Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends

Season 6 Episode 24

Dunkin' Duncan

Aired Weekdays 3:30 PM Feb 06, 2003 on ITV
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Dunkin' Duncan
Duncan is so hasty that he is not uncoupled and goes up the incline with the trucks, but the coupling on the truck his coupling is tangled up with can't hold his weight. It snaps, and down Duncan goes, and there's a muddy pond waiting beyond...

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  • A good episode for Duncan.

    The last 3 episodes of Season 6 focus on the Narrow Gage engines. In this episode, Rusty, Rheneas, and Skarloey help Duncan with jobs on the Incline Railway. However Duncan is always impatient, and gets into lots of trouble there. However on that day, Duncan was just as impatient, and says to the other engines that they need to work fast. Duncan then shows them how to bring up 4 trucks quickily on the incline. However his chain gets tangled with a truck, and gets pushed up the incline. The chain on the incline snaps with the truck because Duncan is too heavy, and he and the trucks fall into a muddy swamp. When he is freed, The Fat Controller is cross with him for his impatience and he had caused Confusion and Delay. His punishment was to work at the Incline for a while until he is learnt to be patient.

    The accident was a dark one, much like with Gordon Takes a Tumble and Percy's Chocolate Crunch. Duncan's behaviour suits the character perfectly. We get to see him again in Faulty Whistles. Overall, this episode gets an 8.5/10.moreless
  • duncan had the worst accendint in his life

    duncan hates working at the inclime and he had been sunting so hard he falls in a sqrosshie muddy pond and he has a sturn word by the fat controlller and he spoke svellie to him i dont like it when he is anoying like diesal he was sunting the trucks and his chain had go tangled to the truck in front of him suddnley he was pulled up by the inclime! and the chain pulling duncans trucks could not hold the wegith it suddnley snap! and duncan fell in a muddy pond and the fat controller spoke to him before they took him awaymoreless
  • Duncan becomes impatieint while working at the quarry and soon causes a nasty accident.

    Duncan gets in trouble again! Duncan is usually the best narrow gauge character to use as a prankster or troublemaker due to his selfish characteristics, and this one emphasizes that to the fullest. This episode is totally Duncan's show, which is a bit of a drawback as Rusty, Skarloey, and Rheneas hardly even find room for a line or two. However, Duncan's incredible airborne accident at the episode's finale makes the whole thing worthwhile. It even adds a bit of humor as Duncan flounders in the mud. In short, not one of the best narrow gauge episodes, but certianly not one of the worst either.moreless
  • Exciting despite changes

    Rusty, Rheneas and Skarloey have to work at the Incline Quarry. However, Duncan also works there. But he goes quickly and usually causes accidents. Today, he is quite grumpy as the other engines are working slowly. Rusty argues they can only send a few trucks up the incline at a time. So, Duncan races around and shunts the trucks together faster. Later, the three engines take their trucks away and Duncan is left alone. He shunts lots of trucks together but the chain gets tangled and Duncan is hauled up! It breaks and Rusty watches him fly off the track and into a ditch. The Fat Controller scolds him before sending him away.

    Okay, this is one of the episodes they can leave you with mixed feelings. This episode had my battling between the unrealism and mild problems and the thrilling excitment and laughter. I'll start with the excitment and laughter. Duncan was once again palying an excellent role in the narrow gauge episodes and his grumpy, impatient attutide had me laughing until I fell off my seat. But then the crash was so exciting! I watched as Duncan came flying down the Incline and bursting into the ditch was a great thrill to me. Rusty also was in perfect personality. Now the growling. For one thing, Rheneas and Skarloey barely played a role. Skarloey had one line in all of it and Rheneas hardly spoke either. And Rusty barely got his lines in! Another thing was that the Incline has changed once again. It has been a simple quarry, then leading towards a ravine and now towards a ditch! But the accident had few amounts of realism in it. Dunkin' Duncan has left some fans wondering about wheter or not to like this episode or to hate it. Being a fan of the Narrow Gauge, this episode is alright. But with a standard gauge I would be disappointedmoreless
  • A great return from The Narrow-Gauge Engines - for Duncan - I think he took the worst accident he ever had.

