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Full episode details for Shining Time Station Season 2 (1991)

Scare Dares

Production #22 (2.01) - First Aired: 1991-NOV-18 (US)
Written by Ellis Weiner
Directed by Stan Swan

Summary by M. Cooper

Episode Characters/Stars:

  • Stacy Jones (Didi Conn)

  • Billy Twofeathers (Tom Jackson)

  • Schemer (Brian O'Connor)

  • Mr. Conductor (George Carlin)

  • Matt Jones (Jason Woliner)

  • Dan Jones (Ari Madger)

  • Tanya Cupper (Nicole Leach)

  • Kara Cupper (Erica Luttrell)

  • Becky (Danielle Marcot)

  • Midge Smoot (Bobo Lewis)

  • The Jukebox Puppet Band

Episode Synopsis: It’s Halloween at Shining Time Station. Matt and Tanya’s cousins Kara and Dan come to visit. Mr. Conductor’s cousin takes up residence. Billy Twofeathers is hired as the new engineer. Dan worries that the others won’t like him unless he’s unafraid, so he tries taking foolish dares to prove himself.

Episode Morals:

  • Everyone is afraid of something.

  • Taking dares only leads to trouble.

  • Meeting someone new can be scary, but you should still try getting to know them.

 

Featured Jukebox Puppet Band Song:

  • Midnight Special

Featured Anything Tunnel Song:

  • "What Am I Afraid Of?"

Featured Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Stories:

  • Percy's Ghostly Trick (Ghost Train)

  • Thomas, Percy and the Dragon

Episode Notes:

  • For Halloween, the Jukebox Puppet Band dresses as Zorro (Tito), a princess (Grace), Robin Hood (Tex and Rex), and Carmen Miranda (Didi)

  • This is the first appearance of George Carlin as Mr. Conductor. The first Mr. Conductor (as played by Ringo Starr) went off to help Mr. Nicholas at the North Pole in the Christmas Special “’Tis a Gift’.

  • This is the first appearance of Tom Jackson as Billy Twofeathers, who replaces Harry as the resident station engineer.

  • This is the first appearance of Erica Luttrell as Kara and Ari Magder as Dan. They are both Tanya and Matt’s cousins in the show.

  • This is the first appearance of Danielle Marcot as Becky.

  • This is the first episode to use a story from Series 3 of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. "Percy's Ghostly Trick" is also the first story narrated by Carlin that was originally told by Ringo Starr. 

  • This is the first time the window behind the ticket booth is shown from the outside.

  • The song "What am I Afraid of?" was released on video as part of "Shining Time Station Singsongs Vol. 1."

  • This season features a new series opening with a larger purple font for the credits and illustrations of a bird and butterfly and the sign "Welcome to Shining Time Pop. 5,007 give or take". The new closing also features the sign "You're leaving Shining Time. Come back soon."

Oh, what a Tangled Web

Production #23 (2.02) - First Aired: 1991-NOV-19 (US)
Written by Sean Kelly
Directed by Stan Swan

Summary by J. Gratton

Episode Characters/Stars:

  • Stacy Jones (Didi Conn)

  • Billy Twofeathers (Tom Jackson)

  • Schemer (Brian O'Connor)

  • Mr. Conductor (George Carlin)

  • Dan Jones (Ari Madger)

  • Kara Cupper (Erica Luttrell)

  • Becky (Danielle Marcot)

  • J.B. King (Mart Hulswit)

  • Felix Perez (Aurelio Padron)

  • The Jukebox Puppet Band

Episode Synopsis:  Everyone gets the acting bug when Felix Perez anticipates the arrival of a new actor for his Shining Time Stars Community Theater. Dan and Kara blur the lines between acting on stage and pretending in real life which results in lies and deception. They convince Becky that they have important jobs at the station which leads to trouble when Schemer then blackmails Dan and Kara into becoming his 'personal assistants' using the fear of Stacy and Billy finding out against them. Mr. Conductor then has to work hard to convince them to tell the truth and that you don't need to tell lies in order to impress someone.

