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Something in the Air

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"Engines don't swim, Henry - you were meant to deliver fish, not swim with them. You should know that by now."
— Sir Topham Hatt scolding Henry
Something in the Air

David Mitton


Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Britt Allcroft
David Mitton


Michael Angelis (UK)
Alec Baldwin (US)

Air date

October 2nd,
1998 (UK)
December 11th,
1998 (AUS)
January 29th,
1999 (US)

Previous episode

Toby's Discovery

Next episode

Thomas, Percy and
Old Slowcoach

Something in the Air is the fifteenth episode of the fifth season.


At the keyside of a small village, some fish are being loaded into Thomas' vans. The start of his trip to Brendam is delayed by a crate of fish falling onto him. His driver and fireman do not care that he was rudely interrupted, so they laugh. He was pleased to move on the eroded tracks on the coastal route. Once he arrives at Brendam Docks, Henry does not listen to Thomas' warnings and leaves before the signalman can be warned. In a rush, Henry puffs straight into the sea and has to stay there all night until he is rescued. When Henry is back on the rails, Thomas jokes with him about the whole adventure.





  • When Thomas says "I can't help it, it's the fish", the steam appears forward, then is played backwards, then played forwards again, meaning that the film was cut, but edited.
  • After Henry reaches the fog, he loses two vans.
  • Before Henry falls into the sea, his brakes are applied and his wheels stop moving, but when he runs into the sea, his wheels are moving.
  • When Thomas puffs away with Henry at the end of the episode, the puffing noise starts long before Thomas moves.
  • In the US narration, the term "guard" is used at one point.
  • When Henry falls in the water, a braking sound effect is heard, but Henry's wheels are still moving.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
German Henry geht baden Henry Goes Swimming
Norwegian Noe i luften Something in the Air
Japanese みどりのくじら A Green Whale
Welsh Drewdod Stench
Spanish Algo Huele Muy Mal Something Smells very Poor
Danish Der Noget I Luften There Something in the Air
Polish Coś w Powietrzu Something in the Air
Italian Henry a Mollo Henry Soaking
Chinese 空中的某些东西 Something in the Air
Hungarian Valami van a levegőben There's Something in the Air



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