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“You're looking so much better!"
"Well, they've mended me/my tubes, but they didn't even look at me/my brakes! Me/My gauges! Me/My squeaky wheels..."
"All in good time, Henry.”
―Henry and Emily

What's the Matter with Henry? is the sixth episode of the seventh series.


It is the end of another busy day and all of the engines are happy, except Henry, who is feeling ill once again. He complains that his boiler is grumbling. Thomas teases him about it, but Henry crossly moans that Thomas does not care and leaves. Emily notices a puddle of water where Henry had been parked.

The next morning, the Fat Controller tells Henry, Thomas and Percy to collect coal trucks and take them to the docks. The two tank engines puff away quickly, but Henry is still feeling ill. Despite this, really useful engines do not complain, so this time, he tries to move anyway, worried that the Fat Controller will not care if he is ill again.

Henry is still leaving a trail of water behind him as he puffs along, which worries Emily even more. Percy and Thomas continue to tease Henry, thinking he is just being lazy. When they arrive at the coaling plant before Henry, they make a plan; Thomas lies to the manager that Henry wants to take more trucks, with Percy adding that Henry is bigger, which the manager agrees to. Meanwhile, Emily tells the Fat Controller about Henry's problem and he sends her to find him.

Henry arrives at the coaling plant and is horrified to see a long line of trucks left by Thomas and Percy. But he still has to take them, so he sets off and pulls with all his might. However, the trucks prove too much and Henry grinds to a halt in the middle of the line. Emily pulls up alongside and sees that Henry needs help. So she changes tracks and couples up to Henry while his fireman uncouples the trucks. They set off towards the docks.

When they arrive, the Fat Controller praises Emily and commends Henry on his bravery in taking the trucks despite being ill. Thomas and Percy are ashamed and apologise to Henry for not believing he was sick. The Fat Controller sends Thomas and Percy to pick up Henry's train.

Soon, Henry is mended and back at work, but complains and claims that the workmen did not look at his brakes, gauges, or wheels. Emily assures him that he is back in good condition again, but Henry is still unhappy with the workmen's work.




  • Going by production order, this is the fifth episode of the seventh series.
  • Mirrored stock footage from Henry and the Elephant is used.
  • Henry's front truck does not have a face in the episode, yet in a promotional image, it does. If inspected closely, during the scene where Henry is uncoupled from the trucks, the face area is hidden by a piece of the truck's body duplicated and placed over it. It is unknown why this was done, but it can be assumed that it may have been done to maintain continuity within the episode, as without the cover up, Henry's front truck would have suddenly gained a face part way into the episode.
  • When released on home video in the UK for the first time, the version used is the UK dub with Robert Hartshorne's music. The UK dub with Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell's music did not come out on home video until The Complete Series 7 was released in 2008. This also applies to Rheneas and the Roller Coaster.
  • In the Japanese dub, the coaling plant manager gains lines.
  • Not counting his stock footage appearance in Peace and Quiet, this marks Henry's only speaking role for the new footage in the seventh series.
  • When Emily helps Henry, the original music uses Henry's theme, whereas the new music uses Emily's theme.
  • When Henry leaves the coaling plant, a grey building and large brown building from TUGS can be seen on either side of him.
  • This is the first episode in the series in which the title has a question mark. The second is Which Way Now?
  • This is the last episode to feature Henry's ill face.


  • In the New Series version of this episode, Lee Pressman is incorrectly credited for writing it.
  • Percy and Thomas take over Henry at one point, this should not be as they left the sheds before Henry.
  • The US title card had a few errors. On Percy Saves the Day and Other AdventuresThomas & Friends Classic Volume 7 and individual US airings, the title does not have a question mark. In the half hour airing Patience, a second "with" was added to the title; which was later fixed in re-airings after a year or two.
  • In the scene of Henry puffing before Percy and Thomas overtook him, the end of the set can be seen.
  • When Henry arrives at the coaling plant and when Henry grounds to a halt, the end of the set can be seen. It is also visible when Emily pulls up beside Henry in the latter scene.
  • In the close-up of Thomas looking gloomy, fingerprints are visible on Henry's boiler.
  • Henry has James' whistle sound when he leaves the sheds.
  • In a few shots, Thomas' brake pipe is crooked.
  • When Henry arrives at the coaling plant, his brake van has no tail lamp. But when Henry is pulling the train, one appears.
  • When Henry's driver says, "We'll still have to take [the trucks]," there is some blue paint in the inner part of his cab.
  • The narrator says that Emily and Henry puffed into the docks, but Henry was out of steam.
  • During Emily and Henry's exchange at Wellsworth, the tracks where they are end at the bushes.


  • Thomas: What's the matter with you, Henry?
  • Henry: My boiler's grumbling!
  • Thomas: Maybe it's grumbling at you!
  • Henry: That's not funny! You just don't care.


  • Percy: Hurry up, Henry!
  • Henry: I can't go any faster.
  • Thomas: You're just being lazy.


  • Emily: Oh, I'm worried about Henry!
  • The Fat Controller: Perhaps his tubes are leaking. You'd better check.


  • Henry: Why did Thomas and Percy leave me so many trucks?! They know I'm not feeling well!
  • Henry's driver: We'll still have to take them.


  • Emily: Are you alright, Henry?
  • Henry: No! I'm stuck!
  • [Henry's Fireman: uncouples the trucks and Emily changes tracks to couples up to Henry]
  • Henry: Oooohhh, thank you, Emily.


  • Emily: You're looking so much better!
  • Henry: Well, they've mended me tubes, but they didn't even look at me brakes! Me gauges! Me squeaky wheels...
  • Emily: All in good time, Henry.
  • Narrator: Poor Henry.


In Other Languages

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Language Title
Chinese Mandarin 亨利怎么了
Czech Co je s Jindrou?
Danish Det syge lokomotiv
Hungarian Mi a baj Henry-vel?
Italian Henry non sta bene
Japanese どうしたのヘンリー
Korean 병이 난 헨리
Polish Co z Heniem?
Romanian Ce s-a Întâmplat cu Henry?
Russian Что случилось с Генри
Serbian Henriju nije dobro
Swedish Vad är det med Henry?
Turkish Henry'nin Nesi Var?
Welsh Be sy'n bod ar Henri

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