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“This is a detonator. We will be placing these on the tracks to warn you that you will be coming up to a signal. So when you hear a bang, slow down and look out... because there is a signal ahead!"
―Cyril the Fogman

Samson and the Fireworks is the sixteenth episode of the twenty-second series.

Plot

Samson arrives from the mainland with a load of empty trucks and his brake van Bradford in tow. On his way to the Blue Mountain Quarry, he meets Thomas hauling a load of fireworks. Samson mentions that he is scared of fireworks before continuing his journey.

Not long afterwards, thick fog rolls in, resulting in Thomas, Gordon, Emily and Rebecca nearly or accidentally crashing into each other due to being unable to see the Knapford signal gantry. Unaware that detonators are being placed to alert engines of upcoming signals by Cyril the Fogman on the Fat Controller's orders, Samson panics after running over one and mistaking it for a firework.

Despite Bradford trying to inform Samson what actually happened, Samson panics and runs away, taking his train and Bradford with him. He ends up running over several more detonators, making him panic even more, causing him to nearly hit Rebecca and push Nia and her train down the tracks ahead of him.

Samson is eventually diverted onto a siding and hits a set of buffers, where he calms down and is informed what had actually happened. Lost, he eventually sees fireworks high in the sky and follows them to find his way back and ends up at Ulfstead Castle, finding Thomas, Emily and Rebecca there, who commend him on conquering his fear of fireworks.

Characters

Locations

Voice cast

UK

US

  • Joseph May as Thomas
  • Kerry Shale as Gordon and Cyril the Fogman
  • Jules de Jongh as Emily
  • Robert Wilfort as Samson
  • Yvonne Grundy as Nia
  • Rachael Miller as Rebecca
  • Rasmus Hardiker as Philip
  • Teresa Gallagher as Annie and Clarabel
  • Rob Rackstraw as Bradford
  • Keith Wickham as Sir Topham Hatt and Samson's Driver

Trivia

  • This episode's original title was "Samson's Fear of Fireworks."
  • In the UK, the air date of this episode was held back until the 5th of November to coincide with Guy Fawkes Night.
  • This episode aired before Bradford the Brake Van in the US, so the audience would not know who Bradford was.
  • This episode marks the first of several things for Cyril:
  • The rocket of Thomas' fantasy is similar to Thunderbird 1 in Thunderbirds, and David Mitton was a crew member of the series. Many voice actors from the CGI series worked on the sequel series, Thunderbirds Are Go.
  • In the US dub, the sound Emily makes after Rebecca bumps into her is reused from Emily in the Middle.
  • In the UK dub, Bradford refers to the goods trucks in front of him as goods cars when yelling at the seagull, its American term.
  • Samson's driver's line "Oh, sorry," is reused from Daisy's Perfect Christmas.
  • Apart from screaming and a gasp, Emily has no dialogue in this episode.

Goofs

  • In the German dub, when Rebecca says "Sorry!", after she bumped into Emily and Gordon at Knapford, she has Emily's voice.
  • When Thomas hits the fog detonator and Annie and Clarabel get scared, Annie has Clarabel's voice.
  • The Nickelodeon airing mistakenly credits Kerry Shale as Samson's driver.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Samson e os Fogos de Artifício
Chinese 萨姆森与烟火
Czech Samson a ohňostroj
Danish Samson og fyrværkeriet
Dutch Samson en het Vuurwerk
Finnish Sampo ja ilotulitusraketit
German Samson und das Feuerwerk
Hebrew שמשון והזיקוקים
Hungarian Samson és a tűzijáték
Italian Samson e i Fuochi D'Artificio
Japanese サムソンとはなび
Norwegian Samson og fyrverkeriet
Polish Samson i Fajerwerki
Russian Чудесные фейерверки
Spanish Samson y los Fuegos Artificiales
Swedish Samson & fyrverkerierna

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