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- “What's a new-funneled nuisance?”
- ―Percy to Edward
Edward Strikes Out is the seventeenth episode of the tenth series.
One summer morning, Edward arrives at Brendam Docks to pick up some heavy pipes. Gordon and Thomas are there; Thomas is excited because a new crane arrived on the island. He thinks the crane looks very strong and could even lift up Gordon, making him cross as Thomas puffs away. Gordon points out that the crane has no engine, and he cannot move unless another engine pulls him. Edward notices this too and thinks the new crane cannot be really useful. Gordon agrees and says that he will only get in the way. Percy arrives, also feeling excited about the new crane. Gordon dismisses the crane as "new-fangled nonsense" and puffs away. Percy wonders what "new-fangled nonsense" is. Edward explains that it means you are new and cannot be Really Useful.
Soon Edward collects the flatbeds of pipes, which are right next to the crane. The crane introduces himself to Edward. He tells him that his name is Rocky and wants to help Edward. Edward neglects Rocky's help and puffs away before the pipes are secured. When Edward is approaches a signal, he is so lost in thought about Rocky that he winds up running too fast. The signal suddenly turns red, but Edward stops so abruptly that his flatbeds of pipes to fall onto the rails. Edward refuses to get Rocky, and his driver telephones for Harvey instead.
Harvey comes to help, but can only lift one heavy pipe at a time. He points out that it is going to take a long time to clear the line. Thomas and Emily arrive when they see the pipes. Thomas suggests to get Rocky, but Edward refuses again and says they have to be patient. Emily mumbles that she hates being patient. Gordon comes round a bend really fast, causing him to run over the pipes and derail. Edward realises that only Rocky can lift him back on the tracks and gets him from Brendam. Rocky clears the lines in little time, and Edward realizes that he spoke too soon.
- Henry (cameo)
- Bill and Ben (cameo)
- Butch (cameo)
- Cranky (cameo)
- Big Mickey (cameo)
- The Storyteller (cameo)
- Sir Topham Hatt (mentioned)
- When Gordon is speeding along the line towards the pipes, the footage is sped up.
- This marks Harvey's last speaking role until The Great Discovery and his last speaking role in an episode until the seventeenth series episode, Gone Fishing.
- When Edward and Rocky leave Brendam Docks to pick up the pipes, Rocky has a line in the US dub that is not spoken in the UK dub.
- When Harvey lifts the pipes back onto Edward's flatbed, his eyes are wonky.
- When Edward is approaching to the signal, it seems to be some metres in front of him, but he is seen travelling much further before he stops.
- In the shot of Edward pulling Rocky down the hill, Rocky's crane arm jerks up a bit.
- Gordon's tender is derailed in a close-up.
- Numerous sound effects are out of sync in the US version.
- When Edward arrives with Rocky, Rocky's eyes are wonky.
- When the narrator says "And everyone hooted and cheered for Rocky," Harvey is not whistling.
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