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- “Once, an engine attached to a train was afraid of a few drops of rain. It went into a tunnel and squeaked through its funnel and wouldn't come out again.”
- ―The narrator
The Sad Story of Henry, retitled Come Out, Henry! in American releases, is the third episode of the first series.
It is a very rainy day on Sodor and a big green engine named Henry is pulling some coaches full of passengers. He runs into a tunnel and stops, unwilling to go any further.
Henry's driver and fireman argue with him but find that he refuses to come out, claiming that the rain will spoil his green paint with red stripes. The guard blows his whistle till he is out of breath, and waves his flag till his arms ache, but fails when Henry instead blows steam at him.
Just then, an important man arrives in the next train; it is Sir Topham Hatt, better known as the Fat Controller. He decides that Henry will be pulled out of the tunnel. Attaching a rope to Henry, all the passengers try and pull him except for the Fat Controller, citing his doctor's orders. When Henry does not move, as they move to the other end of the tunnel, the passengers try to push Henry out (again, the Fat Controller does not help) but with the same results.
Thomas arrives to help while the passengers try telling Henry that the rain has stopped. Henry still refuses to move, believing the rain will begin again soon, so Thomas tries to push Henry out, but even with another engine pushing, Henry remains in the tunnel. Soon, the Fat Controller admits defeat and having had enough of the engine's stubbornness tells Henry that he is going to get what he wanted. Then, the rails are taken up and a brick wall is erected in front of Henry.
All Henry is able to do now is watch the other engines pass through the other tunnel. He soon regrets his actions, as he sees Edward and Gordon pass by. Edward always toots hello with his whistle, while Gordon always laughs saying it serves him right. Henry has no steam to answer them and the soot and dirt from the tunnel ruins his green paint with red stripes anyway. Henry is left in the tunnel cold, dirty, lonely, and very sad wondering if he will ever be let out to pull trains again...
- Sir Topham Hatt
- Thomas (does not speak)
- James (cameo)
- Mrs. Kyndley (cameo)
- The Storyteller (cameo)
- This episode is based on the story of the same name from The Railway Series book, The Three Railway Engines.
- The scene featuring Henry being bricked up was recreated in full CGI for Blue Mountain Mystery. The story was also re-adapted for The Adventure Begins. This is the only Classic Series episode remade in CGI twice.
- Recreated and additional scenes of this episode were produced in 1988 for the ladybird book, The Sad Story of Henry/Thomas's Train/Thomas and the Guard.
- In the Nick Jr. version of the Shining Time Station episode, Mysterious Stranger, the sequence of Henry being bricked up is shortened.
- In all US narrations, Henry being shut up in the tunnel was said to be a temporary punishment until he was ready to come out, with it being stating he needed to overcome his fear of the rain, while the UK narration stays true to the original format from the Railway Series where the Fat Controller intended to leave Henry in the tunnel indefinitely. The narration change was made in all US narrations so viewers would understand the context of the story-line better, so viewers can predict what happens later.
- This is the first episode where the narrator addresses himself and the viewers.
- In a few close-ups of Henry in the tunnel, the tracks in front of him have already been taken up.
- In the first scene of Henry having stopped at the other end of the tunnel, the points in front of him appear misaligned from the connector track. They are properly connected in subsequent scenes, however.
- In some shots, purple marker is visible on the Fat Controller's hand, such as when he says, "My doctor has forbidden me to pull."
- When the passengers try to pull Henry out of the tunnel, almost all of them have Blu-Tack on their feet.
- At some stages, the level of the wall decreases and Henry changes position.
- When the guard tries to get Henry out by blowing his whistle and waving his flags, the scene is played forwards and then backwards.
- At first, the buffers of Henry's last coach are at their normal height. But when Thomas comes to push, the buffers have been lowered to accommodate Thomas' buffers. Also, in the close-up of Thomas buffering up to the coaches, his buffer housing is black instead of red and the detail of his buffer housing is different, he is also missing his headlamp lens.
- When the workmen are walling up the tunnel, the buffers have no track connected to them. But in the last close-up, there is.
- When James leaves after bringing the Fat Controller, the puffing noise can be heard before James starts to move.
- In the close-up of Edward, his whistle is crooked.
- When James leaves, at the top of the screen, the edge of the set can be seen.
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