Lady Hatt's Birthday Party is the fourth episode of the fifth season.
One Summer's Day, Bertie asks Thomas and Percy if they have noticed something different about the Fat Controller. Percy tells Bertie that he saw the Fat Controller staring into the clouds this morning and he wonders why. It was Lady Hatt's birthday and the Fat Controller had a new outfit to wear especially for the birthday party. Lady Hatt tells him not to be late and her husband tells her that he will be spic and span and right on time.
The Fat Controller is leaving work early to attend the party at Kirk Ronan. He tells the stationmaster that he will be taking the car when the engines are busy. He thinks it is reliable, but it is not. His mood soon changes when his car becomes stuck in a pothole with a flat tyre. He decides not to change it because it will dirty his suit and it will never do for his wife's party.
The Fat Controller then sees Caroline and explains the situation and hitches a lift in her, but Caroline does not like going fast and she breaks down. George the Steamroller then arrives and insults Caroline, but his driver is more polite to the Fat Controller and offers him a ride to Thomas, who is just down the line. George enjoys rolling along the road, but not the Fat Controller, who quickly becomes covered in oil. George suddenly loses control and crashes into a muddy ditch close to where Thomas is taking on water and the Fat Controller catapults off George and ends up waist-deep in the mud.
Thomas had never seen the Fat Controller in such a mess and he asks Thomas' driver for a ride, but Thomas' fireman had taken ill, so the Fat Controller offers to be Thomas' fireman. He worked hard and coal dust and soot flew everywhere and at last, Thomas arrives at Kirk Ronan, just in time. The Fat Controller quickly buys a bunch of flowers for the party and as the clock strikes three, the Fat Controller arrives, tired but triumphant. He gives his wife the flowers and she is most grateful and she knew it was her special birthday party, but she did not know it was fancy dress. Everyone laughs and then the party begins.
- Sir Topham Hatt
- Lady Hatt
- Jem Cole (not named)
- James (cameo)
- Mrs. Kyndley (cameo)
- Refreshment Lady (cameo)
- The Butler (cameo)
- The Tailor (cameo)
- During the scenes where the Fat Controller rides in his car and Caroline, music is heard in the US and international versions but not the UK version.
- In the US version, the sounds made by the Fat Controller's car, Caroline and George are barely audible.
- When the Fat Controller arrives at Lady Hatt's party, an instrumental version of the song "Happy Birthday to You" is heard playing in the background.
- This episode marks the first of two things for Lady Hatt:
- Her first speaking role.
- The first time she is referred to by name.
- One of the flowers the Fat Controller buys is really a stem of broccoli.
- This episode marks Caroline's and Jem Cole's last speaking roles to date.
- When Caroline overheats, she lurches backwards and overheats again in slow motion.
- When Lady Hatt says "I didn't know it was fancy dress", one of the people laughing is missing their eyebrows.
- When the narrator says that George was enjoying "rolling along the lane", he looks angry. In the same scene, wires are visible on George.
- When George crashes, the Fat Controller falls head first into the mud, but in the following scene, he is sinking feet first.
- Jem Cole does not have any eyebrows.
- Thomas' driver looks happy when he says "I'm afraid our fireman's been taken ill".
- When the narrator says, "Later that day, the Fat Controller changed into his new suit", the Fat Controller is missing one of his eyebrows.
- The clock strikes four times instead of three.
- For the rest of the episode after George crashes, the Fat Controller does not have eyebrows.
- When Thomas wishes "Good Luck!" to the Fat Controller, his driver's small scale model is wearing glasses even though the model did not when Thomas starts going to the station.
- It is said that Caroline spluttered with fury, but she looks sad.
- When George drives into the muddy ditch, the Fat Controller suddenly disappears in one frame of film before the shot of him falling out.
- Jem Cole disappears and is not seen in the ditch when the Fat Controller falls off George.
- In a rare picture, Caroline's driver is smiling when she breaks down.
- When George cries "Help! Something snapped!" the Fat Controller is elevated a bit in George's cab.
- When George crashes, the Fat Controller's model prematurely tips over.
- In Michael Angelis' narration, before the Fat Controller leaves his office, he says "I'll take car".
In Other Languages
|Spanish||La Fiesta de Cumpleaños de Lady Hatt||The Birthday Party of Lady Hatt|
|Norwegian||Lady Hatts bursdagsselskap||Lady Hatt's Birthday Party|
|Italian||La festa di Compleanno di Lady Hatt||The Birthday Party of Lady Hatt|
|Japanese||ハットきょうふじんのたんじょうび||Lady Hatt's Birthday|
|Danish||Fru Hatts fødselsdagsfest||Lady Hatt's Birthday Party|
|Hungarian||A születésnapi zsúr||The Tea Party Birthday|
|Chinese||海特夫人的生日派对||Lady Hatt's Birthday Party|
|Korean||생일파티에 가는 길||The Way to a Birthday Party|
|Slovenian||Zabava za rojstni dan gospe Klobučar||Lady Hatter's Fun Birthday|
|Greek||Το πάρτι γενεθλίων||A Birthday Party|
|Romanian||Petrecerea de Ziua Doamnei Hatt||The Birthday Party of Lady Hatt|
|Slovak||Narodeninová párty Lady Hattovej||The Birthday Party for Lady Hatt|
|German||Lady Hatts Geburtstagsfeier||Lady Hatt's Birthday Party|
|Russian||День рождения Лэди Мэтт||Lady Hatt's Birthday|
|Polish||Urodziny Żony||Birthday Wives|
|Dutch||Het verjaardagsfeest van mevrouw Hoogsmahoed||The Birthday of Lady Hatt|