    Rusty, Rheneas and Skarleoy were going to help Duncan at the Incline, they were very excited, beacause they liked to work at the Incline. Duncan was sometimes very rough and got derailed sometimes. Duncan was very impatient and rude to Skarloey, Rheneas and Rusty, calling them snails. This makes the little engines very cross, but Rusty has a feeling that trouble was coming for Duncan. Duncan showed the little engines how he shunted the slate trucks, he was very rough with them, and Rusty warns that he might could get into some big trouble, beacause the slate trucks didn't like to be pushed around, but Duncan takes no notice. Later, Rusty, Rheneas and Skarloey took their trucks away, and left Duncan alone, and the troublesome engine was going to be in a big dilemma. He chuffed along with the trucks, but wasn't uncoupled from the trucks and was being lifted high up into the Incline. Rusty came to see the scene of the disaster and... SNAP! Duncan was very heavy and the chain couldnt hold on at all and he began to fall down. He crashed some buffers and derailed into a bing pond. Duncan had the most wackiest and dangerous accident ever in his life! Later The Fat Controller comes to see Duncan and tells him that he was very rude to the little engines, so he had to say sorry, and Duncan apolegises Rusty, Rheneas and Skarloey.

    I think ti was nice to see the little engines again, since nearly one season of absence. Duncan had aswell a preety bigand dangerous accident, probrably the most dangerous Narrow-Gauge accident yet.

    Overall, I'll give the episode 8.7 / 10.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (14)

    • The narrator said "Duncan's driver jumped clear", no mention of the fireman was made.

    • Duncan is the first engine to actually "fly" off the rails, since he actually goes up slightly before he plummets. When Diesel has his accident in "The World's Strongest Engine," he falls immediately.

    • This is the third time trucks have broken away on the Incline.

    • Duncan has his third (and probably most dangerous) accident in this episode. Also, this episode features his second on-screen accident.

    • When Baldwin narrated this episode, he gave Duncan a different voice than he did in Season 5.

    • When played in slow-motion, Duncan's wheel chasis appears to have come loose from the near upper-body work as he falls backwards off the cliff.

    • When Duncan and the trucks are pulled up the incline, they are coupled up, but when they fall in the muddy pond, they fall off the cliff one by one uncoupled.

    • As he is pulled up the incline, the narrator tells us Duncan's driver jumped clear. But in a shot a few seconds before this, his cab is clearly already empty.

    • In "Snow", the lines, if you were traveling downward from the incline, led to the chasm (if you went beyond the buffers) where the avalanche fell on Skarloey. In this episode however, the lines lead to a muddy pond instead!
      And in Season 4, the lines curved to the right with no chasm or muddy pond in sight!

    • The Narrow Gauge Coaches no longer have faces from this episode and on.

    • When Duncan falls into the mud, look closely. You can see one of the trucks splattering mud on Duncan's face, but only a little under his mouth. However, when we get a
      close-up of Duncan, just seconds afterward, he has the mud all over his mouth and buffers! And, when he been lifted out, he has mud spots all ove his face, not just near his mouth!

    • At the beginning of this episode, Michael Angelis says "Rusty, Rheneas and Skarloey chugged cheerfully through the Sodor countryside.", only Rusty and Rheneas look happy. Skarloey has his glum face on.

    • We are told several times in the episode that only four trucks are allowed up the incline, but in the episode "Trucks" about six or seven trucks go up with out any comment whatsoever!

    • At the end of the episode there is a piece of iron leaning on Skarloey's buffer beam.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Duncan: I'll show you how fast a really useful engine can work.
      (Duncan then biffs four slate trucks together)
      Duncan: Nothing to it!
      Rusty: Those trucks will pay you back! Trucks don't like to be biffed.
      Duncan: I can handle trucks.

    • Duncan: I'm a plain-speaking engine, so collect your trucks, and be quick about it!
      Rheneas: Bossy boots!
      Skarloey: Pushy puffer!

    • Duncan: I'll show that smelly diesel and those lazy steamers!
      Driver: Careful. You're asking for trouble.
      Narrator: And he got it!

    • Duncan: Glug, glug, glug. Bluggle my boiler!

    • Duncan: You're supposed to be helping me, but you're as slow as snails!
      Rusty: We're proper engines. We follow the rules.
      Rheneas: We can't send up more than 4 slate trucks at a time.
      Duncan: Then work faster!

  • NOTES (7)