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Terence, Max and Monty
Season 1, Episode 14
TerenceMaxandMonty
Air date September 24, 2017
Written by Semaj5nodrog4
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Terence, Max and Monty is the fourteenth episode of the first season of the Many Adventures on the Island of Sodor.

Plot

Winter was coming to the Island of Sodor. Everyone was busily getting ready and making sure everything was running right on time. A lot of snow was predicted for this year too, and all the engines and vehicles were making sure everyone was prepared for the eventual snow fall.

The Sodor Construction Crew were making absolutely sure of this as they helped with completing the work on the new rescue shelter near Ffarquhar station on Thomas' Branchline. They dug and built as efficiently and quickly as they could so everyone would be safe during the snow. It was hard work because of the chilly wind and cold weather, but they were proud to be helping out with an important job. 

One afternoon, when they were nearly done with the shelter, Jack and Alfie were helping to clear away some of the debris that appeared during the construction. They were feeling cold as the wind whistled across their engines, but were happy that the work was almost done. 

"Brrrrrrrr!" puffed Jack. "I can't believe how cold it is right now, and the snow hasn't even come yet."  

"Well it's due to come soon," chuffed Oliver. "We should be glad that we were able to finish in time." 

"That's true," agreed Alfie. "Better now than later, though we could've finished a few days earlier if a certain truck or two hadn't been playing around so much." 

Jack and Oliver knew exactly who Alfie meant. "You're right there, Alfie," agreed Jack. "Max and Monty did push our work schedule back a few days. We should be lucky that they didn't do anything worse."

"Indeed, Jack," agreed Oliver. "Can't argue with you on that." 

Just then they heard a whistle, and saw Thomas puff up with Annie and Clarabel.

"Hello everyone," Thomas puffed. 

"Hello Thomas," replied the vehicles.  

"I see the new rescue shelter is almost complete," said Thomas. 

"Yep, almost done Thomas," puffed Jack. "Just a needs a little more time and it should be ready." 

"That's good," puffed Thomas, "and just in time too. My driver told me today that not only are we getting a lot of snow, but it's supposed to be very cold as well. Everyone will be pleased to be in this shelter when that happens." 

"Oh I'm sure of it," agreed Oliver. "No one will want to be outside when that weather hits." 

"I most certainly agree, Oliver," puffed Annie.

"Yes, it wouldn't suit anyone, particularly us coaches," added Clarabel.

"Oh, I don't know," said a voice. "I wouldn't mind it too much. I like the snow and cold weather." 

Jack, Alfie, and Oliver jumped. "W-w-who said that?" asked Jack nervously. 

"Are you ghost?" asked Alfie.  

"W-what do you want with us?" asked Oliver anxiously.

Thomas, Annie, and Clarabel laughed. "That's not a ghost!" chuckled Thomas. "That's Terence the tractor." 

"Who?" asked the vehicles.  

"Me," said Terence, who rolled up into view from a nearby field. "I'm Terence, I'm a tractor who does odd jobs along Thomas' branchline It's a pleasure to meet you all." 

"Oh, well it's a pleasure to meet you too, uh, Terence," puffed Jack. "My name's Jack, I'm a front loader." 

"I'm Alfie, I'm an excavator," said Alfie.  

"And I'm Oliver, also an excavator," said Oliver.

"Wait…Oliver?" exclaimed Terence. "Aren't you supposed to be working on that Little Western Branchline with Duck?" 

Everyone but Oliver couldn't help but laugh at this. "Oh dear, not again," muttered Oliver.  

Then Terence laughed too. "Oh, I'm just kidding, Oliver," he chuckled. "I know you're not the engine. I was just having a little fun with you, that's all." Oliver felt better immediately, though couldn't help blushing. 

"So I take it you three are part of the Sodor Construction Crew that Thomas talks about?" asked Terence. 

"Yep, we certain are," said Alfie proudly.

"I figured you were," smiled Terence. "What brings you all this way?"  

"We were building that new rescue shelter over there," said Jack. "We're finishing it before all the snow comes."

"Well, that's good to hear," puffed Terence. "Otherwise, I think I would have to finish it for you, since it sounds like you all don't like the snow, but I do." 

Everyone chuckled. "Well, if Max and Monty keep fooling around," puffed Alfie, "you may have to finish it for us anyway."

Terence was puzzled. "Who are Max and Monty?" 

"They're two dump trucks that work with us," explained Jack. "They're usually pretty troublesome and often delay our work, but sometimes they can be hard working." 

"Ooh, they sound like they're a lot to handle," muttered Terence. "How will I know them when I see them?" 

