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"Well, little Thomas. Now you know what hard work means, don't you?"
— Gordon
Thomas and Gordon/
Thomas Gets Tricked

David Mitton


David Mitton
Robert D. Cardona


Reverend W. Awdry
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


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

Air date

October 9th,
1984 (UK)
April 6th,
1987 (AUS)
January 29th,
1989 (US)
April 3rd,
1990 (JPN)
July 2nd,
1993 (George
Carlin US
February 19th,
1998 (GER)
January 1st,
2008 (HUN, CZE, SVK)

Previous episode

Down the Mine (Unaired Pilot)

Next episode

Edward and Gordon/
Edward Helps Out

Thomas and Gordon, retitled Thomas Gets Tricked in American releases, is the very first episode of the first season, Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends, excluding the Unaired Pilot. It first aired on Shining Time Station in the episode: A Place Unlike Any Other in 1989, and later reaired in Stacy Forgets Her Name in 1993.


Thomas is a blue tank engine who acts as a station pilot for the bigger engines. His job is to fetch coaches for the other engines and then take them away when the engines need to go to the sheds and rest. Thomas thinks no engine works as hard as he does and is often very cheeky to the bigger engines.

One day, a big blue express locomotive named Gordon had returned from a long journey and wanted a rest, so he found a siding to sleep in. Then Thomas came in in his cheeky way, telling Gordon to wake up and work harder. This woke the big engine up, but instead of falling back asleep, he plotted revenge on Thomas to show him what hard work is.

The next morning, Thomas' crew could not make him start. Gordon impatiently waited outside the station for Thomas to bring him his coaches. Finally Thomas was able to start. He hurried to get the express coaches and brought them to the station platform behind Gordon. Gordon then enacted his plan and quickly backed down and coupled to his train. Usually Thomas pushes from behind to help the train get a good start, but they always uncouple him from the train first. This time, however, Gordon had rushed him so much, Thomas' crew forgot to uncouple him and Gordon quickly started off, with little Thomas behind. Gordon raced through the Sudrian countryside as fast as he could to show Thomas how hard it was to pull the express. It wasn't long before Thomas became quite out of breath.

After a while, the two blue engines came to a stop at a station. Thomas had never gone that fast before and was very tired and felt very silly. He got a nice long drink from the water tower and puffed wearily home. Thomas learned to never be cheeky to Gordon again.




  • This is the first episode to feature Thomas, Gordon, Henry, and James.
  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, Thomas the Tank Engine.
  • Gordon is seen backing down on his train as Henry leaves Knapford at the beginning of the restored version.
  • When Thomas pulls into Knapford at the beginning, a poster for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus can be seen on the wall.
  • The episode was recreated in CGI for the special, "The Adventure Begins".
  • The title card was used on the first five seasons as well as the eighth season in the Greek dub.
  • When the narrator introduces Thomas, he is on The Quarry Tramroad.
  • In the George Carlin narration, when Thomas shouts "You can't catch me!", he says it in a mocking singsong. In both Ringo Starr narrations, he does not.
  • In the original version, the studio equipment and edge of sets are not seen, but in the restored version, there are.
  • Music cues from this episode were used in some audiobooks of Thomas & Friends, which were only released in Germany.

Dub edits


  • After Gordon is introduced, the UK narration says, "Thomas likes whistling rudely at him.", while the US narrations say, "Thomas likes to tease Gordon with his whistle.".
  • In the Ringo Starr UK narration, it says, "And off he ran, laughing!". In the Ringo Starr US narration, it says, "And off Thomas ran, laughing!".
  • When Gordon tells Thomas, "Hurry up, you!" in both Ringo Starr narrations, Thomas responds, "Hurry yourself!". In the George Carlin narration, he says, "Hurry up yourself!".
  • After the narrator says, "Gordon began making his plan.", Gordon says, "Yes, I will." in the UK version. In the US version however, Gordon doesn't say anything, while the narrator said, "Gordon the proud engine begain making his plan to teach Thomas a lesson for teasing him.".
  • The line "He went home very slowly, and was careful afterwards never to be cheeky to Gordon again." has been changed in the US version to "'Maybe I don't have to tease Gordon to feel important.' Thomas thought to himself. And he puffed slowly home.".


