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"Why should a splendid engine like me take messy coal trucks instead of coaches? Percy or Oliver should do it, they're not as important as I am!"
"James, why don't you think about something or someone else for a change? You'll be surprised how much better you'll feel if you do."
"Pah! Being important is the only thing for me to think about!
— James and Thomas
Make Someone Happy

David Mitton


Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Michael Angelis (UK)
Alec Baldwin (US)

Air date

October 13th,
1998 (UK)
December 22nd,
1998 (AUS)
February 9th,
1999 (US)

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Make Someone Happy is the twenty-second episode of the fifth season.


After James boasts about himself, Thomas tells him to think of other people. When James is shunting trucks, he sees Mrs. Kyndley, who discovered that her sister cannot visit her. Sir Topham Hatt soon hears the news and James is happy when Harold gives her a ride. James later takes Mrs. Kyndley on a mystery tour and Mrs. Kyndley is delighted when she gets to open the seaside fair. James then agrees with Thomas that making someone happy does cheer them up.





  • Annie and Clarabel have their old coats of paint.
  • There is a grammatical error on the aeroplane's banner. It should say "Harry Topper's Fair" and not "Harry Toppers Fair".
  • After Mrs. Kyndley says "My sister has rung to tell me she can't come to stay with me.", James releases steam but no sound is heard.
  • When Harold takes off at Dryaw, Percy is seen pulling tankers, but he was supposed to be with Oliver.
  • Because stock footage is used, Peter Sam has his old funnel.
  • When James leaves the yards, docks, and Kirk Ronan, he has a different whistle sound.
  • Brakevans should have been added to James and Donald's trains.
  • Some of the stalls at the fair change positions.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ひとだすけ An Act Of Mercy
Polish Radość Happiness
German Tragen Jemand anderes eine Freude Carry Someone Else a Joy
Swedish Gör något som är bra Do Something Good
Spanish Haz feliz a alguien Make Someone Happy
Greek Κάντε κάποιον ευτυχισμένο Make Someone Happy
Czech Udělat někomu radost Make Someone Happy



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