Before anyone could answer, they all heard the sounds of horns honking and wheels screeching. Then they looked over to see Max and Monty tearing into the yard, laughing their axles off in delightment. 

"I'm number one!" called Max.  

"No, I think you're number two!" puffed Monty. "I came in first!" 

"I think you need to know the difference between one and two!" retorted Max. 

"No, I think you do!" huffed Monty.  

"No, you do!" said Max, then they began to argue.

Oliver turned to Terence. "That's how you'll know it's them," he puffed. 

"Ah, I see," said Terence. "They certainly seem like a troublesome lot." 

"Oh, you're right there, Terence," puffed Oliver. "Very troublesome indeed." 

Just then, Ms. Jenny, the Pack manager, came to stop the noise. 

"All right, that's enough you two," she said Max and Monty. "You both should've been back nearly fifteen minutes ago, and once again, we're behind schedule. Now I need you two to collect the debris from Jack and Alfie and take it to the dump. We need to clear the site off for some finishing touches." 

"Yes Ms. Jenny," replied the dump trucks, and they rolled over to the other vehicles. 

"And no more fooling around!" added Ms. Jenny sternly. Max and Monty just chuckled to themselves. 

"Well it's about time you two got back," scolded Oliver when Max and Monty came over. "We've been waiting for you." 

"Hey, we're not that that late," protested Max. 

"Yeah, so cool your engine, Oliver," huffed Monty. "Besides, it was Max's fault." 

"What?" exclaimed Max. "No it wasn't! You're the one who wanted to race!" 

"Yeah, but you agreed to do it," retorted Monty. "Therefore, your fault." 

"No it's not!" huffed Max.

"Yes, it is," teased Monty.

"No it's not!" 

"Yes it is." 

"Alright it doesn't matter whose fault it is!" interrupted Oliver. "Let's just get you two loaded up and on your way before anything else happens." 

Max and Monty conceded. "Fine," they muttered, and got into position to be loaded. 

"Wow, those two really are troublesome," Terence whispered to Oliver and Thomas. "The only other ones who I've known to be like that are the trucks on your railway, Thomas." 

"Well if you think about Terence," Thomas whispered cheekily, "those two and the trucks are kind of the same, since they're all troublesome trucks!"

Terence and even Oliver chuckled. "That's true, Thomas!" laughed Terence. "You're certainly right about that!" 

As Jack and Alfie were loading them, Max and Monty noticed the three of them laughing. They were a little curious, but then they noticed Terence, whom they haven't seen before. 

"Hey Oliver," called Monty. "Who's your little friend right there?" 

"Oh, this is Terence the tractor," Oliver introduced. "He's a friend of Thomas' who works alongside his branchline."

"Hello there," said Terence cheerfully. "Nice to meet you two."

Max and Monty stared at Terence. They thought he was an odd-looking tractor. 

"He looks a little funny," remarked Max.   

"Yeah," agreed Monty. "He's so tiny too. Are you sure he's a real tractor and not a toy?"  

Everyone frowned at these remarks. They all thought Max and Monty were being rude, but Terence remained calm. 

"Yes, I'm a real tractor," he said firmly and modestly. "I might be small, but believe it or not, I can do a lot of things."

"Oh yeah, sure you can," chuckled Max. "Like what? Give hay rides to kids? Ha, ha!"  

"Yes," replied Terence, "but also do farm work, plough fields, and even shunt trucks sometimes." 

Then Max and Monty burst out laughing. "You? Shunt trucks? Ha! What a joke!" Max laughed. 

"Yeah, how can a little guy like you do all of that?" added Monty. "You don't even have wheels! You have those weird ones that Oliver and Byron have!" 

"So?" retorted Terence positively. "That doesn't stop me from doing work. I can go anywhere with my caterpillar wheels, whether it's roads or rails." 

"Oh I'll bet you could," chuckled Monty, "but too bad you don't have tires like us, then you could do lots of things, like this!" And to prove his point, Monty moved forward and started skidding around circles, laughing as he did so. 

"Ha-ha! Exactly Monty!" cheered Max, but everyone else thought they were being silly. 

"Hmph," muttered Terence. "Well if I was able to do that, I would probably get myself in trouble for being careless, especially if I was on a slippery road." 

Monty stopped spinning. "Oh, we're careless, huh?" he sniffed. "Well I think you're just jealous that you can't do things that we can." 

"Yeah, Monty's right," agreed Max. "You're just jealous that you're tiny and have those butterfly, or caterpillar wheels or whatever-they-are, and now that I think about, you can't work as hard as we do." 

"Yeah, exactly," finished Monty. "We're more useful than anyone right here." 

Before Terence could reply, Oliver stepped in. "Okay, that's enough, you two!" he huffed. "You really don't need to pick on Terence like that!" 

