Thomas Gets Tricked

Original UK title card

No. of season: 1
No. of epsiode: 1
No. of series: 1
Director: David Mitton
Producer: David Mitton
Robert D. Cardona
Writer: Reverend W. Awdry (original)
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton (adapted)
Narrator: George Carlin (US)
Original air date: 9 October 1984 (US)
3 April 1990 (JPN)
Next: Edward Helps Out
Thomas Gets Tricked is the pilot episode of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. Gordon gets revenge on Thomas for teasing him.


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 up 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 couldn't 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, who enacted his plan and quickly backed down and coupled to his train. Thomas usually pushes from behind to help the trains 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 2 blue engines came to a stop at Wellsworth. 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.



Fun FactsEdit


  • This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, Thomas the Tank Engine, which is based on a real event that was happened at Liverpool station with an express train who lived with the pilot.
  • When Thomas pulls into Knapford at the beginning, a poster for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus can be seen on the wall.
  • When the narrator introduces Thomas, he is on The Quarry Tramroad.
  • The first episode narrated by George Carlin in the US.
  • There are some different in the US version. Some different are:
    • After Gordon is introduced, the narrator says, "Thomas likes to tease Gordon with his whistle!"
    • When Gordon tells Thomas, "Hurry up, you!" in Keith Wickham version, Thomas responds, he says, "Hurry up yourself!" In Ben Small version.
    • After the narrator says, "Gordon the proud engine began making his plan to teach Thomas a lesson for teasing him." in George Carlin version, and in Keith Wickham version, Gordon says, ''Yes I will.''
    • The line "In Ben Small version, Thomas says, "'Maybe I don't have to tease Gordon to feel important', and in George Carlin version, the narrator says, And he puffed slowly home."
    • In Ben Small version, when Thomas shouts "You can't catch me!" he says it in a mocking singsong.
  • The title card was used on the first eight seasons in the Greek dub.
  • In the original version, the studio equipment and edge of sets are seen.
  • Music cues from this episode were used in some audiobooks of Thomas and Friends, which were only released in Germany.


  • In the very first shot of Thomas, studio equipment is reflected off of his smokebox and the edge of his boiler is chipped.
  • In the first shot of Thomas' wheels, the paint on his middle wheel is chipped and his smokebox was scratched.
  • When Thomas pulls up next to Gordon, Thomas' smoke vanishes as Gordon wakes up; this is due to a cut in the film.
  • When the narrator 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 was a set of points leading from the track outside platform 5 to the track outside platform 4. In the next scene, it disappears.
  • The express leaves from Knapford, but first goes through Henry's Tunnel before arriving at Wellsworth, which is at the opposite end of the railway line.
  • When Gordon comes out of Henry's Tunnel, the track bounces up and down.
  • In the close-ups of Thomas and Gordon on their journey, the train was missing.
  • When Henry leaves the station, Gordon's eyes are a bit wonky.
  • When Thomas says "Hurry up yourself!" the coaches can't be seen in front of him.
  • When Henry and James puff out of Knapford, 2 of Henry's wheel arches are missing.
  • In the original version:
    • The top of the set can be seen over the church, when James and Henry pass by.
    • Studio equipment can be seen as Gordon pulls Thomas around the bend.
    • When the train crosses the viaduct, the edge of the set is visible.
    • When Thomas backs up to the turntable, a camera stand is visible, and a small white mark is visible on his tank in the US and the international versions.
    • Just before Thomas starts puffing to the water tower, the track ends behind him.
    • In the closeup of Gordon smiling, there is studio equipment in the back, Thomas and the Express disappear, and his tender bounces a little.
  • According to the Awdry writings, the express wasn't meant to stop at Wellsworth.
  • Just before Thomas reaches the water tower, the background shows trees and bushes instead of Wellsworth station.
  • At the end, Thomas was puffing rather fast when the narrator says, "Poor Thomas couldn't answer".
  • A brake van should've been added to James' train.
  • Henry and James appear briefly, but they're not introduced until Come Out, Henry and Thomas Saves the Day respectively.
  • When Gordon backs down on his train and yells, "Get in quickly please!", something can be seen moving behind the station.
  • In the shot of Thomas puffing into Knapford, Henry doesn't have a train. But a few seconds later, he has coaches, a van, and a brakevan. Also when Henry was pulling out, the edge of the set is visible if you look through Knapford station.
  • In the close-up of Gordon's whistle, Knapford was missing from the background.
  • In the scene when Henry and James puffs out of Knapford, 2 of Henry's wheelarches are missing.
  • When Gordon was sleeping in the siding, his buffers are crooked.
  • In the shot of Thomas stopping inside Knapford with his coaches, Henry was in his new shape.
  • Knapford station was missing from the background in the close-up of Thomas' whistle.
  • When Gordon says, "Well little Thomas!" Wellsworth station and the bushes beside him are missing.
  • When Thomas was taking on water at the end, Gordon and his train are missing.
  • When Thomas wakes Gordon up the second time, the tracks in the siding in front of Gordon aren't connected to the buffers.
  • In a rare picture, there is no one in Gordon's cab as he and Thomas cross the Viaduct.
  • During the close up of Gordon's wheels when he reverses quickly, the track moves.
  • When Thomas was on the turntable, the inside of his funnel was white.
  • On the Amazon Prime digital release of the Classic Series, this episode features an excerpt of one of George Carlin version when Gordon stops at Wellsworth.
  • When Thomas puffs up to the coaches at Knapford, a workman is seen next to the coaches, but in the shot where Thomas puffs backwards, the workman disappears.


