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“Please, sir. We can't stay long. The children mustn't be late for the party."
"Oh, party, schmarty, Thomas. We have plenty of time! You worry too much!”
―Thomas and Sir Lowham Hatt

Double Trouble is the fourth episode of the thirteenth series.


It is the Fat Controller's birthday, and Thomas is sent to Maithwaite to collect him and Lady Hatt to take them to his party. However, Thomas arrives early, and is very surprised to see the Fat Controller already there - and that he has a moustache and calls Thomas his friend. The Fat Controller is very jolly too and tells Thomas to take him to Whispering Woods. Thomas finds the Fat Controller's behaviour very strange and wants to ask him about his moustache, but does not so as to avoid looking silly.

At the Whispering Woods, the Fat Controller decides to play hide and seek with the children, much to the confusion of Thomas and Edward as they know the Fat Controller does not usually play with children. Once the Fat Controller is back on board Annie, he tells Edward to let the children have some more play time even though Edward is taking them to the party. Then, when Thomas stops at Kirk Ronan Junction, the Fat Controller jumps out and goes up to the signalbox and messes around with the levers, causing Gordon who is taking the important visitors to the party to go on the Kirk Ronan Branch Line. Thomas finds this very strange indeed, but once again, he does not ask the Fat Controller about his behaviour because he does not want to look silly.

Thomas goes back to Maithwaite, where the stationmaster tells him the Fat Controller and Lady Hatt were waiting for him but, as he did not turn up, they ended up taking Bertie who later broke down. Thomas is very confused, but realises that his passenger cannot be the Fat Controller; so he asks the question that he wanted to ask all day, and, to Thomas' surprise the passenger reveals himself to be Sir Lowham Hatt, the Fat Controller's brother. Sir Lowham Hatt wants to have some more fun, but Thomas knows that this is not the time for playing games, as they are late.

Thomas finds Bertie broken down in the middle of the road. The Fat Controller is cross with Thomas until he sees his brother and scolds him instead for causing so much confusion and delay. Once the Hatt family are at the party, Thomas finds Edward and Gordon and helps them get to the party just in time. At the party, the Hatt brothers have a lot of fun, which makes Thomas happy.




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  • Maithwaite is painted in dark brown instead of beige.
  • Clarabel faces forwards in some shots.
  • Bertie's radiator and windows are missing.
  • Gordon's brake coach is in front of his composite coach throughout the episode. This was fixed when some footage of this episode was reused for O the Indignity.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Problema Duplo
Catalan Embolic Familiar
Chinese Mandarin 孪生兄弟的烦恼
Czech Přednosta Podivín
Danish Kontrolenheden Chef Bror
Finnish Herra Päätarkastajan Veli
French Le Sosie
German Der Doppelgänger
Greek Διπλός μπελάς
Hungarian Dupla Zűrzavar
Icelandic Tvöföld klípa
Indonesian Masalah Ganda
Italian Festa di Compleanno con Sorpresa 
Japanese たんじょうびのいたずら
Korean 이상한 사장님 (dub)
쌍둥이, 사장님 (subtitles)
Latin American Spanish Problema Doble
Norwegian Dobbelt Trøbbel
Polish Podwójne Kłopoty
Romanian Probleme la Dublu
Russian Путаница
Serbian Dupla Nevolja
Swedish Dubbelt Trubbel
Welsh Trwbwl Dwbwl

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