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“Why should a splendid engine like me take messy coal trucks instead of coaches? Percy or Oliver should do it, they're not as important as I am!/I'm too important!"
"James, why don't you think about something or someone else for a change? You'll be surprised how much better you'll feel if you do."
"Pah!/Oh please! Being important is the only thing for me to think about! (Ha! - US)”
―James and Thomas

Make Someone Happy is the twenty-second episode of the fifth series. It aired back to back with James and the Trouble with Trees on Storytime with Thomas in the US.


James is complaining about having to get his paint dirty while shunting some coal trucks, so Thomas tells him to think about other things and other people. Meanwhile, Percy and Oliver witness Tiger Moth flying with a banner that is promoting the Harry Topper's Fair at Tidmouth Bay. They then head to Brendam Docks to pick up something for the fair.

James is still angrily shunting trucks when he sees Mrs. Kyndley upset; her sister was supposed to come and visit, but she has told Mrs. Kyndley she cannot do so. The Fat Controller soon hears the news and sends Harold to pick her up. Although annoyed that his paint is again ruined by Harold, James is happy when he gives Mrs. Kyndley a ride and she sees a bird's-eye view of the Island.

Percy and Oliver find that their load is horses for the carousel ride at the fair. James is happy when the Fat Controller tells him to take Mrs. Kyndley on a mystery tour; her destination is the seaside fair and she is happy to open it and have the first ride on the carousel. James then agrees with Thomas that making someone happy does make him happy too and they watch the fair in action.




  • Stock footage from Four Little Engines, Peter Sam and the Refreshment Lady, Thomas and the Rumours (the second stock footage scene from that episode has the footage of Harold played in reverse) and an alternate angle from Sir Topham Hatt's Holiday is used.
  • The fairground carousel plays a jukebox arrangement of the original theme tune.
  • This episode's title is named after a song from the musical Do Re Mi.
  • This episode marks the last of several things:
    • Mrs. Kyndley's last speaking role.
    • The last appearance of Kirk Ronan station in the television series, though it does reappear in the 2021 reboot, Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go!
    • The final appearance of Tidmouth Hault in the television series.
    • The last appearance of the Mid Sodor Railway Manager.
    • The last appearance of Ffarquhar Station until the eighth series episode, Thomas and the Tuba.
    • The last appearance of the Tar Tankers until the tenth series episode, Toby's Afternoon Off.
    • The last time that Tiger Moth is referred to by name in the television series.
    • Going by release date, the last episode narrated by Diego Brizzi for Latin America.
    • The last episode produced, dubbed and VHS/DVD released by DVD Acadamy in South Korea.
    • The last episode to have voice over English Korean dub for DVD Acadamy in South Korea.
    • The last episode to have two dubs in Korean until the twelfth series episode, Thomas and the Billboard.
    • The last episode where James has Duck's high pitched whistle (from the fourth series).
    • The last episode where Percy is seen without a headlamp in the daytime.
  • This is the first episode to have a Latin American Spanish dub, but not a Brazilian Portuguese one.
  • When Oliver and Percy go to collect the fairground equipment from the docks, the carousel horses are unloaded in a large-scale model of a slate truck.
  • Izzy Gomez, S.S. Vienna, some fishing boats and the three berth garage from TUGS appear in the episode.
  • The Ffarquhar Stationmaster's House is visible behind Percy at Tidmouth Hault.
  • This episode is titled James' Special Treat on The Roku Channel.
  • In the US, this episode aired before A Better View for Gordon and Sir Topham Hatt's Holiday, meaning the American audience may not have known about Gordon's View at Kirk Ronan or who Tiger Moth was unless they had already seen former episode on Cranky Bugs and Other Thomas Stories release.


  • Annie and Clarabel are seen in their old liveries in stock footage, as well as in a later scene.
  • After Mrs. Kyndley says, "My sister has rung to tell me she can't come to stay with me! I was so looking forward to her visit!" James releases steam, but no steam sound effect is heard.
  • In the German dub of this episode, when Percy and Oliver arrive at Brendam Docks, Manfred Steffen incorrectly refers to Oliver as Thomas.
  • When Harold takes off at Dryaw, Percy is seen pulling tankers, but he was supposed to be with Oliver. Additionally, Percy's lamp disappears for the rest of the episode, apart from the end.
  • Because stock footage is used, Peter Sam has his old funnel.
  • When James leaves the yards, docks, and Kirk Ronan, he has his fourth series whistle sound. This is the last occurrence of this.
  • Some of the stalls at the fair change positions.
  • When James is grumbling at the beginning of the episode, Thomas is smiling in one scene instead of irritated.
  • When James pushes the stone cars, a stone falls out of one of the freight cars.


Cranky: UK dub: Hey you, down there!/US dub: Hey down there, you two! I'm playing Lucky Dip in the tramper's hold and all these are for you!
[the workmen unveil what Cranky has unloaded]
Percy: Wooden horses, for the carousel ride! It's going to be a very exciting fair!
James: It is, indeed! The Fat Controller/Sir Topham Hatt has ordered me to stop pulling coal trucks/cars and go to the station instead, something to do with Mrs. Kyndley. Goodbye!
[James excitedly puffs away]
Percy: Well, what do you think of that?!

James: You were quite right, Thomas. Making someone happy does cheer you up.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Chinese Mandarin 制造快乐
Czech Udělat někomu radost
Danish Glæden ved at glæde andre
Dutch Iemand blij maken
French Rendre quelqu'un heureux
German Mach jemand anders eine Freude
Greek Κάντε κάποιον ευτυχισμένο
Hungarian A vidámpark
Italian Fai Felice Qualcuno!
Japanese ひとだすけ
Korean 소도어 섬의 축제 날 (DVD Acadamy)
정말 기분 좋은 일 (EBS)
Latin American Spanish Haz Feliz a Alguien
Norwegian Å Gjøre Noen Andre Glad
Polish Radość
Romanian Fă un Prieten Fericit
Russian Сделай кого нибудь счастливым
Slovenian Lepo je nekoga osrečiti
Swedish Gör någon glad

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