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"If you shake milk for long enough, it turns to butter!"
— The ice cream factory manager

Thomas' Milkshake Muddle is the fourth episode of the ninth season.


It's the day of the children's summer party and all the engines want the job to take the children. However, to Thomas' disappointment, Emily is taking the children. Thomas' jobs are to collect milk from the dairy and take it to the ice cream factory and then to collect butter from the other side of Sodor and take it to the bakery. Thomas collects the milk churns and goes slowly and carefully until he reaches a junction where Emily approaches and calls him a "slowcoach". Thomas explains that it's important for him to go slowly, but Emily teases him as he could be taking the children if he wasn't so slow. Angry, Thomas decides to prove Emily wrong and she challenges him to a race to the next signal.

During the race, Thomas speeds up with the churns in his trucks rattling about. His next signal is green, so he gets ahead of Emily and carries on to the ice cream factory, neglecting to slow down. At the ice cream factory, the manager is shocked to see the milk is almost butter due to Thomas' careless speeding. So he orders Thomas to get more milk and go slowly. Thomas hurries back to the dairy, only to find a very angry Fat Controller waiting for him. Time is running out, and unless the bakery has butter, there will be no cakes for the party.

Thomas feels very guilty about the trouble he caused. Once at the ice cream factory, though ordered to take the buttered milk back to the dairy, Thomas has a much better idea. He goes even faster with the churns of buttered milk all the way to the bakery. When Thomas arrives, the baker is confused to see milk churns until Thomas tells him to look inside and to the baker's surprise, the buttered milk is now butter.

Thomas returns to Tidmouth Sheds where the Fat Controller sees him. Thomas is worried about getting into trouble again, but the Fat Controller is pleased that, thanks to Thomas' idea, he made amends and is sent to the children's summer party as guest of honour.




  • A London, Midland, and Scottish Railway poster is seen at Maithwaite.
  • This episode aired in the US before Molly's Special Special, this means that the audience would not know who Molly is.
  • Going by production order, this is the fifth episode of the ninth season.


  • When Thomas first arrives at the ice cream factory, his last truck is missing.
  • When Thomas left the ice cream factory, his trucks were on the far left track; but when he came back, his trucks were on the middle track.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Norwegian Thomas får melkeproblemer Thomas Gets Milk Problems
Japanese ドタバタミルクシェイク Slapstick Milkshake
German Thomas hat eine gute Idee Thomas Has A Good Idea
Danish Masser af mælk Lots of Milk
Swedish Thomas är uppe i smöret Thomas is Up in the Butter
Spanish Thomas y la Leche Batida / Thomas y la Batidora de Leche Thomas and the Whipped Milk / Thomas and the Milk Mixer
Hungarian Thomas kalandja a tejjel Thomas' Adventures With Milk
Russian Молочный коктейль Томаса Milkshake Thomas
Italian Thomas e il Latte Sbattuto Thomas and the Shaken Milk
Czech Tomásova výprava pro mléko Thomas Sets for Milk
Gaelic Maistreadh Gun Fhiosta Milk Churning Festival
Romanian Thomas Lăptarul Thomas the Milkman
Polish Mleczna droga Tomka Thomas' Milky Way
Slovak Thomasova výprava pro mlieko Thomas Sets for Milk
Chinese 托马斯的奶油作战 Thomas' Cream War
Korean 덜걱덜걱 우유통 Rattle Rattle Milk Jug
Thai มิลค์เชคที่วุ่นวาย Busy Milkshake
Portuguese Thomas e o leite batido Thomas and the Frothed Milk

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