|James Learns a Lesson|
Original UK title card
|No. of season:||1|
|No. of epsiode:||8|
|No. of series:||8|
|Producer:|| David Mitton|
Robert D. Cardona
|Writer:|| Reverend W. Awdry (original)|
David Mitton (adapted)
|Narrator:||George Carlin (US)|
|Original air date:|| 30 October 1984 (US)|
22 May 1990 (JAP)
2 March 1998 (GER)
4 January 2002 (HUN)
|Previous:||Thomas Saves the Day|
|Next:||The Foolish Freight Cars|
James Learns a Lesson is the eighth episode of the first season of the series. James has a series of misfortunes with top hats and coaches.
James is settling into his new life nicely; Sir Topham Hatt tells James that he is a mixed-traffic engine, so he can take coaches or freight cars easily but must learn from his mistakes. James, who had a nasty accident with freight cars on his first day, knows exactly what he means by that.
James' first job of the day is to double-head a train of coaches with Edward, who warns him that the coaches do not like being bumped. People have arrived on the platform to admire James, who quickly gets full of himself and lets off steam without warning causing a shower of water to fall on Sir Topham Hatt's brand new top hat. It was time for the train to leave and James tries to get out as fast as he can which angers Edward and the coaches. This causes trouble at the first station, when James causes two of the coaches to run beyond the platform forcing the train to reverse to let the passengers out. However, it seems that no one knows what happened with Sir Topham Hatt, much to James' relief.
Next James and Edward stop at the station on Thomas' new branch line, where the tank engine greets James before leaving. The train then passes the field where James had crashed. Finally, the journey ends and after unloading the passengers James and Edward head for home, with James still wondering what Sir Topham Hatt will have to say about his top hat.
The next morning, Sir Topham Hatt visits James in the shed and severely warns him that if anything else goes wrong, then James will be punished by being painted blue; James doesn't want that to happen. However, rather than calming down, James gets very angry and later bumps his coaches while bringing them to the station, grumbling that he shouldn't have to fetch them himself. To make matters worse, none of the passengers dare go near James, which makes him even crosser.
James pulls the coaches very roughly while trying to go as fast as Gordon; eventually, the coaches force James to stop. His driver explains that James' rough treatment has caused a leak in the coaches' pipes. The crew inspects the damage and the guard's only recommendation is to plug the leak with newspaper and a leather bootlace. However, none of the crew have a leather bootlace on them. They ask the passengers and the conductor finds a man with a leather bootlace, who initially refuses to give it up. The guard explains that without the bootlace, the train can't continue. The other passengers get very angry, both at the man and at the railway. Under pressure, the man finally hands over the bootlace and the damage is temporarily repaired allowing James to finish the journey. James proceeds on his way with the coaches, knowing that he is going to be in a lot of trouble with Sir Topham Hatt and decides never to bump coaches again.
- Thomas (Voiced by Ben Small)
- Edward (Voiced by Keith Wickham)
- James (Voiced by Keith Wickham)
- Sir Topham Hatt (Voiced by Keith Wickham with an English Yorkshire accent)
- Jeremiah Jobling (Voiced by Bob Saker)
- Annie and Clarabel (Voiced by Anna Bentinck and Morweena Banks)
- Stephen Hatt (cameo)
- Gordon (mentioned)
- Tidmouth Sheds
- The Bus Yard
- The Cow Field
- Gordon's Hill
- Henry's Tunnel
- This episode is based on the stories James and the Top-Hat and James and the Bootlace from the Railway Series book, James the Red Engine.
- A flashback of stock footage from Thomas Saves the Day is used.
- A train passing Edward and James, when they are in front of Sir Topham Hatt, has a freight car with "NE" painted on the side.
- The 2 coaches at the end of James' train are Annie and Clarabel (in that order).
- After the narrator says "James was still wondering what will Sir Topham Hatt would have to say about his new top hat," James uses his whistle sound, which is actually the same audio of Thomas whistling in Trouble for Thomas, when Sir Topham Hatt asks Thomas what he is doing, however, the 1st note of James' whistle is cut off slightly.
- It is mentioned that the events of the previous episode happened on James' first day. However, James had appeared in every single episode leading up to the airing of the aforementioned episode. This is an artifact of the original story, in which James' accident was indeed his first appearance.
- Clarabel is facing the wrong way when Thomas leaves the junction.
- When James is getting his branch line coaches ready, the brake coach is in the middle of the train.
- A member of James' crew is blond at the beginning, but when his crew wonder how to fix the leak all 3 have dark hair.
- When the train passes James and Edward, a brake van is in the middle.
- When James and Edward overrun the platform, they are at Dryaw, which is on Thomas' Branch Line.
- When James and Edward pass by the field where James crashed, the narrator says that the fence was mended, but there never was a fence.
- In the original version, when James bumps the coaches at Knapford on the second day, the bumping sound is out of sync.
- James and Edward are seen coming down Gordon's Hill, however they are also seen travelling between Dryaw and Elsbridge, while Gordon's hill is between Wellsworth and Maron, and there are no lines connecting the 2 routes together.
- Magazine Stories – James and the Coaches
- My Thomas Story Library – James (discontinued)
- Engine Adventures – James (discontinued)
In Other LanguagesEdit
|German||James und die Personenwagen||James and the Cars|
|Croatian||Jurica i putnik Kola||James and the Passenger Wagons|
|Finnish||Jaska ja Matkustajavaunut||James and the Passenger Coaches|
|Danish||James og passagervogne||James and the Passenger Coaches|
|Dutch||James en de personenwagons||James and the Passenger Coaches|
|Italian||Sbagliando s'impara||You Will Learn From Mistakes|
|Spanish||James Aprende Una Lección / Thomas y los vagones||James Learns a Lesson / James and the Wagons|
|Norwegian||James og passasjervognene||James and the Passenger Coaches|
|Brazilian Portuguese||O Conserto||The Fix|
|French||James et les wagons||James and the Wagons|
|Hebrew||ג'יימס והקרונות||James and the Wagons|
|Welsh||James a'r Cerbydau||James and the Vehicles|
|Slovenian||Jakob in potniški vagoni||James and the Coaches|
|Polish||Kuba i Wagony||James and the Wagons|
|Chinese||詹姆士和车厢||James and the Cars|
|Korean||제임스의 실수||James' Mistake|
|Hungarian||James és a Vagonok||James and the Wagons|
|Swedish||James och Personvagnarna||James and the Passenger Carriages|
|Romanian||James şi Vagoanele||James and the Wagons|
|Slovak||James a vagóny||James and the Wagons|
|Russian||На ошибках учатся||Learn from the Mistakes|
|Czech||James a vagóny||James and the Wagons|
|Serbian||James i vagoni||James and the Wagons|
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