  • Throughout, Thomas and Gordon have lines replacing the narration at multiple points.


  • In the very first shot of Thomas, studio equipment is reflected off of his smoke box and his tank is chipped.
  • In the first shot of Thomas' wheels, the paint on his middle wheel is chipped.
  • When Henry leaves Knapford, his brake coach is backwards. A van and a brakevan have also joined his train.
  • The top of the set can be seen over the church when James and Henry pass by.
  • When Ringo Starr says "It was nearly time for the Express!", there are no coaches on the track next to Gordon. When Thomas puffs in, they suddenly appear.
  • Gordon was waiting outside platform 2 for his coaches, but when Thomas puffs in, Gordon and his coaches are outside platform 3 and 4.
  • In one scene there is a set of points leading from the track outside platform 5 to the track outside platform 4. In the next scene, it disappears.
  • When Gordon comes out of Henry's Tunnel, the track bounces up and down.
  • In the close-ups of Thomas and Gordon, the train is missing.
  • Studio equipment is seen when Gordon pulls Thomas around the bend and says to the coaches "Come on, come on!".
  • When the train crosses the viaduct, the edge of the set is visible and Thomas' face is missing.
  • When Thomas puffs into the siding a camera stand is visible on the left of the screen.
  • When Thomas goes on the turntable, a shadow from the camera stand is visible and a small white mark is visible on his tank.
  • Clarabel's name can be seen when Thomas backs down to platform 2.
  • When Gordon pulls Thomas around the bend, studio equipment can be seen at the right of the screen.
  • Just before Thomas reaches the water tower, the background shows trees and bushes instead of Wellsworth station.
  • At the end, Thomas is puffing rather fast when the narrator says, "he was very tired.".
  • A brakevan should have been added to James' train.
  • James and Henry appear briefly, but are not introduced until The Sad Story of Henry and Thomas and the Breakdown Train.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
German Thomas und Gordon Thomas and Gordon
Spanish Una lección para Thomas / Thomas y Gordon A Lesson for Thomas / Thomas and Gordon
Hebrew תומס וגורדון Thomas and Gordon
Italian Una bella lezione A Good Lesson
Norwegian Thomas og Gordon Thomas and Gordon
Icelandic Tommi og Gyrðir Thomas and Gordon
Swedish Thomas och Gordon Thomas and Gordon
Danish Thomas og Gordon Thomas and Gordon
Brazilian Portuguese Thomas Aprende uma Lição Thomas Learns a Lesson
Japanese トーマスとゴードン Thomas and Gordon
Croatian Tomica i Gordon Thomas and Gordon
Finnish Tuomas-Veturi ja Jori Thomas the Tank Engine and Gordon
Slovenian Tomaž in Gorazd Thomas and Gordon
Chinese 托马斯和高登 Thomas and Gordon
Korean 토마스와 고든 Thomas and Gordon
Russian Серьезный урок Serious Lesson
Welsh Tomos a Gordon Thomas and Gordon
Hungarian Thomas és Gordon Thomas and Gordon
Dutch Thomas en Gordon Thomas and Gordon
Polish Tomek i Gabryś Thomas and Gordon
French Thomas et Gordon Thomas and Gordon
Romanian Thomas şi Gordon Thomas and Gordon
Czech Tomáš a Gordon Thomas and Gordon
Slovak Thomas a Gordon Thomas and Gordon
Serbian Tomas i Gordon Thomas and Gordon
Thai บทเรียนของโธมัส Thomas' Lesson

Home Media Releases


DVD Packs


VHS/DVD Boxsets


DVD Boxsets

  • Classic Collection
  • Series One and Series Two Double Pack


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