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“James is silly, James is slow! James has got us stuck in the snow!”
―A truck taunting James

James Works it Out is the twelfth episode of the twelfth series. It is also the 300th episode of Thomas & Friends.


James is taking some trucks to Great Waterton when he runs into Harold and Edward, who warn him that the shorter route has been blocked due to the snow. Hector tells James which way to go, but James ignores his advice, believing his own knowledge to be superior, and gets stuck in the snow. James then decides to listen to Hector's advice and gets to Great Waterton safely.




  • In the US dub, Hector gains a Spanish accent and no longer has a deep voice.
  • This episode marks:
    • Stanley's first appearance in an episode.
    • Hector's last appearance.
    • Harold's last appearance until Misty Island Rescue, his last full appearance in an episode until the fourteenth series episode, Merry Misty Island, and his last appearance in the model series.
    • The last episode where James is seen with his concerned face.
  • The Ket Programming website says that this episode, along with the twelfth series episode, Tram Trouble, aired on 5th December 2009.
  • This episode aired before the eleventh series episode, Hector the Horrid! in Australia, so the audience would not know who Hector is.
  • This episode aired on Milkshake! before The Great Discovery premiered in the UK, so the audience may have not known who Stanley is or what Great Waterton is.
  • This is the only episode of the series to be a hundredth one (in this case, the 300th episode) in both chronological and production order.


  • When James meets Harold at a signal, he does not appear to be coupled to Hector as the trucks continue moving for about a second after James stops.
  • When James reaches the top of Gordon's Hill, his wheels stop moving.
  • When James applies his brakes going downhill, he does not appear to have a crew in his cab.
  • When the trucks hit the snowdrift, some of them derail.
  • When James pushes Hector up to the trucks, the one in front of Hector has a face, but when James is seen pushing the train along the line, this truck is missing its face. The truck regains its face after James crashes into the snow, then once again loses it when they clear the snow bank.
  • When Hector tells James to start rolling down the hill, the latter is already starting to move before the former tells him to do so.
  • The TrackMaster set said this episode can be found in the Railway Friends DVD, but that episode is not featured on that release.
  • In the German dub of this episode, Stanley is mistakenly referred as Salty in one scene.
  • After James biffs his trucks into line, a steam platform is visible when he backs up.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese James Resolve
Chinese Mandarin 詹姆士成功了
Croatian Jurica je poslušao
Czech Jakubovi už to došlo
Finnish Kyllä Jaska Tietää
French James n'écoute rien
German Auf einen guten Waggon ist Verlass
Indonesian James Bisa Membereskannya
Italian I Consigli di un Amico
Japanese ジェームスのたいあたり
Korean 귀를 귀울여요 (Kids 1)
힘을 모으자! (EBS)
Latin American Spanish James lo Soluciona
Polish Kuba Da Sobie Radę


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