Episode Morals:

  • Making up tales to deceive or impress people will only result in getting you in trouble.

  • Real friendship does not require you to try and impress one another.

 

Featured Jukebox Puppet Band Song:

  • Mama Don't Allow

Featured Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Stories:

  • Diesel's Devious Deed (Dirty Work)

  • No Joke for James

Episode Notes:

  • This episode reveals that there's a "Shining Time Stars Community Theatre" in town.

  • Mr. Conductor reveals another local Indian Valley landmark: Swan Lake

  • The camera angles used for the Jukebox Puppet Band performance in this episode are interesting as they give the viewer the perspective of looking at performers on an elevated stage.

  • The episode's title is often mistakenly attributed as being a line by Shakespeare. The line was actually written by Sir Walter Scott in 1808 for the poem Marmion. The relevant lines from the poem reads "Oh what a tangled web we weave; When first we practice to deceive."

  • This is the first appearance of Felix Perez, owner and operator of the Perez Pronto Bus Company.

  • When Dan receives a call from J.B. King, the voice heard on the other end is actually sped-up audio from a scene between Stacy and Harry from Promises, Promises (see Season 1: Promises, Promises Episode Notes).

The Magic is Believing

Production #24 (2.03) - First Aired: 1991-NOV-20 (US)
Written by Brian McConnachie
Directed by Stan Swan

Summary by J. Gratton

Episode Characters/Stars:

  • Stacy Jones (Didi Conn)

  • Billy Twofeathers (Tom Jackson)

  • Schemer (Brian O'Connor)

  • Mr. Conductor (George Carlin)

  • Dan Jones (Ari Madger)

  • Kara Cupper (Erica Luttrell)

  • Becky (Danielle Marcot)

  • The Jukebox Puppet Band

  • Amazo (Keith Knight)

  • Jake Scoop (Albert Schultz)

Episode Synopsis: When Billy's old magician friend, Amazo the Great, visits Shining Time Station, it's painfully evident that he's lost his confidence to perform magic. Meanwhile, Jake Scoop, a reporter from the Indian Valley Gazette hangs around the station looking for a big story as the kids and Billy help Amazo get his "magic" back.

Episode Morals:

  • Believing in someone helps the person believe in themselves.

  • When you believe in yourself, you can accomplish just about anything.

 

Featured Jukebox Puppet Band Song:

  • Nine Hundred Miles

Featured Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Stories:

  • Old Iron

  • Edward's Exploit

 

Quotes of Note:

  • Mr. Conductor: If you believe in somebody, believe in them all the way.

Episode Notes:

  • Another member of the Conductor Family is named in this episode: Mr. Conductor's Aunt Llily.

  • This is the first time Becky is introduced to Mr. Conductor.

  • This is the first appearance of reporter Jake Scoop, who writes for the main news source in the show, The Indian Valley Gazette.

Win, Lose, or Draw

Production #25 (2.04) - First Aired: 1991-NOV-21 (US)
Written by Jill Golick
Directed by Stan Swan

Summary by J. Hunter

Episode Characters/Stars:

  • Stacy Jones (Didi Conn)

  • Billy Twofeathers (Tom Jackson)

  • Schemer (Brian O'Connor)

  • Mr. Conductor (George Carlin)

  • Dan Jones (Ari Madger)

  • Kara Cupper (Erica Luttrell)

  • Becky (Danielle Marcot)

  • Midge Smoot (Bobo Lewis)

  • Barton Winslow (Gerry Parkes)

  • The Jukebox Puppet Band

Episode Synopsis: It’s the day of the Indian Valley Coloring Contest, and Becky is beginning to feel jealous of how good Kara’s drawing is compared to hers. But with Mr. Conductor’s and Billy’s help, Becky soon learns some important lessons about jealousy, pride, practice, and cheating. And during all this, Schemer tries to win the contest by using a special kind of ink that he took from Billy. But when Billy reveals that it’s not what Schemer thinks it is he learns about cheating the hard way.

