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"Emily, you must go to Maithwaite and collect flowers for the new window-boxes..."
"Flowers? How lovely, I know all about flowers. I know that buttercups are yellow..."
— Sir Topham Hatt giving orders to chatterbox Emily

A Blooming Mess is the twelfth episode of the thirteenth season.


Knapford Station is being redecorated. Thomas is tasked to collect slate for the new roof. Emily is tasked with picking up flowers for the station by the Fat Controller. Excitedly, Emily says that she knows all about flowers and she knows that buttercups are yellow, but before she could say another word, the Fat Controller regains her attention and tells her to take the flowers to the station.

As she puffs along, she says hello to James and Toby, who reply back. When Mavis does not say hello, Emily assumes she is sad and chuffs to the quarry to cheer her up with some of the new flowers, only to cause Edward and Thomas to crash into the flatbeds she left behind. When Mavis returns to see her quarry in a state of confusion, Emily apologises for causing it as she thought Mavis was upset. Mavis assures her she was just thinking about all the work she needs to do. Emily feels silly and wonders what would make Mavis happy. Mavis tells Emily that to make her happy she would like the mess tidied up and Emily's load of flowers taken straight to Knapford. Emily complies, even helping out Thomas since his firebox was extinguished. When Mavis stops by Knapford Station later to see the flowers as they are planted and mentions how wonderful they look, Emily is glad to see her happy.




  • The title could be a parody of Jason Mraz's song, A Beautiful Mess.


  • When Emily reverses, the driver and fireman are still looking forward.
  • The narrator says that Mavis puffed into Knapford, but Mavis is a diesel and therefore cannot puff.
  • At the beginning of the episode, Henry should not have been able to pull into Knapford from the direction he arrived from as the track he was on has a platform at the other end.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Norwegian Et blomstrende kaos A Blooming Chaos
Japanese エミリーとおはな Emily and the Flower
Italian Fiori per Mavis Flowers for Mavis
Polish Kwitnący Bałagan Blooming Mess
Spanish Un desastre total A Total Disaster
Indonesian Bunga yang berantakan A Blooming Mess
French Des fleurs pour Mavis Flowers for Mavis
German Das Blumendurcheinander The Flowers Mess
Greek Ένας Ανθισμένος Χαμός A Blooming Chaos
Turkish Çiçekli Karmaşa Flowering of Confusion
Chinese 凌乱的鲜花 Messy Flowers
Korean 에밀리와 메이비스 Emily and Mavis
Russian Цветочный беспорядок Floral Mess
Finnish Kukkasotku A Flower Mess
Hungarian Virágos zűrzavar Flower Confusion
Serbian Cvetni nered Floral Mess
Romanian O Mizerie de Nedescris Indescribable Misery
Portuguese Uma trapalhada florida A Floral Muddle
Czech Děsný nepořádek Awful Mess
Slovak Strašný neporiadok Awful Mess
Catalan Desastre floral Floral Disaster
Thai ความวุ่นวายจากดอกไม้ A Flurry of Flowers
Swedish Blomstertid på Rälsön Flower Time on Sodor

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