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Hunt the Truck, also known as Hunt the Car in North America, is the twenty-sixth and final episode of the twenty-second series.

Plot

Edward arrives at Brendam Docks with cars/trucks for Bill and Ben to take to the Clay Pits when he finds a frustrated Nia searching for a covered car/truck, which had disappeared while she went to refuel. The details given allow him to immediately deduce that Bill and Ben hid it while Nia was absent. Unsurprisingly, the twins loudly deny it and while Nia throws in an argument, Edward spots her missing car/truck, and after a round of laughter from the twins, threatens to take away their car/trucks if they do not give Nia hers back. They relent, and Bill goes to fetch it, but not before calling Edward a spoilsport. Edward apologises to Nia, saying that their latest game consists of hiding car/trucks and making other engines hunt for them. Ben then gloats that nobody can hide car/truck better than he and Bill, who gives Nia her car/truck back. Thanking Edward, she sets off, and the twins promptly tease Edward about being no fun and very boring as he leaves rolling his eyes.

The twins find a red van with a wreath on the side at the docks the next morning, and thanks to Porter, they find out that the truck was for Edward to collect. Still sore about Edward ruining their fun the last time, the twins decide to hide his car/truck as payback, leaving it in a empty yard. But that's where their troubles start.

Later that day, as a smirking Edward arrives for his car/truck, as soon as he spotted the twins, he begins acting shocked, worried, and sad. A confused Porter then replies that he was certain that the truck was at the docks earlier, with Bill and Ben snickering at their supposed success. But Edward then reveals the car/truck's contents, the Earl’s Christmas party supplies and the consequences without them, leaving the twins both shocked and horrified. After realising they were spotted, they make an excuse and leave. Porter is confused by this behaviour, but Edward just smiles smugly.

The twins race to the spot where they hid the car/truck, but to their horror, the sidings are completely empty. Bill then lists the main concerns and notes one thing: they have to find the car/truck before Christmas is ruined. The twins then get into a short-lived argument on who is to blame, which is interrupted by Salty's horn. They then ask if he has seen the car/truck, and he gives a monologue and a joke, saying that the car/truck could be anywhere on the island by now. This last statement horrifies the twins, and busy as bees, they rush off to hunt the car/truck, leaving a confused Salty behind.

They look everywhere for the truck, through Knapford Station, in a shunting yard, where they briefly bash a truck in frustration, and finally, a tunnel that Bill enters to try and find the truck before being chased out by Gordon, who made enough vibrations to cause a small pile of snow fall on top of a very annoyed Ben.

Going over their options, the twins decide to tell Edward the bad news. When they spill the beans, Edward surprises them by revealing the car/truck was at Ulfstead Castle the whole time. Bill and Ben are left with a loss of words, and just after Thomas arrives with the party guests, Edward reveals that he had set things up to give the twins a taste of their own medicine, revealing he knew all of their hiding places as well. The twins were left both relieved and disappointed, something that Edward, Thomas, Annie and Clarabel have a laugh at as soon as the party begins.

Characters

Locations

Voice Cast

UK

US

  • Joseph May as Thomas
  • William Hope as Edward
  • Kerry Shale as Gordon
  • Rasmus Hardiker as Bill
  • Matt Wilkinson as Ben
  • David Menkin as Porter
  • Yvonne Grundy as Nia
  • Keith Wickham as Salty
  • Teresa Gallagher as Annie, Clarabel, Stephen Hatt and Bridget Hatt

Trivia

  • There are a few references to past episodes from the Classic Series:
  • This episode aired before Confusion Without Delay in the US, so the audience would not know who Rebecca is.
  • This is the first episode written by Michael White.[1]
  • The original script for the episode featured a different fantasy sequence, which was changed due to being "way too depressing."[2]
  • This is the last episode of a few things:
    • The last episode produced by Micaela Winter.
    • Ian McCue's last episode as creator executive. He will retake the position of producer from the twenty-third series onwards.
    • The last episode in which Thomas and Gordon lack their twenty-third series details.
    • The last time Gordon's Snowplough is seen in it's original design. From the twenty-third series onwards, it's design changes to the same one used by Emily, James and Rebecca.

Goofs

  • When Edward leaves the docks, the tracks in front of where Nia was a few seconds prior are blocked by trucks and she is nowhere to be seen.

Home Media Releases

UK

In Other Languages

Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Caça ao Vagão
Czech Honba za vozem
Dutch Zoek de Wagon
Finnish Vaunun metsästys
German Such den Waggon
Hungarian Kocsi leső
Japanese かしゃをさがせゲーム
Norwegian Jakten på vognen
Polish Znajdź w Wagonach
Russian Где вагон?
Spanish Caza el Vagón

References

  1. Michael White on Twitter
  2. Michael White on Twitter

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