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Recap / Thomas The Tank Engine S 22 E 24 Banjo And The Bushfire

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Air date: February 19th, 2019 (UK)

While working in the Australian rainforest, Thomas meets a ranger who tells him about all the animals that live there. He also gets a chance to be very useful when he warns her that a bush fire is approaching and helps her to rescue the koalas, who are too slow to get to safety on their own.

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  • Advertised Extra: Banjo the koala is included in the episode's title, even though he's not the main character of the episode.
  • Ambiguous Syntax: When Ranger Jill tells Thomas that freshwater crocodiles don't eat trains.
    Ranger Jill: Calm down, Thomas! Crocodiles don’t eat trains, especially baby ones!
    Thomas: I’m not a baby train!
    Ranger Jill: I mean baby crocodiles, Thomas!
  • An Aesop: Animals should be protected and respected.
  • Call-Back: In the And Knowing Is Half the Battle segment, Thomas recalls the events of "Philip's Number" and "Diesel and the Ducklings".
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  • Character Name and the Noun Phrase: The way the episode's title is structured.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Thomas thinks that the baby crocodile is adorable, when it hatches.
  • Egg MacGuffin: Ranger Jill collects a crocodile egg, and at the end of the episode, it hatches.
  • Funny Animal: Some crocodiles with human-like qualities that wear clothing appear in the Imagine Spot.
  • I Am Not Weasel: Thomas calls the koala a bear, even though koalas technically aren't bears. But to be fair, Thomas had never seen one before.
  • Imagine Spot: Thomas has one where all the humans on Sodor have turned into crocodiles.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: "It's the Fat Croc-troller!".note 
  • Jungles Sound Like Kookaburras: This episode takes place in the rainforest, and kookaburra sound effects can be heard.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: Thomas is scared of crocodiles at first, but Ranger Jill tells him that freshwater crocodiles don't eat trains.
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  • One Steve Limit: The baby crocodile that hatches at the end of the episode is named after Thomas.
  • Ranger: Ranger Jill, who is a forest ranger who knows all about wildlife and helps save them.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: The Kuranda tree frog, a highly endangered type of frog that is featured in the beginning of the episode.
  • The Smart Girl: The episode features Tamika, who is very knowledgable about Australian wildlife and is easily the smartest of all the new characters introduced in season 22.
  • Soapbox Sadie: Tamika clearly advocates for the protection of wildlife, as does Ranger Jill.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Ranger Jill knows how to communicate with kookaburras and imitate their sound.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Tamika reprimands Thomas for whistling at the koala and scaring it.
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