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"Stupid thing! Why can't it go and buzz somewhere else?"
— Percy
PercyandHarold
Percy and Harold/
Percy Proves a Point
Director(s)

David Mitton

Producer(s)

Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
Robert D. Cardona

Writer(s)

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

Narrator

Ringo Starr (UK/US)
George Carlin (US)

Air date

October 3rd,
1986 (UK)
1989 (US)

Previous episode

Duck Takes Charge

Next episode

The Runaway

Percy and Harold retitled Percy Proves a Point in American releases, is the ninth episode of the second season. In the US, it aired on the Shining Time Station episodes Just Wild about Harry's Workshop in 1989 and Field Day in 1991.

Plot

Percy was enjoying working at the new harbour on Thomas' Branch Line. He liked the branch line work rather than shunting for the mainline engines at the big station. Along the branch line was an airfield and Percy would hear the planes flying overhead. The loudest though was a helicopter. Percy complained about the noise it would make.

One day Percy stopped with his train at the airfield. The helicopter was there and they began by introducing each other. The helicopter's name was Harold and it was not long before the two start trading insults. When they finished, Harold flew away and Percy set off for the quarry. Percy found Toby and vented off his feelings about Harold.

On Percy's trip back to the harbor, they hear Harold's unmistakable buzzing. Percy's crew encourage the two to race each other. Percy had never been allowed to go that fast before. The trucks wailed and begged Percy to stop, but it was no use. They had to slow down when the reached the wharf and Percy was sure that they had lost the race. But when the fireman climbed onto the roof of the cab, he could see Harold still looking for a place to land.

In celebration of Percy's victory, the fireman sung a little song about the race. Percy loved it.

Characters

Locations

Trivia

  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, Percy the Small Engine.
  • Stock footage from Coal is used - you can tell from the shot of Percy's driver leaning out of the cab during the race that it is Henry's cab.
  • In the restored version, the shot of Percy saying "Oh, thank you" is paused.
  • When Percy sees Harold flying, in both of Ringo's narrations, he calls Harold a "stupid thing", while in George's narration, he says "silly thing".

Goofs

  • In the first shot, Percy pushes a box close to the rails.
  • After Thomas says "Well done, Percy! The Fat Controller is very pleased with us!" the camera then cuts to Percy. This is the same shot as the one of the fireman singing; look up at Percy's cab and you can see the fireman's legs.
  • When the narrator says, "An airfield was close by", Thomas' face moves.
  • When Percy says "Stupid thing! Why can't it go and buzz somewhere else?", his face moves.
  • It is odd that Percy was still smiling after Harold said that he thinks railways are slow, not much use, and out of date.
  • The wind sock beside Harold should have been blown by his rotors when he took off.
  • In the close-up of Percy complaining to Toby about Harold, Percy's eyes look wonky.
  • When Percy gains speed, his back wheel derails.
  • In the aerial shot of Harold flying alongside Percy, a truck vanishes from Percy's train.
  • When Harold flies over the valley, he clips a tree.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Percy y Harold / Percy Aclara las Cosas Percy and Harold / Percy Clears Up Things
Italian La locomotiva e l'elicottero The Locomotive and the Helicopter
Portuguese Percy e Harold Percy and Harold
Welsh Prysi a Harold Percy and Harold
Norwegian Percy og Harold Percy and Harold
Japanese パーシーとハロルド Percy and Harold
German Percy und Harold Percy and Harold
Slovenian Poldi in Dolfe Percy and Harold
Dutch Percy en Harold Percy and Harold
French Pierre et Herbert Percy and Harold
Croatian Pero i Hari Percy and Harold
Finnish Pekka ja Harald Percy and Harold
Hungarian Percy és Harold Percy and Harold
Chinese 培西和哈罗德 Percy and Harold
Korean 퍼시와 헤롤드의 경주 Percy and Harold's Race
Russian Паровоз и вертолет The Locomotive and the Helicopter
Ukrainian Персі і Гарольд Percy and Harold
Romanian Percy şi Harold Percy and Harold
Slovak Percy a Harold Percy and Harold
Czech Percy a Harold Percy and Harold
Swedish Percy och Harold Percy and Harold
Serbian Persi i Harold Percy and Harold
Polish Piotrek i Harold Percy and Harold
Danish Percy og Harald Percy and Harold
Thai เพอร์ซีแข่งกับเฮลิคอปเตอร์ Percy Race With a Helicopter

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