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Fortune Teller Schemer is the eighth episode of the third season.


Schemer's fortune-telling machine in his arcade correctly predicts bad weather, urging Ginny to take esteps to avoid disaster. She therefore protects her tomato crop, and sure enough, the weather gets real icy, real fast. After hearing of this, Schemer becomes convinced that his machine can actually predict the future. The passengers are stuck at the station, their trains delayed by the frost, Schemer lures them all into the arcade with his fortune telling machine. Ginny asks Schemer his advice on whether she should get a new haircut. After looking at her currently gray and boring hair, Schemer says "Definitely". Later on, Midge is talking to Stacy about Schemer predicting the future. Stacy almost has Midge convinced that Schemer can't predict the future, when Schemer himself walks into the station, dressed in a mystical turban and robe, addressing himself as the great and powerful El Schemo. This gets Midge to have her fortune told. She interprets this fortune as a command to rip out her poison ivy with her bare hands. Later on, Mr. Conductor and the kids come up with a plan to discredit El Schemo, who currently is leading the passengers in chanting "Give Shining Time Station to him-o! Give Shining Time Station to Schemo!" Later on, Midge and Ginny storm back into the station. Midge shows El Schemo her rash that she got from ripping out her poison ivy. Ginny then shows everybody her new haircut (her hair is now purple), which many people shriek in horror at. El Schemo attempts to get an explanation from the machine, but at that point. the head of the doll inside becomes that of Mr. Conductor! The head talks, frightning El Schemo, and saying that he told lies to get people's money, that Ginny's tomatoes was a coincidence, ect.. By the time he is done, all the passengers are furious at El Schemo. And then their train arrives, and they run towards the platform. El Schemo beats them there, begging them to return. Stacy prompts El Schemo to apologize, at which he says "Apologize?! El Schemo?! HAH!". The passengers storm out of the station, now furious. El Schemo hastily apologizes, but too late Schemer loses the El Schemo personality, and vows never to do this again, "though it was fun while it lasted.".


Main Cast

The Flexitoon Puppeteers

Guest Cast

Mentioned Characters

Thomas Stories

One day Henry was late and Thomas gets impatient about it. He gets so impatient that he leaves his conductor behind.

Gordon and Henry tease Edward about cows breaking his train of cattle cars, but soon get their just deserts when they come across a cow on a bridge.


  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • Toby
  • Annie and Clarabel
  • Percy (does not speak)
  • James (cameo)
  • Bertie (cameo)
  • Mrs. Kyndley (cameo)
  • One Little Boy (cameo)
  • One stone-dropping boy (cameo)
  • One Naughty Boy (cameo)
  • The Ffarquhar Stationmaster (cameo)
  • Sir Topham Hatt (mentioned)

Jukebox Band Segment Song

  • Turkey in the Straw


  • In the Fox Family version, the Jukebox Band's song is cut out and the Thomas outro theme is added to the end of "Thomas and the Conductor".
  • Both Thomas stories involve an engine getting embarrassed by a certain mistake.
  • There are multiple differences between the Fox Family and Nick Jr. variants of this episode. Here is a list of all the changes:
    • Fox Family:
      • 1. The scene of Schemer asking Ginny if the machine actually predicted the future is missing the three second pause.
      • 2. All Jukebox Band segments are cut.
      • 3. The scene of Kara coming into Billy's workshop is shortened.
      • 4. Mr. Conductor explaining that he's been giving a helping hand and saying he knew who was behind the sudden frost is omitted.
      • 5. Checkpoint from Mr. C saying that Jack Frost loves to confuse people to Kara saying he could be Schemer's best friend is cut.
      • 6. Mr. C appearing outside the workshop and saying that Kara is right is cut.
      • 7. Some scenes were cut in "El Schemo's" introduction is cut.
      • 8. Mr. C saying that Jack Frost finding Schemer's act hilarious s omitted.
      • 9. El Scheme's song is shortened.
      • 10. Ginny and Midge returning to the station is cut to El Schemo saying his lambs have returned home.
      • 11. El Schemo telling everyone to silence is cut.
      • 12. Some scenes with Schemer talking to the machine (Mr. Conductor) were cut out.
      • 13. El Schemo asking the "machine" about Ginny's tomatoes is cut.
      • 14. The scene of Dan saying the people didn't have to do what Schemer said up to when everyone leaves the station is cut in place of the commercial break.
      • 15. The music for when Schemer speeds over to the steps at his arcade is heard instead when it comes back from commercial when he says, "Everyone thinks I'm no good!"
    • Nick Jr.:
      • 1. The beginning Jukebox segment with Tito, Slots and Didi remains intact for unknown reasons, while Turkey in the Straw remains cut.
      • 2. Dan telling Mr. Conductor about Ginny's fortune is cut.
      • 3. After the Thomas story "A Cow on the Line" it immediately cuts to Stacy telling everyone her plan.
      • 4. El Schemo asking the machine to tell the future is cut.
      • 5. There are multiple edits to the Thomas stories. These include:
    • Thomas and the Conductor:
      • 1. The opening scene plays at normal speed, but in the next shot after it, the rest of the episode remains sped up.
      • 2. After the scene where Annie and Clarabel agree with Thomas, it immediately cuts to Thomas traveling under the road bridge.
      • 3. After Annie says, "We haven't a Conductor!", it cuts straight to Thomas stopping at the signal.
      • 4. Thomas' pause shot after the coaches say, "We've left him behind!" is omitted.
    • A Cow on the Line:
      • 1. The whole episode is sped up from the get-go.
      • 2. The shot where the narrator says, "The sun shone, birds sang," is cut.
      • 3. After Edward loses the end of his train, it immediately cuts to him arriving at the yard. The episode's sped up speed also slows slightly and remains that way for the rest of the episode.