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- “Big, bad, strong, and solid!
That truck's name is Hector the Horrid!”
- ―Troublesome Trucks
Hector the Horrid! is the fifth episode of the eleventh series.
Thomas is given a job to shunt coal Trucks for James and Edward to deliver. Then Bill and Ben arrive with a new coal hopper, Hector, to deliver to the coal yards. Thomas asks why Hector needs two engines to deliver one truck and they say that he does not like to be shunted and warn Thomas that he is very aggressive. Thomas is not scared as he is sure that he can shunt Hector firmly.
But when Thomas arrives at the coaling plant and tries to shunt him, Hector roars "Keep away!!!!" at Thomas. Thomas backs away from Hector after that. As Thomas is filling the trucks with coal, the coal manager arrives to tell Thomas that Rosie is coming to help him fill Hector with coal and add him on James' train. Later when Rosie comes to help, Hector scares her away. This makes Thomas very angry and decides to finally teach Hector a lesson; he bumps Hector so hard that he accidentally tips over and derails. Thomas apologises to Hector after realising what he has done and asks him why he does not want to be shunted. Hector then admits he was scared because he's new and did not know what being shunted or being filled with coal was going to feel like.
After Rocky helps Hector back on the rails, Thomas shows him it is no hardship by going under the coal hopper and shows him that it is not scary to be filled with coal. Now Hector is the best-behaved coal truck in the yard and wants to be filled with coal. Thomas fills Hector with coal and shunts him to the back of James' train. James and Edward arrives and are surprised to see Hector on James' train and congratulate Thomas. James and Edward leave with their deliveries as Thomas whistles good luck not only to the engines, but for his new friend, Hector.
- Bill and Ben
- Troublesome Trucks
- Sir Topham Hatt
- Edward (does not speak)
- Rocky (does not speak)
- Sir Topham Hatt's Brown-haired Assistant (cameo)
- The Coaling Plant Manager (mentioned)
- Going by production order, this is the eighth episode of the eleventh series.
- This episode marks Bill's last speaking role until the seventeenth series episode Percy's Lucky Day.
- Stock footage from Dream On is used.
- The US narration of this episode has yet to get released on Home Media.
- Numerous differences were made in the individual airings and DVD releases with scenes being re-filmed or alternate angled compared to the PBS and Nick Jr. half- hour TV airing, The Unexpected:
- A deleted alternate angle scene from "Dream On" when Thomas is pushing trucks is used in the television version. Also, more boxes and sacks of bags were added in the re-filmed version.
- An alternate angle of Thomas backing up to the trucks is shown. The workmen are moved and a few boxes were moved or added and a workman has brown skin in the re-filmed version when in the original version, they all have bleach skin.
- An alternate angle of Ben is used with different eye movements and the workmen are moved.
- An alternate angle of Thomas backing away from Hector is used and more steam comes out of Thomas in the re-filmed version.
- An alternate angle of Rosie backing up when Hector frightened her is used. Also, the tracks are further from each other in the re-filmed version.
- An alternate angle of the scene when Thomas first biffed Hector is used and Thomas applies his brakes in the re-filmed version.
- An alternate angle of Hector after he rolled backwards is used.
- An alternate angle when Thomas biffs Hector a second time is used and Thomas' brakes stop at a different position in the re-filmed version.
- When Hector crashes into the buffers, they fly off to his left before he rolls over in the original version. In the re-filmed version, they slide over to his right and Hector's rear-bogie wheels lift up slightly before he rolls over.
- The position of how Hector's laying on the ground is different and his buffers are dirty in the original version while in the re-filmed version, his face is dirty but not his buffers.
- When Edward and James arrived at the coaling plant, James has a different face masks in both versions and Edward is ahead of James in the original version but not in the re-filmed version.
- An alternate angle of when James and Edward were surprised to see Hector was used. Edward's crew are seen in Edward after they pass Hector and James moves ahead of Edward in the original shot while in the re-filmed version, Edward's crew can't be seen, and James and Edward are moving at the same speed.
- An alternate angle of James and Edward backing up to their trains is used.
- When Thomas is being filled up with coal, his large scale model is used.
- When Hector tells Thomas he is scared, Hector's eyes are wonky.
- When Thomas biffs Hector the first time, his lamp is crooked in the DVD version.
- In the television version when Thomas biffs Hector the first time, Thomas jitters up a little.
- In a close-up of Hector when he is being pulled by Bill and Ben, he is already loaded with coal. This is likely to disguise the eye mechanism inside Hector.
- Because some of the scenes were re-filmed, the chuffing sound and steam coming out is out of sync.
- In the UK version, when Thomas puffs up to Hector after knocking him over, the puffing sound can be heard after he stops.
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