No Joke for James is the eleventh episode ever made in Season 3.
James gloats to Gordon that the Fat Controller has plans for him, but James is only bragging. One day, after seeing Thomas arrange the express for Gordon, James lies that he is taking the Express, but is soon found out and banished to the shed. James is soon left out, and does his best to redeem himself in the Yard. Then, when a man asks for a lift in James' cab, James and his driver realize that he is a railway inspector and let him climb in. When James arrives at Knapford, the inspector speaks warmly of James to the Fat Controller.
- In the first scene and the scene where James pulls up beside Gordon, studio equipment visible in the top center.