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Full episode details for Mr. Conductor's Thomas Tales (1996)

Missing Whistles

Production #71 (MCTT.01) - First Aired: 1996-OCT-07 (US)
Written by Sean Kelly  (assumed)
Directed by Steve Wright (assumed)
Summary by D. Dobrydney

Episode Characters/Stars:

  • Mr. Conductor (George Carlin)

 

Episode Synopsis: Mr. Conductor searches throughout Shining Time Station for his lost whistle.

Episode Morals:

  • Never give up when faced with a loss or challenge. Trust in your friends to come through in the end.

Featured Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Stories:

  • Bulls Eyes

  • Train Stops Play

  • Percy's Ghostly Trick (Ghost Train)

  • Thomas, Percy & The Dragon

  • Special Funnel

Featured Thomas Music Video:

  • Really Useful Engine

 

Episode Notes:

  • There is no whistle to start the story "Thomas, Percy and the Dragon.

Wildlife

Production #72 (MCTT.02) - First Aired: 1996-OCT-14 (US)
Written by Sean Kelly  (assumed)
Directed by Steve Wright (assumed)
Summary by J. Gratton

Episode Characters/Stars:

  • Mr. Conductor (George Carlin)

  • Squirrels, Mouse, Mr. Robin (unseen)

 

Episode Synopsis: Mr. Conductor is accosted by wildlife as he tries to deliver a cookie to his tardy squirrel friends.

Episode Morals:

  • Perseverance and being firm is a must when dealing with people who want something that you have.

Featured Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Stories:

  • Four Little Engines

  • Trouble For Thomas

  • Toad Stands By

  • Thomas Saves The Day

  • Rusty Helps Peter Sam

Featured Thomas Music Video:

  • Toby

 

Episode Notes:

  • Mr. Conductor does not appear inside Shining Time Station at all in this episode.

Wish You Were Here

Production #73 (MCTT.03) - First Aired: 1996-OCT-21 (US)
Written by Sean Kelly  (assumed)
Directed by Steve Wright (assumed)
Summary by D. Dobrydney

Episode Characters/Stars:

  • Mr. Conductor (George Carlin)

 

Episode Synopsis: Unable to sleep, Mr. Conductor decides to write letters to his friends.

Episode Morals:

  • It's always good to let your friends and loved ones know you're thinking about them.

Featured Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Stories:

  • Thomas, Percy & The Mail Train

  • Mind That Bike

  • Rock'n Roll

  • Home at Last

  • Thomas & The Special Letter

Featured Thomas Music Video:

  • Island Song

 

Episode Notes:

  • The stories "Rock N' Roll" and "Home at Last" debut in reverse order to how they aired as part of the fourth series of Thomas and Friends.

  • While they don't physically appear, Mr. Conductor references several "Shining Time Station" characters, including Kara and her 'Grandpa' Harry, Kit and Billy Twofeathers, Schemer, Becky, Sister Conductor, as well as a cousin who might be the original Mr. Conductor, as played by Ringo Starr. Mr. C. surprisingly writes to Kit, who he never appeared to during the Family Specials.

  • Interestingly, Mr. Conductor mentions that his sister has taken up residence on the Island of Sodor.

For the Birds

Production #74 (MCTT.04) - First Aired: 1996-OCT-21 (US)
Written by Sean Kelly  (assumed)
Directed by Steve Wright (assumed)
Summary by J. Gratton

Episode Characters/Stars:

  • Mr. Conductor (George Carlin)

  • Goldfish

 

Episode Synopsis: Mr. Conductor tries to organize a benefit concert for the Early Birds when their nest was severely damaged during the previous night's windstorm.

Episode Morals:

  • Don’t pre-judge people by their appearances or actions.

  • You’ll never receive help unless you ask for it.

Featured Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Stories:

  • A Bad Day For Sir Handel

  • Steamroller

  • Old Iron

  • Double Trouble

  • Bowled Out

Featured Thomas Music Video:

  • Don't Judge a Book By Its Cover

 

Episode Notes:

  • The still used for Mr. Conductor's opening scene is from the Family Special Once Upon a Time. You can make out the word FOU(NDER) on the banner above the station's platform window.

  • It's been established in Mr. Conductor's Evil Twin that Mrs. Early Bird is a robin.

Splish, Splash, Splosh

Production #75 (MCTT.05) - First Aired: 1996-NOV-04 (US)
Written by Sean Kelly  (assumed)
Directed by Steve Wright (assumed)
Summary by A. Su

Episode Characters/Stars:

  • Mr. Conductor (George Carlin)

  • Goldfish

 

Episode Synopsis: Mr. Conductor is having a particularly bad day while going through his work. He realizes that this is the result of being impatient and remembers what happened to certain characters like Duncan, Bertie and Peter Sam when they got impatient. Finally, he learns to calm down and not to be in rush while learning the importance of patience.

Episode Morals:

  • Patience is a virtue.

  • Being in a big hurry can land you in a big mess.

  • The best adventures are the ones we can only dream about.

  • No matter how bad the day is, don't lose your sense of humor.

  • No matter how bad the situation is, as long as you're patient, you'll get over it soon.

Featured Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Stories:

  • Passengers & Polish

  • Gallant Old Engine

  • Bertie's Chase

  • Peter Sam & the Refreshment Lady

  • You Can't Win

Featured Thomas Music Video:

  • Gone Fishing

Paint the Town Red

Production #76 (MCTT.06) - First Aired: 1996-NOV-11 (US)
Written by Sean Kelly  (assumed)
Directed by Steve Wright (assumed)
Summary by A. Su

Episode Characters/Stars:

  • Mr. Conductor (George Carlin)

  • Missy the dog

 

Episode Synopsis: Mr. Conductor tries various colors for his front door.

Episode Morals:

  • Sometimes it's best to leave things as they are.

Featured Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Stories:

  • Come Out, Henry

  • Fish

  • Whistles & Sneezes

  • Henry & the Elephant

  • Bulldog

Featured Thomas Music Video:

  • Let's Have a Race

Episode Notes:

  • This is the last appearance of George Carlin as Mr. Conductor and the original Shining Time Station set. While the station itself would reappear, in modified form, in the feature film "Thomas and the Magic Railroad," Alec Baldwin would take over the role of Mr. Conductor.

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