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“And I'll eat my hat if you don't like it!”
―The Fat Controller to the ram

Baa! is the eighth episode of the fifth series.


One evening, Percy is fed up with the smell of fish after working at the docks all day. He asks his driver to have a washdown, but there is not enough time because the Fat Controller is waiting for him at the sheds. At the sheds, the Fat Controller announces a festival of flowers and that a sign saying "Best Dressed Station" shall be awarded to the winner. He also tells the engines to help out with the arrangements. Thomas and Toby discuss their favourite stations: Ffarquhar and Maithwaite. And Toby asks Percy which is his favourite, but Percy is too tired to think properly and says the docks by mistake. Thomas can see why when he notices Percy's fishy smell, but Toby laughs saying that the docks is full of fish and not flowers. This makes Percy cross, saying that Arlesdale End is his favourite since it is Toby's real home and then rudely wishes Toby good night as he enters the sheds.

The next morning, Percy collects some trucks loaded with vegetables and flowers. His driver explains that they will be displayed on Maithwaite's platform. On the way, Percy sees Harold, and is questions why he is buzzing about. Suddenly, Percy is stopped by a ram on the tracks. Percy now worries that he will be late and realises that Harold was trying to warn him, but his driver knows just what to do. His driver lures the ram off the track with some cabbage and Percy is soon on his way again. When Percy arrives at Maithwaite, the stationmaster tells them the ram has a reputation for always being hungry.

A little while later, Maithwaite is decorated with the flowers and vegetables that Percy delivered. Percy is quite confident that Maithwaite will win. He then moves into a siding and is looking forward to having a rest when he hears a commotion at the station and heads back to investigate. He discovers that the decorations have been ruined and Percy's driver and the passengers suspect that the mess was the ram's fault. The passengers cannot get into the waiting room because of the ram, but Percy's driver also notices three boys inside, pleading to be let out. The stationmaster and the passengers then realise that the boys vandalised the station, and that the ram has been blocking them in the waiting room so that they would do no further damage. The boys apologise for vandalising the station, and promise to put everything back the way it was before.

A few days later, the Fat Controller invites some of the engines to Maithwaite, winner of the "Best Dressed Station" award. The Fat Controller then gives one more prize for the ram; a pumpkin, and proclaims that he will eat his hat if the ram does not like it. But the latter chance comes when Harold arrives and the wind from his rotor blades blow the Fat Controller's hat off, and the ram devours it within seconds. The Fat Controller laughs and says that he wouldn't be able to eat his hat despite his proclamation. Everyone laughs in reply, and the only sound to come from the ram is a contented hiccup.




  • This episode was inspired by events that happened during David Maidment's time as stationmaster of Aberbeeg (1964-1965), when a ram inhabited the waiting room of the derelict station at Llanhilleth and would attack vandals who tried to enter. The Best Dressed Station Competition is based on a separate event.
  • The magazine story, Summer Fun!, suggests that the man holding the pumpkin is Farmer Collett in the television series. However, it is actually Jem Cole.
  • Duck's large scale model from A Close Shave and Thomas and the Special Letter is used when the Fat Controller makes his announcement at the sheds.
  • Due to scenes on one particular set across the season being filmed in one go, during the scene of the engines at Tidmouth Sheds, the drivers standing next to the engines are positioned the same, James' tender is tilted the same and he, Gordon and Henry have the same faces and are in the same berths as in the next episode.
  • Kirk Ronan appears in deleted scenes, which were used in the song, Percy's Seaside Trip.
  • This is the first episode of several things:
    • The first appearance of Maithwaite.
    • The first time the actual names of Sudrian locations have been mentioned in the television series, in this case Ffarquhar, Maithwaite and Arlesdale End. Prior to this, locations would only be reffered to by nicknames such as the big station or the harbour.
    • The first time it was established that Toby now lives at Arlesdale End.
    • The first episode where a food item is transported in open wagons, in this case vegetables.
  • This episode marks the last appearance of Percy's drowsy face.
  • A three berth garage and an OBB boxcar from TUGS appear in this episode.
  • Throughout this episode, Thomas has his fourth series whistle sound.
  • When James arrives at the station, he has his fourth series whistle sound.


  • When Thomas passes Maithwaite in the first shot, Annie and Clarabel are backwards, and he has Edward's whistle sound.
  • When Thomas says "Ha! We can tell," his dome is crooked.
  • When Percy reverses into the shed, James' tender is tilted.
  • Both Michael Angelis and Alec Baldwin pronounce the two "F"s in Ffarquhar.
  • When Percy passes the ram on his way to Maithwaite, his eyes are wonky.
  • When Percy backs up to his vegetable trucks, a train beside him has a brake van in the middle of it.
  • Percy's driver changes appearance several times throughout the episode, as does the Maithwaite stationmaster.
  • In the close-ups of the Fat Controller giving the announcement, Duck's funnel is shorter and a different shape.
  • In close-ups of Percy's driver at the docks, a small hair can be seen stuck underneath one of Percy's cab window frames.
  • Jem Cole, the man standing next to him and Farmer Trotter are missing their eyebrows in the final shot of all the passengers.
  • In a rare picture, Percy's face is crooked.
  • In the close-up of Toby at Maithwaite, a bit of blu-tak can be seen on the side of his face.
  • As the ram eats the Fat Controller's hat bit by bit, a bit of string can be seen holding the hat in position in some freeze frames.
  • When Percy arrives at Maithwaite for the first time, a steam platform is visible.


  • Thomas: My favourite station is Ffarquhar.
  • Toby: Mine's Maithwaite. Percy, what's yours?
  • Percy: The docks.
  • Thomas: Haa! We can tell!
  • Toby: The Docks are full of fish, not flowers!
  • Percy: Alright then, Arlesdale End!
  • Toby: That's my home!
  • Percy: That's why I like it, especially when you're there and not here saying I'm silly. Good night!


  • The Fat Controller: I'll eat my hat if you don't like it. (Harold arrives, and the wind produced by his rotors blow the Fat Controller's hat off, prompting the ram to devour it)
  • The Fat Controller: Well, seems I wouldn't be able to eat my hat, even if I had to. (everyone laughs in reply, while the ram just omits a hiccup)


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese O Concurso
Chinese Mandarin 咩!
Czech Béé!
Danish Mæh
Dutch Bèèè!
French Bêêê!
German Määh!
Greek Μπαα!
Hungarian A Kos
Italian L'Ariete
Japanese パーシーとひつじ
Korean 꽃 축제와 양 (DVD Acadamy)
예쁜 역 선발 대회 (EBS)
Latin American Spanish ¡Beee!
Norwegian Den Store Konkurransen
Polish Bee! (Original)
Baran (Alternate)
Romanian Berbecul
Russian Бее!
Slovenian Oven
Swedish Bää!

Home Media Releases


DVD Packs



  • Make Someone Happy and Other Thomas Adventures

DVD Packs



DVD Packs


  • Happy Ever After (VHS)










  • [[Thomas and Friends - Volume 16 (Thai DVD)}|Thomas and Friends - Volume 16]]