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"I'm learning patience. But if only I could learn it faster."

As Good as Gordon is the eighteenth (twenty-fifth in Australia) episode of the eighth season. It is also the 200th episode of the television series.


One morning, Sir Topham Hatt comes to Tidmouth Sheds with a special job for Gordon; he is to take the newly-elected Sodor Mayor on a tour of the island. Gordon is delighted to be given a special job, but is quick to realise that someone else will have to take the Express in his place. Sir Topham Hatt explains that Emily will take the Express. However after Sir Topham Hatt leaves, Gordon begins bragging to Emily that he can get the Express across the island and back before teatime, and is quite sure that Emily will not be able to achieve that. Thomas, having heard Gordon's boasting many times before, thinks Emily may find it difficult too. However, Emily ignores Thomas' advice, and sets off, determined to be "as good as Gordon."

Emily goes to collect the Express from Knapford station, however she departs too soon, not realising that she had left the brake coach behind. Emily manages to get to Kellsthorpe station right on time, and declares that she is "as good as Gordon." However, on the way back, Emily has to stop at a crossover to allow Edward to pass with a slow goods. She shouts at Edward, telling him to hurry up as he is making her late. When Emily arrives at Maithwaite, she is due to make a guaranteed connection with Bertie; but as he is running late due to a flat tyre, she must wait. However, Emily's impatience gets the better of her, and even after counting to ten twice, she decides to leave, thinking that she will not be "as good as Gordon." But, just as Emily pulls away from Maithwaite, Bertie arrives.

Soon, Emily needs to take on more water, but James is at the water-column first with his slow goods train. Emily insists on going first as she is the Express Engine for the day. But, James tells her that, as he is there first, she must wait. Once again, impatience gets the better of Emily, and she sets off without taking on more water. Determined to be on time, Emily speeds up, unknowingly giving her passengers an uncomfortable ride.

Very soon, Emily is approaching Brendam, the last stop for the Express, and thinks that she is "as good as Gordon." However, she finds herself slowing down, and then, coming to a total-stop. Emily's water tank in her tender is now completely dry, and she has run out of steam. Then, James arrives with Sir Topham Hatt aboard his footplate; he scolds Emily for being far too impatient, especially with stranding Bertie's passengers at Maithwaite. Feeling very silly, Emily promises to be patient in future.

James takes Emily to Brendam Docks, and then, collects the Express. Sir Topham Hatt tells Emily that he requires an engine to pull James' slow goods train, which Emily volunteers to do, as she wants to learn patience. So, James takes Emily to the nearest water-column, and after her drink, Emily takes on more coal. Then, she takes James' slow goods train, whilst James takes the Express.

This time, Emily waits for the other engines to pass by, and waits at the stations for her cargo to be unloaded. Later, at a signal, she meets Thomas with Annie and Clarabel, and explains that she is learning to be patient, even though she wants to learn it quicker.




  • Going by production order, this is the twenty-fifth episode of the eighth season.
  • A deleted picture shows that Percy was originally going to have a larger role when Emily needed more coal.
  • In a deleted picture, Emily approaches James from the opposite direction.


  • In the opening shot of Tidmouth Sheds, Gordon's wheels are derailed.
  • After James helps Emily to the docks he leaves to take the express, but then he is seen later helping Emily to the water tower.
  • A deleted scene of Emily leaving the sheds shows steam coming out from behind of her face.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Norwegian Like flink som Gordon As Good as Gordon
Danish Lige så god som Gordon Just as Good as Gordon
Dutch Bijna Gordon Almost Gordon
Spanish Tan buena como Gordon As Good as Gordon
German Emily hat’s eilig Emily is in a Hurry
Japanese ゴードンとおなじ The same as Gordon
Finnish Yhtä hyvä kuin Jori As Good as Gordon
Hungarian Emily Türelmet Tanul Emily Learn Patience
Italian Brava Quanto Gordon As Good as Gordon
Chinese 和高登一样好 And Gordon as Well
Korean 고든처럼 빠르고 싶어 I Want Fast as Gordon
Czech Tak dobra ako Gordon As Good as Gordon
Portuguese Tão boa quanto Gordon As Good as Gordon
Russian Как Гордон As Gordon
Romanian La Fel de Bună ca Gordon As Good as Gordon
Polish Dorównać Gabrysiowi Gordon's Match
Slovak Taká dobrá ako Gordon As Good as Gordon
Swedish Lika duktig som Gordon As Good as Gordon
Thai เก่งเหมือนกอร์ดอน I Like Gordon
Serbian Dobra kao Gordon Good as Gordon

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  • The Complete Series 8

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