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“All of your engines are excellent engines!”

Excellent Emily is the eighth episode of the twelfth series.


Following a terrible storm, many engines are stuck, except for Emily who is the only one to finish her jobs on time and is thus called "excellent" by the Fat Controller. The Fat Controller tells Emily that she must take Trevor from Farmer McColl's to the airport as some metal tanks are blocking the runway, making Jeremy, who is carrying Dowager Hatt, unable to land. Just as the Fat Controller leaves, Murdoch arrives; he is going to Farmer McColl's also and he advises Emily to take the Wellsworth track due to flooding. But Emily decides to take the forest track as it is much faster. Emily goes through a flood on the forest track which now made her late, but it does not stop her.

In the forest, Emily meets Thomas, who warns her about a fallen tree on her line and tells her that she must wait for Harvey. But Emily says she does not need Harvey's help, so she finds the tree herself and decides to push it out of the way. However, the tree sticks on her front as Emily pushes it uphill. Once at the summit, the tree rolls out of the way and Emily carries on.

At a junction, Emily meets Duck, who tells her that not only is Trevor waiting for her, but the tracks ahead are very muddy and that could not take the weight of an engine, she must avoid them. But once again, Emily's belief that she is "excellent" causes her to ignore him, so she carries on regardless. Duck is worried about this.

As Emily races through the vallies, she thinks she is nearly at Farmer McColl's. After turing around the final bend, Emily plunges into a muddy puddle and thinks that she'll easily puff through it. However, Emily derails as the track then sinks beneath her weight and is up to her buffers in muddy water. Emily is now stuck in the puddle and doesn't feel "excellent" anymore. Emily sees Murdoch already at Farmer McColl's, realising that she should have listened to him. Whistling to get his attention, Emily apologises to Murdoch and he pulls her out of the puddle. After collecting Trevor from Farmer McColl's, Emily is about to leave when she remembers to ask Murdoch about which track to take to the airport. Murdoch tells her to take the valley route as Gordon's Hill is still being cleared of fallen trees.

Emily goes along the valley route, but soon sees a telegraph pole blocking her way. Remembering Thomas' advice, Emily waits for Harvey to clear the telegraph pole. Then, at a signalbox, Emily is told by the signalman that the shortcut is muddy; remembering Duck's advice, she takes the longer track. Once at the airport, Trevor clears the runway and Jeremy is able to land at last. The Fat Controller is happy to see his mother and praises Emily again, but Emily tells him that all of his engines are "excellent engines."





  • When Murdoch arrives at Brendam Docks, his steam platform is visible.
  • When Murdoch pulls Emily out of the mud, her driving wheels are not moving.
  • When Trevor trundles across the runway, his driver is steering him whilst sitting in his coal bunker, which is empty.
  • When Emily plunges into the puddle, either the driver or fireman is not seen in her cab. Both of her crew are then completely absent when she leaves the farm with Trevor.
  • When Emily goes through the flood waters, the tracker used for her CGI face is visible in the water's reflection. Also when Emily plunges into the water the first time round, a drawing of a terrified face can be seen on the tracker in the reflection, even though Emily is smiling all the while.


In Other Languages

Language Title
Chinese 了不起的艾蜜莉
Croatian Izvrsna Ema
Czech Skvělá Emily
Finnish Loistava Emilia
French Emily est excellente
German Ausgezeichnete Emily
Indonesian Emily yang Hebat
Italian L'eccellente Emily
Japanese エミリーはゆうとうせい
Korean 훌륭한 에밀리 (Kids 1), 척척박사 에밀리 (EBS)
Portuguese A Excelente Emily
Slovak Skvelá Emily
Spanish Excelente Emily
Thai เอมิลี่ผู้ยอดเยี่ยม

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