"Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends" Whiff's Wish (TV Episode 2012) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • At Knapford Station, Dowager Hatt is having a welcome to Sodor party. Sir Topham Hatt asks Thomas to take the visitors on a tour of Sodor. Thomas asks the visitors to ride on the Express, but it's too heavy for Thomas. He doesn't want Gordon to see that he has to drop off passengers to make the Express lighter. To avoid Gordon, he leaves the visitors to enjoy "the Sights of Sodor" at the Quarry and in a field! Dowager Hatt realizes that the important visitors are missing and Gordon is sent to collect the visitors. But a job needs doing! The balloons have to be collected from the Docks for the party. Thomas is fast. He picks them up and proves that he is Really Useful, just in a different way than Gordon! Whiff is given the job of collecting trucks of garbage from across the island. Whiff hears Spencer being praised for his grandness. Whiff wishes that he, too, could be a grand engine, so he searches for opportunities to be grand. The tracks come to a standstill because Whiff's garbage trucks have not been collected. Worried, Whiff crashes into a stationary Percy. Seeing Percy, who is only concerned about delivering the mail on time, Whiff realizes that there is nothing grander than doing your job well. So, he puffs away to collect the garbage trucks, just as he should have done.

  • Scruff works with Whiff at the Waste Dump collecting rubbish trucks. When Sir Topham Hatt sees how rusty and dirty Scruff looks, he insists that he goes straight to the Steamworks to be repainted. Soon the other engines are telling Scruff how smart he looks, so he decides he doesn't want to work at the dirty Waste Dump anymore. He tries asking Percy, Thomas and Gordon if he can do their jobs instead, but eventually Scruff realizes that the only way to be Really Useful is to do his own job at the Waste Dump, even if it means getting really dirty. Winston Sir Topham Hatt's track inspection vehicle, but unfortunately the Sir Topham Hatt is not a very good driver and Winston feels embarrassed when the other engines laugh at him. So one da,y when Sir Topham Hatt leaves his handbrake off, Winston starts to roll forward on his own and is soon racing down the tracks without a driver. Sir Topham Hatt jumps into Thomas' cab and they chase after Winston. Winston thinks driving on his own is exciting at first, but when he realizes he can't stop, his journey gets rather frightening. Soon Thomas and Sir Topham catch up with him. He is very cross, until he realizes it's his own fault for leaving Winston's handbrake off.

  • Whiff wants to be grand like Spencer and takes on other engines' jobs instead of doing his own.

    - Written by Anonymous


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