Gordon has set a record for pulling the express and he is to receive a set of special cars. It is Emily's job to collect the cars and deliver them to the ceremony. On the way, she is rude to Diesel who is not impressed to hear about Gordon's award. Diesel tries to tell her something but Emily steams away. Crossly, Diesel takes the cars and hides them in a siding. When Sir Topham Hatt catches up with Diesel, he orders him to show Emily where the cars are. On the way, Diesel's engine starts to splutter. Diesel explains that he also has broken a record, for shunting trucks. And he was cross that Emily didn't listen. Emily is sorry and later at Gordon's ceremony, she arranges a special surprise for Diesel too. It is the day of the Sodor School football match. James finishes his jobs first and gets to pull the team carriages. James gets decorated in the team colors. Thomas is very jealous and thinks this isn't fair. He tries to persuade James to let him pull the coaches but James won't listen. Thomas resorts to desperate measures and arranges for James to puff into a siding. This destroys James' decorations! Thomas is horrified at what he has done. Thomas sees Bertie who has broken down on his way to the match with lots of children. Thomas offers to take the children and borrows the children's flags and scarves to decorate James with. James looks wonderful and everyone is delighted.