisy arrives and toots for him to move. Despite several attempts, Champion ignores her and continues eating. Eventually, he notices Daisy and advances curiously towards her. Daisy becomes unnerved, as the bull is not running away as she expected him to and she is scared that she might get hurt, although she tries to deny this. Champion then sniffs Daisy. This proves to be the last straw, as Daisy retreats back to the station.

Toby soon learns about what happened and after reminding Daisy that a bull should always run away according to her, goes to shoo Champion away himself. Although Toby's bell and whistle prove ineffective against the still-grazing bull, he eventually retreats after Toby blows steam at him and reunites with the farmer further down the line. Later that evening, some boys tease Daisy with some "Bulls Eyes" sweets, much to her annoyance.

Characters

Locations

Trivia

  • Going by production order, this is the twenty-second episode of the fourth season.
  • This episode takes place before Percy's Predicament as the narrator said Daisy never met a bull.
  • The US narration was only released on VHS and was never released on DVD after VHSs were taken away. A clip from the episode is only on Sir Topham Hatt's Scrapbook bonus feature on New Friends for Thomas, Henry and the Elephant and Engine Friends DVD. It was finally released for digital download on Amazon in 2016.
  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from the Railway Series book, Branch Line Engines.
  • A photograph from this episode was released as a Royal Mail stamp in 2011 to mark the Reverend Awdry's Centenary.
  • The sweets appear to be black and white beads.
  • This episode marks the last of a few things for Daisy:
    • Her last appearance.
    • Her last speaking role.
    • Her last episode as a main character.
  • This marks the first time Toby's whistle is heard. It is Percy's in low pitch.
  • Daisy has a different horn sound.

Goofs

  • After James puffs past Toby with coaches, the camera cuts to Daisy for about five seconds and then cuts back to Toby, but James is nowhere to be seen. How could James have gone through Elsbridge and round the corner that fast?
  • When the policeman warns Daisy about Champion, the guard doesn't have a mouth.
  • When Champion looks around a small box can be seen at the entrance of the tunnel.
  • Daisy' eye-mechanism is visible when Champion sniffs at her.
  • After Daisy says "Keep your old bull's-eyes!", she turns at the points, but in the shot after that, she is turning again.
  • During the opening scenes at Elsbridge, Daisy has a Co-Bo wheel arrangement (thought to be BoCo's chassis).
  • James has Duck's whistle sound.
  • Daisy has BoCo's horn sound.
  • This episode should have aired before Percy's Predicament, as the events of this episode were mentioned in the other.
  • When Toby meets Daisy in her shed, her face is falling off.

Merchandise

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Mírame a los ojos Look at me in the eyes
German Ein Stier auf dem Gleis A Bull on the Line
Norwegian Okseøyne Bulls Eyes
Japanese デイジーとおうしのめだま Daisy and Bull's Eyes
Welsh Helo Hen Darw Hello Old Bull
Dutch Stieren Bulls
Finnish Härän Silmät Bullseyes
Czech Oči Býka Eyes of bull
Hungarian Daisy és a Bika Daisy and the Bull
Italian Occhi di Bue Bulls Eyes
Russian Глаза быка Bull's Eye
Ukrainian Бичачi очi Bovine Eyes
Danish Tyreøjne Bulls Eyes
Chinese 公牛的眼睛 Bull's Eye
Slovenian Bikove Oči Bull's Eyes
Greek Το βλεμμα του ταύρου The Look of the Bull
Romanian Ochi de Taur Eye of Taurus
Slovak Býčie Oči Bull's Eye
Swedish Tjarögat Bull's Eye
Polish Bycze Oczy Bull's Eyes
Brazilian Portuguese O touro The Bull
Thai เดซี่หมดปัญญาไล่วัว Daisy Wit's Chasing Cows
Korean 황소의 눈 Bulls Eye

Home Media Releases

UK

DVD Boxsets

AUS

DVD Packs

  • Classic Collection
  • Series Three and Series Four Double Pack

NZ

  • Thomas and the Special Letter and other stories

US

Episode

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