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“Help! Help!”

Thomas' Day Off is the eighteenth episode of the ninth series.


The Fat Controller announces to his engines that a new diesel engine called Dennis has arrived on Sodor and tells Thomas that he is being given a day off after his recent spell of busy work. Thomas decides to spend his day off by going to the washdown and then to Bluff's Cove. On his way there, Thomas sees the new diesel struggling to shunt some trucks of roof tiles. Dennis tells Thomas that he cannot shunt the trucks, so Thomas decides to help Dennis, even though it is his day off. Afterwards, Thomas goes off to the washdown.

But Dennis is far from happy - he does not want to take the trucks of tiles to the school because he is lazy. Thomas soon arrives back from the washdown and Dennis decides to take full advantage of Thomas' free time; he asks him to show him the way to the school. Thomas helps Dennis by telling him where to go when they reach a junction. But again, Dennis is not pleased as he watches Thomas heading towards Bluff's Cove. Then, Dennis plays another trick: he blows his horn to attract Thomas' attention. Thomas comes back and Dennis pretends that his engine has overheated. Thomas decides to help Dennis by finding another engine to help him.

Dennis is fed up that his trick had backfired on him, so he decides to run away from his work so that another engine will have to take the trucks of tiles for him. However, as he runs away, Dennis derails and ends up wheel-deep in mud (and even leaking diesel fuel). Again, Dennis calls for help, but no one is around to assist him this time.

Nearing Bluff's Cove, Thomas hears some urgent news from Percy at a signal box. The workmen are waiting for Dennis' delivery at Bluff's Cove School and do not know where he is. Thomas knows of Dennis' whereabouts and goes off to find him. When Thomas finds Dennis stuck in the mud, he is very puzzled; he thought Dennis had broken down. A very shamefaced Dennis tells Thomas the truth. Naturally, Thomas is angry at Dennis for lying to him and taking advantage of him, but after seeing he is in real trouble, decides to help him again. Together, they get the trucks of tiles to Bluff's Cove School. The Fat Controller is cross with his new diesel's behaviour. Dennis promises the Fat Controller and Thomas that he will be a Really Useful Engine from now on.




  • Going by production order, this is the twenty-second episode of the ninth series.
  • This episode marks the only occurrence of several things for Dennis:
    • His only speaking role.
    • His only appearance until the special, The Great Discovery, excluding his appearance in the tenth series learning segment, Diesels and Steamers.
    • His only appearance in an episode.
    • His only leading role.
    • The only time he is referred to by name.
  • This episode has similar plot elements to that of the third series episode, Trust Thomas and the fourth series episode, Trucks, in both of which a lazy engine tricks another into doing his work, and then ending up in a sticky situation, but this time, it is the lazy engine who gets into the accident.
  • The story has a similarity to the classic fairytale, The Boy Who Cried Wolf!


  • At one point, the narrator mentions Dennis being cross, but he is wearing his sad face. This is due to the fact that an angry/cross face was not sculpted for him.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese O Dia Livre de Thomas
Chinese Mandarin 托马斯的休息日
Croatian Tomicin Slobadan Dan
Czech Tomáš ma Volno
Danish Thomas Holder Fri
Dutch Thomas Heeft Een Dag Vrij
Finnish Tuomaksen Vapaapäivä
French Dennis: Le Nouvel Train
Le Jour de Congé d'Thomas
German Dennis ist faul
Greek Ντένις: ο νέος κινητήρας
Hungarian Thomas Szabadnapja
Indonesian Hari Libur Thomas
Italian Il Giorno di Riposo di Thomas
Japanese なまけもののデニス
Korean 게으름뱅이, 데니스
Norwegian Thomas Har Fridag
Polish Wolny Dzień Tomka
Romanian Ziua Liberă a lui Thomas
Russian Томас берёт выходной
Scottish Gaelic Latha-Saor do Tòmas
Spanish El Día Libre de Thomas
Swedish Thomas Lediga Dag
Turkish Thomas Günü

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