Episode Morals:

  • Be careful what you say, for it may come back to haunt you.

  • Cheaters never prosper.

  • Practice makes perfect.

  • Take pride in your work, even if it doesn’t look perfect.

  • Don’t be jealous about other people’s success, but rather support them.

 

Featured Jukebox Puppet Band Song:

  • Arkansas Traveller

Featured Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Stories:

  • Double Trouble (Thomas, Percy and the Coal)

  • Gordon & the Famous Visitor

Episode Notes:

  • This is Barton Winslow’s first appearance.

Sweet and Sour

Production #26 (2.05) - First Aired: 1991-NOV-22 (US)
Written by Wilson Coneybeare
Directed by Gregory Lehane

Summary by  J. Gratton

Episode Characters/Stars:

  • Stacy Jones (Didi Conn)

  • Billy Twofeathers (Tom Jackson)

  • Schemer (Brian O'Connor)

  • Mr. Conductor (George Carlin)

  • Dan Jones (Ari Madger)

  • Kara Cupper (Erica Luttrell)

  • Becky (Danielle Marcot)

  • Schemee (Jonathan Shapiro)

  • Midge Smoot (Bobo Lewis)

  • The Jukebox Puppet Band

  • Customer (Gina Wilkinson)

Episode Synopsis: Dan, Kara and Becky try their hand at being entrepreneurs when they open a lemonade stand at the station. They make the mistake of trusting Schemer's promise of making a lot of money by making him and his nephew Schemee partners. The business suffers when quality gets sacrificed for quantity as Schemer and Schemee trick our friends into losing their lemonade stand. With help from Stacy and encouragement from Billy and Mr. Conductor, the kids reclaim their business with unexpected aid coming from Midge Smoot!

Episode Morals:

  • Running an honest and fair business with quality products creates a win-win situation.

 

Featured Jukebox Puppet Band Song:

  • Erie Canal

Featured Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Stories:

  • Donald and Douglas (Break Van)

  • The Deputation

 

Quotes of Note:

  • Schemer: As long as it's not my pride, I can swallow anything!

 

Episode Notes:

  • This is the first appearance of Schemee. It is also revealed that Schemee does not live in Shining Time, but is merely visiting his Uncle Schemer.

  • This is the second time that a reference is made to the Friends of the Flowering Cactus Ladies Auxiliary, the first being in the season 1 episode "Too Many Cooks."

Achoo

Production #27 (2.06) - First Aired: 1991-NOV-25 (US)
Written by Brian McConnachie
Directed by Stan Swan

Summary by  J. Hunter

Episode Characters/Stars:

  • Stacy Jones (Didi Conn)

  • Billy Twofeathers (Tom Jackson)

  • Schemer (Brian O'Connor)

  • Mr. Conductor (George Carlin)

  • Dan Jones (Ari Madger)

  • Kara Cupper (Erica Luttrell)

  • Becky (Danielle Marcot)

  • J.B. King (Mart Hulswit)

  • The Jukebox Puppet Band

  • Offended Passenger (Marium Carvell)

Episode Synopsis: When Mr. Conductor catches a cold before leaving on a trip to the South Pole, his magic begins to cause all kinds of mayhem; from Stacy and Billy sounding like cats and dogs to a balloon talking to Schemer about his hair! Will the kids be able to find Mr. Conductor so that he can make things right? Find out, as Mr. Conductor learns an important lesson about not rejecting good advice and help from friends who care.

Episode Morals:

  • Don’t reject those who are trying to help you.

  • The best kind of friends are those who care for your well-being.

  • Don’t be rude to others.

