Gordon's Spots! is a magazine story.
James is grumbling. He is pulling a long line of trucks instead of coaches. Suddenly, a can of paint drops off the last truck. James does not notice and the truck does not tell James because he is in a foul mood. James wishes he could pull the express. Later, Gordon arrives back at the yard covered in mysterious yellow spots. The Fat Controller tells Gordon to have a thorough examination at the works and gives James the job of pulling the express until Gordon returns to service. Then, Percy bustles in covered in the yellow spots too. His driver explains that Percy had run over the yellow can of paint. The Fat Controller cancels Gordon's examination and deems him fit to carry on pulling the express, much to James' disappointment.