Thomas Comes to Breakfast (Thomas & Friends)
"Thomas Comes to Breakfast" is the eighteenth episode in the second season. It was first broadcast in the UK on November 19th, 1986 on ITV, March 26th, 1989 in the US with Ringo Starr's narration, and December 18th, 1991 with George Carlin as the narrator, on PBS as part of "Shining Time Station." It is based on the same story of the same name from The Railway Series book, "Branch Line Engines".
Why It Rocks
- It shows us the actual railway logic on why all trains are better to go with their drivers, and why they shouldn't move on their own, which was shown before in "Old Iron" in the same season.
- Thomas' crash through the stationmaster's house is classic and memorable.
- The line: "Just Look what you've done to our breakfast!"
- The episode itself is true to the original story.
- The settings of Ffarqhuar Sheds look great.
- Percy and Toby's sleep faces are created graciously.
- The Japanese dub of the episode is also great.
- Spectacular music from Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell like in every Classic era episode. Mostly the danger theme.
- The Fat Controller got mad at Thomas for wrecking the stationmaster's house, when it was clearly the careless cleaner's fault, so there's no reason for the Fat Controller to blame engines for things that are entirely out of their control. After all, Thomas can't control himself.
- The wife looks more concerned about her breakfast being ruined than her house being destroyed or her family nearly killed (the son was right near the window).
- This is Michael White/Whitehousefilms' favorite Thomas episode. But along with him, it is also the Reverend. W. Awdry's favorite story along with "Thomas Goes Fishing".
- This is the first episode of the second season to air in the US. It infamously made a few continuity errors, such as Toby, Donald and Douglas being introduced before their respective introductory episodes.
- A large scale model of Thomas was used for the scenes inside of the house.
- When the narrator says "The stationmaster was furious!" the wall set-up behind the stationmaster is different in the restored version.
- In George Carlin's US narration, when the stationmaster's wife shouts "Now I shall have to cook some more!" the sound of the door being banged sounds quieter than in all the other dubs for this episode, including both dubs by Ringo Starr.
- This is the only episode in the television series that shows Thomas without his head lamp due to damage from the crash.
- The events of this episode are mentioned by James in "Journey Beyond Sodor", and Edward in "Big World! Big Adventures!" during the song, "Where in the World is Thomas?". The scene where Thomas is in the stationmaster's house was recreated in CGI during the song.
- This episode was reran back to back with the fourth season episode "Bulldog" on Storytime with Thomas.
- Footage of the episode was used as a reference to the original story read aloud by Christopher Awdry in the exclusive YouTube documentary "70 Years of Friendship". Christopher also stated that this was one of his favorite stories.
- It spawned many internet memes and YouTube Poops.