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“Two, four, six, eight!
We're the team that won't be late!
Sodor United!”
―Emily's football/soccer chant

Pingy Pongy Pick Up is the third episode of the fourteenth series.


The Fat Controller gives Thomas the task of handing out jobs on the day of the big football tournament. Thomas gives the job of collecting the half-time apples to Percy, James is to collect the fans, Thomas will collect the Sodor United football team, and Emily is left with the job of picking up the dirty washing and getting it cleaned. Emily thinks she deserves a bigger job and goes to find Percy at McColl Farm. She offers to be his back engine, but Percy objects. Emily decides to help Percy anyway and pulls the truck one way whilst Percy pulls it the other. The truck's coupling snaps and bounces off the rails, spilling the load of apples. This leaves Percy cross and he reminds Emily of her job to collect the soiled washing.

Emily then finds James and blocks the junction so she can ask to help him. James is going too fast to stop and quickly veers into a siding. He applies the brakes and hits the buffers with a jolt. The fans are not hurt, but James is cross with Emily, reminding her to pick up the dirty washing before he puffs away once she clears the junction.

Emily sees Thomas with the team and follows him to the Town Square. When she gets there, she finds that the Fat Controller and the Sodor United team are cross with her. The dirty washing was Sodor United's kits and now they have nothing to wear. Emily feels awful and immediately sets off to put things right. She collects the washing from Maithwaite and takes it to Maron where the laundry lady quickly washes it. She tells Emily that the washing is still soaking wet but Emily has an idea and, remembering the flag that was attached to Clarabel's roof blowing in the wind, she asks for the washing to be hung on a rope which has been tied to her funnel. As she puffs along, the washing dries and the team are delighted. Emily wishes them good luck and sings them a football chant, much to the team's amusement.







  • Going by production order, this is the fourth episode of the fourteenth series.
  • Edited stock footage from Slippy Sodor is used.
  • In the UK narration, the terms "pongy," "football" and "football kits" are used. In the US version, however, the terms used are "stinky," "soccer" and "soccer shirts and shorts" respectively, due to regional language differences.
  • When Emily chants near the end, she sings "Sodor United" in the UK version. In the US narration, she just speaks it.
  • The events of this episode were later mentioned by Bill and Ben and Emily in Emily Saves the World.


  • When Emily moves out of James' way, she is puffing steam out of her whistle instead of her funnel.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Catalan Missió pudenta
Chinese 运送球衣
Czech Nudné špinavé prádlo
Danish Snavset-pavset vasketøj
Finnish Likapyykki
French Le Match D'Ouverture
German Sodor United
Greek Βρώμικη αποστολή
Hungarian Vicik vacak szennyes
Indonesian Mengambil Cucian Kotor
Italian La Biancheria Sporca
Japanese エミリーとせんたくもの
Korean 에밀리와 축구 경기
Norwegian Stinke-stanke-vasken
Polish Nieświeża Przesyłka
Portuguese Pingue-pongue de tarefas (BRA)
Trabalhos maiores e menores (PT)
Romanian Livtarea de Mongi de Ping Pong
Russian Пустяковая работа
Slovak Umazano perils
Spanish Ropa Apestosa
Swedish Stinkelinkande syssla
Thai หน้าที่สำคัญของเอมิลี่,
Turkish Kirli Çamaşır Toplama

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