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Schemer's Alone is the second episode of Season 3.


Schemer's mother is away and Schemer is told to do some responsibilities while she's away and he promises to do what he was told to do. But, he ends up making the kids do all of his assignments for him.

Cast and Characters

Main Cast

The Flexitoon Puppeteers

Guest Starring

It is unknown who played The Delivery Guy's Partner

Mentioned Characters

Thomas Story

It’s “Market Day”, a time when many fruits are shipped into the Harbor.  James has the privilege of delivering a train of fruit to the market, but goes no further when his brakes jam.  Percy arrives to take over, but he ends up in a “jam” of his own when he is diverted into a siding by mistake and smashes into his cars, covering himself in squashed fruit. James and Percy return home feeling sorry for themselves, but learn nevertheless that they still helped each other out of their “jams”, and believe they’re still Really Useful Engines.

Jukebox Band Segment Song

  • Polly Wolly Doodle

Songs and Cartoons


  • This is the first episode to have Schemer's name in the title.
  • A clip of Mr. Conductor talking to Billy was used in the 1995 documentary "The Thomas the Tank Engine Man".
  • The title may have been a take on the 1990 film Home Alone as the VHS copies often forget the apostrophe S.


  • In the episode's opening in the workshop where Becky helps Billy assemble a book case, it's very obvious that the shelf they are working on is severely off level where Billy puts the temporary nails.
  • In two scenes, Mr. Conductor's voice has a studio echo to it, when sounds normal in his other appearances throughout the episode. The first scene is the one right before he starts the Thomas story, and the second is the one right before he begins the Magic Bubble sequence (but only after he dismounts from his bicycle).
  • When Barton Winslow wheels his motorcycle inside the station, you can tell it's stuntman Cotton Mather from the exposed facial features.
  • The bright bank of studio lights' reflect off of Barton's motorcycle helmet.