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Recap / Thomas The Tank Engine S 23 E 2 Crowning Around

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Air date: September 3, 2019 (UK), June 8, 2019 (US)

Rajiv is devastated when he loses his crown, thinking that it's the only reason he is any good at anything. However, that night Noor Jehan's brakes fail, and Rajiv saves the day as she is about to crash into Shankar, discovering that he can be a useful engine without his crown after all.

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  • A Day in the Limelight: For Rajiv. It's also notably the first international episode not to be about Thomas.
  • An Aesop: It’s what’s inside that counts and the most important thing is to believe in yourself.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Rajiv, when he saves Shankar from being crashed into by Noor Jehan.
  • Blowing a Raspberry: In Rajiv's second fantasy sequence, a tiger blows a raspberry at him.
  • Call-Back: In the life lesson segment, Thomas recalls the events of "Percy's Lucky Day".
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  • Character Development: Rajiv becomes less vain and learns he can be useful without his crown.
  • The Dandy: Rajiv is shown to be very concerned over his appearance and his crown.
  • Drama Queen: Rajiv is very overdramatic after losing his crown, claiming that he's nothing without it.
  • Dramatic Irony: Thomas, Ashima, and Shankar didn't realize that the crown was in their truckloads.
  • Imagine Spot: Rajiv has two. In the first one, everyone praises him. In the second one, everyone hates on him for not having his crown.
  • It's All About Me: Rajiv clearly loves to show off.
  • Lazy Bum: Deciding that he wasn't good at anything without his crown, Rajiv decided to not do his work. Shankar did his work for him.
  • Magic Feather: Rajiv loses his crown when it gets knocked off his funnel by a crane and taken by the monkeys. He believes that he can't be useful without it, and Shankar has to do his work for him. Near the end of the episode, when Noor Jehan can't stop due to her brakes being jammed and is heading towards Shankar, Rajiv pushes Shankar out of the way just in time, which gets him to realize that he can still be useful without his crown.
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  • Mischief-Making Monkey: Some monkeys steal Rajiv's crown.
  • Only Sane Man: Shankar.
    Shankar: Maybe you should concentrate on your jobs instead of showing off that crown all the time.
  • Pun-Based Title: The episode title is a play on the phrase "clowning around".
  • Tempting Fate: Rajiv says that today is gonna be a great day. Then he gets his crown stolen and is depressed for the rest of the episode.
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