"Yeah, Oliver's right," agreed Jack firmly. "Plus, Alfie and I are done loading you two as well, so off you go now, and while you're on your way, how about you stop bullying others for a change?" 

Max and Monty just scoffed. "Alright we will," huffed Monty.  

"Yeah, we were only kidding," added Max as they started off. "Gosh, after all these years you still can't take a joke, can you, Jack?" And they were soon off. 

Everyone was cross with them.   

"Ruthless brutes," hissed Annie.   

"Cheeky gorillas," agreed Clarabel. "Shame on them for what they said to Terence." 

"You're right Clarabel," agreed Thomas. "Those two just never seem to learn, but we better be on our way. We still have a branchline to run." Then Thomas whistled good-bye and puffed away. "Good-bye everyone, and have a good rest of your day, and stay positive, Terence!" 

"Good-bye Thomas!" called the vehicles.  

"I will! Thank you, Thomas!" called Terence back, and with that, Thomas was gone. 

"I'm sorry about those two, Terence," apologized Oliver. "They can get very full of themselves sometimes and often insult others just to make a point." 

"Oh it's alright, really," smiled Terence soothingly. "I'm a little used to it. In fact, they kind of remind me of Thomas the first time I met him." 

"Really?" puffed Jack. "How so?"  

"Well, like Max and Monty," began Terence, "Thomas made fun of my appearance as well, particular my caterpillar wheels as a matter of fact. He thought they were useless too and claimed I wasn't as useful either, but one day, when he got stuck in the snow, he learned rather the hard way to…well, not judge a book by its cover." 

Jack and Alfie were puzzled. "Judge a book by it's cover?" exclaimed Jack. "What does that mean?" 

"Was there a book in that situation that we missed?" asked Alfie.  

"No, no," chuckled Terence. "It's an expression. It means you don’t make your mind up too soon because things aren't necessarily always what they appear to be. So in this case, it was Thomas learning to not judge me based on my appearance because I turned out to be really useful after all and I pull him out of that snowdrift, and we became good friends since." 

Jack, Alfie, and Oliver were fascinated. "Wow," puffed Jack. "That's a really good story, Terence. I never heard of that before or that expression either. I like them both." 

"Me too," agreed Alfie. "Especially that expression." 

Terence chuckled. "Well I'm glad to hear it," he puffed. "It's one that everyone should follow, in my opinion." 

"Well, almost everyone," said Oliver. "It would be nice if Max and Monty would go by that rule too." 

"Well, who knows Oliver," chuffed Terence. "They might wind up in the same situation as Thomas and might learn it the hard way as well." 

"Huh-huh," chuckled Oliver. "Well knowing Max and Monty, I could almost guarantee that will happen."

Jack and Alfie chuckled and agreed too. Just then Ms. Jenny came over. 

"Hello you three," she said to Jack, Alfie, and Oliver. "We're almost done for the day. We just need to do a few more finishing touches, but for you three, you can go back to the yard now. You all are done for the day. The other machines can take can of the rest."

"Yes, Ms. Jenny," replied the vehicles.  

"Oh, and you best be getting back soon," added Ms. Jenny. "I heard it's suppose to start getting much colder tonight, so the sooner you get back to the yard, the better." 

"Yes, of course, Ms. Jenny," replied the vehicles. "We'll see you back there!" And then Ms. Jenny left. 

"Well, Terence," said Jack, "it's was really great to meet you today. We hope we can see you again soon." 

"And once again, we're sorry for Max and Monty," added Alfie.  

"Awe, it's alright, Alfie," smiled Terence. "They really didn't bother me too much. Also, it was a pleasure to meet you all as well. Hopefully I can see you again someday, but for right now, I agree with your manager: you all best be getting back home soon so you can stay warm." 

"Yes indeed," agreed Oliver shivering a little bit. "We will, Terence. Good-bye now!" 

"Good-bye!" called Jack and Alfie.  

"Good-bye everyone!" called Terence, and with that, he turned around to head back to his field while Jack and Alfie were preparing to be loaded onto Nelson's low-loader and Oliver began making his way back to the yard. 

"Terence is a good guy, isn't he Alfie?" asked Jack.

"Yes, he certainly is," agreed Alfie. "Anyone would be lucky to be his friend." Jack could only agree, and they began talking about Terence as Nelson drove them back to yard. 

By the end of the day, the work on the rescue shelter was completed, and just in time too, for late that night, the weather started to change. The temperature grew much colder and it started to snow. It snowed, and it snowed…and it snowed. It snowed throughout the whole night and everywhere you looked, you could see nothing but whiteness.  Everyone who noticed this during the night wondered if it would ever end.

