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"I don't need tugboats!"
— Cumberland's remark about tugboats
Theodore's Big Friend/
Theodore and the Stubborn Ship

Robert D. Cardona


Andrew Cochran


Jeff Rosen
Andrew Cochran


The Harbour Master
(Denny Doherty)

Per Frisch
(Norwegian Dub)

Povl Dissing
(Danish Dub)

Jari Silvennoinen
(Finnish Dub)

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Theodore's Big Friend retitled Theodore and the Stubborn Ship is the fourteenth episode of the third season.


Theodore dreads spending the entire night next to a ship that had treated him so rudely. The tug knows that Cumberland's special engines enable him to steer without a tug's help, but that does not excuse the ship's silent rebuff of Theodore's greeting or his refusal to move out of the middle of the Harbour. Theodore is assigned to make sure that no one collides with the visitor in the dark. Trying to make the best of a bad situation, Theodore starts a conversation about how he misses Emily, who is away on an ocean assignment. Cumberland startles Theodore by sharing that he, too, misses a special friend. They realize that everyone, big or small, can have similar feelings. And Cumberland learns that he may not need a tugboat, but he does need a friend.




  • In the Norwegian and Finnish dubs, when the narrator says, "The giant ship didn't say anything", the top of the set can be seen for a brief second.
  • When Cumberland says "I don't need..." the camera shakes.
  • When Theodore tells Cumberland that he's watching out for him, the end of the set can clearly be seen.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Norwegian Theodor's Store, Nye Venn Theodore's Big, New Friend
Finnish Iso Ystävä Big Friend
Danish Theodor's Store Venner Theodore's Big Friend

Video Release



Theodore Tugboat-Theodore's Big Friend-0

English Dub


Taubåten Theodor S03E13 - "Theodors store, nye venn"

Norwegian Dub


Iso Ystävä

Finnish Dub