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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.


Thomas is asked to show a new engine named Billy around. 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 sees Billy collecting chickens from the farm, but Billy puffs off too soon, and the chickens are not loaded yet. Thomas then finds him at the quarry, but Billy leaves as soon as he sees Thomas. Thomas then finds him at the coaling plant, and tells him to take on coal and water. Billy is furious, and calls Thomas bossy again. He then accidentally pushes Percy underneath the coal loader. 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 takes him to be restocked, the two finish the jobs without further mishap, and at the end of the day, Billy thanks Thomas for helping him out.




  • 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.
    • The opening shot is slightly different by the positions of the clouds in the sky.
    • An alternate angle of the scenes of Gordon is used.
    • An alternate angle of Percy passing the windmill is used.
  • In the close up of Billy's wheels before he blew steam, theirs some steam flowing in the DVD version and in the TV version, there's no steam.
    • When Thomas was cross after Billy left without the chickens, some of the trees behind him are gone in the DVD version.
    • An alternate angle of when Billy was happy to do whatever he wants is used. Also, he moves a second 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.
    • In the scene when Billy suddenly stops, the buildings and cranes are slightly moved, the two trucks are not aligned & the camera seems to be lower as Thomas' lamp touches the entrance of a warehouse in the DVD version.
    • When Thomas and Billy delivers the chickens to the docks, the clouds are in a different positions, 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.


  • When Thomas pulls into the docks, his steam platform is visible.
  • When Thomas first arrives at the quarry, his steam platform is visible.
  • The narrator says "Billy backed up to trucks of diesel oil," but there is only one truck.
  • When Thomas and Billy leave McColl Farm, both of their steam platforms are visible.
  • 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.


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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