Then by morning, the snow had finally stopped, but the island was covered in a thick white blanket of snow. There was not a sound to be heard. Everyone thought this was delighted, but at the same time, it grew so cold and there was so much snow they didn't even want to go outside. However, the engines and vehicles knew they still had to carry out their jobs, so reluctantly, they got prepared to brave the snow. 

At the Sodor Construction Company Yard, the machines looked at all the snow and didn't like the look of it. All except Jack and Alfie.

"Wow!" exclaimed Jack. "Look at all that snow! I've never seen so much." 

"Me too," agreed Alfie. "It looks fun enough to play in."   

"Hmph," grunted Isobella. "Well if you two are going to do that, do it away from me. I'd like to keep my paint clean, thank you very much, and I don't need snow to ruin it this early in the morning."

"Oh come on, Isobella," chuffed Jack. "Snow is meant to be fun. I'm sure you'd enjoy it if you tried it."  

Before Isobella could answer, Max and Monty started laughing.

"Ha! If you tried playing in this snow, Jack," said Monty, "you would probably be spinning like a little merry-go-round on the ice." 

"Yeah, Monty's right," agreed Max. "You and Alfie would look hilarious. Two little twinkle-toes on ice! Ha! I can just see that happening!" And he and Monty laughed again.

"Well that's why you two are going to make sure that doesn't happen," came a voice. Everyone looked and saw Ms. Jenny coming over. 

Max and Monty stopped laughing. "Huh?" they asked in unison. 

"You two will be clearing the roads today," said Ms. Jenny. "Last night's weather was so bad, that the roads are piled high with snow and are frozen with ice. I need two strong trucks like you to clear away the snow and lay down salt on the roads so everything can run smoothly."

Max and Monty groaned. "Aw, but Ms. Jenny, we hate doing that," complained Max. 

"It'll take us forever to clear the roads, especially if we have to constantly stop to lay down salt," added Monty. 

"I don't want to hear it," objected Ms. Jenny. "I picked you two for this job because you are strong and can clear away snow faster than most vehicles. Now Percy will be bringing in the salt shortly, so you both better get your snowploughs fitted so when he arrives, you can be loaded up and on your way immediately." 

Max and Monty groaned again. "Yes, Ms. Jenny," they replied. 

"Good," said Ms. Jenny, "and I'm counting on you two as well, so no fooling around on the road and please be safe." Then she wished them good luck and walked away. 

Max and Monty grumbled, but Jack and Alfie laughed. 

"Well," puffed Jack cheekily. "At least we won't have to do that today, right Alfie?" 

"Right, Jack," replied Alfie. "We would have a much better time than laying down salt and ploughing snow all day. It just sounds boring and unexciting. Perfect job for a couple of dump trucks." And they chuckled at the two dump trucks as they just glared and scowled.

Soon, Percy arrived at the yard with the salt. Max and Monty's snowploughs had just been fitted on them and they went over to get loaded with salt.  

"Here you go, Max and Monty," chuffed Percy. "Plenty of salt ready and waiting for you." 

"Yeah, yeah, that's great Percy," muttered Monty. "Thanks a lot." 

"Yeah, thanks a billion," added Max sarcastically. "We can't wait to get started." 

Percy could tell they were not happy. "Oh, I take you two don't want to do this?" he asked smiling. 

"Nope," replied the trucks.  

"Well, look at the bright side," chuffed Percy. "The sooner you get started, the sooner this will be over, especially if you two work together, but you better be careful though. I've heard from some vehicles that the roads are very icy and a little dangerous. You two should probably take your time with the salt, or else you might wind up in trouble." 

"Yeah we know," huffed Max.

"We'll be careful," added Monty. "We know how to handle snow and ice." 

Percy just grinned. "Well, if you're sure, then okay," he puffed.  

Soon, Max and Monty's dumpers were loaded with salt, and once the foreman and some workmen climbed into their cabs, they set off, still feeling grumpy. 

Percy and Oliver watched them leave. "Do you think anything is going to happen to them, Oliver?" asked Percy. 

Oliver sighed. "Well, who knows, Percy. It's Max and Monty, you never know what's going to happen. I just hope they'll be careful and not do anything that could get them in trouble." 

"Me too," puffed Percy, though the two of them had this feeling that something was going to happen. 

Max and Monty were soon out on the road and ploughing the snow away. It was difficult work because the drifts were high and thick, but they charged at them as hard as they could and were on their way again. They stopped several times as well so that the workmen could lay down the salt on the roads. The twins found this very dull indeed. 

"Hurry up! Hurry up!" huffed Monty. "We don't have all day!"

