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"Dangerous and can't be counted on!"
— The Dispatcher yelling at Theodore
The Cold Snap

Robert D. Cardona


Andrew Cochran


Kathy MacLellan


The Harbour Master
(Denny Doherty)

Per Frisch
(Norwegian Dub)

Povl Dissing
(Danish Dub)

Stefan Ekman
(Swedish Dub)

Jari Silvennoinen
(Finnish Dub)

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Hank and the Hug

The Cold Snap is the eighth episode of the second season.


The Dispatcher has a terrible cold which makes it hard for him to hear. When Petra, the pilot boat radios in a report that the tugs new tow ropes are dangerous and unreliable, he mistakenly thinks Petra is talking about Theodore. The Dispatcher grounds the confused tug, forbidding him to leave the dock. When Petra demands help with Margaret the container ship in trouble, Theodore has a tough decision to make. Should he obey The Dispatcher and stay put or follow Petra's orders? He opts to help the pilot boat. When he returns from the assignment he expects The Dispatcher to be angry. But Petra has cleared up the original misunderstanding and The Dispatcher apologizes. Theodore learns to accept that sometimes even The Dispatcher can make a mistake.



  • In the first scene of the episode, Petra has Pearl's whistle sound.
  • At the end of the episode, the tugboats are floating with their broken red ropes dangling from their sides. In real life, this would be very dangerous as they could get tangled in their propellers.
  • When Theodore and Hank meet Petra and Freda at the Harbour entrance, Freda already has Theodore's red rope tied to her bow.
  • The red ropes on the tugs' decks frequently appear and disappear throughout the episode.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Norwegian Theodor Tar Jobben Theodore Takes The Job
Finnish Kylmä Aalto The Cold Snap
Danish Theodor Tar Slæbet Theodore Takes the Tow Rope
Swedish Köld-Knäppen The Cold Snap

Home Video Release



Theodore Tugboat-The Cold Snap-1

English Dub


Taubåten Theodor- S02E10 - "Theodor tar jobben"

Norwegian Dub


Teodor Pikku Hinaaja • Kylmä Aalto

Finnish Dub


Slæbebåden Theodor - Theodor Tar Slæbet

Danish Dub


Bosse Bogserbåt - Köld-knäppen

Swedish Dub