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"Stop telling me what to do! You are a really bossy engine!"
— Billy

Don't be Silly, Billy is the thirteenth episode of the eleventh season.

Plot

Thomas was giving a special to show a new engine around. He arrived at the docks where he met Salty just as the new engine named Billy arrived. He was eager to go, but Thomas tells him that they have to wait for Sir Topham Hatt until he gives him his job. Soon Sir Topham Hatt arrived and gave Billy three jobs, to take chickens from Farmer McColl and take them to the Docks, deliver diesel oil to the quarry and lastly, to deliver coal to the depot. Sir Topham Hatt tells Thomas to show Billy how to be a really useful engine and left. Thomas warns Billy to stock up on coal and water, but Billy, in an angry mood, tells him off that he's bossy and races off to do his first job. Thomas knowing that he promised Sir Topham Hatt that he would look after Billy chases after him.

Thomas found Billy collecting chickens from the farm, but Billy puffs off too soon, and the chickens are not loaded yet leaving Farmer McColl annoyed calling a "Silly Billy." Thomas puffs after him and finds him at the quarry, but Billy leaves as soon as he sees Thomas. Thomas then finds him at the depot where Billy was collecting diesel oil to bring them to the quarry, but Billy leaves without the diesel oil to get away from Thomas.

Thomas found Billy at the coaling plant where he was backing up to the coal hopper to fill his trucks, but he accidentally pushes Percy underneath the coal loader and coal fell all over him. Percy calls him a "Silly Billy." Thomas tells Billy that he must be careful and to take on coal and water. Billy is furious, and calls Thomas bossy again. An exasperated and exhausted Thomas tells Billy to do it his own way. This greatly delights Billy, so he sets off, but has barely moved before he has run out of coal and water. Thomas realized that he didn't show Billy how to be really useful and shunted Billy to restocked. Thomas offered to help Billy that way no one will call him a "Silly Billy."

After that, Thomas and Billy worked together to deliver the chickens to the docks, the diesel oil to Mavis and Diesel at the quarry and the coal to the depot. Thomas was tired and was about to leave, but stopped after Billy thanks him for helping him out and that he's a really useful engine making Thomas happy that he made a good friend.

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Trivia

  • Going by production order, this is the fifteenth episode of the eleventh season.
  • This episode is the first and only appearance of Billy to date, although he was originally intended to appear in the thirteenth season episode Splish Splash Splosh, Charlie replaced him.
  • A few differences were made in the DVD compared to the PBS and Nick Jr. airings as the scenes were either alternate angled or re-filmed in the DVD.
    • The opening shot of the scene was moved a little further, the clouds are in a different position, different bushes and trees were put or moved, also Emily is still moving in the DVD version when she stopped in the TV version.
    • An alternate angle of Gordon is used, he has a different face and more trees were added or moved.
    • An alternate angle of Percy passing the windmill is used, a tree was added and the bushes next to the tracks are removed in the DVD version.
    • An alternate angle close up of Billy is used and the clouds are in a different position.
    • An alternate angle of Billy's wheels is used.  Also, before he blew steam, there's some steam is flowing in the DVD version and in the TV version, there's no steam.
    • An alternate angle of Billy leaving the docks is used, the clouds are in a different position and the steam comes out different in the DVD version.
    • An alternate angle of Salty is used and the clouds are in a different position.
    • An alternate angle of Thomas leaving the docks to catch up with Billy is used, the clouds are in a different position and the wood on Thomas' track are covered with rocks in the DVD version.
    • An alternate angle close up of Billy at Farmer McColl's farm is used, his wheels were stopped differently and the clouds are in a different position.
    • An alternate angle when Thomas was cross after Billy left without the chickens is used. Also, some of the trees behind him are gone in the DVD version.
    • An alternate angle of Billy leaving the depot was used, the clouds are in a different position and diesel oil is added on the platform in the DVD version.
    • An alternate angle close up of Thomas at the depot was used, Thomas' wheels were stopped differently, some boxes and barrels were added or moved and a workmen was moved.
    • An alternate angle of Percy being biffed by Billy was used.
    • An alternate angle of Percy rolling under the hopper was used, the clouds are in a different position, Percy's eyes are moved different and the footage was also sped up.
    • An alternate angle of when Billy was happy to do whatever he wants is used. Also, he moves a few seconds earlier, steam comes out before he moves, his eyes are moved a little further, the two boards of wood are closer to each other & the clouds are in a different position in the DVD version.
    • An alternate angle of when Billy suddenly stops is used. Also, the buildings are slightly moved, the two trucks are not aligned, the yellow car next to Billy is replaced by a green car, Billy stops further, coal is added on the ground and another section of track was added in the DVD version.
    • When Thomas and Billy delivers the chickens to the docks, the buildings, a crane & some workmen are moved, & there are less boards of wood piled up in the DVD version.
  • This episode was shown in select USA cinemas as part of Thomas and Friends on the Big Screen.
  • Percy says "Watch Out Silly Billy!" early in the US Narration.

Goofs

  • In the DVD version of the beginning of the episode, James' steaming noise is heard before he stops.
  • When Thomas pulls into the docks, his steam platform is visible.
  • The narrator says "Billy backed up to trucks of diesel oil," but there is only one truck.
  • Diesel's face is falling off when he is at the quarry.
  • In the Latin American version, Mavis has a man's voice when she says "he forgot our oil."
  • When Billy stops because he's run out of coal and water, coal can still be seen in his bunker.

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In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish No Seas Torpe, Billy / No Seas Bobo, Billy Don't be Silly, Billy / Don't be Fool, Billy
Norwegian Dumme-Billy Silly-Billy
Japanese なまいきなビリー Cheeky Billy
German Ach, du dummer Billy! Oh, You Silly Billy!
Swedish Du är stollig, Billy You're Crazy, Billy
Finnish Höpsö Vili Silly Billy
Portuguese Não Seja Bobo, Billy! Do Not be Silly Billy!
Hungarian Buta Billy Silly Billy
Romanian Nu Vi Prostuț Billy Do Not be Silly Billy
Polish Niemądry Wojtuś Silly Billy
Czech Nebuď hloupý, Billy Do Not be Silly, Billy
Slovak Nebuď hlúpy Billy Do Not be Silly Billy
Danish Tossehoved Billy Blockhead Billy
Chinese 别傻了 比利 Do Not be Silly Billy
Thai บิลลี่ หัวรถจักรใหม่จอมดื้อ Billy the New Engine is Bad Bad

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