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“Hey there, number four."
"Huh, she's already forgotten our names."
"No she hasn't, Gordon."
"She's just practicing her numbers.”
―Nia, Gordon, Annie and Clarabel

Counting on Nia is the twenty-fifth episode of the twenty-second series.

Plot

Nia is a really clever engine and knows all sorts of things, including the names of all the stations and how to deal with problems. One day, the Fat Controller asks her to take Thomas' coaches, Annie and Clarabel, to pick up passengers at Knapford Station. Unfortunately, she constantly keeps going to the wrong platform until Annie and Clarabel direct her to the right one.

While taking her passengers, Nia goes past some speed limit signs without slowing down and comes off the tracks at a digger site. This upsets Nia at the thought of having let the Fat Controller down. When Annie and Clarabel attempt to cheer Nia up, she confesses to them that she cannot read numbers (which was why she had trouble getting to the right platform and could not slow down at the speed limits). With Annie and Clarabel's help, Nia begins learning numbers and starts seeing them all around her. She even begins calling the engines by their numbers.

Characters

Locations

Cast

UK, AUS, NZ, MYS and ZA

US and CAN

  • Joseph May as Thomas
  • Kerry Shale as Gordon
  • Yvonne Grundy as Nia
  • Rachael Miller as Rebecca
  • Rasmus Hardiker as Philip
  • Teresa Gallagher as Annie and Clarabel
  • Keith Wickham as Salty and Sir Topham Hatt
  • William Hope as Rocky

Trivia

  • Going by production order, this is the twenty-sixth episode of the twenty-second series and the series finale of the twenty-second series.[1]
  • This episode marked the last of a few things:
    • The last episode written by Lee Pressman before he left the production team.
    • The last to feature Emily without her twenty-third series details.
    • The last episode until the twenty-fourth series episode, James the Super Engine in which Thomas appears, but does not speak.
    • Marion and Henrietta's last appearances until the twenty-fourth series.
    • Charlie's last appearance.
  • There are many reference made thought the episode:
    • Gordon being held up by a cow is a reference to the second series episode, Cows.
    • Nia's line "This is so exciting!" is a line she also said in Big World! Big Adventures!.
    • Clarabel mentions the time Nia used leaves to catch rain water in Big World! Big Adventures. Stock footage from the movie is also reused.
    • Clarabel saying to Gordon that Nia is just "practicing her numbers" is a reference to the film, Thomas and the Magic Railroad.
    • Philip asking about his number being 68 and the football players at Knapford are references to the twenty-first series episode, Philip's Number.
  • This is the only episode of a few things:
    • The only episode in the series where Annie and Clarabel speak, but Thomas does not.
    • Charlie, Peter Sam, Duncan, and Rocky's only appearances in the twenty-second series.
  • This episode marks the first appearances of a few things:
    • The first appearance of the Glyn Valley Tramway Coaches on the Skarloey Railway.
    • From this episode onwards, Skarloey gains a funnel-mounted lamp and regains the brass ring around his funnel for the first time since the fifth series episode, Snow.
  • An ad for Misty Island can be seen in Mr. Bubbles' newspaper.
  • On the Nick Jr. US airing of this episode, it was paired with Banjo and the Bushfire.

Merchandise

Goofs

  • In the aerial shot of Brendam Docks, Carly's base extends in length.
  • During the sequence when Annie and Clarabel teach Nia about the looks of numbers, Nia refers to Marion's shovel as a crane.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Contando com Nia
Croatian Računajući na Niju
Czech Na Niu je spoleh
Danish Bed Nia at tælle
Dutch Iedereen Rekent op Nia
Estonian Nia ja Numbrid
Finnish Nia laskee
German Nia lernt schnell
Greek Μετρώντας με τη Νία
Hebrew לסמוך על ניה
Hungarian Nia számol
Italian Uno, Due, Tre, Nia
Japanese ニアとすうじ
Korean 니아의 숫자 공부
Latin American Spanish Contando con Nia
Norwegian Regn med Nia
Polish Nia i Liczenie
Portuguese A contar com a Nia
Russian Весёлый счёт
Serbian Računajući na Niju
Spanish Cuenta con Nia
Swedish Räknar med Nia

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