 

Featured Jukebox Puppet Band Song:

  • Cosher Bailey’s Engine

Featured Picture Machine Music Video:

  • Caring

 

Featured Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Stories:

  • Trust Thomas

  • Whistles & Sneezes

 

Quotes of Note:

  • After J.B. King rants in Becky’s voice and stomps away.
    Schemer: Sure sounds like a little girl to me.
    Balloon: I didn’t like his hair that much.
    Schemer: Yeah, I think it’d look better in pig-tails.

  • After Schemer opens the box and examines the contents.
    Schemer: A scarf and some earmuffs for a doll?! What do I want with this for?! I’ve already got a scarf and an earmuff for my doll.

 

Episode Notes:

  • A boom microphone can be seen at the top of the screen at the beginning of the episode.

  • This is the first time Billy Twofeathers sees Mr. Conductor, and despite not being formally introduced Billy already knows who he is.

  • The song "Caring" was released on video as part of "Shining Time Station Singsongs Vol. 1."

  • This is the last episode where a story from Series 1 of Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends made its original US debut. While originally narrated in the UK by Ringo Starr, “Whistles & Sneezes” would only be seen in the US with George Carlin's narration during the home video era. US audiences would not hear Ringo Starr's narration of this story until the release of the “Thomas & Friends: The Early Years” DVD set.

A Dog's Life

Production #28 (2.07) - First Aired: 1991-NOV-26 (US)
Written by Wilson Coneybeare
Directed by Gregory Lehane

Summary by  J. Gratton

Episode Characters/Stars:

  • Stacy Jones (Didi Conn)

  • Billy Twofeathers (Tom Jackson)

  • Schemer (Brian O'Connor)

  • Mr. Conductor (George Carlin)

  • Dan Jones (Ari Madger)

  • Kara Cupper (Erica Luttrell)

  • Becky (Danielle Marcot)

  • Ginny (Barbara Hamilton)

  • The Jukebox Puppet Band

  • Customer (Richard Yearwood)

Episode Synopsis: Ginny visits the station and tells Stacy that she lost her dog Grainger. Meanwhile Schemer is convinced that someone or something is making off with all of the nickels inserted into the jukebox. He decides to beef up security in his arcade by bringing in a guard dog and setting up an elaborate alarm system. When he realizes that the wee dog doesn't like him, he gives the dog away to the kids, but they in turn forget to feed and look after it. They soon learn that taking care of a pet is a big responsibility and how important and sometimes difficult it is to return something to its rightful owner.

Episode Morals:

  • Taking care of a pet requires a lot of responsibility and dedication.

  • Returning something to its rightful owner is the most morally right decision you can make.

 

Featured Jukebox Puppet Band Song:

  • Home on the Range

Featured Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Stories:

  • James in a Mess (Dirty Objects)

  • The Trouble With Mud

 

Quotes of Note:

  • Mr. Conductor: You have to be careful with parakeets, they try to bend the truth just to make what they say rhyme.

 

Episode Notes:

  • At the beginning of the episode Stacy tells Ginny that her hay wagon parts will arrive on the next train in 25 minutes. However several hours have passed by the time the train and the parts arrive.

  • We learn that Ginny owns a West Highland White Terrier named "Grainger".

  • This episode marks another instance in which Schemer believes that the station is haunted.

Field Day

Production #29 (2.08) - First Aired: 1991-NOV-27 (US)
Written by Wilson Coneybeare
Directed by Sean Kelly

Summary by  J. Gratton

Episode Characters/Stars:

  • Stacy Jones (Didi Conn)

  • Billy Twofeathers (Tom Jackson)

  • Schemer (Brian O'Connor)

  • Mr. Conductor (George Carlin)

  • Dan Jones (Ari Madger)

  • Becky (Danielle Marcot)

  • Kara Cupper (Erica Luttrell)

  • Matt Jones (Jason Woliner)

  • Tanya Cupper (Nicole Leach)

  • Schemee (Jonathan Shapiro)

  • The Jukebox Puppet Band

Episode Synopsis: Coach Schemer prepares his baseball team for a sure win against the Buttertown Batters in their first Little League game. He pressures his team members to focus on the good feeling that winning gives you. Schemer panics when a change in the game schedule will instead pit his team against the best team in Indian Valley, the Snarlyville Slashers. Mr. Conductor, Billy and Stacy all try to instill good sportsmanship into the kids by explaining that it doesn't matter if you win or lose, as long as you have fun playing the game.

