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“WHAT?!”
―Gordon is shocked after hearing Henry will live at Vicarstown.

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 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.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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.
  • Before its UK broadcast, this episode was shown at the Princess Anne Theatre (BAFTA) in London alongside Number One Engine, What Rebecca Does and Banjo and the Bushfire on Saturday, 1st September 2018.
  • 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, 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.
  • At the beginning of the episode, the first and third birds from the viewer's left fly away from the sheds, followed by the second bird from the viewer's left turning around to face backwards. The two birds flying away are symbolic of Edward and Henry leaving Tidmouth Sheds and the Steam Team, while the bird turning around represents Gordon in the episode.

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 backward from his original position.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Para Todo o Sempre
Chinese 永永远远
Czech Napořád a navždy
Dutch Voor Eeuwig en Altijd
Finnish Ikuisesti
German Für immer und ewig
Hebrew לנצח נצחים
Hungarian Örökkön örökké
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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