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Second Chances
Director(s)

Wayne Moss
Frank Vitale

Producer(s)

Nancy Chapelle

Writer(s)

Brian McConnachie

Conductor

George Carlin

Air date

April 16th, 1995

Previous episode

Once Upon a Time

Next episode

One of the Family

Second Chances is the second Shining Time Station family special.

Plot

Billy Twofeathers' nephew Kit comes to visit the station. He runs into trouble when he accidentally brakes the window of the signal house. Meanwhile, Schemer's baseball team is practicing for an upcoming game. Kit decides to join the team, but is having a lot of problems hitting the ball and does not feel too good about himself. He has a talk with an old man named Max who gives him some good advice. Max lived alone in the signal house and was a former baseball player. He teaches Kit how to play baseball and is a great source of inspiration for the young boy. When Kit is falsely accused of painting on the baseball scoreboard, he feels rejected and decides to leave. However, Max manages to stop Kit's train from departing the station. Meanwhile, Schemer's team is playing against the Snarlyville baseball team. After Schemer learns that his nephew Schemee is conspiring with the other team, he takes him out of the team. Now that his team is short one player, Schemer becomes desperate to find a replacement player, and eventually gives the spot back to Kit. Thanks to Max's advice, Kit hits a home run to give his team the win. Kit's relationship with his uncle Billy is also mended.

Characters

Thomas Stories

Thomas tells the other engines the story of three little engines - Duke, Stuart and Falcon - who worked happily together on a small quarry line. Duke was old and proud, having been named after ‘His Grace’. He enjoyed telling the younger engines how to properly behave and frightened them with the story of Smudger, a ‘rough rider’ who went on to become a generator. But after years of service, the line was closed down and Duke was left alone in his shed when the younger two were bought by the Skarloey Railway. Over time, the shed was covered over by nature and Duke was seemingly forgotten.  Percy is disappointed by this conclusion - but Thomas promises a happy ending, which will have to wait until next time!
Thomas concludes his story, telling of how Sir Topham Hatt and some enthusiasts learnt about Duke and set out to find him. After days of searching, they almost gave up hope until one of them fell through the roof of the hidden shed. Duke was restored and brought to the Skarloey Railway where he was reunited with Stuart and Falcon, now Peter Sam and Sir Handel.

Jukebox Band Song Segment

  • Down in the Valley
  • Skip to My Lou Medley
  • Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Trivia

  • This is the first time Mr. Conductor interacts with the Jukebox Band.
  • We find out that Didi has a crush on Mr. Conductor.
  • Take Me Out to the Ball Game was re-used only with a different scenario.
  • This is the first appearance of Kit Twofeathers and the last appearance of Dan Jones.
  • Bucky Hill joins the cast as Kit Twofeathers.
  • The name of Schemer's baseball team is different in this episode than it is previously. In the Season 2 episode, "Field Day", it was the Schemer Team. In this episode, it was called the Scooters.
  • Starting with this family special, Mr. Conductor's whistle and sparkle, and the Jukebox background music would have a lower sound.
  • This is the first time we see the Jukebox Puppet Band outside of the jukebox.
  • This is the first time we see someone other than the Jukebox Puppet Band inside the jukebox.
  • This is the second time that the outdoor scenes were taped in the Tottenham, Ontario Canada area and mostly along the South Simcoe Railway (tourist).

Gallery

Special

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