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“Are you ok, Paxton? Do you need a little push?"
"It's not me. It's Thomas."
"It's not me. It's Philip."
"It's not me. It's James. So you need to say sorry! Please.”
―Rebecca, Paxton, Thomas and Philip

Apology Impossible is the fourteenth episode of the twenty-second series.


On a morning on the Island of Sodor, James stops quickly at the Docks and bumps into a flatbed of crates. This scares Philip, causing him to bump his trucks and accidentally knocks a barrel of oil on the tracks. James runs over it, spilling it and covering the both of them in oil. Annoyed, Philip tells James he should say sorry, but James refuses to care. Later, Philip is waiting at the washdown when James cuts in front of him. When the Fat Controller wants an engine to deliver a train of sardines, Philip tries to trick James into taking it, but he leaves, so Philip is forced to take it instead.

The Fenland Track is under repair, and Philip makes sure his track is clear before going on. Meanwhile, James ignores the workman waving a flag, and James and Philip end up on the same line. Philip refuses to give way, but so does James, leaving them at a standstill. As Philip lists James' mistakes, Thomas, Paxton and Rebecca stack up behind Philip. Paxton realises there are a lot of engines on the bridge and worries it could collapse. Philip decides he does not want an accident to happen, so he, Thomas, Paxton and Rebecca make way for James. However, the engines are cross at James for holding them up, and James starts to feel guilty. Later, the Fat Controller makes James apologise to Philip and the other engines for the delay, and Philip accepts his friend's apology. Despite this, James still has to take trucks to the Waste Dump as punishment.






  • Joseph May as Thomas
  • Rob Rackstraw as James and a Dock Worker
  • Rachael Miller as Rebecca
  • Steven Kynman as Paxton and a Rail Worker
  • Rasmus Hardiker as Philip and a Rail Worker
  • Teresa Gallagher as Annie and Clarabel
  • Keith Wickham as Sir Topham Hatt


  • Apart from Thomas reading the title aloud, this episode does not include any narration.
  • The UK Netflix promo uses a screen cap from Who's Geoffrey?
  • In the US dub, quite a few audio bits were taken from previous episodes:


  • When Paxton begins to back up, his lamp goes missing. It then returns in the next scene.

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In Other Languages

Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Desculpa Impossível
Czech Omluva není možná
Danish Undskyldning umulig
Dutch Lastige Excuses
Finnish Anteeksipyytöminen
German Sich entschuldigen ist schwer
Hebrew התנצלות בלתי אפשרית
Hungarian Nincs bocsánat
Japanese あやまってよジェームス
Norwegian Ingen unnskyldning
Polish Przeprosiny Niemożliwe
Russian Извинения принимаются!
Spanish Disculpa Imposible
Swedish Omöjlig ursäkt

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