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"Look at me, Thomas! I'm as shiny as a trumpet!"
— Percy
Best Friends

Steve Asquith


Simon Spencer


Anna Starkey


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon
Pierce Brosnan
(original cut)

Air date

September 26th,
2008 (UK)
October 25th,
2008 (US)
November 25th,
2008 (AUS)

Previous episode

Push Me, Pull You

Next episode

Creaky Cranky

Best Friends is the twentieth episode of the twelfth season.


Neville informs Thomas and Percy that the brass band is coming for a special concert. Thomas suggests that if Percy wants to collect the band, he should go to the washdown. But while Percy is away, the Fat Controller arrives and asks Thomas to take the band. Thomas feels bad and tries to avoid Percy, but when he has to collect the band from Brendam, he is found by Percy. Thomas feels guilty and asks the Fat Controller to let Percy collect the band afterwards, and leaves to tell Percy of his plan. Percy and Thomas make up and agree to never keep secrets from each other again.





  • Thomas could have easily been seen by Percy when he had his washdown or when he was hiding behind Duck.
  • In the US narration, after Sir Topham Hatt told Thomas his job, he says "thank you", but he mumbles.
  • Thomas could have asked the Fat Controller to let Percy collect the brass band.
  • Duck's face is undersized and missing its prominent cheekbones.
  • Thomas somehow changes tracks after he collects Percy's mail trucks.
  • A brakevan should have been added to Percy's train.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
German Beste Freunde Best Friends
Japanese ベストフレンド Best Friend
Italian Il migliore amico The Best Friend



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