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"He's fallen in the water!"
— The trucks

Something Fishy is the fifteenth episode of the seventh season.


A new fishing line is to be built. Arthur is upset when Thomas gets the job of running the fishing route and Thomas is not pleased either.

Thomas is sent to collect some fish and is impatient with the workmen. He finally leaves, but during his trip, a set of faulty points switches him onto an old pier line and he crashes into the water. The Fat Controller sends Arthur to assist Thomas.

Due to the heat, the ice protecting the fish has begun to melt, so Thomas tells Arthur to take the fish and leave him. Arthur delivers the fish to the docks just in time.

Later, Arthur finds Thomas, who reveals that he hates running the fishing line and proposes that they trade. When the Fat Controller is looking for a replacement for Thomas, Arthur volunteers and the Fat Controller alows him to run the line.




  • The line "He's fallen in the water!" is a quote often used in the radio comedy "The Goon Show".
  • When Thomas hurries along with the fish, he has Gordon's crash theme from the sixth season, it then quickly changes to the accident theme.
  • The audience wouldn't know who Murdoch and Spencer are, since they weren't introduced until Peace and Quiet and Gordon and Spencer respectively.


  • Michael Brandon mistakenly uses the term "troublesome trucks" when Thomas falls off the pier.
  • At the beginning and end of the episode, Arthur has Murdoch's whistle sound; when Arthur sees Thomas in the tidal pool, he has Spencer's whistle sound.
  • At the beginning of the episode, Henry is next to Arthur in the sheds, but in the close-up of Arthur, Gordon's tender is next to him.
  • When Thomas arrives at the fishing village, there are dirty vans at both ends of his train, but when he goes over the bridge, both vans are at the front of the train. When Arthur takes them away one of the vans is in the middle.
  • The narrator states that Arthur was disappointed when he was told to go to the coal mine, but he looks happy.
  • Thomas falls into the tidal pool head-first but lands back-first.
  • When the vans say "He's fallen in the water!" two vans disappear and the one looking at the camera gains a face. Then, when Arthur takes the trucks away, there are four vans again.
  • When Arthur arrives at Brendam, his brakevan is a lighter shade of grey.
  • When Thomas falls off the pier, you can tell the film was cut as the background moves slightly.
  • When Arthur passes through the Fishing Village for the first time, a camera shadow is seen.
  • The breakdown train is refered to as "the breakdown van".
  • At the end of the episode, Arthur's left eyebrow is smudged.
  • In real life, Thomas would have received more damage when he landed in the rocky tidal pool.
  • Nothing is said about Thomas' crew after his accident.
  • Henry's eyes are wonky when he's at Tidmouth Sheds.
  • The narration is out of sync until the scene of Thomas at the fishing village on the Nick Jr airings.
  • Why was Thomas given the fishing route to run when he already has his own branch line?
  • Thomas' eyes are wonky right before he falls off the pier.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Danish Fiskerbyen The Fishing Village
Hungarian Halszag Fish Smell
Japanese アーサーとさかな Arthur and Fish
Swedish Fina fisken Nice Fish
Italian Il Villaggio dei Pescatori The Fishing Village
Romanian Miroase a Peşte Smells Like Fish
Welsh Drewdod Stench
Slovak Niečo rybie A Little Fish
Chinese 腥臭的东西 Something Fishy
Korean 생선 냄샌 싫어! I Hate Fish!
Russian Что-то рыбное Something Fish
Polish Zapach Ryby The Smell of Fish
Thai โธมัสไม่ชอบกลิ่นคาวปลา Thomas Did Not Like the Fishy Smell

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