"Spot on, Jack! You'd make a mother proud!"
— Miss Jenny
A Friend in Need

Steve Asquith


Phil Ferhle


Phil Ferhle
Abi Grant
Jonathan Trueman


Michael Angelis (UK/US)
Alec Baldwin (US)

Air date

August 20th, 2002

Previous episode

Jack Jumps In

Next episode

It's Only Snow

A Friend in Need is the eighth episode of the sixth season.


Jack has learnt his lesson from the quarry experience and when he stops himself from jumping in again, Alfie congratulates him. However, when Ned the clumsy steam shovel knocks out the keystone out of a bridge as Thomas approaches it. Unable to stop, Thomas rolls onto the bridge. Luckily, Jack jumps in and holds the bridge up with his scoop until Thomas can reverse to safety. Jack can't hold the bridge, and it collapses. Jack has very bent arms, and is very worried what Miss Jenny will say, but she is pleased with Jack's bravery and accepts Jack into the Pack. Jack then goes to get his arms repaired.




  • Stock footage from Jack Jumps In is used.
  • Thomas' large scale model is used.
  • The Italian title is "A Friend in Danger". In Japan this episode is called "Friends, When you have Difficulty".


  • When Jack and Alfie load Max, Max's right-rear wheel spins around. It spins again in the close-up of Jack loading dirt into Max.
  • Ned knocks the keystone out, but still passes safely underneath the bridge.
  • When Ned clears the bridge, his smokestack is missing.
  • In the shot of Jack emerging from under the bridge, the studio is reflected in his front window and the ground he travels over bounces up and down.
  • In between the shot of Jack's face turning from happy to sad, Jack's roof shifts slightly to the right.
  • In real life, the combined pressure of holding up a bridge and Thomas at once would have fully broken Jack's arms.
  • When Ned says "Sorry", his eyes are wonky.
  • In the shot before Ned knocks the first keystone away, his crane arm goes under the bridge without causing any damage.



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