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This article is about thirteenth season episode. You may be looking for the American title of the second season episode, the annual story, the magazine story, or the 2012 magazine story.
"Please, Sir. We can't stay long. The children mustn't be late for the party."
"Oh, party, schmarty, Thomas. We have plenty of time! You worry too much!
"
— Thomas and Sir Lowham Hatt
DoubleTrouble
Double Trouble
Director(s)

Greg Tiernan

Producer(s)

Nicole Stinn

Writer(s)

Sharon Miller

Narrator

Michael Angelis
(UK)
Michael Brandon
(US)

Air date

January 28th,
2010 (UK)
February 8th,
2010 (AUS)
May 5th,
2010 (JAP)
September 4th,
2010 (US)
September 11th,
2011 (NOR)

Previous episode

Tickled Pink

Next episode

Slippy Sodor

Double Trouble is the fourth episode of the thirteenth season.

Plot

It is the Fat Controller's birthday, and Thomas is sent to Maithwaite early to collect the Fat Controller and Lady Hatt to take them to the party. However, when Thomas arrives, he is very surprised to see the Fat Controller already there - and that he has a moustache and calls Thomas his friend. The Fat Controller is very jolly too and tells Thomas to take him to Whispering Woods. Thomas finds the Fat Controller's behaviour very strange and wants to ask him about his moustache, but he does not so as not to look so silly.

At Whispering Woods, the Fat Controller decides to play hide and seek with the children, much to the confusion of Thomas and Edward as they know the Fat Controller does not usually play with children. Once the Fat Controller is back on board Annie, he tells Edward to let the children have some more play time even though Edward is taking them to the party. Then, when Thomas stops at Bluff's Cove Junction, the Fat Controller jumps out and goes up to the signalbox and messes around with the levers, causing Gordon who is taking the important visitors to the party to go on an old line. Thomas finds this very strange indeed, but once again, he does not ask the Fat Controller about his behaviour because he does not want to look silly.

Thomas goes back to Maithwaite where the stationmaster scolds him for being late. The Fat Controller and Lady Hatt waited for Thomas, but as he didn't turn up, they had to take Bertie, who, unfortunately, had broken down. Thomas is very confused, but realises that his passenger cannot be the Fat Controller; so he asks the question that he wanted to ask all day, and, to Thomas' surprise the passenger reveals himself to be Sir Lowham Hatt, the Fat Controller's brother. Sir Lowham Hatt wants to have some more fun, but Thomas knows that this is not the time for playing games, as they are late.

Thomas finds Bertie broken down, and the Fat Controller is cross with him until he sees his brother and scolds him instead for causing so much confusion and delay. Once the Hatt family are at the party, Thomas finds Edward and Gordon and helps them get to the party just in time. At the party, the Hatt brothers have fun, which makes Thomas happy.

Characters

Locations

Trivia

  • This episode marks the first and only appearance of Sir Lowham Hatt.

Goofs

  • Bertie's radiator is missing.
  • The points change way too quickly after Thomas tells Gordon to go to the party.
  • In the UK version, at Maithwaite, Thomas calls Sir Lowham "Fat Controller". This is a nickname. Thomas should have called him "Sir Topham Hatt" to his face.
  • Clarabel is facing forwards in some shots and backwards in the others.
  • Brakevans should have been added to James and Edward's trains.
  • Annie and Clarabel's eyes are closed when Thomas arrives at the party.

Quotes

  • Gordon: Oh the indignity!

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Italian Una festa di compleanno con sorpresa  A Birthday Party with a Surprise
Norwegian Dobbelt trøbbel Double Trouble
German Die Doppel The Double
Japanese たんじょうびのいたずら Mischief of the Birthday
Finnish Ohjaus pomon veli The Control Chief's Brother
Danish Kontrolenheden chef bror The Control Chief's Brother
Portuguese Problema Duplo Double Problem
Greek Διπλός μπελάς Double Trouble

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