"We need to make sure that the roads are safe to run on," replied the workmen. "If there isn't enough salt, then vehicles will run right off the road." 

"So?" huffed Max. "That'll be their fault for not being careful. We know better, so we should keep moving."

The workmen just rolled their eyes and continued laying down the salt carefully and efficiently, making both Max and Monty very impatient and cross. 

The day seemed like it would never end for the two dump trucks. Several times along the way, they stopped for a while and moved, then stopped and moved, and so on. Clearing the snow was a very challenging job for them, and they were getting more and more fed up.

"Aw, how much more snow can there be?" grumbled Max. "We cleared almost the whole island by now!"

"It's only been half, Max!" huffed Monty.

"Oh well gee, that makes everything better," huffed Max sarcastically.

"Oh calm down you two," huffed the foreman. "We don't have that much more. Other vehicles have been clearing the roads too, you know, and we only have a little bit left, then you both can go back to the yard and rest for a while."

Max and Monty were pleased with this. "Really sir?" they asked.

"Really," replied the foreman, "but only if you can work together and get this job done."

"Yes sir!" replied the trucks, and they began working harder to finish their job.

They were working well clearing the drifts, but they didn't take their time to stop and let the workmen spread the salt on the roads. The foreman and the workmen were a little anxious.

Soon, after a while, Max and Monty were finally finished with their job and felt pleased with themselves.

"We're done!" cheered Max.

"Yeah, and finally too," added Monty. "I've never plowed so much snow in my life. I need a rest."

"Me too," agreed Max. "Can we go back to the yard now, sir?" he asked the foreman.

The foreman thought for a moment. "Well, we did manage to clear away what we had to and we covered most of the roads, so…yes we can go home."

"Hooray!" cheered Max and Monty.

Just then, they heard a horn and looked to see Bertie the bus coming up behind them. Then they saw Ms. Jenny was onboard.

"Hello everyone," she said. "I see you all did an excellent job clearing the roads."

"Thank you, Ms. Jenny," replied Max and Monty. "It was no trouble at all."

"Well, I'm pleased to hear that," said Ms. Jenny, "but right now I'll need the foreman and the workmen. Apparently, Sir Topham Hatt's car got stuck in the snow and he needs help to dig it out. Since your workmen are the closest to them Max and Monty, Bertie and I will be taking them there. This won't take too long and shouldn't be that difficult, so we won't be needing you two and you can go back to the yard in the meantime."

"Right, Ms. Jenny," replied Max.

"Yep, we got it," added Monty.

The workmen soon made their way into Bertie, and Max and Monty prepared to leave.

"Good-bye, everyone!" called Max.

"You all take care!" added Monty, as the two of them rushed off.

"Good-bye, you two!" called Ms. Jenny. "Make sure you get back safely!"

"But be careful too," called the foreman. "The roads may still be icy even if we covered them." But Max and Monty weren't listening. They were too eager to get back to the yard as soon as possible.

On their way back, the two dump trucks were beginning to get a little bored. The trip back to the yard felt like it would never end.

"Are we there yet?" moaned Max.

"Not yet," grumbled Monty.

"Are we there yet?" asked Max again after a few minutes.

"Not yet!" replied Monty again.

Another few minutes past and then…"Are we there yet?"

"No!!!" shouted Monty.

"Ah, this is taking forever," groaned Max. "I wish we were back already. Can't we speed it up a bit?"

Then Monty got an idea. "We could," he said slyly, "or since Ms. Jenny and the foreman aren't here, we could have some fun instead."

Max paused, then a grin appeared on his face. "Ah-ha, that's true! What did you have in mind?"

"Well," said Monty, "we could try and see who can go the longest while skidding around in circles."

"Ha! You're on," replied Max, "but uh, should we really be doing  that while the roads are, you know…icy?"

"Yeah that's true," said Monty slowly, "but we and the workmen also laid down all that salt, so that means the roads aren't as icy as before. Therefore, we can go spinning."

"Oh yeah, you're right!" agreed Max. "Ha, ha! Aren't we clever. Well, what are you waiting for? Let's see how well you can spin."

"Alright, here it goes," said Monty, and then he started skidding and spinning around in circles. He was having a great time.

"Ha, ha, ha, ha!" he chuckled. "Nothing to it! Let's see what you got, Max!"

"Alright, here I go," said Max, and he started doing the same thing.

"Wheeee!" he called. "This is even more fun on ice! We should really do this more often!"

"Yeah I know," agreed Monty, "but how about we try something else now?"

"Like what?" asked Max.

"Let's see who can sway from side-to-side on the ice without running off the road?" asked Monty. "That ought to be a challenge for you!"

