A Friend In Need was Episode 8 of Season 6, as released on New Friends For Thomas and Mud, Glorious Mud.


  • Jack saves Thomas's life.


  • Thomas
  • Jack
  • Alfie
  • Max
  • Ned
  • Kelly
  • Oliver
  • Isabella
  • Miss Jenny
  • Byron (cameo)

US Home Media

  1. New Friends For Thomas and Other Adventures
  2. Mud, Glorious Mud

Alec Baldwin Script

  • Alec Baldwin: Thomas chuffed along the branch line, thinking about his new friend Jack.
  • Thomas: I hope he's doing better today.
  • Alec Baldwin: Puffed Thomas. Yesterday, Jack had broken the rules and had gotten into trouble. The pack was widening the road beneath the old quarry bridge. Jack and Alfie were loading Max. Dust and dirt flew everywhere. Work had never been so much fun.
  • (Jack and Alfie fill Max up and complete the job)
  • Alec Baldwin: Jack felt very proud. He worked hard, been very good and followed all the rules. But he was still worried Miss Jenny wouldn't let him stay. Ned the Steam Shovel was cheerfully clearing rocks. Ned has a big bucket and a big heart. Sometimes his bucket is too full.
  • Max: Careful, bumble bucket!
  • Ned: Sorry.
  • Alec Baldwin: Said Ned cheerfully. Thomas couldn't wait to get to the old bridge. He'd knew the pack was working there. He could see how Jack was doing. Back at the site, the foreman shouted...
  • Foreman: Oliver, this top soil needs moving, now!
  • Jack: I'll move it!
  • Alec Baldwin: Cried Jack.
  • Alfie: Jack!
  • Alec Baldwin: Before anyone could stop him, Jack raced under the bridge. He was about to fill his bucket when he remembered Miss Jenny's warning. "Don't jump in where you don't belong."
  • (Then Jack knew what to do)
  • Jack: Oliver.
  • Alec Baldwin: He said.
  • Jack: This is your job, not mine.
  • Oliver: Thank you.
  • Alec Baldwin: Oliver said politely.
  • Kelly: Well done, Jack.
  • Alec Baldwin: Called Kelly.
  • Alfie and Isabella: Yes, well done.
  • Alec Baldwin: Chimed Alfie and Isabella. Jack beamed proudly. Later, Ned was moving under the bridge. His oiler had told him to lower his crane arm.
  • Ned: I must be careful, I must be careful, I must be careful.
  • Alec Baldwin: Then there was trouble. Ned hadn't lowered his crane arm far enough. It knocked loose the important keystones. The bridge started to crumble. Thomas puffed towards the bridge, unaware of the danger ahead.
  • (Thomas' whistle toots)
  • Jack: Thomas!
  • Alec Baldwin: Jack jumped in and lifted his front loader up against the bridge. He pushed with all his might. Thomas saw the flagman. His driver applied the brakes, but it was too late.
  • (Thomas fell toward the bridge)
  • Thomas: Cinders and ashes!
  • Alec Baldwin: Cried Thomas. Jack didn't let go.
  • (Jack continued struggling)
  • Alec Baldwin: Finally, Thomas' driver backed Thomas to safety.
  • Kelly: Hold on, Jack!
  • Alec Baldwin: Called Kelly, and he rushed to help. Jack couldn't hold the bridge any longer.
  • (The bridge falls apart)
  • Kelly: Are you all right, Jack?
  • Jack: I think so.
  • Alec Baldwin: Thomas brought Jack back to the yard. Jack was afraid Miss Jenny would be cross with him. After all, he had jumped in and damaged his arms. But Miss Jenny was pleased.
  • Miss Jenny: Spot on, Jack!
  • Alec Baldwin: She said.
  • Miss Jenny: Ye'd make a mother proud!
  • Thomas: And a tank engine grateful.
  • Alec Baldwin: Thomas chuffed.
  • Miss Jenny: It's off to the works with you tomorrow, Jack. The pack can't have a front loader with bent arms.
  • Jack: You mean I can stay?
  • Miss Jenny: I wouldn't have it any other way.
  • Alec Baldwin: Miss Jenny grinned.
  • Kelly: We're a cracking crew!
  • Alec Baldwin: Laughed Kelly.
  • Isabella: And all the better for Jack's being here.
  • Alec Baldwin: Said Isabella.
  • Alfie: Welcome to the pack, Jack!
  • Alec Baldwin: Cheered Alfie. Jack was so happy, he couldn't think of anything to say. So he just revved his engine and bounced his bucket. As Thomas steamed towards Tidmouth Sheds, he felt very happy.
  • Thomas: Yes.
  • Alec Baldwin: He said.
  • Thomas: Welcome to the pack, Jack.
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