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.".
- George Carlin as Mr. Conductor
- Didi Conn as Stacy Jones
- Erica Luttrell as Kara Cupper
- Ari Magder as Dan Jones
- Brian O'Connor as Horace Schemer
The Flexitoon Puppeteers
- Jonathan Freeman as Tito Swing
- Olga Felgemacher-Marin as DiDi
- Craig Marin as Rex
- Peter Baird as Grace
- Kenny Miele as Grace
- Alan Semok as Tex
- Steven Feldman as The Turkey (uncredited)
- Billy Twofeathers (mentioned)
- Thomas (mentioned)
- Edward (mentioned)
- Henry (mentioned)
- Gordon (mentioned)
- Percy (mentioned)
- Toby (mentioned)
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.
- 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.