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Forever and Ever is the second episode of the twenty-second series.

Plot

Gordon is upset that Edward no longer lives at Tidmouth Sheds, and becomes rude to Nia for moving in. When Henry says that he is moving out of Tidmouth Sheds to stay at Vicarstown, Gordon throws a paranoid tantrum and decides to do things differently because the Fat Controller is changing things.

Gordon leaves his express to find Edward and ask if he will move back to Tidmouth Sheds since Henry is leaving. Edward tells Gordon that he is already happy staying at Wellsworth. The Fat Controller finds Gordon and, despite his changes causing Gordon to have been upset about them, scolds Gordon for his actions and sends him back to the sheds in disgrace, which Gordon does so without hesitation. That night, while sleeping in the shed backwards, Gordon dreams about the whole railway changing around him in very silly ways. Nia approaches Gordon and sympathises with him, noting that she is far away from her old railway and friends but always remembers that if her old friends are still her friends, so will Edward and Henry.

The next morning, Nia gets Gordon to go out of the sheds to pull the Express. Gordon tries to rush, but Nia stops him just in time before he almost falls into the turntable well. When Gordon gets on the turntable, he thanks her and apologises to her for being rude, hoping they can be friends. Nia hopes they can also be friends with the other new engine going to live at Tidmouth Sheds, which surprises Gordon so much that he rushes away.

Characters

Locations

Cast

UK

US

  • Joseph May as Thomas
  • William Hope as Edward
  • Kerry Shale as Henry and Gordon
  • Rob Rackstraw as James
  • Christopher Ragland as Percy
  • Jules de Jongh as Emily and Some Children
  • Yvonne Grundy as Nia and Some Children
  • Steven Kynman as Paxton
  • Rasmus Hardiker as Philip
  • Teresa Gallagher as Annie, Clarabel, Stephen Hatt and Bridget Hatt
  • Keith Wickham as Sir Topham Hatt

Trivia

  • Nia says that a new engine will be coming to Sodor, foreshadowing Rebecca's arrival in the next episode.
  • At the end of the episode, Thomas mentions the events of the twentieth series episode, Engine of the Future. Stock footage from said episode is used.
  • In the fantasy sequence, the Thin Clergyman can be seen riding the Photographer's Draisine from the sixteenth series episode, Flash Bang Wallop!
  • This episode marks Stephen (not counting stock footage), Skiff and Captain Joe's only appearances in the twenty-second series.
  • Percy asking Philip how he made his voice change is a reference to The Great Race.
  • When Gordon asks Edward what he thinks about moving back to Tidmouth Sheds, Theodore Tugboat's whistle can be heard. (Theodore Tugboat is directed by Robert D. Cardona.)
  • This episode is the first of several things:
    • The first time Marion is seen pulling rolling stock. However, this is only in a fantasy sequence.
    • The first time that the Aquarium Tank Wagons appear in the series.
    • The first episode to feature the newly updated Engine Roll Call at the end.
  • This episode aired before Big World! Big Adventures! was released in Germany, meaning the audience would not know who Nia is.
  • Apart from Thomas reading the title aloud and talking directly to the audience before and after the story, this episode does not include any narration.
  • When first aired in the US, this episode was paired with What Rebecca Does. All future airings afterwards have it paired with Number One Engine.

Goofs

  • When Gordon shunts Annie and Clarabel, they switch voices.
  • When Nia speaks to Gordon in the sheds about changes, Edward can be seen in two shots on the left. But when Nia reverses out of the shed, Edward suddenly becomes Percy.
  • In the second shot when Nia and Gordon are talking in the shed, James has moved a few inches backwards from his original position.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Para Todo o Sempre
Chinese 永永远远
Dutch Voor Eeuwig en Altijd
German Für immer und ewig
Hebrew לנצח נצחים
Japanese ずっといつまでも
Polish Zawsze tak Samo
Russian Новый друг
Spanish Para Toda la Vida

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