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"You have to be sensible if you want to stay safe!"
— Thomas and Terence

Terence Breaks the Ice is the sixteenth episode of the twenty-first season.


Terence is helping to cut down trees for the Christmas market at Tidmouth. Thomas arrives to collect them and Terence comments that he is wearing his snowplow, which he originally refused to do when he first met Terence. Since being rescued from a snowdrift by Terence, Thomas has learned the importance of wearing a snowplow. After reminiscing about when they first met, Thomas leaves with the trees.

Thomas stops at Knapford on the way to Tidmouth to speak to the Fat Controller, who asks him where the huge tree he was meant to get for the Earl's Christmas fair at Ulfstead Castle is. As it turns out, the Fat Controller never asked Thomas to get a huge tree, having forgotten to do so. Thomas promises to get a big tree once he has dropped off the load he already has.

Thomas returns to the forest and asks Terence for a large tree. Terence knows where the ideal tree is, but it is on the other side of a nearby pond that has been frozen over. Thomas advises against going over the pond, but Terence is not worried because of his caterpillar tracks. He gets to the other side of the pond but leaves a huge crack in the ice.

After the tree has been chopped down, Terence goes back over the frozen pond. Thomas notices the ice cracking, but Terence chooses not to stop, as he is almost to the other side. He runs over the crack he left earlier and the ice breaks, leaving both Terence's rear end and the front of his trailer in the pond, to the horror of Thomas and the woodsmen. After Farmer Finney has gotten out of Terence's seat and carefully made his way to safety, he yells for Thomas to go get help, but Thomas knows that this will take too long. He decides to pull Terence out on his own and has his driver and fireman attach chains to his plow while Farmer Finney and the woodsmen carefully hook the other end up to Terence. Thomas pulls Terence free of the water, but the trailer's hitch breaks and it sinks to the bottom of the pond, taking the tree with it. Terence apologises to Thomas for his recklessness, but Thomas is not at all upset.

At the Christmas fair at Ulfstead, Terence apologises to the Fat Controller for losing the tree, but he is just happy that Terence is safe. Sir Robert Norramby arrives to unveil the replacement tree and, anticlimactically, turns on the lights to reveal that he only has a small tree, which has been put amid a stack of presents to give the illusion that it is massive in size. Nonetheless, he thanks Thomas and Terence for the tree and wishes everyone a Merry Christmas.




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  • Joseph May as Thomas
  • Teresa Gallagher as Annie, Clarabel, Lady Hatt and the People
  • Tom Stourton as Terence
  • Keith Wickham as Sir Topham Hatt, Farmer Finney, the Woodsman and the people
  • Mike Grady as Sir Robert Norramby


  • Going by production order, this is the seventeenth episode of the twenty-first series.
  • This episode marks the first of a few things for Terence:
  • A recreated CGI flashback of the first season episode, Thomas, Terence and the Snow was made and referenced along with a recreated music cue of Thomas crashing into the snow. Unlike the original episode where Terence pulled Annie and Clarabel first when they were uncoupled from Thomas, he pulls them all out at the same time in the flashback.
  • This episode marks Farmer Finney's first speaking role in the television series.
  • This is the first appearance of Hackenbeck Tunnel since the fourth season episode, Train Stops Play and its first appearance in CGI.
  • This is the first episode in the CGI Series to feature only one engine and the first to do so since the Jack and the Sodor Construction Company episode, Alfie Has Kittens. It is also the first episode since the sixth season episode, A Friend in Need, to feature one engine as well. In all three cases, the engine is Thomas.
  • At the beginning of the episode, a fawn and a rabbit are seen slipping and skiing on the ice. This is a reference to the 1942 animated Disney movie, Bambi.
  • The music in the scene where the tree sinks to the bottom of the lake and Terence apologizes to it sounds very similar to the soundtrack of the 1997 romantic drama, Titanic. Terence is also wrapped in a blanket afterwards, much like Rose, the film's main character.


  • As Thomas enters Hackenbeck Tunnel, which reuses the model for Crosby Tunnel, the tunnel has three lines, but when he exits, it has two lines.
  • When Terence pulls Thomas, Annie and Clarabel back into the tunnel, his caterpillar wheels clip through the rails.
  • When the giant tree falls into Terence's cart, the tree changes size.
  • On the Nickelodeon end credits, Terence's name was spelt "Terrence".
  • In a couple scenes, when Terence is trying to, or is going forward, his caterpillar tracks are actually moving backwards. You can tell more from the snow markings on his caterpillar tracks later into the episode.
  • When Terence moves his caterpillar tracks after Farmer Finney tells Thomas to get help, no one is in the driver's seat, dispite the fact that almost all the vehicles on Sodor have someone at the controls.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Japanese ゆきにつよいテレンス
Polish Tymcio Krószy lód
Spanish Terence Rompe el Hielo

Home Media Releases

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Name Released Format Highlights Photo
Christmas on Sodor 2017 DVD
Digital HD
  • First release of this episode