"Ha! Look who's talking," retorted Max. "You'll be sliding off by the second sway!"

"Huh, care to find out?" challenged Monty.

"You're on!" replied Max, and then the two dump trucks set off, sliding from side-to-side on the road.

"Ha, ha!" said Monty. "I'm still on the road!"

"So am I!" retorted Max.

"Well how about we make it a bit more interesting?" said Monty. "Like going faster?"

"Let's do it!" chuckled Max, and then they began speeding up a bit, continuing to sway from side-to-side, though they were starting to lose track of where they were going.

Meanwhile, Thomas clearing the tracks on his branchline with Annie and Clarabel. He was feeling exhausted.

"Bust my buffers," he puffed. "I've never ploughed so much snow before. This is too much work for me."

"You're doing fine, Thomas," soothed Annie.

"Yes, indeed," agreed Clarabel. "Keep on puffing, and this will all be over and you can have a rest afterwards."

Thomas felt better. "Thank you, you two," he said. "That certainly made my day better."

Just then they all heard the sounds of screeching and laughing, and they looked over to see Max and Monty still playing their silly game and sliding back and forth on the roads, clearly not paying attention to what they were doing. They whizzed by and disappeared.

"What on earth were those buffoons doing?" cried Annie.

"I don't know," said Clarabel, "but whatever it was, it was certainly dangerous and careless."

"I agree," said Thomas. "I just hope they know what they're doing and don't get into trouble." Annie and Clarabel secretly had their doubts.

But meanwhile, Max and Monty were having the time of their life.

"This is so much fun!" yelled Max. "I've never felt so happy in my life!"

"Me too!" agreed Monty. "And we haven't gotten into any trouble yet!" But he spoke too soon, for the next thing he knew, he found himself sliding, but out of control.

"Whoa!" he exclaimed.

"Hey, are you okay, Monty?" asked Max.

"Yeah, I'm fine," replied Monty, "but I can't get a grip! I can't stop!"

"Oh," puffed Max. "Well let me try." And he did, but he found he couldn't grip the roads either. "Whoa! I'm sliding too! I can't stop either!"

Then Monty thought. "Did we lay down salt here earlier?"

Max thought too. "Uh-oh, I don't think we did! I don't see any on the roads! Let's try and stop so we can!"

"Good idea," said Monty, but as they tried too, all they did was skid and slide, then they started twisting around in circles. They were feeling very nervous now.

"Help!!!" they cried. "We can't stop! We can't stop!" But no one was around to hear.

Then when he was finally able to go straight again, Monty looked and saw there was a sharp curb up ahead.

"Oh no!!" he cried, and he applied his brakes as hard as he could. He skidded along the road, but thankfully managed to stop just in time.

"Phew," he sighed. "That was a close call." But then…"OW! MAX!!!" Max suddenly bashed into him and sent the two of them running off the road and plummeting down the hillside. They didn't stop until they came to a crashing end at the bottom of the hill.

Luckily, no one was hurt, but Max and Monty were off the road, covered in snow, and furious with each other.

"You clumsy ox!" shouted Monty. "What was that for?!"

"Hey you're the one who stopped too quickly!" hissed Max. "You didn't give me enough time to stop."

"I couldn't because I would've run right off the road," barked Monty, "and now, thanks to you, we're stuck in this freezing cold snow!"

"Now wait a minute," began Max. "You suggested that we go swaying and all of that, so if you hadn't suggested it, we wouldn't be in this mess."

Monty snorted. "You agreed to do that!" he hissed. "So it's your fault too!"

"Is not!" "Is too!" "Is not!" "Is too!"

Just then they heard a horn and looked over to see Bertie returning with Ms. Jenny, the foreman, and the workmen.

"Max? Monty?" exclaimed Ms. Jenny. "What on earth happened? Why are you two here and not back at the yard?"

"It's Max's fault, Ms. Jenny," Monty accused. "He bumped into me and caused us to crash."

"My fault?!" exclaimed Max. "You're the one who didn't give me enough time to stop and caused me to bump into you!"

"Did not!" "Did too!" "Did not!" "Did too!"

Ms. Jenny and the foreman were cross. "Oooooh, you two were fooling around again, weren't you?" she thundered.

The twins paused and looked at each other, then they were upset. "Yes, we were, Ms. Jenny," Max replied meekly.

"Oooh, I might have known," grumbled Ms. Jenny. "I knew I should have had someone looking after you two until you got back."

"Well, we shouldn't worry about that now," soothed the foreman. "Right now, we need someone to get them back on the road, since the workmen can't do it on their own."

