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“Oops! Sorry!"
"Never mind, me hearty! The smell reminds me of the sea!”
―Thomas and Salty

Fish is the nineteenth episode of the eighth series.


The Fat Controller sends Thomas to help Arthur at the Fishing Village, as the fishermen have caught a huge catch of fish. Thomas is not too thrilled because he doesn't like the smell of fish and when Thomas arrives, he sees a very long line of trucks waiting for him. Arthur tells him that - due to rough track-work on the way to Brendam - he must take five trucks at a time and go slowly and carefully. So Arthur buffers up and carefully takes five trucks, and puffs slowly away. But Thomas wants to get the smelly job over with and buffers up to all of the trucks in front of him.

However, the trucks take full advantage of the rough track-work and make fish fly into Thomas' face, making him wish he had taken Arthur's advice. When climbing up Gordon's Hill, the trucks are very heavy and on the way down, they pull Thomas, making him go too fast. Furthermore, Salty is at the bottom of the hill waiting for a signal. The trucks crash into Salty, sending fish everywhere. Thomas apologises to Salty, but Salty does not mind; the smell of fish reminds him of the sea.

Soon, Harvey arrives to clean the mess. Thomas wonders what the Fat Controller will say. He soon finds out; he is scolded for causing confusion and delay and warns him to be more safe. Once the mess is cleared up, Thomas takes five trucks and finds it easier. The trucks try to hold him back, but Thomas biffs, and bashes and bumps them. The Troublesome Trucks behave afterwards. After the first batch of five fish trucks, Thomas collects another five, and then the final three, arriving at Brendam just in time before the ship leaves. The Fat Controller praises Thomas for a job well done, especially as he knows that Thomas does not like fish. Thomas goes to the washdown where Arthur and Salty are being cleaned and they all agree that being cleaned is the best part of the day.




  • Going by production order, this is the third episode of the eighth series.
  • When some of the fish first splatter onto Thomas, his large scale model made for the Jack and the Sodor Construction Company mini-series is used. The footage is also played in slow motion.
  • In the Nick Jr. UK airing and Peep! Peep! Hurray! Three Cheers for Thomas VHS/DVD, The Fat Controller said "The fishermen are celebrating their biggest catch of fish ever." and "Thomas, you must help Arthur take the fish to the docks." while in The Complete Series 8 and other television broadcasts, the lines were changed to "The fishermen have caught their biggest catch of fish ever." and "Thomas, you must help Arthur take them to the docks."
  • The name is reused from a fourth series episode, thus making this the first episode to share the same title with in the UK and the first time it has happened in both the UK and US dubs.
  • The first episode to have a one-word title since the fifth series episode, Snow.
  • This is the only episode to reuse a name from a previous episode, excluding renames for different countries/territories.
  • When the front truck sees Salty in the distance, it is wearing Bulstrode's shocked face mask. Additionally, just before it crashes into Salty, it is wearing Toad's closed-eyes face mask.
  • Some miniature models of fish were preserved by The Coffey Man Preservation from the Prop Store.
  • This episode marks Arthur's last appearance in an episode until the eleventh series episode, Gordon and the Engineer, excluding his appearance in a ninth series DVD game, as well as his only appearance in the eighth series.
  • Fish eye lens are used on close ups of two trucks when Thomas is being held back.
  • In the US, this episode premiered before The Spotless Record, so the audience would not know about Arthur unless the audience had the VHS/DVD of New Friends for Thomas and Other Adventures.


  • A wire is visible under Thomas when he is pushing trucks at the fishing village.
  • When Thomas is being pulled by the trucks before crashing into Salty, he is rounding a bend before going straight. Then, there is a close-up of his wheels braking telling the fact that he is going straight. However, in the next scene he is rounding the bend again.
  • After the crash, the signal that was in front of and beside Salty had disappeared. However, when Harvey arrives, it appeared again.
  • When the trucks crashed, only two fish flew onto Salty, but in the next scene, there are more than two fish on him.
  • In some close-ups of Thomas, he does not appear to be pushing any trucks.
  • Arthur and Thomas are not coupled to their trains.
  • Thomas is already messy before the fish fly onto him.
  • Due to Toad and Bulstrode's faces being used on the same truck, its face changes size and the nose changes.
  • Thomas' trucks do not have faces when he leaves the fishing village, but they gain them when Thomas climbs Gordon's Hill, and they lose them again when they reach Brendam Docks.
  • When the first truck crashes into Salty, its face falls off.
  • In the Spanish dub, Arthur is referred to as Thomas when he leaves the fishing village.
  • When Thomas puffs up Gordon's Hill one trucks' face switches place.
  • When the fish fly onto Thomas his wheels appear to be moving at a much slower pass compared to the chuffing sound. This also occurs when Thomas cries "Cinders and ashes" when running down the Gordon's Hill.
  • Arthur's eyes are wonky throughout the episode.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Peixe
Chinese Mandarin
Croatian Riba
Czech Ryba
Danish Fisk
Dutch Vis
Finnish Kalakuljetus
French Un Travail Malodorant
German Fisch
Hungarian Thomas és a Halak
Italian Il carico di pesce
Japanese さかな
Korean 물고기 화차 나르기
Latin American Spanish Pescados
Norwegian Fisk
Polish Ryby
Romanian Peștele
Russian Рыба
Scottish Gaelic Lasg
Spanish El Pescado
Swedish Fisk

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