Episode Morals:

  • The main goal of playing a game is not just to win, but to have fun.

 

Featured Jukebox Puppet Band Song:

  • Take Me Out to the Ball Game

 

Featured Magic Bubble Music Video:

  • Everyone's a Winner

 

Featured Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Stories:

  • Percy Proves a Point (Percy and Harold)

  • Thomas and Bertie's Great Race (Thomas and Bertie)

Episode Notes:

  • This episode marks the final appearance of Jason Woliner and Nicole Leach as Matt Jones and Tanya Cupper.

  • When Mr. Conductor addresses the kids sitting on the floor, the back of his jersey reads "333" which is in fact his conductor number.

Wrong Track

Production #30 (2.09) - First Aired: 1991-NOV-28 (US)
Written by Wilson Coneybeare
Directed by Gregory Lehane

Summary by  J. Gratton

Episode Characters/Stars:

  • Stacy Jones (Didi Conn)

  • Billy Twofeathers (Tom Jackson)

  • Schemer (Brian O'Connor)

  • Mr. Conductor (George Carlin)

  • Dan Jones (Ari Madger)

  • Kara Cupper (Erica Luttrell)

  • Becky (Danielle Marcot)

  • Ginny (Barbara Hamilton)

  • The Jukebox Puppet Band

  • Freight Deliveryman (Steve Baker)

Episode Synopsis: Stacy is all set to take a vacation when a last-minute emergency forces her to postpone it. The kids plan to cheer her up by throwing her a surprise party. The kids pool their money for a gift and Ginny donates a box of homemade fudge. Schemer's greed and gluttony throws a wrench into their plans through Becky, who realizes her mistake and takes full responsibility for it. Schemer also makes up for his deceit in a most unexpected way.

Episode Morals:

  • We must take responsibility for our mistakes and always be truthful about them.

 

Featured Jukebox Puppet Band Song:

  • Sweet Betsy from Pike

 

Featured Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Stories:

  • Thomas Saves the Day (Thomas and the Breakdown Train)

  • Down the Mine

Quotes of Note:

  • Schemer: (Convincing Becky to spend her money) What's a nickel? It's barely five cents!

Episode Notes:

  • This is the first episode where Stacy reveals that she has a sister named Tracy who lives in another town.

Washout

Production #31 (2.10) - First Aired: 1991-NOV-29 (US)
Written by Jill Golick
Directed by Gregory Lehane

Summary by  J. Hunter

Episode Characters/Stars:

  • Stacy Jones (Didi Conn)

  • Billy Twofeathers (Tom Jackson)

  • Schemer (Brian O'Connor)

  • Mr. Conductor (George Carlin)

  • Dan Jones (Ari Madger)

  • Kara Cupper (Erica Luttrell)

  • Becky (Danielle Marcot)

  • Felix Perez (Aurelio Padrón)

  • J.B. King (Mart Hulswit)

  • The Jukebox Puppet Band

  • Late Passengers (Larissa Lapchinski and Peter Van Wart)

Episode Synopsis:  A storm is raging across the Indian Valley Railroad, and everyone at Shining Time Station is doing their part to see it through safely. Everyone, that is, except Schemer, who is only looking out for himself. But when an emergency arises, and Schemer’s carelessness makes it worse, Stacy, Billy, and the kids frantically work together to avert a very serious catastrophe. But will it be enough? Find out, as everyone learns an important lesson in cooperation, promises, and “safety first.”