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"I'll do what you say, Queen Emily."
— Percy
Emily Knows Best

Steve Asquith


Simon Spencer


Marc Seal


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon

Air date

October 28th,
2005 (UK)
October 29th,
2005 (US)
March 6th,
2007 (AUS)

Previous episode

Henry and
the Flagpole

Next episode

Thomas' Day Off

Emily Knows Best is the seventeenth episode of the ninth season.


Emily takes visitors to the ruined castle, where a queen once lived. Emily wishes to be a queen, as queens tell everyone what to do. She decides to visit Toby and Percy in the shunting yard, just down the line from the castle whilst waiting for the visitors to explore the castle.

Toby and Percy are waiting to take away some trucks, and Emily decides to play a game by being "Queen for the Day". But, Toby thinks that Emily's idea is silly, as she needs to be clever and know the right thing to do. Before leaving with his trucks, Toby tells Percy, if he needs help, to wait until he comes back. Not long after Toby departs, Percy is struggling to move his line of trucks. This gives Emily the perfect chance to prove that she knows best; she tells Percy to take his trucks along her track, which he does. However, Emily soon hears a crash in the distance and goes to investigate.

Emily realizes that by telling Percy to go on her track, he had crashed into Mavis who was on the same line. Then Toby crashes into the wreckage too, and Emily knows that she isn't as clever as she thought. With Toby's advice, Emily gets the stationmaster at Maithwaite to call for help. Soon, Percy and Toby are back on the rails, though Toby's front cowcatcher is badly damaged. The Fat Controller is upset with Emily for causing trouble, but Emily has learned her lesson; from now on, she will leave the "knowing the right thing" job to Toby.




  • Stock footage from Calling All Engines! is used.
  • This is the first time the camera is shaken to simulate an accident scene.
  • When Percy gets the trucks moving, the front truck is wearing Toad's face masks.
  • This is the last episode until King of the Railway where a crash is caused by trucks.
  • Going by production order, this is the fifteenth episode of the ninth season.


  • The front truck's eyes are already shut before there is any thought of crashing into Mavis.
  • The leading truck's face changes size.
  • A brakevan should have been added to Percy's train.
  • Mavis is nowhere to be seen when Toby and Percy are back on the rails.
  • Because stock footage is used, the Sodor Suspension Bridge is rusty.
  • When Percy starts again to push his trucks along Emily's track, Emily's driver and fireman are not in her cab.
  • When Emily is thinking to herself, her eyes are wonky.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Italian La Sanno Tutti The Know-It-All
Finnish Emily tietää paremmin Emily Knows Better
Japanese エミリーはなんでもしっている Emily Knows Anything
Norwegian Emily vet best Emily Knows Best
Hungarian Emily mindent tud Emily Knows Everything
Danish Queen Emily Queen Emily
Gaelic Raíña Emily Queen Emily
German Emily weiß es besser Emily Knows Better
Spanish Emily Sabe Más Emily Knows More



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