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"Gordon's a mess, Gordon's a mess! He's the largest and jammiest!"
— Thomas

Respect for Gordon is the seventh episode of the ninth season.


Gordon is suffering from a spot of bother; his firebox is rattling whenever he cools down at night, which has resulted in teasing from Thomas and Percy. Gordon tells them that tank engines have very bad manners, though he feels quite embarrassed about his problem.

The next morning, Gordon finds Percy still teasing him. When he arrives at Knapford, the teasing continues, this time by Emily and Diesel. Gordon has had enough; he decides to make demands in order to stop the teasing. So he pulls up ahead of James at the water column, tells Percy not to hang around at platform one as it is his platform, and finally he tells Thomas, James, and Emily to give a polite "toot toot" of their whistles the next time they see him - all because he is the fastest and best.

However, when Gordon sees Emily passing him, he does not get the polite "toot toot" that he expects - only to miss a red signal and crash into a train of jam tankers ahead of him. Whilst waiting to be rescued, Gordon gets teased again by Percy, Thomas, and James. Soon Edward arrives with the breakdown train and he takes Gordon to the Works to be mended.

Meanwhile, Emily and Henry take turns in pulling the express and they quickly realize that Gordon must be quite strong to do it regularly. Even Percy misses Gordon as the rattle helps him to get to sleep. A few days later, Gordon is mended with all the jam cleaned out of his boiler and his firebox no longer rattling. That night, Gordon apologizes to his friends for his rattling firebox and for his "toot toot" demands because he did not deserve it. However, Thomas and the other engines now know that Gordon deserves a polite "toot toot" as he works very hard indeed as the express engine.

And, since that day, all of the Fat Controller's engines greet their friends with a polite toot of their whistles for being really useful.




  • The plot point of Gordon wanting the others to whistle at him is similar to the magazine story Thomas and the Whistle.
  • Going by production order, this is the second episode of the ninth season.
  • Gordon's crash is similar to James' from the first season episode, Dirty Objects.


  • The narrator says the workmen need to clean the jam out of Gordon's engine and that it was hard to remove from his engine, but Gordon is an engine.
  • When Edward shunts Gordon to the Works, his bogeys appear to be broken.
  • There is no engine pulling the goods train.
  • When Gordon cuts James' line to the water tower, his whistle is low-pitched.
  • When Edward pushes Gordon to the workshop, it appears that the track where Gordon and the goods train were is clean, even though the jam fell nearby it.
  • The amount of jam covering Gordon's face changes between the scene of Percy teasing him and the scene of him at the workshop.
  • Percy looks angry before Gordon tells him to go away from platform 1.


  • Percy: Rattle box is awake at last!

  • Emily: Oh, look rattler Gordon's here! He's pulling the "click-clong express"!
  • Diesel: I hope your "click clong" gets better. Ha ha ha ha! See you later, rattler!

  • Percy: You're a boastful, bossy, big, blue boiler!

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Norwegian Respekt for Gordon Respect for Gordon
Spanish Respetando a Gordon / Respeto por Gordon Respecting Gordon / Respect for Gordon
German Gordon will bewundert werden Gordon Wants to be Admired
Japanese ゴードンって すごい! Gordon is Awesome!
Finnish Kunnioitusta Jorille Pay Tribute to Gordon
Danish Respekt for Gordon Respect for Gordon
Italian Rispetto per Gordon Respect for Gordon
Russian Уважение к Гордону Respect for Gordon
Portuguese Respeito por Gordon Respect for Gordon
Gaelic Urram do Ghordon Respect for Gordon
Hungarian Tisztelet Gordonnak Respect for Gordon
Romanian Respectați-l pe Gordon Follow Him on Gordon
Czech Važte si Gordona Cherish Gordon
Polish Szacunek dla Gabrysia Respect for Gordon
Croatian Poštovanje prema Gordanu Respect for Gordon
Slovak Vážte si Gordona Appreciate Gordon
Chinese 尊敬高登 Dear Gordon
Korean 덜그럭 퉁탕 고든 Less Luck Tung Tang Gordon
Swedish Respekt for Gordon Respect for Gordon
Thai นับถือกอร์ดอน Gordon Regards

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