- “I'm sorry Sir, I put my own job first!"
"But you learnt your lesson and helped Diesel. You are a really useful engine!”
- ―James and The Fat Controller
James Goes too Far is the twenty-third episode of the eighth season.
Percy is taking the mail and pulls up alongside James at a red signal. His signal turns to green and James is cross as he was there before Percy; but his driver explains that Percy's mail is more important than James' slow-goods. Later, James is still grumpy when Thomas gets to cut in front of him at the water tower as he is a guaranteed connection.
Later, James is given an important job to deliver coal to all the stations. Feeling important, James refuses to wait to take on more water and will not help Edward with his jobs. However, once he collects the coal trucks and starts his job, James soon runs out of water. Edward arrives with his passengers, but he cannot help James as he is running late since James didn't help him take his trucks to the quarry. Edward warns the signalman up ahead, and soon Salty arrives to help James. Salty scolds James about not helping Edward and reminds him that no job is more important than helping another engine.
With Salty's help, James gets more water and carries on with his deliveries. However, when James sees Diesel who has broken down, he remembers Salty's advice and helps Diesel to the fitter's yard. After that, he carries on with his coal deliveries and, the next day, the Fat Controller praises James for learning his lesson by helping Diesel and getting his job done.
- Sir Topham Hatt
- Diesel (does not speak)
- Emily (cameo)
- Stephen Hatt (cameo)
- Bridget Hatt (cameo)
- Mrs. Kyndley (cameo)
- The Storyteller (cameo)
- Going by production order, this is the tenth episode of the eighth season.
- In one scene, a White Star line poster and a Southern Railway poster are seen.
- A portrait of this episode was used in Sir Topham Hatt's Office during the CGI Series, although James is missing his face in the portrait.
- In The Complete Series 8 and The Best of James DVDs and other television broadcasts, the music is omitted at the end of the episode.
- This episode marks Mrs. Kyndley's last appearance to date, excluding a mention in The Great Race.
- James' driver says "your water tanks have run dry" when James, being a tender engine, only has one water tank which is in his tender.
- When James' water tank runs dry, a steam platform is visible just before he stops.
- When James arrives at the water tank, Edward is in line but after when James chuffs through Maithwaite, Edward is seen again where he should be in line for the water tower.
- In the scene of Thomas and James at the water tower, there is white muck underneath Thomas' back bufferbeam.
- In the last shot of James and Salty, a red wire can be seen under Salty's face.
- In the closeups of Diesel, his face is wonky.
- Despite delivering coal to the station, James' trucks never seem to empty.