Ms. Jenny sighed. "Huh, you're right, sir," she said. "I guess I'll send for help when we get back to the yard. Meanwhile," she added sternly, turning to the trucks, "as you two sit there waiting, I want you to think long and hard about what you have done and how you're going to improve it next time. Understand?"

"Yes Ms. Jenny," replied the dump trucks meekly.

"Good," said Ms. Jenny. "Now let's get going. We have a lot to do." And with that, Bertie took her, the foreman, and the workmen back to the yard.

After they left, Max and Monty felt bad. "Gee, she was really mad, wasn't she?" puffed Max.

"Yeah," said Monty. "Now I'm beginning to wish we never tried those games."

"Me too," agreed Max. "I also wish we hadn't crashed too because now I'm cold."

"M-m-me too," shivered Monty. "I hope Ms. Jenny sends someone soon."

They waited and waited, but no help came at all. The twins were beginning to worry.

"Y-y-y-you don't think s-she for-g-got u-us, do you?" asked Monty.

"I hope n-not," replied Max. "I k-know we were tr-troublesome, but s-s-she should still send someone."

Just then they heard a strange motor sound. They looked all around, and then to their surprise, there was Terence coming up the road with a snowplough.

"Oh dear," groaned Max. "I hope he doesn't see us."

But Terence did. "Well, well, well," he puffed. "Would you look at that. Having fun in the snow, are you?"

Max and Monty were embarrassed. "He, he, hey there, uh…Terence," said Monty meekly. "Nice to see you again."

"I could say the same thing," replied Terence cheekily, "only if you two weren't in such a mess. May I ask what happened?"

"Huh, well it's a long story," said Monty.

"But right now," cut in Max, "we're waiting for help to get us out and back on the road."

"Well, that is, if any help comes at all," added Monty. "We've been waiting for a while and no one has come yet. We're beginning to worry our manager forgot us."

Terence paused for a moment. "Well, I'm sure she hasn't done that," he soothed, "but if you two have been stuck there for a while, I could try and get you back on the road."

Max and Monty were not sure. "Um, no offense there, little guy," said Max, "but I don't think you can get us back on the road. We're kind of big and heavy for you."

Terence chuckled. "Well, I may not be able to pull both of you, but I can certainly do one of you at a time."

"Ha, ha, very funny," said Monty uncertainly, "but I think we'll wait for someone bigger and stronger."

But Terence just rolled his eyes. "I've managed to pull a tank engine out of a snowdrift before, you know."

Max and Monty stared. "You have?" they asked.

"Indeed," replied Terence, "and I'm sure you two are just as big as one too. So if I can handle a tank engine, I certainly handle a dump truck or two as well."

Max and Monty paused and looked at each other, then back at Terence. "Well, since it seems like no other help is coming, I guess you could try," conceded Max.

Terence chuckled. "That's what I thought," he smiled. "Don't you two worry. I'll have you out of that snow and back on the road in no time."

Terence was soon hard at work, ploughing a pathway for the dump trucks and preparing to pull them back onto the road. Max and Monty were watching, and although they didn't say it out loud, they were slightly impressed with how well Terence could move and plough the snow.

After a little while, Terence had managed to plough a pathway and was hooked up to Max.

"Alright, Max," chuffed Terence. "Are you ready?"

"Yeah, I am," replied Max. "As ready as I'll ever be." But he said that to himself.

"Alright then," puffed Terence. "Here…we…go!!!" And he tugged at Max as hard as he could. He slipped and stalled a few times and it seemed like Max would never move, but after a few more tries, Terence finally managed to pull him out of the snow and back onto the road, safe and sound. The twins were most surprised.

"Wow!" exclaimed Max. "I can't believe it! You actually managed to help me!"

"Well, of course I did," chuckled Terence. "I told you I could, didn't I?"

"Uhhhh, yeah you did," said Max, who felt a little foolish about what he said earlier.

Terence just smiled. "Well Monty, I guess it's your turn. Are you ready?"

Monty was still surprised about what he saw, but then he snapped out of it. "Huh? Oh yeah, right! Yeah I'm ready," he replied, then Terence headed over to help.

Meanwhile, Ms. Jenny had finally found help for Max and Monty and Kelly the Crane and Butch were on their way.

"So what kind of trouble do you think they got into today?" Butch asked Kelly.

"Ah, I'm not sure," puffed Kelly. "You never know what kind of trouble those two can get in sometimes. I just hope it's not too serious and we can rescue them easily."

"I think that depends on how cooperative Max and Monty are," chuckled Butch.

Even Kelly had to laugh at this. "That's true too, Butch," he chuckled. "They can make a rescue operation a little difficult sometimes."

Soon Butch and Kelly were approaching the area, but as they turned a corner they were surprised. There in front of them were Max and Monty back on the road, looking fine and healthy.

