The Mayor Runs for Re-Election is the twenty-third episode of the third season.
It's Election day at Shining Time Station, and Midge Smoot is adament about re-electing Mayor Flopdinger for mayor, but Stacy isn't so sure about him. After an argument between the two women about it, Ms. Smoot storms off. Becky and Kara worry that Midge and Stacy are no longer friends, but Stacy assures them that a disagreement like this won't make them not friends. Besides there is one thing they do agree on, to vote. While Kara and Beck also like Mayor Flopdinger, Stacy admits while he is a decent honest character, he's also slow to respond to a lot of issues, which she doesn't agree with. Mr. Conductor agrees and tells a Thomas Story about how 'Every engine has to pull its own freight train'.
Cast and Characters
- George Carlin as Mr. Conductor
- Didi Conn as Stacy Jones
- Erica Luttrell as Kara Cupper
- Danielle Marcot as Becky
- Brian O'Connor as Schemer
The Flexitoon Puppeteers
- Jonathan Freeman as Tito Swing
- Olga Felgemacher-Marin as DiDi
- Craig Marin as Rex
- Peter Baird as Grace Bass
- Kenny Miele as Grace Bass
- Alan Semok as Tex
- Jerome Dempsey as Mayor Flopdinger
- Richard Dixon as Richard Richhouse
- David Hewlett as Mr. Typo
- Bobo Lewis as Midge Smoot
- Gerry Mendicino as Passenger
- James (mentioned)
James is still learning his way around the railway. However, he is acting up a bit when he blows steam at Sir Topham's top hat. After double heading a passenger train with Edward, Sir Topham Hatt warns James to behave or he will be painted blue. James does not take it to mind, and is so rough with his coaches that he makes a hole in a brake pipe. The only solution to the problem was with a newspaper and a passenger's bootlace, and James carries on, knowing he will be in a lot of trouble.
James is left in the shed for causing so much trouble with the coaches and the bootlace, but after apologizing to Sir Topham Hatt for his bad behavior, he is allowed out to pull a freight train. They try to make things difficult for him, including breaking away on Gordon's hill, but James carries on, and Sir Topham Hatt praises him for his efforts, and assures him that he can keep his red coat.
- Troublesome Trucks
- Express Coaches
- Sir Topham Hatt
- Annie and Clarabel (not named)
- Jeremiah Jobling (not named)
- Märklin Engine (cameo)
- Stephen Hatt (cameo)
- The Little Boys (cameos)
- Lady Hatt (cameo)
- Gordon (mentioned)
Jukebox Band Segment Song
- Hurray For The Railway
- Billy Twofeathers and Dan Jones do not appear in this episode.
- Richard Richhouse resembles the 37th president of the United States Richard Nixon.
- "Meet the Kids" may be a play on the NBC political commentary/interview program "Meet the Press"
- Richhouse was played by actor Richard Dixon (James LaRoe), a Nixon look-alike. The episode originally aired without incident in January 1993 with at least two additional repeats afterwards that did not draw undue attention. By unfortunate coincidence, the episode was rebroadcasted on April 27, 1994, the day of former President Nixon's funeral. According to a Washington Post article filed the following day, an apology was given by PBS after receiving a number of phoned-in complaints.
- In the same April 28, 1994 Washington Post article, co-creator and executive producer Rick Siggelkow provided some additional insight and clarification about the episode. "The intent was not to make fun of him [Mr. Nixon] on the show" and at the episode's conclusion, "Richhouse gives us a very strong, positive speech about why it's important to be in public life, to vote and to vote for someone who cares about people. There was no political reason for choosing Nixon. We considered [former New York mayor] Ed Koch because he was tenacious. I saw Nixon as almost a folklore figure - there was something that just made him seem like the logical one to be in the episode. He's not the villain of the peace by any means." This episode was later pulled from airwaves nationwide in 1994 following an incident where PBS stations WETA and WNET broadcasted the episode on the day of Richard Nixon's funeral, allegedly as a tribute to the deceased president.
- The Thomas stories are listed in reverse order in the end credits.
- In the Nick Jr. version, the story Foolish Freight Cars is cut out.
- When "James Learns a Lesson" was introducing, James was stated that he was going too fast for the freight cars, but he was pulling a passenger train in the story.
- Midge Smoot (after Richhouse's speech): Well, he must know what he's talking about, I don't understand a word he's saying!
- Mr. Conductor (struggling with the balloon): This is what you get when you lose control of your own hot air, you get all puffed up just like some of those politicians around here!