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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. 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 takes five trucks, but Thomas prefers 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. 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, the Fat Controller scolds Thomas for causing confusion and delay and tell him to be more safe. Once the mess is cleared up, Thomas takes five trucks and finds it easier. After the first batch of five fish trucks, Thomas collects another five, and then the final three, arriving at Brendam just in time. 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 Peep! Peep! Hurray! Three Cheers for Thomas, the Fat Controller said "The fishermen are celebrating their biggest catch of fish ever". In The Complete Series 8 and other television broadcasts, the line was changed to, "The fishermen have caught their biggest catch of fish ever" and the way the Fat Controller told Thomas to help Arthur is different.
  • 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.
  • This is the first episode to share the same title with another episode in the UK and the first time it has happened in both the UK and US versions.
  • Some miniature models of fish were preserved by The Coffey Man Preservation from the Prop Store.
  • This episode marks Arthur's last appearance until the eleventh series episode, Gordon and the Engineer, excluding his appearance in a ninth series DVD game.
  • Fish eye lens are used on close ups of two trucks when Thomas is being held back.


  • A wire is visible under Thomas when he is pushing trucks at the fishing village.
  • When Thomas was being pulled by the trucks before crashing into Salty, he was rounding a bend before going straight. Then, there is a close-up of his wheels braking telling the fact that he was going straight, However, in the next scene he was 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's 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 Other Languages

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Language Title
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
Norwegian Fisk
Polish Ryby
Portuguese Peixe
Romanian Peștele
Russian Рыба
Scottish Gaelic Lasg
Slovak Ryba
Spanish Pescados / El Pescado
Swedish Fisk
Thai โธมัสเหม็นกลิ่นปลา

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