"Huh?" exclaimed Butch.

"What's this?" asked Kelly. "We thought you too were stuck?"

"Oh we were," replied Max, "but this little guy right here single-handedly got us out of the snow and back on the road." And he looked at Terence and smiled.

"And without any trouble too," added Monty.

Terence beamed. Kelly and Butch were speechless. They didn't know what to say.

"Um, well, uh…that's great to hear," said Kelly, "but what are we supposed to do now? We were sent to rescue you two."

"Well, you're kind of late to do that now," chuffed Monty. "What took you so long anyway?"

"Well, we were helping Sir Topham Hatt to get his car out of a ditch this time," explained Butch, "and it took longer than expected."

"But once we were finished," added Kelly, "Ms. Jenny sent us to help you two, though it looks like you don't need it anymore."

"Nope, not right now," puffed Max. "Maybe next time, though."

"That's true," said Butch. "Well, since we don't have anything else to do, should we go back to the yard?"

"I guess so," chuffed Kelly. "Are you two coming along?" he asked Max and Monty.

"Eh, we will," said Monty, "but we want to talk to our new friend here for a moment."

"Alright, suit yourself," conceded Kelly. "We'll see you all later. Good-bye now!"

"See ya!" called Max and Monty.

"Good-bye!" said Terence, and then Butch and Kelly drove away.

After they left, Max and Monty spoke to Terence.

"Hey uh, Terence," said Monty. "About what we said yesterday..."

"We're sorry for making fun of you," apologized Max.

"Yeah," said Monty. "We feel bad for calling you small and making fun of your wheels. We didn't know you were so capable of doing many things."

Terence smiled. "That's alright you two," he soothed. "Everyone makes mistakes, and sometimes are too quick to judge someone based on their appearance. It's like what I told Jack, Alfie, and Oliver: don't judge a book by it's cover."

Max and Monty were puzzled. "Don’t judge a book by it's cover?" said Max.

"What does a book have to do with this?" asked Monty. "There wasn't one in this case, was there? Because even if there was, Max wouldn't be able to read the cover."

"Hey!" hissed Max.

"No, no, no," chuckled Terence hastily, before an argument started. "It's just an expression. I'll tell you what it means." And then Terence explained everything to them.

Afterwards, Max and Monty were impressed.

"Hey you know what?" chuffed Max. "I like that expression."

"Yeah, me too," agreed Monty. "I never thought of that before, but you're right Terence. We shouldn't make our minds up too soon about other people, or in this case, other vehicles."

"Yep, that's right," chuffed Terence, "and now that you know that, do you two promise that you won't judge someone again?"

Max and Monty looked at each other, and agreed. "Yes sir, we promise," they said proudly.

"Excellent, I'm pleased to hear that," said Terence. "Oh, and also, and I'm sure your manager is going to say this as well: do you also promise to do your jobs carefully and efficiently in the future."

Max and Monty couldn’t help but give a guilty smile. "Well, we can't guarantee on that," smiled Monty.

"But we can certainly give it a try," added Max.

Even Terence had to laugh. "Alright, I'll take it," he smiled. "Now I think we all better get home. It's been a busy day for all of us and I think we all need a little rest."

"Yeah, that's the truth," agreed Max.

"Well, in that case, see ya later, Terence," said Monty, "and thanks for helping us today!"

"You're very welcome you two!" said Terence. "You both have a safe trip home now, you hear?"

"Yep we heard!" called Max and Monty. "Good-bye Terence!" And then Max and Monty headed back to their yard.

As they drove along, Terence could hear them talking.

"You know what, Monty?" said Max. "I kind of want those wormy or caterpillar wheels Terence has."

"What really? You do?" asked Monty.

"Yeah, why not?" chuffed Max. "You can go anywhere with them and you could spin around in place without going anywhere."

"Huh, with you Max, I could see you doing that everyday," huffed Monty.

"Exactly!" said Max. "It would be the most fun ever!"

Terence couldn't help but laugh at the sound of this. "Silly trucks," he muttered to himself, then he headed back home too.

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Trivia

  • Several references to the first season television series episode, Thomas, Terence and the Snow, are made in this episode. A reference to the sixth season television series episode, Jack Jumps In, and the television series special, Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure, is made as well.
    • Some elements of this story are similar to Thomas, Terence and the Snow as well.
  • When Terence is explaining the expression to Jack and Alfie, he quotes the lyrics to the television series song, Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover, which coincidentally is based on his theme tune.
  • This episode marks the only events of a few things in this season of The Many Adventures on the Island of Sodor:
    • The Pack's only appearance.
    • Butch's only speaking role.
    • The only winter-themed episode.

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