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“Don't forget the water!"
"Who cares?”
―Gordon warning Spencer

Gordon and Spencer is the twenty-third episode of the seventh series.


Gordon is feeling excited. Thomas asks him why, and Gordon gloats about the Fat Controller choosing him as the special engine for the visiting Duke and Duchess of Boxford. After Gordon has been washed and polished, he rushes away to meet the visitors, but on the way, he is diverted onto a siding. He is very upset about being late when a sleek silver engine passes by. Gordon is very surprised and wonders who he is.

When Gordon arrives at the shed, the engine is humming to himself. James explains that he is Spencer, the fastest engine in the world. Gordon is cross, but secretly he is impressed. Spencer explains that he is the Duke and Duchess' private engine and he takes them everywhere he goes. The Fat Controller arrives and says there will be a party for the visitors at Maron Station. James points out that Maron is far away, over Gordon's Hill. Gordon advises Spencer to take on water, but Spencer rudely declines.

At Knapford, Spencer steams on his way. He shows the Duke and Duchess the Lighthouse, the Three Tier Bridge, and the Windmill. During his sightseeing however, Spencer never takes on more water.

Thomas and Gordon are collecting passengers at Wellsworth when Spencer races by on his way to Maron. Gordon warns him one more time about the water, but Spencer rudely says "Who cares?" Thomas knows Spencer is going to be in trouble soon.

Thomas is right, as Spencer runs out of steam on Gordon's Hill. Spencer regrets not listening to Gordon now. The Fat Controller hears about Spencer's predicament and sends Gordon to his rescue.

When Gordon arrives at Wellsworth, the stationmaster informs his driver about Spencer. His driver encourages Gordon to hurry up the hill. Gordon looks forward to seeing Spencer in his embarrassment. When he arrives at the hill, he cannot help but tease Spencer about his predicament. Spencer makes up an excuse of a leaky tank. Gordon chuckles and switches over onto Spencer's line and is coupled up. Then they set off for the party.

Gordon pulls Spencer and his coach into Maron right on time. Spencer is embarrassed to be shown in all his foolishness in public. Thomas whispers to James about what does he think happened to Spencer now. James comments that Spencer has too much puff and not enough steam. The Fat Controller lauds Gordon about his achievements and says that he's the fastest engine on the island. Gordon proudly mutters that he already knows that.




  • Going by production order, this is the first episode of the seventh series.
  • This episode marks Spencer’s only speaking role and the Duke and Duchess of Boxford’s only appearances in the seventh series.
  • This is the only episode written by Lee Pressman until the seventeenth series episode, Kevin's Cranky Friend.
  • Due to scenes on one particular set across the season being filmed in one go, Edward is seen with his sad face as Gordon leaves Wellsworth, likely from Edward's Brass Band.
  • Stock footage from Saved from Scrap, Time for Trouble, Thomas the Jet Engine, and Peace and Quiet are used.
  • Spencer pulls one coach throughout the episode. However, a deleted scene from The Whistle Song shows him pulling two coaches.
  • This episode marks the last of four things:
    • The final appearance of Douglas until the eleventh series episode, Gordon and the Engineer, though he appears in a deleted scene from Edward the Great.
    • This is the last episode where Douglas appears without Donald.
    • The final episode where Emily has bronze buffers. From James Gets a New Coat onwards, she has silver buffers.
    • The final episode to be re-narrated by Michael Angelis for the US.
  • This episode was before Emily's New Coaches on the New Friends for Thomas US DVD, meaning that American viewers may have not recognized Emily in the background.
  • Prior to being released for digital download on Amazon in 2016, Michael Brandon's narration of this episode had only been broadcasted on television.
  • When Spencer first races past Gordon, an instrumental of Five New Engines in the Shed can be heard in both of Michael Angelis' narrations with Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell's music and in international versions.
  • Gordon does not whistle as he leaves Wellsworth in televised versions.
  • Gordon has James' Series 4-5 whistle sound in the Thomas Land event in Japan.


  • Henry is turned too quickly on the turntable between the shot of Gordon arriving at Tidmouth Sheds and Thomas' close-up after.
  • Edward's whistle is shown instead of Gordon's when he whistles after coupling up to Spencer.
  • Spencer runs out of water, but still blows steam for a few more seconds.
  • When Spencer races past Thomas and Gordon at Wellsworth, he is heading west. Later however, when Gordon sets off to rescue him, he goes to the east and still catches up with Spencer.
  • When Gordon arrives at the shed, the lining on his piston is peeling off.
  • When the episode was broadcast on Nick Jr. in the UK, some descriptions misnamed the episode as Spencer's Mountain.
  • During the whole episode, a piece of Gordon's valve is missing.
  • In the first shots of Spencer at the sheds and the other ones, Emily's siderods change position.


  • Gordon: Steaming pistons! Who's that?!
  • Thomas: He'll be in trouble soon.
  • Thomas: What do you think of Spencer now?
  • James: Too much puff and not enough steam!


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Chinese 高登和史宾赛
Danish Gordon og Spencer
Finnish Jori ja Santtu
Hungarian Gordon és Spencer
Italian Gordon e Spencer
Japanese ゴードンとスペンサー
Korean 뽐내지 마!
Polish Gabryś i Szymek
Romanian Gordon şi Spencer
Russian Гордон и Спенсер
Serbian Gordon i Spenser
Slovak Gordon a Spencer
Swedish Gordon och Spencer
Thai กอร์ดอนมาช่วยสเปนเซอร์
Welsh Gordon a Spensyr

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