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"See? You can't get rid of a jinx that easily, Ten Cents."

Jinxed is the tenth episode of TUGS.


One night out at sea, Ten Cents and Sunshine find a mysterious tug named Boomer. He isn’t moving as he has apparently broken down. He declines their offer of help, explaining that he is a “jinx” and wants nothing to do with anyone because he will bring them bad luck. The tug explains that his original name was "Captain Harry", and that the supposed jinx began when a new owner painted over his original name and renamed him Boomer.

Events tend to confirm the story of a jinx. First Ten Cents' towrope, which he attaches to Boomer, falls into the sea. Then, when the tugs bring Boomer to Captain Star and he is restocked and restarted, his engine blows. Captain Star orders Ten Cents and Sunshine to pull Boomer clear. As soon as he is clear, his engine strangely stops smoking. After this, Captain Star's megaphone falls out of the window. Captain Star obviously realises that Boomer may be a jinx, as this has never happened before; he tells the tugs to take Boomer to Lucky's Yard.

On the way there, Boomer suddenly starts taking on water. He is quite happy as he sinks lower and lower - he has always wanted to sink, because he won't jinx anyone. But he comes to rest on a sunken garbage barge. Ten Cents fetches a rescue crane, Mighty Mo, who tries to lift Boomer, but just as he lifts him out of the water, his crane hawser jams and he is unable to lift him up any further.

They manage to get to Lucky's Yard, but suddenly all the lights go out, and the tugs, along with Mighty Mo and Little Ditcher are damaged when they get crammed together. A few days later, Boomer is finally repaired, and begins working with the Z-Stacks on the munitions contract. As he passes Zip, Zug and Boomer, who are hauling a barge of explosives, Ten Cents toots good luck to Boomer on his hooter and the explosives immediately detonate. Captain Zero instantly gets rid of Boomer. Captain Star decides to give him another try, using him only on very simple jobs, where nothing can go wrong - or so he thinks.

As Ten Cents also hooted as Boomer was being lifted out of the water by Mighty Mo, Sunshine theorizes that Ten Cents' hooter may somehow be causing the jinx. Ten Cents, however, thinks this is nonsense. In an attempt to prove he is right, Sunshine organizes a test - he finds Boomer with a marker buoy, and tells Ten Cents to sound his hooter. Ten Cents does so, and nothing happens until the marker buoy sinks, much to everyone's surprise.

The following morning, Captain Star gives Boomer the simple task of towing a schooner out to sea, believing nothing can possibly go wrong. Ten Cents and Sunshine escort Boomer to the schooner without any mishaps, and Boomer starts off successfully. (Ten Cents is careful not to sound his hooter.) But later, Ten Cents and Sunshine see Boomer and the burnt-out schooner being towed in by the Fire Chief, who thought that Boomer went too fast and a spark from his stack caused the schooner to burn up, but Boomer says he was struck by lightning -- though the weather has been fair.

Captain Star's patience finally runs out. He has Sunshine take Boomer sent to Lucky’s Yard with strict instructions that he is "never to be used as a tug ever again, no matter what.”

Some weeks later, Ten Cents and Sunshine are surprised by Captain Star’s order to fetch Boomer and take him Up River. Ten Cents tells Sunshine how “there’s a ship's graveyard there, full of rusting hulks.” They fear the worst for Boomer, but when they see him, they find he has been decorated from a tugboat into a houseboat. The pair escort Boomer to his new mooring ("Dun Tugging"), where he is very happy. Boomer thanks them both and apologizes for getting them into trouble. Ten Cents tells Boomer he hopes the jinx left him. Boomer tells him it's what the jinx could do to others that worried him the most. As Ten Cents whistles goodbye, a tree falls over, which would seem to have been caused by the jinx. But Boomer assures them the jinx is gone; if it was still there, he reasons, the tree would have collapsed on him, or one of them.

The two switchers then say goodbye to Boomer, and go back to work. Boomer is once again happy; now he can rest during the summer and the trees can keep him shade. He is very happy there, because the jinx has been lifted.



  • This is the first appearance of Boomer and his only speaking role.
  • This episode marks Zak and Mighty Mo's last speaking roles.
  • This episode marks the final appearance of Izzy Gomez.
  • Aside from narration, this is the only time Captain Star speaks without his megaphone.
  • According to Jeremy King, the wreck buoy was purposely painted with a hungover look in his eyes.
  • In the photo book adaption "The Unlucky Tug", there is a deleted scene of the morning after the wreck at Lucky's Yard.
  • Stock footage from Sunshine and Ghosts are used.
  • The shot of Boomer and the schooner against the orange sky is used in the show's closing credits.
  • Pre-filmed footage from Quarantine, Ghosts, Up River and Munitions is used.
  • There is a deleted scene showing Big Mac and Warrior present with the floating cranes, as Boomer is being rescued from sinking. This can be found in a Castle Vision VHS advertisement and in the photo book.
  • Zak is the only Z-Stack who speaks in this episode.
  • This was the second episode filmed.


  • The description for this episode in TV Times has Sunshine misnamed Samantha.
  • When Ten Cents says "Look, we can't," he is smiling.
  • When the Fultan Ferry passes the Star Dock, it has Top Hat's whistle sound.
  • When Sunshine prepares to take Boomer to Lucky's Yard with Ten Cents, his bow ropes are moving whilst he is pulling the barge.
  • In the close up of Boomer's stern when he tries his engine, it's really Top Hat's stern.
  • When Boomer is at Lucky's Yard as a houseboat, he still has his front bumper but when he is at his new dock, his front bumper is gone.
  • When Boomer explains about the tree falling down, the scene shows him back at Lucky's Yard.

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