Surprise, Surprise is the eleventh episode of the fifteenth season.
Thomas is excited because it is time for a winter party, but on his travels, he meets Percy on the Fenland Track. Percy is suffering from a cracked coupling rod, so Thomas kindly shunts him to the Steamworks. Shortly, Thomas finds Edward who is complaining about a "popped piston", so Thomas pushes him to the Steamworks too. A little later, Thomas meets up with Stanley who has a faulty firebox. Thomas shunts him to the Steamworks as well.
Thomas is sure that his friends will be repaired in time for the children's party, but Victor is not so sure. Edward, Percy and Stanley are upset at the thought of missing the party, but Thomas has an idea: he wants to hold a party for them at the Steamworks. Thomas makes his first mistake when he does not tell Victor his plan because he looks too busy.
Thomas puffs away to make arrangements and soon finds Charlie at Maithwaite. Thomas decides that Charlie's jokes will be excellent for his friends' party and the pair puff back to the Steamworks. Once there, Thomas tells Charlie to quietly tell his jokes so that he does not bother Victor and Kevin. However, Charlie is not very good at being quiet and Victor soon hears him laughing and orders him and Thomas to leave. Thomas quickly reverses, but carelessly backs into and derails Charlie.
Thomas sets off to find Rocky. At the docks, he spots Rocky loading Christmas trees onto a flatbed. Thomas explains his plan to Rocky and suggests that they could borrow a Christmas tree. Rocky thinks it is a good idea and Thomas tells him not to tell Victor about their plans as they set off.
Back at the Steamworks, Victor is still very busy whilst Rocky unloads the tree. Victor hears Rocky who drops the Christmas tree crate - right in front of Kevin who bashes into it. Victor is cross and Thomas decides that he would better tell Victor his plan. Victor is very sympathetic and tells Thomas that he should have told him the plan earlier. Victor then agrees to help Thomas with the preparations and tells Kevin to make room for the Christmas tree. Soon the Steamworks is decorated with sparkly lights and it is time for the party to begin. Percy thinks it is the best party ever and Thomas agrees.
- Henry (cameo)
- Gordon (cameo)
- James (cameo)
- Toby (cameo)
- Emily (cameo)
- Rosie (cameo)
- Belle (cameo)
- Diesel (cameo)
- Mavis (cameo)
- Cranky (cameo)
- Ben Small joins the US cast.
- This episode aired before Day of the Diesels premiered, meaning the audience may not have known who Belle is.
- This episode marks Stanley's last speaking role until the eighteenth season episode, Samson at Your Service.
- This episode was the final episode to feature Glenn Wrage as Charlie: Ben Small voiced Charlie from the sixteenth to eighteenth seasons then Steven Kynman took over the role starting with the twentieth season.
- The episode was renarrated for UK DVDs to replace the Winter Holidays lines with Christmas Holidays.
- Going by production order, this is the twentieth episode of the fifteenth season.
- This episode marks the fifth time an engine has a broken side rod, the first was Edward in Edward's Exploit, the second and third are Thomas in Elizabeth the Vintage Lorry and Thomas and the Circus and the fourth was James in Thomas and the Storyteller.
- When Thomas finds Percy, he is behind him; but when they arrive at the Steamworks, Thomas is in front. The same thing happens with Edward.
- Take-n-Play - Surprise, Surprise at the Steamworks set
In Other Languages
|Japanese||ステキなクリスマス・パーティー||Splendid Christmas Party|
|German||Die Winter Werkstatt-Party||The Winter Workshop Party|
|Hebrew||הפתעה מפתיעה||A Surprising Surprise|
|Italian||Sorpresa Sorpresa||Surprise Surprise|
|Russian||Новогодний сюрприз||New Year's Surprise|
|Finnish||Talvi Yllätys||Winter Surprise|
|Korean||기관차들의 겨울 축제||Locomotives of Winter Festival|
|Romanian||Surpriză, Surpriză||Surprise, Surprise|