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Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Feature: Recap on Episode Two of Season Sixteen

The second episode of the new 2012 series of Thomas & Friends transmitted in Britain on Channel 5 milkshake!

Continuing the twenty part season was Ol' Wheezy Wobbles where Misty Island crane Ol' Wheezy broke down, leading to Thomas trying to help The Logging Locos by unsuccessfully asking Den and Dart individually to fix the problem.
Once again with writing from Sharon Miller, the Dieselworks made a return to the series with Arry and Bert reappearing in speaking roles.

The cameos of engines started off the show with Gordon, Emily and Stanley passing through a crossing followed by Percy and Annie beside Thomas running through the countryside.

Also seen were Henry and Charlie at Maron Station and Belle pushing Toby up a gorge near the Search and Rescue Centre, in a nod to Big Belle. Hee Haw was also sighted throughout the story.
The episode garnered mainly negative reviews from fans who were disatisfied with the Misty Island and Logging Locos nature of the story coupled with the greater use of the repetitive rhyming structure.

Points were also noted with Thomas' ignorance and self confidence and the inclusion of Den and Dart meeting The Logging Locos which was felt to not have mixed or even worked.

Few positives came such as Arry, Bert and the Dieselworks playing roles followed by the activity of some of the engines drivers helping with Ol' Wheezy's condition.
Once again through the milkshake! show, another dance routine of Thomas, You're the Leader! was performed just before the episode's start. This time however, presenter Jen Pringle was responsible of activity duties.

TheTopHatts gives Ol' Wheezy Wobbles...

Season Sixteen of Thomas & Friends continues its run in Australia on ABC2 on Wednesday February 21st 2012 at 2:55pm with the episode, Thomas and the Rubbish Train.

Channel 5 in the UK airs the next episode on their milkshake! slot on the same day at 7:35am with Express Coming Through.

For a full list of the scheduling, visit the Dieselworks Turntable Roundhouse on the right hand sidebar for more details.


Thanks to Thomas & Friends Wikia for information and images.

What did you think of this episode? Send your reaction in the comments section just under this post for your verdict.


  1. It does seem like the logging camp was better off without Ol' Wheezy. It was annoying how Thomas STILL isn't listening. And Den and Dart had TOO seen the Logging Locos before!
    However, I did like 'Arry and Bert's appearance, and I was surprised to hear the phrase "Search Me." said by Ferdinand. Seems like with the childish way the series is nowadays he would have said "I don't know."
    Within the CGI series, I'd give this episode 6/10.
    Within the entire series I'd give the episode 3/10.

  2. Terrible. Just terrible. Not much to say. I give it 2/10 and that's purely for Den, Dart, 'Arry and Bert and the animation.

    I like the way that this season they're only crediting the voice actors that appear in the episode. We also learned that William Hope plays one of the characters in today's episodes. It's bound to be either 'Arry or Bert.

  3. Lol Den and Dart didn't fix ol wheezy their engineers/drivers did and why couldn't Thomas's driver of helped when Dart or Den's when they were on their own. Nice episode I think liked Arry, Bert, Belle, Stanley's appearances and fact Ol Wheezy got a main role. 0:05 Emily has 3 carrigaes! and Dart went Misty Island in tree trouble so why he act like he never been?

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    1. Engines are always more important on Sodor than the drivers! :) It saves the reputation of railway workers as Mr Awdry himself said. Very funny moment. I think 2 is a bit harsh from moody old trainspotter fans. Let the new generation of thomas fans enjoy these epsiodes and have fun! :D