In Other LanguagesEdit

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
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

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Series 1 Thomas and Gordon · Edward and Gordon · The Sad Story of Henry · Edward, Gordon and Henry · Thomas' Train · Thomas and the Trucks · Thomas and the Breakdown Train · James and the Coaches · Troublesome Trucks · James and the Express · Thomas and the Guard · Thomas Goes Fishing · Thomas, Terence and the Snow · Thomas and Bertie · Tenders and Turntables · Trouble in the Shed · Percy Runs Away · Coal · The Flying Kipper · Whistles and Sneezes · Toby and the Stout Gentleman · Thomas in Trouble · Dirty Objects · Off the Rails · Down the Mine · Thomas' Christmas Party
Series 2 Thomas, Percy and the Coal · Cows · Bertie's Chase · Saved from Scrap · Old Iron · Thomas and Trevor · Percy and the Signal · Duck Takes Charge · Percy and Harold · The Runaway · Percy Takes the Plunge · Pop Goes the Diesel · Dirty Work · A Close Shave · Better Late Than Never · Break Van · The Deputation · Thomas Comes to Breakfast · Daisy · Percy's Predicament · The Diseasel · Wrong Road · Edward's Exploit · Ghost Train · Woolly Bear · Thomas and the Missing Christmas Tree
Series 3 A Scarf for Percy · Percy's Promise · Time for Trouble · Gordon and the Famous Visitor · Donald's Duck · Thomas Gets Bumped · Thomas, Percy and the Dragon · Diesel Does It Again · Henry's Forest · The Trouble with Mud · No Joke for James · Thomas, Percy and the Post Train · Trust Thomas · Mavis · Toby's Tightrope · Edward, Trevor and the Really Useful Party · Buzz, Buzz · All at Sea · One Good Turn · Tender Engines · Escape · Oliver Owns Up · Bulgy · Heroes · Percy, James and the Fruitful Day · Thomas and Percy's Christmas Adventure
Series 4 Granpuff · Sleeping Beauty · Bulldog · You Can't Win · Four Little Engines · A Bad Day for Sir Handel · Peter Sam and the Refreshment Lady · Trucks! · Home at Last · Rock 'n' Roll · Special Funnel · Steam Roller · Passengers and Polish · Gallant Old Engine · Rusty to the Rescue · Thomas and Stepney · Train Stops Play · Bowled Out · Henry and the Elephant · Toad Stands By · Bulls Eyes · Thomas and the Special Letter · Paint Pots and Queens · Fish · Special Attraction · Mind That Bike
Series 5 Cranky Bugs · Horrid Lorry · A Better View for Gordon · Lady Hatt's Birthday Party · James and the Trouble with Trees · Gordon and the Gremlin · Bye George! · Baa! · Put Upon Percy · Toby and the Flood · Haunted Henry · Double Teething Troubles · Stepney Gets Lost · Toby's Discovery · Something in the Air · Thomas, Percy and Old Slow Coach · Thomas and the Rumours · Oliver's Find · Happy Ever After · Sir Topham Hatt's Holiday · A Surprise for Percy · Make Someone Happy · Busy Going Backwards · Duncan Gets Spooked · Rusty and the Boulder · Snow
Series 6 Salty's Secret · Harvey to the Rescue · No Sleep for Cranky · A Bad Day for Harold the Helicopter · Elizabeth the Vintage Lorry · The Fogman · Jack Jumps In · A Friend in Need · It's Only Snow · Twin Trouble · The World's Strongest Engine · Scaredy Engines · Percy and the Haunted Mine · Middle Engine · James and the Red Balloon · Jack Frost · Gordon Takes a Tumble · Percy's Chocolate Crunch · Buffer Bother · Toby Had a Little Lamb · Thomas, Percy and the Squeak · Thomas the Jet Engine · Edward the Very Useful Engine · Dunkin' Duncan · Rusty Saves the Day · Faulty Whistles
Series 7 Emily's New Coaches · Percy Gets It Right · Bill, Ben and Fergus · The Old Bridge · Edward's Brass Band · What's the Matter with Henry? · James and the Queen of Sodor · The Refreshment Lady's Tea Shop · · The Spotless Record · Toby's Windmill · Bad Day at Castle Loch · Rheneas and the Roller Coaster · Salty's Stormy Tale · Snow Engine · Something Fishy · The Runaway Elephant · Peace and Quiet · Fergus Breaks the Rules · · Bulgy Rides Again · Harold and the Flying Horse · The Grand Opening · Best Dressed Engine · Gordon and Spencer · Not So Hasty Puddings · Trusty Rusty · Three Cheers for Thomas
Series 8 Thomas and the Tuba · Percy's New Whistle · Thomas to the Rescue · Henry and the Wishing Tree · James Gets a New Coat · Thomas Saves the Day · Percy's Big Mistake · Thomas, Emily and the Snowplough · Don't Tell Thomas · Emily's New Route · Thomas and the Firework Display · Gordon Takes Charge · Spic and Span · Edward the Great · Squeak, Rattle and Roll · Thomas and the Circus · Thomas Gets It Right · As Good as Gordon · Fish · Emily's Adventure · Halloween · You Can Do It, Toby! · James Goes Too Far · Chickens to School · Too Hot for Thomas · Percy and the Magic Carpet
Series 9 Percy and the Oil Painting · Thomas and the Rainbow · Molly's Special, Special · Thomas' Milkshake Muddle · Mighty Mac · Thomas and the Toy Shop · Respect for Gordon · Thomas and the Birthday Picnic · Tuneful Toots · Rheneas and the Dinosaur · Thomas and the New Engine · Toby Feels Left Out · Thomas Tries His Best · The Magic Lamp · Thomas and the Statue · Henry and the Flagpole · Emily Knows Best · Thomas' Day Off · Thomas' New Trucks Duncan and the Old Mine · Bold and Brave · Skarloey the Brave · Saving Edward · Thomas and the Golden Eagle · Keeping Up with James · Flour Power